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    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    Maybe. We'll see :) I can think of two potential pitfalls for shared car ownership. The first is the daily usage profile. From 7 am to 9 am and from 5 pm to 7 pm, lots of cars are needed to drive their owners to/from work. If you don't own one, you will have a hard time finding one available...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Good question. If I was in the position to either block OL until its problems are fixed or let it proceed, then I would be very reluctant to block it. The risk that nothing at all gets built, is too great. The position of having no control over the situation, has the advantage of making it easy...
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    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    They might have had no idea how to make it work when Tory won the office, but they could hire the right people afterwards, andf still make parts of the plan work. More stations + more trains + some kind of reduced fares for intra-416 trips. John Tory, despite having pretty good day-to-day...
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    Eglinton West LRT | Metrolinx

    I have the same feeling. Should they lose in 2022, all those subways will no longer be their problem. The next government will "review" everything once again. If they stay in power in 2022, then they might actually start moving forward. Having improved their balance sheets due to the delayed...
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    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    All good points. But, to counter them: 1. True driverless-ness helps car owners as much as it helps car renters. If your car is totally self-driving, then you won't need to study for the licence and pass the test. Just like you don't need a license to use a TV or a dishwasher today. 2. The...
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    Roads: Ontario/GTA Highways Discussion

    If we treat any highway widening as a tool to funnel more commuters into DT Toronto, then surely it doesn't make sense. The central part of the road system being at capacity, adding more feeder traffic would just increase the length of traffic jams. However, trips and economic activity in the...
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    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    The demand for oil will drop several-fold, but not to zero. A fraction of oil is used in petrochemical industry today, and that use will continue. There is no compelling reason to end that, as the petrochemical use can potentially result in zero carbon emission (all carbon stays in the things...
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    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    A massive shift to electric vehicles is very likely. A massive reduction in car ownership is less obvious; people can still own cars even if those car become all-electric and self-driving. Lots of rental companies operate today, and yet a lot of people own cars instead of renting them on the...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    And even if the fare integration is in place, that level transfer might not achieve what Metrolinx is hoping for: relieving the Union station. In the AM rush: the westbound Ontario Line trains will be sufficiently full by the time they reach the East Harbor station. For a GO train rider, what's...
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    Metrolinx: Finch West LRT

    Yep. TVO has found two councillors with the greatest depth of knowledge in the transit matters :)
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    TTC: Streetcar Network

    I would be inclined though to keep 512 and especially 510/509 on that map, for the same reason the 900 Airport is there: help the tourists navigate the city. CN Tower and Ripley are easier to reach using 510 / 509 than by any other means. Sure you can get there from King following John St, or...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    OL is complicated and risky, but promises a very fat payout too. I think P3s will bid, but will try to word the contract in such a way that any conceptual flaws in the original terms will be on the province's tab. To the effect of, "if we construct the route we have signed for and we are late...
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    They won't go north if they are already at Bloor. But, those coming from the north can switch to Eglinton before they even reach Bloor. If just 30% of the regular Bloor riders switch in that manner, the shuttle buses crowding will be somewhat more tolerable.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    I am in favor of elevated transit in general, it just should be designed properly, not to look like a bland concrete slab. However, the Thorncliffe and Flemingdon folks do have a point if we compare their situation with what's planned for Eglinton West. Eglinton West could be elevated almost...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    50+ years from the opening day, i.e. 57+ years from now, is a very bold prediction in any case. In fact, accurately predicting the ridership in 20 years isn't very easy.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    The rules say they have to conduct the consultations, therefore they conduct the consultations. Nothing in the rules says those consultations have to be meaningful ..
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    TTC: Streetcar Network

    I think the rolling stock and the track gauge are less relevant for 99% of the riders who are not transit fans. What really matters for them is speed and capacity. In that sense, Eglinton LRT will have more similarity to the subways than with the St Clair line: - Eglinton: 25-28 kph, almost as...
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    Off-peak, for sure. During the peak, only to some degree (but it is still better then having nothing but shuttle buses for backup). Switching to 3 cars would require a) the station platforms expanded; the room is there but the false walls need to go down, and b) advance knowledge of the Line 2...
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    Metrolinx: Finch West LRT

    That wouldn't necessarily make a difference. Miller was the mayor of Toronto, with no powers to oversee transit construction in the rest of GTA. Unless he would have moved into a provincial position by now ..
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    Metrolinx: Finch West LRT

    Was it signed by Metrolinx executives? If so, then that probably takes care of the legality. Metrolinx is an arm-length agency by statute. Even if it is arm-length in the name only, that's enough to make it immune to the writ period.

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