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  1. RedRocket191

    Toronto | Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    Not exactly. At the risk of turning this into a semantics debate, what they've said is that they will increase service as demand warrants with all-day two-way service in the long term. That's quite different than "we have no plans", but whatever.
  2. RedRocket191

    Toronto | Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    This is essentially how WSIB works. You cannot sue your employer for a workplace accident. You have to claim through WSIB. I am not a lawyer, but the same legal principle could apply - railways could buy insurance from the government and any claims would come from that pool. In turn, there is an...
  3. RedRocket191

    Toronto | Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    MetroNorth has 88.7 miles of 3rd Rail commuter rail, while the Long Island Rail Road has more than double that. Clearly the MTA doesn't care about the safety of the locals. We have a saying in model railroading that holds true for just about every aspect of urban and transportation planning...
  4. RedRocket191

    Toronto | Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    Well, a lot of things. Partially because it won't be ready by the games, partially because of the cost, partially because it should be part of a larger plan requiring much more planning - these are the most obvious reasons. From my perspective, this imperfect but scaleable plan complete in 3...
  5. RedRocket191

    Toronto | Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    Short answer is yes, long answer is yes. The entire corridor is being built for easy installation of the catenary and other structures.
  6. RedRocket191

    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    As long as the next leg begins BEFORE the 2.5 hours expire then that full leg counts as part of the trip. In your first example there would be no problems, but the second example would end up being two full-fare trips. This issue is worthy of debate, but the transfer window has to end at some...
  7. RedRocket191

    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    I've seen GO issue refunds over less. I once saw them issue a refund in less than 5 seconds - It was so quick that the customer was visibly upset that they weren't given a chance to vent at the CSR.
  8. RedRocket191

    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    The MT trip is outside of the 2.5 hour GO transfer window (from the time you boarded, 2.5 hours would be 18:34). That's why it's a full fare trip. You were two minutes past the transfer window.
  9. RedRocket191

    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    ^ There are some hidden discounts available depending on which route you take to get to your destination. For example, taking a GO train to Brampton Station and then a 37 or 33 GO bus to Hurontario and Bovaird charges you a normal 02-33 fare while taking the same train to Bramalea and then a 32...
  10. RedRocket191

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    The primary locomotive is at the east end of the train. This would make it at the South end of a train in barrie and the north end of a train in Stouffville.
  11. RedRocket191

    Toronto | Mississauga Transitway | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | IBI Group

    Other than the bus-only road forming a new T-shaped intersection immediately east of the Hurontario overpass, it will look exactly the same. http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/miway/brtreports?paf_gear_id=9700018&itemId=106700563n Enjoy!
  12. RedRocket191

    Metrolinx: Bombardier Flexity Freedom & Alstom Citadis Spirit LRVs

    Yes, there are discounts for bulk purchases but you can't really compare it to a retail experience since there's much more price and option negotiation. The price of the vehicle includes raw material and assembly costs, development costs and the cost of tooling up the factory for production...
  13. RedRocket191

    Costs & Advantages of Bus Rapid Transit

    One of the best advantages of BRT is being exploited by Ottawa and Mississauga - using it as a means to get many different routes to a common destination.
  14. RedRocket191

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    In my experience, comparing X to Y is pointless. I'm sure there are fifty reasons why they can do it that fast but we can't. I'm trying to make excuses - I'm just saying that a superficial comparison isn't really worth much.
  15. RedRocket191

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I have no idea why I'm on the media release list, but the Milton line is getting an additional round trip starting June 25. The new trip will leave Milton a 7:13 am and arrive Union at 8:13, making it the premier train for 8:30 starters. The 6:48 and 7:08 departures will leave 5 minutes...
  16. RedRocket191

    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    You're right - we will have it for GO, but we'll have some new data from 905 transit too: PRESTO can show where you boarded, what bus you used and which direction you went. If you transfer, we'll know where you made the transfer and what direction you went it. Manually counting passengers lets...
  17. RedRocket191

    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    Do not interpret my comments as denigrating those data source. However, I worked the census so I'm a bit cynical about voluntary participation survey data. I'll take whatever data I can get, but I dream of the day when we have mandatory tap-in, tap-out on PRESTO so we can see where people...
  18. RedRocket191

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Har de har har. :p For those who miss the sarcasm here, I'm referring to people who today ride to Union and double-back, or who get off a stop early and seek a bus connection, or those who would ride if the station a block from their work had service. They all might benefit from the train...
  19. RedRocket191

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Agreed, but I think it would be interesting to see how many Stouffville (potential) riders would actually benefit from having the trains stop at the common stations. I feel that what transit planning in this city lacks most is good information on where people are actually going. As it stands...
  20. RedRocket191

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    They used to stop there before 1998 if Wikipedia is to be believed. I vaguely remember that one of the problems was that Lakeshore line passengers were crowding Stouffville passengers off of their trains, so improved service on the Lakeshore line allowed them to run express to (then) Agincourt...

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