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    VIA Rail

    Seems like a fare structure where travel and accommodation are split out would make the issue of company expense policies go away so easily. There are many railways where base transportation plus upgrades for speed, class, and sleepers is added on.
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    Roads: Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration (City of Toronto, UC)

    When is someone going to come and collect all those utility poles?? A small forest could be saved by reclaiming all those. That one picture is absolutely ridiculous. It's as if every utility company, sign, button, and light was given its own pole and to make things worse they weren't anchored...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    That first bullet reads like the way you get development to pay for the building of a station is that you expropriate land for that development. Seems like it would work if the land area expropriated and zoning supported a development of the right scale.
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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    Yes, and it isn't like the original plan didn't have a solution for this built into the design. They could have put in full strength bollards along the street spaced out such that vehicles couldn't get through. Instead they put in weak faux bollards that have already been damaged by the light...
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    Roads: Gardiner Expressway catch-all, incl. Hybrid Design (2015-onwards)

    I'm not sure why you can't. The Rocket bus charges me extra. The GO bus going the same distance as two local busses charge extra. The cost is related to cost recovery and benefit. What is farebox recovery right now? Is it still around 80%? Almost no transit uses the Gardiner so...
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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    I'm concerned that will occur because it will be generally accepted as truth.
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    Pickering Airport (Transport Canada/GTAA, Proposed)

    Historically there has been more anti-Pickering Airport than pro-Pickering Airport lobbying. I wouldn't be surprised if the whole reason the GTAA was put in an oversight role of the Pickering Airport planning was to distance government from backlash and protest. For years politicians have been...
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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    I guess with the door right below the sign and all the graphics on that wall they wanted to be clear... don't enter this door? Hopefully that wall is temporary and this isn't the permanent signage.
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    TTC: Electric and alternative fuel buses

    The article on Urban Toronto discusses AC to DC conversion. I'm thinking that should be AC to DC. Batteries store current in DC, the power grid is AC. There may be DC to AC converters on the bus if there are AC power outlets. Also, the article suggests this is the TTCs first hybrid bus...
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    GO Transit: Union Station Shed Replacement & Track Upgrades (Zeidler)

    What??? I can't believe I missed this news. The green roof was key to the whole thing! That doesn't make sense because the purpose of a green roof is to reduce storm runoff and the urban heat island. Nobody waters a green roof and the rain that falls is going to fall regardless. There...
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    VIA Rail

    Based on what? Why wouldn't they propose a Hybrid Flirt? I got the feeling that VIA is looking for BMUs more than bimodal locomotives.
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    Toronto | Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    I don't understand why UP Express has a cab in its middle car. It looks ridiculous when run in a 2 car set, and wastes space in the 3 car set. They should have has a middle car with no cab, and run them A-A, or A-B-A, but never A-B. Just order fewer Bs, and get cheaper Bs with more passenger...
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    Metrolinx: Bombardier Flexity Freedom & Alstom Citadis Spirit LRVs

    Wow. I didn't know that. Designed to go both ways at the same speed but with only one cab. Makes sense if they will only ever operate them in sets of two or more. Although, I wonder why they didn't just get longer trains if they would never operate them small singles, as that would give them...
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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    When the moat is covered and closed in, it will be inside. They are going to have doors to get into the moat from Bay and York, it isn't just protection from rain.
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    GO Transit: Union Station Shed Replacement & Track Upgrades (Zeidler)

    Are there any pictures of completed platforms anywhere where not only is the platform concrete and track work done but the shed is also painted light grey and the roof re-installed?
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    Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) | ?m | 1s | TTC | IBI Group

    Right now a brick box would be fine, maybe even a derelict wood shed, but they aren't going to rebuild this emergency exit in 20 years, probably not in 50 years. The area is going to change over time and the way it has been built is quality but not attention drawing. I think that in 25 years...
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    Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) | ?m | 1s | TTC | IBI Group

    I think that design is how you respect neighbouring property owners. They will fight progress if you build ugly monoliths next to their property that will be there until the end of time.
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    Metrolinx: Bombardier Flexity Freedom & Alstom Citadis Spirit LRVs

    Actually the Bombardier design is the most flexible. It has a better turning radius, and is truly modular. It comes in many lengths as well (see Brussels and Edmonton for longer models) and each extension in length uses the same parts. You can keep adding length by just adding two additional...
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    TTC: Flexity Streetcars Testing & Delivery (Bombardier)

    The 1 car every 1.3wk is an average which is easily achievable considering a single line can produce 1 car every 2 weeks. Two lines running as well as the line that currently exists in Thunder Bay at the end of 2016 should be able to produce 1 car per week, so with the line starting some time...
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    @BurlOak I disagree with your summation of the facts. Environmental assessments, engineering design, and contract signing is getting a subway / LRT under construction. The Harris government didn't start the Sheppard subway, they just didn't cancel it, and the reason it got built in their term...