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    Transit Fantasy Maps

    I've felt that Hamilton is probably the one place in Cananda (and possibly North America) where a Monorail could legitimately work like what's seen in Japan and China. To me it checks off all the boxes, from having the perfect capacity, being grade separate for rapid transit, and most...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    On the topic of rolling stock, assuming we don't go with Catenary and instead opt for 3rd rail we could possibly see trains similar to the ones that will be used on the under construction Honolulu Subway which are made by Hitatchi. According to Wikipedia each car is 20 meters long (64') so that...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    You can have low catenary. The Toei Oedo line in Tokyo has a low catenary that is only a couple of inches above the train. The tunnels would only be slightly larger then our standard tunnels but still shorter that a line that uses a standard catenary height.
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    That's not entirely true. While the three York's were pretty much expansions of the original York (now Toronto), Scarborough and Etobicoke were independent townships since 1850, although they were both part of the larger "York County" alongside Toronto and everything we consider York Region...
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    Transit Fantasy Maps

    Back in the 70's the Province was developing a plan called GO Urban which I assume was the the first iteration of what would become GO ALRT. Anyways the Urban plan called for railways throughout Toronto, however the plan also proposed lines in Hamilton and Ottawa. All I could find where basic...
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    Offically there isn't but I personally look at Thorncliff Park as the defacto downtown for East York. Who knows, mayber the OL will spur some more development in the area and we can really build it out into a "Downtown East York".
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    TTC: Streetcar Network

    I see the TTC is talking about a carhouse on St.Clair, shame we will need to go through this exspense since the TTC used to own a Wychwood Carhouse. A cursory glance at google maps would lead me to believe it would be located on the industrial lot at Townsley or a maple leaf foods plant just...
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    Eglinton West LRT | Metrolinx

    Metrolinx examined elevated for the EWLRT but presented it in the worst possible light, the fix was in from the start. It seems the powers that be have always had there preferred method and simply paid lip-service to other options in an attempt to look fair and unbiased. This seems to be the way...
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    Transit Fantasy Maps

    So I made another map, this time for Ottawa. I think the Ottawa region would be wonderfully served by an Interurban style network using "Tram-Trains"; which is great since the Citadis line of LRV's are set up for this. Obviously this would require either new trackage built or getting CP and CN...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Sure that may be true for the OL, but in case you have forgotten Metrolinx is currently building another line at the moment, with some "interesting" naming choices. I don't even know why you would need consultants to help name a station. Of all the things that go into these types of projects...
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    TTC: Streetcar Network

    I'm a big proponent of resurrecting the Parliament Streetcar or at the very least get the tracks to Castle Frank station. This would bring some operational symmetry to the network with 3 Streetcar terminals on each side of Yonge Street. I remember when I was attending George Brown a few years...
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    Transit Fantasy Maps

    Ok so here are some hypothetical maps I made. For this I thought how would our commuter network look if it was split between multiple companies like what is seen in Japan. Luckily we have 2 companies that own/owned trackage in Toronto, those being CN and CP. So I created some commuter maps based...
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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    It is a subway to nowhere. Sure some buses will move to Sheppard, but the GO Bus, and Intercity buses along with the proposed BRT to Durham are still all going to be at STC. On top of that you still have the fact STC is also planed to have a massive amount of development both residential and...
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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    Every time I see this I get angry. I get angry because this could very well happen. We know the Scarborough Town Centre is the central hub for Scarborough, not withstanding the large mall and development planned, but STC is also home to the largest bus terminal in the TTC network, a GO Bus...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I believe the platform levelling for GO RER isn't to high-level standards like what Sydney has. The platforms you see in places like Australia, Germany, and Japan are subway height platforms. What GO RER is doing is a more marginal increase to bring platforms in line with the lower level doors...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I don't think its a problem with Bi-Levels in general, but just our implementation of it. Our doors are on the lowest level which forces people to climb up to 2 flights of steps to get to a seat if they don't want to sit on the lower level. Comparatively Bi-Levels like seen in Sydney have there...
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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    Random thing I found doing some digging for a slightly related project of mine. Apparently the idea of rapid trainsit running alongside the 401 to Durham isn't all that new. According to this map, during the Network 2011 days there was a plan (or idea at least) of a GO line (or regional...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    I believe the issue is the Richmond Hill line would require something like a Billion dollars in flood mitigation work to include it in the GO RER plan. That's quite steep for a line that doesn't really have the ridership to justify what RER is offering. As well beyond the union corridor you...
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    Eglinton East LRT | Metrolinx

    Because the fundamental problem with the SkyTrain is its LIM propulsion. LIM systems are damn near useless in the winter since it only takes a thin layer of ice build up on the magnet rail to knock a system (or that section of track) down. and in the case of the SRT since the line only has...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    Sort of reminds me of the Tobu 70000 Series trains in Tokyo, which you can see in the pic below. Personally I like the more streamlined European and Asian style trains however I will say I love your use of the offset front door. Its something you see all over East Asia and I've always liked...

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