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  1. Bytor

    VIA Rail

    You might have to go via another website to figure it out. ;-)
  2. Bytor

    VIA Rail

    Where have you seen that? Nothing I have read from VIA has indicated that would be the case. And if Ontario/Metrolinx can get CN to agree to additional tracks in a CN corridor, as seems to be the case for 2WADGO on the Kitchener line, there's no reason why that cannot happen for VIA...
  3. Bytor

    VIA Rail

    GIF of little girl captioned with "Why not both?" It's a false dichotomy to say that it's only HFR exclusive-or HSR as many people on both sides portray it, and I think that Paul Langan would be the first to agree that we *also* need the intercity service that hits the stops in between that HSR...
  4. Bytor

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    Metrolinx is planning on doing that, eventually. The intermodal station needs to be built first, though.
  5. Bytor

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    The vertical bar, when it's part on a signal mast meant for the road, as in your video, OK. But that's not we're talking about here. Your original comment was about the horizontal bar on the tram signal masts. Those are completely irrelevant to drivers on the road, it doesn't matter what they...
  6. Bytor

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    I'm not sure the MTO would have a basis for complaint - those train signals go back more than a hundred years, deriving first from human semaphores, then mechanical ones.
  7. Bytor

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    Would it appease your nitpicking if I reworded it to "The horizontal bars aren't being used for any vehicle traffic on the roads, so it doesn't really matter that they aren't in the Handbook"? Because, really, you should have been able work out what I was meaning by that synecdoche. That...
  8. Bytor

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    The horizontal bars aren't bering used for any car traffic on the roads, so it doesn't really matter that they aren't in the Handbook.
  9. Bytor

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    The ION Stations are not long enough for running the trams in triplicate, though, and at places like Queen Station I'm not sure tha you can make a platform long enough for that. even where you can, that will be major construction.
  10. Bytor

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    K-W is not Toronto and ION is not a subway. We don't have a million riders a day using the line. We don't even have a hundred thousand people using the line each day. Not to mention the traffic disruption at intersections like Erb & Caroline that get backed up because of the arms. I'm normally...
  11. Bytor

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    I wouldn't really call every 10 minutes "poor". It's been just fine for the summer, even on the empty side.
  12. Bytor

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    But we can compare to July & August last year. That;s more relevant than a single month's (or even 11 days') numbers with no context.
  13. Bytor

    407 Rail Freight Bypass/The Missing Link

    I think the passing loops were from Georgetown→Kitchener and were instead of building double tracks all the way. He mentioned Acton station while talking about that. So that's not something they need to negotiate with CN.
  14. Bytor

    407 Rail Freight Bypass/The Missing Link

    ISTM that there's got to be a flyover somewhere. The CN rail comes up from the south and intersects the Metrolinx track at around Georgetown, and than after Bramalea the CN track heads to the north while Metrolinx goes south.
  15. Bytor

    407 Rail Freight Bypass/The Missing Link

    Don't tell that to the two older gentleman from Cambridge who were there last night. ;-)
  16. Bytor

    407 Rail Freight Bypass/The Missing Link

    Verster was also talking about not just upgrading track (because some of it is old and unrepaired so the speed limit was reduced instead of repairing) but building new track, too. It seemed to me like the implication was the new track would be used for passenger rail only.
  17. Bytor

    407 Rail Freight Bypass/The Missing Link

    I wonder what all there is to negotiate about? All CN needs is those two points linked, that's all. Once it's agreed that ONgov builds that link it should just be lawyers dotting the is and crossing the ts on a track-swap agreement. This isn't something like a CN/CP swap of old where what will...
  18. Bytor

    407 Rail Freight Bypass/The Missing Link

    I hope not. Without more timeslots on that bottleneck I don't see how we can get more GO service out to Kitchener. Getting more passenger trains on that route means removing freight.
  19. Bytor

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    Of course. There will be double tracks along most of the length of Ion Stage 1, except for the three loops where the directions will separated onto different streets. With 8 minute headways (to start) along a length that will take rough 46 minutes, that's 5-6 trains travelling in both...
  20. Bytor

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    Ion Stage 1 is being built as a DBFOM project by a third party, yes, but the design must meet certain criteria and must be approved by the Region. As such, you get what is needed an wanted, not what the developer is "comfortable with".

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