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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    It's indeed exciting to see some new station renderings. I would like to see better integration with the historic structure at the base, though I realize that may be challenging with these particular buildings.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    I was referring to the layout in the most general sense. It really points to the poor planning behind this project. The most sensible approach is not possible due to space constraints and their commitment to the community (which as @Steve Munro pointed out, is dubious at best).
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    To the credit of the original designers, these stations have very clean designs. It shouldn't be that difficult to maintain design integrity. That's the biggest disappointment - all of this is very avoidable with the most basic attention to detail and quality control.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Is it just me, or does this number seem a little low? I know this is just referring to transfers, but given the growth in this area and the ridership of those two lines, I'd imagine the number would be higher. Even if it starts there, I can't imagine it will stay at 4,000 for very long. I hope...
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    Maybe that's why no one uses them. ;)
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    I like what they've done with the stations on this line. They're clean, distinctive and should age well.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Safer spacing, with the potential for expansion in the future.
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    Premier Doug Ford's Ontario

    A terrible precedent, but I'm sure it will be applauded by his base. This isn't even the first time this has happened - he almost did it at the start of his term to reduce the size of Toronto's city council. Such a completely irresponsible use (abuse) of power.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    The "MYTH" seems a lot more sensible. I wonder why they can't just provide some more concrete plans to the community to assuage their fears. The use of vague language isn't helping.
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    I'd add that the debate really wasn't about technology at all. It was about 'respect for Scarborough', not being forced through the horror of making a transfer, etc. An SRT upgrade would've not moved the needle in that regard.
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    At the time I understood why LRT was chosen. It offered (and I believe this was the case in studies), greater future expansion possibilities and more than enough capacity for a long, long time. The SRT upgrade would've been the best route to go, but I could understand why an LRT made sense too.
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    Eglinton West LRT | Metrolinx

    This is exactly why you can't just drop higher order transit in certain areas and expect density and accessibility to come with it. A lot of our suburbs were designed for motorists - not pedestrians, cyclists or efficient transit. Culturally speaking I think we still have a ways to go before...
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    I don't think the city was lamenting it as much as they were stating a clear reality. The same political will that led to these extensions being supported is exactly why these areas are unlikely to be intensified.
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    It's a fairly long trip. Even if we're looking at subway timings, Kipling to Kennedy is about 50 minutes. Would be great to have a faster option. It's something we need, that's for sure. We're going to have to change the way we build things.
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    That will be a difficult, if not impossible sell when the line runs mostly through suburban residential neighbourhoods. As it's been established, there's an expectation these suburban extensions can be built with minimal sacrifice and/or disruption of the built environment.
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    Out of curiosity - where in Scarborough would you be looking at a 100 minute trip downtown (I'm assuming that's the destination)?
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    The narrative can shift depending on what's necessary to justify the project. I think greater access to those who are underprivileged is unquestionably a legitimate reason for transit expansion. That doesn't mean a subway extension was the answer. And there's no doubt Metrolinx has not applied...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    If you're imagining then your view doesn't necessarily reflect reality either. The Star article was fair, given the sources. What are your sources? And again, this does not absolve Metrolinx in any way for not consulting with the community. Helping businesses relocate is the bare minimum. I...
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    What's become clear over the years is that there's a very different standard for suburban extensions and how we view the people there. NIMBYs in these areas are looked at as people that need to be understood and accommodated, even if it involves far greater expense. It's very different in...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    There's a saying about history... I think it's clear we don't understand those issues are at play here, or at the very least are unwilling to even entertain the idea they're factors. These are exactly the kind of arguments that led to the Africville community being destroyed, and why it took...

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