585/6=97.5 million/station.Of note, the funding announcement also supports 'smart track'.
Since GO/Metrolinx froze the building of new stations...............
Hmmm, the official presser says funding six new GO/Smart Track stations @585M
That's an insane amount per station, and assuming this matching federal funding.........roughly 200M per station????
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That doesn't require large new capital dollars to address though. There are enough trains, ATC is en route, the improved station should cut dwell time at the margins.I suppose Bloor-Yonge improvements are necessary, but I don't see anything being done about the fact that service is at every 3-4 minutes at certain hours, and that is not enough even though there would be capacity for improvement; for example, northbound passengers are often packed like sardines as early as King St. between 3 and 4 pm on weekdays. Same problem between 6:30 and 7:30 southbound at Bloor.
The RL has clearly been pushed back already, sadly.Not sure if I like this proposal, if only because it can be used as yet another reason to defer the DRL.
I think the most likely scenario is that if Ford gets dumped in 2022 (or even before then, if it's a coup within his own party), that the TTC dusts off the old Relief Line subway plans and proceeds with those. It would be just another Ford-caused multi-year "run around in a circle just to finish exactly where you started" transit project (see: Finch West LRT).It's baffling to me that even members who usually ought to know better are still putting so much faith in the Ontario Line.
Change of government aside, my more immediate concern is the fact that the whole scheme is merely conceptual at this point with many unresolved details. If we use Smarttrack as an analogy, we are at the early stage where John Tory's bunch of google-map consultants were convinced that you can run a heavy rail spur down Eglinton Ave no problem. Sure, those proposed cross-platform transfers and elevated segments sound great in theory, but I'm still waiting to hear how Metrolinx plans to actually fit all of that within the rail corridor without constraining GO Transit expansion. Or how they plan to overcome local neighborhood opposition, or navigate all those tight turns underneath developed areas. Don't be surprised if the province comes back a while later and informs us that key elements of the plan were not technically feasible after having actually studied it (more likely: we find out through a freedom of information request that the scheme was secretly abandoned)...resulting in a significantly different plan and considerable time wasted. So to anyone who tries to compare this to the city's fully developed relief line, just understand that you are comparing apples to oranges.I think the most likely scenario is that if Ford gets dumped in 2022 (or even before then, if it's a coup within his own party), that the TTC dusts off the old Relief Line subway plans and proceeds with those. It would be just another Ford-caused multi-year "run around in a circle just to finish exactly where you started" transit project (see: Finch West LRT).