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City council approved the implementation of bus lanes on Eglinton East. John Tory is still supportive of the EELRT and he said that he may look for other ways make the line happen. Possibly in the form of the federal government for a source of funding IMO.

In addition, Matthew Davis who is the manager in transportation had this to say:
 

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City council approved the implementation of bus lanes on Eglinton East. John Tory is still supportive of the EELRT and he said that he may look for other ways make the line happen. Possibly in the form of the federal government for a source of funding IMO.
Of course, because as per usual the man never has a plan to fund any of his proposals.
 

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Well...he did push for tolls on the Gardiner to fund transit projects, and Wynne blocked him. Some progressive! I did not expect such a cynical move from her.
Did he? I thought the Ford tolls were (part of the cost) for an additional tunnelled roadway underneath Gardiner.
 

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Well...he did push for tolls on the Gardiner to fund transit projects, and Wynne blocked him. Some progressive! I did not expect such a cynical move from her.
True, but the fact that it was the only additional revenue tool that he has pushed for since he has been mayor speaks wonders to his status quo agenda.
 

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Would it be a good idea to change the name of the thread to Eglinton East BRT, since we now know that the LRT has been pushed off the tables?
 

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Would it be a good idea to change the name of the thread to Eglinton East BRT, since we now know that the LRT has been pushed off the tables?
Its not even a BRT. Just a hastily designed 'rapid' bus lane that will create congestion, confusion, and adds no cycle infrastructure along a corridor that really isnt very crowded in the right lane to begin with. Aside from having to stop at too many red lights, the poor frequency right now is mainly a result of the Kennedy station crosstown construction and this crap will change none of that and will certainly F up traffic.

The EELRT was no model in rapid transit design itself but atleast it had some grade separation, added cycle lanes and was segregated so not interfering with standard right turns. This is extremely irresponsible planning and a complete waste of money. Better to leave as is rather then a shameless political PR stunt
 
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Its not even a BRT. Just a hastily designed 'rapid' bus lane that will create congestion, confusion, and adds no cycle infrastructure along a corridor that really isnt very crowded right lane to begin with. Aside from stopping at too many red lights, the poor frequency from the Kennedy station Crosstown construction is the biggest issue along the route right now and this helps neither for transit commuters and F's up traffic.

The EELRT was no model in rapid transit desig itself but atleast it had some grade separation, added cycle lanes and was not interfering with standard right turns. This is irresponsible planning and a complete waste of money. Better to leave as is.
Having its own ROW is by definition BRT. If Viva qualifies as BRT solely on the premise that it can make traffic signals work in its favour, so can these bus lanes. Granted this will be minimal, but it will help boost ridership along the corridor to make an eastward extension of Line 5 more likely.
 

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Having its own ROW is by definition BRT. If Viva qualifies as BRT solely on the premise that it can make traffic signals work in its favour, so can these bus lanes. Granted this will be minimal, but it will help boost ridership along the corridor to make an eastward extension of Line 5 more likely.
Boost ridership? I take the bulk of the line from Morningside Crossing to Kennedy and the right lane is not an issue, really its not. Traffic signalling, fleet size and the mess around Kennedy station with inevitable construction causing delays are the big issues right now impacting comfort and frequencies. None of these issues have been addressed here.

Sure the fresh paint will look cool and the photo-ops will be fun for the Politicians selling the charade, but this is nothing more then a hastily put together City of Toronto token gesture, political stunt that will do little good but screw up traffic royally.
 
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Boost ridership? I take the entire line from Morningside Crossing to Kennedy and the right lane is not an issue, really its not. Traffic signalling, fleet size and the mess around Kennedy station with inevitable construction causing delays are the big issues right now impacting comfort and frequencies. None of these issues have been addressed here.

Sure the fresh paint will look cool and the photo-ops will be fun for the Politicians selling the charade, but this is nothing more then a hastily put together City of Toronto token gesture, political stunt that will do little good but screw up traffic royally.
You'd be surprised how much implied infrastructure brings attention to itself. If you advertise that your bus route now has its own dedicated lanes that help it avoid traffic, that would draw in riders even traffic was never an issue.
 

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You'd be surprised how much implied infrastructure brings attention to itself. If you advertise that your bus route now has its own dedicated lanes that help it avoid traffic, that would draw in riders even traffic was never an issue.
They can advertise all they want.

If the coat of paint doesn't really improve travel time and makes travel worse for many others the final result wont be so desirable. This is a far too important of corridor to the City to be hacking a poorly designed 'feel good' gesture

Special interest groups these days promote this narrow lens crap but it wont fly with voters. The entire City will likely pay again politically and financially for this nonsense in the decades to come.
 
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Having its own ROW is by definition BRT. If Viva qualifies as BRT solely on the premise that it can make traffic signals work in its favour, so can these bus lanes. Granted this will be minimal, but it will help boost ridership along the corridor to make an eastward extension of Line 5 more likely.
Traffic signal lights are the big problem in Toronto (and Ontario). They continue to prioritize the single-occupant automobile ahead of the crowded buses (streetcars, and maybe light rail).

Note at 5:21 how traffic signals do not work for pedestrians in Toronto. Note at 6:14 how traffic signals do not work for public transit vehicles in Toronto.
 

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Traffic signal lights are the big problem in Toronto (and Ontario). They continue to prioritize the single-occupant automobile ahead of the crowded buses (streetcars, and maybe light rail).

Note at 5:21 how traffic signals do not work for pedestrians in Toronto. Note at 6:14 how traffic signals do not work for public transit vehicles in Toronto.
The traffic lights are handled by a department in Toronto of old boomers who think the car is king and they fight tooth and nail for it.
 

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