If Eglinton East LRT will have mostly surface stops at the major intersections, (from link)Hard to imagine anyone building anything without a station at islington and Martin grove. I still wish we could just build the surface lrt with stops only at major intersections
Eglinton East has already been ruined by the on street portion from Leslie to Kennedy. Because of this, the very East portion can't become rapid transit with healthy (800m) spacing.
Interesting that all option have the same capacity.
Indeed that's strange. Maybe the bottleneck in the model isn't the # of vehicles per hour, but something else? Size of the platforms for example?Interesting that all option have the same capacity.
does this mean that the St. Clair LRT has the same capacity as Eglinton between Dufferin and Yonge?
why bother putting DRL underground?
I suspect that option 2 will be chosen.Thanks to W.K.Lis for the detailed post.
My preference is Option 4. That option would provide decent local coverage (7 stops), combined with a good travel time (16 min from Mt Dennis to Renforth). Transit will become a viable option for many of the Airport area employees, as long as there is a shuttle bus that connects the Renforth stop to other parts of the employment district. If you live west of Yonge and not too far from Eglinton, that will be 10-15 min on a local bus to Eglinton, plus 10-25 min on the LRT, plus 5-10 min on the shuttle bus. Kind of reasonable.
The cost of Option 4 isn't huge compared to Option 1. Times 2.1, not times 4 or 5.
Option 1 is good for local service, but too slow to make the trips very appealing for the airport area employees.
Options 2 and 3 are worse than 4 or 1. Option 3 has too few stops, the loss of local access will not be compensated by the slightly faster travel time. Option 2 is both more expensive and less rapid than option 4, then what's the point ..
I'm quite uncertain why going to the airport is a requirement. There is a planned transfer point at Caledonia which is sufficient for anyone from east of that point and very few live within walking distance of Eglinton to the west. $1B might buy decent mainline GO integration which is a far more useful connection.Option 1 is good for local service, but too slow to make the trips very appealing for the airport area employees.
Because this will cost TTC fare and UPX will cost 9 dollars, that's why.I'm quite uncertain why going to the airport is a requirement. There is a planned transfer point at Caledonia which is sufficient for anyone from east of that point and very few live within walking distance of Eglinton to the west. $1B might buy decent mainline GO integration which is a far more useful connection.
If both connections were on the table then great; but they're not; currently pledged Federal + provincial money is still around $30B short of funding all SOGR + expansion plans.
IMO, Eglinton needs to be done on the cheap. If ridership above 6000pphpd appears in a couple decades then drop another $1B into it to grade separate the pain points. I suspect if we go with a more expensive option, it simply will not get funded; the province is going to be hands-off on it either way.