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The city of Toronto is responsible for this line going underground. Everybody knows Doug Ford is against on street transit but nothing tells me that he is against elevated and only prefers underground. When the options for Eglinton West was being evaluated before Doug Ford became premier, the city of Toronto did a hit piece against the elevated option with so much bias. We all know the city of Toronto is in love with on street LRT but it doesn't mean they should disregard other superior options. Other cities have elevated transit and they are not ugly like how it is made to be. Amsterdam which looks better than Toronto has elevated transit all over the city and city still looks good. If the city of Toronto had went with the superior elevated option we wouldn't be building the majority of this line underground. I'm sure Doug Ford would have went with elevated over underground as it will have been grade separated and will be cheaper than underground. Due to the bias of the city of Toronto we will now be getting the more expensive option.

I'm sure Doug didn't look at any reports, his and Rob's fixation with subways is well know and has gone back many years.
 

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You’re trolling, right? You do realize that Doug could’ve unilaterally decided to elevate the thing, if that was indeed his preferred option? Or are you suggesting that Doug was somehow unaware that elevation was an option? Or is it that Doug just isn’t responsible for his own bad decision making??

You must be trolling if you can't wrap your brain around that fact that the city of Toronto was in charge of planning for this line after SmartTrack and they stuck with the on street LRT for years. They fought back against grade separation at intersections and elevated. If elevated was the preferred option once Ford came in, there would have been no pushback against it to change it to something else. Doug Ford has nothing against elevated transit as evident with the Ontario Line which has portions elevated. He has a problem with on street LRT which is what the city has been pushing for years. What did the city of Toronto do for all those years they were in planning for years for this extension and chose to stick with the useless on street LRT instead of looking at elevated. I hope you can comprehend as I can't break it down any further.
 

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This sums up how the city has screwed up transit in the city with their obsession with on street LRT. They hate elevated transit with a passion.

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They even messed up the Crosstown with that useless stop at Sunnybrook Park when Metrolinx wanted to go underground all the way to Science when the councillor and a few residents at one of the condo buildings complained. Ditto for why the line wasn't elevated to Kennedy? Look at the Aga Khan stop, Metrolinx tried to eliminate it and the city with its useless councillors complained because some residents would have to walk a little bit further to go to the stop even though the stop is right by Science Center station. They always find ways to screw up lines and make it slower. The original Crosstown line was flawed and any attempts to improve it has been fought by the city who wants to stick to their original vision.
 

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^And the funny thing is, the city cant even implement on-street LRT properly to it's fullest capabilities despite being in heavy favor of it. They like to include unnecessary stops, and have the Transportation Department interfere with implementing full signal priority on varying segments of any given transit line.

Examples of this include the stops at Sunnybrook Park and Aga Khan on the Crosstown. Metrolinx eliminated those two stops and the city along with their politicians fought to have it included back. Sunnybrook Park had the distinction of not making the line completely grade separated from Mount Dennis all the way to Science Centre Station just to serve a few people. Aga Khan station is literally right next to the Science centre station. The City complained that some residents would be inconvenienced by having to walk a couple of more minutes to the Science Centre station. The wanted to line to stay true to the original Transit City plan even though there were flaws with that plan which was improved by removing those two stops.
 

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I went to a public consultation and asked then commissioner Byford why elevated LRT was not considered for Eglinton East and he gave me a bunch of esthetic reasons. It's not just the city but the TTC are against it too. This on-street or nothing attitude is aggravating - sucks for transit and cars.

Regardless on how the city keep spinning this due to their unwillingness to implement TRUE transit priority signals, the at-grade section are glorified streetcars. It's fine on Finch but not Eglinton
 

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^If you followed any of the most recent City Council meeting, you would have seen City staff defend their position and indicate that they were sticking to their guns about a surface alignment. While I don't agree with everything in their position (I would like to see a couple cut-and-cover duckunders at key intersections) I thought that showed integrity and courage. One wonders how ML managed to write a business case with a completely different result. ML is not known for a willingness to speak truth to power.

Interestingly, City Staff also went further than I have ever heard to acknowledge and promote transit priority signalling, for Crosstown and for the Eglinton West extension.

- Paul
 

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I went to a public consultation and asked then commissioner Byford why elevated LRT was not considered for Eglinton East and he gave me a bunch of esthetic reasons. It's not just the city but the TTC are against it too. This on-street or nothing attitude is aggravating - sucks for transit and cars.

Regardless on how the city keep spinning this due to their unwillingness to implement TRUE transit priority signals, the at-grade section are glorified streetcars. It's fine on Finch but not Eglinton

That's laughable. What can the city of Toronto teach Amsterdam or Sydney about aesthetics These are cities which have elevated transit or are building it. We dont even have to leave Canada, just go to Vancouver. Montreal is building elevated for its REM.

The city have a credibility issue with elevated transit. It's hated with a passion from the politicians to the city organizations.
 

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This might sound cynical but the funny part of this discussion is the idea that the design process could bring about an unbiased evaluation of the options presented.

A fundamental principle of engineering is: in order to find the solution you need to know the solution. In management parlance you would say: begin with the end in mind.

You don’t hire expensive consultants to tell you what to do. You hire expensive consultants to back-rationalize your actions and provide a narrative for public consumption.

Keep in mind however that this process is occurring with equal force in cases of projects you love as with those you hate
 

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This might sound cynical but the funny part of this discussion is the idea that the design process could bring about an unbiased evaluation of the options presented.

A fundamental principle of engineering is: in order to find the solution you need to know the solution. In management parlance you would say: begin with the end in mind.

You don’t hire expensive consultants to tell you what to do. You hire expensive consultants to back-rationalize your actions and provide a narrative for public consumption.

Keep in mind however that this process is occurring with equal force in cases of projects you love as with those you hate
Very true, happens in all my college design projects. Fiddle around with the decision matrices to produce the desired outcome.
 

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You don’t hire expensive consultants to tell you what to do. You hire expensive consultants to back-rationalize your actions and provide a narrative for public consumption.
This has been my experience in the private sector as well. Consultants are often bozos who are good at making slick board presentations.
 

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"LRT" as we know it (especially as our second East West Metro Line) is a North American thing.
They are tramways, not 4.5 billion dollar hybrid subways - and they are supplemented by fast grade-separated rail.

Sure. Whatever the label, the point is that there are models around the world that demonstrate surface level LRTs/tramways can provide excellent service.
 

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This sums up how the city has screwed up transit in the city with their obsession with on street LRT. They hate elevated transit with a passion.

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They even messed up the Crosstown with that useless stop at Sunnybrook Park when Metrolinx wanted to go underground all the way to Science when the councillor and a few residents at one of the condo buildings complained. Ditto for why the line wasn't elevated to Kennedy? Look at the Aga Khan stop, Metrolinx tried to eliminate it and the city with its useless councillors complained because some residents would have to walk a little bit further to go to the stop even though the stop is right by Science Center station. They always find ways to screw up lines and make it slower. The original Crosstown line was flawed and any attempts to improve it has been fought by the city who wants to stick to their original vision.
Going back a little farther - immediately after Rob Ford was elected. There was talk of going elevated then.
Elevated trains: Metrolinx offers subway alternative . The key quote was
The message from the Mayor’s office was that “minimizing the impact on traffic” (also known as preserving road space for vehicles) is “very important” to him
There was a similar article in The Star at the time. Both had no negative comment about elevated from Ford - after all, it's quite believable that Ford only cared about the cars, but by default it would make transit rapid. The Memorandum of Understanding even allowed for for non-tunneled segments near Black Creek (that actually got switched from on-street to elevated), Don Valley, and near Kennedy - which was well over half the on-street portion.
 

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Sure. Whatever the label, the point is that there are models around the world that demonstrate surface level LRTs/tramways can provide excellent service.
Yes, however as we've said a hundred times now, most of those surface LRTs are used in contexts that completely differ from Eglinton. Its not comparable.
 

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Going back a little farther - immediately after Rob Ford was elected. There was talk of going elevated then.
Elevated trains: Metrolinx offers subway alternative . The key quote was

There was a similar article in The Star at the time. Both had no negative comment about elevated from Ford - after all, it's quite believable that Ford only cared about the cars, but by default it would make transit rapid. The Memorandum of Understanding even allowed for for non-tunneled segments near Black Creek (that actually got switched from on-street to elevated), Don Valley, and near Kennedy - which was well over half the on-street portion.
Council were able to lock out Ford and force a return to Transit City - surely they could have force the elevated option on Eglinton whether Ford liked it or not.

The entire council is a joke with career politicians filled with their own agendas as far as I'm concerned
 

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