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GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

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^ Would this add double tracking? cc @crs1026
I don't have access to the documents, but the answer is likely, it's the first step.

The key words are "Enabling works". My understanding is that in ML procurement space this implies utility relocation, grading, fencing and/or sound walls, culvert extenstion, etc....but not necessarily the laying of track itself and installation of signalling.

MP 21.10 is the first farm crossing north of the end of double track at Kirby, and MP 29.17 is Englehard Road, just south of Aurora Station. So logically that implies at least one track in addition to the current single track on that stretch. That's enough passing capacity to push hourly 2WAD service to possibly Bradford, assuming the Davenport work creates double track south of Steeles. It would likely also resolve the siding issue at the lumber yard north of King City that causes the "roadswitcher day" bustitutions.

We would have to hear about more track work at or north of Bradford to push 2WAD any further north or any more frequently than hourly. It's 12.5 miles from Aurora to Bradford, with two intermediate GO stations.....so without double track, hourly headways (30 minutes up, 30 minutes back) are as good as it gets. (Do I recall a procurement for some small project at Bradford, eg a passing siding?)

Personally I'm pleased to see ML procuring some of these projects outside of the Mother of all P3 procurement. The bidders on the latter can't be expected to take every and all risks and manage every and all bit of work on the GO network. Getting to a graded, ready for track right of way is a logical starting point for P3 bidders.

- Paul
 
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It would be cool if there was a map showing the tracking of each go train line, whats single, double, triple, etc and what is being currently constructed, under construction, approved.

As well as color coded for Metrolinx, CN, CP etc.
 

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This map provides the ownership and the amount of tracks in corridor: https://rac.jmaponline.net/canadianrailatlas/

I don't think there's a singular map that shows "currently constructed, under construction, approved".

The map @ShonTron posted a few pages back (see here) had the recently constructed layer for the Kitchener Line between Bramalea and Georgetown.
Yeah RAC is nice, but the way it shows the number of tracks is real sloppy. You have to zoom way it. Makes sense as its a to-scale map though. Also it not only doesnt show upcomimg construction but its out of date; it doesnt show any of the recent tracking on Barrie.
 

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In fact, preliminary work on Mount Dennis has already started.

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They have moved 2 of the 3 tracks to the north side of the row. There is also a slow order so most of the trains I've been on pass by the area at about 40km/hr.
 

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Don't know if it was ever mentioned, but the total estimated construction value of the On Corridor works package is around $ 8- 9 billion.

Proponents who unveiled the plan May 30 at Toronto’s Exhibition Place noted the project would be Canada’s largest ever P3. Infrastructure Ontario has previously said the third-phase procurement could be worth $8- or $9 billion not including a 35-year operations period, which would be valued at billions more.
 

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A little good news for the Kitchener Line. It's great to see concrete action is being take for expansion. Looks like Metrolinx is studying to see if the bridge over the river Speed will support a second track - the pylons are currently wide enough to support two tracks.

https://guelph.ca/2019/07/construction-notice-lane-reductions-on-macdonell-street-and-elizabeth-street-starting-july-24/
Construction notice: Lane reductions on Macdonell Street and Elizabeth Street starting July 24


Between Wellington Street and Arthur Street
AECOM Canada will be conducting a geotechnical investigation, on behalf of Metrolinx, on Macdonell Street and Elizabeth Street. Work includes the drilling of boreholes.
Work begins July 24
Work is expected to begin on or about July 24, and take about two days to complete, weather permitting.
Lane reductions and delays expected
Macdonell Street and Elizabeth Street will undergo lane reductions during the project. Two way traffic will be maintained at all times. Please follow posted signs for safety. A full road closure is not expected, however, delays should be expected.
Pedestrian access
The sidewalks in this area will remain open and accessible during construction.
Property and business access and parking
All businesses in the construction area remain open and accessible throughout construction.
Every effort will be made to maintain access to driveways in the construction area during working hours (7 a.m.–7 p.m.). Construction activities and equipment movement may temporarily impact access to private property and delays should be expected.
 
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^ML is doing some intensive maintenance on level crossings along the Kitchener line as well. This work has started and will continue into the fall.
As mundane as this work may sound, it will permit higher track speed, and that will eventually translate into faster timings.

- Paul
 

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July 10
I was there early in the week and couldn't get close as you did and a mess. The whole road has been torn up with piles of dirt where none was the last time I was there. From the only angle I could get for a shot show concrete.

Stop off at the new third bridge and nothing has change other than the new 3 track signal mast bridge in place.

I see the old bridge for the now close road to cars to the park has been replaced with a 13.6' precast tunnel for cycles and pedestrians. You can park outside the close gate and walk in. A new retaining wall has been built to allow the new 3rd track to be place for it when it takes place.

July 10/14
To me, it seems work is behind schedule on the south platform at Bramalea as very little has been done since I last saw it months ago. Same for the other platform. No real work has started on the parking structure as of today.

July 14
Come fall, Torbram Road for the CN Grade Separation will be open for both lanes of traffic. Only the topping of the retaining wall and handrails has to be done for the northbound lanes, along with pouring the sidewalk and the road.

Metrolinx Weston Sub grade separation is still a year or so off from being completed. The 4th track bridge is in place, but still has to be back fill. 2 sections of the east retaining wall on the north side is seeing forming and that retaining wall could be done by year end. The south section still has to have its top form with handrail. Still some forming of retaining wall to be done as well.

There is a large section of retaining wall on the west side on the south side beside the new bridge is done. Until they get all east retraining wall and sidewalk in place, can't do the northbound lanes to shift traffic to it so they can build the rest of the west retaining wall, sidewalk and road.

Had a look at new platform for Kennedy GO Station and looks like all the stairs and elevator form work to the new tunnel is done and waiting for the building of the platform and new track. A new switch has been cut in to the existing line north of Eglinton Ave for the new 2nd track on the west side, but no track there yet.

July 8
Boy did they shift the track north of Milliken GO station where the platform was before. Been many months since I last saw it. The track and the curve section push to the west to the point a bridge for both tracks can be built at the same time now. Lots of shoring in place for the bridge and platform at Steeles in place. Lots concrete support of lights and other things has been shore and pour with anchors at the top. Rebar crew working on making a lots of columns support on the north side of Steeles. Work still taking place on the east side of the station where the new tunnel was installed, but no idea what taking place other than forming.

Have photos, but way behind on doing the ones before them and no idea when they will be on line.
 

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^ML is doing some intensive maintenance on level crossings along the Kitchener line as well. This work has started and will continue into the fall.
As mundane as this work may sound, it will permit higher track speed, and that will eventually translate into faster timings.

- Paul
Speaking of, are there any plans to eliminate the Scarboro St Crossing ? Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's the only at grade crossing between Bramelea and Union left.
 

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Speaking of, are there any plans to eliminate the Scarboro St Crossing ? Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's the only at grade crossing between Bramelea and Union left.
Yes, but the city and Metrolinx are at odds doing it because of the pedestrians. The city wants a tunnel for pedestrians as well traffic, but Metrolinx wants neither. Now this is going back a number of years and haven't seen or heard anymore on it.
 
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