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If an LRT is built on Lakeshore you need to push the Hurontario Line underground and create an T for Lakeshore which is no big deal. The question then become how do you service both lines and interchange with the lines using 2 different gauges since Lakeshore will be an TTC line??

Mississauga Lakeshore line will likely be separate from the Toronto Lakeshore line. The benefit of running through service would be minimal, even if the gauge was same. Such a long line will be extremely hard to manage, and noone would travel end to end due to the trip time. Even today, few riders take the 501 all the way from Etobicoke to downtown. The 501's ridership in the west is mostly local, while the downtown-bound riders board further east, in places like Parkdale.

Mississauga Lakeshore line can just connect to the 501 at Long Branch, and those few riders who want to travel across the border can transfer there. In that case, no obstacles to using the standard gauge on both Hurontario LRT and Mississauga Lakeshore LRT.
 

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Mississauga Lakeshore line will likely be separate from the Toronto Lakeshore line. The benefit of running through service would be minimal, even if the gauge was same. Such a long line will be extremely hard to manage, and noone would travel end to end due to the trip time. Even today, few riders take the 501 all the way from Etobicoke to downtown. The 501's ridership in the west is mostly local, while the downtown-bound riders board further east, in places like Parkdale.

Mississauga Lakeshore line can just connect to the 501 at Long Branch, and those few riders who want to travel across the border can transfer there. In that case, no obstacles to using the standard gauge on both Hurontario LRT and Mississauga Lakeshore LRT.
Very true. If people want to get to downtown from Mississauga's Lakeshore, they'll likely take the Lakeshore GO train. It would be faster. They need a fare connection discount in both Mississauga and Toronto, not just one.
 

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But this means that people from city centre if they take a lrt down to the waterfront will still have to walk a distance? Real good planning.
 

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Mississauga Lakeshore line will likely be separate from the Toronto Lakeshore line. The benefit of running through service would be minimal, even if the gauge was same. Such a long line will be extremely hard to manage, and noone would travel end to end due to the trip time. Even today, few riders take the 501 all the way from Etobicoke to downtown. The 501's ridership in the west is mostly local, while the downtown-bound riders board further east, in places like Parkdale.

Mississauga Lakeshore line can just connect to the 501 at Long Branch, and those few riders who want to travel across the border can transfer there. In that case, no obstacles to using the standard gauge on both Hurontario LRT and Mississauga Lakeshore LRT.
There is a push to have TTC run 501 to Mississauga Road which is eye rolling in the first place and would replace part of the line that did run into Mississauga in the past as well interurban line from Long Branch to Port Credit.

Most people would want to get to either Mississauga GO Stations, but you will find riders who cannot afford to use local transit and GO service due to lack of funds to do so. This is where riders will spend extra time travelling than doing the local hop on and off trips.

By keeping the Lakeshore line an Mississauga thing, you have a number of issues as how does the Hurontario Line fit into this picture and where does the line come to the surface? I cannot see the line coming to the surface west of Hurontario to Mississauga Rd as the exist road will no support it considering it can't handle traffic on a good day. Where do you bring it to the surface east of Hurontario is a big question and unknown.

As for service, this becomes the big issue as well having 2 stations underground on both sides of Hurontario. You need 2 to deal with riders transferring from an east-west line for the lakeshore as well having service going in both direction off Hurontario unless you think going to Mississauga Rd is the only service coming off Hurontario,

Since the Port Credit LRT station is below grade, you need to go deeper going south of it to the lakeshore line. Going west on the Lakeshore, the line has to go deep to get under the the Credit River which will require a deep station in Port Credit compare to the rest of the line stations.
 

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I am actually surprised more cyclists aren't killed since a lot of them don't follow the rules of the road (or any rules for that matter). Do they not teach bicycle safety in school anymore? I was taught to dismount the bike to cross an intersection. Wear a helmet is also a good rule. For even better safety, wear a safety vest especially at night, dusk or dawn. You would be surprised how many cyclists wear black at night. I have seen a disturbing new trend along Eglinton Ave. and that is the amount of cyclists on the road when there is a perfectly good bike path completely separated from the road. Not sure why they would go on the road. Since I drive a commercial vehicle, I do change lanes to allow cyclists the full lane but there have been several times (downtown Toronto) when a cyclist in a bike lane darts out into my lane for no reason without looking. I think some people are trying to get killed and the speed won't make any difference.
I agree with a lot of what you said, but not all of it. The reason cyclists don't go on trails next to roads sometimes is because they're poorly designed. A lot of times, they have harsh curbs and the button to cross is inconvenient for a cyclist to press. I used to have similar thoughts to you last year, when I rode a mountain bike. This year, I got a road bike, and now I completely get it. The curb bumps really hurt. Would drivers be ok with having speed bumps at every traffic light? The cross buttons are so far out of the way that I have to unclip, get off my bike, press the button, and come back and clip in most of the time. Then you have right turning vehicles that don't understand that I need time to clip in; I've been rushed by cars enough times and nearly fallen trying to clip back in at the start of the walk signal that a lot of the time, I feel safer passing through when there are no cars around. That's not right.

Your point about bikers not obeying laws (ex. not waiting their turn at stop signs), not having proper lighting at night, etc. are completely valid, and I wholeheartedly agree. I would add that we need regulations similar to German's StVZO (http://www.light-test.info/en/faq-en/169-stvzo-bike-lamps-regulations) as those obnoxious bright flashing lights need to stop. Car headlight beam patterns are closely regulated, but this is not the case with bicycle headlights, and you end up with a lot of bikers with no lighting or dangerously bright (1000lm+) conical shaped beams that resemble flashlights aimed straight into other driver's, cyclists, etc. eyes rather than illuminating the road.

One last thing I'd like to say is that "cyclists" aren't a very specific closed off group. Pretty much every cyclist I know is also a driver, pedestrian, etc. at other times. When I drive, I respect pedestrians and cyclists the same way I'd want to be respected when doing those activities. The point is to be courteous and safe, and that goes both ways. I don't mind slowing down and moving through a stop sign when it's safe to do so, but blowing through it and making everyone else wait when it's not your turn irritates me to no end.

Anyways, to get back on topic, I just hope we get proper biking infrastructure where there aren't harsh curbs at every intersection, and where cyclists don't have to dismount and press the pedestrian walk buttons at every intersection.
 
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Anyways, to get back on topic, I just hope we get proper biking infrastructure where there aren't harsh curbs at every intersection, and where cyclists don't have to dismount and press the pedestrian walk buttons at every intersection.
If had just one wish for biking infrastructure it would be the abolishment of bike lanes denoted solely by paint. The next time some city planner says to Toronto works or whoever, let's put some paint on a road to give the suggestion of bike infrastructure I want someone to say, you know the law prohibits bike lanes marked solely by paint, so either we add bollards or hard separations, or this route is not a candidate for bike lanes and we must find another. Yes, I'd rather cycle without any bike lanes (like we did throughout the 1970s to 90s) than in ones without a hard separation.

It's time for a prohibition against painted bike lanes! https://archive.curbed.com/word-on-the-street/2019/5/10/18527503/bike-lanes-red-cup-project


 

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I don't mind slowing down and moving through a stop sign when it's safe to do so, but blowing through it and making everyone else wait when it's not your turn irritates me to no end.
To clarify, treating a stop sign as a yield (Idaho stop) does entail waiting your turn. It just means you don't have to come to a complete stop every time, when there is no other vehicle at the intersection when you arrive.
 

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