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Metrolinx: Finch West LRT

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Obviously the potential extensions of Finch LRT would be east to Yonge and south to the new Woodbine GO station. Eventually they will be built but the good news is that they can be built much faster and cheaper than the current line. This is due to battery technology. The extensions need not have any catenary or electrical supply to be built as the extensions are so short that battery power will more than be enough to take the train to it's future terminus stations.

This saves a lot in land acquisition, and the overhead catenary infrastructure and the labour to build it.
 

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Obviously the potential extensions of Finch LRT would be east to Yonge and south to the new Woodbine GO station. Eventually they will be built but the good news is that they can be built much faster and cheaper than the current line. This is due to battery technology. The extensions need not have any catenary or electrical supply to be built as the extensions are so short that battery power will more than be enough to take the train to it's future terminus stations.

This saves a lot in land acquisition, and the overhead catenary infrastructure and the labour to build it.

Battery technology? The LRVs will be battery operated?
 

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Obviously the potential extensions of Finch LRT would be east to Yonge and south to the new Woodbine GO station. Eventually they will be built but the good news is that they can be built much faster and cheaper than the current line. This is due to battery technology. The extensions need not have any catenary or electrical supply to be built as the extensions are so short that battery power will more than be enough to take the train to it's future terminus stations.

This saves a lot in land acquisition, and the overhead catenary infrastructure and the labour to build it.
I think for me its Hydrogen Trams or nothing . . .
 

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Is there any context as to why Line 6’s colour is grey? How do we imagine it will be represented on the TTC subway and streetcar map?
 

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Is there any context as to why Line 6’s colour is grey? How do we imagine it will be represented on the TTC subway and streetcar map?
Finch used to be pink. I guess the design department thought it looked too similar to the Sheppard subway line.

The Sheppard East LRT was lime green, but later changed to teal (but who knows what’s happening with that) at the same time.
 

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Battery technology? The LRVs will be battery operated?

No, it's standard catenary but battery technology is advancing so quickly that it won't be long until average catenary trains can run a decent amount by just the batteries it already has. It's like Vancouver's trolleys can run short lengths without the catenary. Remember with new technology, batteries also help recharge themselves thru such things as regenerative breaking.

Increasingly the line between battery and catenary trains will continue to be blurred as battery technology continues to advance at a dizzying rate and the need for overhead electrical supply diminishes.
 

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It would be nice if the streetcar lines could lighten up on the overhead wires. Maybe just for intersections/turns where it gets very messy.
 

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It would be nice if the streetcar lines could lighten up on the overhead wires. Maybe just for intersections/turns where it gets very messy.
The use of pantographs on the TTC streetcar system massively reduces the need for near perfect radii overhead cables and lots of supporting cables. You'll see this change (sloooooowly) in Toronto over the next few years. Obviously Finch + Eglinton will be built to modern standards from the start, so you won't see cobwebs of cables over intersections to the same extent.
 

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The use of pantographs on the TTC streetcar system massively reduces the need for near perfect radii overhead cables and lots of supporting cables. You'll see this change (sloooooowly) in Toronto over the next few years. Obviously Finch + Eglinton will be built to modern standards from the start, so you won't see cobwebs of cables over intersections to the same extent.
Small on-board batteries/supercapacitors could achieve the same thing.
 

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The use of pantographs on the TTC streetcar system massively reduces the need for near perfect radii overhead cables and lots of supporting cables. You'll see this change (sloooooowly) in Toronto over the next few years. Obviously Finch + Eglinton will be built to modern standards from the start, so you won't see cobwebs of cables over intersections to the same extent.
On Eglinton/Finch, one won't even see the complexity like the streetcar intersections. The most complex areas would be the T-junction to the yard and the crossover area.
 

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If Doug Ford was smart, for the next election he would fast track the Finch West LRT East Extension, along with the Sheppard Subway extension.
I'd much rather see Line 4 extended to the west than a Line 6 extension to the east in terms of priority but I agree with you for the most part.
 

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