This also makes me feel a lot better about Hurontario LRT, which has an even simpler operating environment and 1 km stop spacing. I was concerned that not elevating that route was a mistake.Up until now, our only point of comparison in Toronto was our legacy streetcar network. So these light rail vehicles move a lot faster than I was anticipating.
The suburban environment has far fewer operational obstacles than downtown. This means fewer traffic lights, fewer turning/parking cars blocking the LRVs path, and fewer pedestrians getting in the way. The trains get up to speed quickly, and maintain that speed for some distance. That's not true of the downtown streetcars.
In hindsight, this are really obvious observations, but seeing it in person is really something.
I'm still concerned about transit signal priority, but even without that, I can't see anyone wanting to go back to the days of riding the bus. On the contrary, I'd imagine that transit riders elsewhere on Finch will be pretty disheartened that the FWLRT hasn't reached them yet.
I'm eager to see what an expanded suburban light rail network could do for Toronto. Alongside RER and subway expansions, I'd imagine that an expanded light rail network would make suburban public transport a rather pleasant experience.