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Metrolinx: Sheppard East LRT (In Design)

That would be a nightmare. Lowering the elevator shafts wouldn't be easy. Nor would the escalators.

More likely, they'd fill up the tracks to the current platform height, and simply spec vehicles that would fit in the resulting tunnel.

Or do what Brussels does, except in reverse: lower the boarding areas and have steps and ramps up to the elevator/escalator level. (Photo by me.)

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Reverse, because Brussels builds its pre-metro LRT stations to allow for future high-floor metro trains, Sheppard would be the reverse.
 

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I thought the problem was that sheppard subway tunnels weren't large enough to fit LRT teams with its pentograph and overhead powerlines. It's the this the reason why Eglinton tunnels are one size larger than subway tunnel?
 
I thought the problem was that sheppard subway tunnels weren't large enough to fit LRT teams with its pentograph and overhead powerlines. It's the this the reason why Eglinton tunnels are one size larger than subway tunnel?

Sheppard tunnels are the perfect size for a train designed to fit Sheppard tunnels. That might mean some locations of the train have an unusually low ceiling (like the Toronto Rockets under the air conditioning).

It is true Eglinton tunnels were designed to fit a standard vehicle rather than working backward from the existing system like we have with everything else in tunnels (except maybe the Gloucester cars).
 
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You can't have both third rail and low platforms at a station.

Pick ONE:
  • High Floor Vehicles + Dual mode compatible (Third Rail and pantograph)
  • Low Floor Vehicles + Only pantograph
(Ignoring some non-standard technology using batteries)

High floor LRTs are used in cities such as LA, San Francisco, Calgary, Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Amsterdam...
 
Sheppard tunnels are the perfect size for a train designed to fit Sheppard tunnels. That might mean some locations of the train have an unusually low ceiling (like the Toronto Rockets under the air conditioning).

It is true Eglinton tunnels were designed to fit a standard vehicle rather than working backward from the existing system like we have with everything else in tunnels (except maybe the Gloucester cars).

Sheppard tunnels < TYSSE tunnels < ECLRT tunnels, so you are right, you could not use the same LRVs being purchased for ECLRT/Finch, etc. Also true you can't have 3rd rail and low floor.

Wouldn't it be ironic if we extend Line 2 to STC, then decide that the best way to complete Line 3 is to keep the current tunnels and platforms, and raise the track height to make it all Mark III compatible, and then extend it to Sheppard West and STC?
 
Sheppard tunnels < TYSSE tunnels < ECLRT tunnels, so you are right, you could not use the same LRVs being purchased for ECLRT/Finch, etc. Also true you can't have 3rd rail and low floor.

Wouldn't it be ironic if we extend Line 2 to STC, then decide that the best way to complete Line 3 is to keep the current tunnels and platforms, and raise the track height to make it all Mark III compatible, and then extend it to Sheppard West and STC?

Sheppard tunnels are also bigger than the older lines, yet the same subway trains will fit. So it does not necessarily mean that the LRV's would not fit in there.
 
Or do what Brussels does, except in reverse: lower the boarding areas and have steps and ramps up to the elevator/escalator level. (Photo by me.)

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Reverse, because Brussels builds its pre-metro LRT stations to allow for future high-floor metro trains, Sheppard would be the reverse.
very smart. Obviously not a Metrolinx trait
 
Also worth noting, Sheppard escalators are already going through their mid-life rebuild. They'll be fully replaced in another 15 years. Putting in longer version wouldn't increase costs much at that time.
Sure it would, you'd need a much deeper pit.

If that was something that was cheap, they'd have long-since replaced the escalators on the Bloor-Danforth line that have a couple of steps to get to the escalator.
 
Sure it would, you'd need a much deeper pit.

If that was something that was cheap, they'd have long-since replaced the escalators on the Bloor-Danforth line that have a couple of steps to get to the escalator.
Case in point: Christie Station, filled with compromises such as stairs just below the escalator to mismatched trim tile colours in the centre of the platforms.
 

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