This so much. Even on routes such as the 510, it genuinely feels like you're crawling down the line despite the fact that the streetcar even has its own ROW.The double ended streetcar train has left the station, they had the change to switch to it with the Flexities and didnt do it. We wont ever see it in Toronto for various reasons including the TTC's current "operate streetcars in fear" tactics.
The thing the TTC should be focusing on is improving current streetcar operations, which is quite frankly a laughing joke as they currently stand.
Yesterday I was riding on a couple routes in the city, and I was just rolling my eyes at how damn slow streetcar operations are. Among some of the most ridiculous things I witnessed:
-Streetcars slow down at every signalized intersection before proceeding through,
-Literally take a full signal cycle just to clear any streetcar intersection,
-Crawl through empty streets at low speeds while buses running on the same route pass them,
-Stop and proceed at every single switch point, etc..
I can write a list of dozens of things that the TTC does to cripple streetcar operations, and most of which have started within the last 20 years while others have been in place for as long as I can remember. If we want to unlock hidden potential and further improve commute times in this city, the streetcar network is the easiest place to start. Funny thing is, the TTC and city seem to think we need projects like the King Street corridor to do this. However in all actuality, if the TTC stopped playing games in their operations, we could achieve the same effect on all streetcar routes in the city without spending a significant amount in doing so.