As I said earlier this is likely a ploy to get some additional federal funds, and since this area is a major swing area both provincially and federally, the liberals have a keen interest in playing the hero for this project, so I do think the liberals will play ball and offer additional funding for 2/3 and if we're lucky 3/3. For now though we're only for sure getting 1/3 and even though both Cummer and Clark are good candidates, I think Clark needs it a bit more.I'm not convinced we'll end up with 2/3 cut. More likely to be 1/3 (Royal Orchard) and this is an exercise to push either York or the Feds to meet any funding gap some time down the road (definitely unlikely any of this is resolved prior to the 2022 election).
The problem with that is even though Centre is technically part of 14th Avenue Concession Line or whatever, its a small residential street without much of anything around it either existing or planned. This means that the only thing going for a Centre Street station, is the fact that Centre Street is technically a major gridline concession road. Nothing more.A quick look at a map makes me think that the only stations needed would be Steeles, Centre and RH Centre. They are all placed at the concession lines of ole and are about 2km apart. Leave spots for the other future stations, but with those stations, it gets built and it will start serving the area better.
When I looked at both locations over a decade ago before appearing at an TTC meeting as well Metrolinx including talking to folks at Regional level, neither locations could support a station. If one was built, ridership would be along the lines of Coxwell and Ellsemere with no growth area due to been an Heritage area ruling out Royal Orchard.I don't think anyone is questioning whether Cummer makes sense for a station. The question is whether it makes MORE sense than Clark or Royal Orchard, if only one is being built.
IMHO, it's #2, ahead of Royal Orchard but behind Clark and that's basically what the numbers in the business case say. So, it's proximity to Finch isn't an automatic strike BUT if we're comparing, the fact that Clark is breaking up a huge gap and Cummer is between 2 major stations has to factor in.
I'm sure a lot of people would be very happy if the city stopped subsidizing golf courses and turned that into parkland. Not our Mayor, though.
Specifically I'd like to see Earl Bayes park extended to York Mills station through what is currently the Don Valley Golf Course. Jennifer Keesmat proposed converting this golf course to parkland during her mayoral run.
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Maybe earmark at least some of that for development? Like where the clubhouse currently is. Something to enlarge the tax base and build ridership for the nearby stations.
With regards to Cummer station, I think it's a little ridiculous that we have stations every ~600 meters on Eglinton where everything is low-rise, but then we are proposing 2000 meters between Finch/Steeles where we have so much density planned/under construction.
I feel like the province is deliberately selling the version with fewer stations so that they can get developers/municipalities/the federal government to cough up the money for the "missing" stations.
The thing about High Tech Station is it is a low hanging fruit "easy to build" station. There is going to be a small MSF located north of that street so the tracks are already going to pass by the area, and if Metrolinx goes for Option 3, the station will be a surface station meaning that all they have to do is build a single high platform, an elevator, maybe some escalators, and a platform canopy. It would be super cheap and getting rid of it wouldn't be nearly enough to pay for any of the stations being cut. It really is just a cheap bonus station that they can build because the tracks will already be there.Don't really get the Hi Tech station. Want to save money just make a single station at Langstaff GO. Serve both sides of Hwy 7 at once. Walkalators are your friend.
The thing about High Tech Station is it is a low hanging fruit "easy to build" station. There is going to be a small MSF located north of that street so the tracks are already going to pass by the area, and if Metrolinx goes for Option 3, the station will be a surface station meaning that all they have to do is build a single high platform, an elevator, maybe some escalators, and a platform canopy. It would be super cheap and getting rid of it wouldn't be nearly enough to pay for any of the stations being cut. It really is just a cheap bonus station that they can build because the tracks will already be there.
Slippery slope. Bringing to Hi Tech is already an extension beyond the extension. Do that, then hey why not 16th, okay how bout Major Mack too. Then pandering and before you know it the line is underground but the promised stations remain. York Region is pretty spoiled so wouldn't surprise me.
I think one station for Hwy 7 serving north and south of there is good. Walkalators.
I guess you missed the part where I said that the MSF will be north of High Tech Road meaning the tracks will be there no matter what. Like this isn't a case of "Well the extension is easy let's extend the tracks a bit further", no. The tracks are there. Subway trains will already be passing by that area. All that needs to be done is you build a platform. Its completely different from extending tracks to 16th which would require purchasing more corridor space from CN, which would require purchasing new tracks, which would require extending electrification all the way there as well, and which would require building new grade separations (well you can extend the line to 16th without doing this but extending it to Major Mackenzie would require grade separating the Weldrick Road crossing). There is a time and place for slippery slope arguments, this isn't one of them.You don't need High Tech when most of the existing development (and much of what's surely to come for the box box retail immediately north of the 407) is within easy walking distance of "Bridge."