The Langstaff development area is anything east of Yonge, all the way to Bayview, which includes the CN tracks.Ok that in turn makes Royal Orchard useless I guess. I think its important to note though that as outlined by The Star, Metrolinx is proposing to align the extension through the CN rail corridor, meaning that Langstaff will be near impossible to serve.
From what I remember of that area, they probably have a big enough right of way to go above ground from just north of Steeles on Yonge. I believe that above ground is cheaper than subterranean so if they can withstand the NIMBY they could save more money that way.Metrolinx monkeying around with trick alignments and above ground suggests they have done the math on this extension (and the others planned) and they can't afford it, at least within the announced funding envelope.
There are two main density nodes - one in the centre (basically over the CN tracks) and, yes, a smaller dense node at Yonge. But the other significant thing about the Langstaff station is that they were going to put a big commuter parking lot under the hydro corridor. It would be the only new parking for the extension and, in theory, divert cars now going down to Finch.Langstaff station will serve the area south of Hwy 407, north of the cemetery where development will concentrate.
There are plans to extend Garden Avenue from Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue andI wonder if reducing the number of stations may include combining Langstaff and Richmond Hill Centre into a single node, as is kind of already being done with RH GO platform and bus terminal. Sure it would be one of the lengthier stations in the system, but I don't think it's completely beyond reason and would certainly eliminate some redundancies. Passengers heading to RH Centre would gravitate to the north end of the train, and those heading to the Langstaff redevelopment would stick to the south end.
Of course, residents of the Langstaff redevelopment looking to grab a bus from RH Centre would be the biggest losers in that arrangement. But wasn't there a scheme for some sort of local electric transit limited within the Langstaff redevelopment when it was first proposed? Part of it being a car-free neighbourhood, if I recall correctly. Not sure if planning for that idea made it beyond the napkin.
Or they are just being smart? Building everything underground is really not necessary an when it involves bored tunnels it can actually be a negative.Metrolinx monkeying around with trick alignments and above ground suggests they have done the math on this extension (and the others planned) and they can't afford it, at least within the announced funding envelope.
Hopefully they can also not have the storage tracks underground, which seemed quite silly originally. Should be possible to squish them in the CN corridor if CN allows or maybe next to the 407.Or they are just being smart? Building everything underground is really not necessary an when it involves bored tunnels it can actually be a negative.
I can say for certain it affects travel time. A long line will have a longer travel time obviously, however a longer line will also likely have more stations and more stations means more stops which means more time to get from one end to the other. As well this can also affect the number of trains needed to effectively serve the line. Now having many stations on a line isn't bad so long as they are placed where they need to be; for example denser areas such as Downtown should have a denser consternation of stations on a line given the larger number of destinations. Less dense areas like suburbs should have fewer stations since the number of possible destinations is fewer and further between. Unless the line operates some sort of Express or Skip-Stop service a line can become long enough that any time savings a rapid transit line could bring would be quickly eaten up by time sitting on the train, and thus start to fall behind the convenience of driving. I'll give you two examples of this one of which is rather innocuous and the other quite apparent.I know this is a random question, but what's the logistical issue with a very long subway line?