what the hell. Really? I need more info, but I guess Oliver Moore must've just gotten this news recently.
What is it about this proposal that is making people upset? (Honest question - to an outsider, having a rail-based connection along the East harbourfront seems to make sense since there is a connection to the west)
Whoah whoah Whoah, APM?! That's an option??? So cool! Details?
Haha, I thought the mention of a people mover in that report would pique your interest...I know you like that mode. That screenshot is from an older (2013ish) report about the East Bayfront LRT (or BRT downgrade), with a few pages about affordable alternatives to having a direct Union connection. In other words: the LRT would still be built into the eastern waterfront as planned. But instead of making a 400m beeline from Queens Quay East into Union Loop, both QQE and QQW streetcars would be merged into one cross-waterfront line - with the stop at Bay St offering a 400m underground connection service direct to Union.
Just what kind of service? An Automated People Mover was ruled out for obvious reasons (as can be seen in that screenshot above). AFAIK it hasn't been brought back. The moving walkway was also ruled out, though it's apparently now back on the table.
Some have predicted that the costs, complexity, and disruption of rebuilding Union Loop for the QQELRT was going to result in some kind of 'back to the drawing board' situation. But I don't think anyone supported a moving walkway.
If they go this route, I think the far more likely outcome is that all of those WWLRT/EBLRT riders who get off at Bay will walk over to the 509/510 stop, if that tunnel isn't eliminated, and massively overcrowd them making it impossible for riders going farther to actually board them. If so, I can see them getting rid of the Queen's Quay Station stop for the 509/510 just to avoid that.
Yeah, I think the whole thing was to completely remove the 509/510 portal altogether and instead run it straight through on the surface along QQE toward the Port Lands. So in other words the East Bayfront LRT would become an extension of the 509/510. The Ferry Docks station and tunnel would then be repurposed for the moving walkway which all Union-bound 509/510 riders would have to use (whether coming from the east or west).