- Feb 8, 2010
- Reaction score
- Ward 28
With the streetcars as delayed as they are, maybe reducing the current Bombardier order and ordering some double-ended cars to make reconstruction easier is worth reconsideration.
Unfortunate that the curve south of Queens Quay station is so tight, limiting the "off-the-shelf-ness" of any vehicles that could be ordered.
Yep, and maybe we can tell them to do it pro bono. Or the Feds can tell em to do it as part of a future bailout. One thing that bugs me a bit is that the EBF LRT study was done entirely separate from the Lower Yonge Precinct plan. In the EBF reports, there's little acknowledgements of how the street grid bounded by Yonge, Jarvis, USRC and QQE will be reconfigured in the future. Or how a Harbour Street extension bisecting the precinct would exist. We now know how it will exist.
Both the EBF precinct and Lower Yonge precinct are absolutely massive redevelopments, and it makes sense to undertake them as different planning areas. But I personally think that with Lower Yonge's plans now completed, we should reexamine unexplored options for bringing the lrt line to Union (or at least close to Union). Naturally this will take longer than people want, but I think it's worth it in the long run. We want to do it right, and IMO a walkalator ain't it.
2015 Lower Yonge Precinct plan
2013 LRT Alternatives (notice no Harbour Street extension included):
Perhaps there's little reason to include a Harour Street extension in any plans. But I think with the changes to Lower Yonge's street network that we'll see, combined with bi-directional Flexity LRVs, there's potential for some other configuration. Example: a surface terminus south of Union with crossover tail tracks (and no need for a loop).