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Nite Jul 15, 2022 12:48 AM

Toronto will soon have the best transit system in the Americas.

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Cirrus Jul 28, 2022 10:50 PM

Tempe streetcar moved to complete.

The LA regional connector is co-listed with the Crenshaw extension.

ssiguy Jul 31, 2022 4:53 AM

Toronto will NOT have the best transit system in the Americas even after all these expansions, not even close.
NY is still light years ahead of Toronto in subway. Sao Paulo has a far superior subway and especially commuter/suburban rail system to Toronto as well. Mexico City and Santiago are also a cut above Toronto although at least in those regards Toronto is in the same category along with Montreal, SF/BA, Washington, Buenos Aires, and Chicago.

mhays Aug 19, 2022 4:55 PM

Seattle's UC light rail expansions under ST2 are hitting some looking at 2024 and 2025 openings. Here's a good summary:

This is separate from the ST3 package including the $14b West Seattle to Ballard Link Extension that involves another tunnel through Downtown...

TWAK Aug 19, 2022 6:47 PM

SMART to Windsor is still suspended pending a lawsuit.

tdawg Sep 15, 2022 11:18 AM

The current Toronto expansion is impressive but the system will still pale in comparison to cities such as NYC and Mexico City. it may be more unified but the MTA, LIRR and MetroNorth give us the option of surfing in the Rockaways, stepping off onto the Appalachian Trail or the vineyards of the North Fork on the eastern end of Long Island, over 100 miles from Midtown. The LIRR and MetroNorth each are roughly twice the size of GO and our system runs 24/7.

Innsertnamehere Sep 16, 2022 12:19 PM

It’s almost like a city 3x the size should have a better transit network!

I mean Toronto’s commuter rail network lets you view Niagara Falls, access the Niagara Escarpment, gets you to the foot of cottage country, connects you to southern Ontario, etc.

They are physically very different cities too. NYC’s network is obviously much larger because it’s a much larger city, but both have very different built forms, travel patterns, etc.

Torontos systems benefit over American systems is its maintenance standards - most American systems have huge aging issues which result in slow zones, crumbling infrastructure, poor frequencies, etc. Toronto while doing this expansion is also pouring billions into improving the existing network.

Nouvellecosse Sep 16, 2022 2:15 PM

Also, the important thing isn't just the route length but also the service level and quality. The planned upgrades to GO are set to increase the frequency to the level that large parts will basically be a second rapid transit system. So the same way it doesn't make sense to suggest the NYC subway pales in comparison to LIRR and Metro North because of having a shorter route length, it also doesn't make sense to claim the same about the future GO expansion which won't pale in comparison to anything in NA.

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