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Old Posted Jan 13, 2021, 2:13 PM
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Just before Christmas Toronto got its newest BRT segment with some beautiful stations, we went to check it out and report on what will be the best used section of VIVAs "rapidway"!

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Old Posted Jan 18, 2021, 7:59 PM
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Eventually the Blue Line will fill up. There will be an intermodal station on Lacordaire.
As others have said, rather than build a line that will take decades to fill up - cover more people today and build a relief line later, if each line is lighter the line by line costs should also be lower.

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... So the problem is that you cannot stuff them to the brim with people? That sounds to me like a feature instead of a flaw.
Like the roads, things are bound to get congested during rush hour, the issue is not only capacity . . . its also circulation.

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Not to mention cost. LRT rolling stock is usually more expensive for less capacity. Trams have be designed to "interact" with cars on the road. And there's a cost to that. A cost Ottawa paid for a capability they now have no intention of using.
Surprised nobody mentioned this, but LRV's are also more expensive to maintain because they are much more mechanically complex than traditional frame on bogie railcars.

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Furthermore, by having low-floor, you can't have full automation. Because of this, we have 4 cabs wasting space.
Nope, you could automate and you could go to 2 cab trains as well, though currently the solution for that would be what Eglinton is doing in Toronto - putting seats where a cab would be and have two single units connected back to back.

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The fact that they didn't specify consistent door spacing is another annoyance. But it gives them an excuse for why they can't automate for another 30 years ....
The current system could have automation, door spacing is a non issue, run trains back to back and they become symmetrical though that doesn't matter either the trains always have the same door spacing when running in each direction (or they could) so you could install psds based on that.
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Old Posted Jan 23, 2021, 2:27 PM
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Got to interview a wayfinding advisor at Metrolinx on all the cool and interesting stuff going on with GO Station names, the T icon and Eglinton Crosstown!

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Old Posted Jan 23, 2021, 4:10 PM
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My gripe with the T has always been how banal it is. Hearing that Metrolinx had a unique symbol and after focus groups ended up with the T is a bit tragic, like the loss of the Edmonton LRT icon.

I can't imagine any of the non-Metrolinx controlled systems ever taking them u; on using it at bus stops, etc. It just doesn't have the design merit to be taken up by the YRT's of the area. I'd love to be wrong on that, but certainly it won't happen until they sort fare integration!
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