Big#D wrote:isn't smart track or whatever just an integrated go train service?
i still think the best way to go is for metrolinx to take over the ttc and integrate it with the go train service completely. and from there expand go train service beyond the gta as needed.
i like the concept in some european cities where you have zones. you pay one price to travel within your zone. each time you go into another zone, you pay for the trip in that zone.
Yeah, more or less. As I understand it it's basically just some enhanced regional rail. It's not a bad idea on it's own, but it's also something the province has already committed to building without us and it's not really designed to solve the same problem as a downtown relief line. Basically all you're doing is adding some more trains on the GO tracks and having them stop a few more times inside the city.http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/06/01/why_john_torys_smarttrack_isnt_so_smart.html
My only problem with his plan is he's scrapping the DRL in favour of it. The DRL is designed to get people off the Bloor and Younge lines. It's not about getting people in from the burbs and other municipalities, like anything on the GO line would be, it's about getting some relief to the people in the city who are already using lines that are 30% over their designed capacity. We need both systems.
I'm leery of Tory's funding model too. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/john-torys-smarttrack-why-his-big-bet-on-transit-is-a-real-risk/article20177429/
I also wish he (or Chow) were open to the idea of tolls for commuters to pay for the work that needs doing on the DVP. It's too bad that Soknacki and Stintz were the only ones willing to even consider that.
Come to think of it, I also think Tory has the Scarborough extension wrong. I'd much rather go back to light rail there and use the billion bucks we save on something else. Especially if Scarborough is also getting the smarttrack thing.