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Old 05-12-2021, 09:04 AM
 
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The government made an announcement yesterday about funding towards rapid transit. Looks like TO will start work on the new Ontario subway line soon and the Eglington LRT line 5 will now extend west into mississauga. Both lines 1 and 2 will also be extended. Shovel will hit the the ground very soon.
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Old 05-12-2021, 03:42 PM
 
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The government made an announcement yesterday about funding towards rapid transit. Looks like TO will start work on the new Ontario subway line soon and the Eglington LRT line 5 will now extend west into mississauga. Both lines 1 and 2 will also be extended. Shovel will hit the the ground very soon.
Yes I read up on that announcement too. It all sounds very exciting. Line 5 had better make a stop at Pearson International as promised or else Line 2. I always lamented the fact that Line 2 ends so close to the airport and yet no plans were made it to extend directly to the airport. Instead, the TTC plugged in the #900 feeder express bus to connect the airport to Kipling Station. To be a world class city, Toronto needs better airport transportation and sure the UP Express to Downtown is an upgrade from the past but an actual transit line for the masses would be so much better.
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Old 05-13-2021, 08:42 AM
 
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Yeah I heard Line 5 was supposed to go to the airport, though I didn't hear anything about that on the announcement. It would a shame if they built it out that way and didn't make it to the airport. I have to research that a bit more.
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Old 05-14-2021, 05:40 PM
 
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Yes I read up on that announcement too. It all sounds very exciting. Line 5 had better make a stop at Pearson International as promised or else Line 2. I always lamented the fact that Line 2 ends so close to the airport and yet no plans were made it to extend directly to the airport. Instead, the TTC plugged in the #900 feeder express bus to connect the airport to Kipling Station. To be a world class city, Toronto needs better airport transportation and sure the UP Express to Downtown is an upgrade from the past but an actual transit line for the masses would be so much better.
Back in the day, the TTC's mandate was Metro Toronto only. Toronto International Airport (this was long before it was named "Pearson") wasn't in Metro--it was (and still is) in Mississauga, outside where the TTC was allowed to go. So there were naturally no plans to get the subway to the airport.

Things have changed over time, of course; and now it's common to have, say, Mississauga Transit buses connecting with the subway at Kipling; and York Region buses connecting with the subway at Finch; and the TTC running buses to the airport from Kipling. There's no reason that the subway couldn't be extended now, except perhaps for cost.

The lack of a TTC transit connection to the airport has long been recognized. One early attempt to alleviate the problem occurred when the Yonge subway was extended to York Mills in 1973--Gray Coach ran express buses to the airport from York Mills and Islington stations. It was a separate fare, but quite reasonable (maybe $1.50 when it started). I'm not sure when the service ended, but I would guess sometime in the mid-to-late 1980s.
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Old 05-26-2021, 08:13 AM
 
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They are now testing trains on line 5.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLjL2y1haQ0
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Old 06-02-2021, 02:48 PM
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jUczsnqA44
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Old 06-02-2021, 07:08 PM
 
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Those new light rail vehicles are probably not going to clang like the CLRVs and PCCs used to .
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Old 06-03-2021, 12:03 AM
 
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No, but I hope that they still have a bell. That was always the best part about waiting for the King car or the Carlton car--hearing the bell as it approached the stop.

The trains look good, and I will look forward to riding them when I am next in Toronto.
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Old 06-03-2021, 05:11 PM
 
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Yes I read up on that announcement too. It all sounds very exciting. Line 5 had better make a stop at Pearson International as promised or else Line 2. I always lamented the fact that Line 2 ends so close to the airport and yet no plans were made it to extend directly to the airport. Instead, the TTC plugged in the #900 feeder express bus to connect the airport to Kipling Station. To be a world class city, Toronto needs better airport transportation and sure the UP Express to Downtown is an upgrade from the past but an actual transit line for the masses would be so much better.
the plan doesn't include connecting to pearson, but it gets it closer for a future expansion.
I am more exciting with the connection to the mississauga transitway however which will serve a lot more people than a link to the airport would. Airport connections never bring a lot of transit usage and you will be able to transfer to the UP from the eglinton line from Mt. Denis station anyway if you are going to the airport.

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Old 06-03-2021, 05:32 PM
 
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the plan doesn't include connecting to pearson, but it gets it closer to a for a future expansion.
I am more exciting with the connection to the mississauga transitway however which will serve a lot more people than a link to the airport would. Airport connections never bring a lot of transit usage and you will be able to transfer to the UP from the eglinton line from Mt. Denis station anyway if you are going to the airport.

Thats unfortunate. The airport needs better contectvity. The UP express is not suitable for everyone. Vancouver has a well connected Airport as will MTL with their new metro lines.
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