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  • Eglinton ( Toronto) LRT named Canada’s costliest construction project

    this line cost $8.2 billion dollars to built makes it the costliest in Canada

    http://www.thestar.com/news/article/...n-project?bn=1
    Edmonton Rocks Rocks Rocks

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    Burying, aside from short tunnels, is so stupid. I don't understand why planners are afraid of elevated sections.
    $2.00 $2.25 $2.50 $2.75 $2.85 $3.00 $3.20 $3.25

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    • #3
      See Paris, London, NYC. Planning ahead and while costly, a good long term investment for certain cities. Much much less disruption and demo to the fabric of the city.


      Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jstock View Post
        Burying, aside from short tunnels, is so stupid. I don't understand why planners are afraid of elevated sections.
        Works in Vancouver...
        Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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        • #5
          Are there basements in most Vancouver homes?


          Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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          • #6
            It's not the planners who are against at-grade or elevated LRT lines, it was Mayor Rob Ford's decision to bury much of the new extension so it would not disturb traffic.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jstock View Post
              Burying, aside from short tunnels, is so stupid. I don't understand why planners are afraid of elevated sections.
              Because even the newer elevated sections are still butt ugly.

              Older (Chicage el)
              http://anthonyjstewart.files.wordpre...ago-the-el.jpg

              Newer (Seattle Sound Transit)
              http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...n/DSC_0269.jpg

              Probably the best is the bridge is for the Jerusalem Light Rail designed by Santiago Calatrava
              http://www.arcspace.com/architects/c...3jerusalem.jpg
              Last edited by sundance; 03-01-2012, 08:47 AM.

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              • #8
                If anything, elevated lines make for interesting public spaces when they're no longer needed for rail. http://www.thehighline.org/

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                • #9
                  $8billion for 19 km's is crazy. That's getting up into HSR pricing (which is for about 300km's). The entire Edmonton proposed LRT network could probably be built for that (if went out as one big P3).
                  Last edited by moahunter; 03-01-2012, 09:10 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                    $8billion for 19 km's is crazy. That's getting up into HSR pricing (which is for about 300km's). The entire Edmonton proposed LRT network could probably be built for that (if went out as one big P3).
                    And yet Ford was the 'conservative' choice in their civic election. Rumored $65M just to cancel shovel-ready Transit City.
                    I think of art, at its most significant, as a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it. —Marshall McLuhan

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                    • #11
                      ^IMO Ford is an ***** in terms of decisions. He knows he constituents politically though, in Toronto car is king to get to those 401 hugging suburbs, and like it or not, grade LRT has been unfairly equated to their streetcar system.
                      Last edited by moahunter; 03-01-2012, 09:43 AM.

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                      • #12
                        In Berlin they have this total waste of space (sarcasm) elevated rail. Lo and behold, fine dining and classy shops underneath. The horror of efficient use of space...

                        "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction" - Blaise Pascal

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                          ^IMO Ford is an ***** in terms of decisions. He knows he constituents politically though, in Toronto car is king to get to those 401 hugging suburbs, and like it or not, grade LRT has been unfairly equated to their streetcar system.
                          He won't last the next election....
                          "Do you give people who already use transit a better service, or do you build it where they don't use it in the hopes they might start to use it?" Nenshi

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dusty Bear View Post
                            If anything, elevated lines make for interesting public spaces when they're no longer needed for rail. http://www.thehighline.org/
                            High line is awesome, but ask me to walk the line (even if done in a similar fashion) along lougheed in Van? no thanks


                            Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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                            • #15
                              ^^ You sure about that? I'm not. He's settled down since he was elected. As an ex-Torontonian, I'm not a big fan but people I know there begrudgingly admit he's growing into the job.

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