Comment 117228

By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted March 24, 2016 at 16:49:21

On a related topic:

Toronto is likely to begin the transit pilot project of a pedestrian-only King Street by 2017: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/01/...

Combined with new streetcars, conversion to pantograph operation (not trollypole), and green traffic-signal transit prioritization, the downtown portion of the 504 King streetcar, could finally begin to function much closer to a real LRT modern than a traditional streetcar.

Not the whole 504 route would be dedicated to streetcars, and the stop spacing would still be a nightmare, as will be traffic in the peripheries (e.g. Liberty Village), but if this happens before the Hamilton LRT construction, this could be a great textbook case study on how LRT-izing a streetcar greatly improves its performance.

I hope Toronto properly pulls off their pilot project, before the Hamilton LRT begins construction, as Ottawa/Kitchener-Waterloo LRTs beginning operation before Hamilton LRT begins construction.

Comment edited by mdrejhon on 2016-03-24 16:58:04

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