Comment 119036

By Haveacow (registered) | Posted June 03, 2016 at 07:39:54 in reply to Comment 119002

I was named after a family friend who was one of the TTC's chief subway designers and I tended to get the information that wasn't public. Actually, the real problem on the Queen Street Subway was geology and scope. The Queen Subway was never going east of Woodbine it would swing north in the same way the current Downtown Relief Line and would snake its way north to Eglinton and Don Mills. It would still destroy the streetcar in Toronto. The reason the DRL line swings north at around Pape Ave is that east of there, the soil starts to become unstable, with increasing amounts of sand, which greatly increases digging costs. There was also a question of how far west it could really go. Once you got west of Bathurst in 1970's Toronto, you were going through pretty nasty territory and there was a real question west of Dufferin Ave. of how much ridership a full subway would actually get and would it be worth it financially.

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