Look, I’m not, like, a real smart guy. But here’s what I noticed:
- You can see the CN Tower and downtown if you look down the tracks
- The tracks don’t carry subway cars
That looks like a possibility to me, and the TTC has finally cottoned onto what Westonians have known forever: electrifying the Georgetown tracks could create a cheap connection to downtown, Liberty Village, Bloor, Eglinton, Weston, and the northern burbs.
The TTC Board has asked the TTC and Metrolinx to talk, according to The Star.
If the Georgetown corridor and Lake Shore lines were electrified, different trains could be used either to make more frequent stops or offer express service within the city, potentially eliminating the cost of tunneling a new subway, said Stintz.
“If we could get the same service without having to dig, I think it’s something worth exploring,” she said.
“Metrolinx is looking at the electrification of the Georgetown line, so this is the other half,” she said.
The discussion itself is a victory for electric train advocates, said Kevin Putnam of the Clean Train Coalition, a group of residents living along the Georgetown line that has long campaigned to electrify the commuter services there, which will increase exponentially when the Pearson airport service begins.