The new UP Express train has been seen around town, and Metrolinx is showing off some pictures online. The six trains were purchased from Sumimoto for about $55 million.
In other news, last month the TTC made some really interesting proposals that would benefit Weston quite a bit. The commission said that they have 11 ideas that could be implemented within an election cycle with a little extra money, and that—notably—would not require digging.
this report documents how this can be done, starting right away, and building continually over the next four years….
The TTC knows, and has proven that, despite many conflicting views and arguments, Toronto’s
citizens want, need, and respond very favourably to perceptible basic improvements to existing
bus, streetcar, and subway services.
They propose a change that would make it easier for everyone to buy groceries or to make a quick trip: “change the one-trip-per-fare to a two-hour-travel-privilege-per-fare”. In other words: pay once and take transit in both directions for up to two hours. Vancouver has this, and it’s wonderful.
They also propose two other cheap changes of particular interest to Westonians: 10-minute-or-less waits and express buses. (They’re not the same: express buses go fast; 10-minute buses come often.)
Jane Street and Weston Road would see improvements if this plan were accepted. Weston would get an express bus (Jane has one already—the fourth busiest bus route in the city). Both streets would get the new 10-minute service.
The service improvements would run from 6 in the morning until 1 am, and would allow, the TTC says, “for spontaneous trip making, without the need to consult a schedule.” The TTC says it could be implemented by next year, although additional garages might eventually be necessary. The cost: $14 million plus $10 million a year—for the whole city, not just Weston.
Express buses could get started by next year too, but full service would not be ready until 2018. It would cost $33 million to build, and about $10 million a year.
$10 million is a lot of money, but it is a bargain compared it to other plans.
The Scarborough subway will cost $1 billion per stop (before cost overruns). A single stop would be enough to pay for improved bus service all over the city for 50 years. The interest alone for a single subway stop would pay for buses all over the city.