Monday, June 30, 2008

Streetcars And The TTC

We were discussing the TTC, their relative lack of expansion over the last few years, and really transportation in general at work today. I have to say, I'm pretty excited about the street car network that was proposed a year back. I hope it gets built, but I'm a little sceptical. Anyway, the discussion on the advantages/disadvantages of streetcars reminded of a picture I snapped at UofT a while ago. Dedicated street car lanes definitely speed the TTC up, but a disadvantage is when a car breaks down on the tracks. In this particular case, a car broke down on the Spadina streetcar route just north of College St., the first point where cars could switch to another line an detour. So, within a few minutes, the entire Spadina streetcar fleet was held up on a narrow strip of track during rush hour.

Backed up to the stationThe proposed Streetcar network

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