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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    Millwoods Eskimo fans would still need to take the train from Churchill anyway. Better off taking a BP's shuttle to the game in that case, if they still have em.
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    ^Never been to the Brewhouse, but that's another alternative for Millwoods Eskimo fans for tomorrows gane
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chmilz View Post
    It's fooking embarrassing that this city can't plan to put LRT stops where they need to go. It won't stop in the middle of the Manning power centre. It'll never to into SEC. It won't stop in Windermere. Edmonton talks so much about TOD, but every single development in this city, past, current, and future, is designed for cars and then we hack the LRT on where we can, not where we should, at some later date to middling effectiveness and horrendous cost.
    Should the city be encouraging sprawling outskirts of town like Manning, South Edmonton Common, or Windemere? Outskirts of town will NEVER get strong municipal services or transportation because development should be near downtown and mature neighbourhoods IMO. So the city seems to be making it as hard as possible to live/operate there, and as easy as possible to build infill near downtown.

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    Problem with stops in places like SEC or Windermere, these areas are anything but pedestrian friendly. For example even if they could locate a stop right in the heart of SEC it would still be quite a walk to most businesses in the area.
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    What about Callingwood? I have yet to hear any reason why the west leg isn't going anywhere near Callingwood

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    ^ 1km away isn't near?
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    Not exactly pedestrian friendly. On the wrong side of the Whitemud for one. I think 1 km is too far for such a dense part of the city.

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    Pretty much every bus in the West end goes to WEM.

    The WLRT concept was decades in the making. You should count yourself fortunate you have a LRT close to where you live
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyw View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chmilz View Post
    It's fooking embarrassing that this city can't plan to put LRT stops where they need to go. It won't stop in the middle of the Manning power centre. It'll never to into SEC. It won't stop in Windermere. Edmonton talks so much about TOD, but every single development in this city, past, current, and future, is designed for cars and then we hack the LRT on where we can, not where we should, at some later date to middling effectiveness and horrendous cost.
    Should the city be encouraging sprawling outskirts of town like Manning, South Edmonton Common, or Windemere? Outskirts of town will NEVER get strong municipal services or transportation because development should be near downtown and mature neighbourhoods IMO. So the city seems to be making it as hard as possible to live/operate there, and as easy as possible to build infill near downtown.
    I keep hearing things like this, but then I scratch my head. Why? Why does it have to be like that, in YOUR opinion? Why should people be forced to live near downtown? For the majority of people in this city, they do not work downtown, or near downtown. They work on ... the outskirts of the city and further out in the region. Why shouldn't we have good transit service and other city services? We pay property taxes just like folks in the central part of the city. If I were to live in the central part of the city, I would be FURTHER away from my work, causing me to use more roads, spend more time commuting, etc.
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    Edmonton has a lot of different employment areas; Downtown, University, West Edmonton Mall, NAIT and many industrial areas. It makes for a wider area. Mill Woods is past the SE industrial area, and LRT will do a lot to connect these areas more.

    As much as infill presents potential areas for renewal, we have to ask if the motive is more residents, or greater profits for developers. These infill houses are quite expensive. If you have a young family, you will choose a less expensive neighbourhood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cat View Post
    As much as infill presents potential areas for renewal, we have to ask if the motive is more residents, or greater profits for developers. These infill houses are quite expensive. If you have a young family, you will choose a less expensive neighbourhood.
    Is it not in the City's interest to have efficient land use? Developers make a profit, yes, by building mid-rise and 20+ storey buildings to house people closer to the core. Which from the City's point-of-view makes sense for taxes, infrastructure, utilities, land use. The LRT isn't a spur for lot splitting and "skinny homes".
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    It's also a benefit for the people who move to the new infill. Because if it wasn't, they wouldn't.
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    Ahem, an in fill is not like a neighborhood like a ward in the city per se` but a lot.
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    Looking southeast to the elevated Davies Station (non-Y pillars) from south of Wagner (who knew we honoured a composer?) Road.


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    ^ Very cool, thanks
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    Somehow, they make me think of Daleks.
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    It's going to be exciting to see the LRT guideway and Davies Station take shape.

    I'm guessing that the tunnel must be getting close to 160 m.
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    W.P Wagner = William Phillip Wagner, former Edmonton Public School Superintendent.
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    Super cool shot, I haven't seen any of that construction yet.
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    This may be a dumb question, but does each track get its own Y pillar or does it just appear that way?
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    One pillar for each track. In this image you can see how they are separated coming out of Wagner Station.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GizmoForMayor View Post
    This may be a dumb question, but does each track get its own Y pillar or does it just appear that way?
    Not dumb at all. Those y-shaped columns are likely there to displace the weight of a large concrete platform rather than the beams and rails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GenWhy? View Post
    W.P Wagner = William Phillip Wagner, former Edmonton Public School Superintendent.
    Pfft! No. W. R. Wagner = Wilhelm Richard Wagner, renowned operatic composer. In fact, Ride of the Valkyries shall be played incessantly at Davies Station as part of the art installation. Truly befitting of an elevated line.

    (Though some prefer the Vikings and Beekeepers rendition ...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevey_G View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by GizmoForMayor View Post
    This may be a dumb question, but does each track get its own Y pillar or does it just appear that way?
    Not dumb at all. Those y-shaped columns are likely there to displace the weight of a large concrete platform rather than the beams and rails.
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    What percentage of the track is elevated like this?

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    ^Well, it's only roughly from Argyll to Whitemud. Not far.
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    At least this section will reduce some traffic snarls on 75th Street, Argyll Road, 86 Street and other roads.
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    Who said that the carbon tax doesn't benefit anybody?

    http://globalnews.ca/news/3746583/va...nfrastructure/
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cat View Post
    Who said that the carbon tax doesn't benefit anybody?

    http://globalnews.ca/news/3746583/va...nfrastructure/
    Cool. Im still expecting the billions that Calgary got once our next lines are out of the design phase though. Otherwise I won't vote for them this time.
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    I should know this but just how much is the 2nd half of Valley going to cost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    I should know this but just how much is the 2nd half of Valley going to cost?
    Early estimates say around 1.4 billion dollars.
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    For 14Km? Pretty pricey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    For 14Km? Pretty pricey.
    Here's to dreaming it's going to be tunneled past the narrow portion of the SPR corridor lol.
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    ^ Between Groat road and 142nd street?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cat View Post
    Who said that the carbon tax doesn't benefit anybody?

    http://globalnews.ca/news/3746583/va...nfrastructure/
    It does...Those who need transit. Those who do not....Personally, I'd rather have a CHOICE not have it stolen from me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cnr67 View Post
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    Who said that the carbon tax doesn't benefit anybody?

    http://globalnews.ca/news/3746583/va...nfrastructure/
    It does...Those who need transit. Those who do not....Personally, I'd rather have a CHOICE not have it stolen from me.
    Mass Transit indirectly benefits you if you don't use it like most things that your tax dollars goto. It takes thousands of cars daily off your roads, lowers the incremental cost of remediation on those roads over the span of centuries, reduces the carbon put into the atmosphere (which means cleaner air to breath), and helps a city develop town centres which can create localized density from community to community.

    I suggest going and ready about how the Carbon Tax was structured. There's a reason why it now has industry confidence and is actually one of the few good taxes. If you don't like it, the Dominican Republic is known for having low taxes so you could always relocate to the Caribbean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevey_G View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cnr67 View Post
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    Who said that the carbon tax doesn't benefit anybody?

    http://globalnews.ca/news/3746583/va...nfrastructure/
    It does...Those who need transit. Those who do not....Personally, I'd rather have a CHOICE not have it stolen from me.
    Mass Transit indirectly benefits you if you don't use it like most things that your tax dollars goto. It takes thousands of cars daily off your roads, lowers the incremental cost of remediation on those roads over the span of centuries, reduces the carbon put into the atmosphere (which means cleaner air to breath), and helps a city develop town centres which can create localized density from community to community.

    I suggest going and ready about how the Carbon Tax was structured. There's a reason why it now has industry confidence and is actually one of the few good taxes. If you don't like it, the Dominican Republic is known for having low taxes so you could always relocate to the Caribbean.
    actually, with a street level lrt, it means more vehicles will be stuck in traffic idling, burning more fuel, which will result in the need to buy more gas, which will result in more cash for the carbon tax, which will help fund more street level lrt. the circle of life!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Stevey_G View Post
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    Who said that the carbon tax doesn't benefit anybody?

    http://globalnews.ca/news/3746583/va...nfrastructure/
    It does...Those who need transit. Those who do not....Personally, I'd rather have a CHOICE not have it stolen from me.
    Mass Transit indirectly benefits you if you don't use it like most things that your tax dollars goto. It takes thousands of cars daily off your roads, lowers the incremental cost of remediation on those roads over the span of centuries, reduces the carbon put into the atmosphere (which means cleaner air to breath), and helps a city develop town centres which can create localized density from community to community.

    I suggest going and ready about how the Carbon Tax was structured. There's a reason why it now has industry confidence and is actually one of the few good taxes. If you don't like it, the Dominican Republic is known for having low taxes so you could always relocate to the Caribbean.
    actually, with a street level lrt, it means more vehicles will be stuck in traffic idling, burning more fuel, which will result in the need to buy more gas, which will result in more cash for the carbon tax, which will help fund more street level lrt. the circle of life!!!
    :P

    The concern I have with the report they put out on the impact of the Valley Line is that the high volume traffic areas are already problematic. I dunno if you've taken that 83st left turn for example during rush hour but it can easily take 4-5 minutes to get through as it is. At the very least. each of these trains as the capacity of taking 100's of vehicles off the road and people themselves have options for adapting their driving patterns. So even though it's a "take it to the chin" kinda thing, we have to actually see the line in practice before making a judgement on the cost-benefit analysis.

    The fact that that survey came out so late (due to a non-disclosure agreement) makes me think this city needs to review how it sends it's projects for tender. Councillors should have been aware of it long before shovels went to the ground.
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    I think something has to be done with the Whyte Avenue eastbound traffic east of 83 Street.
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    Isn't that the Central lrt corridor, we're talking about in another thread?
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    I also predict that 90 Avenue will get more traffic once the Bonnie Doon traffic circle is removed.
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    The line is really low tech. We are going to get the same ugly overhead wires and support lines that some posters hated it the trolley lines. I am in Bordeaux France and they have a completely wireless low floor tram system.

    Looks like we are getting very expensive dated transit technology...

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    ^ In some of the You Tube videos I've seen, Bordeaux still use the overhead support lines in some areas.
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    At least the LRT will have the major stops covered. I hope that ETS can focus more on crosstown routes.
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    Low tech can work well, thing of the NAIT high tech mess.

    As for overhead lines, I just wish the Mill Woods line would run as fast a TGV which also has overhead lines. Okay I realize even fast subway/commuter rail systems run only about 80 MPH, it would be nice if the Mill Woods line would run 80 km/h for most of the suburb distance.

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    ^too many stops over a relatively short distance. Even if it could go 80km/h it probably wouldn't have enough distance to get up to speed

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    Even if it could go 60 km/h on a straightaway like 75 Street, it would gain some headway on the traffic.
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    Way too many stops along this line. Davis station/Hollyrood/Bonnie Doon/Churchill should be enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    Way too many stops along this line. Davis station/Hollyrood/Bonnie Doon/Churchill should be enough.
    Which would make sense if you had localized populations along your route. In the case of Edmonton, the way to serve the point of the LRT (removing cars from the road and maximizing ridership) would be frequent stops allowing people along the entire line to be within walking distance of a transit stop.

    I wasn't always a huge fan of low floor systems but the more I study it in practice within different cities, the more I see why it's a decent system.
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    The environment was one of the main talking points of the Valley line lrt (cars off the road) and half an hour trip from Mill woods, Churchill is in line with other lrt lines in the city. My point was mainly the speeds of Valley because of the many stations along its path and with less stops along the way. Also, by having fewer stops along Valley would have been completed earlier.

    Valley line's low floor cars are going to be great, even with overhead lines. If the stations were above grade like Campus station the Valley line stations would have been more costly and would have taken longer to complete this line.
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    The nice thing about the Valley Line is that there's little interference with main thoroughfares between Whyte Avenue and downtown, and again between Argyll and Whitemud. 75 Street is packed between 98 Avenue and Whitemud Drive.
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    Oh just wait until phase 2 when it cuts over to the north side of 104 Ave and then completely fuqs up 109 St. It's already nearly impossible to get through 104 at 109 St on a slow day, it's going to be a shitshow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chmilz View Post
    Oh just wait until phase 2 when it cuts over to the north side of 104 Ave and then completely fuqs up 109 St. It's already nearly impossible to get through 104 at 109 St on a slow day, it's going to be a shitshow.
    And that's entirely due to the High Level Bridge and the intersection at the South end of it that is a major choke point. That won't be impacted, so I can't see how it will make it any worse. The choke point is kilometers away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cat View Post
    The nice thing about the Valley Line is that there's little interference with main thoroughfares between Whyte Avenue and downtown, and again between Argyll and Whitemud. 75 Street is packed between 98 Avenue and Whitemud Drive.
    An unintended benefit of these north south lines is that drivers can use the adjacent streets for in effect throughfare proprietary passage. For instance on 111th st its now easier to use that as a corridor provided you do not have to cross 111st. The signalling is such that if you get timing with a train going same direction you get greens all the way from Southgate to 87ave. What used to be a series of uncoordinated light has been forced to be coordinated. Its an example of how much more traffic can move along a corridor if you have coordinated lighting.

    Similarly with the Valley line 66/75st all the way from 28ave to Argyll will be a more efficient commute. I wonder how many drivers will follow the LRT ROW all along now to the Dt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chmilz View Post
    Oh just wait until phase 2 when it cuts over to the north side of 104 Ave and then completely fuqs up 109 St. It's already nearly impossible to get through 104 at 109 St on a slow day, it's going to be a shitshow.
    Please tell me there is still time to grade separate at 109 St 104 Ave intersection

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mla View Post
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    Oh just wait until phase 2 when it cuts over to the north side of 104 Ave and then completely fuqs up 109 St. It's already nearly impossible to get through 104 at 109 St on a slow day, it's going to be a shitshow.
    Please tell me there is still time to grade separate at 109 St 104 Ave intersection
    reading the mayor's blog, he doesn't mention it at all.
    time to make it an election issue.

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