Updated May 19:
The question of turnback points and storage tracks on the Sheppard East LRT has come up in the comment thread on this post, and I have now received some details from the TTC.
There will be a crossover at “regular intervals” along the line for turnbacks. As for storage tracks, there are two potential locations that were shown in the preliminary designs at public meetings. Neither of these is confirmed yet, and their inclusion will be subject to detailed design and costing.
- Don Mills Station (third track)
- Malvern Garage (spur)
No three-track section on Sheppard itself is planned.
Details of the Don Mills Station configuration will be included in a report on the TTC agenda for May 28.
Original post from May 15:
Today at a joint press conference at TTC Hillcrest Yards, Prime Minister Harper and Premier McGuinty announced funding for the Sheppard East line with construction to start in July (Harper) or in the fall (McGuinty).
Included in the announcement was a statement that the route would be served by Bombardier vehicles, and this more or less settles the question about any add-on contract to the “legacy” streetcar order.
A reporter from Radio Canada (the French network) asked about funding for the new streetcar fleet, and this question was later repeated by a reporter from CBC Radio. Harper emphasized in both French and English that the primary concern of the Canadian government today was with short term economic stimulus. In his English answer, Harper said that there would be plenty of time for discussions about the new streetcars.
McGuinty speaking in French said that he was optimistic about assisting Toronto in the purchase of new streetcars, and his tone was much more concilliatory than previous emanations from Queen’s Park. By contrast, to the repeat question in English, we first asked whether the reporter was “working for Miller”, and then complained that Toronto just had one announcement out the door. He settled down to talk briefly about Toronto and Queen’s Park meeting to discuss priorities overall, but seemed testier in the English response.
All in all, I think the funding for streetcars will come, and there is the June 27 deadline for bid validity.