The TTC will consider a report this week regarding the link from the Sheppard East LRT to Don Mills Station. The report includes (at the last page) an illustration of the design for the same-level direct transfer between the LRT and the subway.
It’s not a very good drawing and in particular it doesn’t show whether the intent is for both the subway and the LRT to use both platforms. This has been discussed in a previous thread here. I have asked for clarification from the TTC and will update this post when I receive further info.
The design is troublesome because of the way the car is shown ending against at a location with no overrun protection (i.e. a buffer stop and some additional track). This will almost certainly result in a permanant slow order for cars entering the station. Just the sort of thing we need for our new “fast” service. Some adjustments are required.
The report brings out additional information about the predicted use of the LRT and subway lines at this interchange, of unexpected costs, and of yet another Metrolinx boondoggle:
- About 8,500 passengers will travel between the Sheppard Subway and the Consumers Road area and they will have to transfer between the two routes. Conversely, if the interchange were at Consumers, more people, 9,500, would have to transfer for through trips from points east to reach Don Mills Station.
- The cost of bringing the LRT into Don Mills Station is about $120-million less than extending the subway further east. However, …
- The Sheppard East project budget (remember that this is the one for which funding was just announced) must be increased by $110-million to pay for the underground connection because this was not originally planned(!!!). This is yet another example of how the TTC simply cannot publish reliable budget figures even at a time when much political capital was expended just to get project funding, and when accurate projections are important to the credibility of the Transit City plan as a whole. How can they publish an EA in which the only connections between the subway and LRT involve tunneling, but not update the project cost estimate?
- Metrolinx, always ready to throw a monkey-wrench into the works, would like to see continuous operation of the Sheppard East, Don Mills and Finch LRT services. This would require a physical connection through to the Don Mills line for revenue service, not just whatever would be needed for carhouse moves between the lines. It is self-evident that a through service will be more complex and expensive than a stub operation as now planned. Metrolinx does not seem to have thought through the future implications of a separate Don Mills LRT nor of the possibility the Finch East line might run east of Don Mills, and they seem bent on creating immensely long routes in the name of “regional” travel.
Somehow, I hope to ride the Sheppard East LRT in my lifetime and, moreover, that this project won’t turn into another “St. Clair” with all manner of screw-ups and construction co-ordination problems along the way.
Updated 6:40 am, May 26: David Cavlovic left the following comments, but in the wrong thread:
6:09 am: That photo is so…so…unconvincing! Looks like someone had no idea what to do but photoshop a picture of an LRT in a chopped-off area of the Eastbound train platform.
6:10 am: EEK. that comment should be with the next article. Need. Coffee!