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Extra, Extra: Subway Platforms, Species Preservation, and Subway Naming

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  • Some urban infrastructure ogling to combat your afternoon blahs: a pretty slideshow of subway platforms from around the world.
  • Like most zoos, the Toronto Zoo isn’t just about cute animal displays—it also conducts research and works for animal preservation. Toronto is one of the world’s largest zoos, and its behind-the-scenes work is therefore extensive. Over the weekend, the Toronto Star took an in-depth look at some of that work.
  • In the wake of Rob Ford’s failed bid to put a subway on Sheppard, others in Toronto are hoping to revive a different subway plan: one for what we’re all used to calling the Downtown Relief Line. Others are concerned it may have an optics problem, however: in Rob Ford’s Toronto, can we name anything “downtown” and hope to fund it? Spacing wants your suggestions for other potential names for this hypothetical-but-oh-so-appealing transit line.

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  • Anonymous

    If Queen was pedestrian / streetcars only could it take up the slack the DRL is designed for?

  • Anonymous

    If Queen was pedestrian / streetcars only could it take up the slack the DRL is designed for?

    • http://piorkowski.ca qviri

      The main benefit from DRL plans is providing alternate routes to Bloor subway to slightly declog lower Yonge line and Bloor-Yonge stations. Eastern side is considered more important since from the west you can transfer at St George. You’d still need a way to get to the subway out east.

      Closest thing I could think of would be the railway corridor up to the subway yard and then sneaking into Greenwood or Donlands stations somehow. That still requires a lot of construction to create a convenient transfer point and I’m not sure if there’s enough space in the corridor.

      • OgtheDim

        The % of people on the Yonge line @ Wellesley who come in from north of Bloor is larger then who come in on the Danforth. Try taking a subway south of NY Centre in the morning.

        • http://piorkowski.ca qviri

          Right, but short of GO adopting an actually useful schedule and fares, we geographically can’t do much about people from North York, and we can do something about people from the east end and Scarborough.

    • Anonymous

      People going to Queen is (part of) the problem.

    • Anonymous

      There is another possibility. The Queen Streetcar is left as it is, servicing local traffic and acting as a “safety valve” for any relief line. With its longer distance and fewer stops, the relief line takes longer-distance traffic off the streetcar, freeing up space.

    • Anonymous

      Or at the very least ban parking on King/Queen. It blows my mind that the city hasn’t taken care of this kind of low hanging fruit to solve many problems related to vehicles on these roadways.

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    In the wake of Rob Ford’s failed bid to put a subway on Sheppard, others in Toronto are hoping to revive a different subway plan: one for what we’re all used to calling the Downtown Relief Line. Others are concerned it may have an optics problem, however: in Rob Ford’s Toronto, can we name anything “downtown” and hope to fund it? Spacing wants your suggestions for other potential names for this hypothetical-but-oh-so-appealing transit line.

    This is the most part i liked in this article
    thnx and waiting for more soon.

  • GG

    As others said in the Spacing post…

    Break the line in two at Union and call them the Etobicoke Express Line and the Scarborough Express Line.

    More accurate and acknowledges who it will (mostly) service.