farewell, noisy, rattling srt. hello … bus?
Baalawy cringes extends from the spine up to the inside of the ear with the sound of grinding metal. That sound —
It\'s like the steel edge is dragged over concrete.
Make the conversation difficult and occasionally drown the stop announcement on the Scarborough Express (SRT)
A car similar to a small subway.
Fortunately for Al
This is a short drive: 6.
4 kilometers, 6 stops, 10 minutes.
Complaints about noise, congestion and traffic jams
Dependent on the community, common among SRT passengers.
But that doesn\'t stop them from packing now.
The old train
No one has built the SRT\'s Mark 1 cars again, and after 26 years TTC is getting harder and harder to keep them running.
Relief work is in progress as the province prepares to absorb the SRT route to $8.
2 billion Eglington-
Light rail Scarborough (Scarborough)LRT)line.
The cost of converting the SRT to LRT is expected to be around $1. 4 billion.
But the transformation of fashion and euro
Light rail car (LRVs)
Will come with pain.
For three years, starting at the Pan Am Games in 2015, about 40,000 daily SRT commuters will be commissioned to take the bus when the line is closed for construction.
Details of the bus plan have not been announced yet, but TTC spokesman Brad Ross said, \"We will definitely have a comprehensive plan in place, which is good --
Communicate for SRT customers.
Even so, traffic blogger Steve Munro predicted, \"it\'s going to be as annoying as hell,\" once a daily SRT Commuter, when RT fails due to equipment or weather, who took the shuttle bus-
\"It\'s unreliable as long as I can remember,\" he said . \".
However, according to Rod mcphil, director of transportation planning in Toronto, the SRT is one of the city\'s traffic success cases.
To avoid the impact of long parking on so many passengers, he was in favor of changing it to a subway instead of a light rail.
When overhead lines continue to operate, the subway can pass through the tunnel, he said.
\"I question whether it is feasible to carry 40,000 (riders)on a 6-
He said he pointed out that it was almost as much as the Queen\'s tram or Finch Street. bus —
Both routes are very long.
Every car on the SRT 4
The number of passengers the car train holds is equivalent to a bus, so each full train needs four buses to compensate.
McPhail said it is doubtful whether you will continue to serve between Scarborough center and Kennedy.
\"You have to do something like a dedicated bus lane and there are a lot of buses,\" he said . \".
Maybe you can set up a bus lane in Ellesmere and Midland.
He said there are reverse residential areas in Midland, but there are businesses in the West.
But it doesn\'t work for Kennedy because it\'s a retail drive.
University of Toronto at Scarborough
Baalawy, he says, will only avoid SRT when he can, something most students do often.
\"The noise is very loud.
When the SRT dropped from the elevated terminal at Kennedy station on Wednesday, he said: \"It feels like it\'s going to crash . \".
The sound and feel of the SRT comes from its groundbreaking magnetic induction motor, as it travels along its own path, overlooking the loading dock and light industry on the east side.
The SRT is the only TTC line that already uses the new LRVs international rail gauge, which is about 2 inch narrower than the Metro.
Jack Collins, vice president of Metrolinx, said the transformation of the light rail will improve ride efficiency and reduce congestion in large cars
Chief Executive Officer, express transportation.
Bombardier\'s new LRVs will accommodate about 160 people, while there are 55 on the SRT car.
For longer lrv, platforms and stations need to be lengthened, which will be able to run on trains of three cars as needed.
\"Will the new car be quieter? Will they be more comfortable?
My answer is yes. \"Said Collins.
\"We expect that if we use larger wheels on the new LRVs, you will not encounter the same vibration and noise problems,\" he said . \".
Although the existing support columns will remain, Metrolinx will replace the elevated rails to accommodate a wider range of lrv, overhead poles and emergency walkways.
Al-said none of this would solve the problem of crossing in Scarborough. Baalawy.
\"The car may be bigger, but where (will they go)? ” he said.
Crosstown extends from the center of Scarborough in the east to Eglington in the west to about 25 kilometers larger than Dennis Hill, and will not reach the T Scarborough campus near Malvern, or other places worth visiting
He suspected that there was also a stand in McCowan in the report.
In addition to the Toronto Star reporter and photographer, Al Baalawy is the only passenger to stay at the eastern terminal of the train.
The line stretches so far to get to the nearby stopovers and serve several office buildings.
Four of the six stations in the SRT are barely used.
Only Kennedy and Scarborough center attracted many passengers.
\"The SRT did not do as much for Scarborough when it opened in 1985,\" McPhail said . \".
Scarborough Civic Center takes off as expected.
But, he said, \"it\'s longer than people want.