Originally Posted by Metro-One
This is what i was trying to ask. It seems like a big waste of money to do 2 or 3 sets of renovations in a short period of time, the current renovation renders, the platform extensions and the turn-style installment. Would it not make more sense to do all 3 at the same time? I find the situation a little confusing.
Well considering that the province did absolutely no consultation with TransLink and simply told them "you are going to install turnstiles and extend the platforms" during the media blitz, it's no surprise that this is the first of a series of renos. Frankly, it's takes a hell of a long time to move from concept to planning to consultation to financing to design to construction, so actually, would you rather have an improved Broadway station now, or wait 10 more years until a huge retrofit is done?
There's a reason TransLink is waging an anti-turnstiles war with the province through the media. It's because the province hasn't coughed up the dough to make it happen, no planning has actually ever been done to calculate the extent and cost of renovations required to the Expo Line stations to install turnstiles, and TransLink would rather spend the money elsewhere anyways.
Platform extensions are a similar issue. There's been no money or planning. I know TransLink realizes, at some point, they will no longer be able to increase frequencies and will have to look at three trains, but this was believed to not be needed till at least 2020, and even then only at the busiest of stations.
Take everything the province promises with a huge grain of salt. Hell, they could be removed from office and all the plans could be flushed down the toilet.