Originally Posted by yaletown_fella
I've never been clear as to whether the proposed Eglinton LRT will be as fast as the Bloor HRT? I understand it will be 1/2 the capacity of the Bloor line which is a very reasonable compromise imo.
I hope it won't be like the disaster that is the Spadina streetcar. I don't get how people stand in line for 20 minutes waiting for that horrible thing.
It won't be as fast as the Bloor HRT, it will have an average speed between 24-25 KM/H on the surface section and 30-35 KM/H in the underground sections. The main reason for this that there will be a much shorter stop spacing (500 meters) in the above ground sections than it would in the underground sections (1 km).
Eglinton will be nothing like St. Clair. St. Clair is not rapid transit by any stretch of the imagination, it is just a Streetcar line on its own Right of Way. The stop spacing is too narrow to be true LRT. The technology is dated (trolley poles as opposed to pantographs), accordingly speeds are much slower lacks signal priority.
Eglinton on the other hand meets the rapid transit standard. Only the Queensway Streetcar comes close to true LRT on Toronto's existing streetcar system. It still has two problems, dated technology and lack of true signal priority.
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As for waiting 20 minutes, if the city installs proper signal controls (not street lights but rather rail signals), you should get a very reliable system. The signal controls will prevent the bunching problems from which which the St. Clair ROW suffers which causes that 20 minute delay.