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Nov 23, 2009
Analysis, Light Rail & Streetcars, Toronto

The Speed of CPT (and Chickadees)

The other day I wrote about how Toronto’s streetcars were like shooting chickadees with cannonballs.  In terms of speed, the streetcars were designed to operate at speeds far in excess of what was possible in an urban environment. So how does CPT stack up on our Cannonball Index (that doesn’t exist, by the way, but...

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Nov 19, 2009
Analysis, Light Rail & Streetcars, Research Issues, Thoughts, Toronto, Urban Planning & Design


(For those of you not statistically or mathematically inclined, you’ll probably want to skip this post) PPHPD is an acronym for persons per hour per direction and is a great tool for calculating offered capacity of a transit line. Unfortunately, it’s not a term that has any sort of mainstream usage or understanding and that...

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Nov 18, 2009
Light Rail & Streetcars, Thoughts, Toronto

Shooting a Chickadee with a Cannonball

The Swiss have an expression to describe solving a problem with far more than is necessary. To do so, they say, is to “shoot a chickadee with a cannonball,” and is a perfect description of what light rail is to the transit planning problem. As an example: Toronto’s current fleet of streetcars were designed to...

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