After Intense Pressure From the Provincial Government……………..

The following is part of an article, The direction of TTC planning in the 1980′s, by Philip Webb, which appeared in the December 1983 edition of Modern Tramway and Light Rail Transit.

By 1983, the UDTC knew that the ICTS/ALRT system could not offer the capacity as advertised. The ICTS/ALRT proprietary transit system did not have an advantage over the then new LRT mode and was “up to ten times more to install than a conventional LRT line”.

BC Transit, which always claimed that the maximum capacity of a MK.1 car was 100 persons, and now TransLink, which claims a capacity of 80 persons per car, have been accused in the past of inflating ridership numbers by basing their guesstimates on the higher capacity numbers claimed by the UTDC, which were then known to be false!

Oh what tangled webs we weave………………

Also of interest is the claim that Toronto’s Bloor-Dartmouth streetcar line, using coupled sets of PCC cars could carry, “12,000 pphpd at times“, more than ICTS and in a age before the modern articulated tram The Bloor Dartmouth Line was made into a subway, opening in 1966.

30 second headways or less on the old Bloor tram line!


One Response to “After Intense Pressure From the Provincial Government……………..”
  1. Haveacow says:

    I remember the Toronto Star had a series of articles that was also critical of the technology around the same time as the Globe article. What still amazes me still is that, groups like taxpayer watchdog groups like, The Canadian Tax Payers Federation are supporters of the Skytrain’s driverless technology because they think it eliminates drivers unions and thus lowers everyone’s costs. They were the real money behind the money that produced the report for Toronto that said Skytrain like technology would be better than LRT. Thankfully only a small group even listened to them and other Conservative groups ignored them on the transit issue.

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