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Development stage[ edit ] During the s, Toronto experienced the same sort of urban sprawl that was sweeping through the United States. This caused enormous traffic problems within the city,  and a network of new highways to address the problem became part of the Official Plan in Activists such as Jane Jacobs successfully rallied local groups to oppose development of the Spadina Expressway project.
GO-Urban called for a system of three advanced mass transit lines that would be run by the newly formed GO Transit.
The idea was to select a system with low capital costs, one that would be cost effective in low-density areas where a traditional subway would be too expensive to build and operate. Designed to have a design capacity half-way between buses and subways, the new system was referred to as the Intermediate Capacity Transit System or ICTS.
The space age automated guideway transit AGT systems being designed in the late s seemed like the right solution. As GO-Urban was larger than most networks being considered, practically every company working on an AGT, or hoping to, submitted a proposal. The first cut reduced the field to a still-large fourteen proposals.
After a year-long selection process, GO selected the Krauss-Maffei Transurban maglev as the preferred solution. As a maglev, the system would be silent, addressing concerns about noise on elevated portions of the track.
Krauss-Maffei agreed to do all vehicle construction in Ontario, and allow the local office to handle all sales efforts in North America — a stipulation most US companies were not willing to agree to.
Ontario was not willing to continue funding development of the system on their own, and cancelled the maglev plans. The first immediately demonstrated a problem with the rubber-wheeled bogies. A new solution was selected, using steel wheels with an articulated bogie that would steer each wheel into the direction of the track and thereby avoid the rubbing between the flange and track that caused the screeching noise.
UTDC bought two modern articulated bogie patents from a private developer in the United States, which were further developed by Dofasco.
Kingston had been home to the Canadian Locomotive Company that closed its doors inand the city lobbied hard for the new company to locate to their city. The site was officially opened on September 29, by James Snowthe Minister of Transportation and Communications.
The site included a 1. As this process started, UTDC started its own efforts to market the design. Toronto, the inspiration for the system, was an obvious target, but the company also found interest in the system in OttawaHamiltonVancouverDetroit and Los Angeles.
A test system in Toronto was the primary concern. The TTC had recently extended the east-west Bloor-Danforth subway line with the addition of another station on each end of the line, and had planned to further extend the line with streetcars running from those stations into the suburbs.
Construction had already started on the streetcar system at the eastern end of the line at Kennedy station when the provincial government asked them to switch to the ICTS.SimpleVMS is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendor management solution that streamlines all aspects of the the contingent workforce acquisition process for your organization.
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