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Tuesday, May 5, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joseph Sapp
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Scarborough Light Rail Rapid Transit Elevated Structures Upgrade Toronto Transit Commission

The Scarborough light rail system was to be upgraded with newer, more efficient and all-round better Light Rapid Transit vehicles. But the new cars weighed twice as much and the existing elevated track had to be modified to accommodate the new vehicles.

A formal Value Engineering study compared four different solutions to look for the one that provided the optimum balance of cost and performance.

Using the rigorous Value Methodology, the team concluded that, while costs would not be lowered, adding new superstructure atop the existing piers could triple the structure’s expected lifespan.

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