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  1. I think they'll wait and see how REM does before they (possibly) invest in the Pink Line. And I personally hope they do invest in the project.
  2. As much as I want the Pink Line to happen, I doubt it'll ever happen since it'll be very expensive. It won't be $6 billion dollars (as estimated in 2011). I asked economists and urban planners (some who work for the government) and I've gotten a range from $12-$19B. It will have to be done through PPP and I'm sure all three levels of government will ask the private sector to pick up most of the bill. Hell, the Blue Line extension is ~$4.5B over 5.8km, so again, I think because how much this Pink Line will cost, it won't happen unless the private sector is involved and pays for 60% of it. Plus, at the federal level, I'd give more priority to Toronto for transit since they desperately need it.
  3. It's honestly amazing how rapid Toronto has grown in the past decade and the growth will surpass what we're seeing today. Sure, the architecture is bland, but the intensification Toronto is experiencing at this moment is out of this world!
  4. It's not because of our winters that our roads suck. We use low quality asphalt that has too much tar and the idiot union people here only put 3 inches of asphalt, when it should be MINIMUM 6-8 inches in depth. The concrete paver roads will last much longer and I hope the city one day has all roads like this rather than having roads that crack after 6 months.
  5. Somewhat related to La Ronde, but Six Flags just made an offer to acquire Cedar Fair parks and they are considering the offer. This would be terrible news for the CF parks honestly.
  6. I personally can't unfortunately, but there are these websites that are very accurate (up until 2008, then attendance stopped being public) (This shares the actual attendance #'s updated yearly).
  7. Just a heads up, but La Ronde gets 1.25M people and not 1.81M like this chart says. I'm an investor in SF and get the real numbers in the annual reports to shareholders. As for how to improve the park, well, they won't be getting a world class coaster like Levi, YS or MF anytime soon (plus there's a height limit here, hence why Goliath is only 175ft). This is also due to the park not being known as a park where you'll get ROI that amusement park chains expect. If a park spends $30M on a new coaster, they expect a ROI of $15-$18M in the first year, and La Ronde will never be able to accomplish this. When they added Goliath, attendance went down, same with Ednor. There's a reason why this park is getting its first coaster in TEN years. So ways to improve it? well, staff are lazy, operations are horrible, the park is disgusting and needs a huge infrastructure upgrade, add shade. La Ronde won't see a coaster bigger than Goliath at all (unless a miracle happens) so they should continue adding thrill rides and compact coasters (RMC Raptor, Premier Launch coasters) in addition to infrastructure upgrades. The staff needs training on how to use their brains and to get faster at operations. Also, gate prices are $70! lol, I can get two day tickets at Canada's Wonderland for $73 with taxes and fees in. This park is overpriced and has two good coasters and 3 or 4 solid rides, not worth it.
  8. It was supposed to be 600 Peel after TDC2/3, but seeing how they haven't pushed for public consultations, haven't said anything at all after TDC3 and seeing that they set up a website for 750 Peel, I'm guessing the Ottawa shoe-box office towers are next.
  9. Whoa! much nicer than I thought! Very Miami Beach esque as well.
  10. As much as I want La Ronde to get a big coaster ... I highly doubt it. Amusement parks expect a ROI in the high teens (millions) the first year a major ride opens. If La Ronde does get a major coaster, it'll probably be a RMC single rail clone like Railblazer Gold Wonder Woman. More than a limit at the park, do not expect a massive 200ft coaster ever (Goliath was supposed to be 200-230ft, but got scaled down due to height limits). Edit: I looked at the prices of an RMC single rail clone and the ride we're getting for 2020. RMC = $7M USD, Green Lantern/Viper = $7.25M (new). RMC rail will be perfect for the park.
  11. I talked to my friend who has contacts with people at Six Flags (same dude who said Super Manege would close in July). He confirmed to me that they will re-track portions of the ride to make it smoother and possible remove the added weight that was added to the cars due to strict California laws when this coaster was at Magic Mountain. If this is the case, it will turn out to be smoother and a solid addition to the park, rather than an abomination. I've been on Insane in Europe and Green lantern and Insane was much better and smoother, so if it runs like that then this is wonderful news. Now, obliviously this isn't a ride worthy enough to get a season pass but it's still a decent addition to La Ronde.
  12. Well it's not rocket science! Other parks (although mainly local clientele) do attract people from other parts of Canada, or the U.S or international. La Ronde on the other hand, is almost purely Montreal/Quebec. It's Quebec's park vs lets say Canada's Wonderland where it's Canada's park and also attracts a ton of Americans, Europeans, etc. The same could be said for smaller parks in the N.E United States.
  13. Let's be honest here, La Ronde was always a dump. It was even worse when the city was running it. When Six Flags first bought it, they added two B&M coasters in 2002 and 2006. Then they filed for bankruptcy and shifted their strategy for all their parks. La Ronde doesn't get much because no matter what they add, attendance stagnates or goes down, even in 2006 when they added a large coaster, attendance hardly moved. If Cedar Fair ran the park, operations would be better, and it would be cleaner but they wouldn't be getting many rides at all. When I was part of a conference call with Six Flags, they mention how their target audience for La Ronde is 6.1M within a 100 mile radius. The thing is, there are better parks nearby than La Ronde and let's face it, La Ronde is a Quebec only thing while other parks have a more diverse clientele. There is potential on that site but unfortunately, there's no hope at this moment.
  14. that's false, the reason why La Ronde get's the scraps is because it's a failing park. No matter what they add, attendance continued to decline. When Goliath opened, attendance was 1.65M, now it's about 1.25M. You look at Canada's Wonderland, they added a $30M coaster for 2019 and already made more than half ROI and are going to reach 4M attendance this year if all goes well. For 2020, they're adding a kid ride, waterpark addition and are getting a resort. Other small parks in the U.S that aren't opened year round get huge investments as well (Carowinds got a giga in 2015, Kings Dominion got a giga in 2010) other Six Flags parks not opened year round also get decent investments as well, but they aren't like Cedar Fair either. Six Flags is basically like Costco, buy in bulk. I'm sure if Six Flags had a way to break the lease with the city, they would do so in a heartbeat.