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Mark Walton

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  1. Maybe not strictly on topic, but 95 YORK MILLS should have ELLESMERE added, because at least 2/3 of that route is actually on Ellesmere. Possible exception for the 95C Ellesmere Station branch which ends at the woefully-underused Ellesmere Station - least used of any on the whole TTC system, trailing only Bessarion.
  2. You can also use a Presto card on GO Transit and all other neighboring GTHA systems from Durham Region to Hamilton. In the 6 years since I got it, I've used my Ottawa Presto card on TTC, YRT, UP Express, and GO. TTC has also introduced Presto tickets for single-ride, 2-ride, and day pass. Those are sold at subway stations from VMC south to Lawrence West, and at several Shoppers Drug Mart stores in that part of the city. The only downtown sales point for those so far is the Shoppers at Eaton Centre.
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    Ontario Line

    If the Ontario Line is the "Son of DRL", it's half-assed if it ends downtown instead of continuing west to meet that end of the BD line at about Dundas West. What's the latest on Ontario Place?
  4. No they don't, and haven't for the past 20+ years. 8533 went to the Hungarian pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver.
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    Automated Fare Boxes for Winnipeg

    Are they looking at ticket reload/vending machines in the RT stations à la Presto, Opus, Compass...?
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    Winnipeg Transit and area

    Ottawa calls that a "closed-air broadcast".
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    Winnipeg and Artic Buses

    Same in Ottawa - dead A/C is not grounds for killing a bus. I still remember them - but usually it was a dry heat, not so much of the humidity that so often aggravates Eastern heat waves.
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    History of Winnipeg Transit

    When I went to Kelvin I often rode the Corydon-Stafford part of the route. Many of my schoolmates, and some teachers, rode it too.
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    ETS History

    In 1980 an elderly woman was dragged to death when her bag got caught in a bifold door, which at that time were gate-operated. They were later changed to driver control.
  10. That's probably for the air conditioning. Too many windows open and it doesn't work well. Montreal fishbowls once had rearmost side windows that opened only an inch or two on both sides, to keep people from sticking their heads, hands, whatever out.
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    TTC Delays and Disruptions

    I was in Toronto on the Victoria Day weekend, as I usually am. I was on a subway train that was climbing the grade into Warden when power went out. My train did not have enough momentum to make the Warden platform, and stalled on the grade for about 20 minutes. There were several announcements about a trespasser on the tracks between Victoria Park and Kennedy, forcing a power cut in that entire zone. I was in the first car of the train. I saw someone on the Warden platform, where a westbound train was stopped, using a big searchlight. There was no panic among the other passengers in that car, nor any attempts to force a door. I could not speak for the other cars, nor could the operator of the train, to whom I spoke when we reached Kennedy and he came out of his cab. Though I did not see any TTC employees during the delay, and had no word other than the announcements, I felt those involved handled a dangerous situation as best they could.
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    General Subway/RT Discussion

    Is there a thread for subway delays? If not, I guess this is a good a place as any: I was in Toronto on the Victoria Day weekend, as I usually am. I was on a subway train that was climbing the grade into Warden when power went out. My train did not have enough momentum to make the Warden platform, and stalled on the grade for about 20 minutes. There were several announcements about a trespasser on the tracks between Victoria Park and Kennedy, forcing a power cut in that entire zone. I was in the first car of the train. I saw someone on the Warden platform, where a westbound train was stopped, using a big searchlight. There was no panic among the other passengers in that car, nor any attempts to force a door. I could not speak for the other cars, nor could the operator of the train, to whom I spoke when we reached Kennedy and he came out of his cab. Though I did not see any TTC employees during the delay, and had no word other than the announcements, I felt those involved handled a dangerous situation as best they could.
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    TTC Trolley Coach reminescing

    Probably around the time the rebuild finished.
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    Streetcar News

    At Spadina and Queen I saw some of the special work that allows intermixed pole (Queen)/pantograph (Spadina) operation. Video attached. SpadinaQueen.mp4
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    TTC Trolley Coach reminescing

    To standardize around GE, TTC got abut 20 used Brills from Halifax and Cornwall. After the rebuild was finished in May or June 1972 they retired all the Marmon-Herringtons, which had Westinghouse motors.
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