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Mark Walton

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  1. Vancouver's SkyTrain system, being fully automated, is loaded with sensors including track intrusion.
  2. Better battery charge, reduced charging time, reduced brake wear.
  3. The traction motor operating as a generator, using the current generated to recharge the battery.
  4. Do buses have fleet numbers on the roof for that? Ottawa's do, for one.
  5. Around the old "Confusion Corner" where 5 streets converge. When I lived there I sometimes dubbed it "McMildon-Corosbina" after those 5 streets - and this reroute covered all 5 of them!
  6. In the Montreal Metro system, all exposed metal objects such as trash cans are grounded. I haven't noticed if that's also the case in Toronto, but next time I'm there I'll look.
  7. Not surprised, with K-Days being among numerous cancelled events across Canada
  8. Correct. It was started after a 2006 incident in which a boxcar blown off the bridge dangled there for about 3 weeks. Double-stacks are also barred from the bridge in 85 km/h+ winds.
  9. The connection from exo Deux-Montagnes Sub SB to CN St. Laurent Sub WB.
  10. As is Ottawa's OC Transpo; only wheelchair passengers are allowed to board at the front, and the priority seating area at the front of the bus is taped off. Not sure if this also means the suspension of Request Stops after dark. Only articulated and double-deck buses have Presto card readers at the middle and rear doors, and drivers are no longer handling cash fares and transfers. Some people - including transit workers and many others - don't have the option of working from home/elsewhere, like me for one. And I'm limited in what I can do and when.
  11. These pictures show some clues to refurbs.
  12. Plus Calgary is a much more seasoned LRT operator than Ottawa.
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