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Mark Walton

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  1. On my recent visit, I didn't ride any buses with readers. Also, I tried to register for MyFare, but was told they're not accepting may more participants at this time. When it does roll out, visitors will be able to use it, and I can pre-load a day pass onto my phone or push it from my laptop. As it is, since they did away with preprinted day passes a few years ago I have to keep tickets handy for my first trip each day, until I can get to a CTrain station and get a day pass. BTW, what forms of payment are accepted?
  2. Good to see they're going in at the middle and rear doors of articulated buses. Ottawa's artics and double-deckers have Presto card readers at each door.
  3. Like it or not, the City is legally in the right. Criminal Code of Canada: Fraud in relation to fares, etc. 393 (1) Every one whose duty it is to collect a fare, toll, ticket or admission who wilfully (a) fails to collect it, (b) collects less than the proper amount payable in respect thereof, or (c) accepts any valuable consideration for failing to collect it or for collecting less than the proper amount payable in respect thereof, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.
  4. The nearest Shoppers to Union Station is in RBC Plaza across Front Street. You can get there via the PATH, it keeps pretty much mall hours 7AM - 6:30 PM, closed Sundays.
  5. Total retirements (so far) by classes: 1980-81, 10/27 retired, just over 1/3; 1982-83, 1/3 retired; 1983-84, 21/53 retired, or almost half. Why would the retirements be disproportionately from the newest group?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Are they looking at ticket reload/vending machines in the RT stations à la Presto, Opus, Compass...?
  10. Ottawa calls that a "closed-air broadcast".
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Probably around the time the rebuild finished.
  17. At Spadina and Queen I saw some of the special work that allows intermixed pole (Queen)/pantograph (Spadina) operation. Video attached. SpadinaQueen.mp4
  18. 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.
  19. https://cptdb.ca/topic/16533-collisions-and-incidents-thread/?do=findComment&comment=854740
  20. In the 1960s/70s when I lived there, most of the major routes were L-shaped.
  21. There's another small substation at St. Eustache shop to feed that immediate area.
  22. The power break is near the substation at A13; engineers coast through it with power off. The idea is to sectionalize the catenary so a failure of one part won't necessarily kill the whole line.
  23. Wasn't the old AMT planning to cycle the MR90s through mid-life refit right about now? And wasn't the use of MLs on the DM line partly to cover that, partly to add sorely-needed capacity, especially in rush hour? Those MLs were built specifically for the tunnel; otherwise they appear to be adaptations of the 2000s.
  24. Those were "Canadian cousins" to 132/751, which started its life as a radio test bus, then went into regular service. While 751 was babied through most of its life, 752-761 were not; they had much shorter careers.
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