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  1. Regrettably, DRT was never in fact part of it. The UP Express was part of that pilot.
  2. When I rode one of the DRT buses not long ago (as I wrote this), one of the PRESTO Card readers interface has been updated to show the credit card (and mobile wallet) logos alongside the PRESTO Card and QR code symbol. If I recall, the bus was in the 71xx series running the 216. I have a feeling that the PRESTO Card software update is belling rolled and (hopefully) DRT can finally accept open payments! Any further insights/thoughts?
  3. In other transit-related news, the Lakeshore East and Stouffville GO Train Lines will be closed this weekend (from the evening of September 23, 2022 to the end of service on Sunday, September 25, 2022) and shuttle buses will run at certain GO Train stations along the the line. Sadly, the shuttle buses won't stop at the GO Stations where the TTC is readily available. I remembered the time when GO had "outsourced" the train shuttles to a private company (Coach Canada, anyone?) during the closure last year (November 2021).
  4. Sometimes, I tend to round up my final costs to either the nearest nickel, dime, quarter or dollar. That way, it is more even. Anyhoo, last weekend - I had attended an e-sports match in Toronto, Canada. The Toronto Defiant (one of the Overwatch League teams in the Western Region) has hold their Summer Showdown event last week in which teams (in the Western Region) that qualify to compete to win the summer showdown. While the Toronto Defiant had lost the 2nd-final match to the San Francisco Shock (and sadly, the San Francisco Shock had lost to the Dallas Fuel - which then become champions) , it really gives a sense that the team wanted to support their fans and so forth. As for where the event was held, it was held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (the same place where the Maple Leaf Gardens used to be). Still with e-sports, I really wish that there should be more e-sports events and conventions. Before the pandemic, they were common.
  5. ICYMI (in case you missed it) and sorry if I'm late into this - the preferred bidders have been selected and awarded for the Ontario Line: https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/rapid-transit/preferred-proponent-teams-selected-for-ontario-line-south-and-rssom-contracts/ In the case of Exhibition Station, I'm not sure how the new e-sports venue (that will be constructed within the Exhibition Place grounds in the coming years) will play a role (pun intended) with the new station on the line?
  6. Who leaves a tip nowadays? Every time you go out to eat at a restaurant, take a taxi/rideshare ride or have food delivered to your place - you are obligated to leave a tip for the level service you receive. If you receive good service, you tip more. If the service is subpar, then you don't tip. Nowadays, leaving a tip is (nowadays) impolite (regardless on how good the service is). Further reading: https://www.thestar.com/business/personal_finance/advice/2022/09/15/now-15-per-cent-is-rude-tipping-fatigue-hits-customers-as-requests-rise.html
  7. ICAMI (In Case Anyone Missed It) and to coincide with the recent change to the display signs that some had discussed here, there's recently some announcements in which when the DRT bus routes that serve the GO Statiotn is about to arrive, it sounds like that, "Connection to GO Trains. Please leave through the back doors" (or something like that).
  8. "Watch it, Buddy!" Those were the infamous (and notorious) catch phrase by the late Peter Silverman, known for his segment in CityTV Toronto called "Silverman Helps". I really wished that CityTV in Toronto should bring back the consumer reporting segment on CityNews Toronto - but this time tailored for the new generation (and to carry on the "legacy"!). Right now, we're stuck with Sean O'Sea of Global News (for "Consumer S.O.S." ) and Par Foran of CTV Toronto (for "Consumer Alert". While the former has withstand the abuse by the "haters" (freedom convoy, anyone?), the latter had rarely seen confrontations. Speaking of CityNews, does anyone remembered the CityNews Channel back in 2011 to 2013? I found out that the channel has finally comeback - but under a new name: "CityNews 24/7" (or something like that).
  9. At last, I took this photo of one of GO Transit's double decker bus that appeared at the CNE in Toronto, Canada. It's wrapped for the mentioned destinations that you can go for the weekend passes. Fleet number is 8384. By the way, please feel free to use this for one of the in-house wikis.
  10. A lot of concerts, conventions, matches and (most importantly) the CNE's return has led to more gridlock/congestion! Speaking of the CNE - it's too early to tell when the Labour Day weekend service for certain GO Train lines will be back. I remembered when GO ran extra GO Train service to serve the CNE on the Milton, Stouffvile and Kitchener (but not serving Kitchener GO but Georgetown GO) lines. Barrie passengers can connect with the connecting GO trains at Union that will take then to Exhibition GO. In the event if there were more cancellations cancellations to the GO Train trips, I'm planning to seek an alternate route - either using the TTC or (worse) getting an Uber/Lyft/Taxi ride home (the latter, the taxi that is - will take me to an alternate place that will connect a TTC or GO station).
  11. I went to the CNE in Toronto on Saturday (August 20, 2022) and happened to stop by the GO Transit tent down at the CNE midway. There were some people working at that tent promoting some of the places that you can use for the weekend passes GO has heavily promoted. It's not just leisure travellers who wanted to reel in those passes - even business travellers can take advantage of it, too. As for the GO Bus that made an appearance down at the CNE - it was a double decker GO bus wrapped with the promo for the weekend passes. Regrettably, I didn't get a photo of that bus.
  12. Today, there was a "media preview" day at the CNE in Toronto, Canada and here's some of the weird food that is being served at the event:
  13. Just In: a fully-wrapped GO bus will be making an appearance at this year's CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) in Toronto. The particular bus that will be featured - is not yet known. I'm hoping that one of the newer double-deckers (with seatbelts) that GO has in their fleet - will make an appearance! There was a time in which a fully-wrapped D4500 series GO Bus was wrapped with the "Kids GO Free" promo back in 2019 (that same bus made an appearance at the CNE that year). Source: https://blog.metrolinx.com/2022/08/16/the-cne-is-back-heres-how-go-transit-can-get-you-there/
  14. ICAMI (In Case Anyone Missed It), the Conactless Open Payment is finally live - albeit with GO Transit, Miway, Oakville Transit and Brampton Transit (at the time of writing). Right now, only Credit Cards are accepted. Debit is still available (only for the time being) on the UP Express. This new way is finally launched - in time for the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) in Toronto next Friday August 19th, 2022.
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