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  1. Bump again… Not really a comprehensive list, but all 10xx and 11xx D40LF and LFRs I see on the roads have had their refurbishments done. Checking into the tracking, there are still a few buses that haven’t seen service a few months that I assume are still getting completed (1104, 1106 and 1113 I believe) Guess there will be a bit of a break for a year or two, unless they decide to do the XD40s a little early since the prior refurbs were done around year 10. As a side note, a bit crazy to me that these buses are now 10+ years old, I remember them when they were brand new!
  2. That is a good point. No washrooms on board GO buses, so the bus idea I proposed may not work out for that reason unless you did something like a bus route from London-Kitchener, then a transfer to route 25. I’d make the argument that there are a few GO bus routes 3+ hours in length (i.e. route 56 from Oakville to Oshawa), but I’m doubtful there are many riders taking the bus the full route in that case as you would from London to Toronto
  3. Just to chime in with my experiences having done the trip many times, if you took the “direct” Greyhound bus (express, no stops between Toronto and london), you’d be looking at just over 2 hours, but it could be upwards of 3 if it was during rush hours. There were several non-express trips that made stops which could’ve taken up to 3.5-4 hours. However, with no greyhound and (to my knowledge) limited trips directly to downtown London via bus, not sure how long it takes. Really, the only option is the train. VIA Rail- you’d be looking at usually 2.5 hours. Some trips were faster if they didn’t make every stop- The weekday “express” trains 82-83 were always the fastest since they made the fewest stops, taking just over 2 hours so that was always my preferred train to take. As mentioned several times though, the GO trains will take the…scenic route through Georgetown, Kitchener, Stratford and St. Marys. I took this route on VIA once as it was the only train available and it was nearly 4 hours. I think my point of this is that these days if you aren’t driving between the two cities, your best bet is VIA rail. If/when GO transit were to ever run a train using the tracks via Brantford and Woodstock instead, that would be a lot better for people looking to travel between London and Toronto. Until then- maybe a bus route from Western to Highway 407 Station? Always wondered how viable that would be
  4. yrt1000

    CN Locos

    Collision today in Prescott, ON between two CN trains https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/mobile/two-freight-trains-collide-derailing-several-cars-in-prescott-ont-1.5570966
  5. Monday-Friday there’s a 353 bus that comes off of route 133 Neilson (62 run) so there should still be 1 malvern bus on it every night
  6. As someone who frequently took greyhound from London to Toronto, I can tell you that it is going to be awful having the bus stop there. This is located right off of Highbury and the 401, and this stretch of Highbury is 100km/h towards London- walking is not an option. Greyhound was always busy on fridays/long weekends. Good luck trying to get a Via Rail ticket as well- the prices were always pretty high for weekends. That $37 price mentioned earlier is if you book early enough in advance, and it always seemed like Via’s pricing was a lot higher on fridays/long weekends (probably due to the demand). For all of Greyhounds flaws, I couldn’t imagine having to travel Toronto this way. I took greyhound at least 4 times per year while I was in school (visiting home on holidays), buses were always packed. I can’t imagine this being as highly used. You’re talking about at least a 20 minute drive downtown, 30 mins to Western, LTC isn’t even an option unless they extend a route out to here outside of peak hours. I know it was mentioned another provider will also be doing the Toronto-London route- hopefully they’ll stop closer to the downtown/university area.
  7. Doesn’t look like this is reported here yet, but all of the Richmond Hill line trains are now being operated with only 4 cars (reduced from 6). Started in the beginning of May
  8. Not a particular sighting per se, but I’ve noticed the past 2 weekends I’ve been in the area around 2PM there’s been a TTC hybrid waiting on Finch at McCowan road, parked just in front of the McDonald’s displaying “Malvern Division”. It had the orange cones behind it but it didn’t look like it was broken down or anything like that I think it might be a driver shuttle as that’s the changeover spot for route 39
  9. Bit of a bump...from what I’ve seen in my times going outside most if not all the 10xx’s have been refurbished. Now onto 1101-1120, and I spotted 1114 today looking pretty fresh and shiny from a refurb
  10. Well, since I have moved from London I don’t follow it as closely as I did before. But nonetheless, here are the proposed changes for 2021. Mainly focused on frequency adjustments http://www.londontransit.ca/2020/11/10/2021-draft-service-plan/ Not listed on this page- I have seen some proposed routing for a new route 95 express, going from White Oaks Mall to Fanshawe via Bradley and Highbury.
  11. Happy for that Box Grove express bus, but disappointed those route 9 improvements, as well as the more frequent service on routes 1 and 16 only lasted 2 months
  12. I’d be doubtful about that. I do drive past every now and then, and if my memory is correct, it’s still just a big metal structure in the middle of a field and doesn’t look to me that it’s near completion
  13. My jaw dropped when I saw the service improvements on route 9, not going to lie lol As an aside, do you think those GO shuttle routes will be brought back in the future?
  14. According to the trackers, XE40 1911 is out on route 55 this morning
  15. Schedules have been posted on the website. Viva Pink and Viva Green have actually been fully suspended, along with several other reductions/adjustments as was expected. Funny enough, route 1 will operate on a Saturday schedule on weekdays, which is actually a service improvement in the midday at least https://www.yrt.ca/en/news/covid-19-service-reduction.aspx
  16. YRT will be reducing service again on April 5. Schedules to be posted soon...
  17. Just spotted TTC TR 545x deadheading eastbound through Broadview station
  18. There were several T1s out on line 1 this morning, according to Twitter there were 6 trainsets sent to help out between Finch and Union. I managed to catch a ride on one this morning Might’ve been the last time for a ride on one on this stretch if ATC is gonna be extended to Queen in the next few weeks
  19. I would assume track testing. And kind of related, I was on a 504 streetcar last week which short turned at Broadview and Dundas. Was heading north on broadview, then dropped us all off, and turned left onto Dundas and probably looped back down to King via Parliament. So I assume the tracks are available for use
  20. TTC 4406 was out testing at broadview station, saw it at about 9:40PM
  21. When I take TTC routes in Markham, I notice that the Presto reader indicates that it is in the YRT zone. It actually says it on the screen of the device, I think in the bottom left corner (I.e. it will say “YRT” on the Presto reader). Seemingly the Presto reader knows when it crosses Steeles and which fare to deduct/transfer when a card is tapped, as Smallspy mentioned above. I was thinking about it too the other day, and it’d make sense if it was connected with Vision and the route the vehicle was operating on. And, say, once the stop at Steeles is past, the Presto device changes its fare zone Ive done what you outlined many times since this was enabled in August. It works exactly like I am transferring or tapping onto any other YRT vehicle. It takes a YRT fare off my Presto card and even gives me a 2 hour transfer that I can use on YRT buses. And as an aside, it also works the other way around. If I take a YRT bus first and transfer to, say, route 129A in Markham, my YRT transfer is applied when I tap my card on the TTC bus and no other fare is deducted It’s made my life a lot easier than when I had to plan my trips north-south, as the only option that way before was along Kennedy unless I wanted to carry $4.25 in cash every time
  22. TTC 4429 At King and River, with its pantograph up a few minutes ago
  23. That is actually terrible. They’ll keep cutting things until there’s no transit system left Service cuts leads to lower ridership. Lower ridership leads to more service cuts. Rinse and repeat every year
  24. Unfortunately I’ve moved from London but I do believe there’s a few new buses. Every now and then I check Transsee and didn’t notice any new buses tracking until today...So far seems like units 547, 548, 550, and 552 have entered service
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