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Mike

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  1. Thanks, didn't know Wiki had all of the plates. Turned out that I got pictures of NPC 2,4,6,8,9,10,11,12,13 in 2010-12. Do you know anything about Niagara Airbus O11?
  2. Hello found some pictures of Orion IV's where they are not of the form "NPC xx" and I am wondering which units had the following plates: E17 337 (motor) A17 988 (trailer) A17 990 (trailer) 11 82A (trailer) E17 182 (Trailer) WY6 871 (motor)
  3. NFI purchased NABI in 2013 and once all of their orders were fulfilled (by 2015) converted the NABI factory to produce NFI products.
  4. MCI has been part of New Flyer for almost five years. All that NFI is doing now is combining the office/management operations into a single entity to eliminate some management positions. I don't think that they will rename MCI models into NFI since MCI is a well established brand that is known for coaches while NFI is known for transit buses. In the past they eliminated the NABI brand, but that was competing directly with their New Flyer offering. My prediction is that brands in North America will continue to be ARBOC for light/medium duty buses, Alexander Dennis for medium duty and doubledecker buses, New Flyer for heavy duty transit and MCI for coaches.
  5. Doors add the same amount of time per station regardless of where the station is located.
  6. One of the trip time losses is the Rocket trains due to their extremely slow door opening and closing times compared to older trains. Trip from Finch to Queen used to be at least 3 minutes faster before the new trains came about. ATC won't help with the door issue, but should help with the north bound travel times for trains approaching Finch Station. From my daily (pre pandemic) commute: southbound around 7:15-7:30 from Finch to Queen is at best 28 min, northbound 5:30-6;30 is never better than 35 min, but more often than not 40-45 min. In the old days it was more like 25 min from Finch to Queen. Also, what exactly do you mean by "The station downtown with the most arrivals in AM peak is Dundas"? Finally, walking a long the street from King Station to Union is less than 15 minutes even with people on the street, In the Path it would be slightly less efficient since it is less direct than outside.
  7. Irreliable, eh? That is a new word. :)
  8. Why didn't the TTC use this coronovirus related drop in demand to shut down the Yonge line to work on the ATC full time all day long? They could have probably finished the whole thing this year had they done that. At 20% demand they wouldn't have needed to run that many shuttle buses to replace the subway.
  9. Over the last week or so I noticed that when northbound trains arrive at Queen they initially stop well short of where they are suppose to and then it takes them several tries to get to the proper stopping position. What is causing them to do this? Is it ATC?
  10. Question for those familiar with ridership pattern on 63. Do most riders south of Bloor get off at Bloor and riders off the subway are the ones on the 63 north of Bloor?
  11. I timed it this morning, southbound trip from Finch (doors close) to Sheppard (doors open) - it took 3.5 minutes.
  12. I apologize if I came off sounding rude, but I have been going from Finch to Queen/King for the last 20 years or so (a.m. rush southbound and anywhere between 6 and 10 pm northbound) so I feel that I have a pretty good handle on how it works from a passenger perspective. Having less trains going southbound from Finch during morning rush hour would also mean that each train would be more crowded so getting a seat southbound would be that much harder. Even a one train departure delay at 7:30 am causes a fully seated train to depart from Finch and the number of people arriving on the platform grows rapidly as time moves from 7:30 to 8. What would have worked best is to have tail tracks and crossover north of Finch and have each train arrive on the northbound platform, unload, move north (leaving space on northbound platform for next train) then crossover and move to southbound platform. What would make me happiest is neither sitting for 15 min or standing for 8min between Sheppard and Finch, but for that trip to take 3 min like it is suppose to.
  13. First of all there is no Willowdale Station. Secondly, are you talking about rerouting Sheppard West buses to Bayview? What makes you think people on the 84 want to go past Yonge? Finally, if half the trains will run from Yonge Line to Sheppard, how does that help the situation at Finch? I think this is a pretty useless idea and anyone who is thinking of taking the subway vs driving will not be deterred by a transfer at Sheppard. Please keep stupid ideas like that to yourself. Anyone suggesting something like this obviously doesn't ride the Yonge line at rush hour.
  14. Why does it bother you so much? I see three scenarios in use of route numbers/name: 1. Person A gives person B gives directions in the form take route 32 to Dufferin and transfer to 29. In this case route names are unnecessary and could in fact be based on whatever scheme you choose street/neighbourhood/destination and even route numbers are arbitrary as we have discovered with multiple routes be renumbered in the last 10 years. 2. Person A gives person B gives directions in the form take Eglinton West bus to Dufferin and transfer to Dufferin bus. Once again routes could be named whatever you want and Person A will just use the route names being applied by TTC to the routes in question. 3. Person B uses any of the various apps to get directions and they will use route numbers or numbers with names in either case the name can be whatever it is and it will be simply provided as an extra bit of information. In all of these cases directions provided could be done with any string containing a number and a word. :)
  15. Must be very recent - it’s not on Port Colborne transit site yet.
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