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  1. A photo on Twitter regarding the detour from Iris. A close call especially since reading how much storm damage has occurred around the city.
  2. Not sure on that one regarding legacy day passes valid as a group pass on weekends/holidays. I would assume that it isn't valid as a group pass, but I would contact customer service and ask regarding your inquiry just in case you choose to travel with more than one person.
  3. They are still valid since no end date has been implemented. Someone asked TTC Customer Service last month via Twitter regarding validity. Better to use them up if you can since right now, there are no refunds or exchanges on unused passes. I still remember the paper day pass and how you had to use the main entrance to enter the station. Since the auto entrances are only programmed to accept tokens, weekly and monthly passes since they have the magnetic stripe and yo would swipe at the entrance.
  4. Just saw it on the TTC notices Twitter. Especially how shuttle buses were asked to be extended from Woodbine to Kennedy on Line 2 until the P1 could be addressed. Line 4 on the other-hand, apparently people are still waiting long periods for shuttle buses. The 85A Sheppard East between Sheppard-Yonge and Don Mills exist, but no way they can handle it on a 20 minute frequency with the amount of passenger volume. Today is not a good day with two different P1s happening in a short period of time.
  5. From VivaNext on Facebook. Testing and training of operators to navigate around Cornell Transit Terminal. https://www.facebook.com/vivaNext/posts/10159046455377967 Looks like they borrowed e2105 from North Division as part of the testing to ensure it can navigate and get around the terminal. Still planned for summer 2022 opening. Exact date still to be confirmed.
  6. The A330 Van Hool buses were purchased in 2005/2006 as part of the base order to launch Viva in September 2005. Plus they have been refurbished in 2012/2013 to extend their lifecycle to 18 years instead of 12 years. Being retained until most likely 2024 at this rate to ensure service needs are covered. Especially with the logistical challenges of support such as getting parts and other support is difficult due to Van Hool being based in Belgium. I would think they want to remove any Van Hool buses from the fleet as soon as they can, but it isn't possible if they don't have enough replacement buses to bridge the gap. You are referring to this comment here: Especially since YRT may not need as many buses with the direction of how much they need in peak service (AM/PM peak). At the same time, the contracts they issue for bus replacements and expansion units are usually issued for x amount of years with y amount of units. Some transit agencies have an annual budget cycle replacing the oldest buses before reliability is impacted to a severe level while others may simply hold on a bit longer to maximize the lifecycle and service needs.
  7. Considering that they have reached 18 years and being difficult to maintain, the writing was pretty much on the wall when they will be retired. The last conventional bus replacement award was back in 2017 which was for three years. Two of the years were fulfilled which were the 18xx and 1901 to 1908. Most likely they are going to utilize the final year of bus replacements in the contract when they retire the 3xx buses.
  8. Ontario Northland doesn't have the capacity to handle $1 fares especially with the supply and demand metric similar to airlines and the limited amount of buses and operators with the current bus shortage. Sometimes, they may add an overflow bus on some runs. But I can't imagine offering a $1 fare between North Bay and Toronto with the amount of resources and operating costs involved. Go Transit may have more capacity on their trains, but buses it will be an uphill battle because they only have so many operators and seats. They are based on distance and have trialed lower fares for shorter distances along with creating new fare zones to compensate along with free transfers between local agencies without having to pay any extra. I think the big issue is more about frequency since a place like Toronto has a lot more transit than somewhere like York Region where the frequencies are extremely limited along some routes. Some people wouldn't take it even if it was $1/fare and given a two hour transfer. If the bus only operates every 75 minutes, how is that more effective than a 10 minute car ride to the same destination without waiting. The proposal is simply to rebuild ridership that was lost due to COVID-19 and how transit agencies had big drops of around 80 to 90 percent. Of course, I think it will be difficult for transit agencies to work with a $1 transit fare for all fare classes even though the Liberal government will subsidize the costs of providing the $1 fare.
  9. For those wondering when Cornell Transit Terminal will open, it is hinted in the summer. Pending final touches on the physical infrastructure along with operator training from BRT and Southeast divisions. Having to navigate around and know where to platform and layup before starting their trip. Right now, the completion percentage is updated to 92 percent. https://www.vivanext.com/news_releases/2022-05-02-yrrtc-newsrelease-cornell-epk YRT has a new webpage for the terminal here: https://www.yrt.ca/en/about-us/cornell-bus-terminal.aspx The address is 467 Rustle Woods Avenue. Cornell Transit Terminal will either open in early July or early September which is when the next batch of service changes will occur. Especially with the challenges of the project and how it has been delayed several times.
  10. Copy and paste from the same article I posted in the Trillium Line thread, but for Confederation Line details. No delays for the eastern extension (Blair to Trim Park and Ride). That is scheduled for November 2024. Western extension, the builder has identified a 3 month possible delay. The work is more complicated due to the underground tunnel that is required. Next schedule update is in July and the scheduled plan is to open by May 2025. Seven vehicles from the expansion order are currently in revenue service. 1 is in the process of being accepted after completing testing while 1 other unit is still going through testing along the line. 15 in final production while 14 are still in production with Alstom. All expansion units expected to be delivered by the end of 2023. https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/trillium-line-now-facing-a-12-month-delay-to-august-2023?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3uMQIgCns-umQbHoZ6EyuMNtBmybtamCtO_OE3gW4dXOyrGiF1PP0hgNY#Echobox=1651273808
  11. Trillium Line extension has now been pushed to August 2023 due to COVID-19. Though I think it could be other factors such as labour shortages and supply chain issues getting required materials to build. The goal is substantial completion done by the end of 2022. Testing and commissioning to begin early 2023. https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/trillium-line-now-facing-a-12-month-delay-to-august-2023?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3uMQIgCns-umQbHoZ6EyuMNtBmybtamCtO_OE3gW4dXOyrGiF1PP0hgNY#Echobox=1651273808
  12. The Q70 Select Bus Service will be free effective May 1st as a temporary measure to better determine how to better service LaGuardia Airport. I have taken the Q70 once heading from the subway to the airport and it is a pretty reliable shuttle along with being a Select Bus Service route utilizing proof of payment fares. This is back in 2019 when it was operated with XD40 buses where as now, it operates with XD60 articulated buses operating around the clock 24 hours every day. I don't expect the route to collect many fares to begin with since those connecting with this route usually use it to connect to the airport or the subway. The fare is paid either way regardless. Some people are suggesting the M60 Select Bus Service should also be included. At the same time, it is a much longer route versus Q70 which is shorter and connects directly to two subway stations to provide an easier connection to Manhattan borough where as the M60 being a lot longer, traffic and other delays can occur.
  13. Went into a Canada Post location that is owned by Canada Post. Not a franchised or outsourced location. Apparently they wanted me to fill out a survey before getting the receipt. Never expected that considering the visit is simply to mail something. Unless they are getting paid a year-end bonus for good service, pretty much everyone would just put the maximum positive number to make the employee happy. Since the employee can see on the counter what score is left. Pretty much the digital divide considering that some businesses are simply going the cashless route. I know that self-serve checkouts at Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart and other select retailers don't accept cash at those self-serve checkouts because it would cost more to maintain the float and provide change. Plus having to empty, collect and count the cash before an armoured truck comes to collect the deposit. I think some businesses look at how the interchange fee is much more convenient versus having to manually count cash and deal with short floats or other issues such as robberies. Never forget reading how some businesses don't accept $50 or $100 bills because it would drain the float too quickly making change or dealing with counterfeit bills. At the same time, there are also fraud charges with electronic methods that can also impact a business. It all comes down to dollars and cents.
  14. Confirmed with a transit operator that all 2004 and 2009 D40LF buses are indeed retired when 2201 to 2206 arrived. Trading for a one on one basis. Fare boxes and other internals were removed from the retired units. Only the 2004 D40LF buses went through refurbishment to extend their lifecycle to 18 years instead of the normal 12 to 13 years with a 40 ft bus. The 2009 D40LF buses were not refurbished or had any major work done that I am aware of.
  15. I went by on Monday via Megabus and no detour was reported while Go Transit buses were detoured to alternative stations. The trip planner would only factor the alternative station if it is planned such as DVP and Gardiner closure. If there is a detour due to demonstrations or heavy traffic that impacts scheduling, then it won't be reflected in the trip planner. It is up to the transit operator to communicate to passengers regarding the alternative terminus. Regarding Saturday, it was originally that buses would stop in front of the terminal and pick up/drop off passengers. Which was abandoned because of heavy traffic and instead routing buses to alternative stations with access to connecting services. Port Credit providing connection to Lakeshore West trains and Highway 407 to connect to Line 1 trains downtown. Saw people waiting inside for buses that were not entering and heard one report of one bus stuck inside Union Station Bus Terminal for over an hour unable to leave due to the protestors blocking the entrance.
  16. Just reading this article about 5 upcoming things regarding London Transit Commission. https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/new-ltc-buses-could-be-delayed-threatening-planned-service-boost?fbclid=IwAR0vB3NByTJcSRnV4su7yrc0sUv3Xuw7zXhShTnp4B3IHjDO2PIYyrENJoU One is how the new buses for this year may be delayed due to a computer chip shortage and backed up supply chains. It states there will be five expansion units and a certain amount of units to be replaced. Plus how the U-Pass or universal bus pass for post-secondary students has been extended for another year. There were plans to renegotiate the terms and the cost that would be included in tuition fees. Didn't think there was no opt-out option which was provided except during COVID-19 when classes were online only and if the student could provide proof they don't live in the service area, they can opt-out and get a refund for the cost. Especially with how the u-pass system works by pretty much making the full-time students pay the fee if they use the service or not to receive a volume discount along with the student union voting for or against the program. Weekend ridership increasing a lot faster than weekday. Especially when London Transit Commission has worked to eliminate hourly frequencies and more service where they can.
  17. From YRT on Twitter. 4 additional electric buses are coming and will be in revenue service by the end of next year.
  18. Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur passed away at the age of 70. Confirmed by his sister Lise on Facebook. https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/habs-legend-guy-lafleur-has-died-at-age-70-1.5871625
  19. I will admit, YRT has decided to postpone changes and some repackaged from a previous version from last year or previous years, but with some changes such as the 20E Jane which was originally supposed to operate this May on weekends/holidays every 15 minutes between Vaughan Metro Centre and Major Mackenzie Drive West Terminal servicing major terminals and stops. The new version is making it between Major Mackenzie Drive West Terminal and Highway 407 Terminal during the AM and PM peak periods. Same frequency at every 15 minutes. Most likely to capture transfers from Go Transit buses. Trying to reduce costs where they can especially with how it looks like they don't want to restore the peak period routes. Instead, relying more on the regular routes to take on the demand and simply add additional buses where needed. There was a joke on Twitter earlier today that if the bus operates every two hours, would it be an articulated bus to handle the demand and not leave people standing. From what I heard, Route 107/107B operates with 7 regular buses to reach the 11 minute frequency. Converting to articulated buses would require 4 to reach the 18 minute frequency. If missing the articulated bus due to a passenger overload, it would be another 18 minute wait assuming that it arrives in a timely manner. YRT is trying to minimize operating costs where they can. Especially when they did have the trial with the AG300 buses along 20 Jane and 90 Leslie to see how they would workout. With future plans on adding more conventional and express routes if the resources were available. Of course, I think YRT needs to focus more on frequency than providing a bigger bus to accommodate everyone. No one wants to wait longer than necessary to get from A to B.
  20. The 2023 transit initiatives slide deck is available. Link here for the slide deck. https://www.yrt.ca/en/about-us/resources/2023-Transit-Initiatives_FINAL.pdf EDIT: Frequency table issue has been addressed. File attached for record keeping purposes in this post. COVID-19 service recovery plan Route 10 Woodbridge: Restore peak period service during the AM and PM peak periods Proposed frequency of 36 to 38 minutes Proposed implementation date of September 2023 Mobility-On-Request Woodbridge would cover the area during weekday mid-days and all day weekends/holidays Route 21 Vellore Local: Re-routed to loop around instead of making the turn at Major Mackenzie Drive replacing 165F Weston Mobility-On-Request Vellore local would be discontinued Frequency is around every half-hour Proposed implementation date of April 2023 Viva network: Analyze route performance and adjust frequency where needed to better accommodate Evaluation of reintroducing suspended routes (Blue A, Green and Pink) Analyze implementation of rapid transit services along Jane, Leslie and Major Mackenzie Proposed implementation date of January 2023 Frequent transit network Route 25 Major Mackenzie: Improvement of rush-hour frequency during the morning and afternoon peak periods Proposed implementation date of September 2023 Route 50 Queensway: Increase mid-day frequency from 39 minutes to 33 minutes Proposed implementation date of September 2023 Route 85 Rutherford: Improve weekday frequency Direct connection to Rutherford Go Station pending completion Proposed implementation date of September 2023 Route 105/105B Dufferin: Extend service to Maple Go Station pending completion of Eagle Rockway bus loop Two separate branches being Route 105 Dufferin and Route 105B Peter Rupert Avenue/Confederation Parkway Combined frequency between 14/15 minutes during the morning and afternoon peak periods Combined frequency of 24 minutes during the mid-day weekdays Combined frequency of 35 minutes during the weekday evenings Combined frequency of 28 minutes during weekends/holidays Proposed implementation date of November 2023 Route 165 Weston: Extended to Major Mackenzie Drive West Terminal 165F Weston discontinued and replaced with 21 Vellore operating during peak periods Proposed implementation date of April 2023 Express routes 20E Jane Express: Limited stop express between Highway 407 Terminal and Major Mackenzie Drive West Terminal only servicing terminals and major stops Frequency proposed to be every 15 minutes operating only during the AM and PM peak period Proposed implementation date of April 2023 300 series express routes: Evaluate performance and adjust service where needed Proposed implementation date of January 2023 Conventional service changes Route 24 Woodbine: Extend service to Gormley Go Station via Woodbine and Stouffville Discontinue service along Honda Boulevard Frequency of every 14/15 minutes during peak periods Frequency of 29 minutes during weekday mid-days Frequency of every 24 minutes during weekday evenings Frequency of every 39 minutes during weekends and holidays Proposed implementation date of September 2023 Route 26 Maple: Discontinue mid-day service due to low ridership First and last departures to be discontinued Span of hours will be 5:15 AM until 8 PM Proposed implementation date of April 2023 Route 33/33A Wellington: Discontinue 33A Wellington and convert to Mobility-On-Request Aurora Route 33 frequency increased to every 33 minutes Proposed implementation date of April 2023 Route 107/107B Keele: Provide service with articulated buses instead of regular 40 ft buses Frequency adjustment on 107B Keele to go from 11 minutes to 18 minutes to account for articulated bus operations Proposed implementation date of November 2022 Route 406 Markham District School Special and Route 449 Richmond Green School Special via Hillmount to be discontinued due to low ridership. Proposed implementation date of September 2023. Mobility-on-request changes Mobility-On-Request Aurora and Oak Ridges: Service hours adjusted. Unfortunately no info shown, so I don't have exact details. Proposed implementation date of April 2023 Mobility-On-Request King City Go: Expand the MOR King City GO service area to include the area bounded by Highway 9, 10th Concession, King- Vaughan Road and Jane Street Maintain current hours of 5:30 AM until 9:30 AM and 4 PM to 8 PM Proposed implementation date of November 2023 Mobility-On-Request Kleinburg-Nashville: Service area expanded east to include Pine Valley Drive to connect with Route 4 Major Mackenzie Maintain current hours from 5:30 AM until 9:30 AM and 2 PM until 7:45 PM Pine Valley/Davos Drive added as a serviced stop Proposed implementation date of April 2023 Mobility-On-Request Vellore Local discontinued pending introduction of Route 21 Vellore Local. Mobility-On-Request Woodbridge: Pending the restoration of Route 10 Woodbridge, MOR Woodbridge would operate during the weekday mid-day and weekends Proposed implementation date of September 2023 2023-Transit-Initiatives_FINAL.pdf
  21. Another Seinfeld parent who passed away this month. Estelle Harris who played as Estelle Constanza passed away on April 2nd also at age 93. Saw this tweet here. Didn't think all three passed away in the span of 3 months.
  22. I think that is a bit far. Jane and Major Mackenzie has Canada's Wonderland and Vaughan Mills as possible trip generators. Of course, this is looking decades into the future and not like 10 years fro now. Yonge between Richmond Hill Centre and Major Mackenzie, I don't think there is much to justify an extension further north especially with the bus rapid transit infrastructure has already been built along this corridor. Of course, the bus rapid transit infrastructure has provisions to convert to light rail transit if ridership justifies along with funding commitments. Which I don't think will happen anytime soon with the lower ridership currently.
  23. I noticed that too regarding how regular routes 63 and 64 will bypass Bayshore going eastbound. Similar to how the 91 bypasses St. Laurent going eastbound while Routes 94, 95 and 104 provides continuous service to St. Laurent in both directions which of course 95 operated around the clock. Even at 3 AM which I remember in December 2015 when someone asked "when is the last 95 Orleans?" Operator responded "the 95 never stops running." Those that need Bayshore coming from Kanata North will have to remember to transfer at Eagleson and take any 61 or 62 going eastbound for the loop around Bayshore or Pinecrest. I remember when I took the last 96 St. Laurent from Terry Fox almost 5 years ago. Before it was renumbered to the 61 to better align with route categorization with Kanata routes that connect to Line 1.
  24. That would be option 1 in today's board meeting where they decide on the option. The trade-off is that it would require at least two to three years so that the old infrastructure can be removed along with widening the right of way to accommodate buses. Until that is completed, the other three options are deciding which adjacent roads will the bus replacement shuttle operate on. Kennedy northbound and Midland southbound with limited stops is the highest ranked option based on many different factors such as if the roadway can handle the additional bus capacity. Slide deck link here: https://ttc-cdn.azureedge.net/-/media/Project/TTC/DevProto/Documents/Home/Public-Meetings/Board/2022/April-14/Presentations/8_Line_3_Bus_Replacement_Study_Final_Recommendation.pdf?rev=632843775db54ba0a328542f53004e85&hash=ADC3FE6096A5164E301280E16B3F6F36
  25. It is possible minimizing the amount of traffic buses have to deal with the adjacent roads. The trade-off is that it won't be available for at least two to three years since the old rail infrastructure has to be removed and the right of way expanded to accommodate buses along with stations. Similar to the Transitway in Ottawa. This is the most recommended option by TTC staff. Operating on adjacent roads is easier, but would also require more buses to operate because of mixed traffic especially during peak periods even with limited stops. The decision comes later today on how to provide the bus replacement service for Scarborough RT until the subway extension opens.
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