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  1. Most likely since they need to make sure that enough operators are trained to operate the rail vehicles and ensure they can run peak level service without issues. Along with other logistics to ensure efficient service delivery. I would rather take a delay to ensure that major issues are addressed rather than have a repeat of Confederation Line in Ottawa having to rely on buses. Of course TTC has the capacity to handle both 32 and 34 Eglinton routes at full service levels until it is transitioned down to a lower frequency maintaining parallel service. For those that need stops between stations or a station elevator is unavailable for those with accessibility challenges. Never forget how Ottawa's LRT had a requirement for operating 12 consecutive days without any major failures such as a train breakdown. If the train broke down on day 10, then it is supposed to be reset back to zero and would start from day 1. Of course the requirements were changed to accommodate the revenue service date.
  2. The Rivis Road Vivastation has been replaced with University Boulevard with the York University Vivastation setup. Tweet attached: Currently Purple A provides continuous service to the Enterprise branch due to COVID-19 including peak periods. During regular service, Purple A would provide service to Enterprise except peak periods which Pink would cover this section up until Unionville Go Station. Green would connect from Warden/Enterprise to Highway 7/McCowan for those needing to reconnect with Purple going east. Right now, the Markham campus isn't planned to open until Fall 2023.
  3. The problem with Dufferin is the street is so narrow that most of the rail line if it ever gets built would be underground. Pretty much would be a subway versus LRT or streetcar with the cost of tunnelling underground expensive along with the planning required such as underground utilities and acquiring properties. I remember reading the stories of how unreliable 29 Dufferin that assigning articulated buses was supposed to improve with higher capacity using less vehicles. Right now the current plan is building transit priority lanes along select corridors such as Dufferin and Jane in the short-term. I remember when Don Mills LRT was proposed which is now merged into the Ontario Line if that ever gets built of course.
  4. The plan was to build the Jane LRT from Jane Station to York University which would have alleviated a lot of the pressure on this corridor under the Transit City proposal before funding cuts cancelled the line in 2010. Having their own right of way in the middle of the road or underground in a tunnel depending on section. Environmental assessments were done in the 2000s. At this rate if they ever plan to build light rail along Jane they most likely need to update those reports to better account for the changes in the environment along with a cost estimate.
  5. Ken Jennings starts hosting Jeopardy on a temporary basis until the end of this year effective today and on a rotating basis between Mayim Bialik. Especially today marks the one year anniversary when Alex Trebek passed away from pancreatic cancer and Jeopardy airing the final 35 episodes with a special tribute at the end. Alex's final episode was January 8, 2021. Season 37 Episode 75. Ken Jennings being the first of a series of guest hosts to help finish the season for just over a month before rotating to other guest hosts finishing in mid-August. Two weeks at a time and then for one week during the summer. I will admit it isn't the same without Alex with his commitment and passion for the show doing it for over 35 years. Hopefully Jeopardy finds a permanent host who can handle the commitment and expectations.
  6. Just reading about the 2021 to 2025 business plan. File attached for record keeping purposes. Reading the section regarding ridership targets. Here is the breakdown for total boardings/hour: Viva, base and express routes: 35 passengers/hour Local routes: 25 passengers/hour Go shuttles and community routes: 15 passengers/hour Mobility-On-Request Conventional: 5 passengers/hour Regarding local routes, 25 passenger boardings/hour is a pretty high figure even during peak periods. Unless servicing a trip generator like retail or school can achieve the figure a bit easier. Outside of peak periods would be a bit more difficult to achieve such volume leading to how some routes are being converted to mobility-on-request. Having to book in advance with a start and end destination via phone or mobile app. This is on top of trying to achieve a cost recovery ratio of 45 percent as a goal. Can't imagine how much fares will increase to achieve that percentage or additional routes that will be reduced to mobility-on-request conventional. Currently the proposed fare hike that was supposed to go this year and in 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19. 2021-2025_YRT_Business_Plan_web.pdf
  7. Especially the cost of obtaining one can range from $20 to $200 which the US accepts rapid tests. Heading back to Canada, only a PCR, NAT or NAAT (nucleic test) or pretty much a test that involves a nasal swab or saliva sample. Of course the US charges between $150 to $200 depending on where it is done. It gets pretty expensive especially for a family which every member must have their own test results. This is along with planning ahead appointments to accommodate and results within a certain amount of time before departure. A lot of logistical planning involved to ensure safe travel. At the same time, it does cause financial hardship along with additional work to prepare. 72 hours before departure along with carrying hardcopies just in case.
  8. 2105 in the process of delivery. Currently at New Flyer Industries. EDIT: Saw it posted already. My mistake since the status has not yet changed moving from the factory to North Division.
  9. Dr. Aaron T Beck often referred to as the father of cognitive therapy passed away at age 100 on November 1st. I remember reading about it and how some therapists would use it as a way to treat mental health problems. Most notably depression and anxiety.
  10. iOS 15.1 just rolled out with the option of having your vaccination card in the wallet app of iPhone in case you don't like carrying your paper QR code. In order to enable this, you have to load the info to the Health app. For Ontario, you scan the QR code with your camera's phone and it will prompt you that it will be loaded to the health app. Then a new option should show up saying "option to add to wallet" and it will add the info in a more accessible format. With more places such as intercity travel by plane or train requiring proof of vaccination, it is very handy versus remembering to print off your QR code or remembering where it was saved. Used mine at a restaurant showing them the proof of vaccination, but of course they didn't scan it. Simply saying "showing it is simply sufficient."
  11. Just looking at this plan that is proposed by one of Elon Musk's companies which is The Boring Company. It is a pretty ambitious plan considering that building 29 miles of tunnels underground. Almost building an entire Line 1 Yonge-University which is at 24.1 miles before the Yonge north extension adding another 4.6 miles if it ever gets built. The cost of building underground is not very cheap with all the geotechnical work and underground mapping involved to not damage the utilities before starting the digging process and tunnelling. The trip generators are there, but not sure how workable it really is especially with how some subway systems don't make a profit plus the private sector taking on all the risk building the network. Requiring a lot of capital before one passenger is even carried.
  12. Reading the documents and how the current capacity is 296 40 ft regular buses which there is plans to provision 55 Orlando Avenue to accommodate 420 40 ft regular buses to take in the buses from Southeast while handling the rapid transit functions of Viva fleet. Off-hand I know that already handle 90/90B Leslie buses at the BRT Division on Orlando Avenue since Southeast yard doesn't have the capacity to handle articulated buses. Having a region owned garage definitely brought in more bidders to bid on the operations contract. As you mentioned, the contractor owned yard gives more leverage into renewal if the region can't find a suitable place to store their buses once done operations for the day. Dealing with storing buses on the available site.
  13. Ouch. Especially since they have to inspect the 7000 series cars which is the newer rolling stock. Having to conduct maintenance checks and conduct repairs if required to address the issue. Better than risk having it derail with passengers on-board and deal with a higher risk of liability. Running every half hour on all lines will be a bit difficult depending on how much passenger volume is received right now. Some sections have two or three lines operating to provide combined service. At the same time, the only remaining trains available for service having to take on multiple trips with one vehicle leading to a higher load on that one vehicle.
  14. Just downloaded my proof of vaccination with QR code. Handy if travelling internationally which shows the country where the proof was authorized along with the province/territory the vaccination took place in. Showing both doses and the dates administered. Some venues requiring proof of vaccination or negative test depending on what regulations are provided. The QR code can be inputted into the Health app on iPhone. You can simply show your proof of vaccination digitally and it will provide the same information. I remember reading about Zoom and the issues they had regarding capacity, security and privacy concerns. A small platform that can handle hundreds of users at once for a Zoom meeting and not having enough capacity for the demand used by businesses and governments with large meetings. Don't get me started on Zoom fatigue (there was a question on The Chase ABC version about it). I don't think some people like to be in video meetings for several hours and having to prepare for those meetings and making sure their equipment works. I once tried an online class and did so badly that I would rather take in-person classes if available. Assuming if you can get a response from the administrator or professor in a timely manner.
  15. Effective November 8th, US will accept travellers with mixed doses. Considering the uncertainty for those that take the first they are offered rather than wait and do it under recommended timelines between the two doses. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/u-s-canadian-travellers-mixed-vaccines-1.6213176?fbclid=IwAR3mOFr-cLR_Yf0P_FJrckGm5ozUb7dXX9jbxKwKM7_Gwrrw71jhBtVNQhk The requirement of a negative COVID test is still required for air travel into the US. Land entry only requires proof of vaccination. Coming back into Canada either by land or air requires a negative COVID test which has to be PCR, NAT/NAAT or RT-LAMP test taken within the last 72 hours prior to entry into Canada. On the topic of negative tests required for air travel into the US, there is also talk of shifting the verification of negative tests and proof of vaccination to CATSA (Canadian Air Transport Security Authority) instead of relying on the gate agents who may not check being in a rush. This is along with the dozens of gates versus the few access points that require going through a security checkpoint before boarding. https://ottawacitizen.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/ottawa-eyes-charging-airport-security-with-vaccine-verification-for-travellers/wcm/eb0339bc-136a-401f-b985-b2bd7a0b29af?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1xR9HDmON0zetd5oswweThABhG4woppB_e5CPjt1dspW2Wfc6JMbxgAM8#Echobox=1634306972
  16. I got a special gift card promotion that I get 10 percent back in points for spending $50 on a McDonald's gift card minimum. First time I have ever got one ever since McDonald's usually doesn't do discounts on their gift cards at the retail level usually. A pretty rare offer.
  17. Can confirm that Scotiabank is the only lender that issues all three major credit card types (Visa, Mastercard and American Express). Just saw BMO introduce their suite of Visa cards most notably Visa Infinite and Infinite Privilege. Especially targeting the high net worth/high spenders who bring in a lot of income or spend a lot on their cards. Trying to figure out how to generate additional revenue along with the competition from other card issuers fighting for the same business of credit cards. Credit cards are a pretty lucrative business especially with the interest rate charged.
  18. The US land border reopens next month. Especially after 18 months of closing the land border and the only way is through an airline flight. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/us-canada-border-reopen-1.6208838?fbclid=IwAR08gAYKFrBZ4lS_-QsjHnsGJLA7GWeH-dJKI1mwGXUuP-rC_i1ribY--A4
  19. Just noticed yesterday they finally rolled out the new version that shows monthly pass or transfer time remaining at subway stations. Seen at Union and Dundas. All stations should have it pretty soon if not already have the capability of showing the additional info.
  20. Just saw James Bond No Time To Die. First movie I have seen since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic along with having to show my photo ID along with proof of vaccination (only need to show the second dose sheet). It is nice to see a film in-person considering mine was 4DX and before capacity limits were lifted effective October 9th at midnight in Ontario. https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-lifts-covid-19-capacity-restrictions-for-venues-used-for-concerts-sports-and-movie-theatres-1.5616962?fbclid=IwAR3EWtVPkCPad5XTqqtsA6NxrZ_4WhG9yb2FyqvpuNs5zq1bhhKK2MVEuNA To be honest, I have always avoided sitting beside another person in movie theatres even before COVID-19. Regarding lifting capacity limits for concerts and sporting events, I guess most likely they are trying to bring back live events with thousands of people. Being pretty long and other areas lifting such restrictions and allowing live entertainment.
  21. 2103 was also out on the 55 Davis Drive (October 8/21) Verified by Transsee
  22. Air Canada is planning to operate a route between Toronto Island Airport and Ottawa International Airport starting October 31st. Four trips to Ottawa and four trips to Toronto daily. With plans to increase to 8 trips daily in Summer 2022. https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/air-canada-launching-new-ottawa-toronto-island-route-this-fall-1.5615311?fbclid=IwAR3mhfy91TyiT2pCK5rZOBpZJF5_FGPTwxCaTBJJDlRRxPRk68VEeXodQo0 I know Porter Airlines operates the stretch between Toronto Island Airport and Ottawa International Airport taking a trip once including return trip. A lot more convenient than trying to catch a flight from Pearson International Airport to Ottawa or a train/bus ride taking several hours.
  23. Triangle Rewards (Canadian Tire loyalty program) just rolled out invitations for their paid premium subscription Triangle Select which is $89/year and doesn't renew automatically. Customer has to request an additional year before the subscription expires. 10x the Canadian Tire money on most purchases within the Canadian Tire suite of stores along with a 25x the Canadian Tire money on select brands. Plus an annual top up of 20x the Canadian Tire money on the largest Canadian Tire purchase and second most expensive purchase at a store within the Canadian Tire suite. I know that Cineplex rolled out their monthly subscription program with more perks. Of course stores are trying to generate more revenue with Costco operating on the membership model for years which generates most of their profits. Minimal costs for maximum benefit.
  24. Article here along with list of routes it can be seen on: http://www.ttc.ca/Riding_the_TTC/Fabric.jsp Visual in the tweet attached:
  25. Especially with a whistleblower appearing on 60 Minutes (TV show). Probably a coincidence since maybe a rogue employee decided to take down the social media network for as long as possible. Here is a link to the video:
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