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  1. Not a driver, but I could've sworn there was a switch on the dash, at least on GO-spec buses
  2. Yes...but new buses are also heavier, especially the electric flavor.
  3. Well I mean, with any commercial vehicle you're gonna be going through tires way faster than a regular vehicle. But that 3 months figure of yours seems fishy.
  4. Fuel econ would be negligible. The standard tires that are used are already so heavy because they're structurally reinforced for severe duty work (like urban bus ops). But if you really want to get into it, it depends on how aggressive the tread is. But that rolling resistance will improve as the tires wear down. I believe the term is all-position tire, and they're really just steers. Which yes, are pretty much useless in deeper snow. They have no lateral siping, so there's nowhere for the snow to go.
  5. I'm familiar with your situation lol. They only post major stops on those PDF schedules. If you actually type in the stop into the GO website it'll give you an exact time to expect the bus. For example, any GO bus that goes up Yonge St. from the 401 to Finch Terminal- the only major stop is Sheppard subway, so they'll list a time there but not one for say Yonge/Glendora or Yonge/Empress.
  6. Normal yes, its so the driver can have better visibility vs having the reflections of the lights coming off the windows. Its also why some buses have the first few lights up front turned off at night.
  7. Yeah, I always liked this design of yours, especially the upper portion. But the piano black does it for me the most, it reminds me of the BVG Class IK, which look similar. Same w/ DB Class 483.
  8. We're young, we always want the window. Trust me, when you're older, aisle is the way to go.
  9. Anyone know why it takes 6 years to work up to start training for a Loco engineer? Seems like an awfully long time to stick it out for that. I'm assuming the pay reflects the time gone into it, but for example, VIA advertises 2 years to become an apprentice loco engineer (based off a quick look at their site...I believe you need a 2 years experience as a conductor). Heck, I think you can become a commercial pilot faster.
  10. They're also almost 20 years old, cut them some slack. Trust me when I say you'll miss them when MiWay runs an electric fleet with hard plastic seats lol.
  11. Ah yes, more car-centric GO stations. Just what we needed.
  12. I always admire when an op is wearing a tie. Very classy and professional!
  13. Anyone know the official technical name of the arms on which the airbags are mounted on?
  14. The 01 Orions were lemons? First I’ve heard of that. I know they were the first ever VIIs so it wouldn’t surprise me, but still
  15. Actually I have a semi-relevant question- could you technically drive an MCI with a DZ, provided that you had no passengers? Or is it automatically a mandatory B/CZ? I was referring to the ISM 2400s. The S60s and X15 2400s still look to be going strong, but I haven't seen anything sub-2450 for over a year now, save for the vaxxbuses like I mentioned. I've even seen videos of people doing RV conversions on them, so I'm almost certain that they're gone. I'd love to be proven wrong though, they're my favorite MCIs by a country mile.
  16. Yeah, downstairs its actually really bad; I'm surprised more people don't complain about it. Its like the sound is coming through the walls. Back when I was a regular on the 19/C, I would notice my regular op wearing earplugs whenever he had a SuperLo. I'm pretty sure its due to resonance, which could be amplified by the big (normally) empty luggage space between the cabin and motor (nothing to dampen the sound vibrations). I reserve the right to be wrong though lol. Also don't forget, the SuperLos ride on superLo (ha) profile tires. I think my dad's old Acura has more sidewall than a superLo. Up top, its much more comfortable. However, all this is relative, because on a comfort scale, they are several pegs down from an MCI. This is not to ignore with the rest of what you wrote. As I mentioned earlier, the very reality that the buses can't make it to USBT due to heavy car traffic is absurd. Given the obvious set of priorities that governments have here re. public transport vs. private cars, it comes as no surprise to me that there would be horrible detour communication.
  17. They should seriously think about implementing priority bus lanes on the Gardiner for GO buses. They're needed on a daily basis, and especially during the summer. Something along the lines of what is done in Montreal along the Champlain Bridge, with digitized lane signaling. The city owns the Gardiner too, so its not like they'd have to deal with any obstacles from the Provincial government, unless I'm missing something. I don't understand why people are okay with the status quo, to have the city jammed up with car traffic every weekend. Like, its not about to get any better and its a lose-lose for everyone involved. I love driving but I hate sitting in traffic. There's already relatively frequent bus service between the 16, 21 and 31, TOK and other providers, so the demand is clearly there and you could arguably make the case for increased frequency if the priority lane really picked up some ridership, but that's kind of self explanatory. Some will argue that you'd create more traffic if you closed off a lane for buses on the Gardiner, but adding a lane for cars wouldn't help, and quite frankly, making things easier for cars just isn't the way to go.
  18. To add, you can also look up certain units of the 03/05 fleet and see which routes they've been doing. Some drivers prefer the older buses and if they don't have a pre-allocated unit for their run, they may regularly choose 03/05s from the pool of available buses, which would be reflected on t55. But like he said above, a lot of them can be serving one route all day and you can coordinate your trips by checking where the bus will be later in the day by checking the individual blocks on t55.
  19. I don't understand why this isn't regulated in Canada, like so many cars and trucks come with red turn signals and it makes zero sense. Amber should be the only option for any vehicle that is approved for use on Canadian roads.
  20. Yeah, a lot of the old CATs went down to Miami.
  21. https://jalopnik.com/connecticut-parks-its-entire-electric-bus-fleet-after-f-1849344250 XE40 caught fire in Connecticut.
  22. You know, if you're going to take the unenviable position of championing the car, then at least pick a semi decent one lol Just as a random note, I've been going to Hamilton pretty regularly over the last year for school, and I gotta say the place has so much potential.
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