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  1. The first four pull outs are: 3109 - 65 Steeles East 3218 - 42 Kennedy 3188 - 73 Cummer 3262 - 66 Steeles East Did not have my best lens with me. Fortunately TTC photographers were on hand - so expect to see an official photo at some point.
  2. It will be worth monitoring the 302 as well. Currently all three buses hook up from Markham Road on weekdays. A couple of others on weekends come off the 102. Curiously there is one Malvern bus from Brimley that operates over the 302 on Saturdays. The deadheads from Steeles to Birchmount are about 30 minutes longer than to Malvern. The current schedule and route-division assignments could suggest Malvern assume responsibility for the 302. I'm no authority so will wait to see what decision was made.
  3. here's the list if you're interested of broken a/c units: 5000, 02, 03,11, 14, 20, 21, 23, 25, 26, 33, 34, 38, 39, 43, 52, 57, 58, 60, 67, 71, 78, 79, 80, 87, 97 5102, 05, 07, 10, 11, 13, 24, 39, 42, 46, 48, 51, 67, 73, 75, 77, 82, 83, 86, 99 5202, 10, 11, 12, 16, 18, 40, 42, 44, 45, 46, 49, 54, 59, 61, 65, 68, 292 5307,13, 15, 21, 22, 25, 45, 54, 61, 62, 68, 69
  4. Explain the logic to me. Were the actual travelers and employees unable to use the service due to the lineups? I thought there was a priority queue for them. The GO bus makes no sense. If the purpose was to demonstrate the advantage of the train service, why would anyone want to take a GO bus to the airport? The optics are curious: if people would ride a GO bus to the airport (free or otherwise), why wasn't a GO bus proposed instead? (Yes, I am aware of the airport 'express' service)
  5. I am pretty sure the impact to re-schedule the AM regulars to start later is much more disruptive than the impact of extending the night buses to Pearson on that last trip. Duplicating the service would be perceived as "wasteful". (Another example used to be the 1-2 minute headways between the last northbound 329 and the first 29 day buses that started north from Bloor.) Using the TTC cost-benefit analysis vernacular, the impact of the added transfer for those customers inconvenienced is likely outweighed by the savings of re-allocating those resources elsewhere. Cynically the "customer s
  6. Yes, everyday. http://www.ttc.ca/Routes/300/Eastbound.jsp
  7. Yesterday for the earlier subway start times and with seven trains pulling out of Davisville, there are a few impacts affecting the "8am" start times I've noticed: - the first Davisville pull out is not listed as the first southbound train from Davisville. The first in-service is 7:58am from the build-up, not the 8:09am train from Finch - the timing out of the pull-outs means the headways are 8-9 minutes for the first trips from 8-9am with the service getting to ~5 minutes only after all the trains pull out by ~9am - the removal of the deadheads from Wilson mean the northbound stops on the
  8. If that is true that there is ample running time in spite of the layovers.... I am curious whether there would be any advantage with an interline with the 167A on Saturdays (early AM, morning, and afternoon). Both routes share the same frequency. The 167 also has ample running time and a 9 minute recovery at Don Mills. I trust there would need to be more than anecdoctal evidence to support the assertions about the running times. Provided 3 minutes could be shaved off both routes... combined with the 15 + 9 minutes of layovers... there would be an argument to remove a bus from the combined s
  9. There are two separate changes being proposed: (i) reduce dwell times at terminals with crews stepping back two trains instead of one (your point above) (ii) improve reliability with additional running time The added crewing costs for the extra trains and extra stepback crews are being offset by the reliability of the line. When crews finish closer to their planned finish time, there is less unplanned overtime. The cost of the current overtime is being reallocated to the aforementioned changes.
  10. You still have to run in the train. And there are more than enough run-in trains than two pocket tracks can accommodate. Plus a train occupying the pocket tracks require reduced speed entry onto the respective platform. I too am curious about how northbound Wilson in terms of effect on operations. Would the time to cross-over the southbound revenue track be offset by the dwell time savings at Downsview?
  11. Was yesterday the first time the TTC has operated two days of continuous subway service?
  12. Mike Filey's article in the Sun today says the TTC will host an open house at Hillcrest next Saturday. A PCC will shuttle passengers from St. Clair West Stn. The Peter Witt and the new streetcars will be on display.
  13. How come? The Greenwood bus would be a relatively easy way to get there.
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