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  1. Decided to do some foaming of the first day of the 917 to the Zoo. I think it’s a great addition and I’m looking forward to trying it one day. Right now it’s every 1 to 2 hours on weekends and holidays only, but I hope this becomes a regular route in the near future.
  2. Yes I agree. That stretch is pretty good even in rush hour. Port Union would be good since it would still connect with the 85 and in the TTC is looking at routing the 95 past there.
  3. I like the idea of taking the 401 as a Pulse branch much the same way Züm does in Brampton.
  4. The looks like the City being overly cautious. Apparently, if Ontario continues at the rate they’re going, 50% of adults could be fully vaccinated by the start of July. That, combined with the weather, should make this summer better than the last in terms of daily cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. In Quebec, cities are still anticipating holding events in July and August. In my opinion, a parade or CNE outdoors with a few minor health measures could be doable.
  5. MUNI is also set to get a test batch of battery-electric buses from NFI too. Like the TTC, they’ll also test BYD and Proterra.
  6. It’s so disjointed in Ontario. I’m relying on Twitter for vaccine updates. I don’t even have a Twitter account.
  7. And of course Ontario still refuses to give more paid sick days.
  8. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital. If you need emotional support, help is available. For non-emergencies, please consult with the mental health resources available in your Province or Territory. British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario Quebec (Français) New Brunswick Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island Newfoundland and Labrador Yukon Northwest Territories Nunavut
  9. The thing about capacity is more to do with what the facilities can handle. They can’t really just stop producing non-COVID vaccines. And if they don’t have any excess capacity, they can start producing COVID vaccines. The government has funded facilities in Montreal, Saskatoon, and Vancouver. Unfortunately, like a lot of things, the approval and construction takes a lot of time. The Montreal facility is scheduled to open in September. Honestly, I think our vaccine situation is pretty middle ground. We’re not the best and we’re not the worst. The US and UK are pretty much outliers wi
  10. Two of my neighbours and a couple of friends in their 50s and 60s got the AstraZeneca vaccine weeks ago. They appear to be doing well. If you have any concerns, a quick chat with your GP would probably be helpful.
  11. It took over a decade to go from the TTC’s first hybrid buses (which they had enough problems that they stopped buying) to the fleet of their LFS HEVs today. Development of the HybriDrive system goes all the way back to the late 90s. I guess it’s hard to predict how viable a fleet of 300 battery-electric buses will be in a couple of years.
  12. TTC’s Green Bus Program: Preliminary Results of TTC’s Head-to-Head eBus Evaluation
  13. Interestingly, the private coaches in Silicon Valley have bike racks on the rear. Dunno how that’s been working out, though.
  14. Pickering Transit brochure courtesy of Richard Oldfield. Interestingly, it lists four 1994 Orion V shells (gliders) available in 1996. So that would be two for Pickering, one for Stratford, and one for Pembroke. I believe all of these had a donor Orion Is. Two more gliders were built in 2000—one for Stratford and one for Barrie. These ones are noticeably different with air conditioning, newer windows, plug-type rear doors, and a wider track. I can’t find any link to an Orion I with these two.
  15. Probably a good idea to wait for the TTC’s own report.
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