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  1. Thanks for the info. Guessing it's a brand new 2020 LFS based on the fleet number? Curious if it's replacing 760 or 780, or if it's "expansion" to increase the spare ratio considering they previously used to have 4 units dedicated to TCMT.
  2. Full VINs and any other history or information should go on a fleet page. Eventually, all vehicles on the Wiki should be part of one I do not agree with having VINs on the Wiki with no information attached to them. It's become a very pervasive problem that some editors seem to go onto these VIN databases, mash numbers in until something comes up, and puts it onto the Wiki without any accompanying information. There is no useful information that can be obtained from having a list of individual VINs without any accompanying information, other than occupying space on a page, and I personally would like to see them all gone if there's nothing that can substantiate where the information came from. Online databases can have errors, so it's not good enough to say you found it on one. That doesn't have anything to do with it. I bring it up for the purposes of having a discussion, but marked it as a "personal opinion" so that it's seen as the voice (and weight) of one editor, not as the position of the administration team as a whole. Just to be clear...
  3. The format used on the New Flyer K and L pages is not a new format; this has been used on other VIN pages fairly frequently and consistently (the Nova Bus VIN pages have also been using it; see example). Not sure when the format on the Neoplan VIN pages popped up, but things sometimes tend to get out of sync when different people are editing different parts of the Wiki. My personal preference is to use the New Flyer/Nova one; this keeps all the serials in one column and straight line. Having one large cell merged across prevents columns from being sorted properly, which was one of the reasons cited for removing full VINs and only going with the serials. I also don't like the harsh black backdrop, and it also places undue importance on how those serials/VINs belong to a different group. While I had also expressed a preference for the colours when viewing, it needed to be a weighed choice, and more users expressed a preference for not having to edit them than those that found a benefit while reading. You're basically asking for a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too approach. Besides, now that the VINs have been condensed into groups, most of the time it will just be alternating rows of blue and white, which do not aid in reading. Full VINs should not be in the Notes column on the new VIN pages; this goes for other individual unit information such as license plates. Some people seem to have been using the VIN pages as a parking spot for various miscellaneous information, which is an annoyance. EDIT: Looks like @Kevin L replied slightly before my post.
  4. GO typically performs train service changes on Wednesdays, but bus schedules start on Saturdays. December 5th is the opening of the new Union Station Bus Terminal, which has been advertised by Metrolinx and on GO's website for most of this week; if Kipling was to open, they likely would have advertised both together (especially as GO buses are supposed to be diverted to serve it). Looking at the GO bus schedules for next board, Kipling Terminal is not listed, so safe to say it's probably not opening on that date.
  5. Who would VIA cooperate with for procuring long-distance equipment? The only two large passenger rail operators in North America are Amtrak and VIA. Superliners were last produced 25 years ago, and rail regulations have changed since then (the CEM BiLevel cars for GO Transit being an example of regulatory change you may be more familiar with). Regardless, if VIA were to procure new equipment replacing all of their current long-distance equipment, it would be a sizeable enough purchase to not need to pair with another agency to obtain any sort of favourable bulk purchase discount. There may also be some restrictions that prevent VIA from teaming up with an Amtrak purchase, including the amount of domestic content (Amtrak will need majority or full production to occur in the US under "Buy America" legislation to get federal funding, while the Canadian government would likely want a percentage of the cars/their components to be built in Canada).
  6. LINX route 4 already runs 7 days a week...
  7. There were at least three deadheading VIA trains back in the spring that transported the long-distance equipment from Vancouver and Winnipeg out to Montreal, where they could get their maintenance done. Now that service on the Canadian is close to resuming, they would need to transport those cars back out west, in another series of non-revenue moves, in order to get the cars in position for when service resumes. As for multiple liveries, the Canadian has not been running with a single livery for a number of years now, since the Prestige class cars have a different livery (dark grey stripe instead of blue). The F40PH locomotives also do not match the stainless steel and blue livery of the coaches, and HEP2 coaches with blue and yellow stripes occasionally substitute for long-distance coaches.
  8. I agree - the new VIN pages are looking better than I had anticipated. @A. Wong - is there a way to perhaps get a bot configured to be able to automatically change links to the new page title? I'm thinking that could be a big help, as the most time-consuming task is likely going into each page and changing every link to the new one.
  9. The P42 engines are nearly 20 years old; and are coming due for a rebuild soon. They will likely be retired once the Corridor trainsets enter service, as there will be a need for fewer conventional locomotives, and the F40PH engines are more recently rebuilt and are already set up for long-distance service. Amtrak is currently looking at replacing their P42 engines, so that should be an indication that VIA's units also aren't likely to be around much longer.
  10. The terminology of "subway", at least in the Toronto context, is particular to the technology used. In this way, lines 1, 2, and 4 are all true subways, as they use heavy rail technology powered by a third rail that needs to be fully grade separated. Line 3 (formerly the Scarborough RT) is not a subway in this context, as it uses smaller and lighter vehicles with LIM propulsion systems. All four lines, however, can be considered the more generic terms of "rapid transit" or "higher-order transit", which the Eglinton Crosstown/Line 5 would also be considered as. In fact, in that document you link, the very first leg of the "decision tree" states "Is it higher-order (rapid) transit?", going on to list multiple examples of higher-order transit, including Subway and LRT. As for that map, it's a mockup from 5 years ago that some junior-level staffer created in Photoshop to mock up the proposed station names. It has a number of technical errors in it, not the least of which is the complete covering of all the Line 2 station bubbles east of Dufferin.
  11. TTC: 169: 8958 I think this might be a semi-regular occurrance, as I've seen LFS buses on the 169 around the same time at least once since September.
  12. We already see this to a degree; there are a number of privately-operated shuttle buses between subway stations and condos or office buildings; some of these cross municipal borders. Not sure they need to be regulated as it stands now... Capacity isn't the big issue with suburban systems, it's generally frequency. While I could see people paying higher prices for a guaranteed seat, I don't see it when the regular local bus still has room. Travel in Toronto's suburbs is also a lot more scattered than between NY/NJ, which has limited corridors because of the river and the bridges/tunnels needed to cross between.
  13. Could just be misinformation or something. The Cape Breton buses were sent to City View in Toronto, who used to function as a distributor/local sales rep for Grande West. That could be where that assumption re: demonstrator came from.
  14. That description mentions "local pickup from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu", so it doesn't sound like it would be those. Simcoe County LINX is expecting new buses to launch route 6 (Midland-Orillia) this fall; they should have arrived in the summer but production was delayed due to COVID-19. Could be those.
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