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  1. 1. Only Presto allows you to use a 2-hour transfer, so there's a benefit of that. With the recent fare adjustment, Presto only gives you a $0.15 savings per ride over cash, and it costs $6 to purchase the card. If you didn't already pay for your UP fare it may have the potential to be cheaper to use Presto, but if you buy Day Passes it'll give you more flexibility and probably save you more money. 2. TTC prefers to fully convert one route to Flexity before moving onto the next route. So routes 504, 509, 510, 512 should be fully Flexity, and 506 will be fully CLRV. 501 is the current "transitioning" route so it will have a mix of CLRV and Flexity. The ALRVs were just reactivated from storage last week, so if you're very lucky you might find one out as a last-resort spare or a cover vehicle (most likely on 501). 3. No Proterra or BYD buses have been delivered, so chances of finding one around Canada Day are zero. The XE40s will be based out of Arrow Road garage in the north-west end of the city; it's unknown if they will enter service by the time of your visit, so check one of the online trackers. 4. Some of the streetcar routes are being replaced by buses due to construction (505) or lack of available streetcars (502, 503, 511). They also run some bus trippers to provide extra capacity during rush hour. Otherwise there are a number of other bus routes in the downtown core; just look for route numbers that aren't in the 500s. 5. What are you looking for in a station - frequent service, cool/interesting architecture, nice views?
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    Modifying a page title

    Completed!
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    General Motorcoach Spottings & Photos

    Both Air France and KLM are part of SkyTeam Alliance. The service was previously operated by Greyhound Canada; while the main branding on the coaches was for KLM, if you look closely there are logos for both Air France and SkyTeam. Perhaps Air France is paying for their branding to be more prominent now, or KLM has another coach. The logo on the front of this coach is for Skyport, which is now owned by Keolis (with a lot of the Autocars Skyport coaches being rebranded with the Keolis logo/"livery"). So they are still operating the YUL-Ottawa shuttle.
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    Meaford

    Yes, both Owen Sound and Meaford are in Grey County. (Blue Mountains technically is also in Grey County, but the municipality has its transit service contract with Collingwood, not Simcoe County, which is why the Blue Mountains Link will not become a LINX route). A 3-bus spare pool out of 5 is a pretty healthy 37.5% spare ratio. Also don't forget that Sinton can provide their own backup cutaways, which further increases the spare ratio. They would probably need a 9th bus if they were to add additional routes, but they wouldn't need another bus to improve the spare ratio. Going back on topic, I agree that a bus connecting Owen Sound and Meaford would probably be more useful to residents. It's about a 25-30 minute drive between the two communities, so they could easily run some sort of connecting service with one bus (3 round trips a day, with the bus circulating within Meaford to provide local trips). That would probably generate more ridership than the current model.
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    TTC Orion VII Movement List

    That question wasn't directed at you. If you don't know, then don't answer. As for 1682, it is currently tracking at Mount Dennis according to Transsee. However, it was last in service on April 18th, at which time it was at Malvern. Let's see if it enters service at Mount Dennis before saying it was moved there. It could be at Mount Dennis as a parts donor, training bus that broke down, who knows.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    It's the first day of a new board period - either TTC, Nextbus, and/or Transsee have not been updated to reflect the new schedules. It's a Sunday as well, and I don't know too many office staff who are working on Sunday mornings. Due to construction starting in Davisville Station, the 14 and 28 will interline during all periods. So the operator probably put up the 28 sign while on an eastbound trip, as that is the ultimate destination of the vehicle. This is a sighting. Keep these to the Today's Sightings thread.
  7. Voyago (formerly Voyageur Transportation) was purchased by Transdev last month. https://voyago.ca/transdev-acquires-voyago/
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    Current TTC Wraps

    1312 also with a closed-side wrap for Toronto Hydro.
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    TTC Service Changes

    It sounds like they are reconfiguring the 36 branches to the same format that the 85 has had for years. The general public does not care about "internal branches", just consistent signage. In the case of both the 36 and 85: The unlettered exposure is for the furthest subway terminus, used mostly by the short flips and late-night service where service is interlined. The A letter (which is always reserved for the 'main' branch) is for the near subway terminus, which gets used by all branches. Other letters are for the further non-subway termini. In terms of Finch West Station, this makes it simple no matter the time of day. The 36 always goes east to Finch Station; the B always goes to Humberwood; the D/F always go to Weston; and for other stops, the 36A always ends at Finch West Station. Late at night, they don't need to have a new separate branch for runs operating through Finch West Station; they can just use the signs of 36 to Finch Stn, and 36B to Humberwood.
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    Ontario Line

    No, the Leaside Viaduct was not built the same way as the Prince Edward Viaduct was with the second level underneath. The Leaside Viaduct was supposedly built with extra strength to allow for streetcar rails to be installed on the road deck, although any residual extra capacity would have been taken up with the expansion from 4 to 6 vehicle lanes. The plan for any relief line always considered using an individual, separate bridge crossing of the Don Valley. This would also provide a better alignment to the populous communities of Thorncliffe Park, and from the Pape Station (which is the connection point with Line 2 that is usually identified in any relief line study)
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    Voyago/Voyageur Transportation

    Different Voyageur.
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    Meaford

    Cross-posting from Facebook, as originally posted by @Silly Tilley: The Meaford Transit pilot project will end this summer due to low ridership. The service was quoted as having about 1 rider per hour. https://www.themeafordindependent.ca/editorial/799294-what-are-small-communities-to-do-about-public-transit
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    Future TTC Bus Orders

    Then your understanding is wrong. Steve Munro is well known as an independent blogger. He does not work for the TTC, but is well known and respected enough to be able to have direct contact with many of the higher-ups and the communication department.
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    Today's Special Sightings

    Looking at Transsee data, it appears 1243 broke down not long into PM rush, leaving the 10 with 2 buses. 3525 was probably a RAD bus from Malvern and was in the area, so it filled in for the latter part of the rush hour. I noticed when passing by on Don Mills at 5:10 or so the Next Bus signs were displaying the next 10s arriving in 12 and 22 minutes, which definitely indicates a missing bus on the route.
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    Current TTC Wraps

    1218 has a closed side wrap for Toronto Hydro.
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    BC Transit - Chilliwack

    Sounds almost like they're looking to combine the 66 with the 555 for a one-seat ride. Can't say I necessarily disagree with the proposal, but with that length they might want to get some better suited equipment for that run rather than urban-spec'd Novas.
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    YRT Allocations

    1507-1509 have been transferred to BRT Division, again for increased service (/spare ratio) on route 90. They were last in service on April 10, and re-entered service today (predominately as cover buses).
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    Modifying a page title

    No problem. I've moved the page to the correct title.
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    General Motorcoach Spottings & Photos

    98001? Or do you mean 89001...
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    TTC Orion VII Retirements

    I agree. There is a lot of stupid and unnecessary banter that is occurring, especially recently. I am equally unimpressed with the number of users who take it upon themselves to "self-admin" the board. Generally all that does is inflame the original poster, causing them to post back, and this is where the majority of the insults and personal attacks start. There is a report button above each post. Find something inappropriate or off topic? Use it.
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    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    The previous generation of Gray Line Sightseeing Niagara Falls buses (1315, 1319, 1320, 1321) were retired in 2017. Replaced in that service by 1298, 1299, 1302.
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    Greyhound Run/Schedule Changes

    Greyhound Canada did a large number of schedule changes effective April 14th. Besides for the seasonal reductions for service to universities/colleges, here's a summary of the changes: Toronto/Guelph/Kitchener corridor lost about 5 daily schedules, with many others were changed to fill gaps. Some daily schedules were shifted to weekdays only, further reducing weekend service. Toronto/Ottawa Express corridor was reorganized, to the effect that all buses now do a round trip (requiring only 6 buses per day to cover 12 schedules). This should reduce equipment needs, and eliminate the need to have drivers overnight away from home. Two Toronto-Peterborough trips (5767/5776) were cut. This results in the morning QuickLink trip now turning around in Toronto and returning as the local to Ottawa, while the daytime local from Ottawa does the afternoon Toronto-Peterborough trips. Pembroke-Peterborough corridor stays the same, but was shifted about 1 hour later to connect with the revised Toronto-Peterborough-Ottawa schedule. Toronto-Barrie had one of its two commuter schedules eliminated, and the other was changed to compensate. Oddly, there is a new Saturday-only schedule (5703/5726) running in the afternoon. The daily trip from Buffalo to Pearson Airport/Scarborough Centre (5584/5591) was cut. The downtown Toronto-Pearson-Scarborough Centre shuttle (previously Pearson-Yorkdale-Scarborough Centre) has finally been cut. Ottawa-Kingston did not have trips reduced, but there was some schedule changes for more consistency. Ottawa-Syracruse schedule still remains operating, 2 trips/week with no change in schedule times. No major changes noticed to the Toronto-London-Detroit, Toronto-Sudbury, Ottawa-Sudbury, Ottawa-Cornwall, and Ottawa-Montreal corridors.
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    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    With the changes in the fleet, thought that I would compile a list of every coach that has been in service over the past two months based off of the online tracker: X3-45: 0600, 0611, 0622, 0626, 0627, 0628, 0630, 0631, 0632, 0634, 0635, 0636, 0637, 0638, 0639, 0640, 0641, 0642, 0643, 0644, 0645, 0646, 0647, 0648, 0649, 0650, 0651, 0652, 0653, 0654, 8871, 8872, 8873, 8875, 8876, 8877, 8878, 8879, 8880, 8881, 8882, 8885, 8886, 8887, 8888 D4500: 1140, 1141, 1142, 1143, 1156, 1161, 1168, 1169, 1179, 1180, 1317, 1318, 1322 D4505: 1263, 1265, 1267, 1268, 1269, 1270, 1271, 1272, 1274, 1276, 1278, 1281, 1283, 1284, 1285, 1286, 1289, 1291, 1292, 1296, 1298, 1299, 1300, 1301, 1302, 1327, 1328, 1329, 1330, 1331, 1332, 1333 102-DL3: 6000, 6001, 6003, 6006, 6015, 6021, 6038, 6058, 6061, 6063, 6068, 6073, 6082, 6093, 6119, 6130, 6132, 6137, 6138, 6145, 6151, 6169, 6177, 6187, 6189, 6192, 6206, 6207, 6215, 6219, 6228, 6240, 6262, 6278, 6281, 6293, 6341, 6369, 6371, 51152, 60654 This leads to a total of 131 buses active. I think the estimate before was that there was to be around 120 buses left in the reduced Greyhound Canada fleet, so I would imagine most of the buses not listed above are likely gone by now (besides for the fact they would have been out of service for at least 2+ months). There are 38 coaches that last appeared in January or February 2019, and are likely candidates for ones sent to the US as training coaches: 6016, 6046, 6067, 6072, 6075, 6079, 6100, 6106, 6108, 6110, 6111, 6124, 6128, 6131, 6146, 6166, 6168, 6172, 6173, 6175, 6193, 6200, 6205, 6236, 6238, 6245, 6264, 6267, 6272, 6288, 6321, 6329, 6332, 6337, 6355, 6363, 6368, 60558 Note that the units with a strikethrough have already been confirmed above as transferred, which leaves 26 candidate coaches.
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    Today's Sightings

    TTC 1759 operating as a Training Bus heading west on the 401 earlier this afternoon (~1:30 pm). Not sure if this is one of the buses that received VISION or if it's becoming part of the "Training fleet".
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