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  1. Move is completed, and links have been redirected to the new pages. Thanks!
  2. Okay, let's put some of this rumour-mill and misinformation going on in this thread to rest... The 2022 Street Side Guide (which was based on an official roster from SSM) lists 131, 157-158, 164, and the remainder of the ex-OC Orion VIs as retired, likely all replaced by the 10 Xcelsior buses received in 2021. Cutaways 154-155 were also replaced by 177-178. At this point, it'll only be speculation as to what gets retired from the buses due to arrive this year. I would suspect that 131 and the remaining TBay Orion VIIs (159-160) are first up. While the TTC units weren't repainted, I think they're likely in better shape than the others, and will last longer as a result.
  3. Please take a look again at the title of this thread, then make a decision on whether to continue asking for photos to be uploaded here.
  4. From the photo in that article, the replacement buses are being acquired from Auburn University Tiger Transit. The university acquired a brand-new fleet in 2021, and the existing cutaway buses (owned by First) have been distributed to some of their other contracts.
  5. TTC: 4: 3137, 3475, 34xx, 8554 85J: 3470, 3485
  6. Grand total of 4 shuttle buses were distributed on Line 4, in addition to the two existing 85J buses; given the regular round trip time is 20 minutes, that's barely covering the subway's frequency.
  7. DRT still has a large surplus of vehicles due to the amount of service they cut back during COVID, plus there's been new deliveries since then. If they need vehicles in service, they'll keep them around until their replacements enter service.
  8. Thanks @BusFanForever and @Bus_Medic for the explanations. If they're timed with repairs or MTO inspections, where the buses are already scheduled to be out of service, that makes more sense; just it wasn't fully clear that was the case from the initial postings. Having a dozen or more "unplated" buses sit around out of service that were otherwise usable would certainly be an issue/scandal. I've seen other agencies do mass replating programs before, where large portions of their fleets (dozens of buses) get new license plates to replace the faded old ones within maybe 2 weeks; clearly they couldn't park like 40% of their fleet at once, but maybe it's possible that the plate replacements were timed to when the stickers expired (or the agency cares less about refunding the "unused" portion).
  9. The last New Flyer D40LF was built in 2010, meaning all examples are now 12 years or older. Many transit agencies have adopted a standard lifespan of about 12 years; therefore, even the "newest" D40LFs are entering their retirement age.
  10. Quite the opposite - I'm legitimately shocked to hear that the TTC is removing license plates from buses and not replacing them for days. Why are they deplating buses? There is usually no need to do that unless the bus is being retired, or the plate has been confiscated by the relevant authorities. And if it's as simple as replacing a license plate that's worn out - they should be able to put the new plate on immediately after taking the old one off, not leave the bus sitting out of service for days if not weeks at a time.
  11. Stumbled across some interesting information on Prince Albert today (news articles/press releases included): All seven of the Vicinity buses purchased in 2017 were pulled off the road in April 2021 due to the discovery of cracked frames. To replace them, First/the City ended up needing to lease school buses to operate a reduced service schedule (no doubt provided by contractor First). A warranty claim was filed with Grande West/VMC to repair or replace the defective buses. As part of the warranty claim, VMC delivered three replacement buses to Prince Albert in February 2022. I'm assuming they're Vicinity models, probably used ones, but it's unknown what exactly they are. However, the replacements have also fared poorly (two of the three are noted as already having experienced significant failures), and the City has brought in their own used buses from elsewhere. With the failure of the original fleet, the lack of replacement buses, and the inability to present a repair plan for the original buses (despite them being pulled from service over one year ago), the City has now launched a lawsuit against Grande West/VMC to recuperate the costs of the original 2017 vehicles, plus the costs to lease/acquire/operate the temporary fleet. Six used conventional buses from the "Southern US" have recently been brought in from another of First's contracts, and will begin entering service in June 2022. Again, unsure what model they are or where they were acquired from, but it certainly spells more interesting times for Prince Albert.
  12. I doubt it was borrowed to test or for navigation/clearance; more probably for PR since they're the Region's newest buses. Too bad nobody informed them that they will never show up at this terminal outside of this photoshoot. But at least it makes for a pretty picture, I guess...
  13. Looking back on the history, I originally created the Wiki page for 3-629 with the information you initially provided (with VIN G3750184); this page was then changed by another user (who is usually pretty reputable when it comes to VINs), who replaced the VIN with the ex-MTA one. For more information, this morning I've been cross-referencing with a fan-compiled VIN production list; while it doesn't have 3-629 anywhere on it, it also lists G3750184 as "Roam 11", which is incorrect as unit (10)11 is a Vicinity (another "Roam 11" is listed as G3750337, one of the TM Novas). The production list does not have any disposal info on ex-MTA 8091 (E4500714). Given the information provided here, I'm willing to accept that G3750184 is Paquette 3-629. Moving onto the TM Novas... if 29271 is G3750331, that leaves 29272-29278 (7 buses) to fit into a VIN sequence that has room for 6 buses (G3750332-G3750337). Do we know which of these is the odd unit out, and what its VIN might be? There are not a lot of gaps in the VIN sequence to be able to fill it in with.
  14. The bus assigned to the Toronto Island is still part of the TTC's fleet. They generally need to be rotated out every 3-6 months for maintenance and inspections, and return to their home garage for that to be completed (while another bus gets sent out to replace it). The last time TTC had "non-revenue" buses on the Island duty was from 2008-2010, when Classics 6221 and 6223 were kept specifically for that purpose. Ever since then it's generally just been a random unit from the TTC's oldest fleet.
  15. Should all be completed - while I've created redirects to all pages, would you be able to change the links to point to the updated titles? Thanks!
  16. Can you please stop using the general YRT/Viva page for sightings? Use the Today's Sightings thread for sightings like everyone else! As for 2024, it ended up replacing 1505 on the 90B. However I agree, Unionville GO is not a particularly useful location for a conventional BRT cover to sit, since the only route it can be used on is the 90 (or 811/813).
  17. I'm not an expert in copyright law by any means, but simplifying it down to the context of amateur transit photography, the original photographer should generally hold the copyright. So any photos you take, you should hold the copyright to and can decide where and how they get used. Uploading to the CPTDB Wiki does not change the ownership or copyright of the photo, and any decisions on use of photos beyond there still require permission of the owner (the original photographer in most cases). For the CPTDB Wiki, for these reasons of copyright photos need to either be uploaded by the original photographer, or be uploaded with the original photographer's explicit permission. Photos also need to abide by the Photo Guidelines, including those around quality. I will also say that the Wiki is not intended as a personal photo gallery (that's what Flickr is for), and it's not necessary to have a photo of every unit in a series, but we would certainly welcome some good quality exemplar photos of a series. The attached photo of 7000 is a good quality one and I would say meets the photo quality standards in the guidelines, so yes if that is your photo it would be welcome to be uploaded! However, again just to be careful of the copyright, for additional photos it would be better to post the specific individual photos you'd like to see uploaded, rather than having a blanket statement of "yeah any photos on flickr are okay", just so that there's a bit more explicit permission for the use of individual photos. (This last point is directed more to other editors, in case someone decides to just rifle through your Flickr account and start uploading random photos from there, thinking they have permission based on your statement here).
  18. When USBT was closed this weekend due to the protests, the train-buses from the north and east (65, 71, 90) were being diverted to Highway 407 Station, while the ones in the west (21, 31) were sent to Port Credit GO to connect with Lakeshore West trains. This is the usual procedure whenever traffic downtown is snarled (such as Gardiner or DVP closures). Prior to Highway 407 Station opening, York Mills was often used as the diversion point.
  19. They certainly could. However, based on @smallspy's analysis from another thread, I don't think the issue is on ridership and capacity; instead, lengthening trains may actually exacerbate the issues mentioned in the dispute (TTC would have fewer of its employees working on the extension with trains being more infrequent, while they'd be paying more in maintenance costs as more trains would be required); all the time the public ends up with inferior service.
  20. Please don't put unconfirmed or your own personal speculation on the Wiki; just because you haven't seen a bus out in a couple months doesn't mean it's retired. That being said... at the start of this year, Barrie had 6 D40LFs still in service, and they have since put 6 Nova LFS buses into service, so in all likelihood, it's been replaced. However, it doesn't mean that 67004 is definitely retired, and they could be saving it as a backup/spare bus for something. It's always best to wait for some proper confirmation on its status; such as an official fleet roster, or (as is increasingly common nowadays) an appearance on an auction website.
  21. This past weekend was the same closure that occurred back on November 27-28, 2021 (and extended through to the following weekend due to a worker fatality). The work is being done on the bridge over the Rouge River, which is a double-track section and requires both tracks (which use the same structure) to be closed. From other people I've heard they also did track work on other sections of the Kingston Sub between Union and Pickering. VIA operated more or less the same schedule this weekend that they did on the previous closure - operate over the Bala and York subdivisions between Union and Pickering, on a reduced schedule to fit between freight trains, and most eastbound trains leaving Toronto operated joined to Oshawa, where they got separated and continued east.
  22. The four moves above have been completed. Thanks! I have fixed all of the links for the last two pages (STC Pierre-de Saurel and Transbus 316-318 and 319); could I trouble you with replacing the links for the two STM garages?
  23. TTC: 8626 broke down on Steeles just east of Don Mills; it was getting picked up by Abrams Towing around 10:30 this morning. 3190 was on the 25, presumably as a RAD to replace it.
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