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  1. The Devon route (570) will officially begin service on October 25th. The pilot project has been funded for 18 months, and as M. Parsons mentioned in his post, the service will be free during the pilot period. Service will also operate 7 days a week. While schedule data has not officially been posted, it is available on some third-party sites like Transitfeeds. The schedule is very unusual: One early morning trip departing Devon at 6:30am operating direct to Southgate One midday trip departing Devon at 10:30am operating to the EIA Outlet Mall One evening trip departing Southgate at 6:00pm operating to Devon via the EIA Outlet Mall. Not sure how well it will do with this schedule setup. With only one trip returning to Devon in the late evening, if you commute in on the morning trip, you can't arrive back in Devon for another 12.5 hours. The choice of Southgate over closer LRT stations (i.e. Century Park) is interesting; even if Century Park is unavailable, Beaumont Transit is using Heritage Valley instead, which would be closer than Southgate.
  2. Sounds like a crew on the 8 is unsigned, if it's regularly being filled by RAD buses. Since it's a 1-bus route, it would be a high priority to be filled.
  3. 98/99 does tend to have a fairly aggressive running time, in order to minimize the number of buses required for the service. I have also tended to find that Viva schedules have more padding in the evening; this might be because of a number of factors, including a philosophy of having little change in travel time throughout the day due to the dedicated lanes, with most of the time savings due to fewer stops for passengers (and fewer red lights at cross-streets), as well as a general holdover of runtimes from early evening service (it's logistically impossible to be continuously modifying the schedule to match traffic conditions at each individual hour of the day). The long-term plans for Viva do have an extension of Viva Blue north and east to East Gwillimbury GO; the timelines for future expansion have been in flux for a number of years due to budgetary constraints, and COVID has pushed any further expansions (including Viva Silver and the realignment of Viva Green onto Don Mills/Leslie) further into the future with no fixed dates for implementation. Route 52 Holland Landing currently serves the area north of Green Lane, although it's been reduced to rush hours only as a result of COVID-related cutbacks. North of Green Lane, Yonge Street/Highway 11 becomes a thoroughfare with very little development along it, and is very inhospitable to pedestrians; the community area is to the north, along Yonge Street rather than Highway 11, which is why both YRT 52 and GO 68 routes divert off of Highway 11 through this part.
  4. That bus is from Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania. I've seen some of their Gillig buses undergoing midlife refurbishment at MTB in previous years, so that fits with the location.
  5. Noticed a new tender on the City of Sault Ste Marie's website: Downtown Trolley / Alternative Novelty Transportation Not much more information is available, as it is a "Request for Information", so just looking for proposals at this point. But it sounds like the City is interested in setting up some sort of a downtown tourist shuttle.
  6. The service is operated by Great Canadian Coaches, based out of Kitchener and London. Ottawa is slightly out of their range. There's already plenty of competition along the Toronto-Kingston-Ottawa express corridor, there isn't a need for another operator.
  7. Yes, the Richmond Hill line has been using 4-car trainsets since May. Even with the service increase back to 5-6 trains per direction, the majority of those trains are 4 cars.
  8. We will find out after the contract has been awarded. Not until then. Production and delivery dates will likely only be finalized after staff finalize the contract with the manufacturer; they won't guarantee space on their production lines for buses they aren't sure they would be building.
  9. I've heard from other sources that there were 6 XE40 units expected for this year (so 2101-2106). They are supposed to be "long-range" eBuses with extended battery life, hence why we're seeing it deployed on longer routes like the 50 and 96; the first order (1911-1914) were "short-range" buses that require on-route charging after a few hours of service, which is why they are only assigned to short routes like the 44, 55, and 56, and more recently to other rush-hour runs that are only out in service for 2-3 hours. Despite a couple of people complaining, I have purposefully not made a Wiki page for the new units until the full fleet range is determined. YRT has an unfortunate tendency in recent years of having a different number of buses show up than what was initially ordered or approved in Council reports. It's just more annoying in this case because, unusually for YRT, one pilot bus arrived well in advance of the rest of the order.
  10. Yeah, this is very good news. Western University will be a much better access point than the Flying J. It looks like Megabus is now operating 4 round trips on the corridor; all seem to be timed to operate London->Toronto->London.
  11. It would actually be more likely to see a new bus sitting at a dealership than an old one. New buses would have most of their repairs performed under warranty; the manufacturer would do those warranty repairs themselves using their own techs. Once out of warranty, the transit agency is free to use whichever shop they want, for whatever price.
  12. That was a Victoria bus, and the collision was already posted in the Victoria thread.
  13. Been a while since I've done a roll-up of MIA buses, but based on daily observations on Transsee, here are the buses that have not seen service in the past three weeks (since the start of the month), indicating long-term absences: 1022, 1053, 1090, 1110, 1222, 1605, 3147, 3165, 3168, 3173, 3188, 3194, 3258, 3259, 3264, 3266, 3276, 3297, 3317, 3368, 3403, 3408, 3415, 3428, 3439, 3449, 3452, 3458, 3460, 3470, 3471, 3479, 3486, 3494, 3508, 3511, 3520, 3525, 3537, 3538, 3539, 3543, 3545, 3550, 3624, 3728, 3736, 3738, 3739, 3745, 3757, 7924, 7930, 7945, 7946, 7975, 8065, 8069, 8216, 8311, 8438, 8451, 8457, 8460-8468, 8470, 8480, 8526, 8530, 8532-8542, 8548, 8552, 8577, 8599, 8604, 8613, 8615, 8625, 8645, 8667, 8696, 8730, 8757, 8873, 8879, 8883, 8944, 9143, 9214, 9219. Of note, there are currently 14 of the 31xx series of LFS and 25 of the 34xx series of LFS HEV buses that have been MIA for 3+ weeks, and 5 of the Proterras (20% of the 25-bus fleet). Honourable mentions go to the following buses that have recently returned to service after extended absences: 1076 returned to service today; it was last seen on August 18. 1676 returned to service on September 3; it was last seen on May 28. 3105 returned to service today; it was last seen on August 6. 3213 returned to service today; it was last seen on July 13. 3512 returned to service yesterday; it was last seen on July 22. 3564 made one appearance on September 1, and has not been since; before the 1st, it was last seen on August 13. 8031 returned to service on September 15; it was last seen on August 12.
  14. The Viewliners serve high-level platforms in the US without issue. All rolling stock in the US for decades have been built with the understanding that 48" is the North American standard for high-level platforms.
  15. Yes. The Siemens Venture cars are built to a 48" platform height, which is the standard high-level platform height in North America. Amtrak's versions of the cars are(/will be) using high-level platforms in the US, and I sincerely hope VIA did not order cars that wouldn't work with their platforms.
  16. Both those answers depend heavily on the route taken, and the amount of stops made... Using the highway, Toronto to London is about a 2 hour drive. Google is currently showing ETAs of 2:38-2:43 but that's because we're near the peak of rush hour. As mentioned in previous posts, VIA on the faster train corridor currently takes 2:15 to 2:30 to go between Toronto and London. The route via Kitchener/Stratford has both lower-quality tracks and a longer distance; existing VIA trains take around 3:30 to make the trip on this corridor.
  17. Large sections of your post are illegible, with lots of black text on a black background. Not everyone is using the dark theme.
  18. Most VIA trains operating to London (continuing to Windsor) use the more direct route, and take around 2:15 to 2:30 (depending on the number of stops made). GO will not be using these tracks, so it's not a fair or accuate comparison to be using those numbers. However, VIA trains 84/87 on the Toronto-London-Sarnia line, which use the same corridor and stops that GO will be using, are currently scheduled at approximately 3:30 between Toronto and London. Given the additional local stops GO trains will make, and additional schedule padding, an approximate trip time of 4 hours is not unreasonable (probably rounded up). Overall with the limited schedule details being announced, I'm disappointed. GO is operating at similar times to the existing VIA trains 84/87, being arranged for commuters into Toronto. 87 departs Toronto at 5:40pm, so I'd be expecting the GO departure is within an hour of that time, leading to direct competition between the two trains rather than overall improved mobility for people in the area. There is no expansion of service to different times, say midday or even counter-peak service, and the GO trains are not replacing the still-suspended 85/88 trips along the corridor.
  19. Okay? I'm not sure what you're trying to get at or prove with this statement. There are plenty of school trippers that are operated by divisions other than the one the route normally operates out of - both pre-, during, and post-COVID. There is no requirement in TTC service planning that two routes operating along the same corridor are assigned to the same division. Another more recent example of local and express "counterparts" not being operated by the same division is the 46 and 927, which were moved to Queensway and Mount Dennis divisions respectively upon the opening of McNicoll earlier this year; these routes have historically been grouped together for service monitoring purposes as they serve the same general corridor. These routes have about as much in common as the 116 and 905 do today.
  20. Bus routes in Toronto are typically only operated by one division, and buses usually stay on the same route for the length of their shift; this makes it relatively easy to determine garage allocations. This differs from Ottawa, where buses tend to interline between routes frequently, meaning buses from any garage can appear anywhere in the City.
  21. This. The driver shortage at Queensway has been an ongoing issue for a while now, it's just not been as visible because over the summer Queensway had a high amount of RAD buses, meaning that whenever a Queensway driver was missing, the run would be filled by a Queensway RAD. But if you looked into the route tracking data, you'd see 3 or 4 buses filling the same run over the course of a day (morning driver takes a bus out, no afternoon relief so the bus is run in and replaced by a RAD driver with their own bus, then the evening driver takes out their own bus when reporting to the garage while the RAD runs in).
  22. I don't think splitting the contract into two manufacturers is necessary to speed up orders. Both major manufacturers (New Flyer and Nova) have multiple factories that can be used to concurrently build and deliver buses; for example, Nova successfully delivered 342 LFS buses in 2017, production of which was split between the St. Eustache and Plattsburgh plants. The bigger issue might be the TTC's capacity to perform PDI inspections on new arrivals.
  23. Considering how straight-lined both the 43 and 68 are, I would be extremely surprised if they were anything other than the regular route with fewer stops...
  24. Yup, spotted it probably earlier that trip. 1502, 3141, 3179 were all out on the 985 this afternoon as well. Excuse the grab-shot of 3179, traffic on Sheppard wasn't giving a lot of options for photos.
  25. TTC: 9071 operating what appears to be an in-service training run on the 85J (Sheppard-Yonge to Don Mills) branch at the tail end of rush hour.
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