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  1. They were transit models, not tourist coaches. Aside from being left hand drive (and larger FMVSS spec bumpers) they looked mostly identical to contemporary JDM Hino buses. IDK if they had any typical American transit bus specs like floor mounted turn signals and stop request cords.
  2. There were a few Hino demonstrators in New York in the early 1980s.
  3. The delays on Spadina could be mitigated if the TTC wasn't either unwilling or unable to get the switch controls and white bar signals working properly at the Spadina/Queen and Spadina/King intersections. I've seen multiple near miss accidents at Spadina and Queen during other diversions from streetcars attempting to turn across traffic from the inside lane, to the point where I'm surprised operators haven't made formal work refusals.
  4. How many companies have dropped this route since Beaver bus dropped out. Three?
  5. Assuming the ancient Nxsys simulator is accurate there is or (most probably) was a third possible G/Y signal at Islington, from the WB end of the pocket track to the EB main and then into the platforms.
  6. AFAIK when ATC is fully deployed T1s won't be able to run on YUS at all. I believe the work cars will get some sort of ATC equipment. The ATC system does have a manual mode, but i'm assuming it's only practical to use it when the subway closes.
  7. The best place to get a presto card near the CN Tower is the GO ticket desk at Union Station. Some of the presto vending machines take cash, all take cards but AFAIK they will only accept Chip and PIN cards so plan around that. The zoo is a pain to get to on transit, but from a transitfan perspective it lets you ride some of the major suburban trunk routes that tourists never generally go near.
  8. The Ottawa and Montreal systems both closed in 1959, Ottawa in May and Montreal in August.
  9. Keep in mind that by July 1, 511 should be back to streetcars. and the only route with CLRVs will be the 506.
  10. If you want to ride the 506 you should try to ride the whole line, it runs through lots of different and interesting neighbourhoods.
  11. 2. 506 is the only all CLRV route. 501 is mixed, and the rest are all Flexity now. 505/511/502/503 are currently running with buses, and you can catch the oldest buses in the fleet on these routes. 4. The busiest bus route in the downtown core is 6 Bay, keep it mind that since it mostly serves M-F commuter traffic it's very frequent during the day but not on evenings and weekends. South of Bloor the 29 Dufferin (which has Novabus artics) and 63 Ossington are busiest and most frequent bus routes, but they are a bit outside downtown. Everything else downtown is either peak only (the 14X express routes) or lower frequency services like the 121, 75, and 72A routes). You'll also be able to catch GO transit buses (MCI D4500 and Enviro500 double decker) coming in and out of the Union Station bus terminal, generally north on Bay and south on Yonge from the Gardiner Expressway. 5. My favourite stations are Davisville (outdoors and next to the Davisville Yard) and St. Clair West (1970s brutalist architecture and a pretty big underground bus and streetcar terminal). You also might want to check out Finch, it serves the Finch and Steeles bus routes, some of the busiest and most frequent in the system (Finch East has <2 minute headways in rush hour) and suburban YRT and GO buses. Also, technically not a station, but the Queen/King/Roncesvalles intersection and Roncesvalles carhouse (try to go in the early afternoon when the PM rush runs leave the carhouse). If you have the time, you might also want to visit Humber loop (where the Long Branch section of the 501 meets the main section) and ride all the way to the end of the line at Long Branch loop. This is part of an old interurban route, it takes you all the way to the city boundary and has a very different feeling (almost like a small town main street) than the rest of the streetcar system.
  12. I would assume it's going to be something similar to the Canada Line in Vancouver or the REM in Montreal.
  13. The TTC actually has a decent amount of historical artifacts scattered around it's various facilities.
  14. I believe it was a similar reason that the H6s had reliability problems, the UTDC used more unreliable local content.
  15. A lot of the control gear for the H trains was British sourced (Brush Traction was a major supplier). I think there was also an experimental set with Japanese made (Hitachi?) control packs.
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