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  1. Maikeru

    Streetcar News

    I believe the "Construction Department" from the city is responsible for inspecting contractor's work during track replacement - that is if it's track replacement of course. I wouldn't be surprised if they were being chased, but they're probably pulling the "but you accepted it" card. Ah legal battles...only the lawyers win.
  2. Maikeru

    Union Pearson Express

    The original plan was to have the SRT running by 2015. The only issue was by now, design was to be well underway and construction was to start next year or the year after. When Metrolinx took over ownership of the line conversion and extension, they only delayed construction due to cut funding, part of their 5 in 10 plan. Design and construction wise, the SRT could have been completed within the original timeline.
  3. Maikeru

    Spadina Subway Extension

    10 minutes? Things are not as simple as they make out to be. Just like how some people say "why does it take 5 years to build a subway? you just dig the tunnels and that's it". Always take things on the news with a grain of salt, and if you're actually interested in the issue, do some research on it.
  4. Maikeru

    The end is nigh!

    Doesn't make sense if you don't look at it from a narrow picture. You have to consider everything, including operating environment. This includes stop/go traffic, vehicle configuration, urban geography, maintenance, design standards, performance standards, fleet size, fleet composition, etc etc. The problem with obtaining resources from various sources is they take it in a different context and therefore you need a good background understanding in order to apply them to other scenarios. Otherwise you run into danger when trying to "apply knowledge". In summary, instead of questioning logic, try to determine how the logic was achieved before questioning it.
  5. Maikeru

    TTC in the news

    Because that's how construction anywhere works. Especially for the TTC, if there is no specific budget for it, no matter how important or small the detail, it will not get done without budget approval, which usually has long lead times the way the system has been set up. A problem is identified, a proposal has to be made, approval by the commission members must be made, then the task has to be planned out, designed (if necessary), then finally assigned to forepersons/crews, which will finally start work on it. If complications or any other sort of problem happens, things come to a stop and the process starts again, especially if there is an associated cost increase to it. You blame management because you don't know what goes on behind the scenes or how the system works. Granted, that's true for the majority of the population. This isn't the best way things are set up, but it's the way it is in an effort to try to justify every penny and 'save' - ironic, isn't it? Many of the problems aren't even the TTC's fault but rather the contractors who have been hired to do the job. Anyone with experience in the construction field knows the several types of delays that can occur and the various reasons behind it. Most projects do not finish on time and on budget from what was initially planned. The thing with the TTC is that when these problems do occur, the number of parties involved with these projects make it more complicated. You won't get token machines fixed if there's no specific charge/project number for it. Metropass machines require configuration, testing and troubleshooting at the location of implementation. Escalator refurbishment is a major issue, especially when those things run for years 24hours/day, 7days/week. When they break down or need to be refurbished, it's a huge undertaking. Dates are almost always wrong because more work is needed to be done than expected, so it may even be better to not post a date, as much of the time the scope of work will only be found out when the refurbishment begins.
  6. Maikeru

    TTC in the news

    So you automatically assume someone's two cents is correct? How about there's been a backlog of things that need to be done for years now and the TTC has been trying to play catch up? Plus, funding gets diverted to different places - prior to Miller and after Russel Hill it was the state of good repair program, which applied to vehicles and the respective rights-of-ways. Now it's about returning service levels to the same levels they were in the late 80's/early 90's. If you haven't noticed the big picture yet, it's all an exercise in trying to catch up but focusing the funds on specific areas instead of a long term strategy sort of thing. But the blame on those who make the decisions on where the funding goes. Management doesn't have anything to do with that stuff, but rather the ones who promise drastic and easy patch solutions when it comes time to elect them.
  7. Unfortunately, if you look at any transit planning publishing/textbook, it suggests the opposite. "Conventional" transit planning focuses more on the region rather than local, and suggests that one higher order line is much better over a couple of parallel lines. These articles justify it by suggesting higher order transit is less expensive to operate and is more attractive. I'm not saying I agree with this, but this is the stuff that was taught to me and anyone else who studies public transit.
  8. Maikeru

    GTA Transit Employment

    I assume you've already applied at Hillcrest. If so, it's the same people that are going to the job fair - spoke with a few of them yesterday.
  9. Maikeru

    GTA Transit Employment

    I would assume that has various duties, including ticket booth duties?
  10. Maikeru

    TTC in the news

    This is one of the things when you try to "keep costs low". The theory is when you have less employees, you should be spending less. Not so the case if you're trying to provide more services with fewer employees. As for the private/public sector issue with overtime, the TTC is very good in compensating workers for the amount of hours they work. I compare this to some people I know who are put into a situation where they're basically between a rock and a hard place. They must request for overtime from their managers, but that is frowned upon due to budgetary constraints. On the other hand, they're pressured to get work done quickly. The result is essentially working overtime for free to try to please your boss.
  11. Maikeru

    Streetcar News

    It's not just Rob Ford in this mayoral campaign. It's about half the candidates. Anyone who thinks privatizing the TTC or even considering PPP arrangements are only looking at the short term. One can argue that it could potentially save money in terms of subsidies, but it'll undo all the good things which have been done for the past few decades.
  12. Transit City in its original conception is not a temporary solution. The whole idea of it was to provide a quick local service without breaking the city's bank. Since it's been taken over by Metrolinx, they've been using it as part of their regional transportation plan. They've done their own studies based on their own goals and have since changed the plans (ie the gauge change, possibly eliminating stops, 3P schemes). The whole idea of Transit City was to transform the city. The land use would naturally change in small steps so that places of employment and residences were more mixed, thereby reducing the burden on the transportation system as there would not be as big of a disproportion of people travelling in one direction. The thing I'm trying to get at here is that, yes, we do need some sort of regional transportation system, but it can't be at the expense of the local system. Think about it, all modelling and decisions are now made based on the AM Peak, not because it causes the most strain on a transportation system, but it's easier to model. If you build infrastructure according to that, you have a great commuting system, but what does that say for the rest of the time? If you have to drive to a transit station, what are you more likely to do during non-work trips if you have to drive for a portion of your commute anyway? Take transit, or drive? I don't know everything either, but a large portion of my life has been dedicated to studying this sort of things. Experts do need the assistance of politicians, but it should be in the role of communicating concerns from the people they represent. It's the whole point of the current political system, right? I simply avoid the subway during rush hours due to the crowds. If you try to think about it, where is this problem coming from? There's a ton of riders coming from the 905 region and taking the subways to commute inwards. The problem isn't necessarily not enough capacity, it could be how the employment centres have located and developed. I could go on but I'd probably get off topic. The original concept of Transit City was supposed to take care of Toronto for the next 30-50 years. By that time, if a subway is eventually needed, it will be economical to build a local subway, much like the original Yonge line and the original Bloor-Danforth line. With that comes the vibrant and healthier neighbourhoods. In essence, what we don't need is a radical solution (ie the construction of a giant subway network to fufill ridership 60+ years from now), but a solution which will develop over time and has the flexibility to change based on future events. The thing about urban transit compared to regional transit is that they have a completely different set of theories to them. Urban transit provides the base structure whereupon a regional transit system can thrive. You may have to run urban transit at a loss to achieve your goals, whereas you don't have to for regional transit because you have the local system supporting it.
  13. Okay, although this is getting off topic, I'm going to give a bit of a lesson here. Some people will think we're a laughing stock when it comes to transit, others say we're world class. The fact of the matter is, with the population of Toronto, and the ridership the TTC gets, we're doing quite well. On a regional level, the GTA, we're doing horribly. In Toronto, depending where you are, the mode split is as high as 70% taking transit. You should not compare our subway system to subway systems of other cities which have higher population and higher density, it just doesn't work that way. The fact of the matter is, if we had subway lines like London, we would have to pay an large amount of money to maintain it. Think about that when the TTC has to pay 70% for it's own operational costs. When you're in this sort of situation, putting something like a subway line to the airport is a ridiculous idea. It's not a very practical idea either, I mean sure, it'd be nice to have for those who work there, but to think that you'd be carrying several large bags on transit to get to the airport, it just doesn't make too much sense there. Yeah, we're hosting the pan-am games, but guess what, they athletes will be privately shuttled. The venues are so far apart that it'll be difficult to sufficiently provide a transit network to cover it. The Big Move may seem like a good idea, and while it's concept is good, if you read between the lines, it's not as good as it seems. It doesn't address the issue of transit in an overall lifestyle but rather just addresses commuting. If you really want to make a shift in how people live and take transit, you have to provide it so that it'll allow people to get to multiple areas, not just work. This is why the TTC is considered to be one of the 'world class systems' - despite the lack of funds, it is still able to serve the city well, and allow users to not only get to work, but to recreation, shopping, etc.
  14. I'm sure the TTC would love to do that, if the funding were in place. Unfortunately when you're running on 70% subsidy, with tons of maintenance and improvements to be done, lowering fares is usually at the bottom of the list.
  15. Maikeru

    Toronto Rocket Subway Cars

    The Sheppard line has stations that can potentially be 138m long, no more than that.