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  1. TTC_1203

    General Subway/RT Discussion

    Overhead grab bar from a Gloucester car
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    GO Transit

    ^ I believe the purpose of the blue light is to discourage junkies from shooting up on the bus. It makes it harder for them to see their veins. You occasionally see blue lights in public washrooms too.
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    Today's Special Sightings

    Just spotted artic 9130 laying over at Sheppard-Yonge station operating on the 84 Sheppard West (local service). I wasn’t sure whether to post this in the special sightings thread or the regular one. Have artics become a common occurrence on this route, or is this just a one-off?
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    Calgary Transit

    Thank you very much to everyone that took the time to reply! Very interesting stuff! I seriously had no idea either that the U2s were in such bad shape. I look forward to visiting Calgary one day, and experiencing this wonderful system in person.
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    Calgary Transit

    Hey everyone, I’m from Toronto, and have been following this forum, and Calgary’s transit developments for around a decade now. I have a strong respect for the CTrain, but I have a few questions about the network: 1) From watching cab ride videos, and observing the bi-directional signalling, the system looks to be able to operate both ways on a single track, obviously with reduced frequencies. But does this ever happen in regular service? (i.e. during scheduled maintenance, or an extended service disruption.) I haven’t seen any videos of this, so I’d like to ask actual Calgarians this. 2) Once Calgary Transit planned on operating 4 car (8 module) trains, why did they order (2 module) married pairs? The S200 cars are absolutely beautiful, but there’s a ridiculous total of 8 operator cabs on a 4 car train. Four module cars would have seemed like a much better choice. Was this even an option, or does Siemens only offer the S200 in 2 module units? Could they have made them with only one cab and secondary controls, like the Eglinton Crosstown Freedoms coming to Toronto? 3) Is there a planned refurbishment for the U2 units that won’t be retired (pretty much what Edmonton did)? I mean: repaint to current livery, LED destos/interior signage/”infotainment” system, new seats, etc. Sorry if these units have been modernized at all, I just haven’t found any pictures.
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    Grand River Transit

    Sorry, I find it stupid that the NB 200 doesn't stop at Bridgeport/Weber, even though the bus passes right through there. Bridgeport Plaza is right there. As if GRT expects you to take the 5 and then transfer at King. There's no reason the bus couldn't stop there, there's plenty of people who've gotta drag their groceries. Ps. When is the railroad bridge on Park gonna be replaced? That bridge looks like it's gonna collapse every time I walk by it. Cheers.
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    Streetcar News

    Yesterday I spotted car 4220 in service westbound on Dundas at Bay. Never seen an ALRV operating on the 505 before. Aren't ALRVs restricted to 501, 511, and some peak 504 runs? Any thoughts on why this occured? Maybe Roncy had a shortage of available CLRVs.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    Thank you for the clarification. I was under the impression that all the routes for the appropriate division where overwritten when an update was required. Even then that leaves the possibility of oddball routes kicking around, e.g. routes formerly served by that division, buses being transfered between divisions, or temporary routes resulting from construction.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    I was surprised to see a bus heading eastbound on Eglinton at Laird signed "13 Neville Park to Victoria Park Stn". Guess the driver was having a little fun. It was indeed a temporary route in 2005, but I wonder why it's still programmed into the destos ten years later. Also, does anyone know when the TTC will start adding the stop number stickers at bus stops? Every bus stop now has a number, just no sticker. Is this delay somehow a result of the signage pilot project on Wellesley? The TTC webesite says all bus stops should have had them in 2011.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    I have seen the white led destination sign used on one of the new TTC wheel-trans buses. Agreed, it does look nice. This is the only such implementation I am aware of in the GTA. (source: Michael W. - www.ttcpage.tk) Helsinki used them on their new trams. (source: Tuukka Varjoranta - www.vaunut.org) (source: Juhana Konttinen - www.vaunut.org)
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    I've been wondering... since we have such a surplus of T1s, would it make sense to convert some of them to work cars, and scrap the current H-series work cars.
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    Today's Special Sightings

    Ex-MiWay (Orion VII) 0101 spotted on Edward Street outside of World's Biggest Bookstore this morning around 11am, now sporting the NYC MTA livery. A police officer said they were filming an episode of "Beauty and the Beast".
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    For anyone interested, I found this video on Youtube of people tricking modern faregates and just outright jumping old-fashioned turnstiles in Lyon, France and Stockholm, Sweden. This video is intended to show Stockholmers how to cheat both generations of turnstiles they have in operation. It's rather entertaining. Enjoy! Is this a sign of what is to come here in Toronto?
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    GO Transit Bus Refurbishment

    I actually like the new colour scheme on the buses. I just wish they had kept the black paint at the front that curves below the windshield and around the destination sign. As with the locomotives, the plain white front just seems so bare, I still prefer the old colour scheme to the new one. Why they had to go mess with something that already looked good is beyond me.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    I still wish they'd use a pictogram of a streetcar or bus instead of writing "Transit" on the metal "Transit Signal" sign. Transit isn't a commonly used word outside of North America when referring to public transit (public transport is more common). Transit instead can refer to a person being in transit between flights, or a package being in transit. Besides, we already use a pictogram of a bus or streetcar on metal signs for diamond lanes, instead of the sign saying "Transit Lane". These are all very good ideas. Expanding the use of the white bar, by replacing the green lens on the current transit signals would be the easiest solution (and might possibly be pretty effective too). And perhaps using a white arrow where protected left/right turns exist. But for future LRT lines (e.g. Eglinton), the most effective solution might be having railroad signals, even on above ground sections of the ROW at intersections. The ones GO is installing along its corridors look completely different from standard traffic lights, and would go a long way in eliminating any confusion. All these solutions would still require major changes to the HTA (except the white bar signal already in use), but should still be examined by the MTO.