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  1. TTC in the news

    For streetcar routes that have more of a local demand (ie: certain portions of the 501, and 506) and are currently being served by A/CLRVs, there's no doubt in my mind people would avoid paying. If they are only travelling a couple of stops, they wont see the need to pay especially if they barely see fare inspectors around. The 501 and 506 rarely use all door boarding outside of peak hour, so most passengers today are paying outside of peak hours. As soon as the switch is made to the Flexities they wont be forced to pay for those short trips, and as a result more of them will take their chances and fare evasion would increase.
  2. TTC in the news

    It's being done but it's not as visible for two reasons, one of which is obvious; 1) They are plain-clothed, and 2) There are more uniformed fare inspectors than plain-clothed ones.
  3. TTC in the news

    It wouldnt surprise me at all is the fare evasion rate is that high. Make no mistake about it though, the rate is definitely higher than the 2.2% that the TTC is claiming that rate is currently around and it will go up even more once the new streetcars are rolled out to all routes.
  4. Confirmed: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/retired-ttc-bus-to-be-retrofitted-to-a-mobile-shower-unit-for-homeless-1.4440653
  5. Streetcar News

    You'll have to give HCRR a call and find out, the TTC really has nothing to do with it.
  6. Streetcar News

    Ive stated this before in the past, the TTC has plans on retaining 1 CLRV and 1 ALRV. This came directly from Andy Byford himself, although it remains to be seen what will happen once a new CEO is in charge.
  7. General Subway/RT Discussion

    Unless they are completely redesigning the bus bays (which there is no indication of such work taking place) Kipling will continue to have only one bus bay that can accommodate a 60 footer.
  8. General Subway/RT Discussion

    It's temporary for the reconstruction of the entire bus roadway.
  9. TTC in the news

    I've said this time and time again, if they stopped treating these drivers like little kids and giving them slap on the wrist $100 fines things would actually change. Beef the fine up to something like $3000-$4000 and then we would rarely be talking about incidents like this. Until then, all the signs in the world will do nothing to change this kind of behavior.
  10. Future TTC Bus Orders

    This is all true, but who knows at the rate NFI is going they could always acquire another bus manufacturer which could negate that threat.
  11. Future TTC Bus Orders

    Pretty interesting read on New Flyer and their increasing consolidation of their parts business. I guess at this rate the TTC will never order from them since they've been longing for parts lists from them for ions. https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/new-flyer-to-build-28m-parts-plant-in-kentucky-458403163.html
  12. Eglinton Crosstown line

    The distance people would have to walk would all depend on whether the stops at Islington and Kipling would be located at the near-side or far-side of the intersection. Widdicombe Hill wouldnt be far at from the Martin Grove stop since it would be on the near side, which is why it would be essentially useless. As for Wincott, if the Kipling stop was placed at the near side, the walk wouldnt be bad at all. I've been on the 32A enough times to know that there's virtually no one who lives around the Wincott area who walks to Eglinton to take that bus. They usually just go to Islington or Kipling and that's if they are even taking the bus. The station spacing on the central portion of the B-D line does do a good job at reinforcing your argument, but I was thinking of the portion between Kipling and Old Mill where the spacing is greater and people around there seem to be doing just fine. I dont see a problem with having a parallel local bus on this stretch of Eglinton if that means making operations here more reliable with less stops but with the way Crosstown West is currently being proposed, I dont think we have to worry about that much. It's going to be interesting to see if those stick around if the proposed development goes through. If not all we'd really have to worry about are the new Starbucks, Tim Horton's and generic other chains that would replace those businesses.
  13. TTC in the news

    Dont count on it ever happening. Not until Metrolinx is properly restructured.
  14. Eglinton Crosstown line

    To be honest I dont think that the elimination of those 2 stops would make it automatically necessary for a parallel bus option, but if it means saving $20-$40 million in capital costs with slightly quicker service than so be it. Part of those savings could than be used to operate that bus service. The savings alone would be able to operate that service indefinitely for X years. Bloor is doing just fine without a parallel bus service and the density within a 500 meter radius of that street is much greater, there are hundreds of shops and businesses along there, with bustling pedestrian activity throughout the day. Eglinton by comparison is less dense, is scarce with shops and businesses, and has little to no pedestrian activity. As for the surface stop policy, the thing the makes me skeptical is how there will be a difference in how vehicles will make stops at all underground stations vs. no stop at above ground stations. For example, if it happens that we have some grade separated stops at Islington and Kipling, while a few at-grade stops are built at let's say Wincott, would the surface stop on request policy still hold true?
  15. Eglinton Crosstown line

    This is one I dont think we're going to see eye to eye on. In my view, it's just a waste of time and money proceeding on constructing stops that wont be used much at all. The proposed stops that immediately come to mind are Widdicombe Hill and Wincott which dont serve many passengers today. The proposed developments wont even be enough to boost the usage of these stops. This stretch of Eglinton is much different compared to where LRTs will run elsewhere in the city, in the sense that it was designed as a transit corridor. There is not much pedestrian activity here so I doubt that a parallel bus service would be needed if, say those 2 stops were removed. Although the surface stops will be on request and that will help matters somewhat, I wouldn't be surprised to see that at all to see that policy reverted at some point in time (either before the opening or years after operation commences) due to some sort of complaint.