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Everything posted by lip

  1. 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.
  2. Eglinton Crosstown line

    Fair enough, I guess I let some frustration get into my earlier post. However make no mistake about it, Crosstown West currently has some useless stops proposed for the line. As for TTS, I have no faith in them getting their act together for transit priority for this line. If they were serious, they would have already enabled it on Spadina or St.Clair to use it as a test to see how it runs (although it's not like they really need a test to see how it operates).
  3. Eglinton Crosstown line

    City planning has it currently proposed as an at-grade line at all key intersections, with an ROW in the middle of the road. Essentially think of it as a St.Clair style route the way it is currently proposed, especially with the lack of interest Toronto Transportation Services has in making signal priority a reality.
  4. Dont mind the schedule, the destination signs dont show shorncliffe. What I will say is that i'm surprised that the signs were updated to show Islington Station with the temporary 1 year detour.
  5. General Subway/RT Discussion

    Building a subway on Sheppard makes just as much sense as building the current SSE, which is other words is not much financial sense whatsoever. The only subway that would make sense in Scarborough, is building one that has an adequate number of stops (ie: a Bloor extension that is not a one-stop express). Asides from that, there's no subway that makes financial sense, or sense at all for Scarborough.
  6. Future TTC Bus Orders

    Does anyone know how the electric bus experiment went in Edmonton? Because if it didnt go well there, there's no way the TTC will have success with this at all. And on a side note, enough with the Novas already. I hope New Flyer gets their act together so they can break into Toronto (and no this is not me bus fanning).
  7. General Subway/RT Discussion

    Honestly I'm sick and tired of Metrolinx doing studies that find this kind of conclusion again and again, but they simply ignore their own results and do absolutely nothing about it. They might as well throw away these reports after they complete them because they just encourage, and do the complete opposite of what their reports point out.
  8. The 110B is all over the place. I saw 2 within an hour span, one went northbound on 30th Street, while the other went north on Brown's Line taking the 110A route. Does the TTC management even communicate with drivers half the time?
  9. MiWay

    And by then you will probably be wishing for their early demise much in the same way people have been wishing for the early demise of the ElDorado.
  10. MiWay

    The issues that I listed are a NovaBus LFS wide issue, it isnt limited to any municipality or specific type of NovaBus.
  11. MiWay

    From what i've experienced from being seated in the compartment, and from what i've heard from many others here are just a few issues: -The mirror placement is horrendous. It is very difficult to see passengers inside the bus, let alone if they are exiting via the rear doors -There is a real lack of leg room for tall drivers in the drivers compartment as the panel is too low -The dashboard makes it seem as though one is reading the hieroglyphics with all the symbols and as a result, drivers are essentially forced to look at a chart to see what the problem is with a bus -The suspension makes for a really rough ride. Multiply whatever bumps you felt on the D40LFR and XD40 by 2 -The front door and operator seat is misaligned. While that's good for passengers, operators will have neck issues since it is difficult so make direct eye contact with a passenger And I havent even got to what it's like from a passenger perspective. As i've said quite a number of times elsewhere, the bus is just awkwardly designed from head to toe.
  12. MiWay

    If drivers thought the hated the Xcelsiors, just wait until they try out the Novas. The experience wont be pleasant at all.
  13. Honestly at this point I really dont know; and dont forget that Kipling Loop still needs track replacement. I'm not sure if that includes the intersection at Kipling, but if it does than we'll be in for even more entertainment.
  14. My goodness how many times does the Long Branch streetcar loop have to go under construction. I've actually lost count, but I know it's been at least 3 times in the past 10 years it has been closed for an extended period of time. It honestly seems like all of South Etobicoke is under construction at this point. While they completed road resurfacing on Kipling, they've now (unsurprisingly) started to cut it right back open again on Horner since the city seemingly cant coordinate anything.
  15. GO Transit

    Here are some interior pics for some perspective: To be honest I think GO still has a need for regular coach buses, especially on lower ridership routes. It's simply a waste of money to be running Double Deckers half empty throughout the day. It wouldnt shock me if Metrolinx went to an all DD fleet since they dont mind siphoning off money, but just because they can doesn't mean that it makes sense.
  16. GO Transit

    Does anyone here think GO will eventually be a customer for this new product: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/a-breakthrough-in-rider-accessibility-and-commuter-rapid-transit-the-new-mci-d45-crt-le-650130043.html
  17. The thing with the TTC is, there shouldnt have to be an inspector posted somewhere to ensure staggered departures. The fact that they have GPS on all vehicles and arent utilizing properly is simply embarrassing. To me it's simply a matter of a group of people who are unable (either due to a lack of skill or common sense) to space vehicles apart properly.
  18. It's astonishing that they still haven't solved this issue. Is it really that hard for management to look at a GPS map and figure out their is consistently buses traveling in packs at virtually any given point in the time during the day on the 501. All the drivers that operate the route know this happens on the regular and basically admit it to riders that ask what's going on. The TTC loves to complain that they dont have the money to do X and Y, but yet they cant figure out basic things when they're given any sum of money in the first place.
  19. Byford stated a while ago that they would be keeping 1 CLRV and 1 ALRV once most of the fleet has retired.
  20. GO Transit

    This is exactly why Metrolinx is a backwards thinking transit planning agency, or whatever you want to call them at this point. They talk about "the last mile" problem (ie: getting riders to their final destination once they reach a station), meanwhile they're in the business of making that exact problem even worse.
  21. Future TTC Bus Orders

    In an ideal world I wish the TTC got together with the larger transit authorities in North America with buying power (ie: NYC, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, etc) and forced change within the bus manufacturing industry. But clearly i'm dreaming deeply.
  22. Future TTC Bus Orders

    The recent bid that was submitted by NovaBus, (posted above) was approved today at the board meeting. I'll try and hold my tongue before I say anything I dont want to say due to my known distaste of Novas.
  23. Streetcar News

    Honestly sometimes the TTC just dumbfounds me. A celebration for the first run of a new streetcar on a route, I mean really now are they serious?
  24. Future TTC Bus Orders

    The main reason Daimler went out of business is due to the fiasco they were having with their hybrid buses and how badly they mismanaged the issues with those buses, had it not been for that they probably still would have been around. I cant speak to whether they could have done a "better job" building a bus, but they had a bus which operators actually had far fewer complaints about compared to the LFS and Xcelcior. The only complaints customers have about the Orion VII is that it's hard to reach the window latches on the lower level. Asides from that, you dont hear much about air conditioning and heating flow issues in the bus, awkward interior seating, bad ergonomics, etc... New Flyer took over basically everything Orion had so we'll never see the Orion VII again. As for any other bus manufactuer coming to Canada, the best hope we have is that Grande West develops a 40 foot version of the Vicinity. Asides from that we'll have to wait about ~10-15 years until New Flyer innovates and produces another product. I wouldnt count on anything different from Nova since they dont innovate much and have been late to the game on basically everything but continue to get away with it.
  25. Future TTC Bus Orders

    Normally i'd agree with Ed but on a bus where standing space is a premium to find when it's packed, any inch gained is really a benefit so I dont think the rear doors flinging into the passenger area is advantageous. Had they designed the doors like on the XD40 or D40LFs that would have been better.