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  1. The TTC hasnt even come up with a concrete plan to replace the current bus terminal at Islington, which is pretty mystifying. The Kipling regional hub is due for completion in 2020 which would take care of Mississauga buses at Islington. The Six Points reconstruction is also due for completion in 2020. I cant recall where I saw the plan, but there was a temporary plan to deal with the 110, 37, and 50 if the existing bus terminal is shut down. The issue is, how long would the 37, 50, and 110 be disrupted for? It would take at least 2-4 years from whenever an actual concrete plan is released to replace the existing bus terminal, and for a new bus terminal to be put in place at Islington. Royal York has been chaos for the past 1+ years with the on-street bus loading, but I cant imagine TTC passengers having to endure that kind of set-up for 2-4 years at Islington. The TTC and City are really pushing it with regards to the AODA deadline, and whether the current bus bays at Islington will hold up for that long. If for whatever reason the current bus bays dont hold up until 2020 and there are more forced closures of bays (ie: before the completion of both the Kipling regional hub and Six Points Reconfiguration), we're really going to be in for a complete disaster.
  2. The government (particularly Ford) cant just wake up one day and decide to scrap the ADOA. He would be opening himself, and his party up for various lawsuits, severe Human Rights complaints, legal ramifications, etc. As for transit in Etobicoke, its just an absolute mess and it all stems from a lack of options and alternative options. If something goes wrong in any given location, the next available option is either: unreliable, too far, or time consuming. In South Etobicoke, people are forced to rely on near crush-load buses, or low frequency routes which get passengers to the subway if going northbound. If one is heading downtown, it almost feels like winning the lottery if one is not delayed on either the Bloor-Danforth line or Yonge-University line. The 501 is practically useless for traveling to the core so it's not much of an option. The GO train is only an option if one lives close to a station, if not, people are just wasting their time backtracking before ultimately heading to their destination. Central Etobicoke obviously doesn't have many problems with transit at all, the subway line is right by their doorstep and they dont have to worry about bus connections which just add to one's commute. The only thing they have to deal with is with subway delays, which can be crippling if they result in trains crawling all the way to the core North Etobicoke on the other hand is just a disaster plain and simply. Most east-west routes (ie: Lawrence West, Finch West, Wilson, etc.) are just crammed to capacity, unreliable, and slow. North-south routes just take far too long to get to and from the subway since they are too far out. The GO Train isnt even an option in this area. To make things better there are no improvements on the horizon for any of these situations with the exception of the Park Lawn GO station. Asides from that, the problem will get perpetually worse as more people move in to Etobicoke and pack up roads. Congestion which practically never existed on streets like Kipling and Islington, get worse each and every day, while buses are getting increasingly packed to capacity. Welcome to Etobicoke where the status quo for transit infrastructure is king.
  3. Very tangy situation, especially for those that have to deal with the garbage service out in that area.
  4. The problem with a single service to Long Branch is that we know that the TTC will use that as an excuse to provide piss pour service along Brown's Line saying that "ridership does not warrant frequent or reliable service". It would suffer from a neglect in service similar to what the Queensway bus operates with. As for the loop proposal, that's actually not a half bad idea, but then again it leaves out riders along Brown's Line and Long Branch and forces them to transfer buses while the TTC once again using that as a reason to provide piss pour service from Long Branch to Sherway (ie: every 20-30 mins all day).
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    TTC in the news

    At this point I wouldnt call it a rumor. It's common practice for individuals to leak news to the media, some (such as in politics) do it just to gauge a reaction of a planned implementation, while others do it because they already have the knowledge and are willing to share that information in exchange for anonymity.
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    TTC in the news

    Here's the proof https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/07/09/rick-leary-tapped-for-top-job-at-ttc.html
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    TTC in the news

    ^Well so much for that "international search", Rick Leary will be the new CEO. By international, if they meant American import already in Canada with the TTC, then they certainly got their man. I'm expecting much of the same stagnant ongoings pre-Byford with Leary at the helm, especially as evidenced by his lack of communication.
  8. Couldnt agree more, the 123 as is, is just a messy route which doesnt meet the needs of anyone using the service today. As you said, there are 3 groups of people using the service: the first group being the industrial workers along North Queen and East Mall, the second being those who go to Sherway and the SmartCentres shops west of the 427, and the third being those who are going to Brown's Line and Long Branch. The 123F should be it's own independent route, no need for it to be intertwined in the 123 madness. The 123C should continue as is (re-letter it to 123A or what have you). The 123B should serve Long Branch and Kipling via East Mall and North Queen without the connection to Sherway, no one on East Mall or Evans connects to Sherway so it's just wasteful to continue that service. The 123D (although I understand the route's intention) should be eliminated and redeploy those resources to the new 123B. The end result would be a 123A (current 123C) via North Queen to Sherway and Long Branch, 123B (current 123B/D) to Long Branch via East Mall and North Queen with no Sherway connection, and 1XX (to Sherway via West Mall). This would accomplish 3 things: the first being more reliable and frequent service along Brown's Line with a quicker more direct connection from Long Branch to Kipling, the second being more reliable service along North Queen and Shorncliffe, and the third being reliable service for riders who are shopping. For entertainment purposes I did a quick ugly sketch of what I mean: 123A in black, 123B in red, and 1XX in blue
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    Streetcar News

    At this rate the TTC should have the option of getting those potential 60 streetcars from Bombardier for a 50% discount minimum. It just never ends with that company.
  10. Pretty ironic you just mentioned that, as it currently has a mechanical problem that's been holding up service for the past 30 mins. This may very well be the next ALRV to go, someone may want to keep watch over it's status.
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    TTC Service Changes

    Service through the core in the past has been more frequent than every 30 mins at night (even before all of the reconstruction along Queen and the bustitutions). In fact, I can always count more than 7 streetcars along the line at night if i'm out and about (and that's not including the cars destined for Russell or Roncesvalles). Here's the schedule westbound at Queensway @ Parkside. Usually it was just the last 2-3 night runs which operated at 30min intervals, not the entire night schedule.
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    TTC Service Changes

    ^I was referring to the 301 night streetcar service, not the 176.
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    TTC Service Changes

    They've officially lost their damn minds. Good luck to them running service @ every 30 mins. I can see that easily slipping to 45-60 min gaps. Let's not even talk about the gap that regularly occurred a few years back when 301 service ended for the night and 501 service began for the early morning.
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    TTC Service Changes

    There's no way that can be right
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    Streetcar News

    ? I just agreed with Dan that there would be no point in recovering the cost of said "3 tablespoons of paint" as the damages in this case were very minor (ie: the 3 tablespoons of paint). I dont know what you're getting at here.
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    Streetcar News

    Very fair point there. I wasnt aware of the extent of damages in this particular case, so yes of course there would be no point in billing them with damages if the damage was very minor.
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    Streetcar News

    Wouldnt hurt, apparently money seems to be the only thing that gets people's attention these days. If a big huge streetcar doesn't catch one's attention, all hope is lost to that clueless soul.
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    Streetcar News

    The car driver should have his license automatically revoked for life. The level of stupidity displayed on their part is incredible. While they're at it, they should force him/her to pay for all the damage they caused.
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    Future TTC Bus Orders

    It's a BS reason. Something similar happened with the MTA in New York when they were procuring buses (I dont recall the exact year/bus model) but instead of pulling out their bid, the order was simply split between NFI and NovaBus. If this was the MTA, there's no way NFI would simply withdraw their bid due to "limited production capacity". Sure they would probably be concerned that they wouldnt be able to deliver the buses in time, in which case there are a couple options that would be looked at. It may be a bit of a reach, but the way NFI has been doing their business with the TTC I wouldn't put it past them. The amount of money it costs them to submit a bid is peanuts compared to their earnings each year, and the potential earnings that can be made with the contract. It's not uncommon to see manufacturers in various industries to submit a bid for a contract, fully knowing they either: a) have a minuscule chance of actually winning the bid or, b) being able of actually fulfilling the full terms of the contract. Sometimes they just throw a dart at the dart board to see where it lands.
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    Future TTC Bus Orders

    Sure, NAFTA.
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    Future TTC Bus Orders

    Well that's for now, I'm sure the new tariffs will do wonders for them. NFI seems to place bids that don't meet the specs set out for whatever reason time and time again, even though NFI knows exactly what's disqualifying them each time. It's more of a half-hearted "let's just bid for the sake of bidding, just to say we placed a bid"; doesn't seem like they're quite interested to me. Of course the tendering process was competitive, however NFI knows they arent really putting in their full 2 steps into the water with their bids when they submit them.
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    Future TTC Bus Orders

    New Flyer really loves coming up with BS reasons as to why they cant/wont submit a competitive bid in Toronto. If they dont want to play the game with the TTC, then next time they shouldn't even bother submitting a bid. As for this hydrogen bus stuff, I really hope the TTC doesn't get enamored with it in the same way Metrolinx has.
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    TTC Delays and Disruptions

    Is it really the ATC that's causing issues with trains getting out of Wilson Yard? I've heard its some kind of signal issue, that I know for sure. The problem has been going on for weeks, and you'd think it would be a priority to resolve it.
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