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    Besides public transport, I am an information technology geek and have a fascination with the composition of popular music.

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  1. The train is not the focus of the picture, it seems. If a lower third (in TV terminology) was to be superimposed upon it, it would be almost invisible, and the harbour or maybe the port behind the freight cars would become the focus. If the camera was angled lower about 10 to 20 degrees, the train would become centered in the frame and become the focus as intended.
  2. I am surprised the Nova doesn't have a dual trip meter. I believe New Flyer puts those on its Xcelsiors.
  3. If only the TTC could add transponder car keys to their buses to prevent such incidents. It would so easy to lock intruders out that way and keep everyone safe...
  4. Woohoo! Mr. Babcock, how do you feel, now that your team is alone with the longest active Cup drought in history at 52 years and counting?
  5. Are the Red Line trains starting to show their age? https://www.boston.com/news/commute/2019/06/11/politicians-react-mbta-train-derailments
  6. Those last two shots clearly prove the Luminator Spectrum is too big to show the cutting. If only the TTC could program its sign to display messages of a maximal resolution to ensure nothing gets cut off...
  7. I didn't know the TTC would put new hires straight into subway training without going through surface transport (buses or streetcars) first. Probably to prepare for the mass hiring that will come as Line 5 nears completion and operators will have to get used a brand new mode of transport.
  8. He was waving in such a manner that from the camera's perspective his hand appeared to be over his nose. Surprised CMBC doesn't force all its employees to wear uniforms...
  9. Looks like the full LCD instrument panel would be an optional extra. What I see here seems to be adapted from that of the Xcelsior - not a surprise.
  10. Why would it? I can only see OC planning to instead build more transitways as feeders into the light rail, designing them in a way that would allow tracks to be laid to replace the pavement as ridership increases. It shouldn't take much research to find cities using this method as precursors to extending rail transit lines.
  11. Thanks for sharing the guidelines. That being said, here is my submission: TTC 3400 (2018 NovaBus LFS Hybrid) on route 39 Finch East, taken back in March late in the evening rush.
  12. Isn't that model still grounded after the crash in Kenya three months back?
  13. I also have to add that the vents on the 3400s (hybrids) seem to be more spaced out due to (correct me if I'm wrong) the AC being electrically rather than hydraulically operated. Or is this so for some of the diesel buses as well? I haven't ridden the 3100s enough to make out an audible distinction, and the raised roofline on the 3400s is really concealing the parts of the vehicle that interest transit fans like us.
  14. Well, at least you won't be seeing any T1 cars anywhere other than line 2. And as for line 1, wait till we see the TTC try out LCD screens like they have in Asia...
  15. GO Transit's passenger info systems are in desperate need of improvement. Last Friday, I boarded a Kitchener line train intending to get off at Weston (saving myself the extra cost that now exists with the UPX), but it wasn't until the CSA said the word "EXPRESS" did I realize I was in for trouble. I ended up talking to a fellow rider before I discovered my train would not stop until Bramalea...! Then I realize that GO was in the process of retrofitting digital signs inside its train cars, though they had targeted the accessibility cars first. Will they ever hurry up and retrofit the other cars, and perhaps modify the signs to display stopping patterns as well? I would not have run into this last minute confusion had the cars been so retrofitted and displayed messages like in this Australian intercity train: Additionally, I do see the potential for GO to retrofit LCD screens in its carriages to display even more useful information at once.
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