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    General FY Moments

    Back at work, it was Friday afternoon so my workplace had its usual group game. The organizer of the game had us form teams, and then deliver an impromptu presentation based on a seemingly unorthodox PowerPoint slide show with only 30 seconds to review them beforehand. The intention was to garnish audience support primarily through humour. Out of four teams of 5-8 members each plus one guy from the organizing class, our team and the one-man "team" were voted to a one-on-one battle for supremacy. In this final round, our assigned slide show was about "A Presentation About Making Presentations", consisting of a couple of slides with tongue-twisting words, followed by some with images. The tongue twisters really tied up my teammates' speech, but as for the images... I found myself involuntarily blurting out sound effects. But instead of ruining the party, it entertained the crowd so much, they voted for us over the one-man team and we shared a bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Bites ... plus a special prize for my role in our victory ... dare to guess?
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    Well, I've been noticing the microphone-like device mounted in front of the dashboard and physically connected to the TRUMP units. Probably meant to keep the CIS functioning for at least the time being after Bell shuts down CDMA...
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    Buses in the Sunlight

    Would this work? (TTC 9229 at Bingham Loop, taken today)
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    I hope there won't be a signalling glitch around. From what I've heard, the same technology was responsible for crashes in Singapore and Hong Kong, the latter dating only a few days back.
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    It would interesting if instead of building out as is the case with many large-scale malls in the Americas, they follow the lead of Asians and build up instead. A three or four story Square One could be as efficient use of space analogous to GO's DD's. Maybe something the size and scope of Westfield in London, England could be viable!
  6. Have to agree. An all-red rear almost certainly meant the bus went from stick-on decals to having a paint job. Can't the TTC just peel off the old livery decals and stick the new ones on? Is there nothing better than simply painting over them?
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    General Subway/RT Discussion

    Good topic. Personally, I don't think that installing cameras on the SRT cars would be worth the investment considering technical challenges and their impending retirement. As for the T1s, that could be viable, at least on a semi-permanent measure until the replacement fleet is delivered. There is plenty of room to install the necessary equipment.
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    Transit in the Media

    I hope this hasn't been brought up already, but when I was busy searching for media of "Stop Requested" voice announcements, I came across this one-act play script: www.hitplays.com/hp/scripts/samples/stoprequested=031609.pdf It almost made me laugh to see the automated voice that irritates many bus riders suddenly being forgotten in the wake of patriotism!
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    Reactions to Transit Enthusiasts

    Two Fridays ago, I was riding Line 1 northbound on the University branch and wanted to film the changeover between wayside signalling and CBTC at Dupont from the operator's perspective. I had my cell phone camera pointed through the cab door window as the train went from Spadina to Dupont. Just after the train opened its doors at Dupont, I expected the M on a red background on the cab display (signifying CBTC was not active) to change to an A on a green background (meaning CBTC is active with ATO enabled). But instead, I saw a track signal symbol on a green background - an icon which I recall seeing when a train was operating on coded manual (being manually driven under CBTC signal guidance) to even out train spacing. I was curious as to whether the operator may have not enabled ATO, and was excited to see the train about to be controlled this way. But then the cab door suddenly opened and I was faced with the operator inquiring what I was doing. I said something like, "Oh, just interested in your train control system. I'm a railfan." The operator was silent for a moment, but knowing it was time to move on, closed the door. When the train left Dupont, its movement did not feel like that of ATO, but I could not verify as the operator had drawn a curtain to block my view of the cab display. However, from St. Clair West onwards, the movement definitely felt as if the train was using ATO. At Sheppard West, the operator who I confronted left the cab to change shifts, and as he walked down the platform, I saw him peer at me, still in the train. Perhaps I was being a little too distracting? Anyways, the new operator had removed the curtain and the cab display was once again visible, but it was of no interest as the train was already on ATO.
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    Transit Involved Collisions

    So this happened to 3400 at Finch and Warden this morning... So easy to point out with the old driver's window...
  11. What reliable source? Hard to find a bus-spotting forum in the UK - at least one that is publicly accessible. Whatever it is, maybe ADL wants to send out as many buses sent out as possible from Falkirk before Brexit causes possible havocs with exports.
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    Not to mention that the use of a robotic voice calling out stops brings back the all-too-familiar problem of mispronounced names, i.e. "Next Stop Brid-le-towne Circle West". Thankfully, this can and has been rectified this past week, presumably with a reconfiguration of the syllables the TTS uses. Not new to the TTC, after all: https://www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/the_fixer/2011/03/22/the_fixer_they_say_spadeenah_but_are_they_right.html
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    Société de transport de Montréal

    Perhaps the station is going to act as a terminus for trains during part of the Mont-Royal tunnel closure. Then there could be a mass flow of riders transferring to buses here. This is, of course, a theory.
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    What are you eating right now?

    I was visiting Paramount's at First Canadian Place last Friday and got myself what they called a "Yalla Special" - basically fries topped with shawarma and garlic sauce. The name almost confused me as if there was actually a type of food called "Yalla" - turns out, it's an Arabic word for "let's go" - presumably a marketing term for something as close to poutine Middle Eastern cuisine can get!
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    TTC Delays and Disruptions

    Traffic approaching the intersection at Yonge/Finch from all directions was at a near-standstill at around 6:30 pm yesterday evening due to malfunctioning signals both there and at the south entrance to the Finch TTC bus terminal (the signals are probably linked, from the patterns I've noticed previously). It wasn't till after 7 pm before they were repaired, leading to 30-minute delays on pretty much every route that runs into Finch, including the 36 heading east.
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    You can do a simple web search for Clever Devices on YouTube and you'll see quite a few results, the most obvious being this training video for Ann Arbor, Michigan, which has an almost-identical UI as the TTC's (save for the TTC's lack of farebox linkage and the relocation of various controls at the top.) It's interesting to note how OC Transpo and other agencies use a vastly different layout that is main text-driven rather than graphics-based.
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    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Wellington, New Zealand is going through a similar situation since their trolleybus lines were taken down in October 2017. They have been proposing to retrofit its 2009-built DesignLine trolleys with turbine-electric powertrains, though plans have stalled recently. As it turned out, they did manage to convert a single trolley to full-electric propulsion. (credit to https://www.flickr.com/photos/wellingtontrolleybuses/)
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    TTC Electric Buses

    I think that the 7000s will be used for potential Relief Line rolling stock, so the 2000s is likely the best bet. But we have to take the Crosstown LRVs into account, too.
  19. Hun... Interesting. Not sure if it was the Luminator control panel that handles the external speakers that might have changed the rollsign... I could be wrong, though...
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    GO Transit

    How about extending the Pearson Link train to the casino instead? I'm sure that could be done at a much cheaper price without any sacrifices to the UPX travel time, and it would be a free journey too. Just imagine a rail link from Kitchener to Pearson, albeit at the cost of a transfer... but oh, how much time would be saved from forcing to travel to Weston or Union!
  21. It will be interesting to see what the TTC does with the CLRV simulator at Hillcrest once the old cars are all gone. Surely they can preserve it, maybe even donate it to a museum or some other place for people to try out? Or maybe the electronics are just too old to keep...?
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    General FML moments

    My mom took the family car out to the body shop yesterday. We were supposed to get it back tomorrow but the repairs are taking longer than usual and now we won't be expected to have it back until Tuesday. This meant I will have to commute to work for at least another day or two, after having to do so today. And I won't be able to go to church this weekend... 😞
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    Feature Photo Submissions

    Here is a close-up of TTC 3417, a 2018 NovaBus LFS Hybrid, taken at Finch West Station on February 8, 2019.
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    TTC Delays and Disruptions

    Line 1 has always been plagued with delays and disruption. The emergency alarm got pressed today southbound at Eglinton just before 9 AM, adding to already slower-than-normal travel times due to what was presumably signal issues. I almost felt convinced to pay extra for the GO train to ensure I wouldn't be late for work.
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    I was on board 3505 leaving Finch station on 939c when it suddenly lost its VISION connection at around 5:00 and the automated stop announcements stopped functioning. The operator was unable to log back on by the time I got off half an hour later. So many kinks to iron out - if only Bell could keep the TRUMP units up at least until this stabilizes and perhaps all the 1700-series gets retired to avoid having to uninstall VISION kits.