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    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    What about plug-in hybrids then? I'm think this has been brought up before, but just in case it has not, the principle would be the same as ordinary cars: the bus would run on pure electric power most of the time, but in case it runs low on charge or needs a boost, such as at high speeds, an auxiliary ICE drive would kick in so that the vehicle wouldn't stall and have to be towed. Basically, it's just an extension of the extended-range hybrid, and of course, the ICE can use any fuel: diesel, CNG, propane, you name it.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    I believe the Orions have a similar alarm - albeit as a solid tone rather than the squealing noise made by the Nova's instrument panels...
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    Whats up with the board

    CPDTB isn't behaving nicely with Microsoft Edge. I try writing a post but when I press CTRL+ENTER, the box goes blank but my post is not submitted. I have to retype my entire post before it works. Let's hope the new Chromium engine fixes this and then we won't have to worry about EdgeHTML.
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    Today's Special Sightings

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    Future TTC Bus Orders

    The TTC ought to organize a media event to introduce the public to their upcoming zero-emissions ride before they even consider putting it in revenue service. If they just go ahead with deployment, how would a rider react when they realize their bus is moving without hearing any engine noise? Could they think their bus might have stalled and would go out of control? I would think of retrofitting artificial noisemakers to assure these riders nothing is wrong with these buses. Just as how the public needs to be educated about electric cars, they should also know what to expect from an electric bus.
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    TTC Delays and Disruptions

    Media are reporting of the TTC's new signal system being up and running down to St. Patrick on the University line. But Google Maps is reporting delays of up to 15 minutes between Vaughan and Downsview Park. It really begs the question whether the TTC is ready to activate CBTC at this time. I remember back when they spent a weekend closure upgrading Sheppard West to Dupont and finished the work early enough on Sunday to put the new system into revenue service in the evening (I think Brad Ross even tweeted about this), only to have to revert to wayside signaling for a few more months.
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    General FML moments

    Isn't it a remarkable coincidence that the TTC's scheduled subway closure finished early and service resumed in time to convey fans to witness the Raptors' incredible playoff run carry on?
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    Ontario Line

    I would like to chip in here by suggesting that Doug Ford can't always have his own way. We are probably lucky that there are only three levels of government in this country. It gets a lot more complicated in Europe, such as France. Hey, we could draw parallels between this project and the Grand Paris Express. Two line extensions plus four brand-new lines using technology incompatible with the existing ones. How quickly can they get it ready for the Olympics in five years' time?
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    Union Pearson Express

    I also don't like the isolation of the UPX platform from the rest of the Union station. It makes transfers to GO trains more complex and that something that has to be addressed to provide a smooth, efficient implementation of RER. Since the UPX platform track actually continues as the track on platform 3 in the main station, perhaps a corridor directly connecting the two could be a possibility?
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    TTC GM New Look Fishbowl Preservation

    Well, it'd be interesting if they had preserved another New Look and perhaps convert it to battery-electric drive - it'd be completely bringing 40-year-old iconic vehicles into the future!
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    2019 Double-Decker bus Procurement

    Only problem is that they have not posted there in a year... Probably because the buses are not labelled "Cruise Victoria"" but other inconsistent labels.
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    In my opinion, it really doesn't make much sense for a railway service operated with European-style DMUs to be considered "light rail". The same kind of DMUs are actually used on medium long-distance services across the Atlantic. In fact, nearly identical Talent trains operate on trips that take close to an hour one-way - longer than a round trip on the Trillium Line. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxjEiGtYwFU
  13. To justify, there was almost an exactly 4-year gap since the retirement of the TTC's last non-accessible bus (the "Fishbowl") in December 2011 and that of the last high-floor bus (the Orion V) in December 2015.
  14. I would personally prefer to restore an RTS. They look nice and sleek and the dashboard could certainly make a nice redesign...
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    You know you're a transitfan when...

    You know you're a transit fan when you are commuting on the subway home and whenever your train slows to a halt in the tunnel a few stops away from the terminus, you peer out the window on the right for the numbers posted on the wall indicating track distances, along with the signposts indicating distances in metres to the nearest station or emergency exit. Over time, you eventually discovered that the double crossover south of Finch station was located at around the number 605. You also found out the emergency exit at Church Avenue was situated around the number 587 and were able locate it on a road map. After a week or two of doing this, you find yourself not only tracking your train's journey via a map with no cellular signal or GPS, but also predicting your how far you would be going and how long it would take before your train finally pulls into the terminal, even coming up with alternate routes to take to avoid this congestion, such as changing to the Sheppard line and using an extra bus ride to catch a bus on your intended route.
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    Gas Prices

    Average price of 133.9 cents per litre in Toronto proper for unleaded, 10 cents cheaper for diesel.
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    Finish the Sentence

    ... and then run a marathon on an hour's notice ...
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    General Subway/RT Discussion

    Guess no PSDs are coming to the new Scarborough Centre for now. I was on the UPX a few days ago and my train overran the doors at Union only by a few centimeters, but that was enough to force the train to reverse that small distance in order to align with the doors and allow them to operate. Imagine if TTC operators have to do that every time they pull in to STC and waste 15-30 seconds of commuters' time. At least the TTC doesn't have to pay the price to install and maintain the doors - but who knows, maybe they could build gaps between the tracks for people who get pushed to fall under and avoid getting run over.
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    TTC Orion VII Retirements

    I wonder how many of the VISION-retrofitted vehicles have been retired. It'd feel horrible to spend hours installing the system only to be forced to remove it a few days later.
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    TTC Electric Buses

    The doors are almost certainly electrically powered so I don't see why they need to design the controls such that you need to twist your hand extensively to operate the knob. Even the Nova HEVs have the same handle-type controller as the older batch with their air-powered doors, so there's no reason a totally new style of controller is needed. And as for moving the kneeling / ramp switches from the right hand side over to the left so that they can operated by the same hand as the door controller ... mmm ...
  21. There is a bridge, but is it safe and practical for pedestrians to use? It's quite some walking distance from the towns they connect, too.
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    GO Transit

    Well if they ever want to consider expanding the UPX fleet, it could be much harder now that the maker of our current DMUs has shuttered its North American operations. And also... https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9001313-181/four-new-rail-cars-costing
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    Another remark about VISION is that it happens all too often that the system announces the next stop just as the vehicle pulls up to the previous stop. Sometimes the computer would correct itself, but other times it does not and the stop broadcasts continue to be out of sync. Hopefully this needs no further explanation...
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    I have recently discovered that operators have become somewhat lazy and forgot to shift their buses' transmissions to neutral during their layovers, leaving it in drive and relying solely on the parking brake and/or the brake interlock to keep the vehicle stationary: This probably wouldn't be that much of a concern for the electronically-controlled LFS hybrids but with the diesels there is quite the possibility for damage to the transmission while it is in gear and the service brakes not applied.
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    That's a pretty significant number of the 1700s-1800s that have to be retrofitted otherwise. The Wiki currently states only 1752 has the equipment installed at this time. If the non-rebuilt 1500s-1600s are already getting it, what's the point holding off on the 1700s-1800s if they will suffer the same fate sooner or later?
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