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  1. After a ride on TTC's latest NovaBus hybrids, I would like to add on to this thread by remarking here that the latest-generation HybriDrive technology employs a shift selector resembling the Allison push-button type, with a two-digit 16-segment red LED display. It has the R, N, and D buttons in the usual places, but no arrow or mode buttons beside them. I understand the arrow buttons are redundant since there is no gear shifting (hence the drive indication is DD instead of the current gear), but if there are no extra buttons, I suppose prognostics and diagnostics remain under a non-user-accessible domain - something that is clearly possible with Allison with a full publicly-accessible YouTube video to show for it.
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    General Subway/RT Discussion

    No wonder trains were going so slowly near Davisville on line 1. I have some footage to confirm that TRs have (as they call them in Singapore) "flatwheels" but I'm sure nobody on this forum needs audible proof to confirm.
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    Today's Sightings

    Last Monday, I was on TTC route 68A run 4 (didn't catch the vehicle number) and the operator was smart enough to downshift to 3rd gear max in slippery conditions (and even turn on performance mode). Whether he remembered something from training or figured out how to use the shift selector I don't know, but definitely something most operators don't do regularly. And today, there were three LFS hybrids on route 939 in the evening (earlier this week there was no more than one), including this one, 3417 on route 939B, run 11 from Finch West station:
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    General FY Moments

    The place I work organizes a group game every Friday afternoon. Today's was actually a two-part game. The first part was a Kahoot quiz, played by each class individually and whose winner would represent the class in the second. As it turned out, I managed to come out on top out of seven participants in my own class and therefore gained this distinction of moving on. As for the second game, the ten class representatives would be divided into two teams whose aim is to form a variety of geometric shapes using a looped string and their bodies. One person had to lead the team by providing audible directions to the other four members, who were blindfolded and unable to communicate in any other way. I volunteered to lead my own team this way, and in the end, we edged out our opponents and won a prize of junk food and souvenirs - and left the other classes with plenty to talk about afterwards! P.S. the climax was in the fifth and final round, where both teams were tied and we had to build a five-pointed star, which we did by looping the string around our bodies and stretching it. My team won because I came up with the idea first (and the spectators were whooping once I did so!), while my counterparts only copied it, according to the judges. P.P.S. I had considered not participating in the Kahoot game, but now you know what wouldn't have happened if this was the case!
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    TTC GM Fleet Reminiscing

    I think all the 2000-series got it during their rebuilds.
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    Today's Special Sightings

    The TR set operating on run 111 today had flat spots on its wheels. I heard them during my commute home without even trying ... since in another rare circumstance, the climate control fans were completely off and if it was not for the shuffling of the commuters, one might have even heard a pin drop.
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    Since you asked, and because I do not want to bite newbies on the forum, let me tell you that VISION refers to this computer you see in the buses. It's similar to what all the other GTA transit agencies are using to track their fleets. It is replacing the bulky black box to the right of the operator with the numeric keypad and the long green LCD display at the top, and the retrofits are supposed to be complete within a few months (which I believe the TTC is on target for except for the Flexity cars).
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    TTC NovaBus LFS Movement List

    Well there will come the day when the TTC's fleet becomes all-electric. Unless they can pay for upgrades to accommodate roof-mounted batteries, Queensway is going to have to shut down before the last clean diesels are retired. Thankfully the TTC ought to have built another garage (in addition to McNicoll) to replace it by then.
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    General FML moments

    I didn't have my driver's license stolen (fortunately) but left it (in my backpack, thankfully) at a credit union branch last Saturday at 4 PM, when it closed for the weekend. My mom was there and, assuming I had it on hand, let me drive home. Only when we got home did we realize it was missing. So we went back there before 5 PM, but the staff had all gone (there was no maintenance worker). Thankfully, our advisor recognized my bag and was able to give it back to my mom when she came this morning at quarter to 9 (15 minutes before opening). This taught me an all-too-familiar lesson, and am lucky that it could have been worse, as has happened to the aforementioned user last week. P.S. and while I'm at it here, wonder why the TTC never reminds its riders not to leave anything behind, while SMRT in Singapore displays such a message in the LCD screens in its newest trains at virtually every station stop.
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    Gas Prices

    The GTA has recently been in a gas shortage. Many stations have reported a price of .0 for this reason - not because that they are giving away free gas. Still, those stations which were lucky enough to have stock were reporting prices as low as 94.9 cents per litre.
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    I think so. Besides, if I'm not mistaken myself, the Thunder Bay-built Flexity streetcars need to be brought to Kingston for test runs before they can be sent to Hillcrest for commissioning.
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    TTC Delays and Disruptions

    I wonder why there hasn't been even talks of implementing bus lanes on Brimley to accommodate rush-hour service. They could just be part-time so that traffic wouldn't be clogged during off-peak service. And speaking of crumbling infrastructure, it seems like there are similar problems just down the 401... https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/detroit-people-mover-closed-wednesday-evening-due-to-bitter-temperature
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    Durham Region Transit

    I suggest that the stop positioning is meant to be on an interim basis while the extension to Scarborough Centre is being planned out. If the Line 2 subway extension goes ahead, it'd be almost certain that Pulse service will reach there (and maybe even integrate with the TTC fare system as an express link to the Line 5 extension at UTSC - similar to Viva/Züm in Vaughan).
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    Which in term will spell the end of the T-series cars due to the expenses of retrofitting and upgrading the cars as opposed to simply procuring a brand-new replacement fleet. Perhaps the TTC might open tenders sometime within the next year or two, possibly in conjunction with the Line 2 signal upgrade contract and maybe even for the relief line when constructed. Simply that the TR's traction equipment differs greatly from the T1s enough to necessitate alterations in the locations where operators need to stop applying power and start braking in order to stop the train at the correct position on the platforms. I have not rode Line 2 in a while, but will look out for those next time around.
  15. Well, we remember the day last week when the TTC pulled all CLRVs/ALRVs from service due to the polar vortex and replaced them with buses - without withdrawing any Flexity's, thus unknowingly making the entire surface network accessible for a day (sadly this hardly made any headlines...)
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    2019 Transit Fanning goals

    The rollout of Flexity cars on all routes should be complete this year so I hope to ride them on the full length of all routes where I have not already done so: that is, the 501, 502, 503, 505, 506, and 511.
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    General Subway/RT Discussion

    I would like to revive this dormant thread by bringing up an observation that hopefully nobody on CPTDB has brought up already. Whenever a train departing Finch is destined to short turn at Glencairn, every so often the passenger info systems would be messed up, as seen below: I discovered it was the responsibility of the staff to reset the system before they started misleading passengers further. To that extent, perhaps someone might have some insight on the root cause of this defect and explain how it could be rectified.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    Frankly speaking, I don't think the current fleet of 150~ LFS artics is sufficient enough for current service levels. To that end, I would love to see TTC try a XE60 or BYD K11 and see how much more energy they could save by harassing the full potential of electric power. I suggest that is among the reasons why the TTC is not opting for LFSh Artics at this time (which would be cool since articulated hybrids are rare in Canada - even the STM doesn't have them).
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    MUNI (San Francisco, CA)

    Ultimately I think this is in preparation for the eventual removal of trolleybus wires and conversion to a 100% battery-powered, zero-emission fleet. San Fran is a small city by area and a prime location to implement what would be a contender to the nation's largest clean-air fleet just about a couple hundred miles south.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    It could make sense considering Arrow is losing its clean diesels to other garages and this trend will likely continue as the NG hybrids retire.
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    General FY Moments

    Two things I want to share: I am part of the praise and worship band at my church as a keyboardist. Since then, our worship leading opportunities have been largely limited to internal events within our parish community. But last night, we went on stage and were featured in the pre-show for an event attended by hundreds of people from across the region and that was even live streamed over the Internet - and for the first time since joining the ministry about a year and a half ago, I felt that I belonged to the team as a real worship leader. Amazing, but true. Meanwhile, today at work, we were playing a game of Jeopardy where we were tested on our knowledge of Finance. After a grueling start where my team fell behind our opponent by a wide margin, we managed to claw our way back and in the end, came out on top, winning ourselves the prize of being able to leave work 90 minutes early tomorrow and get paid for it! ...
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    Maybe they should consider putting up sound barriers, like GO Transit is doing. After all, residents don't want to have to look out at unsightly subway tracks whenever they want to go out for fresh air. Hint: there has been no shortage of media coverage - here, here, and here.
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    From the archives.....

    I don't think it's ever technically possible to convert a high-floor transit bus to low floor considering how much equipment has to be moved around. Even if the circumstances are right, such an undertaking would probably cost as much as buying a brand-new Low Floor outright, if not more. Here's a post from a different forum that may be of interest though: https://www.busconversionmagazine.com/forum/index.php?topic=24687.0
  24. Alexander Dennis doesn't even make the full-height (4.3-m) Enviro500 for North America now... they only offer the standard 4.1-m ("Go Anywhere") and 3.9 m SuperLo versions. There's little to no demand for a vehicle that can't even meet most US and Canada height clearances... https://www.alexander-dennis.com/media/69790/enviro500-brochure.pdf https://www.alexander-dennis.com/media/69789/enviro500-superlo-brochure.pdf
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    GOA transit news, info etc

    Since the Transitway will have to close for good once Stage 2 LRT construction gets underway in the coming year or two, why can't OC simply restrict DDs from travelling through this section and route them along the future detour route that all the buses will eventually use once the road gets shut down for conversion?