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    Today's Special Sightings

    TR set 586x had side LED signs activated at Finch station yesterday.
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    A meh contrast to the MCI J4500. That kind of headlight design (with the halogen and not LED bulbs) would give the impression of dating back to sometime around 2009.
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    What are your New Year's resolutions for 2019?

    Sticking to the topic of jobs, I just started one last year with a company that would train you in technical skills with the goal of landing a placement with one of their clients. So let that be my simple yet specific resolution for the year.
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    Failed Photos

    It gets even harder when you're in a tunnel. For example, this TTC northbound TR passing my southbound train in the covered section north of Summerhill: https://photos.app.goo.gl/7hSeNDgRpkqW9NdeA
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    I notice this too on some of the deliveries from 4430 or so (together with a lower-pitched door release alarm), but (correct me if I'm wrong) the original loud stop request chime and door release alarm was found on later deliveries got to around 4500. Probably a matter of inconsistent passenger equipment (as expected when a company is trying to catch up with the delivery schedule). Now let's just hope VISION doesn't duplicate the red square Stop Requested indicator beside the LED signs. It is probably unnecessary on the retrofitted Orion VIIs which already have a separate indicator adjacent to the sign - maybe this contributed to the complaints, who knows.
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    2018 SkyTrain Procurement

    Ideally there could be room for a bigger LED sign. The Mark II cars in Seoul have an example (seen at 1:15) but perhaps the loading gauge (and hence the car body) is wider there. Still, there is no reason why there can't be room to install a sign capable of showing both destination and next station simultaneously without scrolling - perhaps an LCD panel even.
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    What TTC routes are your favorite and why?

    We could put a general thread in Transit Lounge, yes, but since the started specifically wants to talk about the TTC, here would be okay if it sticks. To that end, I'll say that my favourite TTC route is a tie between 501, 504, and 506, since the neighbourhoods they all pass through paint a virtual picture of the history of such a traditional yet modern, world-class city. But the 501 would stand out due to it being the longest of its kind still standing in the Americas.
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    Last bus ride of 2018. And First of 2019

    The last ride I had in 2018 was a 1500-series hybrid on 939B. My first of 2019 will be a TR set on line 1.
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    TTC Electric Buses Orders and Deployments

    Isn't the big technical difference between the OGs and the NGs that the NGs have EPA2007 compliant engines and the OGs don't? (Similarly, the second batch of NG diesels would get another rear grille redesign because of the EPA2010 engines.)
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    TTC in the news

    Why isn't there a clearance barrier prior to that underpass for buses to hit before it causes any major damage? Sort of like the one you'd find at entrances to multi-story parking structures. Anyways, that's just a hint of the past. Nobody would design such a low-clearance "tunnel" in the 21st century. P.S. thank goodness it was a LFS. Just imagine how worse it could have got had it been an Orion VII...
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    Transit Involved Collisions

    Don't we have a thread devoted to TTC delays and disruptions? Those are largely attributed to collisions.
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    Are there transit systems you're jealous of?

    The Netherlands has one of the most organized transport networks in Europe and everything is very integrated too. They've even got an intercity metro network from Rotterdam to The Hague and spanking new trams in all the big cities... Don't forget about the high-speed, high-tech line between Amsterdam and Rotterdam... Such a beautiful place the low lands are.
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    Stalker Buses

    TTC 1740 has been a notable spotting due to the different font of some of the characters on its rear grille... Or was it 1741?
  14. I was on board the subway and we were stopped short of the Finch crossover waiting for a track to clear when someone started saying irritating things to another person in the large open carriage which I cannot remember off the top of my head, but thankfully it never escalated any further before we pulled into the station and got off. Another time I was heading south towards York Mills in a crowded carriage when a guy took off his tops and changed in plain sight of commuters, but fortunately there was no reaction from anyone or this could have been caused some nerd to pull a passenger alarm and delay all of our commutes to work in the wake of personal safety.
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    Christmas Loot 2018 What did you get?

    I got mostly food but also a couple toys, most notably a Rubiks Cube. My auntie who gave that to me told me it was a great activity to challenge my mind while commuting on the subway to work daily. But I only know how to scramble it instead of the reverse. The cube I got had instructions that were meant to be easy as pie but in reality, left my head scratching even more. Oh well, at least solving Sudokus is something I can focus better on.
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    Well the retrofit is going to have to be fully completed before the TRUMP network can shut down. And it will be interesting to see how VISION affects the P.A. and LED signs. It would be impractical to retrofit the LCDs which the new Novas have in place of the LED signs due to headroom, so maybe that is what the TTC is trying to figure out before the rollout of VISION to Flexity cars commences.
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    Missing in Action buses

    Would go best in the Retirements thread, but a retired bus is essentially a permanently MIA one so...ok.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    At least not as annoying as hearing the TR PA system repeat "please stand clear of the doors" through the entire train every time any set of doors are obstructed. If only the PA system could simply broadcast "please do not hold or block the doors" in the affected carriage that would be easier on our ears.
  19. Not to mention that Daimler is already marketing a Citaro EV and even a fuel-cell variant... For Europe, that is.
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    TTC Electric Buses Orders and Deployments

    It is their first, but not their only since an order came in from ETS of Edmonton shortly afterwards. Edmonton's order however is the first Canadian order of fast-charging buses, as the TTC's order lacks this feature as charging will be done entirely at garages.
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    Worth noting that all Novas before the 3100-series have the Alpha LED sign embedded in the housing above the Stop Requested indicator. This would be very tricky to replace with the larger LCD screens without taking everything apart. The best they could do is cover the Alpha sign and Stop Requested light with the LCD, but considering the newness of the Alpha sign, replacement would be highly unlikely at this stage. Compare that to the 3100-series, where the new-model LED sign is externally mounted (as is the case with the Alpha signs on the Orions), making potential substitution with a LCD a cinch (as evidenced by those with the LCDs factory-installed). P.S. the new LED signs appear to be supplied by Luminator - see https://www.ltgglobal.com/wp-content/uploads/OBNSS-ProductSheetv2.pdf
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    GO Transit

    Now you might appreciate if they rebuilt the train line over the Burlington Canal lift bridge. It would also eliminate the possibility of commuters boarding at West Harbour having to fight for seats with those from Niagara.
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    Well if this indeed the case it would only make sense to renumber the Coradia DMUs for line 2 to, say, 2101-2107. Maybe they would do that once the FLIRTs arrive and get numbered 2200 onwards.
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    Couldn't the Trapeze AVL unit handle all this? Might as well have a conversation with the engineers behind it...
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    2001 Orion 5 Retirement

    I think this post just needs to be merged as part of regular "garbage collection" on the board. Of course, at the discretion of an ADMIN.