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  1. Oh, so they are now expanding VISION to the streetcar fleet? Not sure if that is worth the investment on a fleet whose replacement is imminent.
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    Last Tuesday I saw 3197 departing Finch Station signed as route 60 Steeles West. High tide that route made the switch to VISION at last.
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    New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    Or maybe that's how the INIT sees it. I suppose when the garage does this kind of driver familiarization training they program the route in advance so the computer can alert when the bus goes off-route. A bonus is that there's no rush to ensure all vehicles are so programmed by the time revenue service commences.
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    Alexander Dennis

    Not to mention that Gemilang Coachworks of Malaysia has also bodied Volvos - but has not much international success until very recently. https://landtransportguru.net/kmb-volvo-b9tl-assembled-at-gemilang/
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    Today's Special Sightings

    It would be fun if the kids get to rev the engine of such a oldie, but most of us would agree it's a silly idea as it needlessly wastes fuel and other non-renewable resources. (P.S. especially with MtD being one of the pilot garages for the e-bus project)
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    Did anyone notice typos like this with the VISION: I hope there's a way to report this.
  7. Simply put, a PCC is not a bus, even though it might have a bus-like chassis. Perhaps we need to expand this thread to streetcars and other kinds of PTVs?
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    TTC's CAD/AVL "Vision" System

    A friend of mine has reported to me the presence of Wilson deploying VISION vehicles on route 169 Huntingwood. Can anyone confirm? (if so, I must definitely check it out soon because I would not expect VISION to come to Scarborough so soon!)
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    Cancelled TTC bus orders

    Side note: the 1998 Nova LFS demonstrator was a settlement from that cancelled RTS order.
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    Future TTC Bus Orders

    But I heard that Malvern won't be deploying VISION by year's end. Maybe Mount Dennis?
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    York Region Transit \ Viva

    Probably because the YRT app has access to up-to-date route maps. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=can.yrt.onebusaway&hl=en_US Since YRT is going paperless with fare media, it makes sense to go paperless in other ways as well, such as with the electronic signs replacing paper schedules.
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    GOA transit news, info etc

    Not till an en-route fast charging station has been installed, of which I have found no news of - unless this could be Nova's first extended-range e-bus.
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    Did you ever drop/break your camera?

    When I was visiting my grandma's flat in Hong Kong, that happened to my $150 Fujifilm Finepix. Its zoom lens broke and came off and we didn't bother fixing it considering its cheap price point. Since then, we have relied on our phones (though I am still aspiring to purchase a rugged point-and-shoot in the future).
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    Today's Sightings

    I caught GO F59PH 562 at ~10:40 departing Milliken GO northbound hauling a midday trip to Unionville. Of the six bilevels behind it, only one was in the same livery as the loco.
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    GO Transit

    So I take it that they've finally figured out a way to fit those things into York Mills (8100's or the SuperLo's?) Hang on, weren't the SuperLos designed to fit into York Mills in the first place?
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    General FY Moments

    For the past couple of weeks I was part of a team on contract delivering Metrolinx's Crosstown newsletter to businesses and residences along Eglinton East in Scarborough. Everyone has been working at a feverish pace and covered lots of ground every day. I don't want to reveal too much detail, but today I was responsible for topping it off by delivering to just a small section of the commercial area southwest of Eglinton/Victoria Park. After collecting the newsletters to be delivered, I tapped on for the journey to the delivery site at 10:40, and was able to get there by 11:30 (in previous shifts, it took almost half an hour longer due to the long wait for the 34 at Kennedy). By the time I was done delivering, it was 12:10, and I was able to tap on for the return trip at 12:20 without paying another fare (where as I would have to with any other medium or if I had lingered for another twenty minutes). In short, $3 saved thanks to the TTC's two-hour transfer for PRESTO users!
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    Feature Photo Submissions

    I'd like to submit this image of Durham Region Transit 8523 at DC/UOIT stopped to pick up on Simcoe Street. Taken in October 2017 when the bus loop was closed for reconstruction.
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    TTC Photography additions

    I hope this photo of Flexity car 4473 makes the cut: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgqCsfFShZgBnuUBD-v5mRjO_mU7rg As does this of SRT car 3013: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgqCsfFShZgBnu52Ptqyxq1QbbLYxQ
  19. Maybe because of the forecoming opening of McNicoll Garage which would facilitate mass transfers. I would not be surprised if McNicoll gets a significant proportion of the upcoming e-bus order if it ends up happening (did I say that before?). Still, I think that Malvern ought to begin installing VISION in its existing Orion fleet if this is true, to make sure there are enough vehicles to operate routes as they are gradually converted. Otherwise, I think the Nova hybrids would simply use Malvern as a temporary station and would not enter service until McNicoll opens (because McNicoll would certainly be so equipped from the outset).
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    TTC Orion VII Movement List

    Sooner or later all the NG HEVs without VISION will be at Malvern and those left at Mt. Dennis and Wilson will have it.
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    Community Transit

    All the other Puget Sound transit agencies are looking into e-buses, but somehow CT wants to join Sound Transit in staying put with diesel. A sad story for an agency that was among those to pioneer double-deckers and has the second-largest such fleet in the US (not to add that Sound Transit wants to eventually go fully DD) and is well on its way to playing a "fun" game of catch-up.
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    Not to mention the countless stories of Londoners getting to ride lots of vintage Routemaster buses in revenue service during a one-day Tube strike...! https://www.google.ca/search?q=routemaster+strike&tbm=isch
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    Today's Sightings

    GO Transit 560, one of the remaining F59PH's, was pushing a 6-car consist on the Stouffville line today. I saw it at Kennedy GO heading southbound at around 10:15 this morning.
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    Photos of buses making turns

    On the first day of school, I saw this TTC Orion VII NG HEV on route 939 short turning at McCowan. When I saw it about to turn from Sandhurst westbound on Finch, I decided to try out burst mode on my phone and see how it went. Attaching all the photos here would be rather too much, but thankfully Google's Photos app created a (very brief) animation from it.