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Transit geek

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  1. 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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    TTC Electric Buses

    How annoying can a simple "Stop Requested" broadcast get in Hispanic Florida?
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    General Subway/RT Discussion

    During my commute to work today, I started noticing the yellow transponders that were to be installed between the rails - "balises", as they're called - beside the tracks from Rosedale towards Dundas (where they had been installed for at least the past couple of weeks). Although I couldn't get a shot, I could tell the track up to College just had their "balises" installed over the last few weeknight early closures, because the surface of those have barely been covered with the dirt beneath the trains.
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    Today's Sightings

    For two consecutive days, TTC 3400 was on the 39 and I was on board it yesterday on my way home on run 09. That old driver's window is sure hard to miss.
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    TTC in the news

    Next thing, Ford may plan to make the relief line compatible with driverless trains to increase reliability and possibly save money.
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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!
  15. 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...
  20. 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.