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  1. When Comstock/Eglinton and Malvern jointly operated the 54 LAWRENCE EAST, Comstock/Eglinton operated runs 03, 07, 08, 11-13, 15, 18A, 19, 21A, 81P, 22, 23, 24P, 25P, 54 and 56 while Malvern had possession of runs 02, 05, 06, 09, 10, 14, 16, 17, 20, 24A, and 25A with express runs 26-33.

    During its time, did Comstock/Eglinton operate the 54(B) solely while Malvern did most of the 54A and 54E(954) trips? It seems both did a few peak trips on the Orton Park (Mal) and Starspray (Egl) branches that I complied from Neil Jenkins old website.

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  2. On 5/23/2020 at 8:13 AM, PCC Guy said:

    Just to give it into detail:

    https://www.cp24.com/mobile/news/toronto-will-have-to-close-subway-lines-fire-hundreds-of-cops-and-shutter-libraries-without-help-from-ottawa-queen-s-park-tory-1.4950878

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    Toronto is facing a best-case scenario shortfall of $1.5 billion in lost revenue this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The city would have to raise property taxes by an estimated 47 per cent in order to make up that shortfall, Tory said, adding that such a hike would be “unacceptable.”

    In Canada, municipalities fall under provincial jurisdiction. Ontario law prohibits municipalities from running operational deficits, meaning the city cannot simply borrow money to make up for shortfalls in its budget.

    Without help from other levels of government or a massive property tax hike, the only remaining option would be drastic cuts to city services.

    Among the cuts, more than half-a-billion dollars would be slashed from the TTC’s budget. That would mean service on lines 1 and 2 would be cut in half, while Line 3 (Scarborough) and Line 4 (Sheppard) would be completely shut down.

    Service on the city’s busiest streetcar and bus routes would operate only every 10-20 minutes and the city would provide 4 million fewer Wheel-Trans trips.  

    Millions would also be slashed from the police force, fire service and shelters. Recreation programs, libraries and city-owned long-term care homes would also be cut.

    In all, Tory said, some 19,000 city employees would lose their jobs.

    The city would also be forced to cancel youth hubs that were set to open in September in order to address the roots of gun violence in the city.

    The mayor has been pleading with Ottawa and Queen’s Park for weeks to announce some sort of relief for Canada’s hard-hit municipalities.

    So far, his pleas have mostly been greeted with silence.


     

     


  3. As the RAD buses have been roaming since the start of the board, were these buses from other divisions being used on other routes since the 900-series Express is still suspended? There have been a number of hybrids on 7, 24 and 25 this week.

    7 hours ago, Xtrazsteve said:

    AFAIK the expiry date on the older cards was never implemented but is actually the warranty expiry date. 

    How long does the warranty last on the cards?


  4. Dozens of deaths had recently happened over a span:

    * Japanese voice actor Seiyuu Keiji Fujiwara passed away last Sunday, April 12, after battling cancer. He was 55. Fujiwara was known for his roles as Maes Hughes in the anime “Fullmetal Alchemist” and Leorio in “Hunter x Hunter.”

    * WWE Hall of Famer and ring announcer Howard Finkel aka the Fink also passed away the age of 69 on April 16.

    * Former director Gene Deitch, of Tom and Jerry series, has died at the age of 95.

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  5. As the 905 and 986 services have returned albeit operating local stops, per @leylandvictory2, most of the Express Network services (900/140) will remain suspended for the time being next board.

    The 116B MORNINGSIDE (Kingston/Eglinton, formerly the 34 EGLINTON EAST branch) is also given the temporary axe. No surprise if the 86B is canned next.


  6. With the normal new board starting this Sunday, TTC has altered a number of routes due to the COVID-19 situation.

    All Express Network routes (140s and 900s) are cancelled save for the 900 AIRPORT EXPRESS, 903 KENNEDY-SCARBOROUGH EXPRESS and 927 HIGHWAY 27 EXPRESS with some exceptions:

    • 905 EGLINTON EAST EXPRESS - Customers can utilize 86 Scarborough or 116 Morningside service. Customers travelling to U of T Scarborough should utilize 116A Morningside service to Military Trail/Ellesmere Road.
    • 913 PROGRESS EXPRESS - All service operates as the 134C
    • 939 FINCH EXPRESS - Additional 36B Finch West service will operate when required from Finch West Station to Finch Station. Customers travelling to Scarborough Centre Station can transfer to 129 McCowan North service at Finch Avenue East and McCowan Road
    • 985 SHEPPARD EAST EXPRESS - Customers travelling between Don Mills Station and Scarborough Centre Station can transfer between 85 Sheppard East and 129 McCowan North services at Sheppard Avenue East and McCowan Road (985A only)

    503 KINGSTON RD is shortened to operate between Bingham Loop and Queen/Kingston only. The 508 LAKE SHORE streetcar is suspended as well.

    Cash, tokens and paper transfers are not accepted for now although it's likely the TTC is free for non-Presto users despite having to pay the fare like at a station or on a streetcar.


  7. On 3/5/2020 at 5:30 PM, CLRV4094 said:

     

    -63, 163 changes take effect along with the closure of Eglinton West Station bus loop

    Regarding the 109 RANEE, they still have the 109 "Flemington" and 109A "Varna" branches, which was the pre-August 1978 routing, but I do not know if they still have them on the destination signs. The Flemington branch should go with the 109D designation.

    23 hours ago, meltingtomato said:

    Combined, the 86/116/905/986 use 59 buses in the AM peak. Even if it was a weird play to get the artics on there, to take the entire Steeles East and Sheppard East routes would require 71 buses. If what you are saying is true, that would also require Malvern to take some north/south routes from Eglinton, just to balance out the buses between the two. I just don't see this happening.

    They can require to divest the 21, 53/953 (which uses 41 buses) and 129 to other divisions until McNicoll opens.


  8. 3 hours ago, CLRV4094 said:

    https://stevemunro.ca/2020/03/05/ttc-service-changes-sunday-march-29-2020/

     

    Major changes inculde 

    -Keele Bus Loop closing ; 41/941 extended and looping via Parkside,  Howard Park, Roncesvalles, and Bloor 

    -89/989 extended to High Park Station 

    -80 and 30 interlined as one route 

    -505 returning to streetcars based out of Lesile 

    -511 returning to shuttle buses for the rest of the year 

    -63, 163 changes take effect along with the closure of Eglinton West Station bus loop

    The question is which division is doing the 511 buses and 505 trippers?

    On 3/1/2020 at 5:20 AM, leylandvictory2 said:

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    Not quite. I heard from a buddy of mine on the IG group chat who’s neighbor signed up for next board and no mention of the 86/986 and 116/905 at Malvern’s sign up sheet. But I’m confident the two routes will move there in the May board or later.

    But there’s one big problem: Malvern has to move a number of routes to other divisions to free up for the 86 and 116.


  9. On 2/28/2020 at 6:53 PM, valvebodyguy said:

    That's it for me. Today was my last day, I am now a pensioner. I'll try to get down and visit as often as I can to keep the 8058 updates coming.

    Thank you for sharing the posts. Hope you enjoy your wonderful retirement after a lengthy career in the TTC!

    Let us know for further updates.

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  10. 3 hours ago, Xtrazsteve said:

    Eglinton West station riders are going to have a 5 month headache when the bus terminal temporary closes. Changes are happening during that time including a temporary new bus route.

    http://thecrosstown.ca/news-media/whats-new/eglinton-west-station-bus-loop-closure-late-march-2020-to-late-summer-2020

    63A Ossington will terminate at Ossington station. I'm assuming 63B will continue to St Clair as usual.

    109 Ranee will terminal at Lawrence West station.

    A new 163 Oakwood route will service north of Ossington station to Lawrence West station along Marlee.

    32D Eglinton West extended to Eglinton station. To make room, 51 Leslie and 56 Leaside will loop differently to use the south most bus bays.

    Lucky to see the 163 number revived for the new 163 OAKWOOD bus. I wonder if this should be permanent beyond 2020.

    As for the 63, will there be some divisional assignments like 63 OSSINGTON at Mt. Dennis and the 163 OAKWOOD at Wilson?

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