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  1. Looks like the contract for the new buses will be awarded on Thursday, January 6, 2022 after the holiday break.
  2. You’d better off putting luggage racks on the new articulated hybrid buses. Mount Dennis would likely run the 900 if that happens which it isn’t.
  3. Hi @Erin Mishkin Jr.. Any of the breakdown sightings like this are generally posted in the Today’s Sightings thread. True.
  4. I agree. @Genius101 can have the 8400s from Birchmount. Wasn’t there a plan called for the 3400s to be transferred to Mount Dennis? Malvern hasn’t able to consolidate the rest of the NG HEVs since they’re being phased out next year.
  5. — The 116A MORNINGSIDE originated on May 14, 1990 when it serviced Conlins Road all the way to Sheppard. It was rerouted in June 1991 to Morrish Road to serve new Highland Creek residential developments in that area. The 116B/E (formerly 34D/E) operated as a two-way local-express branch to Scarborough College (now known as UTSC) back in the late 1980s. If you count short turns to Kingston, the 116B MORNINGSIDE was created to cut back the 34 EGLINTON EAST to Kennedy Stn. which is pointless to replace. — 112E WEST MALL and 48A RATHBURN usually services Michael Power-St. Joseph H.S., while the 95/116 serves St. John Paul II C.S.S., the temporary 32F EGLINTON WEST to Scarlett Heights and 12E via Victoria Park for Neil McNeil. The issue will render moot in 2023. Jack Miner Sr. P.S. is closing its doors with the feeders Poplar Road, Guildwood and Elizabeth Simcoe turned into K-8 schools. I actually saw bus #3750 deadhead directly to Starspray last month to start the 954, which is the only Comstock route east of the SRT line, because Malvern now has possession of routes servicing West Hill and Guildwood. Come to think of it, how come the TTC didn’t transfer the 905 EGLINTON EAST EXPRESS to Malvern since it is an express counterpart of the 116? Birchmount Division does not have the 116 transfers or their own 905 transfers to begin with.
  6. Change my name to Kobayashi please.
  7. There is a new bus maker that has come to town! Enter Hometown Manufacturing of Crandon, WI. https://hometown-mfg.com Hometown has a Urban brand. Which is available in 29', 35' or 40' versions in CNG, Diesel, HEV or Electric options in this brochure: https://hometown-mfg.com/sites/default/files/2021-06/Blue Urban Brochure.pdf I guess Hometown will fill in the void Orion had since its demise a decade ago.
  8. Complete Service Changes for October 10, 2021: https://stevemunro.ca/2021/09/11/ttc-service-changes-october-10-2021/ BUS 943 KENNEDY EXPRESS and 968 WARDEN EXPRESS launches. Both routes will operate out of McNicoll Division. 95A YORK MILLS extended to Port Union/Ryland, removing service from the Kingston loop. 953 STEELES EAST EXPRESS buses divert westbound on Yonge. The 953A operates to 10pm weekdays and 7pm weekends replacing the local 53A. Weekend daytime service added on the 960D STEELES WEST EXPRESS Sunday service added on 929 DUFFERIN EXPRESS 69 WARDEN SOUTH will switch branches as branch 69A operates Birchmount-Warden and branch 69B operates Warden-Birchmount. Late evening service on 70A O'CONNOR is restored. The 121 FORT YORK-ESPLANADE is replaced by the new 121 ESPALANDE-RIVER service removing service west of Bay and to Ontario Place once again. Service on Cherry Street will be replaced by the proposed 172 CHERRY BEACH route in 2022 with no direct connection to Ontario Place unless the TTC will restore service there in the future. STREETCAR 501 QUEEN buses operate between Neville Park and Greenwood. Streetcars continue to operate due to the ongoing KQQR work. 503 KINGSTON ROAD continues to use trolley poles. The entire 301 QUEEN NIGHT route will now be serviced by buses.
  9. According to the TTC's Tender Responses page, the bid was closed on August 11, 2021 and the contract will be awarded on December 30, 2021. (retracted. See next post) Let’s see we’ll get either the LFS HEV/LFS Artic HEV or the XDE40/XDE60.
  10. #W289 is now sporting the new livery (spotted Sept. 5 on Brimley/Eglinton)
  11. #1372 sports an unsuspecting rear arrangement used in the new livery in the old livery without government decals. #1352 has the rear taken from #1688.
  12. Now the celebration took place in Roncesvalles this morning, media coverage was buzzing along with commemorative transfers. https://www.blogto.com/city/2021/09/ttc-100-years-old-today-and-toronto-has-lot-say-about-it/
  13. #1138 has been at Mount Dennis since the swap with the #15/16xx in 2018.
  14. Despite not being listed, the 95A YORK MILLS extension to Sheppard, 178 BRIMORTON and 54B/86 realignment would likely be implemented in either the October/November or January board. Its obvious having the 178 would replace service on the 86D which the customers directly use to get to Kennedy Stn. on a daily basis. Among the changes above for September: https://stevemunro.ca/2021/08/15/ttc-service-changes-september-5-2021/ — The 102A branch resumes on weekdays. — 938 HIGHLAND CREEK EXPRESS will operate EB and WB in peak periods. Other trips operate as 38B. — Service on the 41 KEELE will operate with rigid buses and in addition to midday service, buses on the 941 KEELE EXPRESS operates with articulated buses. — The 944 KIPLING SOUTH EXPRESS resumes service. — Mount Dennis begins operation on the 45/945 KIPLING using Orion VII OG/NG HEV, Proterra BE40 and possibly NovaBUS LFS Artic instead of Arrow Road which regains control of the 927 HIGHWAY 27 EXPRESS using LFS diesel/HEV and Xcelsior electrics. The 45 has not operated Orion hybrids since 2008. — Six trippers added on the 52 LAWRENCE WEST. — Weekend service returns on the 939 FINCH EXPRESS and 985 SHEPPARD EAST EXPRESS as it is before the suspension in March 2020. — The Community Bus realignment on the 2020 ASP will see the 400 LAWRENCE MANOR only operate Mon/Wed/Thu every 90 minutes while the 402 PARKDALE operates Tue/Fri every 60 minutes. No schedule changes on the 404 EAST YORK and 405 ETOBICOKE. — The 504C KING SHUTTLE will still operate in two parts until the KQQR work moves to phase 2, but schedules will give extra running time. — The 510A SPADINA branch resumes operation on weekdays.
  15. #W700 was given a tour of Scarborough yesterday and earlier today. The other 90 vehicles have yet to be on the road.
  16. What will replace the OG HEVs at Mount Dennis? The plan calls for all NG HEVs consolidated at Malvern with them retaining a handful of LFS HEVs there.
  17. According to the photos posted on the private Facebook group, the fleet numbers for the XE40s will be #2101-#2104.
  18. It seems the fleet numbers for the 2021 XDE60s are now numbered #2151-#2155. Some photos are surfacing on private Facebook groups.
  19. Let me guess, Davisville Stn. closes again… With the 939 and 985 having weekend service restored, what’s next for the 903 KENNEDY-SCARBOROUGH CENTRE EXPRESS, 176 MIMICO GO, 508 LAKE SHORE and the 140-series Downtown routes? I guess the TTC has yet to debut the new 938, 943 and 968 services next board along with the changes on the 54, 86, 95 and 178, in either the September or October boards with the rest of TTC Service Plan for 2021 implemented. The division for the 178 is unknown. Since the 121 will be losing its Ontario Place runs before Thanksgiving, no route is mentioned to replace the 121 service, which will see its service removed west of Union and reverts to the 121 FRONT-ESPALANDE name (without going to Lakeshore Garage) diverting east to Regent Park. Service on Cherry Street is going to be served by the resurrected 172 CHERRY BEACH route in Summer 2022.
  20. And so ladies and gentlemen: the first Alstom cars just arrived earlier than expected, originally to come in 2022. https://dailyhive.com/toronto/first-look-finch-west-lrt-trains-photo
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