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  • Gender Male
  • Location Toronto, ON / Eglinton Terriroty
  • Interests Public Transit (mostly buses)
    Favourite Bus: TTC 1996 Orion V ex-CNG 9402
    Favourite TTC Bus Route(s): 29 Dufferin
    Favourite TTC Bus Terminal(s): Wilson, York Mills, Don Mills, Downsview
    Favourite TTC Streetcar Route(s): 510 Spadina, 512 St. Clair
    Favourite Streetcar Loop(s): Union Station, Spadina Station, Exhibtion East

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  1. The city's Official Plan lists Sheppard East from Yonge to McCowan as an "Avenue". An "Avenue" are streets the city wants to redevelop to be lined with mid rise buildings that blend with the existing neighbourhoods and can used for new residential and commercial uses. The majority of these "Avenues" are currently located on existing or future/propsed rapid transit routes (parts of Yonge St., Bloor/Danforth, Eglinton, Kingston Rd, etc.) as the increased development needs to be serviced by better transit than just buses in mixed traffic. Finch East is not an "Avenue" as there is very little land that can be redeveloped to make it one. Redeveloping Sheppard East will increase ridership a lot, well over what Finch East ridership is now, since it will be lined with mixed used buildings compared to Finch which is mostly residential. Ridership on 39/199 is at roughly 42,000 compared to 85/190 at roughly 37,000. Essentially, it makes more sense to implement higher order transit on Sheppard East than on Finch East. I personally think if they are going to implement bus lanes on Sheppard they need to go from Don Mills to at the very least Markham Rd.
  2. The TTC and City have identified that if no LRT (or subway) is built on Sheppard East that they want bus only lanes implemented. It doesn't have to be Highway 7 style BRT, I'm sure lanes similar to Allen Rd/Dufferin St between Sheppard West Station & the York U busway would be just fine.
  3. It is at "Flavours of Fairbank" on Eglinton. I'm pretty sure the mock up is owned by Metrolinx and not Bombardier.
  4. I believe the only streetcar route that has a "Flexity style" layout with the route name and destination on the bus destination signs is 509. This was done part way through the 509 replacement bus service during the Queens Quay reconstruction. I can't remember the reason behind it though at the moment.
  5. Some 192 late evening runs do go onto 300A. They do a round trip and deadhead back to Queensway from Pearson if I'm not wrong. Maybe this bus was way off schedule and was told to deadhead back from Danforth & Warden. Gardiner-Lake Shore-Woodbine-Danforth Ave is the usual deadheading route between Queensway and Danforth & Warden.
  6. I totally forgot about the 103 interline. I remember now, the 51/61 interline was one of the handful of new interlines that started once Mt Dennis opened. Thanks for the reminder.
  7. It's called Roe Loop and it hasn't been used for regular service since the 61 Roe Loop branch was eliminated and all 61 service was extended to Highway 401 at all times back in 2004. The odd 61 and 142 short turn use it these days, there is even a short turn sign for them to use indicating they turn around at Roe Loop. Can someone remind me now, back in the early/mid 2000s did Eglitnon (Comstock) operate 61 at all times or was it only during the weekend evening interline with 51?
  8. 7492 and 7522 have that wrap, not 7552.
  9. 7666 was involved in this accident on Eglinton back in 2013: Witnesses sought after woman hit by TTC bus in Scarborough The woman eventually passed away. The family sued the TTC after the accident. The family of the teen killed in the accident involving then 7794 (now 7882) also sued the TTC. The renumbering of the buses must be part of the settlement the TTC offered in these cases. The renumbering of 7666 must have been fairly recent. I spotted it in service within the last two weeks.
  10. 7706 and 8406 are demo buses for the new VISION system replacing the Trump units on surface vehicles. Last I heard, 7706 is back at Birchmount.
  11. 7711 never went back to Birchmount when the other 7700s did. I've seen it multiple times on Eglinton routes for the past 3 weeks.
  12. I've wondered this as well. My theory is that it has something to do with the engine maintenance/refurbishments. When the engine is dropped out of the bus, the bumper is connected to the housing. I'm not sure about "Pro #9", but "1026" is most likely the fleet number of the bus the engine was taken out of. I'm assuming when work is done on them, the engine is most likely put in to the bus that is furthest along in the refurbishment process to get them back on the road faster. I would love it if someone could confirm or deny this theory for me. A number of S50EGR VIIs have the same text on the bumpers with fleet number that do not match up with the bus (although a few of them do).
  13. Instead of making their own app, the TTC (in partnership with blogTO) did a contest for customers to choose the best app in 2014. The top 3 choices were Rocketman, Moovit and Transit App. Transit App won and the TTC agreed to promote it for a year, however it has been 2 1/2 years now and they are continuing to still.
  14. I wouldn't mind the 8300s, but I'd also gladly welcome the 7900s to my neighbourhood as well .
  15. They are building new town homes on the west side of Manse Rd at Hainford St, where Heron Park Public School used to be. As a result, they have closed Manse Rd there for about 3 weeks now in order to connect the new development to the watermain underneath Manse Rd. Seeing as how they started a week late and it looks like they are still working I wouldn't be surprised if the closure continues into next week. Also, I personally have never seen 86D use the Morningside detour that is posted on the TTC's website, they've been using Homestead since day 1.