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    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 pilot bus that the TTC has in service already, W700, is a ProMaster. In addition to all the smaller ProMasters they already have in the fleet, I see no reason as to why they'd change the order to a Ford chassis.
  2. McNicoll was covering both runs all evening on 56. The other bus out there was 3253.
  3. I believe the curve off Danforth to get to Woodbine Station Loop was one block east of Woodbine at Cedervale Ave. Some RAD sightings from this week: Monday 1370 (Wilson) on 985 (AM) 3103 on 85 (PM) Tuesday unknown 8100 on 985 (Midday) Thursday 8917 on 86* (AM) 8308 on 954 (AM) Today 8802 on 86* (AM) 3264 on 85 (PM) 8613 on 95 (PM) 3190 on 86 (Early Evening) * - same run, different day
  4. Thanks for the refresher. So it was during the time period when very little retirements were going on that they got organized. If I remember correctly, for the most part of their life they were relatively organized. But like the other NG Hybrids, they were mixed between garages when they were delivered.
  5. I've always wondered why they chose to allocate the NG Hybrids the way they have throughout their life. My memory is fussy but there was a point in time, I want to say around 2011-12, when they were actually organized by fleet number like all the other buses. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think it lasted more than 12-18 months, 2 years max.
  6. You're correct. I should have emphasized this point more in my post. Hopefully this will be the case for the RapidTO lanes, but I have my doubts.
  7. Farside stops speed up service as it reduces the dwell time at the stop. The bus can take off as soon as they finish servicing the stop. They don't have to wait for the traffic signal to change as they would if they were servicing a nearside stop like they are now. In addition, with transit priority signaling they can hold green lights to make it across the intersection. These two things combined allow service to run faster. Most surface transit with dedicated lanes use this layout for most of their stops (all the TTC streetcar ROWs, VIVA Rapidways, etc). A lot of drivers like other GO
  8. I'm pretty sure it means they are moving it to the farside of the intersection. It can be confusing cause Kingston Rd runs diagonally. Better wording would have been southwest. I was wondering when this would happen. I noticed a few months ago after the RapidTO lanes were installed that they put in large 60-80ft bus stop pads on the farside of a number of stops along the lanes.
  9. One thing I found that might be of interest to some from the TTC Board meeting today regarding the eBuses. It seems like they plan to spread out the 300 eBus order among all 8 garages. The Staff Presentation for TTC-OPG-Toronto Hydro Framework for Agreement report shows the garage electrification schedule (slide 3). By 2025 when the last buses of the order arrive, every garage should have enough charging stations for about 40 or so eBuses.
  10. Tracks and overhead wires are supposed to be installed this spring, if they haven't started already, from the yard to Sentinel. This will be used as the burn in track for the LRVs that are suppose to start arriving in the summer.
  11. The Guildwood portion of the route is not that busy. The TTC even considered removing 116 service from the area and running it via Kingston Rd a few years ago. Losing 2 buses an hour travelling through there in either direction is not that significant on a route that is part of the 10-minute network. Well when one branch runs every 20+ minutes and another runs every 10 minutes or less, of course a 116C would come after a 116A. Unless of course one 116A is running extremely late to the point that two of them bunch. I assure you, this is not done to keep the 116C "spacious". The mai
  12. TTC 8662 on 38 3466 got into a minor accident southbound on Kennedy at the 401. It was NIS at the time on it's way to Ellesmere Station to start 95. Couldn't see how bad the damage was to the car but 3466 seems to have been fine as it made it into service afterwards.
  13. In the 2009 Environmental Project Report the proposal was to have an underground 25 bay terminal with portals on Steeles east and west of Yonge as well as one on Yonge St north of Steeles (see page 100). However, in the 2012 Conceptual Design Report, the terminal was redesigned to only have 16 bays. This was justified mainly by proposing the majority of the YRT routes to terminate at Clark Station instead (see page 58 for Steeles, 84 for Clark). 11 of the 16 bays would be used for TTC (7, 11, 60, 53, 97, 98) with the remaining 5 going to YRT (88, 91, 99).
  14. According to the TTC, the full red rear is their ideal paint scheme. All the electric buses were delivered with full red rears. Nova used vinyl wrap instead of actual paint on the TTC's buses. I'm not sure the reason as to why they can't fully wrap the back end though. Maybe they (Nova, TTC or both) feared it would peal. If you noticed, the Novas that were delivered in the old paint scheme didn't have the black top half on the rear like all the other buses as well.
  15. Every division has at least one run on 300 every overnight period, either coming off their day route and/or going onto their day route. Mt Dennis has no buses on it on Sundays prior to starting their day routes in the morning or coming off of their day routes in the evening. This is why you didn't see any this morning when looking at what buses were out there. It does however have buses on Saturday night that come off their day routes, so if you look next Saturday to Sunday overnight period you'll see some Mt Dennis buses earlier in the night. As for 320, every division has at least one r
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