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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. wil9402

    TTC Destination Sign Irregularities

    It looks like the Express Network destination signs were done in a rush, and/or not looked over before being uploaded onto the buses. I've noticed a number of inconsistencies with them, such as the following: - All 900 routes front sign exposures follow this order ([9##] top line/bottom line): " [9##] Route Name / EXPRESS" > "[9##] Route Name/Destination" > "EXPRESS NETWORK". On westbound 905's however, the first two exposures are flipped to show as "[905] Eglinton East / To Kennedy Stn" > [905] Eglinton East / EXPRESS" > "EXPRESS NETWORK". - 954 westbound is missing the T at the end of East on the front sign so the exposure shows the following: "[954] Lawrence East / Express" > "[954] To Lawrence Eas / Station" - The font size for the "EXPRESS NETWORK" exposure on the front sign for eastbound 985A is smaller than the standard size seen on other 900 routes. Westbound 985 and eastbound 985B show the standard size. There was one or two more that I can't think of at the moment. The ones I listed are ones I see on a regular basis. The 905 and 985 inconsistencies aren't that big of an issue, but the 954 one is pretty bad.
  2. wil9402

    TTC Delays and Disruptions

    As I mention in the Today's Sightings thread, 9084 jackknifed on the turn into Scarborough Centre Station, blocking access to the south side of the terminal for about an hour. All buses entered the terminal from the Brimley and exited onto McCowan. The buses stuck in the tunnel entering from McCowan behind 9084 used the taxi driveway to exit the station.
  3. wil9402

    Today's Sightings

    TTC 9084 jackknifed against the wall at the southeast corner of Scarborough Centre Station today morning around 8:45am. All buses stuck in the tunnel entering the station unloaded their passengers and the operators assisted as we walked into the station. This caused a traffic jam for buses exiting eastbound as well since there was another artic right behind 9084 with its end sticking out. After about 20 minutes, the buses stuck in the tunnel were told to use the taxi driveway to exit westbound onto Brimley, loop and come back eastbound into the station as other detoured buses were doing already. By 9:45am they managed to free 9084, allowing buses to enter the south side of the terminal. There was a solid lineup of TTC and GO buses driving through the north side of the terminal for the majority of that whole hour. Artics were also struggling to get out of the 129 bus bay, it took one operator a good 5 minutes cause the back end kept sliding out and almost hitting other buses passing on the left. 8950 on 9 3429 on 21B 8620 & 8650 on 54 1584 on 85 9086 on 985B 8857 on 116
  4. Now that I think about it, only 177C would really need to loop via Collinsgrove in order to have a good layover spot. 178 and 54B can layover westbound on Lawrence at Rodda Blvd. Having a layover spot that does not impede traffic, and other bus routes, is important. The Service Planning department just realized this with the 902. The northbound end point and layover spot since it started is in the curb lane on Markham at Sheppard. Every morning I pass one holding up traffic. It took Service Planning a couple months but they finally realized this and will be moving the end point and layover spot to southbound Progress at Sheppard farside next board period.
  5. The 95 extension to Sheppard/Port Union and Kingston (and south to Rouge Hill Go Station via Port Union) operated for about 1 1/2 years in 1996-97 and was cancelled because of low ridership. It was proposed again in 2008 with two options, run it via Rylander-Durnford-Sheppard-Port Union to Rouge Hill Go Station or loop it via Rylander-Tideswell-Durness-Durnford. Both did not meet minimum financial standards and they didn't follow through with it. The same 2008 report proposed service along Brimorton as part of a routing option to provide service to Orton Park Rd north of Brimorton. Again, it did not meet minimum financial standards. I see 178 looping clockwise via KIngston-Collinsgrove-Lawrence; 54B and 177C clockwise via Morningside-Kingston-Collinsgrove. The other option is via Ling like the 54 short turns do now but I can here the complaints already about idling buses in a residential neighbourhood. Like everyone else, I also like these proposed changes.
  6. That's one of the reasons, but the major businesses operate with shift workers so specific trips get the majority of the passengers along Coronation. I'd argue that most of the ridership is from the residential sections along the loop (along Beechgrove, Manse and even Lawrence). The last eastbound trip is at 7:02pm from Kennedy, the same bus does the last westbound trip back to Kennedy Station at 7:35pm from Coronation & Wallsend. It's almost been a decade since the service was cut back in 2011. I agreed with Saturday service being cut back to 7pm and no late evening service. However, I believe that it should have Sunday/Holiday service until 7pm as well as Weekday early evening service until 10pm. There are still people who are coming home from work during the 7 and 8 o'clock hour who are forced to take 86/116/905/SRT, transfer to 54A and then walk down from Lawrence. When I used to take 86D during early evening service before the cuts there would be on average 8-10 riders on it once we past Morningside & Lawrence. I believe the cut backs were done to routes that had less than 15 riders per hour.
  7. Is this plan in order to replace Lakeshore entirely or to expand capacity for Wheel-Trans, and in a way save on deadheading costs from Lakeshore to the operators first pick up point? Phase 2 is to extend it further north to Eglinton and/or Sheppard. If a west extension is done, it would likely be after a northern extension.
  8. That's what a new local branch between the SRT and Starspray or increased Express service would help out with, no need to force customers to transfer if you can add service to the section that is experiencing the longer wait times due to traffic on the other end of the route. Also, the route will get shortened in a couple's years to end at Science Centre Stn, which will likely improve schedule adherence along the route as well. Also, I'd agree with the elimination of 86B. The other 86 locals still have room on them when they get to Kingston Rd since everyone waits for 986 or 905. I would cancel it use those buses to increase service levels on 86C and 86D.
  9. In my opinion, 54 is perfectly fine as it is. There are quite a few passengers that get on east of the station that are headed to points west of the station and vis versa. No point in forcing them to transfer at Lawrence East Station, which can be just as cold or even worse than standing at a bus stop on the street in the winter. The only change I would make to it is to either make 954 run outside of peak periods or make a new 54C branch that runs between Lawrence East Stn and Starspray outside of peak periods to provide more reliable service east of the station, and more specifically east of Orton Park, when the 54A/B are running off schedule due to traffic at the western end of the route. Also, I'm pretty sure a lot of people would oppose 86D becoming a branch of any service running to Lawrence East Stn. Most riders on the route are headed to/from Kennedy Stn. Making it go to Lawrence East will just create another transfer for them.
  10. wil9402

    TTC in the news

    IIRC, 7679's accident that resulted in it getting the odd front paint scheme before rebuild happened on Weston Rd near Rogers Rd. It was nearly brand new operating on 89 back when Arrow Rd had the route and bus.
  11. wil9402

    Missing in Action buses

    It was late evening service so the driver was on the 16/70 interline. They were returning from STC on 16. It was their first round trip of the night on 16. If this was a rookie Eglinton driver, it was likely their first time entering Warden Station coming westbound on St Clair since both Eglinton routes at Warden (68 and 70) enter coming east on St Clair. They probably were unaware of the proper way to enter the station coming westbound on St Clair and thought they had to use the left turn lane for the passenger pick-up to enter the station instead of the bus ramp on the north side of the street.
  12. Ever since the subway extension opened only the 36A Finch West-Humberwood branch is scheduled to use artics. The other branches (36D/F, 36B Finch West-Finch) are scheduled to use 40 footers. Sometimes they throw artics on those branches though and vis versa.
  13. wil9402

    Current TTC Wraps

    That is why I couldn't find it through a search. I was using the search term "8888" not "Quad 8" which is what 0=0 used in their post.
  14. wil9402

    Current TTC Wraps

    Actually, if you look at the history of this thread it is also used to report unwrapped vehicles. Once again, I did a search of the fleet number and no post mentioning it was unwrapped came up. I'm not saying you didn't, just saying I couldn't and still can't find that post which is why I made mine to inform others that it was unwrapped.
  15. wil9402

    Current TTC Wraps

    You should have posted that info then. Doing a search of the fleet number, nobody's mentioned here that it was unwrapped.