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  1. They miss quoted what the Metrolinx CEO said. What he said was "the line will move 15,000 people in the peak hours". CTV decided to write it as within a day. You can see him say this on other news outlets that covered this story like Global.
  2. The 3300s are newer so they'll be in service longer than the 8400s. Also, they have USB charging ports and the newer next stop/information screens which are beneficial for tourists, once they start using the screens properly that is.
  3. All but one 905 enter service at Kennedy Station and most of them finish at Kennedy too. Having Birchmount operate it over Malvern saves on deadheading costs. Also, savings are made on the labour costs as well since the relief point is Kennedy Station which is faster to get from Birchmount versus Malvern.
  4. Orion Hybrids just can't stay off the highway. 1133 and a 12xx were on 927 this afternoon. 1412 was also on 37A, skipping the Queen's Plate Dr section of the routing. Saw it eastbound on Rexdale at Highway 27.
  5. Pre-COVID there were a few school specials along 116. If I recall correctly, one in particular for this area would enter service at Guildwood & Kingston and do a trip to Finch. From there it would deadhead to Starspray Loop to become a 954. Not sure if there is anything scheduled now.
  6. 3756 is being used for testing along with 3707 and 3729. I spotted the convoy twice this week in the west end along Jane and Steeles.
  7. 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.
  8. McNicoll was covering both runs all evening on 56. The other bus out there was 3253.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 stations. In all the times I've used Guildwood GO over the years I've only seen a handful of people transfer between it and the buses on Kingston Rd.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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 main purpose of the 116A is to serve the Highland Creek nieghbourhood. Combining it with the 905 will improve that service. 116C service will also improve as service levels will be bumped up by 2-4 minutes throughout the day. At the end of the day, Guildwood is the only portion of the route losing service but it's only bring reduced by a minute or two. This is once again insignificant as the 116C is part of the 10-minute network.
  18. 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.
  19. 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).
  20. 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.
  21. 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 run on it on Sunday mornings prior to the start of subway service with the exception of Queensway. During the week it is operated by Birchmount, Eglinton, McNicoll, Mt Dennis and Wilson.
  22. According to the Caledonia Station page on the Crosstown website, the bus loop will have two bus bays. Based on the latest surface route plan changes for Line 5 put out as part of the 5-year service plan, the TTC is proposing to have 3 routes terminate at Caledonia Station. The 47 will be split at Caledonia Station, with a new route 18 covering the current 47B/C north of Eglinton. In addition, a new route 19 will operate from Caledonia Station to Cedervale Station (formerly Eglinton West) via Caledonia-Castlefield-Roselawn-Marlee. This latest map shows Bathurst still retaining route 7, compared to the previous plan from 2016 where it was numbered 19. I would argue that more riders will be traveling to/from the residential area around Sloane than the industrial area around Bermondsey, thus making Sloane a more important name. There is only one station that will be named after two streets on Line 5 and that is Hakimi Lebovic. The original name for this stop was just Lebovic but the TTC board chose to change it to Hakimi Lebovic as requested by Commissioner De Baeremaeker. The Metrolinx board later adopted this change. They did this to honour both businessmen Joseph Lebovic and Karim Hakimi for their contributions to the community.
  23. Here's another one a day early. 1502 was on 905 (visual), now currently on 86A (tracker)
  24. Mount Dennis has runs on 300A. Their hybrids seem to be fine on those runs. Not to mention, prior to Arrow Rd losing their NGs, they would show up once in a while on 191 with no problems. Also, I sometimes see Malvern's NGs deadheading back from York Mills Station on the 401. So it seems to me whatever problems the TTC had with the Orion hybrids on the highway in their early days has been worked out.
  25. I would be surprised if it is not Malvern. As mentioned already, it is closest to both ends of the route. Also, I expect that it will have the similar round trip time and service level as the 86D so they'll just be shifting those buses off 86D and onto 178. McNicoll has less routes, but almost all of them are either long and/or along major streets. Therefore, the amount of service operated is similar to the other large divisions like Malvern.
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