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  1. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Might it make more sense to keep it on Elliott (rather than jogging west) and have it terminate somewhere in the River District?
  2. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    This has nothing to do with the design of the cars. You could solve the issue by putting in platform doors - and then, yes, you would need to retire the Mark Is because their doors are in a different place - but that would involve very expensive modifications to the stations.
  3. General Subway/RT Discussion

    Because with the TTC deciding not to maintain any non-ATC signalling on the Yonge-University trackage, non-ATC-equipped stock will not be able to operate on it at all. This means you can't base Sheppard T-1s out of Davisville anymore, and you can't get them back and forth between the Sheppard tracks and the main rebuild facilities at Greenwood (or any other maintenance facilities, for that matter). The only choices are: Get Toronto Rockets for Sheppard. Extend Sheppard west to Sheppard West/Dufferin, build a non-ATC connection to Wilson Yard, and then tow T-1s to Greenwood any time they need heavy-rebuild work. Shut down the Sheppard Subway. Option #1 is the most straightforward, and so that's what the TTC chose. As for why they did it now, it's much cheaper to get more Toronto Rockets now as an extension to the mass order for Yonge-University than it would be to do a small top-up order later.
  4. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Except that sunk costs for the existing project may play into the decision. If the tunnel does need to be replaced, and if a bridge is the better option, then it may be better just to let the existing project continue rather than incur the costs to stop it and then restart later.
  5. Streetcar News

    Just to clarify: not that the TTC got Flexities with standard-gauge trucks, but that CanCar got standard-gauge trucks from México and had to re-gauge them to TTC gauge before the cars could ship.
  6. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    How the hell do you screw that up? It's not as if these are standard LRT trucks to begin with!
  7. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    More specifically, the TTC's nightmare is with the fact that the plant in México couldn't produce parts to specification, to the point where the guys at CanCar in Thunder Bay were in some cases reduced to literally bashing parts into place with hammers to get cars to fit together! It's only by their Herculean efforts that any cars shipped at all before BBD threw in the towel and moved more of the actual fabrication back to CanCar.
  8. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    One big thing I'd like to see over the Ten-Year Vision is a complete re-think of the meaning of "frequent transit". My proposal: Frequent service: 20-minute headways 05:00-25:00; 10-minute headways 06:00/08:00-22:00. Regular service: 20-minute headways 06:00/08:00-22:00. Limited service: anything less than that. The goal would be to keep the current FTN, and to have every route that currently runs evening service every day at "regular service" standards.
  9. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Oh, don't misunderstand me. They will be used primarily for training. What I'm saying, though, is that the PM bookout involves whatever the yard guys can push, pull, or drag out of the yard, and that includes any idle D40LFs if it comes to that. And especially if one was BO'd from training duty earlier in the day but could be repaired...
  10. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Presumably because the VTC Flyers are intended for training duty only, so it's best to put the oldest and worst-condition coaches there. (That being said, I give it a week into the September sheet before they start getting dispatched for occasional PM runs.)
  11. Streetcar News

    Which by the normal standards for contracts like this is basically "meh." But since it comes on the heels of so many worse problems, they're going to get torn to shreds for it if the media catches on.
  12. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    V7239 out on training duty today. Saw it making the turn from WB King Edward to SB Main at 12:10 today. (Still bears its old R prefix.)
  13. Vancouver Special Sightings

    She in any decent shape? Think maybe we should steal^H^H^H^H^Hexpropriate her?
  14. Skytrain MK I Refurbishments

    In the article, they give a current planned retirement date of 2026, which is still 40 years. But they also seem to say that the rebuilt mechanical systems would be good for another decade after that, possibly longer? How would the frames hold up once these cars pass 40?
  15. #43 is already getting midday service this sheet, albeit only at 15min headways. That said, I too think that's the way it will end up: 41st Ave. B-Line all-day, every day, with the #480 providing additional peak-period service during the school year.