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  1. Strange. I thought i saw them functional in February when i was down there
  2. That's assuming they don't also come up with a eastern extension which considering the northern extension of line 2 honestly isn't out of the realm of possibility. But it remains to be seen just what they eventually decide on. As long as service in the east end isn't too slow, it should be fine. Hopefully there aren't too many drivers who get lost though incidents with motorists ending up on the tracks has already happened
  3. I've heard the Eglinton line will start out running two car trains but is able to run 3 if need be. If they run lower frequency, can they use the 3 car trains as a compromise?
  4. The trade off is the only thing i see hindering this idea being a slam dunk decision but i don't think anyone would disagree with the BRT conversion even if it took a couple years to construct and its not it couldn't be further converted for other purposes post line 2 extension completion.
  5. Yeah, no kidding. Not that im unhappy. I would've thought that making all the Hybrids Nova would've kept maintenance cheap and simple but maybe there won't be a massive difference between the Flyer and Nova hybrids. It will be very interesting to see Nova artics and Flyer Artics running around on the MtD routes such as Dufferin, Keele and Jane. Please for the love of all that is sensible let Jane get some of those artics. I hope what i've heard in the grapevine is correct. I wonder who'll get the order for electric artics. I believe that was part of the plan to order some Indeed though, they might do a bunch of refrigerator shuffling with buses we currently have to then accommodate the new ones.
  6. How probable is the conversion of the SRT corridor being converted into a BRT line?
  7. I mean Toronto has a nasty habit of doing that long before Doug Ford. Take York Mills station and the extention from Warden to Kennedy as prime examples. There's definitely NIMBY inference in all of them but still, we bury too many of our rapid transit lines when in many cases we don't have to.
  8. Annoying they still seem to be building it all underground. Why not elevated on a structure or something else that makes more sense and is much cheaper?
  9. They sort of did a triangle swap. 35 (Formerly Arrow) went to MtD. 52 (formerly Wilson) went to Arrow and 89 (formerly MtD went to Wilson.
  10. Well, if we take in all the routes around Mount Dennis and Keelesdale Stations, we can assume this arrangement 27 Jane South (Queensway) 32 Eglinton West (Mount Dennis) 35 Jane (Mount Dennis) 34 Eglinton (Eglinton or Birchmount or Mount Dennis) 41 Keele (Mount Dennis) 71 Runnymede (Queensway) 89 Weston (Wilson) 158 Trethewey (Mount Dennis) 170 Emett (Mount Dennis) 171 Mount Dennis (Mount Dennis) 179 Castlefield (Mount Dennis) 935 Jane Express (Mount Dennis) 941 Keele Express (Mount Dennis) 989 Weston Express (Wilson)
  11. I wouldn't complain if they managed to get a couple on there now. Maybe the transfers are to allow extras for in case they need to replace a run on 29 or 41. We'd hear if they were adjusting runs on 935 from a report or something.
  12. The underpinning and the fact they found a bunch of abandoned 1954 infrastructure that had to be removed There is still the real possibility of them opening line 5 sans the connection at Yonge-Eglinton (I refuse to not give it a new name to signify it's transfer station status.) It would certainly be able to safely operate through the station and anyone wanting to transfer here can simply transfer to a bus at Mt Pleasant and Avenue stations until Eglinton opens. There's definitely a few options, as long as the rest of the line reaches a satisfactory completion, it shouldn't be an issue
  13. 71 Runnymede gets me to the stockyards district from my home on Trethewey Drive without needing to fuss with the insane Jane and avoid needing to get lucky in catching the infrequent 189. 52 Lawrence West is at least on the section i tend to ride on the most, a reliable not usually crowded route 158 Trethewey when it begins operation with the opening of line 5 will be a very neat route not only getting me to line 5 again, allowing me to avoid using the insane Jane but can also take me to the shopping centre at Weston and 401. I forsee myself using this route a ton to get to line 5 and back.
  14. I think you misunderstood my/the proposal. This 158B as it would be known would still serve Trethewey Drive as is natural. It would start at Keelesdale Station much like the current proposal. You'd have the 158A as it would be known running all day from Keelesdale to Weston and 401 and during peak periods only, the 158B would run from Keelesdale to either Jane and Sheppard or Jane and Finch via Jane and Trethewey. Im glad i wasn't the only one who thought of this (Apparently) as it just makes alot of sense to supplement bus service on the busiest section of the 35/935 but without getting rid of the very desirable Weston and 401 to Keelesdale via Weston, Lawrence, Jane and Trethewey routing. I am actually very much hoping it gets picked up as even after a possible conversion to Artics for 935, it's still gonna be a very busy and crowded mess.
  15. There really is no reason to have the 179 going to Mount Dennis. Keelesdale as mentioned has 4 bus bays. You could also argue for possible 34 branches and such. Unlike with Keele Station and the 189, there should be room for the 179 at Keelesdale so i don't see the point. That's really confusing. That could be a mistake or just another idea thrown around. I don't remember this being something that was recommended. I also wonder if they will consider the recommendation to create a second branch of the 158 Trethewey that runs on Jane Street providing much needed extra service on a very busy section of the route in addition to the normal 158 from Weston and 401 to Keelesdale. Perhaps that would necessitate moving the 179 to Keelesdale but we'll see
  16. Im glad this recommendation was taken. There really was no reason to have the 935 doing that detour. Keeping it on Jane was just sensible. Anyone wanting to jog to Mount Dennis can now utilize the many routes passing through the area; 170 Emmet, 27 Jane South, 35 Jane and 32 Eglinton West. Plus this will keep 935 reliability and speed in a good place, really important especially if 935 does indeed convert to Articulated vehicles The 179 is unlikely to continue west of Keele. When Keelesdale station is right there, they're likely to just terminate it there. The extra bays can be used for shuttle service and whatnot
  17. I feel they over compensated for the 29 and 929. The ridership is high but not that high. All they need to do is potentially add RapidTO lanes and maybe convert 29 and 929 into an all door boarding route. They have buses with 3 sets of doors. Why not make it all door boarding at every major stop? There are plenty of other routes where this should become a thing too. Streetcars are doing it. I don't see why this couldn't work for buses and heck, shuttle buses on streetcar routes do it.
  18. Man, Jane can't get Artics fast enough. It has been needing them for years. I just hope the schedules aren't fudged just because of the conversion. Maybe lose a couple runs but don't cut the service too much trying to compensate for the different bus type. Keep service frequent so as to not cause overcrowding
  19. It's a regular occurrence on Jane and Jane has much higher ridership. Then again, they can give Artic's to 941 like they had before the workforce shortage.
  20. I doubt the NG Hybrids would survive this as they too are in a stage of passive retirement, only going as long as they can with basic maintenance. Nova is likely to win the contract as keeping all buses of the same make keeps maintenance and training simple and cheap.
  21. Storage shouldn't be an issue as soon a large number of Orions will begin active retirement. Heck, they're already in the stage of "If it breaks down and can't be fixed with basic tools and such, retire it". If the procurement are mostly Articulated vehicles which we believe they are, they'll likely all or most will end up at Mount Dennis as this division was designed to be able to store and maintain the largest number of Artics of any division
  22. Interesting movements. Wonder if that's to do with the eventual active retirement of the Orion 7 diesels? Also interesting they're separating and regrouping the Air door'd 8400s and the Electric door'd 3300s
  23. The center median at Eglinton and Keelesdale Road (Not to be confused with Keelesdale station) has been cut away at the intersection which allows buses to enter and exit Mount Dennis Station bus terminal to the west and from the east. Prior to this, buses hoping to depart west would've had to head down Photography drive to Black creek.
  24. As cool as that is, having all buses be of the same make keeps maintenance simple and cheap
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