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  1. Streetcars are not assigned as one division. Routes can be split between two barns, but there are pretty specific route allocations for each barn. GO routes are assigned trip-by-trip, rather than a whole route. And each block of work assigned to a driver can include trips on multiple routes. Dan
  2. Reece reports a lot of things. I would be leery of paying him too much mind, though. Dan
  3. In normal situations, at the end of service most of the trains run northbound to Finch and then deadhead back south to Wilson Yard. There's something like 40 minutes of trains deadheading back south after the last southbound service train at 1.35. What they seem to be doing is cutting off the last hour of service northbound. Those trains leading up to the last service train southbound will have already made it past Bloor before the cutoff, so they're going to operate southbound as they normally would in service. Dan
  4. It has nothing to do with the fact the vehicles are or are not the same, or what they look like. It has everything to do with the TTC's systems, be it inventory and rolling stock management, or whatever they use to dispatch the equipment and regulate the maintenance intervals. If the PCCs are logged in those various systems the same way as the rest of the cars, then those numbers can't be reused (although they could be changed). But if they're not, then the numbers of the new fleet can be continuous with those from the old fleet. Dan
  5. All of the facing switches that have been installed in the past 5 or 6 years - or maybe even longer - have been installed with the enclosure and conduits also installed to allow for motorization should the need arise in the future. Despite the signage not being installed, the real tell will be whether the control box and signal wire from the overhead has been installed. If not, then no, they're not going to be motorized. Dan
  6. Construction above the ground level has been happening for many months at Yonge. The main entrance steelwork has been done for a couple of weeks, and they've even started framing the new YMCA building. However, the station is still a long way aways from being ready. They've only started backfilling the excavation, and I can't see them allowing that kind of construction to be done with the line in service below. Dan
  7. What makes you think that it was the TTC's say? Dan
  8. They have, and did some time ago. And as Dave said, the TTC is getting another 60 cars, but they won't start to arrive until late next year. What is going on with these cars re-entering service is that they have been sent off-site - at Bombardier's expense - for their frames to be rewelded in order to ensure that they meet their contracted 30 year lifespan. The cars have to be completely stripped in order to access the frames, and then reassembled. Because of that, they need to undergo a shakedown once back in Toronto. Dan
  9. Amusing? Or embarrassing? I'd be leaning towards the latter. Dan
  10. It is 4465, a friend managed to get a photo of it with a long lens. Dan
  11. They don't have enough train crews to run the service they have now. How do you propose they run more trains then? Dan
  12. This has nothing to do with the delays to the release of the schedule. It sucks, and it's a bit of a regular occurrence, but that's about the limit of it. Dan
  13. Training new crews. They will sometimes go up the Canpa to get them out of the way of service and the hostlers. Dan
  14. The info I have is that it is only in Ottawa for a minimum of time, and will be stashed at Smith's Falls for the duration of its wait. Dan
  15. I'm well aware - it's called the spares ratio, and in public transit, it usually is about 15% to 18% of the total size of the fleet. If an agency - such as Mississauga Transit - is having trouble getting enough vehicles onto the road, then their ratio is going to be at the lower end of that range. Dan
  16. In the case of the TTC, they currently have a huge bus surplus. I can't speak to the other GTA agencies, however. Dan
  17. It had been used once or twice prior to the ATC cutover in the area, but since ATC/ATO has been live it's been used for every single closure. Dan
  18. Unlike the real railroads, people down there know well enough to not use the subway tracks as a shortcut. In all of my years down there, I have never seen the fence cut in a purposeful manner. Now, sliding underneath the fence on the other hand......that is a very serious possibility. Dan
  19. Hold on, I think that you're conflating two different problems. The ATU strike mandate is for the station attendants, bus drivers, etc. They have not yet given a strike deadline. And while yes, COVID has been a problem here, their staffing levels have been high enough that there haven't been a huge rash of cancellations. The cancellations due to illness are on the rail side of things, and all of the crews running the trains are employees of Alstom who are then paid to run the trains. They are not subject to this strike mandate, although they are currently in the process of negotiating their own contract with their employer. Staffing levels here have been much tighter, so much so that several dozen trains have been cancelled over the past several weekends due to not enough crews. Dan
  20. A while ago, I had a chat with someone who was at that time one of the lead consultants on the project, specifically the rolling stock and ROW design. At that time, the "paint scheme" on the LRVs was simply an interim measure. He told me that the cars were going to get "painted" in a final scheme prior to the line opening. Granted, that was about a half-decade ago, but does it not seem plausible that it could still be the case? Dan
  21. Why does it matter at all? So long as the signage is correct/conforms to whatever norms are deemed acceptable, the colours - or lack thereof - frankly don't matter. New York's trains all look the same, even though many of the trains are physically incapable of operating on half of their system. Paris' subways are a mish-mash of different schemes as they go through yet another rebranding exercise, but no one seems to be confused by it. Dan
  22. There are more complete times available on the various online groups that follow this kind of thing. The times I have are Toronto-centric: Tuesday August 9th, 2022 VIA 649 – Ottawa to Union (22.48) E649 – Union (22.48) to TMC (00.18) Wednesday August 10th, 2022 VIA 677 – TMC West (11.20) to London (13.37) Thursday August 11th, 2022 VIA 688 – London (6.54) to Union (10.38) VIA 656 – Union (10.47) to MMC Dan
  23. It's not just funding. You can't hire people who don't apply. Dan
  24. Trainset #2, with loco #3. It was delivered to the MMC early yesterday morning. In other Siemens trainset news, trainset #1 will be undergoing a simulated one week cycle of service. It started on Thursday, and will run to this Wednesday. Times and locations can be found online. Dan
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