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  1. dowlingm

    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    According to Steve Munro in a twitter message this evening, he is writing a blog post wherein he reports TTC planning to operate such service until 2025.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    Running out of space in Ronces and Leslie, Russell not ready to dispatch LFs, don't want to pay to secure Ex Loop? Think the big danger for TTC is that people might respond enthusiastically to 15 min frequency and not want to return to 30...
  3. dowlingm

    Streetcar News

    Better to surprise everyone than promise and not deliver?
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    4539 in service on 504, per Transsee 4538 testing at King and Sudbury (CORRECTION: this is when Transsee last saw it so that was likely Thursday night)
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    4539 testing on St Clair West (although signed in on 501)
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    4539 on test at Royal York and Lake Shore https://www.transsee.ca/fleetfind?a=ttc&q=4539&Go=Go
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    4541 on the way
  8. dowlingm

    Ontario Line

    One place they could think about putting a yard is - subject to a bridge and some expropriation - in the vicinity of Bermondsey Transfer Station. It’s at an extreme end of the line as planned, but so is Mount Dennis and the proposed Obico yard.
  9. dowlingm

    Ontario Line

    I have yet to have the opportunity to go back and check, but my recollection is that Steve Munro was a strong supporter of the Relief Line diving southwest beyond Osgoode towards the Ex (and Ont Place would just be one stop further). Mind you, I think his most recent opinion was that subsequent developments have blocked the most convenient routings to have that occur. Luckily we have plenty of reason to believe DoFo has venal reasons like laying pipe for an Ontario Place casino or some other commercial end to push high order transit there - for it to be just Doug taking Steve’s advice would be serious lions laying down with lambs, dogs and cats getting along territory!
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    Amtrak

    I have been mulling over this since I heard about it, trying to figure why Amtrak would want back into this route. Either they want to propose a budget item they can easily cut, or there is something about how federal funding where they can get $ for this when they couldn't for Detroit-Toledo or any other domestic route without triggering state funding requirements under PRIIA.
  11. dowlingm

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    At one time the general consensus on transit boards was that the option was on the 60th car but my recollection is that the option deadline was deferred at one point (as a favour to the TTC because of the MDBF not being met?) In any event even TTC info is confusing - this report claimed that the Bombardier contract had options for 100 extra vehicles. However, this may have represented 60 at fixed price and 40 delivery slots for price to be negotiated. https://ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Commission_reports_and_information/Commission_meetings/2018/June_12/Reports/26_New_Streetcar_Program_RFI_for_60_Additional_Streetcars.pdf
  12. dowlingm

    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    Fixed trainsets is something I think TTC should be pursuing now given where they find themselves financially, and if the TTC were not determined that the T1s would never get ATO, could have already done on Sheppard and saved the cost of the 4 car TRs, especially if they decided to do without OPTO as well. It is true that retrofitting new gear into a vehicle is not cheap especially when the vehicle is well into its lifespan, but it could help to solve short term capacity needs on Line 1 - or at least smooth out capital demands. The problem is storage. Davisville has only got so much, Wilson can only push so many trains in and out of service and Keele (and interline movement) isn't an option any more either because it's busy too. Further Yonge Line storage is locked into building the Yonge North Extension which will create capacity problems on trains and at stations. Meanwhile Greenwood isn't optimized for fixed trainsets either (at least not 6 car ones), and the combo of Relief Line and eventual trainset needs thus creates the need for Obico.
  13. dowlingm

    GO Transit

    (re: UPX) Is it possible that the reason they don't want to purchase more DMUs is in part that they would rather not have to get into a public discussion of when, exactly, electrification is going to happen? Depending on what the final design of Woodbine station ends up being and the impact on demand of adding Mount Dennis station not yet known, they may be thinking it's better to kick the capacity can down the road. There is also the possibility that the Ford crew may be reverting to what it seemed that the McGuinty crew planned - keep it separate from GO as much as possible and find a way to sell it off.
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    Streetcar News

    The pictured building was actually demolished to make way for a new 3 storey building which is presently under construction. I’m sure there were other reasons but it just feels like this figure-of-7 choice ended up harder than expected operationally and in terms of local resident relations
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