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  1. I was thinking something simpler; using Canpa as a wye after Canadian has been serviced, so it would point east on departure from Union which hasn’t been possible for some years now. Would still be time consuming but only for the essential crew and not passengers and passenger service crew.
  2. I would really like to see a west to north curve from LSW onto Canpa/Obico (which would entail some expropriation) especially if it meant Canadian could also be turned and save a bunch of time on backups from Newmarket onto York. But who pays...
  3. It seems that CP has been - quietly - lending track capacity to CN. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cp-cn-arrangement-blockade-1.5474684
  4. Caltrain last year took delivery of two ex-Amtrak AEM-7 locomotives, to use in tests of their new catenary installation https://sf.streetsblog.org/2019/06/28/eyes-on-the-rails-caltrains-first-electric-train-arrives/
  5. Really not a fan of the coach colour scheme. Even if you have to have that white along the windows, why not continue or blend the lower blue stripe along the power car?
  6. Saw 3725 the other day and seemed a bit “toy like” from the back, I guess because I have gotten used to a “flat” back end in TTC buses where this seemed curved and a bit plasticky visually. Obviously none of that matters as long as it does the job! It was on 141; not sure if that route suits the vehicle but if people are going be expected to pay a premium for 140 series routes the least the TTC can give them is a quiet bus.
  7. these protests generally occur at grade crossings, as did the one on CP near Dupont on Toronto. Closing the 401 or blocking the approach roads to YYZ or YOW would get a lot more attention but would also attract a much more rapid and confrontational response from government.
  8. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/sto-tramway-lrt-gatineau-ottawa-1.5446921
  9. There are several occasions during this contract when Bombardier either told barefaced lies or demonstrated complete incompetence, embarrassing their customer (TTC) who were obliged to retransmit assurances to Council and the public only to have these promises broken. This materially impacted public confidence in the transit commission. If you are going to “check your schedule”, we have no idea when 4401 will be delivered to Toronto but that is the final car. Additionally, there were intermediate expectations for vehicle delivery which a flood of cars at the end (with backlogs of cars waiting for offloading/commissioning at times) doesn’t rectify; this meant that the TTC was unable to ramp up service on routes like 504 as quickly as demand called for, and even now is cancelling service on 508 for lack of available cars. Over a quarter of the fleet have to be rewelded and while the number of cars off property will likely be the same as originally specified, the proposed time to complete this work (and therefore the date before TTC has a full 204 car fleet on property) is receding into the distance. These were not small sins.
  10. My point was that when that service summary was generated, the number of production spec cars delivered, never mind in service, was more like 200 (4601-4603, 4401). But TTC gotta keep massaging things to make it look good.
  11. Flexities in service: 204 oooooooooookay.
  12. Dude, they knew all this when they signed up for the tender. If Steve Munro’s take is correct, it was their lobbyists who persuaded the Commissioners to have this trial in the first place! They were not ready, their order was curtailed, they are still not ready.
  13. While we haven’t been polar vortex hammered yet this winter, the reality is that we are in the most vulnerable period for CLRV reliability. Re-introducing 508 as a streetcar route with no certainty of enough vehicles to operate it on an ongoing basis is very on brand for TTC in the Late 2010s tho, just like when they were rushing to designate 510 and 514 as accessible but having to run Cs on them for various reasons.
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