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  1. dowlingm

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    4493 testing at Queen-Kingston Rd.
  2. dowlingm

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    It seems to me based on recent deliveries that TTC has given up on LFLRVs going to Hillcrest under their own power.
  3. dowlingm

    TTC CLRV/ALRV retirements

    4221 passing Dufferin WB on 501 if anyone looking for it. Only ALRV in service at present
  4. dowlingm

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    4489 heading south on Bathurst on test at 6am.
  5. dowlingm

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    2.50am 4489 testing at Bathurst-Fleet
  6. dowlingm

    VIA Rail Canada

    Here is the decision: https://otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/ruling/conf-11-2018 where the CTA seems to be saying the HBR could just follow the discontinuance process - is the CTA accusing HBR of using force majeure to put the line on ice but free to reactivate it later? One way to side step the time requirements for discontinuance would be to enter CCAA (s142 sub2.1) but that would impact the whole HBR business rather than that section alone. As for the quote above: I don't know why you think private businesses are not interested in making efforts to make money. Omnitrax were already trying to offload the Churchill line before the washouts occurred. If freight isn't being shipped, are Omnitrax meant to invent new freight flows, especially when HBR would now be in the hole for the capital expense, which AECOM estimated at $43.5m and probably more now that time has gone by without stabilizing repairs?
  7. dowlingm

    VIA Rail Canada

    Problem with this argument is that whoever owns the HBR is facing down not only repair costs but significant operating losses in the future. This is not some prize jewel Omnitrax are haggling for a good price on, it's something they want a sucker to take off their hands and let them walk. At some point you have to ask who really needs the railroad. I think the entity who needs it most is government, specifically Manitoba and Canada, because of the communities who depend on it - Manitoba - and the strategic value of northern communities - Canada (not sure it bothers Sask much either way). However, Canada in particular will not want private operators to think they can dump lines on government without pain if they judge the government will face political grief for their closure, which possibly explains their dogged insistence that they will not pay the bill here.
  8. dowlingm

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    4492 at Long Branch loop on a test run. (1.35am)
  9. dowlingm

    TTC CLRV/ALRV retirements

    Doubt ALRVs on 514 is a runner - not accessible
  10. dowlingm

    Streetcar News

    La P is Bombardier’s “welding centre of excellence”. The repairs won’t be done elsewhere.
  11. dowlingm

    Streetcar News

    What makes you think La P is set up from a parts and techinques point of view to do such an extensive job? Even if they are, does the TTC contracts with maintenance permit accident-damage to be outsourced?
  12. dowlingm

    GO Transit

    I thought York wanted buses gone once the subway opened? Or was that supposed to be just TTC ones?
  13. dowlingm

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    4491 heading east at King & Shaw on a test run at the moment
  14. dowlingm

    TTC CLRV/ALRV retirements

    While it might be argued that the ALRV refurb was not sufficiently thorough, it would be good money after bad now. Surely Hillcrest mechs have enough other things to do. We need at least some of the option order taken up if any money is to be spent.
  15. dowlingm

    GO Transit

    This agreement hopefully opens the way for ONTC and GO to fully cooperate on the Barrie-Toronto corridor. I would much rather see ONTC buses provide a Barrie-Yorkdale-Pearson connection and/or turn around and head north to provide additional mileage there than continue to trundle downtown along Avenue Road. The few buses that don't connect well with GO will hopefully be easily accommodated in the new Union GO terminal.
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