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    Tram: Tatra T3G, Tatra T3M
    Subway: Hawker-Siddeley H5, UTDC/Can-Car Rail H6, Hawker-Siddeley H4
    Bus: Karosa B 741, GM New Look

    TTC subway rankings:

    1. H5
    2. H6
    3. H4
    4. T1
    5. M1
    6. H2
    7. H1
    8. Gloucesters
    9. Toronto Rocket

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  1. NEWMAN TRANSIT APRIL 7, 2020 NEWS The current spread of COVID-19 in the Republic of Yorkland remains, largely, stable. Widespread testing nation-wide has not revealed a significant increase in the number of nationwide cases, with the number growing from 147 cases on March 13 to 650 cases on April 6, with no deaths. Health authorities have praised the response of the nation to the restrictions placed upon them, and are optimistic that the virus' spread could be contained in the near future if current restrictions continue to be followed. To that end, ridership on Newman Transit has declined further, with an average daily drop of 80% for daytime routes, and 98% on night-time routes. Though transit had hoped to continue running service as regularly as possible, a decision has been made to cut back frequencies on less important routes, in order to save on resources, or to be able to redirect them onto key routes where they could be utilized more effectively. Starting March 14, all routes in the city, with the exception of the following, were operating on a standard work day – school break schedule. The following routes had their schedules further modified in order to account for further decreased demand: -21 -28 -36 -45 -47 -50 -52 -54 -58 -60 -103 As of April 9, non-key routes will have their frequencies further scaled back. The following routes are identified as non-key routes, and they will have their frequencies scaled back as follows: N.B. - At all times does not include night service, which continues to be unaffected 7 This route will operate every 20 minutes at all times. 20 This route will operate every 30 minutes during the daytime, and every 60 minutes during the evenings. 22 This route will operate every 60 minutes at all times. 23+24 These routes will operate every 15 minutes during the peak periods and midday, and every 30 minutes during the evenings and at all times on weekends. 33 This route will operate every 60 minutes at all times. 34 This route will operate every 30 minutes at all times. 40 This route will operate every 60 minutes at all times. 41 This route will operate every 30 minutes at all times. 44 Service on branch 44 (Avion Shopping Park – McNaughton) will operate every 30 minutes at all times. Service on branch 44C (Avion Shopping Park – Otley via McNaughton) will continue to operate every 60 minutes at all times. 49 This route will operate every 60 minutes at all times. 51 This route will operate every 30 minutes at all times. 54 This route will operate every 30 minutes at all times. 55 This route will operate every 30 minutes during the daytime, and every 60 minutes during the evenings. 56 Service on branch 56 (Trnava Terminal – Warbler Valley) will operate every 60 minutes at all times. Service on branch 56H (Trnava Terminal – Poplarville) will continue to operate every 60 minutes at all times, leading to a combined 30 minute frequency on shared segments of the route. 57 This route will operate every 30 minutes during the daytime, and every 60 minutes during the evenings. 59 This route will operate every 30 minutes during the daytime, and every 60 minutes during the evenings. All preventive measures implemented by Newman Transit continue to be in effect: all request stops are served at all times by every vehicle, which are required to open all doors, rather than requiring passengers to touch the door request buttons, and front door boarding continues to be disallowed. All vehicles are receiving heavy cleaning on a daily basis. As a reminder to all customers, routes 3, 6, 10, 30, 38, 53, 221, 235, 237, and 239 are temporarily discontinued until further notice, as are branches 21C, 21F, 28B, 28C, 35F, 36C, 45A, 47D, 50B, 52C, 54K, 58A, 58B, 60A, and rush hour extensions of route 103 to Newman Station. As of March 20, 2020, there is a ban on travelling on transit without wearing personal protective equipment (a mask, respirator, bandana, scarf, or other suitable cover), and all passengers are encouraged to wear gloves and eye protection, as well as to maintain a safe distance (two metres) from other passengers. As of March 17, 2020, all transit-owned ticket booths are closed. Passengers who wish to purchase tickets are encouraged to either do so online, or to utilize ticket vending machines at stops. The ban on wheelchair lift-equipped vehicles has been lifted to a limited extent. A few drivers on night routes have requested to use them, and their request has been granted, owing to the record-breaking low numbers of passengers on night routes in these times. Further lift-equipped vehicles are being cycled through night route relief runs on a weekly basis: each week, a vehicle is selected to operate as a relief vehicle for a night run, allowing night drivers to take their breaks without the risk of cross-contaminating vehicles. Wheelchair-lift equipped vehicles continue to not be used during the daytime, except in the event of a breakdown, and no low floor or inaccessible high floor vehicles are available. Newman Transit Route Network - February 2020 - Day by Andrej F, on Flickr
  2. Davisville yard, viewed from the Belt Line bridge by Yonge and Merton Streets, is something that comes to mind. With a bit of luck, you may run into some interesting work equipment, including the last Hawker-Siddeley H4 work cars in the city, parked in the yard.
  3. From an archive post on Facebook: 4037 and 4090 left for scrap on April 5, 2019. I will have an update to my list of disposal dates in a few days.
  4. That should be the key takeaway here. Who's to say those buses won't come back once the pandemic blows over? If this lasts long enough, there's probably not going to be a lot of money to go around for buying new stuff. Better to hold on to as many as you can, so that you know where you stand financially.
  5. I think it's too early to speculate on how transit is going to look after all of this. The post-COVID levels of services will come back eventually. This isn't the first pandemic that has happened since mass transit was devised, and after the Spanish flu, the world resumed turning eventually. When is a bigger question mark. If they're successful in devising a vaccine there's no reason why pre-COVID life can't be restored as soon as enough of us have got it. The question of whether they will be able to go ahead with expansions and growth is something else entirely. Depends on the economic situation.
  6. About a decade ago, I attended an open house at the Greenwood subway yard, and acquired a set of datasheets for the Camshaft (H1, H2, and H4) Hawkers, Chopper (H5 and H6) Hawkers, and T1 models of subway cars. I had to scan some documents this evening so I thought I'd throw these onto the end of my job. Hopefully some of you will find this information of value. Subway H1-4 datasheet by Andrej F, on Flickr Subway H5-6 datasheet by Andrej F, on Flickr Subway T1 datasheet by Andrej F, on Flickr
  7. A few weeks ago I had a job interview, and I didn't hear back from them for a while so I assumed I wouldn't get it. I had a virtual interview with them today, so I figured I might as well go in, practice my interview skills. The indications are that they want to give me the job, and I'm not sure whether I should laugh or cry. After some months of difficulty, a job finally comes to me in the grips of a global pandemic. You can't make this shit up.
  8. I live in a cold suburban town where no one is ever on the streets, and I'm a little disturbed by how many people I see outside all the time these days. I know the recommendation is to get fresh air and sunshine even now, but why did it take for a global pandemic whereby people are told to stay home as much as possible for people to actually be seen out in the streets? And what are the chances that any of these people will ever be seen in these streets again once all of this is said and done? Then there are the people who still take their children to the park and use the playgrounds and stuff like that, which is pretty appalling. I get the feeling a lot of people are treating this like a government-sponsored multi-month vacation instead of a serious global crisis.
  9. Streetcars on 505 have been deferred to late April. http://ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Service_changes/Mar505.jsp
  10. 4505 is back in service today on the 512 after last running on April 10, 2019.
  11. Fortunately they were, yeah, which I'm immensely thankful for. If there is one thing I've learned so far from this pandemic is that I have taken far too many minutiae aspects of everyday life for granted. I'll be sure to think twice about doing so, once the flames are put out.
  12. Are you joking? The TTC is going to need their fares now more than ever.
  13. I mean, the economy suffering is pretty self-evident, and the fact that the spread of the virus will continue for a while is backed up virologists. It is a titanic leap to go from what we have currently to predicting that society as we know it will collapse, though.
  14. I don't think this kind of thinking is going to help us at all. This is an ever evolving and complex situation, and no one can accurately gauge how the future is going to look, and in the meantime thoughts like this are just going to further demoralize people. We don't even know how tomorrow is going to look, never mind what the far reaching consequences of this might or might not be. And especially not if society will collapse from it. We have to take this one day a time, and not let ourselves run away with apocalyptic fantasies we may never face.
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