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  1. Everyone is a special interest group these days.
  2. Do I have to have a better idea in order to point out that your proposed solutions will also get the buses stuck? There was a photo of a bus that got stuck in the turn from Don Mills onto Fairview Mall Drive. This intersection is as flat as they come. If a bus got stuck here, why do you think they'd be able to handle a detour to Lawrence or Bayview stations? But to answer your question, I agree with the union. Temporarily suspending service for a period of time while the plows work seems to be the best in a bad situation. A lot of people in online comments sections are complaining about how they won't be able to get to work, but a lot of them weren't able to anyway when their buses got stuck, and their presence on the roads just makes it harder for the snowploughs now to dig the city out, especially when there's vehicles side by side on a major road.
  3. Kind of a false solution, as there were lots of photos of buses getting stuck in non hilly places too. There was a pair that got stuck in the middle of the intersection at Yonge and Finch and several got stuck in the area around Don Mills station as per the today's sightings thread, on either flat land or gentle hills. As for your concrete proposed solutions, Bayview and Lawrence is a two level intersection and there's a hill on Bayview leading out from under the 401 towards Sheppard too, so that seems like a pair of almost certain locations for those buses to get stuck if they managed to make it so far.
  4. Please don't get a job in urban infrastructure maintenance, hehehe.
  5. Not unless they built the crosstown to TTC specifications. Since it's an isolated line, it is being built to standard gauge and 750 V overhead wire instead of the TTC's 600 V.
  6. I know what their own press releases said about the subject matter at hand. Ditto Metrolinx's. Doesn't make it any less stupid of a choice of words on their part, nor does it make it a legitimate term to use in relation to the situation at hand, unless you wish to communicate to us that you're actually in favour of people with COVID coming to work anyway. Either these groups are malicious enough to conflate people out sick with COVID as being shirkers, or they're too stupid to learn what the words that they're using mean before using them. Either scenario seems believable to me.
  7. Please learn what absenteeism actually means, and then stop using it in relation to COVID.
  8. Not to be a rivet counter, but all of the hybrids that were repainted were just that. They did not undergo a second refurbishment.
  9. Blue and orange sounds like an absolutely garish combination. If they wanted to consolidate it all into one thing (which they should, the current distinguishing between local and express buses is just marketing nonsense) they should scrap the blue for express in its entirety.
  10. Sorry, why exactly do we need to colour code any post that references Malvern in blue? We are adults here, we can understand the location being referenced even without a colour coding chart.
  11. What does the history of Queensway division have to do with the fact that someone demanding brand new buses to replace their already fully air-conditioned, accessible buses is ridiculous?
  12. All garages have outdoor storage. The only one I'm not sure of is McNicoll as I have never seen any photos of it.
  13. We live in a first world country, folks.
  14. Twelve. TWELVE was the number of sick calls that we had today. I really hope corporate doesn't think we are actually able to run our store like this. And of course, all of our lovely clientele are still as impatient and entitled as ever. I'm almost hoping for another lockdown so that they'd at least be stuck outside instead of us having to deal with them. PSA to all hardware store shoppers or would-be hardware store shoppers: in the ancient days of 1997, Google invented a search option that enables you access to a wide ranging trove of knowledge. Use it. If you are coming into this store and asking college students and grandmas what tool you need for your project, you have no business doing any kind of home improvement project. And if you're a contractor, you should have your license revoked as you are a danger to society at large. 1/3rd of the workforce down with covid all at once but Ken has to get his home improvement advice now!
  15. By cancelling the last run, it seems to me like they're playing right into the vandals' hands and giving them exactly what they wanted.
  16. That doctor was Peter J√ľni, and the relevant interview is linked. Because, as we all know, there is no method of getting people to do what you want that is as effective as completely dismissing their concerns about their livelihoods being flushed down the toilet and telling them to suck it up.
  17. Remember when they were saying vaccine passports would help us avoid another lockdown?
  18. Just when I thought online shopping couldn't get more obscene, our store has introduced a new shopping option for timed pick ups. Because of course. Never mind that we barely had enough personnel to provide baseline in-person services in the Delta era, now that we have omicron threatening to completely incapacitate the country all at once, that is the best time for Sharon to demand that we have her electric fireplace when it's convenient for her, and woe betide you if it's not ready!
  19. Has anyone heard anything about the Orions being banned from routes 30, 66, and 189 due to noise complaints?
  20. New pair of pajama pants Commemorative Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Coin Building kit for a USN 20 T Crane from the 1920s "Diesel Paint Schemes, Photos and Rosters" of the Canadian Pacific Railway by Donald C. Lewis, colour edition TTC 100th Anniversary Coffee Table Book 85 Years of Skoda Trolleybuses Book
  21. 8101 had an accident at Distillery loop on Saturday. https://old.reddit.com/r/toronto/comments/rmjg2y/bus_crash_in_toronto/
  22. T3G

    General WTF Moments

    Indeed. I'm all for editing one's photos to ensure that the exposure is correct, that the photo isn't too dark, and altering the saturation, colour tones, and white balance to suit one's personal tastes, but when it comes to edits like this it's really too much. It doesn't accurately represent the circumstances that were in place when the photo was taken. Far too many idiots out there who have no business riding a bike, never mind a heavy motor vehicle. If there were more rigorous entry requirements, we'd be able to solve traffic congestion all across the continent.
  23. T3G

    General WTF Moments

    No clue. There were 12 cars built in 1989, 7835-7846, which were modernized to type T3G (this involved the replacing of the original PCC style control package with thyristor controls) from 1993 to 1997. They are old, but generally reliable cars, back in 2015 I was told that apparently the workshop folk have almost completely forgotten what their insides look like because they so rarely have to crawl in them for repairs. The flipside of that is that they are fragile, long stints out of service are not good for reliability. All but one of these cars were out of service in the winter lockdown early this year due to decreased demand, and when lockdown was finally eased in May, two pairs, 7837+7838 and 7839+7840, re-entered service, but their reliability was poor. 7837+7838 (pic attached) have managed to sustain themselves in service, but they broke down most days in May, strangely completed most shifts in June, and then broke down most shifts in July again leading to them being relegated first to morning rush hour only shifts and then to standby services, until they finally started running properly again at the end of September. 7841-7844 went in for scheduled maintenance, and together with 7845+7846 which had a ventilation failure re-entered service at the end of the summer. As for 7839+7840? No clue. They also broke down on their very first day back in service, May 10, about 30 minutes after exiting the yard at the beginning of service that morning. The next day they completed a full day shift without incident, and they haven't run since. I've heard that the roof is leaking, and may even be caving in on itself, which wouldn't surprise me at all, because taking vehicles that don't have replacements ready out of service, neglecting them while they're out of service, and acting shocked that they're breaking down when they haven't been turned on in 4 months seems to embody the covid response quite well. Reactionary knee jerk responses that don't make sense and don't take consequences into account are par for the course in this age. No one, not drivers or workshop people, have been able to give me a straight answer on whether the cars will run again or will retire. The fact that the replacements are not yet on hand will mean very little if the structural integrity of the vehicle is compromised...
  24. T3G

    General WTF Moments

    Circumstances behind what?
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