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  1. I wonder why they assign them to 15 instead of the 76. They won't get any special signs unless they made them express. Especially ESA is a city wide commuter high school where students are probably going to the subway, why don't they just run it as the 15E and head straight to the station without stopping.
  2. Birchmount got some 7900s from Arrow Rd till the 8100s got sent there. During the rebuilt, Birchmount were assigned the majority of the fleet as high as the 818x. Of course 30-50 of them were physically at Hillcrest. Umm maybe if they get some new buses, they could send them to the only other division that still has Orion VII diesels. Hmmm....mmmmm... Queensway. HANDMEDOWNS woohoooo!!!!!!
  3. The 7900s were originally from Wilson and ran on the 97 when they were new. The 8100/8300s are pretty much handmedowns now without being handed down.
  4. I suppose they would have to rebuilt them again in another decade.
  5. It's impossible to turn the scheduled route when additional detours are added to the route. The Carlton/Church detour was suppose to finish. I don't know what kind of animal brain at the TTC thought this route is okay to push out the door as the people taking it doesn't have other options. The route gets a F- for impossible to use and extensive queuing at turning intersections. They should just tell everyone to take streetcars on Dundas instead. Oh the sign that STILL says 506C to Ossington via Ossington. No comment...
  6. Probably it's easier to return to the garage from Jane but I would think operators won't bother to turn onto Wright and just head straight to the garage. Back in the days, some operators just kick you off the bus without finishing the looping when they're late and head back to the garage. ---- A few years ago, there was a 96S Wilson school trip operated with an artic for a board period or 2. There was also a 119S Torbarrie school trip. I'm not sure what happened to them as I don't see them around.
  7. Pretty service someone at Miway would have a chat with the TTC techs about their 8100 NGs before they committed to buy from them again. They must be satisfied enough to exercise an option for more.
  8. The 927F operated for years similar to the regular peak hour 191 but officially designated it's own service in 2019. The service is not new but was public designated to let riders know it will serve Atwell area. A reorganization in 2016 split the Atwell "detour" into a seperate branch creating the 191C and 191D as most riders don't need those stops. However 1-2pm doesn't warrant additional service on the main 927 so the 927F is a blend of 927B and 927C. It is southbound only, last stop to witness the sign is at East Mall/Dundas as the sign changes to 927D to Steeles afterwards upon serving the last southbound stop. There are still buses the "detours" in a certain direction depending on time of the day but designated as a different branch. The 118 Thistle Down is an example. Before 3pm, buses "detour" through Tandridge eastbound. After 3pm, it's westbound. The could have called it 118A via Tandridge and 118B bypassing Tandridge. They both are signed 118 with an additional "via Tandridge" line when it does loop through there. We'll see if changes happened when the extend the 118 onto Albion during peak hours. 32F doesn't exist anymore as the students moved to George Harvey this year. --- A long time ago, there was a 322A Coxwell Night Bus westbound to Mortimer/Coxwell, I don't think it exist anymore?
  9. Oh they keep catching fire. 2 of the 14 suffered early retirement cause they were burnt beyond repair. Then again, a handful of recent buses have caught fire and retired.
  10. I'll have to try the 111E again, the last time I went in June. The bus was just signed NIS and drove off as there wasn't anyone to pick up. I believe the trip is hooked on to a 937 now instead of 900.
  11. I want to compile a list of infrequently used but regularly displayed signs for visual sighting. There are special SCHEDULED trips that exist throughout the system including special branch destination, school trip short turns and garage runs which occur daily but infrequently thus they are not shown on the map or sometimes listed in schedules. If someone were to go to a specific place at a specific time, they can witness these trips. Examples I know of: 32S Eglinton West Short Turn to Eglinton West Station, eastbound: School trip around 2:40pm. This trip operates from Wilson Division 46E Martin Grove Express to Kipling Station, southbound: School trip around 3:30pm. This trip operates from Mount Dennis Division 46S Martin Grove Short Turn to Westway, southbound: Recently added trip at 11:30pm to relief overcrowding 108C Driftwood to Wilson Station, eastbound: early morning trips at 5am before subway service begins. 112E West Mall Express to Kipling Station, southbound: A couple school trips around 2:30pm 927F Highway 27 Express to Kipling Station via Atwell: A handful of trips operating between 1:30-2:30pm before 927C peak service begins. This is supposedly some 107F York University to Wilson Station, but I haven't seen it yet. There was a 48A Rathburn to Renforth/Eringate school trip in the morning but I think it is discontinued.
  12. 12 years was a standard for buses that don't go through rebuilts. A lot of TAs retire buses at that age before the computer/electronics era. Now that prices rose with all the fancy electronics, sending buses out the door at 12 years became more unaffordable. All the buses that go out the door these days before 12 years are usually lemons. Like the 01XX Orion VIIs, the 09xx ElDorado ez riders and TTC's unrebuilt NG hybrids.
  13. I take it that they are ahead of schedule as new eBuses aren't arriving till second half of 2023 based on the eBus report from the spring. If they are sending XE40s to Birchmount, then they must have settle on not BYD based on charger type and probably not Proterra either given their longer length. If training is happening, perhaps they would procure XE40s for them.
  14. It’s shut down almost every weekend. They didn’t do it last weekend probably cause it’s a long weekend and more operators and crosstown contractors want to be off.
  15. Now that you made it clear. Then is this replacement in line with the industry standard or ML designed something really bad. Then again, if you consider this as a bus part that gets replaced every couple of years then it's not really that surprising.
  16. What a waste of money if they have to replace all the readers within 7-8 years. ML should have done it right the first time since open payment did exist back in 2015. I guess it's okay since it's like a midlife refresh for the buses.
  17. They must have found the old code from 2017 that wasn’t scrubbed. That’s not even what the 32A terminates.
  18. TTC 8005 seen with ready to use luggage racks for all riders needing it for the train to Union with the 176 MIMICO GO
  19. TTC 504S "521" Exhibition-King/Church: 4424, 4571, 4588 Also, the 506C shuttle bus sign says 506C to Ossington via Ossington. No mention of the station. Whoever working on these signs must be high out of their mind.
  20. The number of wrapped cars aren't actually that high. Probably just 10% of the fleet. They are cherry picked to be on a certain route. Like 4571 AskJeeves wrapped car is usually on the 506 last month (it is on the 504S ["521" Ex to King/Church] today). TTC is currently secretly operating the "521".
  21. They always have Exhibition Express buses shuttling between Bathurst Station and the EX during past CNEs. Sometimes they would operating as 511 locals in the counter direction when ridership is lower.
  22. I made a quick stopover at Sq One today in the afternoon, some 03/05s I spotted 0310 was on the 66 McLaughlin, 09 D40LFRs and even 1357 XD60 was on it 0514 was on the 28 Confederation, lots of blue XE40s on this route 0530 was on the 8 Cawthra 0531 was on the 10 Bristol-Britannia Kipling Station is probably the best place to stop them in Etobicoke. Renforth Terminal is also a place you can go. It's not too pedestrian friendly but if you can watch them on Eglinton. A Mcdonalds nearby can provide you some food/coffee and the terminal has washrooms.
  23. There's still a bit of initiatives to implement in the ASP 2022 such as the 118 Thistledown peak extension to Claireport and 150 Eastern (peak service only likely). They were fast in eliminating the 117. Other proposal considered for trial such as midday service on the 35B Jane via Hullmar branch and 119 Torbarrie route has yet to service. The 119 had decent ridership during the pandemic cause of it's destination to factories.
  24. They TTC really doesn't know how to run shuttles. They should really run one local shuttle for all the confused riders or those needing the stations between Kennedy and STC. They should also operate the 903 express shuttle along Brimley for all the riders heading to/from STC. There is a stop on Lawrence for those who needs it. I would assume there would be a crap load of angry but confused riders stuck at Lawrence East if the shuttle didn't actually serve the station. Don't expect the bus operators to make announcements on Line 3 conditions. Also didn't TTC promise the VISION system is suppose to help improve communication as they can broadcast issues directly to the bus and possibly directly onto the bus PA speakers?
  25. No need to throw big money at this line if a majors repair is needed. I'm suspecting they are patching it up with another band-aid solution till the final shutdown. I bet it won't run for half the winter now. The sad part is riders don't know what to expect.
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