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  1. Yes, but so far trains have operated with a maximum speed of 50 in sections with higher limits. The stated reason was that line-of-sight operating rules restrict them to 50km/h, and ATP is required for faster operation. Even if phone GPS receivers aren't perfect, reading 68km/h pretty strongly suggests they're operating over 50 now. So either they've fixed ATP, or changed line-of-sight operating rules (less likely).
  2. As someone who sat down with GRT planners two days ago to talk about the 204, they know exactly what's going on with the 204. It will serve the CST until Ion opens, then move to Benton/Frederick.
  3. Unless an exception was made this year, the pre-budget approval is for the replacement buses and the expansion buses are ordered now. Because buses ordered now won't be delivered by September they defer retirement of some older buses to launch service in September.
  4. GRT isn't the one offering the discount, GO is paying GRT for the difference between the standard price and the discount price. It's GO's policy and GO's money, and they have nothing to do with the LRT project. But let's not miss a chance to make a completely baseless claim about LRT, right? I'm sure the loophole will be closed when GRT gets Presto, and until then it's considered reasonable. There's all of two trains a day, how many people need to go to Weber and Victoria at 6am for reasons other than the GO train?
  5. It will be a fully integrated service with one ticketing system, free transfers, etc. The region will set ticket prices, service frequency, hours of operation, etc. The aBRT portion of it will even be operated by GRT. I would hardly call any of that "arms length" from GRT. The branding is no different from how they came up with the iXpress name, which makes sense because they want to distinguish express vs local services. It'd be silly to name the LRT iXpress because of how different it is, and even sillier to just call it "route 200". A new name and new logo for a new service is just good mar
  6. GRT always places their orders in two blocks. There's the replacement buses which are granted pre-budget approval so they can be ordered a year ahead and arrive earlier in the year, and the buses that are needed for service expansion which are ordered after the budget is approved (in January). They can't order expansions until the budget because until the budget it's uncertain how much expansion they'll be doing (though the RTMP has resulted in a lot less guessing here, solid plan that everyone on council backs). Because GRT is phasing in the 12 year replacement cycle they'll need 18 replaceme
  7. Interesting to note is that they only say New Flyer "received the highest overall score". These tenders are split into quality score and price score. In my experience from reading council reports they always say when a bid won both categories, this time they didn't say that. Given the Novas were more expensive I'd say odds are high Nova won on quality, but they weren't "better enough" to justify the added cost. Hopefully this doesn't lead to issues for GRT down the road.
  8. So that's a reason to not provide crosswalks? By that logic we shouldn't provide crosswalks anywhere, because it results in people putting their lives in other people's hands. No it doesn't. It has a street-level entrance on one side. The other entrance is in the middle of CPH. The one up by DC is very much in the middle of buildings on both ends.
  9. It doesn't work like that. Please tell me where in the Highway Traffic Act pedestrians are required to use overhead walkways if present. Never mind that both ends of that walkway are deep in maze-like buildings, making it completely impractical. Ring Road needs proper pedestrian facilities.
  10. mpd618 is right, the route isn't named that. The destination sign just says 201 iXpress and the final destination (pretty important so people get on the right direction).
  11. Because it's express on the corridor it serves, simple as that. Just imagine the routers are named 201 Fischer-Hallman iXpress and 12 Westmount Local and suddenly it makes sense. That's pretty much what they're meant to be and they both do a good job of being it. What's special about Forest Glen to UW? Neither of those are start or end stops for the 12, and pretty much nobody makes that trip. If the 201 was meant to get people from Forest Glen to Laurier as fast as possible then the routing wouldn't make sense, but I'm not sure why you think that's the objective. If the 201 did that I'm sure
  12. Already being talked about. The Presto implementation plan for TTC has all tickets/tokens/passes withdrawn 6 months after the Presto roll-out is complete in 2015. You can see it on page 17 of http://metrolinx.com/en/docs/pdf/board_agenda/20110915/Presto_update20110915.pdf .
  13. Presto is based on contactless smartcard technology, it's not magnetic. So it cannot be demagnetized nor can it affect a magnetic card. The black strip on the back of your Metropass is the magnetic part, your Presto card doesn't have that.
  14. I don't see why it would. GRT always does a two phase cut, end of university term and then end of high school. Summer service is July/August, but there's a small number of cuts for May/June too.
  15. GRT is starting a review of smartcards, with the assumption it will recommend Presto. I've heard things about Guelph and London too. The previous Metrolinx Presto update presentation mentioned some names I think.
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