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  1. MiWay

    There was a 97 express during the Para Pan Am Games in 2015, but it ran from Port Credit GO to the Hershey Centre via City Centre, but the exposures don't match up with the route:
  2. MiWay

    They also show the 109 running along the 427 as rush hour only, which started showing up on their 2020 maps last year. They also seem to be randomly changing the route colours on the 2020 map. The 9 RATHBURN-THOMAS is now a third colour similar to the 19. The 38 CREDITVIEW route is one colour while the route marker at Erindale GO is another. The 2020 map in the slide deck is also from last year! With the elimination of the 37 ERINDALE GO and the subsequent removal of the 38 from Bancroft is there room for creating a branch running between Bancroft and Burnhamthorpe via Erindale GO? It'd maintain service and provide beefed up service along the core of the route serving St. Joseph high school, Roseborough Centre, Erindale GO and the various shops and businesses at Burnhamthorpe. There's a medical college of some sort there that's a definite passenger generator. Even if the route only runs one way along Bancroft (clockwise like the 37), if the route ran further east to Mavis or Boyer it would be able to serve Heartland. Still not a fan of running south on Erindale Station Rd. to get to Westdale in the name of streamlining. Woodlands is the only passenger generator along that segment, and the school's boundaries go only as far as the 403. Unless they are trying to cut down on the number of transfers it takes to get to Rathburn, Wolfedale seems more likely to generate ridership throughout the day.
  3. Streetcar News

    Steve Munro is reporting that streetcars on the 509 HARBOURFRONT route have begun using their pantographs as of this past Tuesday. Got tipped off that day by a friend and snapped 4418. In a somewhat related note, as a cheaper alternative to getting streetcars on Queens Quay East instead of rebuilding the tunnel at Bay, could they just run the line up York and east on Harbour (which has room with the Gardiner ramp gone, but is slated to become a bike path) to Yonge or Freeland and then south to Queens Quay? It'd also create a bypass in the event the tunnel needs to be closed.
  4. Mississauga doesn't appear to be displaying any buses on the map (which also took some time to load on my phone). Something go wrong?
  5. MiWay

    With the revisions to the MiWay5 plans to the 1 DUNDAS per their latest map, would it make any sense to keep the Ridgeway branch (identified as 1C) along Dundas then run it up Ridgeway to Burnhamthorpe and then into South Common. It'd replace the service lost by the removal of the 47 RIDGEWAY and also provide some access to the Loyola high school. In other news, I noticed the TTC's buses serving Skymark Hub temporarily until the Renforth Station is completed are signed as Renforth Stn.
  6. Spadina Subway Extension

    Global News, BlogTO and 24 Hours (Sept. 7 issue, page 6) are reporting as of the recent TTC Board meeting that the opening date for the extension to Vaughan will open December 17. The CEO's Report (page 15) states that Finch West is the last station to be completed and will be completed at the end of September.
  7. MiWay

    Late word is that they have postponed the resufacing at CCTT, but with no date given. So it's not weather-related? Given the stop locations were the routes going to use the same or similar loop routings to turn around as when the Terminal was closed last year? Meanwhile it was mentioned on Steve Munro's blog and is buried in a new subsection of the Alert notices about the impending closure of the Long Branch loop for resurfacing. The TTC's buses will be using the streetcar loop which will be paved to accommodate them while the 501 QUEEN streetcar is being bustituted. Not sure where MiWay will be detouring it's buses as the streetcar loop wasn't designed to be approached from the west. Road Impacted Long Branch Bus Loop Type of Work Pavement rehabilitation Route(s) Impacted 5, 23 Impact to Route Route detour Duration Sept 2 - Dec 2017 The TTC has already made plans to shift the 32 EGLINTON WEST and 112 WEST MALL into the Renforth station in September. Though if the station isn't ready in time they'll probably use the current routings through the Skymark Hub until it is.
  8. I haven't seen what format the data from MiWay is in, but your route map does show which branch the bus is operating when you click on it. So it's buried somewhere in the data if you're inadvertently tracking it.
  9. Spadina Subway Extension

    The countdown to the name changing on the western half of Line 1 is on starting May 7: Downsview station to become Sheppard West next month The option on the Star reader poll "Way to confuse people – now we'll have two stations named Sheppard" seemed odd. Currently there are also two of Eglinton (for now), St. Clair and Dundas (does Queen and Queen's Park count? - there's a precedent there, but the two stations aren't adjacent to each other) with Finch added once the extension opens. There are also three Lawrence stations. The $80,000 software upgrade mentioned in the article (which the commenters are harping on) seems to be a system-wide upgrade and not something related specifically to the name changes. I wonder if they'll subtitle Sheppard West with Downsview during or even after the transition? I never understood the reasoning for renaming the Sheppard station Sheppard-Yonge on the Yonge line when the Sheppard line opened. For the sake of uniformity of the station complex I guess, leaving Bloor and Yonge stations the only transfer point with two separate names.
  10. I did a quick check of Edmonton and Calgary and apparently they don't have routes with branches which could explain your lack of familiarity. Some routes in Hamilton and Mississauga have branches with either different end points or use a different routing over some section of the route, hence using letters to distinguish which service a particular bus along a route is offering. As I mentioned, some branches only operate at certain times (rush hour, school year, weekends/holidays). Toronto uses a slightly different method (if you ever get around to it), where routes with a common destination will all have the same branch designation unless there is a routing deviation that needs to be identified. In Hamilton, you'll have 1/1A, 5/5A/5C/5E and just to add to the complication 52 (which gets treated like a branch) and 52A (which is treated like a separate route), 34/34A, 41/41A and 55/55A (which serves as an extension of the route 5 corridor). In Mississauga there's 1/1C, 11/11A/11B, 14/14A, 16/16A, 19/19A/19B/19C, 35/35A, 38/38A, 45/45A, 49/49A, 61/61A and 101/101A. Using the app if I was waiting at a stop on the trunk part of the route (i.e. where all branches serve the stop) and I was trying to catch a particular branch as my destination was somewhere along that branch routing then it'd help to know which branch is approaching. Clicking on the icon displays the entire route of the specific branch on the map, which gives you that information, but it's a cumbersome way to figure it out.
  11. One other comment, and I've looked at the other cities you have available. The branch designation would be a useful thing to show especially on the trunk section of the route. Not so much in MiWay's case where a branch only operates on some days (like the 38A CREDITVEW on weekends/holidays). The route map at least factors in the day which is nice, where the routing varies depending on weekeday/Saturday/Sunday/holiday. Thanks again! Makes for some interesting viewing!
  12. MiWay

    I agree with what you said earlier of the short runs of both the 107 and 110 getting branch letters! As for the 110 serving the Erin Mills Transitway Station, it is identified in the 2020 Service Map, but the only indication in the yearly breakdown is in 2018 as "Improved Service Frequency". Currently, if you need to access the 110 along Erin Mills, the first opportunity would be at the Folkway stop otherwise at South Common. The same 2020 Service Map also has the 100 serving Erin Mills, South Common and UTM, which would probably put an end to the 110(A).
  13. Great to see Mississauga added to the list! I find myself mesmerized just watching the dots move around on the map. A useful feature, especially if you're on the go with the map is to have the circles indicate somehow which direction they're travelling in. I have to wait until they move or click to see the trip details to figure that out. Add a point to the circle like Google Maps or an arrow or even a dot to indicate which way it's heading. The various trip planners tell me what time the vehicle will arrive, but it's a nice bonus feature to see where the vehicle (or multiple vehicles - a shortcoming of the MiWay planner as it only lets you see one) actually is.
  14. MiWay

    The Queensway through Mississauga is a hydro and gas/oil corridor, meaning there isn't much development or potential along Queensway itself depending on which side of the street the utility lines are on. Similar to how MiWay is reluctant to add service to Terry Fox or Ninth Line with no one to serve. They did try an express service which lasted less than 3 years from Glengarry/Westdale to Sherway running the entire length of Queensway east of Mavis. I doubt demographics have changed much since then along the corridor and due to the nature of the corridor there has been little in terms of development intensification aside from shoehorning a few mansion on the south side of Queensway west of Hurontario.
  15. GO Transit

    GO Transit will be adding a stop on their 12 Niagara Falls route at the Glendale Campus of Niagara College this April. With the college and the outlet mall there, I'm surprised it took GO this long to add the stop. It also makes getting to Niagara-on-the-Lake easier on weekdays when (in the summer) GO doesn't operate its service. Previously if you wanted to get there by transit it would mean a GO trip to Fairview Mall, a St. Catharines Transit trip to Glendale via downtown St. Catharines, then a Niagara-on-the-Lake Transit trip for the last leg. Schedules should be out this week.
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