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  1. MiWay

    MiWay has officially announced that it will begin serving Renforth Station on November 22. New station map here. Routes 7, 39, 107 and 109 will serve the station directly while the remaining routes will serve a restructured Skymark Hub. I brought up the redistribution of the bus stops at the MiWay5 meeting at Meadowvale Town Centre last fall. Currently I'll ride whatever bus I can catch from Kipling up to Skymark and then catch either the 39 or 87. Now, as of next week, the bus I catch at Kipling will have an impact as to which bus I connect with at Skymark/Renforth. With the Eglinton bridge detour still in effect would it make sense for the 35 to enter the Transitway directly off of Eglinton rather than make the loop to serve Skymark Hub? In an ideal world all of the routes (whichever ones eventually survive the MiWay5 restructuring) should run out of Renforth Station to avoid all of this confusion.
  2. TTC Ride Guide

    With the extension of the subway into Vaughan, does the coverage get extended on the Ride Guide/Ridge Guide Lite or will it just be shown as in inset or worse, like bus routes into York Region as a line running off the map with the final destination labelled? I do miss seeing everything from a regional perspective with the other 905-agency routes. Especially with PRESTO, it kinda blurs the boundaries, moreso if the TTC can ever sort out a transfer arrangement with those agencies.
  3. GO Transit

    Stations like Square One where you can have heavy passenger turnover both boarding and disembarking can be easily thrown off by 15 minutes when you throw in a wheelchair, especially depending on when they make themselves known to the driver. If they wait until the last moment, then you're left re-arranging the passengers on what is usually an already packed bus. The odd time when the bus has reached capacity inbound to Union at Square One and a relief bus is available it will run express to Union (at this point it has probably arrived late at Square One due to passenger loads at other stations upstream). But if not, then the driver has to continue along the route informing the rest of the passengers that the bus is full, putting the trip further behind schedule. There's much to be asked for at Square One that could make the passenger experience better. The permanent ticket office was a step in the right direction. Having more of the TVMs which can load money onto your PRESTO card, having balance verifier, digital screens at each platform similar to Union Station which tells you when the next bus will arrive and a simple list of which bus serves which stop would be nice.
  4. MiWay

    I'm heading there myself right now. I assume it's inside the mall like what they did at South Common last year. It should be clearly signed from the bus terminal or any of the entrances.
  5. MiWay

    The two of us might have known about it, but based on the inactivity, I doubt many here did as it had gotten buried by other thread. It's relevant to what's going on in this thread right now so I doubt you'd get any hassles for bumping an "old thread" which is to say it should be more active than it currently is.
  6. MiWay

    Believe it or not there is a Mississauga Transit Sightings thread in that section that hasn't seen a post in nearly 3 years! The fact that it hasn't been renamed to MiWay goes to show how seldom it's been used, at least recently.
  7. 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:
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.