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  1. Gil

    MiWay

    Two recent tweets from MiWay that look interesting: So MiWay is looking for public input on copying the accessible seat design from Toronto's streetcars with fold up seats. And then: The real-time displays along the Transitway are getting a system update. Are they coordinating it with the displays being installed at GO Stations? The systems appear to be physically different with the Transitway being an LED display while the GO Stations have full screens. I wonder what else will be displayed on those screens aside from the next departure time? Speaking of Transitway stations, why is Renforth the only one without municipal wifi? I don't usually use the stations at the western end of the Transitway to see if they have wifi as well, but I'll get a notification on my phone as I'm passing through the eastern ones. Trade-off for the washroom?!
  2. Gil

    MiWay

    No, they didn't increase the number of bays by 2, it's just Metrolinx' numbering scheme which includes the train platforms. Kipling has 2 available track platforms, hence the bus platforms begin their numbering at 3. I'm guessing Metrolinx is really trying to get MiWay to take over the TTC's 50 BURNHAMTHORPE route since the 26 BURNHAMTHORPE will completely duplicate the routing to and from Islington per my mock-up of the new routing based on your description. That'll probably take some getting used to for residents along Burnhamthorpe to take a MiWay bus rather than a TTC bus. Whose logo will show up on the stop if they do or will they use the generic Metrolinx stop? Assuming some arrangement is struck between MiWay and TTC, that would resolve the issue of MiWay providing intra-Toronto service for the connecting routes from Kipling to get to Islington and possibly any transfers from the 20 RATHBURN for passengers wanting to reach points east of the 427 (the Loblaws at East Mall for example) since the only common stops outside Toronto with the 26 BURNHAMTHORPE are Ponytrail and Mill (well, not technically, but it is beyond the TTC service area). Duplication on Bloor would be the next target, but since MiWay doesn't serve Markland Wood I'm not sure if they'd merge the services in the corridor. You could add a branch of the 112 WEST MALL to cover Markland Wood. Someone had pointed out in the TTC Discussion thread about the 49 BLOOR WEST returning to Islington. With Six Points straightened out it would provide additional service to all of the development slated for the area (at the expense of a shorter trip to Kipling unless it served both stations). Another interesting question with the completion of the Kipling Hub is the future of the Dundas BRT to Waterdown. It's on Metrolinx' backburner at the moment incubating. Depending on how they decide to format the BRT service (BRT-lite with simple stops like Brampton's Züm and possibly some painted roadway or something more substantial like physical separation on YRT's VIVA) and the phasing of service implementation would this be a GO Transit route, possibly a MiWay (the 101 Dundas Express did go as far as Uptown Oakville at one point) or overlapping and/or shared service between MiWay, Oakvile Transit and Burlington Transit?
  3. Gil

    MiWay

    Inside sources? That's also around the time GO typically makes their service cuts for Christmas break for post-secondary. Seeing as they're already scaled back they may just wait until January to introduce service. I'm sure both MiWay and GO will take the few weeks after the handover for drivers to familiarize themselves with manoeuvring within the terminal as well as get used to the potential new routing (especially for the 26 BURNHAMTHORPE which is supposed to continue serving both Islington and Kipling). I'm sure like the rest of us, drivers will also be taking their holidays so it make sense to stretch out the familiarization process. Will MiWay continue to pay the TTC "rent" (when does the typical rental/lease period end? That could be an indicator for the transfer) for the single route at Islington or will it simply get evicted and serve the on-street stops? Driver layover aside, could the 26 BURNHAMTHORPE offload and board at the same stop on Islington at Aberfoyle? If they plan on giving the driver a layover without a platform in the station, then boarding will have to take place at Green Lanes.
  4. I was referring to the Expo City Towers closer to Creditstone. With more towers going up in that area it may skew demand depending on how much parking is provided for each condo. I presume all of the surface parking lots immediately around the VMC station are interim uses until they are developed into office or condo towers. Would it be possible (probably with YRT footing the bill) for the exit turnstiles at VMC, Hwy. 407 and possibly Pioneer Village to require a tap out? Transferring to a YRT route wouldn't require a separate fare and would open up the GO co-fare at Hwy. 407 if it were treated as part of YRT rather than the TTC. PRESTO should be smart enough to determine that you haven't entered Toronto. Conversely, the TTC could also impose a Zone 3 fare if they wanted to squeeze more revenue from the northern stops which would probably open another can of worms in the fare integration saga.
  5. Gil

    MiWay

    Could you at least cite the Facebook group? Progress on the CCTT Renovation has progressed to replacing the elevators, which means MiWay is again rerouting the 6 CREDIT WOODLANDS via Square One Dr. as they had done this past spring. The notice isn't explicit, so I looked at the stop listing on the revised routing and it struck me that the lower CCTT stops (both directions) on Square One Dr. are the only ones between CCTT and the regular routing on Living Arts Dr. The roundabout at Duke of York Blvd. and Square One Dr. probably precludes having a stop at the intersection and all of the turns the route takes also makes putting in a pair of stops problematic. Staying along Square One Dr. from Living Arts Dr. would provide service to at least another pair of stops another pair could be added on Square One Dr. between Living Arts and Duke of York at the crosswalk where the median island is formed which would also restore direct access to the Sheridan campus for those who may need it. Since the detour is related to the elevator replacement at CCTT to provide wheelchair access (they really should at the very least also mark off a pedestrian route through the parking lot west of the terminal to access the wheelchair ramp off Rathburn) is expected to last through to next year I guess the construction schedule was also affected by COVID or MiWay jumped the gun showing the route change in place for August. Back to the CCTT Renovations, MiWay also posted this update: For those who aren't familiar with the new layout, we're facing north where the Customer Service/Lost & Found used to be. I was never a huge fan of the way the next departures were displayed on the screens showing only the next departure. With the wide screens there's more than enough room to show the next two or three departures. Especially (pre-COVID) if you wanted to know how much time you had to duck into Square One if you weren't going to make an immediate connection.
  6. The initial set of condos at VMC (the community, not the station) are east of Jane, which is somewhat inconvenient for accessing the subway despite the marketing. If anyone needs to access the GO Transit network, it's going to be via the 20 JANE which would be closer. You can access just about as much of the GTA from there as you could from Yorkdale if you were to ride the subway further south. As more of VMC is redeveloped I'm not quite sure where additional condos if any will go. They will be required if they want to maintain a vibrant "downtown" along with the proposed commercial and offices. I did notice on Metrolinx' website while looking for a listing of the platform allocations for the Hwy. 407 Terminal either the VIVA Silver or Steeles BRT running on Jane between Hwy. 7 and Steeles. YRT has deferred the implementation of VIVA Silver, but would it make more sense to extend it down to Pioneer Village Station rather than VMC as originally planned? I don't know who Metrolinx had in mind to operate the Steeles BRT corridor without first sorting out some sort of fare-sharing agreement between the TTC and YRT. A Steeles BRT would certainly connect with York U and the subway at Pioneer Village, but would it be logical to extend it up Jane to better connect with GO and YRT which would create a redundancy to the subway unless the wider VMC redevelopment required an additional transit outlet. What I'm trying to get at is for all of the regional connections Hwy. 407 offers through GO Transit (and to a lesser extent Ontario Northland), it seems odd that there's only one YRT route serving the station. At the very least as the southern end of VMC is redeveloped, they should really take a look at improving walk-in access from the north.
  7. Gil

    MiWay

    They had better pay attention to the timing of the Dixie-QEW interchange reconfiguration as that may leave Cawthra as the only crossing of the QEW east of the Credit without any construction in Mississauga! The Dixie portion won't go ahead until after they're done with the Etobicoke Creek overpass and West Mall ramp rehabilitation, which looks to be around the halfway point. I don't think the staging has been announced but the new Dixie overpass would likely go up before they tear the old one down since they're parallel to each other. Just prepare for a lot of construction-induced traffic!
  8. Gil

    MiWay

    This is verging on the GO Transit thread, but my confusion was the intial botched numbering. I've zoomed in on the .pdf as much as I can. Platform 3 on the map was originally signed as Platform 10 and Platform 4 was signed as Platform 11 when GO Buses began serving the bus loop. The spare platform (#2 on the map) and the wrong order of the platforms initially led me to believe that they would be numbered 12 to 3 decreasing east along the bus loop and that they had set aside Platform 2 for an eventual GO Train platform on the south side of the tracks. The renovated train Platform 1 has the yellow tactile strip on both sides even though there are currently no tracks on the north side of the platform. Renderings of the station show tracks on the north side (in order to be able to provide two-way service).
  9. I posed this question in the Spadina Extension thread and thought I'd cross-post it here. In light of the lack of a fare/transfer agreement between 905 agencies and the TTC, would it be possible to extend the 501 Züm from VMC down to Hwy. 407 to provide additional access to the GO Transit routes operating from there? The TTC no longer has a co-fare with GO, meaning a subway ride between the two stations would require a full fare. There's plenty of room at the Hwy. 407 station for another route. The 501 Züm branches heading to York U bypass the station and would only serve it heading westbound. If all branches of the 501 Züm served Hwy. 407 it'd allow people to catch an express trip bypassing Woodbridge.
  10. I posed this question on the Spadina Extension thread, in light of the lack of a fare/transfer agreement between the TTC and YRT, would YRT consider adding some sort of supplemental service between VMC and Hwy. 407 to be able to better connect with the GO Transit routes there? There's still plenty of room at the station if a branch of VIVA Orange ran down. The VIVA Silver (just merge it with the Green and make an inverted U to mirror the subway!) that was originally planned to run down Jane St. but terminate at VMC should continue to Hwy. 407 if it ever gets launched and no agreement with the TTC is in place. I managed to walk between the two stations faster than the 20 JANE service! Accessing the Hwy. 407 station on foot is another issue altogether.
  11. Gil

    MiWay

    There's been some speculation that GO would extend some of their routes currently terminating at Square One (Guelph, Kitchener) to Kipling along with a possible branch of the 21 train-bus service. Your earlier post (which is probably pasted from GO's website) has the 28 CONFEDERATION at Platform 6 and 91 HILLCREST at Platform 7. I had mentioned there were to unassigned bay between MiWay and GO Transit (Platforms 8 and 9) and that the plaftorms were correctly renumbered earlier this week. MiWay has updated its notice for Cooksville GO. And they've even updated the Terminal Map for Cooksville GO (which they should have used instead of the above map for the revised routing notice). If you zoom in on the .pdf version you can see all of the platforms numbered west to east 2 through 11. I must have miscounted or the botched numbering screwed up my count, but Platform 1 is reserved for the Train as mentioned earlier. Meanwhile, the 2-week detour of the 5 DIXIE along Atwater and Cawthra would seem like an ideal time to gauge what extending the 14 LORNE PARK through to Dixie Mall and Sherway would be like. Not every driver it seems is following the detour and it would seem that the construction at the railway crossing isn't bad enough to restrict the odd bus from going through. They're just missing the stops along those sections of Atwater and Cawthra to be of any use for the local residents!
  12. Keeping away from BlogTO... And now the lawsuits are coming for the Eglinton Line: In 'extraordinary step,' company building Eglinton Crosstown hits province with lawsuit (CBC) Never mind what's happening with the Ontario Line: Toronto homeowner ready to 'fight tooth and nail' against expropriation for Ontario Line (CTV)
  13. Reading about the RapidTO lanes being installed on Eglinton got me thinking about improvements to the King St. Transit Priority Corridor. The red paint should really be used on the segments where private vehicles are not allowed to continue through an intersection. With the shift in the corridor to far-side stops a streetcar will go through the intersection and then stop. A private vehicle, oblivious to the signage at the intersection, will tail the streetcar through and then get stuck behind it when the streetcar serves the stop. More often than not the vehicle then winds up blocking traffic and/or pedestrians on the cross-street waiting for the streetcar to proceed. According to the article: Could cameras be installed at some key intersections to catch them? Similar to the red light cameras. Making intersections like Yonge a do-not-block the intersection would probably incur more fines for the driver. For the most part the driver is stationary waiting for the streetcar to leave the stop, which should make documenting the infraction a lot easier and a potential cash cow for the City. Would the King St. corridor need to be designated a "bus lane" first though? The yellow paint is already faded, bright red would definitely stand out more. Short of putting in retractable bollards as other agencies have done, I don't know what else can be done to deter people from driving in the corridor.
  14. I was on VIVA the other week trying to get to the Hwy. 407 station to make a connection with a GO Bus. With the lack of a co-fare with TTC, it didn't seem worth paying the full fare for a single stop ride on the subway. The options from the VMC VIVAstation to catch the 20 JANE bus were either to walk back to Jane or walk up to the SmartVMC Bus Terminal. Figured the bus terminal would be the shorter walk and I could wait indoors if needed. Walking up Millway I spot the southbound 20 JANE bus turning onto Apple Mill to head to Jane. I continue to the terminal to check the next departure, some 20 or so minutes. Coupled with the travel time, I didn't want to risk missing a GO Bus and having to wait on their reduced schedules so I walked to the Hwy. 407 station. I remember reading Sean Marshall's experience of using the Hwy. 407 station on his blog. The station is clearly not designed for pedestrians, with the only legal access at the south end of the station where most of the traffic flows through. There is a bus-only ramp at the north end of the station, but signs prohibit pedestrians. Meanwhile the proper pedestrian route takes the long way around the station to get to the mezzanine level below the bus platform. It looks like it was designed as a typical TTC subway station even though the bus platform is not a fare-paid zone for either YRT or GO Transit (which was noted as well in the blog entry). I managed to make it to Hwy. 407 stations before the YRT 20 JANE did. With the coming condo developments at VMC and a not-as-robust connection between it and the GO Transit terminal at Hwy. 407 there's probably going to be some demand for improved access from the north. There are also the warehouses on the north side of the 407 that might bring in some walk-in traffic. Paying an additional $3.20 for a ride that potentially (given the wait times on that stretch of the line) would have taken just as long as the walk did doesn't seem worth it. Perhaps I should pose this on the YRT or Brampton Transit thread, but should a branch of VIVA Orange or Züm's 501 QUEEN get extended down to the Hwy. 407 station? There's still plenty of room there!
  15. Gil

    MiWay

    The October 26 Service Changes are now available for viewing. Nothing dramatic, just some schedule tweaks. On Monday, October 26, MiWay is adjusting schedules on several routes to improve connections across the network. Service changes include: 1. Schedules changes on various routes Starting Monday, October 26, schedules will change on the following routes: 9 Rathburn-Thomas 26 Burnhamthorpe 42 Derry 68 Terry Fox 73 Kamato 74 Explorer 76 City Centre-Subway 90 Terragar-Copenhagen Loop 91 Hillcrest-Cooksville GO 101 Dundas Express 2. More frequent evening service on weekdays on Route 42 Derry Starting Monday, October 26, new trips have been added after 8:30 p.m. to improve service frequency. Passing through Cooksville GO today it appears they've properly renumbered the platforms and have put up the MiWay stop flag signage but have yet to assign the routes to their respective bays/platforms. Platforms 11 and 10 are the easternmost now and are still assigned to GO. The next two (Platforms 8 & 9) have no signage and I assume will be used for layovers, one each for GO and MiWay perhaps? The remaining five look to be for MiWay. One platform each for the 28 CONFEDERATION (since it only runs in the peak direction, which seems a bit odd but I get the reasoning), 53 KENNEDY (whenever it eventually gets extended), 91 HILLCREST and then possibly one for each direction of a Hurontario corridor route (local or express). Still not sure about the routing in and out of the station. The shift of the GO platforms to the east end of the bus loop puts the washroom and green PRESTO loading machine in the middle of all of the MiWay platforms.
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