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  1. If the cover hasn't changed for the Spring 2022 issue, I'm guessing they're banking on the Eglinton Line to open at some point this year and will use the Centennial cover to mark the occasion. If it's running a few weeks late, they may just go ahead and include it on the map even if it isn't in service at the time of printing.
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    I've seen the buses along the Harbourfront, do they not have a display with the destination? Not even a paper sign in the window? Given their limited destinations from Toronto it shouldn't be a problem as long as they're all separated by time.
  3. I'm speculating here by reading between the lines of the City Budget. I assume the lack of ridership hurt the budget, so the City simply allocated the same amount on transit this year as last, with any service improvements coming at the expense of other routes. The 100 and 185 have yet to return as well. The 104's resources were reallocated to the 42A while the 101 and 110 have local service equivalents (for the most part) during the periods they are not running. A demonstrated increase in ridership could possibly trigger some additional service without cannibalizing it from elsewhere in the network, but ridership would need to rebound substantially for there to be enough revenue to start restoring service next year. Most of the service changes so far this year have been fiddling around with the schedules to try and better use the resources already in place. Changing the Sunday routing of the 5 DIXIE to match the rest of the week likely didn't cost anything aside from printing new maps and putting up notices about the change. The 18 McLAUGHLIN-DERRY was a reallocation of resources. We saw the corresponding routes getting service reductions at the same time the route was introduced. Any significant (net new) changes will likely be deferred to next year.
  4. I don't know that the trip planner factors in the detour. At least it didn't on Sunday. I saw the notice for Union Station but didn't read it and rushed to catch my bus only to be told by Metrolinx staff that the Bus Terminal was closed (they didn't say why) and directed me into the train station. I guess there are also alternate GO bus routes via Finch, Sheppard, Yorkdale and Hwy. 407. Could Kipling be used as a diversion point in the future? MiWay has fewer routes operating on weekends and GO still has a platform or two that aren't used. The signage at that terminal still leaves much to be desired. The ongoing construction at Port Credit for the Hurontario LRT is probably a bit of an additional inconvenience for the diversion. I do wish they'd put more departure screens on the approaches to both the Bus and Train stations. Granted they're not necessarily on Metrolinx property at that point, but something should be worked out with the property owners for the sake of passenger convenience. The Bay St. Teamway could definitely use a bus terminal display, as you don't see the first one until you enter the bus terminal itself, and it's off to the side along the wall when you enter. You'd walk right by it if you didn't know it was there.
  5. With the ongoing labour protests that have shut down GO Bus service out of Union Station Bus Terminal in the afternoons and evenings is there a contingency plan for an alternate location downtown? The end of Bremner Blvd. is usually the default whenever the previous Union Station Bus Terminal (north of the tracks) couldn't be used but it's currently configured for Jurassic Park and soon to be Maple Leaf Square. Running into the problem this past Sunday was particularly bad as the only GO service out of Union Station was the Lakeshore West line. Without the co-fare, truncating GO Bus service to the extremities of the the TTC subway network is a drain on time and finances. The reconfiguration of Front St. also eliminates going back to the pre-bus terminal setup without turfing the taxi stand/passenger pick-up and rerouting service. I can only imagine what the backlog of traffic will be like trying to go north onto York St. from Harbour St. after exiting the Gardiner. Perhaps going around the block instead of making that left turn? FlixBus might be on to something serving passengers at York and Queens Quay.
  6. Cross-posted from the Eglinton LRT thread: Toronto Star: How often should the Eglinton LRT run? TTC, Metrolinx disagree Non-paywall version Metrolinx wants to run higher frequency service (as often as every 3 minutes, 10 seconds), while the TTC who will be operating the service, in light of reduced ridership from the pandemic wants to initially run it at 5 minutes all day increasing along with ridership. Given the delays, I can see Metrolinx trying to get the optimal service from the start. The TTC on the other hand is in a funding crunch due to the reduced ridership. This will be the first joint project in the GTA and people are closely watching how the partnership will play out for the rest of the projects.
  7. Not sure if this should go here and/or in the general News thread, but: Toronto Star: How often should the Eglinton LRT run? TTC, Metrolinx disagree Non-paywall version Metrolinx wants to run higher frequency service (as often as every 3 minutes, 10 seconds), while the TTC who will be operating the service, in light of reduced ridership from the pandemic wants to initially run it at 5 minutes all day increasing along with ridership. Given the delays, I can see Metrolinx trying to get the optimal service from the start. The TTC on the other hand is in a funding crunch due to the reduced ridership. This will be the first joint project in the GTA and people are closely watching how the partnership will play out for the rest of the projects.
  8. The ongoing musical chairs of Platform reassignment due to LRT construction! Once the full-on construction (after the utility relocation wraps up) how long before the route reconfiguration begins to avoid the active work sites? I just noticed new system maps in the bus shelters dated for April 25. They include the 18 McLAUGHLIN-DERRY (which didn't merit a new shelter map when it was introduced) and the revised Sunday routing for the 5 DIXIE.
  9. Not exactly getting longer, but another station on the YNSE is announced - Royal Orchard, as an election goodie perhaps? Given the complaints from the neighbourhood leading to the line going deeper to mitigate vibrations, this is going to be a fairly costly station to build due to the access requirements. I wonder once this and the Ontario Line is built which station will be crowned the deepest? CP24: Ford government will build second station in Thornhill as part of Yonge subway extension CBC: Ontario formally announces massive condo project in York Region while critics sound alarm Toronto Star: Province drops the puck for massive transit hub project in York Region amid controversy OR Non-paywall version BlogTO: An extra station was just announced for Toronto's next subway extension If Ford feels that Willowdale might flip on him, maybe he'll throw in some funding for the Drewry/Cummer station that was also cut to save money on the project? Given this is one of the streets that changes names when it crosses Yonge will they keep the compound name or go with one or the other? The juvenile will probably opt for Cummer, which also has it's length vs. Drewry going for it similar I guess to Collge being chosen over Carlton. Development in the area, similar to what's planned for Bridge and High Tech stations can go towards offsetting the costs for this station. I also posted this in the YRT/VIVA Thread, York Region is considering future extensions of Line 1 up to Major Mackenzie at both ends of the line with its 2051 Plan. If and/or when they do even out the ends of the line is it worth closing the loop?
  10. Weird seeing that my responses are in German! I grew up with the TTC and Mississauga Transit, so those were the systems I witnessed first-hand. Failure of the system is usually tied to the GPS system on the bus which means it doesn't know where it is and thus cannot announce the stops. The secondary problem with that is apps and websites relying on that GPS feed to predict/indicate where a bus is are left with a "ghost bus". It's been a while since the stop announcements were automated. The drivers have probably become so reliant upon them that they don't know to call out the stops in the event the system isn't working. MiWay is the only system I know that has implemented a backup (which I mentioned needs a bit of updating). Short of providing a printout for drivers I don't know what or if there are alternatives in place for other agencies in terms of manually calling out stops. GO Transit has a different problem where drivers turn down the announcements likely to avoid having to listen to the repetitive customer relations messages in both English and French. I have seen some drivers turn the volume down just for the French messages and then return the volume to normal, which must be distracting while driving! I'm sure they're a well-placed complaint away from taking that option away from the drivers, but I do get their point of view if they have to listed to it all day. On the other hand, most drivers on the late-night trips will make additional announcements to try and wake any potentially sleeping passengers. They usually ask where the passengers are going as they board to make sure they get off at their stop. It also dictates which stops they serve as they usually tend to be stop-on-request rather than serve each stop. The schedules are indicated as such if the trip is drop-off only (usually the last trip of the day).
  11. The Toronto Star: Which are the TTC's most dangerous bus routes? Non-paywall version And the answer to the clickbait-y headline: TTC bus routes with most incidents The routes with the highest number of criminal and bylaw offences, 2016 to 2021 36 Finch West 75 52 Lawrence 73 32 Eglinton West 73 29 Dufferin 73 35 Jane 71 89 Weston 53 320 Yonge Night Bus 40 7 Bathurst 39 45 Kipling 38 41 Keele 37 SOURCE: TTC TORONTO STAR GRAPHIC Tuesdays in the afternoon rush hour in May and July are when most incidents occurred. No one's quite sure why.
  12. Is there a glitch in the Triplinx schedules or has MiWay abandonned the terminal at Dixie Outlet Mall in light of the construction related to the Dixie/QEW Interchange project? There's no notice about it and the terminal still has a page, but the schedule indicates that buses skip or don't serve that stop. It's easy enough to figure out what time they do if it's just a glitch. I've checked both directions and for different dates and they all have an arrow for the Dixie Outlet Mall terminal. I do wish they'd either include the stop number in the schedule or since Metrolinx has gone to the trouble of giving every stop in the Triplinx system a unique stop ID they showed that (you can see it if you hover over the stop name) in conjunction with having a single toll-free number to call to check on the schedule/arrival of the next bus. With the plans to redevelop the mall along with the related changes for the Dixie/QEW Interchange project, I would have hoped for a more convenient location for the terminal. At the very least, I hope the bus lane exiting the terminal gets some sort of separate signal phase similar to what's done at the Bramalea Centre Terminal. It's going to be needed to prevent collisions with traffic turning southbound onto Dixie Rd. from the realligned South Service Rd. It would also preclude bus service going to Ogden Ave. from the mall with this proposal. The 5 DIXIE is slated to remain on Dixie Rd. south of the mall with an extension of the 14 LORNE PARK (perhaps becoming the LORNE PARK-ATWATER?) to cover most of the lost service on Ogden Ave. The 14 would have to loop within the mall to exit where it came in at the newly signalized intersection or proceed on the internal roads to a different exit onto South Service Rd.
  13. Brampton Transit seems to be poised to restore most of their services on April 25, with only a handful of routes (mostly the Züm branches and express routes) still waiting for ridership improvements: 501 Züm Queen Weekday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 2 Main Weekday, Saturday and Sunday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 3/3A McLaughlin Weekday, Saturday and Sunday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 6 James Potter Weekday, Saturday and Sunday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 10 South Industrial Weekday service level restored 11 Steeles Saturday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 12 Grenoble Weekday and Saturday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability Sunday frequency: 60 minutes 13 Avondale Weekday and Saturday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 14 Torbram Additional Weekday PM trips northbound from Westwood Mall at 1:10 pm and 1:30 pm Additional Weekday PM trips southbound from Torbram Road and Father Tobin Road at 1:58 pm and 2:20 pm 16 Southgate Weekday and Saturday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability Sunday frequency: 60 minutes 17 Howden Sunday service restored 18 Dixie Saturday and Sunday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 19 Fernforest Weekday and Saturday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability Sunday service restored 20 East Industrial Weekday service level restored 23 Sandalwood Weekday evening service adjusted to improve service reliability 24 Van Kirk Weekday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 25 Edenbrook Weekday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 26 Mount Pleasant Weekday service level restored 27 Robert Parkinson Weekday service level restored 29/29A Williams Weekday service level restored Saturday and Sunday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 31 McVean Weekday service level restored Sunday service level restored 32 Father Tobin Weekday service level restored Saturday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability Sunday service level restored 33 Peter Robinson Weekday service level restored 35 Clarkway Weekday service level restored 36 Gardenbrooke Weekday service level restored 50A Gore Road Weekday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 51 Hereford Saturday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 53 Ray Lawson Weekday service level restored 54 County Court Saturday and Sunday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 57 Charolais Weekday service level restored 60 Mississauga Road Saturday and Sunday service restored 115 Pearson Airport Express Weekday AM Peak service adjusted to improve service reliability Saturday and Sunday schedules adjusted to improve service reliability 199 UTM Express Service Cancelled and will resume September 06, 2022 Routes cancelled until further notice (including weekday and weekends): 501A/C Züm Queen (501 still operating) 561 Züm Queen West 18B Dixie (18 Dixie still operating) 21 Heart Lake 58 Financial Drive 65 Seniors Shopper 92 Bramalea GO 104 Chinguacousy Express 185 Dixie Express Resource availability and ridership will continue to be monitored and Brampton Transit will restore services as soon as possible. There was a detour notice the other week for the routes serving Sheridan College. They had used their default satellite map to show the detour and affected stops. Why not use the terminal map they have (had?) in their transit map? Sheridan isn't one of the terminals you can view online however. The same goes with Bramalea GO, with BT relying on the station map provided by Metrolinx. Given the ongoing changes at Bramalea GO, I don't expect them to create a new map every time the bus platforms change, but it would be nice to eventually have some consistency.
  14. The extensions to Major MacKenzie are both shown as needed further study. There's going to be a point where they're going to have to say no further extensions on the subway line. With the improvements to GO's service within the same timeframe I don't think it's necessary. Higher order bus/VIVA service is already planned on the Jane corridor and already exists on the Yonge corridor (though very initial plans have the subway following the Richmond Hill rail corridor). Light rail should be a proven concept with examples in the GTHA by that time, perhaps they could go with that as a cheaper alternative to the subway. The VIVA Next plans I had posted a while back which had the Major MacKenzie corridor ending at Don Cousens Pkwy. makes sense now if they are envisioning a GO station there (in addition to Mount Joy? Perhaps with the electrification of the line and improved service frequencies YRT is assuming the Stouffville Line will operate like London's Overground service). The Seaton Line is even vaguer in terms of planning progress, but it would seem ideal to plan for some sort of connecting service along Don Cousens while the land is still available to accommodate a VIVA Rapidway.
  15. Follow-up to the VIVA Next post earlier, York Region has released their Transportation Master Plan which looks to the next 30 years. The extension of the Major Mackenzie VIVA corridor seemingly south on the 427 to Rutherford then west to Brampton (which will connect with the extended Züm Bovaird corridor) so that it can also intercept a potential Nashville GO station. An Elder Mills GO station at Rutherford would make for a more likely eastern terminus for the Züm Bovaird route given its proximity to the border. I'm just surprised that there isn't a GO station in historic Woodbridge, settling for one at Steeles instead. The potential Seaton GO line has the potential to supplant the yet-to-open Cornell Terminal. As for extending both subway lines up to Major MacKenzie...
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