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  1. Ber

    York Region Transit \ Viva

    not to mention will they come with the never used exterior door opening buttons. Have they ever been used in passenger service? Every order has them but ive never seen any being activated. Was this a relic spec from 2005 that they didnt bother removing? Also on a wider note, will YRT/Viva ever modernise crystal? Her bionic voice is clearly way obsolete and can do with a new software upgrade
  2. Ber

    Streetcar News

    i have a feeling it might noot even return to service given the fact that its been waterlogged with raw sewage. Theyll probably have to strip it down to the frame in order to clean it and rebuild it
  3. Ber

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    So have we reached a point where we don't have to celebrate the arrival of each new flexity?
  4. Ber

    Today's Special Sightings

    EX yrt 9401 was on the 403 yesterday. Looks like it was bought by a private entity and kept alive albeit with peeling paint and decals
  5. Ber

    Streetcar News

    Well seeing that bbr is desperately trying to get back on track and ttc is getting more cars more frequently perhaps this is really low on the priority list. They have enough cars for their current schedule so perhaps theyll retain the car for testing and training. i think they'll eventually send it back, but not for a while
  6. Ber

    York Region Transit \ Viva

    it would make a whole world of difference if the voice type wasnt so bad at pronunciation. makes every announcement cringeworthy which is why its so hard for people to filter it out as white noise...its just a constant thorn in ones ears
  7. Ber

    GO Transit

    not so fast!! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/bombardier-metrolinx-second-injunction-1.4248459 let the litigation games resume!
  8. Ber

    York Region Transit \ Viva

    The init system in general os really out of date to begin with. Crystals pronunciations are just terrible at times and very robotic. Yrt needs to invest in new software that better mimics the natural human voice
  9. anyone have anymore updates on the 17xx series of buses? which of these have arrived so far?
  10. Ber

    VIA Rail Canada

    It's kind of a shame that via brushes off these delays especially the ones that are less than an hour as if it's business as usual. I just wrapped up my trip in Japan and man all the trains are on the minute and the rare delays with the local lines are explained immediately. The shinkansen is always on time despite travelling at over 300km/h with multiple different trains weaving around it. At one point 4 trains stopping at different stations and frequencies were separated by only 12 minutes. That's the Japanese. I only hope our service standards will begin to approach theirs soon
  11. Ber

    York Region Transit \ Viva

    i also noticed that they plan to have cornell open sometime early next year....have they started building yet? They need to dig NOW if they are to meet their target date
  12. Ber

    York Region Transit \ Viva

    IMO i dont really mind stop announcements for every stop....but for the love of god please replace crystal on YRT/VIVA!!! its robotic butchery of street names is just agonizing....please yrt update the software...
  13. Ber

    How about a new livery on TTC buses?

    Yea.....we would be delighted if you can provide us with your rendering and how much more superior it is to the ops job. Really, show some class and actually be a bit grateful that someone actually took their time to visualize something out. To most people it's decent enough until someone actually sits down for a few hours to round off the edges. Please don't make this forum toxic. It's already bad enough at Urban Toronto with armchair politicians and urban planners claiming to know everything
  14. Ber

    York Region Transit \ Viva

    IMO its more because of annoying crystal than the message itself. YRT should seriously consider updating the voice itself being over 10 years old. Not to mention some of the messages really need to be truncated to be more clear and concise They are using a gen 1 voice tech that was quickly surpassed by what TTC uses, which sounds worlds more natural. I think that would be a more prudent investment than needlessly adding more viva routes that are half full at best