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Ed T.

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  1. Is there anything wrong with the mezzanine level where the fare booths and pedestrian entrances are? Those don't look to be under the bus terminal slab. I'm not aware of any other station where the basic station structure was completely gone. I would assume that there is some kind of contingency plan to make a temporary bus terminal, for example the parking lot to the west of the bus bays. You can't send Islington's buses to Kipling while both Kipling station and the six points intersection are all under construction. Royal York is a lot further for MT buses and doesn't seem adequate to handle that many buses anyway.
  2. Main Street, and particularly Royal York, also had transfers (the big mezzanines were where the turnstiles and collectors booth were) but they're in an island bus platform configuration. It could have to do with the number of bus routes coming into a station. Islington (37NB/SB, 44, 45, 46, 50) and Warden (17, 43, 57, 69, 70) had a lot, so maybe they thought that separate platforms would better handle the load. But that doesn't explain Victoria Park, which had only four routes (9, 12, 24, 67).
  3. That could change when LRTs on Eglinton, and with luck Finch West, open up.
  4. If the NW part of the city stopped electing Mammolitis and Fords, maybe there would be some local political push for better transit. Mid-Etobicoke politicians such as Campbell and the now-defeated Baker are courting all the NIMBY car-drivers and insisting that Eglinton transit be grade-separated. In Ward 6, we have pushed Grimes enough that he expresses support for WWLRT, starting with some ROW separation for the 501. The Park Lawn GO station has been pushed from Metrolinx' "naah" to "okay, might make sense". Upgrades to Mimico and Long Branch GO stations are coming (they're among the last inaccessible stations on the entire network). You're going to have to start locally. There's no point in griping about the entire area of Etobicoke. What are your local issues in the wards/ridings that you vote in? Start there.
  5. That seems like a non-sequitur to me. But, to edit, there are factory shifts that result in workers coming and going at various hours, including late evening. So you can't assume that an industrial area is best served by a daytime-only route.
  6. If the Brown's Line service also picked up Shorncliffe/North Queen riders, it would be pretty busy all the way through. (Yesterday I picked up a 5:50 PM southbound 123C at Horner, and it had at least 15 riders, almost all of which were heading for Long Branch loop.) The real problem is the North Queen/Queensway stretch that gets a lot of shopping traffic, almost all of which is heading to/from Kipling station. And that's where the traffic congestion is worst. I guess you could do a loop with the new Sherway service, with alternating buses running in different directions around the East Mall/North Queen/Queensway/Sherway/West Mall loop. It would be pretty confusing....but somehow the 112 West Mall riders cope. I only worked at Scarborough transfer station once, but I did spend nearly two years working at Ingram TS. When the tipping floor sump pumps failed, and they pumped out the garbage juice pit....mmmmm....
  7. Ed T.

    Today's Special Sightings

    Transsee claims that 4229 is doing a run on King, from Connaught to Roncesvalles. I guess it's basically an afternoon tripper?
  8. I don't think that it would be simple to integrate the operations so that one branch goes to Long Branch via Sherway and another goes there directly. I'd be happy with a single service to Brown's Line/Long Branch that runs reliably. Another possibility is to do a big loop, with alternating runs doing the loop in opposite directions, kind of like the west end of the Maple Leaf bus. But that again introduces complications for riders.
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    Today's Sightings

    4080 was sitting in the spare track at Long Branch loop with the trolley pole hooked down, yesterday at around 8 PM.
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    Future TTC Bus Orders

    Yes, a similar subsidy drove the purchase of hybrid buses. I'm not sure how well that worked out for the TTC in the end. But certainly, for Canadian taxpayers who provided the subsidy funds in the first place, it was a large expense that provided minimal environmental benefits, if at all. The only beneficiaries were whoever profited from hybrid buses....and given Orion's exit from bus manufacturing, there may not have been anyone there either. 😲 Hopefully the subsidies for the battery-powered buses won't be an equal waste of money all 'round. The annoying thing is that trolley coaches running on overhead wire are totally proven technology. The TTC knows how to maintain overhead, and unless the propulsion and control systems are made too fancy for their own good, they will be reliable as well. A question that the TTC is not likely to ask, let alone answer (honestly), is, what if the trolley coach system got the funds that went into first CNG, then hybrids? I suspect that the value for the money spent would have been much greater if the trolley coach system was renewed and expanded.
  11. Ed T.

    Streetcar News

    Where on earth did you get that from? Colle was on Metro Morning this Thursday, and he clearly said that the add-on order was necessary and a priority. He did hedge on whether they would open a tender for other suppliers, saying that staff was studying the matter. Colle was also emphatic that the E-W routes were beyond the capacity of buses, which kind of left streetcars as the only option. Where he hedged on, again, was on "lesser routes, like Kingston Road". Anyone who is interested in listening to Colle can do so here: http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/metro-morning/segment/15554520 And if I have misheard or misremembered anything, post it here!
  12. Well, either it will be 123F SHORNCLIFFE, or all 123 branches will be SHERWAY, or the report writer is confused. I'll go with the latter. 🙄 With the proposed restructuring of routes in the Junction, it's time to ask for a rethink of routes in SW Etobicoke. The 123 is already complicated enough to understand unless you're a transit fan (or you've learned through hard knocks), and the 110A/B, while generally reliable, has some issues when there are delays or breakdowns (like getting a 110A, then two 110C, then another 110A, when you really need a 110B). If we just take the 123 in isolation, there should be two separate routes, one which goes only to Sherway, and one which bypasses Sherway to service Brown's Line and Long Branch loop. The latter can run via East Mall and Shorncliffe, so either keep "Shorncliffe" or change to "Brown's Line". The former is trickier, as there is demand on West Mall, as well as lots on North Queen. I don't think the case is fully there for a NORTH QUEEN route that runs via Kipling/North Queen/Queensway to Sherway. However, there are plenty of shift workers who use the existing 123 to go to locations on Shorncliffe and also on North Queen between Shorncliffe and East Mall. Who knows what the demand might be on the rest of North Queen? The 110A is basically the 38 HORNER of old, and provides service to both workers on the industrial sections of Horner, as well as residents in Alderwood, both north of Horner and west of Brown's Line. The problem here is that the 110B is also popular, as there are shift workers on Thirtieth, and other riders who get to points along Lake Shore without having to transfer from a N-S bus to the streetcar. The current 123 Shorncliffe service is fine if you're travelling between the subway and Sherway Gardens, or between the subway and Shorncliffe. The alternating branches mean that someone waiting on North Queen or East Mall can have a long wait for the bus, and woe betide them if a bus has problems or is running too late. Most of the traffic problems are on the North Queen/Queensway section in my experieince, so the 123B/D are more reliable than the 123C. Unfortunately the 123C is the "base" route that also provides the only service on south to Alderwood/Long Branch all day until after 7 PM. And since the 123C gets delays, the entire route is scheduled with a slow running time. Buses often lay over at Sherway Gardens for five minutes or more on their way to or from Long Branch, simply because the schedule is padded to account for delays.
  13. How many ALRVs had the new dryers last winter? Because there were a few cold snaps where zero cars made it out in service for several days at a time. If they continue to have issues as the cold weather comes this fall, it's possible that any remaining running ALRVs will all get retired, as there's no reason to keep them for four months as yard queens. Presumably by spring 2019 there will be a bunch more LFLRVs delivered.
  14. Ed T.

    Today's Special Sightings

    Yeah, except every day this board period there's been an ARLV or two out all day on Lake Shore. I did see 4002 on Lake Shore yesterday, and was going to get a pic or take a ride but wound up doing other stuff at home.
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    TTC Service Changes

    Yep, it's there. Totally missed that. It looked like those "tabs" were replicating the info on the main page. The change info should be with each route affected, too. Increases or other changes show up there as notes. But not "seasonal adjustments".