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Ed T.

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  1. Yeah, if this was early evening, the streetcar would have been a straggler. Of course the Kingston Road lines always run exactly on schedule, but there might have been a wee glitch with this run.
  2. What sense would that make? How long were the New Looks and Vs around, versus the size and likely remaining lifetime of the 7900s? When you are in a hole, it's often best to stop digging.
  3. 3734 spotted westbound on Eglinton by Martin Grove on a 34 (B?) run.
  4. Is there any chance that they might get shuffled to Queensway and put into service?
  5. Chester seemed to be the one station that most resembled the original Bloor-Danforth of 1966. Less traffic meant less wear and tear and fewer modifications. Oh well, progress.
  6. A more sensible (for some value of 'sensible') scheme would be to create two parallel Yonge lines south of Eglinton. The current subway becomes the local line, to Eglinton only, running around to Vaughan/Midland/Wawa. Take the north Yonge part, which already has long stop spacing, and continue it south with stops at Eglinton, St. Clair (maybe?), Bloor, and somewhere by City Hall. Probably run it under Bay St as proposed above. Extra points for using Lower Bay station--that's a foamer dream. 😁
  7. Huh, I wonder if they're counting on global warming? Otherwise, we have a fleet that could behave like the CLRVs in their later days, unable to go out when the polar vortex strikes.
  8. There might be unbalanced directional demand. Everyone from York Region taking the subway south in the morning because they can get a seat. Then taking the GO train back north in the evening, because the northbound subway is crush-loaded by Queen, if not King or Union.
  9. I can understand having poor morale, being pissed off with conditions or your job. I don't have sympathy for those who shoddy work, potentially causing public safety problems, to show their attitude. I've done my share of dumb things while working on my cars, but I'm not exactly a licenced technician being paid for my efforts. (I did spend a lot of time troubleshooting the self-levelling HID system on my car so that it worked properly.)
  10. I would think it's elementary mechanics to install a headlight ride side up. Maybe the producer needs to ship them with a big arrow THIS WAY UP ⬆️🔼
  11. Are there any OG Orion VIIs left with halogen headlights? Just about every 7900/8000 I've seen have LED headlamps. I took a close look at one, and they are genuine DOT approved, not some knockoffs. However they either have a poor cut-off, or they are installed quite misaligned, to judge by the number of buses that have glaring headlights at night. I assume that there's no way to mis-wire these so that they are on high beam when the beam selector says low beam....
  12. According to Steve Munro, the original schedule calling for Neville-Long Branch running was unrealistic, so they have given up on it for the moment.
  13. With today's new schedule, I believe that all 501 cars are supposed to operate Neville-Long Branch. However Lake Shure has been running buses all day. ttc.ca says: Anyone know what these operational issues are?
  14. Your sources are at least better than people ranting on talk radio. But I'd like to see some actual statistics. There was all kinds of bad behaviour on the system in the Before Time. I see two claims here that might be problematic: Problems with bad behaviour, from vandalism and drug use to what might be mental health episodes, has increased since the lockdown The homeless and drug-dependent are the usual suspects It's possible that the homeless and the drug-dependent stayed away from the TTC in the Before Times, and now have decided to all hang out there. But there were problems in the past anyway, and I don't see why an emptier system would cause an increase in bad behaviour. There's already a large industry which tells everyone that taking public transit simply exposes you to crazy people and crime and disease; you should be in your own car like a decent human being. It doesn't need being added to unnecessarily.
  15. When 80% or more of your riders have vanished, fare evasion is the least of your worries. I'd like a more reliable citation than "I've heard over the radio" for the other problems you list.
  16. It will vary by province. There's no such thing as a single answer. In any case, this information is clearly up, at, e.g., https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-extends-school-and-child-care-closures-to-fight-spread-of-covid-19.html It's kind of pointless to ask off-topic questions, where the answers are avaiiable straight from the source. I mean, it's obvious that this question has been asked by lots of students and parents. You'd think the answers would be up for everyone to see, right? On the flip side, people may not be able to afford that second car, or that tricked-out pickup. If the real estate market takes a tumble, the the financial impact on those who leveraged their property ownership and ran up debt could make for some wide-spread effects. Of course no one knows what will happen for the rest of 2020 and beyond. We can all hope, I guess.
  17. Have I missed it before, or is the fencing along the Prince Edward Viaduct track new? I guess it could be between the tracks, and not on the outside. Because I always try to have a nice look out whenever I'm in a train crossing the Don Valley. Today I saw lots of fencing while driving along the DVP.
  18. You know you're a foamer if you try to log in at 3:01 AM to see if the service reductions and new service summary are up! That being said, in theory, a lot of routes could use reduced running times because traffic is so light. That would be a really big job on the part of service planning. I guess we'll see.
  19. Yesterday I saw one of the Mall buses, either 111 or 112, running east along Dundas to Kipling station with DROP OFF ONLY displayed. It seemed fairly full for these days, maybe 10 people aboard. Was that sign to keep the bus from picking up additional passengers and create an unsafe environment? (Of course this was a Queensway bus. Interesting that this was the afternoon before the refusal to work.)
  20. Refusal of unsafe work is a specific and regulated action under the OSHA. I presume that these concerns were bought up to supervisors before actually refusing the work. The next step was, as per OHSA, investigation by the Ministry of Labour, who found the refusal to not be warranted. Hopefully the system is working as it should.
  21. A couple of routes do operate on highway 427, which is almost as exciting to drive as the 401.
  22. It should be able to be put into a spreadsheet with relatively little effort. One column would have car number, one retirement date, and then a notes column. Having a metadata column for more details (Swiss or Canadian CLRV, ALRV) would be gilding the lily. You'd probably have to do a search and delete for a lot of the text, "removed for scrap" mostly. As long as you can convince Excel that the number is one column and the date is another column you should be fine--and that's the hard work right there. Like I said, I'd do it when I get a chance, but not in a parking lot with a laptop in my lap....
  23. Microzones don't make much sense, at least if you're close to the boundary of one, and usually go just across into the next boundary. The more boundaries there are, the more people that will be crossing them for even short trips. Also, dropping fares for short trips means you will be down on revenue, because the truly long distance riders, that are now paying a lot more, probably won't make up for the lower short-distance fares. Add to that that the places where people might take short hops are typically already too busy, such as streetcar routes. So it's not like you want to encourage more people to take rides on the King car while also paying less. Add to that, the fact that those poor sods who make the Etobicoke to East Scarborough ride are not people out for a pleasant joyride, they're people who have to do this, most likely because they're in a minimum-paying job. Soaking them more is not a sensible policy. (For two semesters, I took TTC from Long Branch to Seneca Newnham at Finch/404. It was under two hours in the morning--left at 6:03 because classes started at 8 AM--while getting home was usually 2.5 hours. I took the TTC because I could get a discount Metropass and could not afford to drive, either gas or parking.)
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