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Ed T.

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  1. TTC 3737 seen on 41 Keele. This is the first time I've seen a battery bus on Keele. They were (and are) frequent on 58 Maple Leaf. I wonder what the chances are of catching a meetup of a couple of different kinds of battery buses, at Keele and Ingram/Gulliver.
  2. Is the wooden bus stop pole holding up the stop sign for eastbound Lonsdale at Russel Hill a remnant of the Hill Coach? It's almost impossible to get a good google streetview of it. Here's my best attempt.
  3. Apologies, I thought I put this in the Misc TTC questions. I know it's been cleared for years. But I drove by today, and there's plenty of equipment out and driving around, looks like digging up stuff. I didn't get a good look unfortunately. That all is different from the years when.....nothing happened on the site.
  4. Lots of work going on at the site of Lansdowne carhouse. Has the site finally been cleared for redevelopment?
  5. 7045 in presumably earlier days before the numbers by the blue lights, is the feature photograph for a 2020 Spacing blog story. http://spacing.ca/toronto/2020/10/21/lorinc-the-crowded-bus-problem-during-the-second-wave/
  6. TTC 1000 on 41 KEELE showing that the OG hybrids aren't dead yet
  7. I know it's fun to be grumpy cat and all (like, how many followers does Reasonably Satisfied Cat get?). But I did drive past a pile of these planters along Lakeshore in Oakville, and they all display sponsor signs. So even though the crew may have been city workers, it's not some expense that's being taken away from your Hamilton GO service or anything. The observation that wealthy and privileged neighbourhoods are nicer is, of course, no news. Even if the municipality is not necessarily paying for more services to them (ha!), residents there have the time and means to beautify areas that otherwise are left as garbage filled weed fields. I'm sitting in front of a privilege garden by Eatonville library right now, in fact.
  8. TTC 8004 seen on....wait for it....900 Airport Express! So it's actually going where it should be going.
  9. Artics in the Branch. 9146 seen westbound at Brown's Line on 501 (L?).
  10. 3729 westbound on Lawrence at Culford, signed up as a training bus. Followed by 8131 so it's not an electic bus convoy.
  11. 7909 seen on a branch of 66 Prince Edward yesterday evening. The bus looked pretty shiny and chipper for a bus retired in 2019 to be retired in 2020 real old and I know someone in the garage who says that it's a real old bus.
  12. Gary Webster tried that.
  13. You are thinking like an intelligent, reasonable transit user. I'm not sure how many politicians, if any, think like that. Once you convince the public, i.e. voters, that microtransit will save money and is a positive step, whether it actually saves money or not is irrelevant, certainly in the short term. You have "done something" about all those lazy overpaid unionized workers and the buses that are running around empty in city streets. And your voters will vote for you. That's why TTCriders has to be political. These are all political decisions, not decisions made on rational transit planning grounds.
  14. One possible response would be "oh well, two small routes, won't change anything, why bother?" Another possible response would be "well, we need to make the criteria wider, so we're sure to replace a bunch of routes. Otherwise we will have constituents phoning our offices saying 'Hey, I saw another empty bus passing by my house, I thought you were getting rid of this waste of money!'." The government does not necessarily have to be fools to do this kind of thing. There can be other machinations involved that, from their point of view, are very much not foolish. Steve Munro also appears to be quite skeptical as to how this might go.
  15. Unfortunately "We're saving money and providing the services that taxpayers want and need" is a fine phrase even if the implementation is BS. Politicians have assured us that contracting out City services is "efficient and cost effective", even when the inside view is that it's a mess with unaccountable contractors doing whatever they want (and residents then complain about "city workers"). This kind of nonsense can happen with the smaller bus routes. Calling out this possibility is not BS on the part of TTCriders.
  16. That's interesting, because when I saw 3729, it was definitely on its own, showing TRAINING BUS as in the pictures above.
  17. 3729 was out on Lawrence somewhere west of Keele this afternoon.
  18. It should be sent to Queensway then!
  19. Clearly McNicoll is looking to take the "OMG old hand me down buses argh argh argh" title from Queensway. With 2252, they have a pretty good chance for that.
  20. Why would it mean that? At the moment, there are plenty of spare buses that don't see service. Who knows what the situation will be in a few years, but it's possible that the TTC will simply retire unreliable buses and substitute the underused buses.
  21. Or is it just TTC's policy to replace one streetcar with 1.X buses? That's why some people out on Lake Shore wish for permanent bustitution: instead of a streetcar every ten minutes (or so--very much or so) it's a bus every five or six minutes or so.
  22. Well, I prefer facts....
  23. This is just random words. GO ALRT was deemed infeasible and that was that. The bastard child of GO ALRT, the ICTS, made the Scarborough RT an orphan line that no one (other than Bombardier lobbyists) want to extend. Since the vast majority of ridership in the GTHA is on the TTC, it makes sense if rapid transit is focused on where the ridership is. You are also conflating regional transit with urban rapid transit. They are not the same thing.
  24. Did the rebuilt 8100 buses retain their red-over-red taillights, or were they switched to the amber-over-red that were originally used on the later 8200s on up?
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