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Ed T.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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 we
  4. 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.
  5. 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 tri
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.)
  9. 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.
  10. A couple of routes do operate on highway 427, which is almost as exciting to drive as the 401.
  11. 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 m
  12. 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 encoura
  13. Is this in a spreadsheet format? If it's a spreadsheet, you can do things like sort on date of retirement, which would also be interesting. I might do that one day, but not right now as I sit outside a library (distancing in my closed car) using the wifi that is still running.
  14. In fact, it makes sense to keep working, licenced buses around under these conditions. If you're dealing with a lot of missing garage staff, it's always good to have a trusty old bus to send out if a newer bus fails. Remember that maintenance and repair capability is likely down across all the garages. The ability to get spares may be impacted as well. Spending time actually decommissioning older buses that are still usable seems like a poor use of scarce resources.
  15. Isn't that sort of like enforcing fare payment? Some operators have stated, here, that they don't really bother to enforce fares, as it can result in too much friction. I realize that overcrowding can potentially have much more serious consequences these days than someone dropping 88 cents in pennies in the farebox ever was. But enforcement would be even more fraught. With boarding at rear doors, all you would have is the speaker? Yes, you can bypass a stop, but that's not a perfect answer. For example, someone wants to get off at a stop, you need to stop. Or you have a safe number of peo
  16. I should get premium access to Transsee, but I don't have PayPal, and the last time I checked Transsee was probably mid-February. I hear the 301 service in the wee hours if I'm being a bit insomniac. Sometimes a bit of a squeal going around the loop, but much more noisy running on rough rails eastbound from the loop to Thirty Seventh St. I don't know if the bad rail is patchy, or if the noise is travelling through gaps in buildings. But I hear it through good quality closed insulated windows at a distance of at least half a kilometre. I would think that with the shutdown of bars an
  17. There were a few gaps in PCC numbering. The last Cincinnati car was 4601 (was that the prototype air-electric?), then picked up at 4625 for the ex-Cleveland PCCs.
  18. The TTC was running extra-frequent (15 minutes, I believe) night service on 301, 304, 310 due to a shortage of overnight storage space. Is this continuing now?
  19. Trick question? The TTC never had a 4603 prior to the A15 class.
  20. Oddly*, that seat seems to be a favourite with riders. Even if most of the seats are empty, there's usually someone in one of those seats. Goes for both 40' and artics in my experience. *Well, I don't want to sit with a grey plastic wall 40 cm from my face.
  21. Reading Steve Munro, they have to do that. Part of the 505 route is now only suitable for pantograph, while there are other sections that are only suitable for trolley pole. Someone forgetting a changeover would result in a bad overhead day.
  22. Streetcars return to Kingston Road in mid-May, according to Steve Munro. If there is any updated overhead on Kingston Road, I haven't noticed it.
  23. Since I, too, have stood at the corner of Sumach and King and heard pretty much nothing as Flexities took the curves in both directions, I too am skeptical of just how much squealing there is. I assume that the "unbearable" sound that Wong-Tam describes in her letter (was "shaking the building down" also there?) is a severe exaggeration. This is obviously not a noise that's "unbearable" to the populance generally. Streecars squeal going around Long Branch loop; I can hear them in the middle of the night with the windows closed, and I'm some 700m as the crow flies from the loop. There are
  24. The batteries in an electric bus seem to be in the hundreds of kWh. With North American usage being that 1000 kWh = 1 MWh, you'd still need minimal losses taking the power from the storage batteries and charging the buses. I suspect that 50% efficiency is way optimistic. That means you may be able to charge 30 buses, perhaps. I honestly don't understand the usage case for a backup generator beyond one to keep the lights on in the garage. How many buses did the TTC send out during the second day of the big blackout in 2003? Until the fleet is overwhelmingly electric, send out the diesel bu
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