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  1. The only time I recall this in court, was Bombardier successfully suing Metrolinx, over the optional cars that were part of this contract, and tranferred to Metrolinx by TTC. Bombardier was found to have been been in the right by the judge, and Metrolinx agreed to pay Bombardier penalties. Was there another court hearing I've forgotten?
  2. They are running about a 17% spare ratio in AM peak, with the number of Flexities in Toronto. Not sure it gets much better than that.
  3. Last week, Metrolinx updated their July 2019 blog entry about the Highway 401 tunnel for the Kitchener GO line, with the note: "This story was updated on Jan. 9, 2020 to better reflect the project timelines" They removed the sentence at the end that said "The project is expected to be completed by 2021." So at least a 12-month delay, after only 6 months of construction! Yikes ...
  4. Changing vendors is penalizing taxpayers. I'm not sure how changing vendors isn't a huge delay. The report back in 2018, talked about 6 years until prototype cars appeared, in a new contract ... 2024 then ... probably 2026 now. Bombardier already has an assembly line (or two) at Thunder Bay. Turning it back on (right now at least) has minimal start-up cost, and won't require prototypes, let alone a design. What options exist? There's only one streetcar designed for Toronto. And it took nearly 6 years last time to go from the first RFP (that no vendor met) to signing a contact. How would there not be a huge delay changing vendors? How are riders and taxpayers not penalized on this, if they don't get the remaining cars they need now from Bombardier?
  5. So Toronto riders should suffer many years of extra delay while another vendor designs a streetcar that can run in Toronto, and costs much more $, because Bombardier delivered the final car (checks schedule) 2 weeks late? I'm not sure why riders and taxpayers should be penalized so heavily.
  6. Bingo. The idea here seems to solve the parking shortage, rather than generate revenue. So with reports that many stations have 80% of riders parking, if they charge $5 for parking, and reduce the daily fare by $4, they should break even. Which adds 50 cents to the average trip cost. With the increase in available capacity, perhaps they can even make money simply by having more riders.
  7. There were 5 Flexities out on 508 this morning. Current AM peak schedule calls for (I believe) 160 cars - and there 160 Flexities tracking as in-service around 9 AM. Are there still 2 RAD cars? That would make 162 cars required for AM peak. So far TTC has accepted 199 cars (all but 4401 and 4600-4603). But 9 remain out-of-town for welding or flood damage (or recently returned but not yet in service like 4406). So 162 of 190 cars represents a 17% spare ratio. Which seems like progress. If they can maintain that, once all the flood-damaged and warranty-repair work is done, we could see 174 available at peak. Which might be barely enough to run 505 as well. I suspect reality is, that until they buy more cars, when there's no construction, that 502/503 and 511 will be using buses, in addition to the peak buses on 501 and 506.
  8. By default, Transee assumes that TTC vehicles are buses ... I guess no one has told it that the brand-new 4600 range are streetcars.
  9. GO 90 runs from Newcastle to Oshawa. The 90B runs express from Pickering to Union, but doesn't come near Rouge Hill - and only runs between 1 AM and and 5 AM. Not sure what Rouge Hill service you are thinking of - but surely the train would be optimum from that location.
  10. They could run weekend service - which are the busiest CNE days. Extra buses more than suffices on the weekdays. Though with construction on Bathurst not starting until April ... will they be finished in 2020 - let alone August? I suppose they could run streetcars from Bathurst Station to Dufferin Gates loop. I'm guessing express buses from Dundas West station are more likely.
  11. Bathurst bustitution in March frees up 11 cars. Hopefully by then, the remaining 6 new cars (4401 and 4599 to 4603) will have entered service, along with the 2 flood-damaged cars (4471 and 4478). That's 19 cars. 505 Dundas was planned to have 14 cars. Mind you, 506 Carlton was supposed to get 24 cars, but instead got 22 cars and 8 buses. Perhaps bus trippers on 505 similar to 501 and 506 is the answer. Presumably 511 stays buses once construction ends until 2022 or 2023 if and when new streetcars start to arrive (or 2030 ... sigh ...)
  12. How does it work when you tap on outside of Toronto, and get off before getting to Toronto? Particularly given so many bus rides, my Presto card shows I tapped on at the bus garage, and instead tapped on miles away.
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