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  1. nfitz

    TTC Service Changes

    I'd assume so. Not sure how that looks wrong. No different than the 404 for example. I can't imagine demand would require anything bigger. Could probably use such vehicles on many night routes.
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    TTC in the news

    They were ready to start the bidding for construction, but this new plan must delay things as there's no design north of Scarborough Centre or for the Lawrence station. Also presumably Metrolinx will want to do this as a PPP type job like Eglinton and Finch West which requires a more detailed design before the work is awarded. This will set back the work for years. Ford used a 2030 date yesterday rather than 2026. If Ford wanted 3 stations fast, he'd simply let city proceed as planned and get the tunnelling contract going. Meanwhile TTC could modify design to significantly reduce the bus terminal at SC, and build the Lawrence East station. And design the tunnel run from SC to Sheppard. Then issue those contracts in 2020 and 2021. Perhaps the other 2 stations open a year or so later. Could simply keep using existing bus terminal until Sheppard/McCowan opens. But clearly province wants control, and isn't going to pay city to build those other 2 stations.
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    TTC in the news

    Canada line technology is pretty similar to the existing subway, other than the tiny trains that aren't much longer than a Toronto streetcar. Sure, it's not got a 60-year old signalling system ... but neither would the current design.
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    Ontario Line

    The project sounds like another stillborn disaster. We don't need another thread for this. Why create another one? There's no demand between Ontario Place and Queen Street. This looks more like a stealth attempt by Metrolinx to put a line that terminates near the rail tracks, so they can end some services there instead of at Union. Sad that some are excited by such complete BS being spread by a corrupt conman!
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    4537 isn't tracking yet, but I just saw it on Upper Gerrard heading back from Main Station, so they are testing already. Got some really crappy photos in the dark - but not worth posting.
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    Streetcar News

    So 20% includes the "warranty work and capital upgrades" - or about 8 cars of the 204-car fleet out for warranty work and 33 for spares, leaving 163 for service. With about 160 streetcars (95 Flexities and 65 CLRVs) out around 9 AM last week plus 60 buses on 502, 503, 505, 506, and 511. Yeah, this is going to work well ... bustitute 505 and 511 until 2026?
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    Streetcar News

    Perhaps ... though even then the spare ratio currently seems higher than I'd expect - especially for new equipment. Hopefully it's just the vagaries of TTC scheduling.
  8. nfitz

    Streetcar News

    4531 is in service - I rode it the other day, with it's newer style Presto fare machines. 4534 is in service too. That would make 134 originally certified for service wouldn't it? 4500 to 4531 plus 4534 minus 4501 plus 4572 and 4573 is 134. Is it fair to then subtract the water-damaged cars and warranty-service cars before applying a 20% spare ratio? I thought that a 20% ratio was designed for such stuff already, and that you'd use a lower spare ratio if you remove the cars that are undergoing some kind of major work like that.
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    True, they can always attempt to exceed the contracted penalty. I'd think though that Bombardier's actions would have to be pretty egregious to win a claim simply if the last few cars are a few weeks late, given that the delivery rates have been in the 60 car a year range lately - significantly higher than the originally reported 36 to 39 cars. Is it possible that in the ongoing discussions, that TTC has accepted that the final cars would only come in early 2020 rather than late 2019? There's some indication in recent TTC budget and fleet plans, that they are expecting some in early 2020.
  10. TTC messaging on this doesn't seem consistent! I'd be surprised if they actually fined someone for this, and I've heard no reports of them actually doing so. Personally though, I do tap every time with my pass the machines are working. Though I have a hard time bringing myself to do it at a streetcar terminal like Main or Broadview. I"m seeing almost no one tap at terminals.
  11. nfitz

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    Math is getting tougher (for me at least). 4522 was the first shipped this year. But I think it's 16 delivered in Q1 not 13. 4521 (delivered January 3) through 4535 plus 4573 is 16. Shipped ... I think that's that's 4522 to 4539 plus 4573 equals 19 so far this year. (yes, I actually used my fingers just now! )
  12. nfitz

    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    Given that TTC has already sued them for the maximum penalty, they'll incur no further penalty. After TTC cancelled their plans to buy 60 more streetcars this year, there was no carrot remaining. Surely best business decision is to focus on the other 2 orders and not incur more penalties. Meanwhile, at the rate they are going, they should be finished around end of Q1 2020 anyway - it's not like they are going to get much more horrific press with so few left to deliver in 2020. If they can only ship the 62 cars they delivered in 2018, they'll have 184 of the 204 shipped by the end of the year ... 185 if 4401 comes back this year. Only 19 left to come at the end of year isn't the worst press ever. They look like they are ahead of last year already. They only shipped 10 (and delivered 11) in the first quarter last year. Looks like they've shipped 19 already this year if 4539 is shipped as reported.
  13. TTC customer service has made it clear several times that people who fail to tap when transferring (but still under the 2-hour tap) and those with passes that don't tap, won't be fined. Will the fare inspector give them trouble ... maybe if one is troubled by being told to tap, but not being fined. They are "asking" people to tap, not "demanding" or "enforcing".
  14. nfitz

    TTC Service Changes

    Yeah, I checked with the city, and they are awaiting the necessary permit from Metrolinx ... they'll give residents a head's up 2 weeks before they start. So it's not going to start quickly. Unfortunate. that no one seemed to have told TTC about the delay to the Coxwell underpass construction until after they started running the detour.
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    GO Transit

    Quite possibly. I haven't ridden the line in about a year, and it was standing room only at peak even then - not what I expected with kids after paying to go to the airport. And ridership has gone up. There's really no excuse in rush-hour when there are frequent 12-car GO trains for commuters not going to Pearson to be squeezing onto a 2-car airport train. They really need to purchase a few more cars to get all the consists to 3-cars. Perhaps they can make the UP fares match GO fares for off-peak periods when there aren't the GO alternatives - and the trains aren't too full already.
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