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  1. TTC Service Changes

    Though that document contradicts itself many times, in other places noting that 506 is still being run out of Russell and Roncesvalles. The best one is that on page 10 of the PDF, it notes that although the 306 will be run out of Bir/MtD, it will still be using CLRVs!
  2. That must have been it, and the predesign that went further west, along with the 3 platforms for Line 3, must have been my imagination.
  3. As the original design anticipated a westward extension to Downsview, I would think that the design for the existing track already took this into account. Otherwise, I would have not built a curve west of Yonge, not west, and cut down on the length of the tracks west of Yonge which extend all the way to the station box for Senlac station.
  4. PRESTO - GTA Discussion

    Why, I don't know. But it does often to be at, or near a garage location. Presumably Prest software issues. I think after one of those, it just kind of gives up completely, and you've magically got a 2-hour transfer.
  5. TTC in the news

    You can see examples on Streetview: https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.8408548,-79.2330688,3a,50.5y,174.95h,92.05t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1scd088luhHxibw92brSRgkw!2e0!5s20090501T000000!7i13312!8i6656!5m1!1e2?hl=en https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.8401064,-79.2363537,3a,27.1y,238.99h,90.09t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1swhg99G1h5AGy_ebxo1ljCQ!2e0!5s20140701T000000!7i13312!8i6656!5m1!1e2?hl=en https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.8399026,-79.2370995,3a,50.4y,61.24h,92.02t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sMkRJFUJzAbMgkEAY4Xcz6Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!5m1!1e2?hl=en https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.8219308,-79.2018679,3a,75y,100.69h,93.71t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sa9xBgBMigzWsV0FxJ1__mg!2e0!5s20150701T000000!7i13312!8i6656!5m1!1e2?hl=en
  6. Streetcar News

    What does my horizontal velocity have to do with this? Cars can take Church or other lane on Parliament. I don't see enough cars in AM peak on Parliament at Carlton to believe that is significant. The busiest section is south of Dundas, not north of Carlton.
  7. I'd think Eglinton would be too far south. More likely that Line 2 would go there I'd think. But with Line 5 and 6 both going there, maybe unnecessary.
  8. TTC dropped the new 5-year corporate plan and Ridership Growth Strategy in the documents for next week's TTC meeting - http://www.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Commission_reports_and_information/Commission_meetings/2018/January_25/Agenda/Agenda.jsp The highlight would be the new map showing the Toronto Transit Network Plan that council approved in 2016 - http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2016.EX13.3 Obviously some changes since then, such as Line 6 possibly heading to Pearson, Waterfront Transit probably stopping at Leslie instead of Woodbine, the Sheppard West portion of Line 4 that's in the current draft Regional Transportation Plan, along with an LRT heading up Don Mills from Sheppard (Line 9?). We already knew about the Line 5, 6, and 7 colours, and that of the Relief Line (Line 3). But here is the pink Line 8 - Jane!
  9. Streetcar News

    Line 3? Sumach station is just south of King and Sumach. East Harbour (aka Broadview) station is Eastern and Broadview. Not sure it's much further in the future than putting in a Parliament service. In the new 5-year corporate plan, TTC is targeting 2028 for the Relief line, along with the Yonge line extension and the Sheppard East LRT.
  10. Streetcar News

    Yes, part of it is. Some of it is simply 6 lanes (plus 2 bike lanes). Only need one turn lane - which can be shared with streetcar traffic, unless we want to make Parliament have it's own streetcar ROW - in which case don't want anyone turning left here - push them down Sherbourne or Jarvis - which don't have streetcars. Not sure why most on westbound Bloor would even want to go down Parliament unless just going a few blocks. By that far south DVP is probably a better option, and come off at Richmond. Or make it easier to take Bayview from westbound Danforth, which currently requires you to go all the way up to Pottery, or do a U-turn just as you get on the bridge, onto the DVP northbound, and come off at Bayview/Bloor, and then onto southbound Bayview. Must be a way to add another ramp to that cloverleaf. Possible. Would also be tempting to run into into proposed Line 3, to provide a better subway connection. Possibly just turn west on Queen into Moss Park station - or perhaps to McCaul loop. Or turn somehow down to Sumach station. Or here's a neat one - turn east on Front St or Mill Street, into the West Donlands and terminate at the combined East Harbour GO/TTC station. Finally push some transit into the West Donlands, instead of around the edges. Though a bit of a walk to the TTC part of the station. I wonder if there's a way to go past Sumach station on the way to East Harbour station (western entrance). I'm not convinced that a single station at Sherbourne between Queen and Sumach is the best choice - I'd be tempted to add one at Parliament, and perhaps shift Sherbourne to Jarvis.
  11. I don't understand this one. The parking lot always seems full. So has TTC declared it surplus, or are the police jumping to conclusions. There's a big, mostly unused building nearby that might be more useful. The old East York city hall, just up Coxwell.
  12. Streetcar News

    I was thinking more of the two final assembly lines in Thunder Bay. The line(s) in Mexico have already been supplemented by also doing this work in Vienna and also in Kamouraska where work is done on the on the GO cars, and was where T1 and TR work was done. I'd expect they are less at risk of loss of skill in any of these 3 locations. Surely they've long-since proven 30 a year. In the 3 months from November through January cars 4451 though 4462 were delivered. With presumably some more to come still in January. That's 12 cars. In the 3 months before that (August to October) that's 10 cars. So that 22 cars in 6 months. 2024! Wow, you are an optimist. Only 6 years after the RFP was issued - if they have by then? Ah, I moved down in 2004, but I recall trying to get up and down Main back then. Back then Woodbine had 3 bays, and only 2 routes. And the 92 summer service was a lot less frequent than it is these days, now it's been extended south of Queen Street to the Beach and goes every 5 minutes on the weekend; it's not unusual to see 2 buses in the station at the same time. Now it has 2 bays and 3 routes., one much more frequent than it used to be. There's 6 lanes for Bloor between Parliament and Castle Frank including the viaduct. It's 4 everywhere else. Run across Bloor to the north side, and then just run up the north side to Castle Frank station. And the the streetcar deck is an interesting thought. There looks to be pleny of room on Parliament just south of Bloor. Cost would be the issue, and I'd think you'd just do it on the surface, Crossing Bloor at the Parliament entrance.
  13. Streetcar News

    No - other than TTC wanting to take Bombardier penalty payments as extra cars.
  14. Streetcar News

    The pathway moving, in itself, is fine. And probably good. I just assumed when I heard they were moving the stand to Barrington, that they'd figured out a way to put a crossing to it, to walk 20 metres instead of 200 metres. Bonus, the pathway will now be accessible - so all those who need accessibility can now o the 200 metres to the taxi, instead of walking out the front door ...
  15. Streetcar News

    Yes, originally. Given they've got Bombardier on the hook for millions in penalties, which the TTC has voted to take in extra cars, there must have been some negotiations going on. So who knows. But it would have to be pretty soon I'd think, with the lead time that is necessary for Bombardiers subs, etc. Then it would delay production of the next 60, in the meantime, all those well-trained production line start vanishing, and you shut down one line permanently, which will double the production time. No, you do as soon as you can, now that Bombardier has proven they can at least spit out about 60 a year. TTC would be fools not to get the 60 from Bombardier. It would take years for anyone else, Alstom included, to design the new car, create a prototype, test it, start-up production. Good grief, the contracting alone took about 3 years last time. I'd be surprised if we'd be seeing them all before 2028). And that's just timeframe. TTC will look like fools if Bombardier pulls off 2019, and they then spend double for 60 more cars from someone else, which won't arrive for years. Next time we do an order, we can worry about punishing people. The next subway train procurement is just starting. Maybe this time they don't sole-source it to Bombardier. (the streetcars remember were an open bid - most didn't bother bidding because they didn't think they could beat Bombardier - but TTC threw out ALL three bids as none were compliant (Bombardier decided to propose rebuilding the track network with softer curves, rather than design a low-floor car that could do the curves). Ironically Alstom could have had the whole thing, if they'd actually bid in the first place, with a compliant vehicle. On the second round, Bombardier was 2/3 the price of Siemens. Oh, I meant to go to that meeting. Gosh, and I was close by too. I was scratching my head how they could possibly move the taxi stand to Barrington, without making a new pedestrian entrance somewhere, or changing the the vehicle circulation massively. Let's see: 506 shuttle bus, but to Victoria Park for 4 months. Sometimes I wonder if it might make sense to lay tracks that way - or perhaps on Danforth. 23 Dawes to Woodbine Station - LOL - with only 2 platforms, 4 routes, and the very frequent summer service on the 92, where there's often 2 buses in the station already - that's going to be an interesting summer. I wish I'd been there to ask that. They are out of their minds. They want to move the taxi stand to Barrington - and the pedestrian pathway change is to simply make it wider, but along the south side, instead of the north? That's almost 200 metres of walking if you come in on the wrong bus, or a streetcar. Surely people will just walk to Danforth and hail something, or call an Uber. The completely unpragmatic approach they take sometimes ... And no mention of trying to fix the very dangerous northbound Danforth/Main stop? This is the chance. There needs to be an island (and there's plenty of space). They need to work on the existing island at Gerrard and Main as well, for the LFLRVs. But they are looking at adding a refuge island for jay walkers?
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