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    GO Transit

    There are already GO buses that connect to Burlington GO to Stoney Creek, Grimsby, ... Niagara Falls - which are a lot faster outside of rush hour. Arriving as 1:20 AM in Niagara Falls. No one will be left behind. At that time of night, it's only 85 minutes on bus from Burlington GO to Niagara Falls, compared to 100 minutes at 5 pm. The summer Friday night train takes 84 minutes from Burlington GO to Niagara Falls. I think this is exactly what they should be doing. Start some services sooner than later. I'd be thrilled if there was a single morning train to Kitchener now - I don't need one every 15 minutes! Invest in restoring the siding that served that route well for over 100 years ... instead of no new service and decades of planned studies and upgrades. Looking at the proposed schedule though. Departs Union at 17:15 pm, Burlington GO at 18:06, West Harbour at 18:27, St. Catharines at 19:22 and Niagara Falls at 19:47. Gosh, that's 100 minutes from Burlington GO to Niagara Falls. There's already an 18:01 bus from Burlington GO that get's to Niagara Falls at in only 95 minutes at 19:36 after departing Union on a train at 17:00. And 152 minutes from Union to Niagara Falls. Compare to the 124 minutes that the Friday-night summer train and 156 minutes for the bus. Heck, there's an express bus on Friday nights that makes it only 131 minutes from Union to Niagara Falls (train until Burlington). On Friday nights, you can catch a 17:15 train that arrives at Niagara Falls at 19:47. Or catch the 17:00 train, and arrive in Niagara Falls at 19:11! (unless they cancel the bus) I fear ridership on this won't be spectacular. What Niagara Falls need, is service like the current 116 minutes VIA Rail/Amtrak service from Union. Or the 1980s VIA train that used to depart Union at 17:40 and arrive Niagara Falls at 19:35 in only 115 minutes.
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    General Subway/RT Discussion

    Is this permanent, or some bizarre advertising campaign that's coming? Looks like crap to me - but hard to judge from the photos.
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    That's going to be true whether they have all 204 done in 2019 or not. TTC have been planning for several years to have about 20 or so old cars to provide all the peak service, until additional cars beyond 204 are ordered and delivered. Kingston is behind, sure. But they don't need Kingston to make about 60 cars a year. Kingston is necessary to make about 80 to 85 cars a year. They have already delivered 56 cars this year, (4460 through 4615). And it's reported above that 3 more have been already shipped (4416, 4417, and 4472). I'm not sure why you are saying that Bombardier has yet to show they can do 60 cars a year, when they are on target to deliver 60 cars in 2018. And they delivered 33 cars during the last 6 months (June through November). In the last year from December 13 2017 to December 12 2018 (today) they delivered 60 cars (4456 to 4415) - all from Thunder Bay. We should have already ordered the 60 additional cars. At this point, we are only shooting ourselves in the foot. We could have had them all in 2020 ... now it's probably 2021 at best, and if they go elsewhere, then maybe we get a test car in 2024 - and likely for far more $. Remember the second lowest bidder was about $7.5 million a car (for 204 cars) compared to Bombardier's option price of $3 million per car for any additional cars beyond 204.
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    There were on schedule, or very close, through the end of Q3 (end of September). Looks like they'll come in about 4-6 or so units short in Q4. Looks like Thunder Bay production will similar to previous quarters, but the 6-7 units from Kingston will only be 1-2. I'm assuming they didn't get Kingston production going as quickly as they desired. But for once, we are only taking weeks late, instead of months and years. Will anyone lose sleep really if they finish the 204 car order in February 2020 instead of December 2019? And who knows, they may catch up yet.
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    Streetcar News

    It's 819 Bathurst Street, according to the TTC website. If you walk north on Bathurst from Bloor, and look on your right, you'll see a TTC sign. Can I suggest a convenient Green P location?
  6. The 143 Beaches Express is pretty much a 901.
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    TTC in the news

    I wasn't opining on the province taking control of the subway. I've heard no reports that there's plan to do that. I was opining on them uploading the capital assets - i.e. the building, tunnels, power systems. Uploading the capital assets could easily include the vehicles as well (like Line 5 and 6). Or not (like in the UK, where the English government owns/maintains the mainline railway track, but doesn't own most of the passenger trains. The only thing I know, is that there seems to be some exaggeration of what exactly the province is planning to take over!
  8. What's the desired spare ratio? 18%? There are 270 T1 cars (45 trainsets) required for AM peak. So they'd need 318 cars (equivalent of 43 trainsets) with the required spares. With 370 cars, that's 52 extra cars. Closer to 1/7 than 1/3!
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    TTC in the news

    How would it allow them to hack and slash service and delay vehicle purchases? As far as I know, the "purchase" doesn't include the vehicles. Sure, they could slash the state of good repair budget - though quite frankly, given that there'd be various contracts in place about that budget, it becomes more difficult to suddenly cut it, than it is now, simply controlled by the city.
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    TTC in the news

    The Liberals were working on this for years. And they've already arranged for the future lines to be uploaded. But now it's about Doug Ford? I don't think anyone despises that corrupt bigot of questionable reading skills more than I do. But I don't really see a big deal about who owns the infrastructure. This has everything to do with financing, and nothing to do with operations. Though I hardly expect a doltard like Ford to even comprehend what is being done here. I'm surprised he's continuing with a Liberal policy, and likely doesn't realize the implications (or perhaps lack of them).
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    TTC in the news

    I keep asking ... what's the downside here? They've already got control of the infrastructure for Line 5 and Line 6. So if they upload the Line 1 through 4 infrastructure ... does it matter who owns it? The issue is mostly who operates it, and there's no plan to change that as far as I know.
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    PRESTO - GTA Discussion

    Good luck with what? I certainly didn't and wouldn't stop walking - I was already late and didn't want to miss a train. They should be inspecting on vehicles - not filling their quota by standing at a station, and only checking those who volunteer to be checked!
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    PRESTO - GTA Discussion

    Streetcars mostly. But I see buses often enough - perhaps not as much recently on buses - which are Birchmount mostly. As I've noted, it's worse in the evening - at least on the streetcars. Ditto. If I'm using my wife's card that doesn't have a pass on it, I'm more likely to try and tap elsewhere on the same vehicle - though typically most of my trips have two legs, so they get me somewhere ... Meanwhile, out an about today, I can see why there are issues. Getting off a 506 at Main Street today, there was a fare inspector trying to inspect people at they walked from the streetcar to the station; if there was a second one there, I didn't see them. She seemed to think everyone was going to line up or something, while she checked everyone .... no, a couple of people stopped, and everyone else just walks past. How is this going to catch anyone? I haven't seen inspectors on a vehicle for months - or anywhere actually ... though I rarely get to termini. Later entering the subway at Christie, someone tried to tap unsuccessfully at a couple of machines ... and then when it keeps refusing to open (why not flash a reason?) she walked past the attendant simply flashing her PrestoCard ... okay ...
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    PRESTO - GTA Discussion

    Always hard to estimate. It's definitely worse than 1 in 20. Looking in my card history - 21 taps last week from Monday to Friday. I definitely see one a week during my commute. Close to 2 I think. Offhand, last week was better. Some days I see 3 in a day! It seems far worse in the evenings. I don't report all (or often even most) of the broken Prestocard readers that I encounter. I only 2 last week. 1 the previous week. 2 the week before that, 4 the week before that. I'm pretty comfortable with saying 1 in 10. At best it's 1 in 20.
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    PRESTO - GTA Discussion

    If the machine is functioning. I'm generally noticing that about 10% of the machines just aren't working when you tap them, with some of those looking like they are working, but just not processing anyone's cards. More disturbingly, recently I've noticed some (maybe 5%) of machines are working fine, show everything properly, but don't make any noise! I've also surprisingly noticed, that as time goes on, the number of machines either not working, or not making noise, is getting larger! How does someone who is blind differentiate between an otherwise fully functioning machine that isn't making noises, and a machine that isn't working? The ever-increasing failure rate of these Metrolinx devices is very disappointing.
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