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  1. Yeah, I've noticed the same. Seems to be a more recent behaviour. At the same time, the number of machines that are not functioning at all seems less. Perhaps they are in the process or rebooting. I've seen non-pass Presto Cards, work fine a few minutes earlier, not work (the bad beeping sound) on both readers on a vehicle, and then work fine after. Digging through the transaction history later, it was accepted fine on the vehicle that rejected it (as a transfer). My working theory is that it was a double-tap, and first accepted it, but then saw it again and rejected it. Part of the problem, is that if you've tapped once, you can't tap again just afterwards on the same vehicle. And the Red X for rejected, is exactly the same as a double-tap. Presto/TTC need to improve the messaging on the devices. Not a big issue on a streetcar, if you know you've got a pass, or you are on a transfer. But how do you know, if it's your first tap? And how can the operator on a bus make a judgement call?
  2. That begs the question of what was originally being considered a "failure" and should it ever have been considered a failure.
  3. Despite that, they've come a lot closer to hitting the 35K MDBF recently, with 29K in the July report, up about 10K from same time last year. Might hit it soon if things improve at the same rate.
  4. Was there a plan to retire the CRLVs in 3-5 years? There was a plan to retire the ALRVs later on - and we know how that ended. ... so many plans ...
  5. If only some 501 and 506 trippers aren't accessible, then I believe the AODA requirement has been met, with frequent service being accessible. The same way that AODA doesn't require every subway entrance be accessible - only one. That being said, we know that the CLRVs are being retired soon. Discussion is moot at this point.
  6. 506 might even have relatively high ridership on weekends. On weekdays at mid-day and afternoon peak, it has 28 cars, while it has 25 cars on Saturday afternoon peak. However, if you look at the most recent crowding statistics that Steve Munro reported, 506 isn't overcrowded at peak (unlike 501 and 510), it's operating at 120% of (the lower off-peak) capacity mid-day on weekdays and 119% of capacity on Saturday afternoons. It really should have 34 CLRVs during those periods to meet current TTC service standards. With off-peak capacity being 42 on the CLRVs and 70 on the Flexities, and the recent 6-7% increase in run times, they should have at least 21 to 22 Flexities mid-day on weekdays and Saturdays. My guess is that they'll just run 24 Flexities from AM peak through PM peak on weekdays, and perhaps slightly less on Saturday afternoons, if they meet their promise of meeting service standards.
  7. I'm not sure what your source of information is, but that seems very unlikely, and is much lower than the numbers that TTC have previously published. Currently 506 uses 36 vehicles in AM peak - 28 CLRVs and 8 buses. If you go back to January 2018, they had 32 CLRVs on 506 (and 18 CLRVs on 505). Meanwhile, round-trip times have been increased from 154 minutes in January 2018 to 159 minutes now. Throw in that the capacity of the new streetcars is less than double the old ones (130 versus 74), and to provide the same capacity as January 2018, you'd need 21 Flexities. TTC previously published that they were planning on using 24 Flexities on 506 and 14 on 505 - I don't see how this would be smaller, given the increase in run times, and increases in demand.
  8. Westbound on Dundas near Jarvis now. Presumably that rumoured charter and not actually in service.
  9. With 15 Flexities out on 511 this afternoon, that's more than enough to cover 501L and 508. Even with the increase in cars from 7 CLRVs to 8 Flexities on 501L at peak. With the reduction in cars on 501 by 3 to 4, because of the Queen/Kingston construction, there should still be some left to have some Flexities on 511. I'm a little baffled though, how they will have enough cars, to cover both 505 and 506 (let alone 502/503), at the rate they keep adding extra peak cars to the other routes.
  10. Counting differences, I'd think. If you look the entire ridership is up 9% from last year, but elsewhere we are told that is slightly down. These are unlinked trips instead of linked trips, that TTC usually reports. In 2018, suddenly subway trips increased significantly - and the story was that they'd been reporting linked trips rather than unlinked trips. I'd assume something similar with this big streetcar jump? Meanwhile there's a similar increase in number of riders to subway trips, and a decrease in bus trips. My best guess is that the pre-2019 numbers had more errors, and under-reported unlinked (versus linked) trips. (the operative word there is 'guess'!)
  11. Not sure they are bothering ... last thing they need is a streetcar broken down near the CNE.
  12. Both back at Leslie now, but spotted 4566 at Main Street station about 10 pm.
  13. What's the construction at Sheppard West station?
  14. Looks like the Minister will be making a Metrolinx announcement (or re-announcement?) tomorrow at 8:30 AM. It's at the UP Platform at Union Station - so not necessarily GO. Though there can't be too many good spots to do announcements during the peak of AM rush hour at Union these days. With the new GO timetables being released here, and rumours about increased service for the Kitchener line, my guess is that this may be about the new September timetable for the Kitchener line, including more service at Bloor and Weston. https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2019/08/minister-of-transportation-to-make-an-announcement-58.html
  15. I spotted 4048 on King East about 10 minutes ago training (with the sign up, and orange vests inside). Heading east on Queen East at Logan right now. I wonder how much longer they are going to be doing training on the CRLVs.
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