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  1. It certainly looked faster than 60 - I see that often enough in a 50-zone. I think they were doing this for several nights in a row. Presumably they were trying several speeds; they weren't getting close to Parliament, which was the end of their zone; so could have gone faster than it did.
  2. Roads were closed. Intersections were blocked. Police were everywhere.
  3. I kind of assumed they meant backwards and forwards. One evening when 501 and 504 service was suspended, I was walking up Parliament to find a streetcar, and came across them doing speed trials of Flexities loaded with sandbags from the hill to the Queen Street bridge over the Don, towards Parliament (and then a breaking test). I'd swear they were exceeding 80 km/hr going forwards. VID-20131029-00021.MP4
  4. Oh, I'm sure it's been fixed - but not technically warranty work, as it had never been completed. Did TTC include it in their count. I could go both ways on that. I wonder if there are more recent vehicles that need warranty work.
  5. If. When TTC mentioned the 67 (of 89) streetcars in October 2018, did it include prototype 4401, which had only been sent to TTC as a prototype, and had been previously returned to Bombardier for completion in Spring 2018? 4400 first entered TTC service in 2014, with 4402 in in 2016. But 4401 first entered service in 2020.
  6. According to the map, they are using Manitoba Drive, which is closed during the CNE. I'm not sure why they just don't extend the 29 or something, if this service is really needed. 171 Map 29 Map
  7. I really don't get the Ontario Place route ... surely it's faster to walk from Exhibition Loop to Ontario place, rather than take that bus - especially when there's any traffic on Lakeshore. I'd have thought they'd have taken a more direct route through the Exhibition grounds. 172 will get some usage as time passes.
  8. That's not so much a tail track, as the one/third of the station that isn't used for 4-car trains.
  9. We all know that CLRV had issues in the early 1980s after deliveries were complete. I was thinking more about the last couple of decades, than 2018 and 2019.
  10. Mostly for construction. Partially because of the shortage. The rebuild itself hasn't had a lot of impact, given Covid started weeks after the last delivery. Had they ordered the new cars earlier, fixed the ALRVs properly (which indeed likely wasn't worth it), or signed the option for 60 more cars back when staff said it was necessary (not to mention cheaper), then it wouldn't be the same type of issue. As for the day-to-day performance - even for cars that the welding issues have yet to be resolved - I think it's very good. Anyone got the 1982 faults/km data?
  11. I suppose; CLRV deliveries ended in 1981 (with about 78 delivered that year), so say compare 1982 and 1983 to, say, 2020 and 2021 (ignoring that the 4 final cars weren't delivered until January 2020). I really can't remember any horror stories with the Flexities, other than the welding issue, which is all warrantee work. And that didn't seem to have an impact to riders.
  12. In what way? It's only been 2 years since deliveries ended. I've certainly had less breakdowns while riding than in CLRV days.
  13. I don't see how those numbers have any meaning whatsoever without normalizing them by ridership. It mostly reads like a list of TTC's busiest bus routes. Only thing that jumps out is the 320 Yonge - which is by far the busiest night bus.
  14. From Ellesmere to Kennedy is now approved, and they just have to sort out funding with Metrolinx. Using the existing stations at Lawrence East and Ellesmere, and adding one at Tara/Mooregate about half-way between Kennedy and Lawrence. I wonder if they'll continue to use it after 2030 - and where service would go then. I don't know the ridership along Kennedy enough to know whether it may be a good idea to be part of a 943 Kennedy service - similar to how the 939 Finch still uses a piece of that BRT that used to run from Sheppard West to York University.
  15. The city is in charge of the eastern extension; they are focusing more on the second platform for Bloor TTC station currently..
  16. Because it's in Doug Ford's riding.
  17. I thought the platforms were 120 metres long, with a pair of 48-metre cars - or four 30-metre cars.
  18. Ottawa is designed for up to 4 (somewhat shorter) cars though. So could have as many as pantographs. It's already running every 5 minutes - which is more frequent than we'll see Finch for a long time.
  19. No. It doesn't refer to the weight of the tracks either.
  20. Do you think calling teenagers "ruthless" is an okay thing to do?
  21. If they use the Montreal configuration, it's similar to the T1 trains on Line 2, where you get two pairs of 19-metre long cars. So the total length is 76-metres. But unlike Line 2, the two pairs are connected. If they were to decide they were only ever to run (for example) 100-metre long trains, I believe they could build a fix 5-car all-connected train with 20-metre long cars, using Alstom Metropolis stock. But that would take away all the flexibility. Which is fine for a mature system, like the TTC Lines 1, 2, and 4, and the Montreal metro lines, where you know that you'll always run full-length trains. But I can see that it might be a bit much for a brand new system - especially if they extend this up to 407, and interline it with a Pickering to Burlington service.\ I'm not sure what weight has to do with it, rather than length, width, and frequency. I suppose it's an analogous substitute, as a 150-metre long TTC subway train with a thousand people on it is going to way a lot more than a 40-metre long train with 250 people on it. But I don't think I've ever seen loaded train weight used in this way.
  22. The specs call for ultimately more than 20,000 riders per hour per directions. That's certainly not LRT (light rail), or even IC (intermediate) like the SRT. That's most definitely heavy rail. Higher capacity than Line 4 Sheppard (unless they were to extend the platforms). Just different technology than the existing subway. Maybe the catenary works better for some (most?) winter conditions - it's a complete disaster during an ice storm though - as we witness on the streetcar system.
  23. If you examine the graphic in an image editor, it's because the "black" isn't quite black. Black is R:0 G:0 B:0 This is R:0 G:1 B:5 The difference is imperceptible to my eye. Why the software isn't converting it to white I don't know - I'd suggest they upgrade whatever browser or what they are using. Looks fine here on Chrome with the usual black on white - personally I can't abide reading white text on dark background. It hurts my eyes after a while. So how about Line 5 then?
  24. How this much different to them throwing 60ยข in the box instead of $2.30? Students that age are supposed to show their card. If TTC doesn't give enough of a crap to enforce that, why should anyone else worry about it?
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