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  1. Yes - so all you could have ever been out of pocket is how much transit one could spend in 24-hours. It's not like people are jumping on planes to Vancouver with their Presto Card! If you have auto-reload (and I do), then it must be a registered card, so you still get the rest of the reloaded money back, if one is triggered.
  2. Debit/credit card info isn't saved on the Presto Card.
  3. I got a $50.71 credit on my $143 monthly pass. That would be about 11/31 of the value. My last regular day of travel was March 18th, and then, because I had the pass already, I used it to go a couple of stops whille shopping a couple of different day. So looks like they did 11 unused days for me. If I'd have known it worked like that, I'd have walked, and got the extra $9.22 instead! I can't complain though, I used the pass quite heavily until the 18th. So it was still significantly cheaper paying for rides. Might take a long time to burn through $50 ... I've only paid 7 fares since March!
  4. I've had an old H&S manual once from the makers of Aroclor, and it's perfectly safe ... they said if ingested, just drink milk. I bet you oppose Organic Dry Cleaning as well! (this is real, and local, BTW - https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.649409,-79.3674653,3a,28.7y,206.23h,84.29t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sNoVtyPyogBs8LeewdCUgEg!2e0!5s20150901T000000!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en - not fully off-topic ... you can see the Lakeshore East/Stouffville/Richmond GO in the background)
  5. Not sure what "like it or not" and "get use to it" are written above. I'd be quite happy to see gasoline and diesel engines banned in urban areas. Not because of climate change - just for health and fresh air issues. But that doesn't mean that TTC is going to suddenly stop ordering diesel buses - that only last 12 years, in 2021. The best way to successfully end diesel buses, is to make sure that the transition goes smoothly, with all the kinks worn out. For TTC to be 50% electric by 2040 (I hope it's higher), they need to start taking deliveries in 2033 or 2034.
  6. Did you have a pass in March or April? It's probably the refund. They started trickling out a couple of weeks ago. http://www.ttc.ca/News/2020/August/21_08_20NR_presto_credit.jsp
  7. Yes ... tokens and tickets too ... and I found a couple more the other day. They are yet to set a day when they end. See this page - https://www.ttc.ca/News/2019/October/23_10_19NR_StopSellTokens.jsp and the note at the top of https://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/Fare_information/index.jsp
  8. If the province of Ontario wants to back up a truck (train?) with 500 free battery-powered buses, then I guess it's all-in. But I see your point!
  9. I'd think they'd want to run these for 4-5 years, before committing to anything large-scale. Get a better idea about the lifespan costs.
  10. Offhand, both Seattle and Vancouver have way more. The poorly-written article means battery-powered buses. Though is it the largest? I thought Gray Line in BC ordered 80, before TTC did. Perhaps not all delivered yet? And I thought STM were ordering something similar to test ... I think they've got more New Flyers than TTC ... did they get any other types? And that's just Canada. I thought tests in Mexico had been going on longer than Canada ... and then there's the USA.
  11. I'm guessing from the new 505 and 506 route maps showing up on various apps, that NextBus actually loaded the changes properly and timely for once ... I'm not sure what else changed significantly enough to notice ...
  12. Saw a Flexity heading eastbound on Upper Gerrard about 5 minutes ago ... probably sitting near Main right now. Didn't see the number though ... ... can't see anything in the tracker anywhere close-by ... curious. Edit ... 4563 - https://www.transsee.ca/fleetfind?a=ttc&q=4563 Possibly a training run, but I did see an in-service 506 Flexity a couple of weeks ago ... presumably a RAD car or something ... damn, missed it going the other way, already passed.
  13. Their thinking would be "How would that headline look in the Toronto Star". TTC can short-circuit that entire debate by stating how much extra it would cost to implement micro-transit on a handful of routes. That's how you do things politically.
  14. They want to do this to save money. But TTC already cancels routes when they have so little ridership that this might save money. There's literally nothing to be saved, and implementing microtransit for any of these routes would cost money - not save it.
  15. The only regular routes that comes close are the 99 Arrow and the Downsview Park. I honestly don't see the point for the latter, now they've built the subway station. Besides, didn't TTC move from microtransit to scheduled vehicles on the 400-series routes to save money? The government may be fools, but a simple cost-benefit comparison of any existing route, should end the discussion quickly. TTCriders are vastly overly-political about this. They shows their NDP colours far too frequently (and don't get me wrong ... I've voted NDP more often than I've voted PC ... but I don't think they go about it the right way, potentially alienating natural supporters).
  16. Complete and utter BS. The criteria was saving money. None of those routes have low enough ridership to save money using microtransit. What would that have to be ... about 5 rides an hour? Those are all in the 15-20 range at a minimum, and some much higher. TTCriders are far too political for their own good.
  17. More likely, that those who are poor enough that they aren't paying their fare, are more likely to have returned to transit usage, than those who own cars. I doubt there are actually more dodging fares than pre-covid.
  18. Yeah, that sounds about right. Maybe that explains what I couldn't understand many years ago ... the first change being track, and the second signalling ... I (likely wrongly) got the impression they were going to replace all the switches twice ... which just seemed odd.
  19. I seem to recall a discussion about a decade ago, that talked of the original system having (and I'm pulling the numbers out of my distant memory here - no guarantees) 15 mph switches, and first upgrading them to 30 mph, and then 45 mph. What are we at now? Good to here there's improvements to come with the signalling ... though at the rate we are going, I'm going to be spending more time sat at Union, than actually travelling ... though perhaps one day Danforth (Main) to Exhibition will be more convenient by subway ... (I'll swear though the crawl from Cherry to Union isn't as bad as it used to be in the 1980s or even early 2000s ... perhaps time moves faster now, ... or I'm just more engrossed in my phone ...) Sigh ...
  20. Interesting ... I missed the earlier (winter 2020?) changes. Looks like they speeded up Lakeshore West and eastbound Lakeshore East by 2-3 minutes ... but added 2-minutes to the Lakeshore East westbound ... I'm guessing the climb up from the lake to Danforth was the biggest issue. And also added an extra minute to the Union Dwell at that time (in reality it had always been 6, but the changed it on paper from 2 to 3). So now timing changes now, but most are a bit faster than historic. But travel time from Danforth to Exhibition in each direction has gone from 23 minutes to 26 minutes. In reality, they can do it in 20 minutes, if they are running behind schedule, and don't have to dwell more than the minimum at Union ... well perhaps 21 minutes eastbound climbing the hill to Danforth.
  21. So it's only us Danforth to Exhibition (or similar riders) who got screwed. I was hoping they'd actually cut a couple of minutes once they finished the years of switch upgrades. The "3 minute" dwell was always "6 minutes" until a few years ago ... those extra 3 minutes are just on paper to pad their on-time stats. Of late, I've seen them even earlier at Union, dwelling for 7 minutes on occasion. So now it will be up to 9 minutes - but scheduled as 5 ...). Are they still planning to do the final phase of switch upgrades at Union? Or are they done now.
  22. Looking at the times at Exhibition and Danforth, there's a longer dwell in Union than there used to be as well. The upgraded switches around Union station was supposed to make things through Union faster, not slower. And they have generally. Historically there was a scheduled 6-minute dwell ... which they'd changed to 2, without changing the Exhibition/Danforth timings. But in reality, 6 or 7 minutes was becoming more common in my experience. I'm not sure the need for the extra delay at Union, other than to pad their on-time performance, at the inconvenience of riders. I've not looked very long at the new Lakeshore times (gosh, that's going to take some getting used to after 50 years of knowing the trains leave 13 or 43 minutes past the hour). How do the rest of the timings look? Have they padded the whole thing?
  23. Options cost little to nothing. And who knows what trains the Ontario Line will use - that's up to the PPP bidding on the job. Who might well decide that the specified capacity, and their own calculations, that they might as well use a cheaper, proven, model. Presumably each of the bidders (usually three) will select their own vehicle manufacturer (and model) to be part of the team and do maintenance. Who knows what project TTC will want trains for by the time deliveries of the first 87 trains are complete. I heard comments about subways to Mississauga this week ...
  24. I think that's already higher than TTC's lowest route. Looking at the 2014 data (which I've already got in a sortable sheet), the lowest route/hour is the 99 Arrow Road, as 12 riders per vehicle hour on Saturdays. Checking the 2018 data, that route had risen to 20 riders per hour, minimum. There's Blue Night data for the 2018. The lowest ridership is the already-cancelled 365 with 20 passengers per weeknight. They use one bus for just under 3 hours. So even that's over 7 hours per vehicle hour - and already cancelled for exceptionally low ridership. That leaves the 50 riders on the 384 Sheppard West. It uses 2 buses, for 2.5 hours. So 10 passengers per vehicle hour. By that standard, there's not much money to be saved. All that leaves is the 400-series routes. Does anyone know the ridership on those ... though wasn't the whole point of making those fixed routes, rather than regular Wheeltrans service and taxis, to save money? Probably more of an issue for other more remote transit agencies.
  25. Looking at the ridership, the least-used TTC bus routes by far are 400, 402, 403, 404, 405, and 407. Perhaps they could use paid taxis instead ... That was easy!
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