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  1. I'm glad to hear it's just the Minister now! Hopefully ridership will recover fast enough for October. I meant the trains that will (afaict) deadhead from Union to run the first trips from Aurora (9:57) and Mount Joy (9:12), where there seems to be lots of room to run them as revenue trips with all stops. Though since you say the schedule was cut back from GO's original plans, maybe there would have been some conflicts if it hadn't been?
  2. If I'm reading the schedules correctly, it's even more generous, with 35 minutes at either end during half-hourly service, growing to 65 minutes at Oshawa when it's hourly. Another interesting quirk is how one of the evening West Harbour trains turns back east and runs in the same slot it would if it stayed at Aldershot! There's also a good number of trains silently cancelled, many being counter-peak ones that can't run because of more frequent peak direction service, but some seem to be reverting from revenue to equipment trips for no apparent reason (the first outbound Barrie and Stouffville trips). The Aldershot to Long Branch express is also gone -- without any intermediate stops at say Oakville or Port Credit it couldn't have been very useful. Also three Kitchener trains have the Etobicoke North stop removed, I'm not sure why.
  3. Are the Eglinton changes not happening after all? That'd be sad. 2005 to 2011 iirc. 202 was just the old name for the 103 -- the renumbering happened as Brampton introduced Zum on Main, and MT wanted something shiny to show for the occasion.
  4. Does the GO protocol work both ways? I've only heard of GO passengers being allowed on the TTC.
  5. Installed the app and sniffed packets to find where it gets the data. :‬| And yes there's a delay of about a minute compared to what you'd see in the app, since the server checks the feed every 40 seconds at most and the page gets it from there twice a minute.
  6. Curiosity got the better of me and I ended up doing a quick map of the data Transit is using.
  7. The 35 also has a few scheduled bunches since the April 11 signup. It seems that their algorithm for updating runtimes works differently on trippers and interlined trips, always keeping one of the terminal times fixed instead of allowing both to change like on normal runs.
  8. I fiddled with the route map to show express stops as well as different line widths for frequent and infrequent routes like on the TTC map.
  9. This might get interesting in a while: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/miway/miwayfive First major review of the system since 2005 and it's supposed to include public consultation.
  10. These improvements, if the schedule won't be much different than the one in the EA, would actually make two-way peak service a lot harder to run. The current schedule, after the Guelph and Acton sidings are reactivated, would have room for trips from Toronto around 6:10 and Kitchener around 17:40, while the EA schedule wouldn't have any time left for an afternoon peak Kitchener departure.
  11. The Google schedule data is up. A few observations. The Dundas redesign was done in an interesting way. In the midday, there is a net increase in service with the new 101, but during the peak there's less trips scheduled (by around 5%) with more local than express trips, while currently the express routes combined are more frequent than the 1. An exception here is westbound in the AM peak where the 20 minute gaps in the express service have been filled. Despite the 201 being converted to blue buses, the 108 is still mostly orange, with only 9 of 22 runs done with blue buses. The late night frequency cut on Dundas is practically nonexistent, affecting only the last two headways of the day, however there are a couple of 17-18 minute headways at the shoulders of the midday period. The 52 and 55 loops are scheduled with one bus each and timed for transfers to the 51 and 5. The 51 gains two trips in the AM and four trips in the PM, while the 5 loses one trip in the AM and two in the PM. Off peak service sees no changes, apart from a slightly later end of service on the 51.
  12. The service change text is also up. It's quite sneaky regarding the service reduction on the 1, especially considering the 50% cut for late night service.
  13. Two way service with the post-GTS track layout should be perfectly doable, with the compromise that only peak-direction trains would stop at Etobicoke North, so that the other direction can use the same track as the UPX. It looks like 30 minute service would be possible without any meets at Brampton or west of Mount Pleasant, which would keep one track free for CN at all times. The "GO" track from Malton south, with most GO service using the UPX tracks, could also support two-way express service to Kitchener.
  14. Is Georgetown now storing four trains overnight? GO Tracker data seems to point that way.
  15. They once experimented with making Rathburn car-free to ensure buses could access the terminal, it was either this or last Canada Day. Maybe they didn't mention the 109 because it doesn't stop anywhere between Skymark and the 427. Good news in any case, with Skymark to Islington taking over 25' during the PM rush. It will be interesting to see if they can meet their 34' target for Winston Churchill to Kipling, with the downgrade to mixed traffic on Rathburn and the "priority" signal at Mavis working like it does.
  16. Have they ever had worse than hourly frequency for service during the day? It's surprising that enough people use the 80-odd minute New Year's service that they're still running it after 3-4 years of those frequencies.
  17. December service changes 42 Derry: better weekday frequency, 13' from 16' peak, 24' from 30' off-peak, and earlier weekend trips 38 Creditview and 39 Britannia: Sunday frequency from 60'/33' to 45' on both routes, likely interlined 24 and 107 return to the LINK station loop single trip adjustments on the 14, 20, 91, and 311
  18. One thing I noticed with the new schedules is that the 108, now officially express, still seems to interline with local routes. Not just the 70 and 201 - quite a lot of trips come off or go onto actual local routes and stay there for hours. Does anyone know how MT will handle this regarding blue/orange buses? List of these trips for the curious:
  19. The schedules are now up on Click-n-Ride. While the 108's AM frequency is indeed 15 minutes (apart from the oddball 5:25am trip), the PM frequency is still mostly 30', with one last 60' headway between 7:00 and 8:00pm.
  20. The official pamphlet is already out. http://www7.mississauga.ca/Documents/TW/miway/servicechange/20130902/miTRANSIT_SEPT2013.pdf
  21. It's back up now, or at least an older version from before I first put it online.
  22. Apart from the short turns, they were also planning to redesign the express routes. The plan was to get rid of the 201 in its current form and introduce midday express service. I don't know what (if any) re-routing they were going to do, but I can't see them going straight to the "express to South Common, local to Ridgeway" design just yet, given the current level of Sunday service and recent weekend service cuts. The redesign was supposed to happen as soon as they had enough blue buses, i.e. the 2013 series if going by the winter schedule. But the summer schedule takes away 5 AM/6 PM peak blue buses, and given that there's already 12 spares in the PM peak (16 in the AM), they could easily cover the 201's 5-6 buses in May. As for the short turn loops, they use Dundas-Confederation-King-Hurontario in the west and the Summerville Ct cul-de-sac in the east end. (Edit: I can't count)
  23. May service changes are up on the ATU1572 site. - As usual, the 110 short turns are cancelled for the season and 88 weekend service starts - 107 service to Humber College is also suspended and frequencies reduced to 16' AM, 23' midday, 17' PM - Timed transfers between the 5 and 23 at Lakeshore/Ogden are back on Sundays (this was cancelled back in July 2011) - 22 gets a new Sunday evening round trip - Single trip adjustments: GO transfers on 13, 19, 29, 45, 110 and in-system transfers on 7, 16, 20, 24, 109 - No changes yet to Dundas, maybe they're waiting for the BRT to open?
  24. The bus icons are indeed GO's. All I did was add in the bus requests and prevent it from removing all of the markers with each response. And those little speed/origin/destination boxes. The speeds also had me confused for a while. The current map should however distinguish between the two.
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