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3 hours ago, dayone said:

Hi Sammi, is it possible for you to darken the streets and street names?

I've been experimenting with that, actually... I originally lightened the streets so that the colors of the markers would stand out more. Clearly that's not great either, so I'll try to find a middle ground.

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It's interesting to see how many cars marked as Roncy are at Russell and vice versa on the tracker.

 

Just letting you know that there are many runs which start off at Russell and ends at Roncy and vice versa. On top of that, when streetcars are late and they swap crew or make use of SACs, the car changes run numbers. So a car returning back to Roncy might instead end up at Russell.

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13 hours ago, Xtrazsteve said:

It's interesting to see how many cars marked as Roncy are at Russell and vice versa on the tracker.

 

Just letting you know that there are many runs which start off at Russell and ends at Roncy and vice versa. On top of that, when streetcars are late and they swap crew or make use of SACs, the car changes run numbers. So a car returning back to Roncy might instead end up at Russell.

I've checked the service plan for 501/504, and there are only three pairs of streetcars that exchange on a weekday. As for unscheduled exchanges, I can't really keep track of those.

I used the service plans to assign each one to a division. Find out each car's run number, then look for it in the run guide, and see whichever division it pulled out of. Problem is, I used the May 8 service plan and not the current one, so most of the information is actually not quite right. >_> I'll probably take some time during the week to fix everything.

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3 hours ago, sammi said:

I've checked the service plan for 501/504, and there are only three pairs of streetcars that exchange on a weekday. As for unscheduled exchanges, I can't really keep track of those.

Must be dozens if not hundreds a day. Seem to be more common that unscheduled short-turns of late. Normally two streetcars pull up head-to-head and the drivers walk over.

Though today I saw an unusual one at Gerrard/Broadview, where the front and back 506W streetcars swapped drivers.

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1 hour ago, Toronto Transit Fanning said:

Hey, I also sent an email, nothing came back just yet.

Are you, by any chance, the one who sent me two emails asking for an account?

Don't worry, I did read all the emails and will get around to it tonight. But please keep in mind that this is only a side project for me, and that I might not be able to respond to everything immediately, or even within the same day, since I may have other more important things (such as school) taking up my time.

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On 9/18/2016 at 6:32 PM, Toronto Transit Fanning said:
On 9/18/2016 at 8:03 PM, sammi said:

Are you, by any chance, the one who sent me two emails asking for an account?

Don't worry, I did read all the emails and will get around to it tonight. But please keep in mind that this is only a side project for me, and that I might not be able to respond to everything immediately, or even within the same day, since I may have other more important things (such as school) taking up my time.

Yes, i think so lol, Thanks

 

On 9/18/2016 at 6:32 PM, Toronto Transit Fanning said:

 

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Hi all,

Some of the regular tracker users may have noticed that I recently changed the name of the site (and this thread!) to PocketTrack. It's been a long time coming; I only really called it 'SammDOT Tracker' because everyone else, CPTDB and elsewhere, has been calling it that (because, you know, sammdot.ca). I didn't really like that name all that much, mostly because I don't like naming things after myself, and just that it seems like a less creative name. :P

Why PocketTrack? I originally thought of the name as a reference to pocket tracks on the subway system. I know, the tracker doesn't even do subway yet, but I'm (slowly) working on that. For now, pretend I named it that way because it's a tracker that fits in your pocket.

I will be writing a series of articles on various parts of PocketTrack that I'm working on, or have at least thought of doing but haven't gotten around to coding yet. Since I went to the closure yesterday, today's article is on shuttle buses:

https://blog.sammdot.ca/pockettrack-tracking-shuttle-buses-is-hard-9becf687e77

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6 hours ago, sammi said:

Hi all,

Some of the regular tracker users may have noticed that I recently changed the name of the site (and this thread!) to PocketTrack. It's been a long time coming; I only really called it 'SammDOT Tracker' because everyone else, CPTDB and elsewhere, has been calling it that (because, you know, sammdot.ca). I didn't really like that name all that much, mostly because I don't like naming things after myself, and just that it seems like a less creative name. :P

Why PocketTrack? I originally thought of the name as a reference to pocket tracks on the subway system. I know, the tracker doesn't even do subway yet, but I'm (slowly) working on that. For now, pretend I named it that way because it's a tracker that fits in your pocket.

I will be writing a series of articles on various parts of PocketTrack that I'm working on, or have at least thought of doing but haven't gotten around to coding yet. Since I went to the closure yesterday, today's article is on shuttle buses:

https://blog.sammdot.ca/pockettrack-tracking-shuttle-buses-is-hard-9becf687e77

Hey Sammi, I was able to log in a while ago, but now every time I put in my username and password it says 'No such token' and won't let me in. 

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46 minutes ago, TTCOpITM said:

Hey Sammi, I was able to log in a while ago, but now every time I put in my username and password it says 'No such token' and won't let me in. 

It sounds like you haven't signed up. That's weird. Can you message me (email or forum) your username? I'll look into it.

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2 hours ago, dayone said:

Is it possible for an in-service vehicle with a working GPS to be shown with a circle marker?

Yes. The circle marker represents a vehicle is not predictable (technically it's when predictable="false" in the XML). It happens when an in service vehicle is completely off schedule (time or route). If an in service vehicle stays at the same location for a long time or on a detour. Otherwise it could mean the bus is way off scheduled or is operated on a different branch than scheduled.

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17 hours ago, Xtrazsteve said:

Yes. The circle marker represents a vehicle is not predictable (technically it's when predictable="false" in the XML). It happens when an in service vehicle is completely off schedule (time or route). If an in service vehicle stays at the same location for a long time or on a detour. Otherwise it could mean the bus is way off scheduled or is operated on a different branch than scheduled.

Oh yes, I forgot about detours. So the bus I was tracking was sent to another route when it should've deadheaded to the garage.

Do change-offs often show up as circle markers?

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Just now, dayone said:

Oh yes, I forgot about detours. So the bus I was tracking was sent to another route when it should've deadheaded to the garage.

Do change-offs often show up as circle markers?

It really depends on what nextbus thinks the bus is doing. Typically if the run number is not signed on the trump unit. It'll just be a typical NIS bus. Usually the one inbound for service won't be signed on till the op starts driving it. The one heading back to the garage would remain signed on until someone signs off. Sometimes a bus can sit at the garage for hours still reporting being on a certain route.

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2 hours ago, Xtrazsteve said:

It really depends on what nextbus thinks the bus is doing. Typically if the run number is not signed on the trump unit. It'll just be a typical NIS bus. Usually the one inbound for service won't be signed on till the op starts driving it. The one heading back to the garage would remain signed on until someone signs off. Sometimes a bus can sit at the garage for hours still reporting being on a certain route.

An operator can sign on to a route, but choose to leave out the run number? I wonder if it's common for ops to not sign the run number on the trump if they know the bus needs to be driven to the garage after their shift ends.

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18 hours ago, dayone said:

An operator can sign on to a route, but choose to leave out the run number? I wonder if it's common for ops to not sign the run number on the trump if they know the bus needs to be driven to the garage after their shift ends.

I believe they have to sign in with a sequence of numbers including the route, run and the op's badge number. I don't think they can leave the run number out. Maybe an op on this board can verify this.

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