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Here's some pictures of the NextBus screen in a bus shelter and a demo NextBus screen for 39 Finch East.

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I thought the TTC had forgotten about the Finch Station screens that they were suppose to install by the end of this year. Although, that doesn't look like it has been installed at Finch yet. I can't wait until I see all these signs all around the City. It will really improve my trip on the TTC knowing how long I have to wait for the next bus.

EDIT: TTC.ca: Next Vehicle Information System

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TTC To Be Free On New Year's Eve Thanks To Last Minute Funding

Tuesday December 16, 2008

CityNews.ca Staff

You've heard the messages before: don't drink and drive, especially not on New Year's Eve.

For years, that wasn't really a problem because the TTC was free on the biggest celebratory night of the season. But then came harder times and the Red Rocket was forced to continually hunt for sponsors to pay for that free ride. And this year, it started to look like no one was willing to pony up the money.

But if one company couldn't find the big bucks necessary for the fare free attitude, maybe several could take up the slack. That's the idea behind the Toronto Entertainment Alliance, a group of almost 30 different companies - including Molson's, Labatt's and Sleeman's, and various restaurants, nightclubs and other hospitality related industries - who are all chipping in for the cause.

It means the TTC will indeed be free this New Year's Eve, with no fares required between midnight and 4am on January 1st. The idea is to allow you to celebrate the arrival of 2009 without having to get into your car afterwards.

"There will be free TTC," confirmed mayor David Miller. "Torontonians don't have to make a choice, they can say on New Year's Eve, 'I'm taking the TTC.' "

More than 100,000 people are expected to take advantage of the offer and the TTC will be running extra subway service until 4 in the morning (see schedule below) to let you party all night long and still get home in one relatively revelling piece.

"After a night of celebration, it is our aim to help ensure our patrons arrive home safely," an Alliance statement reads. "Our customers' well being is always our number one priority."

If the groups involved - who all have a vested interest in having people come out that night - find they get their money's worth by their donations, it could become the standard for sponsoring the freebie in the coming years, potentially solving a dilemma that confronts the TTC every year.

"In a week's time we were able to raise $85,000 to support the free TTC on New Year's Eve and to get people home safe," said Nick Di Donata, President and CEO, Liberty Entertainment, who put together the sponsors.

It's one way to get to and from Citytv's annual New Year's Eve Bash at Nathan Phillips Square, the premier freebie event of the year and the place where thousands of GTA residents choose to usher in the calendar change. Details on this year's line-up can be found here.

Police vow to be everywhere on December 31st, with R.I.D.E. spotchecks catching those who don't take the group up on their offer. So far, Toronto Police have stopped more than 46,000 cars in 184 locations, tested 1,032 drivers and issued 122 12-hour suspensions, 33 90-day suspensions and charged more 35 people with various impaired driving offences.

The TTC holiday schedule is out. Here's where you can catch your last train on the big night:

* Yonge-University-Spadina Subway leaves Union Station at 3:30am for Finch Station and 3:34am for Downsview Station;

* Bloor-Danforth Subway leaves Bloor-Yonge Station at 3:37am for Kipling Station and at 3:37am for Kennedy Station;

* Scarborough RT leaves Kennedy Station at 4:05am for McCowan Station.

* Sheppard Subway leaves Sheppard-Yonge Station at 3:58am for Don Mills Station.

Most of the other transit systems in the GTA are also free on New Year's Eve, including the buses that run in Brampton, Mississauga , Durham and York Region. GO Transit is also free that night, starting at 7pm until the end of service on the various lines.

http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_30144.aspx

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I like this GPS system because you can track exactly where the next streetcar is which I find is pretty cool, way more advanced then Viva.

VIVA's does track exactly where the buses are as well. They just don't happen to make the information available publicly.

Dan

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VIVA's does track exactly where the buses are as well. They just don't happen to make the information available publicly.

Dan

yup., exactly. The dispatch console is pretty well detailed. There is even one screen that "maps" out all the buses on an actual map. But, If you know how long till your bus comes is it really necessary to show where it is, I mean really?

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Other news to pass you by:

TTC raises much-needed funds for United Way

December 18, 2008

Toronto Transit Commission employees and pensioners have once again proved that the TTC also stands for Transit That Cares, raising a record $1,260,000.

A cheque was presented today to the United Way by TTC General Manager of Operations Rick Cornacchia, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 President Bob Kinnear, and IAMAW Lodge 235 Chair Scott Johnson.

“In these difficult economic times, it is wonderful to see our employees and pensioners stepping up to help those less fortunate than themselves,” said TTC Chief General Manager Gary Webster. “The generosity and community spirit of the TTC family is heartening.”

The TTC employees and pensioners have raised more than $8 million for the United Way of Greater Toronto over the past eight years.

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More bad news today ;) : Police probe shooting at crowded TTC bus http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNe...1/?hub=CP24Home

Hard to tell from the tv footage but it looked like the unit involved was 1658 eastbound on Eglinton at Dufferin. Two bullit holes in the side of the bus (one window and one rear door)... thankfully nobody was hurt.

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More bad news today ;) : Police probe shooting at crowded TTC bus http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNe...1/?hub=CP24Home

Hard to tell from the tv footage but it looked like the unit involved was 1658 eastbound on Eglinton at Dufferin. Two bullit holes in the side of the bus (one window and one rear door)... thankfully nobody was hurt.

That sucks. I was the last person on this board to catch 1658 yesterday on the 52.

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1403 was involved.Bent Rack.

The whole front has damaged as well. More for the Hillcrest shop guys to do.

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Hard to tell from the tv footage but it looked like the unit involved was 1658 eastbound on Eglinton at Dufferin. Two bullit holes in the side of the bus (one window and one rear door)... thankfully nobody was hurt.

Yes, it was 1658. It was actually westbound Eglinton at Dufferin. Man, the NGs are having a bad couple days. First 1239 was in an accident and now 1403 and 1658 are damaged as well ;).

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http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNe...2/?hub=CP24Home

Probably trying to beat the streetcar, when will pedestrians ever learn?

Mon Dec. 22 2008 5:58:19 PM

Woman in hospital after being struck by streetcar

Web Staff, cp24.com

Streetcars pile up just south of where a pedestrian was hit on the 510 line. (CP24/Omar Sachedina)

A woman in her mid forties has been taken to hospital after she was struck by a streetcar during rush hour, police say.

The victim was crossing the Spadina tracks diagonally when she was hit by the vehicle, but her immediate condition is not yet known, police at the scene tell CP24.

Streetcars are rerouting around the scene, north of Dundas.

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People are always jaywalking across the Spadina ROW, this is not the first time someone got hit by a streetcar there :).

probably attribute to very few pedestrian crossings around that area and takes bloody forever for the pedestrian signal to switch.

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This guy is coming to AJAX area near you!

http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_30733.aspx

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'Transit Rapist' Returns To GTA Amid Police Warning

Tuesday January 6, 2009

CityNews.ca Staff

His name is Orville Dwayne Thompson and if you live in Ajax, he could be your new neighbour.

Thompson is the focus of one of those public alerts about the release of a man police believe is ripe to re-offend. And while they're powerless to stop him from returning to your area, they have taken the rare step of letting you know he's about to be in your midst.

Thompson is a convicted sex offender with a nasty record. The 37-year-old finished a 13-year sentence on Monday and was released from prison to be re-integrated into the community.

Thompson has multiple convictions for sexual assault, sex assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, uttering death threats, carrying a concealed weapon and break and enter. He was known as the Transit Rapist because many of his offences centered around the TTC over a period of several months back in 1992. (He's pictured below at the time of his arrest that same year.)

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His rage was directed against women ranging in age from 43 to 76 years of age. He was convicted of attacking seven of them after they got off a subway or a bus.

In one case, a 63-year-old woman was followed to her home after leaving public transit. She testified that it was Thompson who followed her on to the elevator in her apartment building, got off at her floor and forced his way into her apartment.

She told the jury she lives in 'shame' over being raped twice in her own home, admitting she contracted a sexually transmitted disease from the encounter.

Authorities were also convinced he was a bad dude, with the Crown trying to get him declared a dangerous offender during his trial and the Parole Board denying him early release on numerous occasions.

But after serving his entire sentence, he was about to go back on the streets without any supervision at all.

Durham cops intervened and got a Section 810 order against him, the same kind of legal leash once attached to Karla Homolka when she was set free. It means Thompson must obey a strict 10pm-6am curfew, unless accompanied by a chaperone or if he's at work.

He can't possess any weapons and most importantly of all, he's not allowed to contact any of his previous victims. But the one thing the order doesn't allow them to do is to stop him from moving into an area of his choosing.

He'll be back in Ajax with his family and cops can't do anything about where he's chosen to reside or where he goes from there. But they want residents there to know about his presence and keep an eye out for him - because they will be, too.

The release of potentially dangerous former inmates to old neighbourhoods has caused great controversy in the past, with advocates complaining ex-felons have no way of starting over.

One, pedophile Peter Whitmore, was forced out of the GTA and wound up re-offending out west. Many argued the intense public scrutiny and protest over his presence drove him to the deed that sent him back to prison, while others maintain the public has a right to know.

For now, cops are asking anyone who sees anything suspicious to call them at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2525.

For more on Section 810 and what the orders mean, click here.

Dealing with high risk offenders

What should be done about released sex offenders?

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that guy is dumb, if you are on a subway car and the door opens like that while moving, pull the rope! thats why its there! im sure he wouldnt have gotten in trouble even the operator said he should have pulled l that rope

I see why he pressed the strip instead of the cord. You wouldn't wanna stop a train in the middle of a tunnel (it is a long tunnel though..).

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as the old saying goes "its better to be safe than sorry" think about it, a subway train is going pretty fast, a door suddenly opens unexpectedly thats not safe! sure you might get into a little trouble but considering the car became unsafe im sure they would understand your concerns and thank you for doing the right thing. what would you rather happen, somebody falls out the door and gets severely injured or even killed and face more shit (excuse my langauge) as too why you saw something dangerous and didnt do anything about it

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as the old saying goes "its better to be safe than sorry" think about it, a subway train is going pretty fast, a door suddenly opens unexpectedly thats not safe! sure you might get into a little trouble but considering the car became unsafe im sure they would understand your concerns and thank you for doing the right thing. what would you rather happen, somebody falls out the door and gets severely injured or even killed and face more shit (excuse my langauge) as too why you saw something dangerous and didnt do anything about it

There was no one else on the car or near the doors atleast, so I don't think it would warrant pulling the emergency stop cord. It's not like it could've sucked him out of the train. If the train had a lot of people on it, then that's another story.

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