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Miller has been occasionally parking the odd XD40 out in the oval stub road staging area by the office parking lot after the PM rush. Not sure why though. You could probably get a nice picture there.

Alternatively, they are parked in the first row facing Woodbine.

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I hope everyone has had a chance to calm down. Please keep in mind moving forward: do not antagonize other members and do not contribute to a thread's decline. Simply report bad behaviour, and the adm

All units to be operated by Southwest (which rules out the 90), will be used on the 20 for now.

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All week so far.

Out of curiosity, were the 11s delivered with bike racks or were they installed after delivery?

installed after delivery

Times have changed then. I find Miller employees nowadays are some of the kindest bunch you can ask for in terms of customer service, including to transit enthusiasts.

EDIT: 1402 out on a training run today.

it's fineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Miller has been occasionally parking the odd XD40 out in the oval stub road staging area by the office parking lot after the PM rush. Not sure why though. You could probably get a nice picture there.

Alternatively, they are parked in the first row facing Woodbine.

popped by today and saw 1417 parking in the cul-de-sac facing into the yard, but still very nice to see then, there's also one parked at veolia in the northern lot, not hard to miss since it's the only bus in that lot full of cars

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Rapidway has opened east of East Beaver Creek, one week early.

Viva Purple is operating full artic service today, not sure if to celebrate the opening or it'd possibly be the new Sunday norm.

I've noticed that the rapidway is only one lane under the 404, how will buses navigate that stretch during rush hour (or are the buses timed that well that it will never happen)

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I've noticed that the rapidway is only one lane under the 404, how will buses navigate that stretch during rush hour (or are the buses timed that well that it will never happen)

I usually commute on 7 and I haven't seen a viva bus meet each other on that end. But I think the different transit priority signals between the 404 off ramp intersections will direct one way traffic from that stretch.

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I've noticed that the rapidway is only one lane under the 404, how will buses navigate that stretch during rush hour (or are the buses timed that well that it will never happen)

eastbound buses have a jump light before the 404, buses merge into mixed traffic to go under the bridge, then merge back into the ROW after.... Westbound stays in the rapidway......

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Seeing how this is the first board meeting after summer, lots of YRT/Viva-related things in the agenda, including 2014 and 2015 service plan updates, Viva Network Expansion Plan, Spadina Subway Transit Strategy, July ridership statistics, and route performance assessment.

Well, I WAS going to go to sleep, but I gotta read all this juicy stuff. Thanks for the link!

EDIT: Not surprised by the lack of attendance/knowledge of YRT in East Gwillimbury. The area it was done, Sharon, is a bit higher-up in terms of household income and service is only with the 50 on Leslie and 58 through Mount Albert Sideroad.

A request to provide direct service from the Holland Landing area to Sharon bypassing the Town of Newmarket.

It could work once all the development is done with service to the main community areas. Otherwise, I don't see a real need for this route except for people from Sharon to get to the Holland Landing library and people from Holland Landing to get to the civic center/recreation complex. Even then, it'd be seldom used.

Also, ouch, only 1 person at the King session...

YRT's taking over GO Transit's old Newmarket garage too. I don't blame GO for moving, it's a real pain for buses to get out on Yonge now.

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Well, I WAS going to go to sleep, but I gotta read all this juicy stuff. Thanks for the link!

EDIT: Not surprised by the lack of attendance/knowledge of YRT in East Gwillimbury. The area it was done, Sharon, is a bit higher-up in terms of household income and service is only with the 50 on Leslie and 58 through Mount Albert Sideroad.

It could work once all the development is done with service to the main community areas. Otherwise, I don't see a real need for this route except for people from Sharon to get to the Holland Landing library and people from Holland Landing to get to the civic center/recreation complex. Even then, it'd be seldom used.

Also, ouch, only 1 person at the King session...

YRT's taking over GO Transit's old Newmarket garage too. I don't blame GO for moving, it's a real pain for buses to get out on Yonge now.

Well, I WAS going to go to sleep, but I gotta read all this juicy stuff. Thanks for the link!

EDIT: Not surprised by the lack of attendance/knowledge of YRT in East Gwillimbury. The area it was done, Sharon, is a bit higher-up in terms of household income and service is only with the 50 on Leslie and 58 through Mount Albert Sideroad.

It could work once all the development is done with service to the main community areas. Otherwise, I don't see a real need for this route except for people from Sharon to get to the Holland Landing library and people from Holland Landing to get to the civic center/recreation complex. Even then, it'd be seldom used.

Also, ouch, only 1 person at the King session...

YRT's taking over GO Transit's old Newmarket garage too. I don't blame GO for moving, it's a real pain for buses to get out on Yonge now.

So that means i am only person that visit king secction.

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Interesting feature that i noticed on the new XD40's, the brake pedal isn't fully released when you take your foot off. there is about a 1-2cm of travel left and will fully release when you step on the gas pedal.

Hill hold feature?

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Just wondering

What is the purposes of the 4th row of lights on the traffic signals at the rapidway 404 underpass?

The top row (is that what you're referring to?) is a white vertical bar, like the left turn lights for orange and 20 at Jane and Interchange Way. When a bus is travelling eastbound, it has to exit the rapidway under the 404 bridge. To do this safely, eastbound traffic will get a red light about 10 seconds before westbound traffic and the transit priority signal allows the bus to merge in safely. Buses are not allowed to merge unless the white bar is lit. Not sure why there is one westbound as the bus doesn't leave the rapidway.

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If there is a curious question about the powertrains of the old Orion buses YRT used to have, it is about the torque converters and their stall ratios. Would anyone happen to know the exact torque converter and stall ratio of these following buses? I will be listing guesstimates.

Grade ability: first gear ratio x torque converter stall ratio

506 - 1980 Orion I 01.501 (ex-Richmond Hill Transit 506)

507 - 1981 Orion I 01.501 (ex-Richmond Hill Transit 507)

512, 514 - 1981 Orion I 01.501 (ex-Vaughan Transit 512, 514)

2016-2017 - 1982 Orion I 01.501 (ex-Markham Transit 2016-2017)

Engine: Detroit Diesel 6V53N

Transmission: Allison MT643

Torque converter: TC370 (2.43:1 stall ratio)

Grade ability: 8.7:1

508 - 1985 Orion I 01.502 (ex-Richmond Hill Transit 508)

515-516 - 1986 Orion I 01.502 (ex-Vaughan Transit 515-516)

517-518 - 1987 Orion I 01.502 (ex-Vaughan Transit 517-518)

8502 - 1985 Orion I 01.502 (ex-Newmarket Transit 8501)

8602 - 1986 Orion I 01.502 (ex-Newmarket Transit 8601)

8709 - 1987 Orion I 01.502 (ex-Richmond Hill Transit 509)

8723 - 1987 Orion I 01.502 (ex-Collingwood Transit 8701)

8801 - 1988 Orion I 01.502 (ex-Newmarket Transit 8801)

Engine: Detroit Diesel 6V71N

Transmission: Allison MT647 (MT644 on 508, 8502)

Torque converter: TC495 (2.21:1 stall ratio)

Grade ability: 7.91:1

519-521 - 1987 Orion I 01.508 (ex-Vaughan Transit 519-521)

522-525 - 1989 Orion I 01.508 (ex-Vaughan Transit 522-525)

2018-2019 - 1983 Orion I 01.502 (ex-Markham Transit 2018-2019)

2021-2024 - 1985 Orion I 01.508 (ex-Markham Transit 2021-2024)

2027-2030 - 1986 Orion I 01.508 (ex-Markham Transit 2027-2030)

8504 - 1985 Orion I 01.502 (ex-North San Diego County Transit 2)

8505-8506 - 1985 Orion I 01.508 (ex-GO Transit 1128-1129)

8713-8721 - 1987 Orion I 01.508 (ex-GO Transit 1133-1141)

9001-9002 - 1991 Orion I 01.502 (ex-Newmarket Transit 9001-9002)

9003 - 1990 Orion I 01.502 (originally Pembroke Transit 5; acquired by Newmarket Transit in 2005)

Engine: Detroit Diesel 6V92TA (with DDEC on 519-525, 8713-8721, 9001-9003)

Transmission: Allison HT747 (HT748 on 519-525, 8713-8721, 9001-9003)

Torque converter: TC495 (2.21:1 stall ratio)

Grade ability: 8.15:1

YRT 2020 - 1984 Orion I 01.502 (ex-Markham Transit 2020)

Engine: Detroit Diesel 6V71N

Transmission: Allison HT747

Torque converter: TC470 (3.06:1 stall ratio)

Grade ability: 11.29:1

~Ben

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