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1 hour ago, MCIBUS said:

I'm not sure of the height of those GO Double Decker buses your referring to but if they where the same height of or OC 1201-3 test buses OC had, BC Transit bought them so it's possible they might buy them or perhaps Las Vegas Transit they also have Double Deckers (not sure of their height though?)

The Go Anywhere model is 4.1 metres which are the 81xx and 82xx units on Go Transit. Similar to what OC Transpo has for the original 75 double decker bus order. 

Las Vegas double decker buses at around 14 ft height. Mostly restricted to operating on the Deuce line which is along the strip. Accounting for the pedestrian bridges along the route being the major clearance issue. 

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5 hours ago, GTAmissions1 said:

The Go Anywhere model is 4.1 metres which are the 81xx and 82xx units on Go Transit. Similar to what OC Transpo has for the original 75 double decker bus order. 

Las Vegas double decker buses at around 14 ft height. Mostly restricted to operating on the Deuce line which is along the strip. Accounting for the pedestrian bridges along the route being the major clearance issue. 

All of OC Transpo's dd buses (except 1201-1203) are "Go Anywhere" models. Both the E500 MMC (80xx) and the E500 3G (81xx) models.

The other type you guys might have mixed up are the GO E500 3G model (83/84/85xx) which is the "SuperLo". SuperLo is lower in height than the Go Anywhere model. 3.9m vs 4.1m in height.
GO's E500 MMC model (81/82xx) on the other hand is the "Go Anywhere" model.

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It's good to see that GO Transit is looking to tweak their displays at Union Station and it looks like they're willing to take some crowdsourced options:

https://www.blogto.com/city/2021/12/student-creates-go-transit-schedule-signs-toronto-union-station/

Here's a sample from the article:

go transit schedule

It's a static image, so I'm not sure what it will look like in action.  It doesn't look like it will list the individual stations served, just the final destination.  With the express services currently limited it may not be an issue now, but if/when they're fully restored with various express patterns it will be important to know which train serves which stop.  I personally prefer the list of stations to scroll rather than having them flash across with whatever will fit within the character limit on the screen.  The car length is a welcome addition.  The additional screen showing the route and all of the stops is a necessity with this setup.

go transit schedule

GO's in-house alternative looks to utilize the same concept but with a different layout.  The colour-coded 2-letter line icon is used instead.  The lightning bolt is used to denote express trips, but again there's no list of stations served, just the final destination.

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There's no mock up for the bus departures, which will be a bit more complicated to display if they're using the train departures as a template.  There should be at least one display similar to Long Island Rail's setup at Penn Station which shows every station served and the next departure:

Penn_Station_LIRR_2017.jpg New LIRR Train Schedules Go Into Effect Monday, November 16 Highlighted by  Extra Service for the Upcoming Holiday Season | LongIsland.com

Use the colour-coded icon from GO's mock-up beside the station name so people know what to look for on the smaller screens.  For the casual rider or for those new to the system they may not know which line they're supposed to take based on the final destination.  I'm sure the CSRs at Union Station would get fewer questions about where does the train to [insert station here] leave from?

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I know that GO is mostly the GTA but has there ever been talks about running trains out of Ottawa? I would think that they could run just 2 or 3 routes potentially using the Ottawa Via station as a hub. I am not suggesting these routes take away from Via or even connect to Toronto area routes but I think there is a market for trains running in and around the Ottawa region. Probably a train to Cornwall, maybe one that heads over to Carleton Place, Perth, Smiths Falls and Brockville. Even the route that heads to Cornwall could loop down to Brockville. They could run those 2 routes interlining, in a clockwise, or counter clockwise routing. Then either GO or Ontario Northland could operate a train that runs Ottawa to North Bay, to connect with the new train that will operate to Union operated by Ontario Northland

I know that GO is mostly the GTA but has there ever been talks about running trains out of Ottawa? I would think that they could run just 2 or 3 routes potentially using the Ottawa Via station as a hub. I am not suggesting these routes take away from Via or even connect to Toronto area routes but I think there is a market for trains running in and around the Ottawa region. Probably a train to Cornwall, maybe one that heads over to Carleton Place, Perth, Smiths Falls and Brockville. Even the route that heads to Cornwall could loop down to Brockville. They could run those 2 routes interlining, in a clockwise, or counter clockwise routing. Then either GO or Ontario Northland could operate a train that runs Ottawa to North Bay, to connect with the new train that will operate to Union operated by Ontario Northland

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59 minutes ago, brianc1981 said:

I know that GO is mostly the GTA but has there ever been talks about running trains out of Ottawa? I would think that they could run just 2 or 3 routes potentially using the Ottawa Via station as a hub. I am not suggesting these routes take away from Via or even connect to Toronto area routes but I think there is a market for trains running in and around the Ottawa region. Probably a train to Cornwall, maybe one that heads over to Carleton Place, Perth, Smiths Falls and Brockville. Even the route that heads to Cornwall could loop down to Brockville. They could run those 2 routes interlining, in a clockwise, or counter clockwise routing. Then either GO or Ontario Northland could operate a train that runs Ottawa to North Bay, to connect with the new train that will operate to Union operated by Ontario Northland

New tracks would have to be laid to go to North Bay considering the tracks from Ottawa to Sudbury where lifted at least 30 years ago. 

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3 hours ago, brianc1981 said:

I know that GO is mostly the GTA but has there ever been talks about running trains out of Ottawa? I would think that they could run just 2 or 3 routes potentially using the Ottawa Via station as a hub. I am not suggesting these routes take away from Via or even connect to Toronto area routes but I think there is a market for trains running in and around the Ottawa region. Probably a train to Cornwall, maybe one that heads over to Carleton Place, Perth, Smiths Falls and Brockville. Even the route that heads to Cornwall could loop down to Brockville. They could run those 2 routes interlining, in a clockwise, or counter clockwise routing. Then either GO or Ontario Northland could operate a train that runs Ottawa to North Bay, to connect with the new train that will operate to Union operated by Ontario Northland

I know that GO is mostly the GTA but has there ever been talks about running trains out of Ottawa? I would think that they could run just 2 or 3 routes potentially using the Ottawa Via station as a hub. I am not suggesting these routes take away from Via or even connect to Toronto area routes but I think there is a market for trains running in and around the Ottawa region. Probably a train to Cornwall, maybe one that heads over to Carleton Place, Perth, Smiths Falls and Brockville. Even the route that heads to Cornwall could loop down to Brockville. They could run those 2 routes interlining, in a clockwise, or counter clockwise routing. Then either GO or Ontario Northland could operate a train that runs Ottawa to North Bay, to connect with the new train that will operate to Union operated by Ontario Northland

It would be better to have stops closer together than they are for VIA and have GO run trains to those smaller communities, and have VIA serve the farther stops. 

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19 hours ago, John Oke said:

New tracks would have to be laid to go to North Bay considering the tracks from Ottawa to Sudbury where lifted at least 30 years ago. 

I know there were tracks torn out a long time ago but there are some freight tracks that operate, even if it is not a direct corridor, but there should still be tracks that can connect the two cities. I believe the route would take the train closer to highway 7 for a stretch before being able to maneuver its way towards North Bay but I would love to see tracks laid again and a proper high speed corridor built to connect from Ottawa to Sudbury but at least North Bay. Between GO and Ontario Northland there should be ways to serve a lot more of the province than there currently is. 

 

16 hours ago, Shaun said:

It would be better to have stops closer together than they are for VIA and have GO run trains to those smaller communities, and have VIA serve the farther stops. 

I agree with the stops closer together but at the same time VIA is planning to change the routing from Toronto to Ottawa to serve Peterborough so some of the areas currently served by VIA will lose some service which is why GO would be good for those areas. Also VIA can be better served by operating with less stops and having GO cover that corridor doing all the local stops. 

 

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20 hours ago, John Oke said:

New tracks would have to be laid to go to North Bay considering the tracks from Ottawa to Sudbury where lifted at least 30 years ago. 

 

1 hour ago, brianc1981 said:

I know there were tracks torn out a long time ago but there are some freight tracks that operate, even if it is not a direct corridor, but there should still be tracks that can connect the two cities. I believe the route would take the train closer to highway 7 for a stretch before being able to maneuver its way towards North Bay but I would love to see tracks laid again and a proper high speed corridor built to connect from Ottawa to Sudbury but at least North Bay. Between GO and Ontario Northland there should be ways to serve a lot more of the province than there currently is. 

 

I agree with the stops closer together but at the same time VIA is planning to change the routing from Toronto to Ottawa to serve Peterborough so some of the areas currently served by VIA will lose some service which is why GO would be good for those areas. Also VIA can be better served by operating with less stops and having GO cover that corridor doing all the local stops. 

 

The CN tracks lasted until the 90s, so it hasn't been 30 years for a direct trip.

The CP tracks were removed back in 2013, so there's no longer a connection from Smiths Falls to Mattawa.

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On 12/20/2021 at 1:17 AM, Express691 said:

I didnt know Kowloom Motor Bus had a contract in Eastern Canada

They have nothing to do with Kowloon Motor Bus in HK just simply because they are in RED, or even Metrobus in Mexico which also got a handful of E500 painted in all red as well

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14 minutes ago, PHATMATT51 said:

Odd thing to see in Chatham early in the AM. Looked like it was doing a charter as there where people coming out with bags from the hotel

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The Vaccine buses go all throughout the province, they’ve been to North Bay, Cornwall and Collingwood before.

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On 1/14/2022 at 12:24 PM, 110B West Pickering said:
On 1/14/2022 at 12:00 PM, Shaun said:

Dead Head move?

Likely yard shuffle between Willowbrook and East

I would agree its a yard shuffle, many of the older cars will be shuffled from Whitby and the siding tracks along side the highway near Whitby GO and be moved to Willowbrook so that they can be sent to Thunder Bay for restoration. Especially the ones that haven't been used in 20 or so months. These projects should be happening in the next few months so its likely we will see a lot more short or really long trains that are deadheading along the corridor

 

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What facilities do they have at Willowbrook that they don't at the East yard?

Why don't they just use the extra space at TMC to build a heavy repair shop so that they don't need to outsource the rebuilding?

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On 1/19/2022 at 10:44 AM, Oc4526 said:

Found this in my twitter feed. 
 

 

This looks like the image from BlogTO's article.  According to them the vending machines can be found at the (new) Union Station Bus Terminal, Oshawa GO and Burlington GO.

Meanwhile, back to the departure screen updates I came across an article featuring the update to the departure screens at London's Victoria Station.  A useful feature is the expected arrival time at each station along with the train length at the bottom of each departure listing.  There's also another screen with "Next Fastest Train to..." listing all stations served.

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