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I am wondering if they are extending the 90 day period for Presto Cards to expire.  Since a lot of us have not used public transport for a while, by the time we get back to using it again the 90 days would be up.  So will we all need to top up or buy new cards? Or will they extend the expiry? I haven't seen anything about it on the presto site. 

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54 minutes ago, Shaun said:

I am wondering if they are extending the 90 day period for Presto Cards to expire.  Since a lot of us have not used public transport for a while, by the time we get back to using it again the 90 days would be up.  So will we all need to top up or buy new cards? Or will they extend the expiry? I haven't seen anything about it on the presto site. 

Presto cards don't expire. Only the presto tickets for the TTC expires and those could be exchanged for up to a year supposedly. 

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2 minutes ago, Xtrazsteve said:

Presto cards don't expire. Only the presto tickets for the TTC expires and those could be exchanged for up to a year supposedly. 

There used to be expiry date on the cards, they are no longer the case.

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2 minutes ago, leylandvictory2 said:

There used to be expiry date on the cards, they are no longer the case.

AFAIK the expiry date on the older cards was never implemented but is actually the warranty expiry date. 

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As the RAD buses have been roaming since the start of the board, were these buses from other divisions being used on other routes since the 900-series Express is still suspended? There have been a number of hybrids on 7, 24 and 25 this week.

7 hours ago, Xtrazsteve said:

AFAIK the expiry date on the older cards was never implemented but is actually the warranty expiry date. 

How long does the warranty last on the cards?

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58 minutes ago, Express Network said:

As the RAD buses have been roaming since the start of the board, were these buses from other divisions being used on other routes since the 900-series Express is still suspended? There have been a number of hybrids on 7, 24 and 25 this week.

How long does the warranty last on the cards?

It's not every route is getting supplemented by other division. Routes like the 45 and 52 get supplements from their own division.

 

Presto card warranty is 5 years from date of manufacture. Newer cards have this date on them.

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10 hours ago, Express Network said:

As the RAD buses have been roaming since the start of the board, were these buses from other divisions being used on other routes since the 900-series Express is still suspended? There have been a number of hybrids on 7, 24 and 25 this week.

At least in terms of the ones near me, express buses had continued to run but on the local route (i.e. 925 buses were running as 25A, vs the scheduled 25B/C buses). With the new board period starting on Sunday, all the 925 buses were cut, leaving about half the service along Don Mills.

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I was on the TTC website today and I just noticed that the system map link on the "TTC Schedules and Maps" page is for the May 2016 map. :blink:  I've indicated the link and the date I took the screenshot:

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The system map on the "TTC Maps" is for the current February 2020 map.

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1 minute ago, 77566 said:

Hello everybody. I was told to join this website by a transit fan (not a foamer). So basically, I work at Birchmount division, and many transit fans said they like they way I drive the bus, they said in particular how I “floor it hard”. I’m just here to say that, yes, that’s my daily driving and I find it fun too. Currently working on 16 McCowan. All fans welcome, but please don’t stuff the bus (Covid is around).

What crew on 16 are you?

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If that’s you’re badge number, I’d suggest changing your username. Management monitors this board, and they’ve been cracking down on perceived insubordination lately. (Not that your posts thus far would be taken as such, but fair warning)

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23 hours ago, 77566 said:

Hello everybody. I was told to join this website by a transit fan (not a foamer). So basically, I work at Birchmount division, and many transit fans said they like they way I drive the bus, they said in particular how I “floor it hard”. I’m just here to say that, yes, that’s my daily driving and I find it fun too. Currently working on 16 McCowan. All fans welcome, but please don’t stuff the bus (Covid is around).

Welcome aboard. I'd be careful sharing this much info on a public forums. Also everything Bus_Medic said is right. ☝️

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1 hour ago, Bus_Medic said:

If that’s you’re badge number, I’d suggest changing your username. Management monitors this board, and they’ve been cracking down on perceived insubordination lately. (Not that your posts thus far would be taken as such, but fair warning)

Is it that strict here. I’m not aware of any TTC supervisors or anything on this board.

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1 hour ago, 77566 said:

Is it that strict here. I’m not aware of any TTC supervisors or anything on this board.

Not particularly strict, but everything is ok..till that one time it isn’t. Remember that we all technically signed an NDA in the hiring process.  Things like individual vehicle dispositions and scheduling (after the official release) are harmless.

I personally know a couple of guys on here that have taken the promotion to supervisor, but they were always transit fans first and foremost. They’re not frequent posters but they do lurk. I don’t worry about them, but if shit was to hit the fan and their hand was forced by their superiors, I wouldn’t expect them to pick our friendship over their job.

Just use your professional judgement, and think twice before hitting post. Same conduct regarding twitter and Facebook, etc applies here.

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2 hours ago, Bus_Medic said:

Not particularly strict, but everything is ok..till that one time it isn’t. Remember that we all technically signed an NDA in the hiring process.  Things like individual vehicle dispositions and scheduling (after the official release) are harmless.

I personally know a couple of guys on here that have taken the promotion to supervisor, but they were always transit fans first and foremost. They’re not frequent posters but they do lurk. I don’t worry about them, but if shit was to hit the fan and their hand was forced by their superiors, I wouldn’t expect them to pick our friendship over their job.

Just use your professional judgement, and think twice before hitting post. Same conduct regarding twitter and Facebook, etc applies here.

Through the NDA agreement, I think it refers to not disclosing employee information, or actual things that would be considered evading privacy. I think it’s fine posting such things like this.

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8 hours ago, 77566 said:

Through the NDA agreement, I think it refers to not disclosing employee information, or actual things that would be considered evading privacy. I think it’s fine posting such things like this.

Oh It is, but I still strongly recommend  you change your handle.

Disclosing your route and run is your prerogative, but you may wish you hadn’t when Vbao, Rampaul and their ilk show up.

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20 hours ago, 77566 said:

Is it that strict here. I’m not aware of any TTC supervisors or anything on this board.

it doesn't have to be supervisors.  Your fellow co-workers can snitch on you.  Like Busmedic said, ask the admin to change the user ID just in case you have a brain fart moment.  

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On 5/15/2020 at 1:49 AM, Xtrazsteve said:

It's not every route is getting supplemented by other division. Routes like the 45 and 52 get supplements from their own division.

 

Presto card warranty is 5 years from date of manufacture. Newer cards have this date on them.

45 is being supplemented by multiple divisions. Mostly Arrow but a few from MD also.

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On 5/16/2020 at 7:38 AM, Bus_Medic said:

Oh It is, but I still strongly recommend  you change your handle.

Disclosing your route and run is your prerogative, but you may wish you hadn’t when Vbao, Rampaul and their ilk show up.

Vbao? Is he still around? Lol.😄

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When Comstock/Eglinton and Malvern jointly operated the 54 LAWRENCE EAST, Comstock/Eglinton operated runs 03, 07, 08, 11-13, 15, 18A, 19, 21A, 81P, 22, 23, 24P, 25P, 54 and 56 while Malvern had possession of runs 02, 05, 06, 09, 10, 14, 16, 17, 20, 24A, and 25A with express runs 26-33.

During its time, did Comstock/Eglinton operate the 54(B) solely while Malvern did most of the 54A and 54E(954) trips? It seems both did a few peak trips on the Orton Park (Mal) and Starspray (Egl) branches that I complied from Neil Jenkins old website.

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On the regular wiki for the TTC Streetcars page, it says trolley pole reduces performance for Flexity cars due to 50% less performance / having no A/C during summer. I haven't been on Flexities on a non panto route during summer to test if the A/C works.

Is it true that all streetcars routes during summer besides 509/510/512 are running with no A/C?

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I've never seen A/C not running in the summer, and seldom ride on a route where they aren't using poles.

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1 hour ago, Cityflyer said:

On the regular wiki for the TTC Streetcars page, it says trolley pole reduces performance for Flexity cars due to 50% less performance / having no A/C during summer. I haven't been on Flexities on a non panto route during summer to test if the A/C works.

Is it true that all streetcars routes during summer besides 509/510/512 are running with no A/C?

Why would where the car gets its line voltage from have any bearing on wether the a/c functions or not?

600 volts is 600 volts.

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5 minutes ago, Bus_Medic said:

Why would where the car gets its line voltage from have any bearing on wether the a/c functions or not?

600 volts is 600 volts.

I have a standard 220 volt (or is it 240) panel in my house, but I have a 100 Amp entry. When they installed AC here, they said it was a good job it was a newer entry, because the old 40 Amp ones from 100 years ago can't handle the additional load from the AC, even though they were 220 V.

Surely it's the amperage, not the voltage that's the issue. V=IR.

(but the point is moot - A/C works fine ... even when it's 35 degrees and humid out, with poles).

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