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    VIA Rail

    It's worse than that. They actually applied - and received - grants for the construction of the line to Orlando on the basis that their line was a "highway". Not tax breaks or easements - actual grants. It's not nearly as private as most want to believe it is. Dan
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    The last I had heard, they were still planning on waiting until early into the New Year to introduce the planned fall improvements, in order to give Alstom time to stabilize the staffing situation. I guess they feel confident with how things are looking at this time to start rolling some of...
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    Toronto | Ontario Line | ?m | ?s

    They certainly did. Similar signage also existed at Woodbine and Keele. Dan
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    Toronto | Hurontario-Main LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    They may just be setting up and testing the equipment in advance of this weekend's work. Of course, they've since cancelled this weekend's work, so the set-up is all for naught. Dan
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    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    For the record, I wasn't suggesting that the headway would be 7 minutes 45 seconds - just that the capacity requirements to replace what was there before construction would require that as a starting point. The TTC has a long history of running more service than they absolutely need on rapid...
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    GO Transit Fleet Equipment and other

    Don't bother looking too hard at the VIA side of the yard to see GO equipment there. Since the opening of the Whitby maintenance facility, Bombardier (now Alstom) is no longer leasing space from VIA in their shops. CAD does still repaint cars over in their paint booth, but that doesn't happen...
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    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    I don't think that we should be looking at what other cities do, as it has no bearing on what the actual ridership of the corridor is today or in the past. And when you consider at shortly before construction that there was something like 40 buses/hour every morning rush hour east of Yonge and...
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    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    They're opening up each intersection as they complete them. As noted above, Bayview and Mount Pleasant are getting close to being complete and fully reopened, as is Dufferin. Yonge, on the other hand, is likely to stay in a similar state to what it appears today for quite some time still. Dan
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    That's a very good question. I think that Wentworth was largely built to maintain the trolleys, and once they were gone there wasn't much of a need at the time to maintain the two garages. The fact that the Mountain Garage was built with so much additional land around it and thus capacity - some...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    It's not configured for notifications to supervisory staff to best of my knowledge, no. But the staff at the desks will have multiple lines arranged in front of them with the various runs shown on the line - and there is colour-coding to the state of each vehicle vis-a-vis the schedule (as well...
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    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    Likely because the line has never been designed to operate as such. Nevermind the whole transfer situation - if the line is to open piecemeal, than there needs to be ways to keep the different discrete sections isolated from each other, both in the sense of keeping the passengers out of the...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    In fairness......that is only about half of the supervisory staff. The other half are located in offices, and sit behind computers that are displaying that information. Of course, that half also can't see what the actual situation is on the ground (traffic, weather, crowding outside of...
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Hamilton_Street_Railway - And then click your way through some of the latest deliveries. It's not obvious at first blush, but they've added over 30 net new buses to the fleet over the past 4 years. Of the buses coming next year, there's another half-dozen or more...
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    Yes, -ish. As NoahB pointed out, it does allow them to more efficiently store and maintain a larger fleet, which is one thing that HSR has been working on over the past several years. They have lots of space at their current garage, but it was only built to maintain a fleet of about 250...
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    You mean the one that they finished the EA for in 2020, and got funding for last year? https://www.hamilton.ca/hamilton-transit-bus-maintenance-and-storage-facility-design Dan
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    Toronto | Ontario Line | ?m | ?s

    The problem with that idea is that it negates one of the reasons why the line has been designed the way it has. As much as it is a means to get some (lots?) of ridership away from the Yonge-Bloor interchange, it is also meant as a means of offloading some of GO's impending capacity crunch...
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    GO Transit Fleet Equipment and other

    I gotta pick some nits here. P is the generic "Passenger" speed, and can apply to any line in Canada. LRC is a special, higher limit that applies to very specific pieces of equipment. That equipment is the LRC coaches, Renaissance equipment and Siemens Venture cars, and any locomotives...
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    VIA Rail

    -ish. Certain components, such as energy absorbing couplers can in theory be retrofitted to existing rolling stock with relatively little work. (I say relatively, as the modifications should, on most passenger equipment, be able to be done from underneath without completely disassembling the...
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    Toronto | Ontario Line | ?m | ?s

    The Million-ish dollars a year that would be saved would barely buy the excavator needed to dig the hole. Plus, they would have some level of maintenance done to them on a regular bases, as they would need to be retained as emergency exits. Dan
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    Metrolinx: Finch West LRT

    The intersection at Kilgour has only existed for the past 20 years or so - prior to that, the nearest signalized intersection was at Broadway, which is almost 400 meters away. That bridge predates it by probably another 40. Dan

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