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  1. Fred.S

    Bloor Street West Bike Lanes

    The bike lane is complete in the Indian Grove area, it's only the Dundas West to Symington stretch that isn't complete. I thought I heard here somewhere that that stretch wouldn't be done until mid to late 2021 or something.
  2. Fred.S

    Toronto Bike Share

    The docking and undocking is not a deal-breaker, and I do frequently take out the same bike immediately after docking, there's no 5-minute wait like there used to be (at least when using the app). It's really more just the inconvenience and extra trip time added, which seems more unnecessary...
  3. Fred.S

    Toronto Bike Share

    Love the expansion, but the existing 30 min limit/$4 overage sucks. I really wish they either upped the time to 45 min, or cut the overage fee for the first extra 30 min to $1.50 like before (and still done in Montreal). I find so many of my trips end up just over the limit, and docking then...
  4. Fred.S

    Cycling infrastructure (Separated bike lanes headed downtown)

    Agreed, they are really nice. If only the other side wasn't a narrow unprotected bike lane, there's quite the contrast. I'm waiting for the day when parking is fully removed on that stretch, and the westbound bike lanes can be widened and protected.
  5. Fred.S

    Transit Fantasy Maps

    I don't think there are any stations confirmed yet. In terms of a shapefile, it's basically just a line on Dundas Street from border to border, so would be easy to draw in ArcGIS or Google MyMaps. The Dundas Connects study (link) would have the most current info, but really you have to wait for...
  6. Fred.S

    Cycling infrastructure (Separated bike lanes headed downtown)

    That would be nice for a quick fix, and could probably be done in many places, but there are some considerations. You generally need a 0.3 m double line buffer for the flex posts to sit in, and the bike lane itself needs to be at least around 1.6 m for small snowplows and street sweepers...
  7. Fred.S

    Fare evasion on the TTC...

    I've suggested it before, but I feel like an easy partial solution to this is have the readers loudly say "Child" and display the words "Child" on the reader when a child card is tapped. Not going to fully solve the problem, but the shame of immediately being outed as a fare evader and getting...
  8. Fred.S

    TTC: Flexity Streetcars Testing & Delivery (Bombardier)

    Random mostly-insignificant nitpick, but I always wished the TTC started their vehicle numbers with 1, so the first vehicle of the 4400-series of streetcars would be 4401. Seems more logical to me. I think it's alright to convert the old vehicles to pantograph-use. Sure not the most authentic...
  9. Fred.S

    YRT/Viva Construction Thread (Rapidways, Terminals)

    It would be nice if they could paint the pavement, like the bridge in Brampton (https://www.google.com/search?q=franceschini+bridge), and put planters or benches or things along it to make it not so sterile. Otherwise it's probably a lot more comfortable than walking on a thin sidewalk at the...
  10. Fred.S

    Bloor Street West Bike Lanes

    That would be great. In addition to cycling, I also drive on Parkside Drive frequently, and I think it would work better with one lane in each direction, plus centre-turn lanes. When going southbound, the inner lane is always blocked by turning cars, meaning there's a lot of weaving between the...
  11. Fred.S

    2018 Provincial Election Transit Promises

    I love how clean and elegant the European transit designs are. I can only imagine the mess of signs, signals and markings there would be if that same location was built to North American standards.
  12. Fred.S

    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    In other places if you pay a cash fare on a bus/tram, you get a RFID ticket (ie the Presto Tickets). They should have that on buses, so as to keep the system consistent. Your fare will always be a Presto card (including future credit card/app) or Presto ticket, which you must have with you when...
  13. Fred.S

    Roads: Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration (City of Toronto, UC)

    Passed it this morning, and all traffic was using the new northbound lanes, with construction happening on the old southbound lanes.
  14. Fred.S

    General cycling issues (Is Toronto bike friendly?)

    Province is doing a 2-day online consultation for e-scooters, finishing tomorrow: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=30207&language=en Looks like the proposal is for a 5-year pilot to allow e-scooters to operate similar to bikes/e-bikes.
  15. Fred.S

    Roads: Roundabouts

    As a driver, cyclist, and pedestrian, I love roundabouts. Mainly because you only have to stop if someone else is in the way, and they're based on yielding behavior, not a green light/right-of-way one. They also make things clear and predictable for those who know how to use them, and for those...
  16. Fred.S

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    The ride is smoother, but I think that's more because of the track and operating environment. If a TTC streetcar was compatible with and running on the ION tracks, it would probably be the exact same. The ION LRVs have wider curves, 2-point track switches, and don't have to accelerate and...
  17. Fred.S

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    Rode the LRT today, was nice, enjoyed the station spacing, and signal priority, though I agree it ran painfully slow sometimes. Rode 4 of the LRVS, only one of them hit a car, so not bad I guess.
  18. Fred.S

    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    It would be nice if this was a setting you could manage on your Presto account, as to whether you want you balance displayed or not, and maybe even whether you want it read out or not (that should be an option for visually-impaired). I personally have no need to see my balance, as I have...
  19. Fred.S

    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    You can see it at the end of the CityNews YouTube clip. It looks the same as MBTA, but with the colours inverted. Though I'd imagine a "T" in a circle is probably not a very unique logo.

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