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    Costs & Advantages of Bus Rapid Transit

    I wonder how much of the missed opportunity of BRT on Yonge north of Finch can be attributed to acknowledgment that more bus traffic could overload the subway or ... -vehement local opposition to permanent bus lanes -vain hope for a subway extension. Ed D. PS: Permanent bus lanes were...
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    TTC: Customer Service

    Unlike other stations, (and College SB) some folks seem to ignore the up escalator and overload the sole stairwell. A similar situation appears to happen at the north end of King NB, which has alternative access from/to the platform. Is there a second exit thread here? I've heard nothing of...
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    TTC: Customer Service

    Next step in TTC suggestion/complaint process Received by email (note send date is Sunday, and reference number has changed): June 24, 2012 Reference No.: 374022 Dear Valued Customer: This is further to your recent correspondence dated June 18, 2012 regarding signage at College...
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    TTC: Customer Service

    Ticket number 75737 So, deciding to again test the TTC's online complaint form, I submitted a suggestion on June 18 regarding crowd flow at College station. The subsequent page gave me "Reference Number #75737". No response yet. I tweeted to Chris Upfold later that years of experience has...
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    TTC: Customer Service

    Looking forward to the findings. I recall interviewing TTC reps on whether customers had faith in the complaint process. I was told they never did a satisfaction study of people making complaints. Why? Because they did not get complaints about the process itself. No recollection of whether I...
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    Road Tolls

    Yes, a further question is whether that capital must/can only be raised in the government-centric model. Note that Coyne's obviously conservative perspective would presume private-sector involvement. Whoever is fronting the cash ... introducing tolls would immediately spike demand for transit...
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    Road Tolls

    Probably correct, as long as drivers are willing to accept the status quo of ever-increasing congestion and trip times... -ed
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    Road Tolls

    Excuse my drive-by posting, but has everyone read Andrew Coyne's consummate case for road pricing? http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/01/11/stuck-in-traffic/ NB: It's magazine-story length, but very thorough. (I reckon many of the commenters on the Maclean's site did not make it all the way through.)...
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    Northren/suthren divide Not sure if it is the railcars (and not the locomotives) making the racket but I understand that they are the original GO mono-level coaches. Northern Ontario kept using these (1960's?) cars, despite GO getting new cars and then refurbishing them (many at ONR)...
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    TTC expects to tap into Presto by the PanAm Games http://www.thestar.com/news/transportation/article/1090527--ttc-expects-to-tap-into-presto-by-the-panam-games Did not see a mention of total capital cost, the majority of which is apparently to be borne by province -- the same province planning...
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    Would Presto launch on TTC without bank card/mobile phone options? Says here bank cards "will be accepted starting next year" on a private UK bus fleet: http://www.thetransitwire.com/2011/09/07/firstgroup-launches-contactless-payment-across-england/ The technology must not be so...
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    GO Transit: Union Station Shed Replacement & Track Upgrades (Zeidler)

    "Percent for art" recommendation http://www.toronto.ca/planning/urbdesign/public_art.htm The Toronto Official Plan supports public art in all significant private sector developments across the City. The Percent for Public Art Program recommends that a minimum of one percent of the gross...
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    Toronto Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    Public Art in Union revitalization? Is anyone aware whether new artwork is part of the revitalization process? I've also asked on the the thread dealing with the platforms and new atrium, and not yet looked into the TTC subway rebuild project...
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    GO Transit: Union Station Shed Replacement & Track Upgrades (Zeidler)

    Is there a public art component of the revitalization project, or does the 1%-for-art apply only to new construction? -ed PS: Design in Brussels transit stations: http://www.bxel.net/metro.html
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    I note current Philly fare media include tokens... http://www.septa.org/fares/transit/index.html Cash, Tokens, Transfers & Zone Charges When riding on a City or Suburban Transit service, exact fare must be used. Cash The base cash fare for bus, trackless trolley, subway, and trolley service...
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    Phila. plan to include credit cards, debit cards, cell phones July 22, 2011|By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer SEPTA on Thursday took a $9 million step toward its long-awaited, long-delayed electronic fare system, although questions remain about how rail passengers will use it. A...
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    TTC: Next Bus/Streetcar Arrival System

    Yes, that's the version that came up automatically. At about 10 seconds per page, plus an odd glitch that mixed different routes after I had already chosen one, it would still take a lot longer than texting ... when I am at the stop, or know the stop number in advance. I will admit to not...
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    Roads: Keep the Gardiner, fix it, or get rid of it? (2005-2014)

    http://www.torontolife.com/daily/informer/in-transit/2011/06/30/road-tolls-doug-ford/
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    TTC: Next Bus/Streetcar Arrival System

    I'm not sure the TTC is closely watching the stats on how people are using their mobile devices, but how many people currently have easy web access on their phones? 50% 25% 75%? What is the rate of increase? My phone of just two months ago had no web access. I just went to nextbus.com with my...
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    Cycling infrastructure (Separated bike lanes)

    I'm not too sure bus drivers like them. What would it be like to steer a TTC bus (or other large vehicle) on the narrow sections of Wellesley? -Ed

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