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    TTC: Electric and alternative fuel buses

    Sorry for not replying sooner... I honestly don't know. Helsinki and Turku at least seem to keep their BYD fleets running properly - you don't hear many complaints on the Finnish transit forum about them. Example: Source Whether it has something to do with the TAs' desire to maintain their...
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    TTC: Streetcar Network

    ^ Hearing from you made my day!!! :D This popped up in my feed a few days ago: Toronto already does this well!
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    TTC: Streetcar Network

    In honour of @just east of the creek's venture into my homeland, I thought I'd crosspost this from CPTDB here: Some recent goings on in Helsinki (Finland)... Source Left to right, heritage trams 339, 12 and 150 were secretively sent off to the scrapyard. 339 had been fully restored with...
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    Toronto Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | Arcadis

    Something really bothering me is the current lane setup southbound on Leslie at Eglinton. Normally, I wouldn't care about a slip lane being removed, but here it seems to have backfired. Leslie approaching Eglinton has always been 3 lanes - 2 south to east, one west. Since they removed the slip...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I am mostly a lifelong Torontonian, but this had evaded me - I never realized GO Transit had experimented with Gallery cars. I thought Montréal was the only Canadian city... ^ Source: (Great video!) Source Our bi-levels are such a superior design! I can't stand Gallery cars. (Sorry, METRA.)
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    VIA Rail

    Not to defend it, but passenger train graff is a big part of European graff culture. Those trains in Miles' video were soft... Here's an example of how a professional crew operates in Berlin: Pulling the emergency brake on an in-service train is a thing there... The closest we've gotten were...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    I just wanted to share a really cool video about ex-TTC 4602/3 towing other PCC-cars around the National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville, Maryland.
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    General railway discussions

    As of 1:35AM EST, October 21, Helsinki’s orbital light rail line (15) will begin revenue service, eventually replacing trunk bus line 550. The line is ~25km long, has 34 stops, is built to 1000mm gauge, and attains a top speed of 70km/h in sections. Initial frequency will be every 12mins. To...
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    Toronto Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | Arcadis

    When this warping happened from heat in 2021, leading to their removal… … I was hopeful Metrolinx would’ve opted for some commonality with at least the signage pylons between Lines 5 & 6. I don’t necessarily agree with this pylon design, but it should’ve been used for the Line 5 stations (not...
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    There will only be three trainsets... They could each have their own unique livery, similar to Brightline.
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    While I really liked the old design as well, it did feel somewhat like a rip-off of the Southeastern Class 395 ”Javelin” livery: Source And while Design 01 is a clear rip-off of the NS livery, it pays homage to the former Dutch TEE Northlander units: Source Personally, I love Design 02.
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    Hidden World Hangouts

    Great videos about the Pittsburgh LRT… First the diversionary-only now Brown Line/52 (closed 2011): Then, rare mileage on the spur to Penn Station/42S (served regularly until 2007): I particularly miss the 47D ”Drake” PCC-operated branch (closed 1999)… Source South Hills Junction is an...
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    Roads: Traffic Signals

    Some might enjoy this compilation: The City (Toronto) recently installed new pedestrian buttons at my intersection that are only meant to activate the audible signal for Leslie, the walk sign appears automatically. To my annoyance, they opted for the four-tone chime (I’m familiar with from...
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    Hidden World Hangouts

    The former Second Cup in the plaza on the SE corner of Steeles East and Laureleaf is being converted to a Tim Hortons. This hidden gem was uncovered when signage was removed... a neon Kenny Rogers Roasters sign (it would’ve glowed red): Seinfeld:
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    He was interviewed by La Presse in this article (in French). He’s 21-year old Concordia student Dashiell Friesen:
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    Durham Region Transit / Pulse

    Kind of sad we don’t have protocols in place where neighbouring TAs help each other out…
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    ^ His only crime is making the ARTM/CDPQ-I look bad by their inaction.. Technically vandalism yes, but I’m sure he’d be happy to help them sort out the signage mess, and he’s placed everything correctly, and well qualified. Again, a beautiful soul at work!
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    ^ I really hope I didn’t get @mashdash in trouble with my post… This was posted afterwards: Post Then this reply by @Enalung: Post
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    TTC: Electric and alternative fuel buses

    I really feel sorry for all the American TAs that loved their LFSes. Gillig would be such a downgrade. God forbid a Gillig ever comes near a Canadian TA.
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    Today, I just wanted to showcase a truly beautiful soul. @mashdash is a graphic designer who has been making up for the ARTM’s and REM’s shortcomings, by installing official-looking signage himself, on his own dime (~ $30). Gare Centrale (vicinity): Source Source Panama: Source The stash...

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