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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    Couple shots from last night from the east wing and Bay route.
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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    I was just thinking this while reading through about the teamway readers. Union station should be setup the same way. I never understood the placement of presto scanners "off to the side" of doorways?! Why aren't they lined up along the width of entrances/exists? Just have people tap the...
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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    Walked through Union today, photos of the new bypass route.
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    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    November 20th, from the Port Lands.
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    Toronto | Lower Simcoe Ramp and New Park | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto

    Good lord the road design from Lower Simcoe to York is a mess. You've got cars coming off the Gardiner attempting to make the first left at York street, while the two Harbour lanes try to get around them merging right. The left lane is backed up with York street turning traffic, and the lane...
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    King Street (Streetcar Transit Priority)

    There's been a few discussions about making use of vertical white bars as a transit only signal for King, though the TTC only uses these as a transit turning stage. Has anyone mentioned just fully installing the three light transit signals along King? With transit only signals, they could leave...
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    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    Those island shots are amazing, how were they taken?
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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    Looking at some older photos, prior lighting solutions were also just mounted exposed to the ceiling itself. Still, they could have at least gone with reflected diffused lighting, concealing the light sources. Something more low-profile than this: They even use this lighting style...
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    Toronto | Queens Quay & Water's Edge Revitalization | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto

    Was there ever a plan to illuminate the streetcar stops along Queens Quay? The Harbourfront, Reese, and Spadina stops are incredibly dark at night. Not even the ad signage on these stops are illuminated to provide some cast off light.
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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    Like I mentioned before (the great cinnabon derail...), this has to be a case of meddling from the top down. Their signage over at the UP station isn't a mess like this.
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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    I think it's a little unfair to totally blame Entro for the mess that is the Union Station way-finding. Given the complexity and number of agencies and interests, I wouldn't be surprised if this was a case of design by committee. Everyone demanding their "logo" be prominent when they really...
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    Toronto | Queens Quay & Water's Edge Revitalization | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto

    Queens Quay could do the same, only deploying them between streetcars after midnight when the service level is reduced. They could even only be deployed when the route shuts down for the night, between 2 and 5am. Doing so at the very least would cut down on late night trips down the ramp.
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    Toronto | Queens Quay & Water's Edge Revitalization | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto

    Well I guess this is a solution to the Portal issues. It looks like they're spaced out just enough to let streetcars pass. I can't help but feel like making a left turn onto that service road is going to be both a pain, and even more confusing for people new to the area.
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    Spotted on the 510 this morning. Interesting to see what system these scanners are built on.
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    Toronto | Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    Wow wow wow, easy there!! Totally on board with everything you've said, but there's no need to get rid of the delicious Balzacs, especially when Union already has a Tims. And since when has Balzacs been elitist? If anything, the questionable part of the UP station at Union is the "CIBC...
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    TTC: Flexity Streetcars Testing & Delivery (Bombardier)

    Yeah it's pretty confusing how the truck ended up on the tracks there. The impact is on its left side, so it was heading east? Could it have run the red at Lake Shore crossing the tracks and been pushed that far down?
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    TTC: Flexity Streetcars Testing & Delivery (Bombardier)

    One in service, another out... Just saw this on my way in to work:
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    Toronto | Queens Quay & Water's Edge Revitalization | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto

    This is in no way a confirmation, just from my experiences riding the 510 and 509 on Queens Quay regularly; I've found that some streetcar operators do drive much faster now that they see the next signal or two down the line already green. This was not the case prior to the installation of new...
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    TTC: Flexity Streetcars Testing & Delivery (Bombardier)

    Fair enough. It's just so unfortunate that it'll take so long to send back, reconfigure, and have delivered, especially since we've been seeing it cruising the streets for so long as a test and training car. You'd hope they could turn it around as quickly as possible, which is no doubt what...
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    TTC: Flexity Streetcars Testing & Delivery (Bombardier)

    October?! How can it possibly take 4 months to "reconfigure", that sounds about as long as it takes to build one from scratch. I have no idea how long it actually takes, but 4 months seems pretty long just to update one.

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