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    VIA Rail

    Since freight EMU was mentioned: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Railways_HXD2 Apparantly able to haul up to 7,000 t and operate down to -40C. Based on Alstom Prima locomotives.
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    Road Safety & Vision Zero Plan

    I’ve been meaning to ask this question for a while but it always slips my mind until I’m waiting at a pedestrian signal. Is there a reason why pedestrian signals are not automatically triggered on green? For example at an intersection, the east-west pedestrian signals are automatically...
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    Yonge Street, North York Streetscape Improvements

    I have a feeling that these so called smart signals will last maybe a year before Toronto Transportation neuters them.
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    Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (nCoV-2019)

    I've noticed that York Region has been especially vocal and resistant to being placed under a lockdown. Seems like there's a lot of personal and business interest applying pressure. As for the comment about people of Peel and not caring about restrictions, a lot work in Vaughan (Hwy 7...
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    Shabby Public Realm

    In the industry recycled asphalt or what is ripped up is called recycled asphalt pavement (RAP). There actually isn't much coloured RAP since it's seldom laid down but if it's ripped up it is usually dumped into a separate RAP pile. Mind you most coloured asphalt is used for parking lots or...
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    Shabby Public Realm

    That is part of the equation for the cost. Sourcing the material is the predominant driver of the cost. For example red pigmentation is created from adding iron oxide which happens to be only readily available from Germany. So the cost of transporting the material is much less to the Netherlands...
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    Is it me or does it seem like there's a few too many accidents on this project?
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    Shabby Public Realm

    Let me just say from personal experience in the asphalt industry, it is very expensive to produce coloured asphalt. It's almost about 5x the cost of standard black asphalt. The additives required are not environmentally friendly, cost of sourcing the colouring addictive and the cost of laying...
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    Shabby Public Realm

    Random thought of the day (well it's been on my mind for a while now): Is it just me or does Toronto seem to always half-ass projects? It almost seems like the City doesn't even try or if it does it doesn't hold third party partners accountable for poor outcomes. It's a very general thought and...
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    Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (nCoV-2019)

    Don't know if you like food eating/travel review shows but I find this channel to be really good! https://www.youtube.com/c/BestEverFoodReviewShow/about Plus these: https://www.youtube.com/user/thefoodranger https://www.youtube.com/user/migrationology Been watching some bonsai videos for...
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    Hudson's Bay Company (including Top Shop / Top Man)

    Visited The Bay store at Centrepoint yesterday and found that they top level has been completely emptied out. There were signs posted up saying they were renovating. All the men’s clothing has been shifted to the main floor and there seems to be an area that will be designated for a Top Shop.
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    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    What I love about this pic the most is how similar it is to skyscraper construction sites in China. The massive ironwork going up paired with people on bicycles, almost looks like something from Shanghai.
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    Something that I have noticed with the new Presto readers on buses (specifically on YRT) is that they don’t seem as reliable or quick as the previous readers. There’s always a lag in the reader reading cards and on quite a number of occasions they don’t even read the card. I have been told...
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    TTC CLRV Streetcars: Where will they go once they are retired?

    Just a random opinion, would be cool if this retro TTC logo was applied on the CLRV, though I'm not sure if the TTC has trademarks or the legality of it:
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    Downtown Vaughan (VMC)

    In case anyone wants a nice location to take pics of a growing skyline, along Steeles West between Founders Rd. and Keele is a great place! It really shows a cluster of the buildings and the height of them unobstructed.
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    The Toronto Tree Thread

    I remember seeing them install on the trees along Spadina Ave, but they were never filled up and then eventually removed. This can't be under that 2-year warranty. There are days that I get the feeling that the Forestry Department doesn't really know what they are doing at all overall.( eg...
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    The Toronto Tree Thread

    I have never once seen the city fill up these water bags! They went on a blitz installing them but never filled them up unlike other jurisdictions. Got to wonder how much they costed the city before they were removed.
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    Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (nCoV-2019)

    I have also noticed this too now that retailers are opening back up. In my area, Thornhill, you see people who don't care at all about Covid-19 and wearing PPE. Even to the point of people saying it's exaggerated by the government and really nothing; just a typical flu. Personally I am shocked...

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