Furthermore, a bit of a rant, but what in the actual hell were the TTC thinking with this nonsensical year-long closure of the 505 and 506?! I can't imagine any other city where it would be considered acceptable to casually inform residents a few weeks in advance that two higher-order transit lines are going to be shut down for "we dunno how long lol maybe liek the whole year lol um taek the bus?" <--- TTC's quote on the matter, essentially.
Huh? The 505 and 506 aren't shut down. They're operating with buses instead of streetcars, but they're most certainly not shut down for a year, there aren't even any detours or anything currently. Where are you getting that from?
I am of course referring to them being shut down as streetcar routes as this is a specifically streetcar-related thread. Taking the bus instead of the 506 streetcar to work every morning has been terribly unpleasant in comparison. It's a cramped, jostling, straphanging ride the whole way now.
If the doors are slower, they are still a lot faster than bus rear doors.Friends of ours that live beside the 512 claim the Flexities are significantly slower than the CLRVs, especially the doors.
I've not really noticed. But even if slower, it's going to be better than boarding the rear ALRV and CLRVs, where the door doesn't close until after you get off the steps. I can't see it being a factor.The new trams are slower. It's not an illusion. All the new vehicles, buses, subway trains and new trams have the new style of doors which are much slower to close. It's a safety feature likely.
I don't understand your point here. If traffic is lighter than usual somewhere on the route, and they don't slow down, then the vehicle catches up with the one in front of, creating horrendous gaps. Which is what you see on bus routes that aren't being properly managed - like 506 since February. Having no spine, would be speeding up, and creating those gaps.Reading this immediately drew parallels to an article about MTA deliberately slowing down subway trains. All of these excuses by the TTC are just their own doing and lack of a spine to deal with them up front.
It was obvious to everyone what you meant. Ignore the trolling.I am of course referring to them being shut down as streetcar routes as this is a specifically streetcar-related thread.
Coming back is ever worse. Route management has been horrific, with them running in bunches of 3 or more, often with the final vehicles running empty and very early. And the following vehicle 15+ minutes behind, late and packed. The gross systemic mismanagement by TTC here is shocking.Taking the bus instead of the 506 streetcar to work every morning has been terribly unpleasant in comparison. It's a cramped, jostling, straphanging ride the whole way now.
Regarding bunching. I understand the drivers want to hit the stops at the appointed time. But if the cars are on a busy route and are ten mins apart whats the big deal if one arrives a minute or two early and the pax miss their connection? The next one is but a few minutes away.
Of course if its a slower route and the cars are half hour apart, then its important to hit the stops on time.
Maybe it has something to do with how many circuits a driver needs to make on a shift? ie are there quotas?
The doors on the Flexities are definitely slower, but the cars themselves accelerate more quickly than the As and Cs do.4469 in service?
(Edit: a CPTDB poster points out that 4468 also signed into 501 during testing)
Friends of ours that live beside the 512 claim the Flexities are significantly slower than the CLRVs, especially the doors. Is that view widely held?
4471 should be at Hillcrest today. 4472 is in Toronto, waiting its turn for delivery (the TTC spur will only take one load at a time). 4473 is ready for pickup in Thunder Bay. And 4466 has arrived Thunder Bay for rework.
Also functions as a stop request button.The red button on the doors are to be used to open the doors at the stops. However, currently, the driver opens and closes them (usually). What happens is the driver has to check the cameras to make sure the doors are clear before closing them. Hopefully, once all the streetcars arrive, the public will be informed to actually use the red buttons. (Probably will have to inform the public that several hundred times.)