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TTC: Flexity Streetcars Testing & Delivery (Bombardier)

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TTC will probably activate credit card tap in a couple years after the system settles down.

TransLink in Vancouver just activated it last week - including on buses.

Our card readers accept contactless Visa and Mastercard credit cards and Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay. For customers without Compass Cards, this new feature means no more ticket line-ups, digging for exact change, or worrying about pre-calculating zones. You can tap a contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card or mobile-payment method on card readers to pay your adult, cash fare. Note: card readers will not accept debit cards.
https://www.translink.ca/Fares-and-Passes/Tap-to-Pay.aspx

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https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/...man-promoting-translinks-new-tap-pay-feature/

Which was preceded by the "Tap your Card, Not your Wallet" campaign -
because credit cards are charged at full adult cash fare, not monthly or daily discounted fares, nor seniors' or student rates.
The Compass card also provides a discounted rate.
Tapping a wallet may charge your credit card instead of your Compass card,
and a credit card does not encode information showing you are entitled to a seniors or student rate.

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http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/translink-compass-card-tap-wallet-2018
 
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4477 is now tracking

4478 out on Kingston Rd

4479 in the service bay
 

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So if the new streetcar(s) get stuck - I assume they would be stuck in a nice secure yard and not some one off siding in some small northern ontario town ? (heck.... even Sudbury's Yard is not all the secure..)

Not a railroader but I would assume trains will be tied up at crew change points. I'm not sure any rail yard is what I would call 'secure' (at least by my definition). There will be all sorts of stranded lading, such as auto racks, all across the system.
 

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CP and their unions have come to tentative agreements and thus the strikes have ended for the time being. I don't think that we'll have to worry about stranded streetcars for the foreseeable future.

Dan
Toronto, Ont.
 
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4477 Out on King St

4478 in the yard and ready for service Friday

4479 out on the Queensway
 

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4478 is about to depart the Barns as a 504 (BRBS) and something I haven't seen before.

Looked at 4478 before leaving this morning and it was backing up to the service bay it was last in the night before. It was in another bay just before moving to the outbound track.

Strange that 4401 got ship to La Pocatiere and guess they have room and manpower to rebuilt it.

If 4480 arrived today, should be at Hillcrest Monday.

Still leaves 7 more cars to be ship from Thunder Bay by June 22 including most likely 4481 ready for pickup.

4478 is at the Lake Shore 7 days after arriving in service
 
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^ Where is "at the Lake Shore"?
It was going northbound on Leslie at the Lake Shore as I was typing the posting. I did state it was about to depart the Barns at the top.

It is now at Dundas West Loop as a straight 504
 
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I guess 4401 could be a “strip it down and see how it fits together (sort of)” so that in reconstructing it, the La P workers have a sense of how to build new ones
 

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I guess 4401 could be a “strip it down and see how it fits together (sort of)” so that in reconstructing it, the La P workers have a sense of how to build new ones
I stand to be corrected, but the 2 accessibility ramp section are to be replace with new ones to match the current design and the whole car brought up to current standards as well.

I guess La P is going to get first hand training on building new cars since TB could be history within the next few years as well not seeing anymore orders for new cars.
 

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I’m pretty sure that in one of the recovery plans, La Pocatiere was to be used to do more of the initial fabrications, stuff that Mexico was having such trouble with. Whereas Thunder Bay has assembly capability only, using parts that are shipped in.

So it may have been a case of taking the car to the parts maker as opposed to shipping the parts to the assembly plant.

Since the Thunder Bay is now in full stride, at least relative to the early days, it might not make much sense to disrupt that production line and/or tie up floor space with a specialty task.

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I’m pretty sure that in one of the recovery plans, La Pocatiere was to be used to do more of the initial fabrications, stuff that Mexico was having such trouble with. Whereas Thunder Bay has assembly capability only, using parts that are shipped in.

So it may have been a case of taking the car to the parts maker as opposed to shipping the parts to the assembly plant.

Since the Thunder Bay is now in full stride, at least relative to the early days, it might not make much sense to disrupt that production line and/or tie up floor space with a specialty task.
Let's assume, given how long it took 4400/4402 to return that there is a lot more going on than ramp replacement, which surely could have been done at the Barns anyway.

Maybe the process will be that La P will do disassembly then ship 4401 in "kit form", possibly along with La P manufactured parts, to be reassembled on TB's line. This does not tie up either of TB's lines or other floor space to do the disassembly but may take advantage of floor space available (for whatever reason in La P).

Alternatively, the attractive factor may be the availability of skilled workers in La P pending the ramp up to the new Azur order (rather than the floor space)? [EDIT: there could be pressure on BBD to use La P for Quebec City trams if BBD gets that work, so it works on a familiarisation basis also]
 

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