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Old May 27th, 2011, 08:35 PM   #1001
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For the sake of public transport coast to coast to coast, my question's about two weeks old!
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Please, I'm still really curious: Has the TTC or the City there spruced up its disintegrating overhead wiring in the past several years, because such retrofitting would be far more ambassadorial than posting Expo-like tweens at kiosks?
Will the state of public transport vacate the realm of Dominion-hood?!?

cheesh, maybe I oughtta take a stroll thru streetview
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Old May 30th, 2011, 01:31 PM   #1002
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"You have to realize that transportation has to appeal to the average user, and that "sleekness" and "smoothness" is a part of appeal today."


Well...that's just the point...these things actually look good...the TTC could have just as easily had them made to look like Lamborghinis if they wanted to. But why would they do that? People have better taste here I guess....the rest of you can have an orgasm over your tacky toys if you like....we'll stick with professional.

If you are going to open a restaurant...do you buy the big pro range...or an Easy-Bake oven?



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Old May 30th, 2011, 01:52 PM   #1003
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^ Which is exactly what the TTC did!
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Old May 30th, 2011, 08:07 PM   #1004
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I guess either the TTC or the City thought it might be best to spruce up all that tinselling before one of google's roving eyes popped up around some tram-equipped corner




PS: I was really astonished to see nary a pedestrian photographed along my hunt for disinterating power feed

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Old May 30th, 2011, 11:09 PM   #1005
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Is the Sheppard Line going to be extended to the University?
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Old June 30th, 2011, 03:38 AM   #1006
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Is the Sheppard Line going to be extended to the University?
Nope, it will be extended to Downsview to get to York U you would have to transfer to the Spadina extension which is under construction now.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 10:50 PM   #1007
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Does anybody know if they're planning to span the Sheppard extension over the first encountered ravine west of Yonge St, or will they tunnel under it? I ask this because of the environmentally-protective legislated provision that, supposedly, prohibited any (further) incursion into/over that dale there (Burnett and Earl Bales Parks).

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Old June 30th, 2011, 10:59 PM   #1008
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Looks a bit like the old Expo Express.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 11:17 PM   #1009
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"...You can actually walk between the trains. ..."

"...And! they're safer." "We have four cameras..."

"...We have an intercom system that allows customers and passengers to talk directly with..."

........................................................................ Fare evaders, anybody? What a snobby imp!

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Old July 21st, 2011, 08:23 PM   #1010
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You can ride the new Rocket starting Thursday
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July 20, 2011


The new high-tech Rocket has no stanchions running down the middle, and the open system allows a rider to walk from one car to another.
RANDY RISLING/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

You’ve read about them, you may even have seen them moving through the tunnels.

Now, nearly a year after the first train arrived in town, TTC riders will actually be able to ride the new Toronto Rocket subway trains — starting Thursday.

That’s when the first of the new six-car trains officially goes into service from Downsview station, sometime after the morning rush.

“It’s good news for commuters,” said TTC chair Karen Stintz. “It’s good people are seeing the results of their investment.”

The $1 billion cost of the 70 new trains is being covered by all three levels of government. With open gangways and a host of new features, the new models will be introduced into service on the Yonge line as they are delivered between now and November 2013.

Bombardier has already delivered four or five of the trains to Toronto from the company’s Thunder Bay plant. All but one are still being tested in the tunnels. But as the TTC works out the bugs on the Rockets, they will probably be brought online faster.

Although the new subway cars have 66 seats, like the old T1 series, they accommodate 10 per cent more passengers — about 199 — standing up. They also have open gangways similar to an articulated bus that will allow riders to see from one end of the train to the other and more easily find room to sit or stand.

They also incorporate new accessibility features and enhanced security, and are expected to be more reliable than the older version.

New light-up maps, ceiling-mounted displays and an improved public address system will assist riders. An antimicrobial coating on the poles in the trains will help reduce the spread of germs.
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 08:55 PM   #1011
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Anybody know how many driving cabs each 6-car train'll have?
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 01:45 AM   #1012
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Anybody know how many driving cabs each 6-car train'll have?
One full width cab at each end.
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Old July 24th, 2011, 12:41 AM   #1013
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How come switching over to full-width?

I took Montreal's MTC to task some seasons ago about dirty ventilation on their forthcoming metro fleet. I'm wondering if anybody's taken the TTC to task about their mouldy on-board AC on their forthcoming fleet, has/will anybody?
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Old July 29th, 2011, 06:20 AM   #1014
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Perhaps to improve the line of sight for the driver, especially when platforms can be either on the left or the right?
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Old August 6th, 2011, 04:50 PM   #1015
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Toronto councillor blasts TTC ads
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A Toronto city councillor says he wants to know why the TTC is spending thousands of dollars to blow its own horn.

Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong says the Toronto Transit Commission's decision to spend $27,000 telling subway riders about the new subway train that's now in service is "a complete waste of money."

"In the era of core service review when we're looking at have-to-haves versus like-to-haves, this falls into the category of a complete and total waste of taxpayers' money," said Minnan-Wong.

Toronto is in the midst of a review of all of its services, as the city tries to grapple with an expected $774-million budget shortfall.

"This is the type of spending that drives the public crazy. When we're looking at cutting service routes and closing libraries — $27,000 is a lot of money in the grand scheme of things and it all ads up," he said.

At issue is a poster telling riders about the new subway train — nicknamed the Toronto Rocket — that is running on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.

The TTC says it is money well spent.

"We feel it's very important at the TTC to communicate with our riders to let them know what is going on. The new subway trains are one of our biggest events to happen to the TTC in many, many years," said TTC spokesman Danny Nicholson.

On average the TTC has about 80 subway trains in service each weekday. Right now only one of the five new Rockets is in service.
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TTC seeks art consultant for LRT line
Published On Wed Aug 10 2011
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TTC seeks highly qualified consultant to choose art for the planned Eglinton Crosstown LRT line. Candidate must work closely with local artists, engineers and project staff. Two-year contract pays up to $420,000.

In an environment of shrinking government budgets, the TTC and Metrolinx are taking what some may view as a bold step in hiring a pricey art consultant for a light-rail transit project.

The new $8.2 billion, 20-kilometre line — set to begin construction this year and be completed by 2020 — is planned to run underground all the way from Black Creek to Kennedy station, and continue above-ground along the existing Scarborough Rapid Transit route.

The line will have up to 26 stops.

This week, the TTC ran an ad in a local newspaper advertising the consultant role. The notice seeks someone to work on a design team that will coordinate and oversee the creation of “integrated artwork’’ that will be supplied by selected artists.

The TTC hopes to fill the position within the next year or so.

TTC spokesperson Brad Ross defended the hiring, saying the province is footing the entire bill for the line and the consultant through Metrolinx. The TTC is doing the design and engineering work for the line itself.

The consultancy is not a staff position, Ross said, adding that the $420,000 represents an “upper limit’’ for the cost. For comparison, according to the province’s salary disclosure, or “sunshine,’’ list David Moos earned $122,363.16 in 2010 as curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario — a staff position.

Hiring a consultant for station design and art isn’t a new idea for the TTC. An international competition was held to choose architectural designs and art for stations along the planned Spadina subway expansion to York Region. An art consultant was also used for stops along the completed St. Clair Ave. right-of-way streetcar line.

“The stations themselves and the public space for the LRT stations need an element of design and pleasing aesthetics. That’s what this process is about, ensuring consistency and artist merit to the public space,’’ Ross said.

The art that eventually appears could be in the form of murals, mosaics, “you name it,’’ he added.

Renowned local artist Eldon Garnet called the job posting a good first step for the TTC. He said art in subway and transit stations can serve as markers of the “cultural identity’’ of each stop.

He referred to the “dislocated walls’’ artwork of artist Vito Acconci, which can be found at the Yankee Stadium station in New York.

“It distinguishes the station ... and visitors are exposed to premium public art — not just low-quality public art. There’s a big difference,’’ Garnet said.

Garnet said a large percentage of the art on the TTC hasn’t been high quality, something he thinks may change given the decent pay that appears to be in the offing for the new consultant for Eglinton.

“The TTC and those organizations are somewhat conservative,’’ Garnet said.
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Old August 11th, 2011, 07:02 PM   #1017
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Toronto was cruel at misusing the term "LRT line", I doubt the region's usage's changed.
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Old August 13th, 2011, 02:10 PM   #1018
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Two-year contract pays up to $420,000.
I'll do it for $400,000. Seriously, the TTC has completely lost it. First changing the gauge width so now there are 2 different systems, then blowing money on ads to tell the public about new trains you can see by just getting on one, and now this. Why not a normal pay scale like $45,000 each year?
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Old August 17th, 2011, 07:42 PM   #1019
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Province halts ‘very rich contract’ for TTC art consultant
2011/08/11 13:02:00
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That didn’t last long.

Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne Thursday morning ordered the TTC and Metrolinx to pull an ad seeking a consultant who was to help choose art work for stops along the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

In a telephone interview Wynne said she first learned of plans to hire an art consultant for up to $420,000 over two years after reading it Thursday’s Star.

Right away she contacted Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig and instructed him to take the job posting down.

Though the TTC took out the ad in a local newspaper Monday, Metrolinx, a provincial agency was to foot the bill for the non-staff position.

The new $8.2 billion, 20-kilometre line is set to be finished in 2020, and is planned to run underground all the way from Black Creek to Kennedy station, and continue above-ground along the existing Scarborough Rapid Transit route. The province is footing the bill for the line, and the TTC is doing the design and engineering work.

It’s to have up to 26 stops.

Wynne said now isn’t the time to be talking about pricey postings for art consultants for the line.

“There’ll be lots of time to talk about art in the stations … but our focus right now is getting the line built. That kind of contract, hundreds of thousands of dollars for an art consultant is unacceptable at this point.

“It’s a very rich contract,’’ she added.

When asked why she or someone in her office wasn’t made aware of the job posting before it went out, Wynne said her understanding is “the TTC had responsibility for this particular process.’’
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changing the gauge
which tracking, subway or tram?
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