Quiz: How well were you paying attention in 2016?

Fancy yourself a transit aficionado? A news junkie? What Metrolinx news did your brain find sponge-worthy last year?

Put your trivia skills to the test with our 2016 quiz and track your progress.

16 questions on 2016

1. How many TTC subway stations had PRESTO available for fare payment by the end of 2016?
85
Incorrect. For now, the TTC has 69 subway stations, and all 69 stations are now accepting PRESTO for fare payment.
69
Yes! All 69 TTC subway stations are now accepting PRESTO for fare payment.
26
Incorrect. All subway stations are now accepting PRESTO, bringing the total to 69. (At this time last year, there were 26 stations with PRESTO devices installed.)
Hint: find the answer at getpres.to

2. All four Eglinton Crosstown tunnel boring machines completed tunnelling in 2016. Their names were Dennis, Lea, Don and…?
Humber
Yes! Through a contest held in 2013, the names were chosen for their geographical significance — representing the Mount Dennis and Leaside neighbourhoods and the Don and Humber rivers.
Kennedy
Incorrect. The four TBMs were named Dennis, Lea, Don and Humber — chosen for their geographical significance. Kennedy, however, is still significant since it’s the name of the most eastern station on the line. Construction at all Crosstown stations is now underway.
Keelesdale
Incorrect. The four TBMs were named Dennis, Lea, Don and Humber — chosen for their geographical significance. In March, Keelesdale station was the first Crosstown station to break ground. Construction at all Crosstown stations is now underway.
Hint: find the answer at the crosstown.ca

3. The Union Pearson Express celebrated one year of service in June. The standard adult one-way fare from Union Station to Pearson Airport is how much when using PRESTO?
$12
Incorrect. Adult fare from Union to Pearson is $9 when using PRESTO. The one-way adult fare is $12 when not using PRESTO.
$9
Yes! It costs only $9 to travel the 25 minutes from Union to Pearson when using PRESTO.  
$5.02
Incorrect. Adult fare from Union to Pearson is $9 when using PRESTO. If that same person were to tap off at Weston instead, the fare would adjust to $5.02.
Hint: find the answer at upexpress.com

4. We released a series of reports on school travel trends earlier in the year. According to the GTHA report, 55.5% of students (11-13 year olds) chose to walk to school in 1986. What percentage chose to walk to school in 2011?
39%
Yes. In 1986, 55.5% of students surveyed walked to school. Over the 25-year period, that number declined to just 39%.  
30.8%
Incorrect. In 2011, 39% of students (11-13 year olds) surveyed walked to school, and 30.8% of students surveyed used a car to get to school (vs. 11.6% in 1986).
45.6%
Incorrect. In 2011, only 39% of students (11-13 year olds) surveyed walked to school; however, it appears they were more likely to walk home from school. In 2011, 45.6% of those students surveyed walked home from school.
Hint: find the answer in the GTHA report at smartcommute.ca

5. GO ran a campaign in 2016 to help curb etiquette fails. Since its launch, about one third of customers have seen changes in the five main courtesy issues focused on by the campaign. Which behaviour now tops the list as most irksome according to surveyed GO customers?
Loud talking
Yes. Loud talking squeezed out feet on seats as most irksome in the recent survey. Remember, if you prefer a more serene ride, the Quiet Zone is in effect on the top level of all GO trains during rush hours. 
Feet on seats
Incorrect. Loud talking squeezed out feet on seats as most irksome in the most recent survey.
Bags on seats
Incorrect. Loud talking squeezed out feet on seats most irksome in the most recent survey. Bags on seats remains third on the list.  
Hint: find the answer at gotransit.com

6. Metrolinx’s Transit Procurement Initiative (TPI) coordinates the purchasing of transit-related things like buses, parts and IT systems, ensures quality control at the point of manufacturing and delivery, and advises on bus industry practices – on behalf of any interested transit agency in Ontario. In November, TPI hit a milestone for facilitating the purchase of how many buses?
1,000
Yes! Thanks to TPI and its purchasing coordination, over 1,000 transit buses have been delivered to municipalities across Ontario.
16
Incorrect. Thanks to TPI and its purchasing coordination, over 1,000 transit buses have been delivered to municipalities across Ontario. The TPI program has saved Ontario taxpayers an estimated $16 million so far.
2,006
Incorrect. Thanks to TPI and its purchasing coordination, over 1,000 transit buses have been delivered to municipalities across Ontario. The program was initiatied by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario in 2006.
Hint: find the answer here on the blog

7. We’re working toward the largest ever expansion of GO train service over the next ten years. To support this, we plan to build several new stations and grade separations. What is the program called?
Regional Express Rail
Yes! The Regional Express Rail program will bring frequent, two-way, all-day service to a vast expanse of the GO rail network, with electrified service in core sections.
GO Transit Service Guarantee
Incorrect. The Regional Express Rail program will bring frequent, two-way, all-day service to a vast expanse of the GO rail network, with electrified service in core sections. The GO Transit Service Guarantee was introduced in 2012 to reinforce our commitment to optimal on-time performance.
Smart Commute
Incorrect. The Regional Express Rail program will bring frequent, two-way, all-day service to a vast expanse of the GO rail network, with electrified service in core sections. Metrolinx’s Smart Commute program helps anyone who is going from A to B explore and try out smart travel options such as walking, cycling, transit and carpooling.
Hint: find the answer at metrolinx.com

8. It was a big year for GO bus service expansion. We improved the Aberfoyle bus facility, opened a facility in Hamilton, started serving new terminals at Square One and Winston Churchill along the Mississauga Transitway, unveiled new low-floor double-decker buses, and announced new GO bus routes to Cambridge and where?
Brantford
Yes! In September, GO buses started running between downtown Brantford and Aldershot GO Station, and between Cambridge and Milton GO Station. These bus routes allow more people and communities to access the regional transit network.
Newmarket
Incorrect. In September, GO buses started running between downtown Brantford and Aldershot GO Station. GO buses already serve Newmarket; however, we did announce the completion of the Davis Dr segment of the Viva Rapidways BRT in Newmarket in 2016.
Bowmanville
Incorrect. In September, GO buses started running between downtown Brantford and Aldershot GO Station. GO Buses already serve Bowmanville; however, we did announce future rail service to Bowmanville along the Lakeshore East corridor.
Hint: find the answer at ontario.ca

9. In the procurement phase of a project, we may issue a Request for Qualifications to pre-qualify teams before going to tender. In 2016, we released the RFQs on some major projects that will help move the region. One was the Kipling bus terminal (improving connections between TTC subway and bus, GO train and bus and MiWay bus service) and another was the tunnel beneath Hwy. 401. What other two major projects did we issue an RFQ for in 2016?
Hurontario LRT
Yes — you got one of two! We issued an RFQ to pre-qualify candidates to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the 20-km Light Rail Transit line along Hurontario St in Mississauga and Brampton. The LRT will serve 22 stops with connections to MiWay, Brampton Züm, and GO at Square One, Cooksville, and Port Credit GO Stations. What other project entered the procurement phase in 2016?
Cooksville GO Station and Parking Structure
Yes — you got one of two! In 2016, we issued an RFQ to pre-qualify candidates to design, build, and finance the Cooksville GO Station project in Mississauga. Offering connections between GO, MiWay and the future Hurontario LRT, Cooksville is an integral part of the regional network of transit connections. What other project entered the procurement phase in 2016?
Port Credit GO Station Redevelopment
Incorrect — but relevant. In 2016, we issued an RFQ to pre-qualify candidates for the Cooksville GO Station & Parking Structure  project and the 20-km Hurontario LRT project in Mississauga.The LRT will serve 22 stops with connections to MiWay, Brampton Züm, and GO at Square One, Cooksville, and Port Credit GO Stations. In 2015, however, we did issue an RFQ to redevelop Port Credit GO Station.
Hint: find the answer on the Infrastructure Ontario website here and here

10. As part of the Eglinton Crosstown project, the 3,000-tonne former Kodak building was moved 60 metres. The building will eventually function as…?
an entrance for Mount Dennis Station
Yes! Once the foundation of the station is complete, we will move the building back into place and restore it to provide a heritage access point to Mount Dennis Crosstown station. As the most western station on the Eglinton Crosstown, Mount Dennis will offer connections to the Kitchener GO Train line, UP Express, and TTC bus service.
a bus terminal
Incorrect — but relevant. Once the foundation of the station is complete, we will move the building back into place and restore it to provide a heritage access point to Mount Dennis Crosstown station. As the most western station on the Eglinton Crosstown, Mount Dennis will offer connections to the Kitchener GO Train line, UP Express, and TTC bus service. The nearby bus terminal will include 15 bus bays for TTC buses and will have an underground, accessible connection to the Mount Dennis station.
the maintenance and storage facility
Incorrect — but relevant. Once the foundation of the station is complete, we will move the building back into place and restore it to provide a heritage access point to Mount Dennis Crosstown station. The nearby maintenance and storage facility will offer capacity to maintain and store the light rail vehicles when not in use.
Hint: find the answer at thecrosstown.ca

11. Beyond trains and buses, we support active transportation. We helped expand the Bike Share Toronto network in partnership with the Toronto Parking Authority(TPA). How many new bikes were added in 2016 as part of this expansion (doubling the network)?
1,000
Yes! One thousand new bikes were added to the Bike Share Toronto network — and 120 new Bike Share stations.
800
Too low. One thousand new bikes were added to the Bike Share Toronto network — and 120 new Bike Share stations. If you’re splitting hairs, Metrolinx’s funding was responsible for 800 of the 1,000; but as everyone knows, there’s no ‘I’ in team.
200
Far too low. One thousand new bikes were added to the Bike Share Toronto network — and 120 new Bike Share stations. If you’re splitting hairs, Metrolinx’s funding was responsible for 800 of the 1,000, and the remaining 200 were provided by the TPA; but as everyone knows, there’s no ‘I’ in team.
Hint: find the answer on the BikeShare Toronto website.

12. Available as a fare payment option on 11 transit systems, PRESTO has been transforming transit fare payment on a regional scale (+Ottawa) for a while now. What was the last milestone we celebrated in respect to the number of activated cards in circulation?
2 million
Yes! In May, we celebrated two million activated PRESTO cards. Now that PRESTO is at every TTC subway station and on all streetcars and buses, we expect that number to grow to 3 million in no time.
3 million
Incorrect, but soon. In May, we celebrated two million activated PRESTO cards. Now that PRESTO is at every TTC subway station and on all streetcars and buses, we expect that number to grow to 3 million in no time.
2.34 million
This was a bit of a trick question. We celebrated the 2 million cards milestone this past May. However, if you did your homework, you would know that we reported at our last Board meeting that 2.34 million PRESTO cards were in circulation.
Hint: find the answer here on the blog

13. We are working toward building infrastructure to support massive growth of the GO system. In 2016, we announced future train service expansion into Niagara and…?
Bowmanville
Yes! GO train service will expand to Bowmanville, serving four new stations between Oshawa and Bowmanville and connecting to DRT and GO bus service.
Barrie
Incorrect. In 2016, we announced further train expansion into Bowmanville along the Lakeshore East GO line. In 2007, present-day GO train service expanded into Barrie.
Lincolnville
Incorrect. In 2016, we announced further train expansion into Bowmanville along the Lakeshore East GO line. In 2008, we introduced regular weekday train service to Lincolnville along the Stouffville corridor.
Hint: find the answer at metrolinx.com

14. We are working toward building infrastructure to support massive growth of the GO system. With the infrastructure we have, we were able to increase some peak weekday GO train service on some corridors in 2016: Stouffville (technically the increased service made it onto schedules effective on Dec 31, 2016), Richmond Hill, Kitchener, and…?
Milton
Yes! We are committed to continually rolling out improvements along the Milton corridor whenever possible. In September, we increased peak weekday service along the Milton corridor to 10 trips in each direction every weekday.
Lakeshore West
Incorrect. We increased peak weekday train service along the Milton corridor. New trips were, in fact, added to the Lakeshore West corridor, but that was outside of peak service. Lakeshore West has trains running in either direction generally every 30 minutes. While we work to increase that frequency to every 15 minutes, Lakeshore West continues to be our busiest corridor.
Barrie
Incorrect, but this was a bit of a trick question. We increased peak weekday train service along the Milton corridor. However, we introduced year-round weekend train service along Barrie as part of our regular schedule.
Hint: find the answer at ontario.ca

15. As part of our planned GO service expansion, we announced the addition of 12 future new stations within our existing rail network. While those stations are still in the planning phase, what new station did we start running trains to in 2016?
Gormley
Yes! On December 5, we started running 10 trains every weekday to the new Gormley GO Station on the Richmond Hill GO line.
West Harbour
Incorrect. In 2016, we started running 10 trains every weekday to the new Gormley GO Station on the Richmond Hill GO line. In 2015, however, we introduced service to West Harbour GO Station on the Lakeshore West corridor.
Allandale Waterfront
Incorrect. In 2016, we started running 10 trains every weekday to the new Gormley GO Station on the Richmond Hill GO line. In 2012, however, we opened Allandale Waterfront GO Station on the Barrie corridor.
Hint: find the answer at gotransit.com

16. 2016 was a big year for anniversaries. The Union Pearson Express turned one, and Metrolinx turned ten. How many years will GO Transit celebrate in 2017?
50
Yes! Our regional transit service started in 1967 as a modest weekday train service between Oakville and Pickering. Now, we serve a population of more than seven million on seven rail corridors and over 2,709 bus kms — and we’re planning the largest expansion in GO history with Regional Express Rail.
45
Incorrect. GO Transit launched in 1967 as a modest weekday train service between Oakville and Pickering. Now, we serve a population of more than seven million on seven rail corridors and over 2,709 bus kms — and we’re currently planning for the largest expansion in GO history over the next ten years.
65
Incorrect. GO Transit launched in 1967 as a modest weekday train service between Oakville and Pickering. Now, we serve a population of more than seven million on seven rail corridors and over 2,709 bus kms — and we’re currently planning for the largest expansion in GO history over the next ten years. The number 65 is significant because it’s how many GO stations we have…for now.
Hint: find the answer at gotransit.com

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