Quiz – How much were you paying attention in 2017?

We don’t know about you, but we sure had a busy 2017.

How did you do on last year’s quiz? You’ve had a whole year to train and build your knowledge.

Connect with your inner transit nerd, track your results and have fun.

17 questions on 2017

1. Tunneling for the Eglinton Crosstown is complete and stations are underway. Where did we lay its first piece of track?
Mount Dennis
Yes! We laid the track at the Mount Dennis site, which will include the station building, maintenance & storage facility and bus terminal.
Oakwood
No. We laid the first piece of track at Mount Dennis, but we did install a pretty impressive overhead crane at Oakwood.
Eglinton
No. We laid the first piece of track at Mount Dennis, but we did extract the Tunnel Boring Machines from the Eglinton site one chilly morning in March.

Hint: find the answer online

 

2. We announced this year that some GO stations are getting upgraded: Milton, Meadowvale and Rutherford. At which GO station did we open a new train station building this year?
Oshawa
Yes! The new train station building at Oshawa opened in October. Now, with more convenient access to GO and VIA amenities including bigger washrooms and waiting areas.
Cooksville
Not yet. We opened a new station building at the Oshawa GO Station in October. We did, however, break ground on a new station building at Cooksville in November.
Renforth
No. We opened a new train station building at the Oshawa GO Station in October. The new Renforth transit station opened in November as the final component of the Mississauga Transitway. MiWay, TTC and GO Buses all serve the new stop.

Hint: find the answer online

 

3. Metrolinx had a change in leadership this year. Who is the new guy in charge?
Phil Verster
Yes! Phil Verster started as Metrolinx President & CEO in October. He replaced John Jensen, who was our interim leader after Bruce McCuaig stepped down in April.
Bruce McCuaig
No. Our new President & CEO is Phil Verster. He replaced John Jensen, who was our interim leader after Bruce McCuaig stepped down in April. Bruce was the top guy at Metrolinx for 6.5 years.
John Jensen
No. Our new President & CEO is Phil Verster. He replaced John Jensen, who was our interim leader after Bruce McCuaig stepped down in April.

Hint: find the answer online

 

4. PRESTO is available as fare payment on all TTC vehicles and at all stations. What TTC fare payment option debuted as a PRESTO feature in 2017?
Monthly passes for adults and seniors
Yes! Adults and seniors can now load TTC monthly passes onto their PRESTO card. Why not sign up for autorenew? You can forget about forgetting.
Single ride discounted fare for seniors
Long before 2017. Ever since PRESTO first launched onto the TTC, senior TTC riders have qualified for a fare discount (they just need to set the concession at any customer service outlet). The new feature is that adults and seniors can now load TTC monthly passes onto their PRESTO card.
Autoload
No. I mean yes. I mean Autoload is not new — it’s great but not new. Seriously sign up — not having to remember to load value onto your card is a game-changer. The new feature helps with that, too. Adults and seniors can now load TTC monthly passes onto their PRESTO card — in that case, sign up for autorenew to get you from month to month.

Hint: find the answer here on the blog

 

5. On average, our Lost and Found department deals with 30,000 lost items annually. So it’s likely a few odd things cross our path. Which lost item made headlines in 2017?
Gold mouth grill
Yes! It’s true — a gold mouth grill was found at Union Station, but don’t worry it was returned to its rightful owner.
PRESTO card
No. A gold mouth grill was found at Union Station. Inevitably, people may lose their PRESTO cards, but none have made headlines as far as we know. If you do end up losing your PRESTO card, it’s easy to block your card if you’ve registered. Go to prestocard.ca to register your card and protect your balance just in case!
Centuries’ old bone fragments
No. A gold mouth grill was found at Union Station. However, our Crosstown crews did find bone fragments when excavating the site of the future Fairbank Crosstown Station.

Hint: find the answer online

 

6. Bridges are an important piece of infrastructure to get people to where they need to go safely. We completed the Dufferin bridge and what other bridge in 2017?
Ajax pedestrian bridge
Yes! We opened the Ajax pedestrian bridge in October. The bridge over Fairall Street will improve access for pedestrians and motorists entering and exiting Ajax GO Station.
Bus bridge
No. We completed the Ajax pedestrian bridge in October. A bus bridge is an operational term we use when buses help shuttle passengers between two trains.
John Street pedestrian bridge
No. We completed the Ajax pedestrian bridge in October. The John Street pedestrian bridge opened in 2016 to accommodate safe passage for pedestrians over the tracks.

Hint: find the answer online

 

7. A new fare discount for customers transferring between the TTC and GO or UP was announced in 2017 (takes effect January 7). Let’s say an adult uses PRESTO to travel on GO to Union Station and then taps onto the TTC subway, what is the discount they receive?
$1.50
Yes! You save $1.50 off your TTC fare when using PRESTO to transfer to/from GO or UP.
$1.00
No. You save $1.50 off your TTC fare when using PRESTO to transfer to/from a GO or UP trip. Remember when a cup of coffee was only $1?
$0.25
No. You save $1.50 off your TTC fare when using PRESTO to transfer to/from a GO or UP trip. However, everytime an adult uses PRESTO on TTC, they automatically save $0.25 off the regular cash fare.

Hint: find the answer online

 

8. While excavating the site of our future Fairbank Crosstown Station, our teams unearthed centuries’ old bone fragments of what animal?
Horse
Yes. A bit of a symbolic find. You may say that horses represent transportation of the past, and the Crosstown is transportation of the future. Mind: blown.
Raccoon
There is no doubt evidence of raccoons everywhere in Toronto. However, the centuries’ old bone fragments found at the Fairbank site were that of a horse.
Dinosaur
No, it wasn’t THAT newsworthy…and there’s no way we would describe dinosaur bones as “centuries’ old.” That said, we actually did find horse bone fragments at the Fairbank site.

Hint: find the answer on Twitter

 

9. We started the procurement process for several major projects this year: Hamilton LRT, Union Station enhancements, Lakeshore East (east segment), Rutherford GO…to name a few. Which project contract was awarded in December?
Hwys 401/409 tunnel
Yes! We awarded the contract for the tunnel beneath Hwys 401/409 in December. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2018.
Finch LRT
Not yet. We awarded the contract for the tunnel beneath Hwys 401/409 in December. However, the RFP for the Finch LRT closed in December — the next step will be a contract award.
Kipling Bus Terminal
Not yet. We awarded the contract for the tunnel beneath Hwys 401/409 in December. However, the RFP for the Kipling Bus Terminal closed in October — the next step will be a contract award.

Hint: find the answer online

 

10. We announced more service along the Stouffville corridor, a new stop serving Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, and increased train service along the Barrie line to Aurora GO. How many weekly train trips are now running along the Barrie line?
230
Yes! We are now offering 230 weekly GO Train trips running in both directions along the Barrie line. These new trips mean more options for our customers and the opportunity for more people to try our service because it meets their schedules.
118
Not quite. We are now offering 230 GO Train trips in both directions along the Barrie line. Up from 118 trips 🙂
75
Not quite. We are now offering 230 weekly GO Train trips in both directions along the Barrie line. Weekend service will increase from every 75 minutes to hourly.

Hint: find the answer online

 

11. The David Suzuki Foundation approached us about leveraging some of our properties for their habitat initiative. What types of species are we hosting at our properties across the region?
Butterflies
Yes! We’re helping to boost pollinator populations by planting butterfly habitats at some of our properties — we like to think of this effort as building another kind of mobility hub.
Raccoons
Certainly not. We are, however, helping to boost pollinator populations by planting butterfly habitats at some of our properties. Remember that time a raccoon was found on a GO train?
Goats
Nope. We are, however, helping to boost pollinator populations by planting butterfly habitats at some of our properties. Remember that time a goat rode the GO train?

Hint: find the answer on Twitter

 

12. New service at a new station means another connection on the regional network. Which station is the newest stop on the GO train system?
Downsview Park
Yes! GO trains started serving Downsview Park station on the Barrie line as of December 30. Welcome to the roster, #66!
Gormley
Not in 2017. We started serving Gormley GO Station last December. This December, we started serving Downsview Park on the Barrie line.
West Harbour
Incorrect. In 2017, we started serving the new Downsview Park GO Station on the Barrie GO line. In 2015, however, we introduced service to West Harbour GO Station on the Lakeshore West corridor.

Hint: find the answer online

 

13. Improving station access is a very important part of building a sustainable network. What did we announce this year as an alternative to driving yourself to the GO station?
Bike rooms at GO stations
Yes! In September, we announced that 26 GO stations will have bike rooms available to riders, better enabling active transportation options for accessing some of our stations.
Carpool to GO
Nope. This year, we announced that 26 GO stations would have bike rooms available to passengers once installed. We implemented Carpool to GO in 2011.
Co-fare with local transit agencies in the 905
Nope. This year, we announced that 26 GO stations would have bike rooms available to passengers once installed. Reduced fares when connecting between GO and local transit in the 905 has been in place for a while now.

Hint: find the answer online

 

14. This year, select Shoppers Drugmart locations in Toronto started to sell and load PRESTO cards for customers. At how many locations?
93
Yes! Transit riders can now buy and load PRESTO cards as well as set discounts for children, students and seniors at 93 Shoppers Drug Mart locations in the Toronto area.
10
Not anymore. We started out the partnership with 10 locations, but due to its success it has grown to 93 locations in Toronto.
75
Nope. Transit riders can now buy and load PRESTO cards as well as set discounts for children, students and seniors at 93 Shoppers Drug Mart locations in the Toronto area. They can use their PRESTO card at all 75 TTC subway stations.

Hint: find the answer online

 

15. We had our first Metrolinx town hall in December. Members of the public were invited to ask our senior management team questions in person or via the web. What was the town hall called?
Ask Metrolinx
Yes! On December 12, we hosted our first Ask Metrolinx town hall. We had 75+ people attend in person and 100+ watch via the livestream.
Metrolinx Engage
Not quite. The town hall was called “Ask Metrolinx;” however, we did encourage participation via MetrolinxEngage.com. Advance submissions were collected and voted on through our online engagement tool, which we use often use to invite public feedback on various projects and initiatives.
Let GO Know
No. The town hall was called “Ask Metrolinx.” The Let GO Know community panel offers customers a voice as we test ideas and design new projects related to GO Transit. It launched in 2011.

Hint: find the answer online

 

16. We’re exploring the feasibility of hydrogen as an alternative fuel source. What jurisdiction is already poised to introduce hydrogen-powered trains onto their network?
Germany
Yes! Germany is poised to deploy trains powered by hydrogen fuel cells that are currently undergoing final testing.
California
Nope. Germany is poised to deploy trains powered by hydrogen fuel cells that are currently undergoing final testing. Under California’s stringent zero-emissions vehicle regulations, hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles receive more credit than any other vehicle type.
France
Nope. Germany is poised to deploy trains powered by hydrogen fuel cells that are currently undergoing final testing. However, in 2014 and 2015, the French train manufacturer Alstom signed agreements with various German regional governments for the development of a fuel-cell train.

Hint: find the answer online

 

17. We have 4 LRT lines underway. Crosstown has progressed nicely with the tunneling complete and all the stations underway. The other three are in varying stages of procurement. At what stage is the Hurontario line?
Request for proposals
Yes! In August, we issued the RFP to three shortlisted teams to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the LRT along the Hurontario corridor in Mississauga. The contract will awarded in 2018.
Request for qualifications
No. The RFQ for the Hurontario LRT was issued in October 2016 and pre-qualified 3 teams to bid on the RFP.
Contract has been awarded
Not yet. In August, we issued the RFP to three shortlisted teams to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the LRT along the Hurontario corridor in Mississauga. The contract will awarded in 2018.

Hint: find the answer online

How many did you get right?

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