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Morning Brew: TTC responds to Ford's bus antics, an ARL update, arrest in plate-throwing brawl, local hydro workers go south, rapid bridge work, and streetcar snaps

Rob Ford's latest goof - apparently playing a role in pulling a packed TTC bus from service to collect his football team - is still making waves. Ford called TTC CEO Andy Byford's cell, which he didn't answer (and I don't blame him), to request a second vehicle when the first got lost en route. It's still not clear why the original request for a shelter bus - something the TTC regularly provides in an emergency - was called for here. Last night, the TTC released a statement on the topic.

In the mayor's defense, this likely marks the first time he's ever ridden a TTC bus. I wouldn't be surprised if this is how he thinks public transit works. Should the TTC scrutinize its calls for shelter busses or is it the police's responsibility?

Toronto's air-rail link is quite an engineering project. Metrolinx is currently welding together elevated sections of rail track that will eventually connect Union Station with Pearson airport. The Globe and Mail has an update, if you're a subscriber. Fares for the new line could be at least $15. Is that too much?

Police have made an arrest related to last week's plate-throwing incident in a Chinatown restaurant. The fight at Pho Xe Lua near Dundas and Spadina was filmed and uploaded to YouTube where it attracted more than 500,000 views. A woman in her 20s received cuts to her face in the incident.

More GTA hydro workers are heading to the States to help with the Hurricane Sandy clean-up effort. Roughly 157 Hydro One workers are in New York and other parts of the east coast to help restore power to areas hardest hit by the storm. More than 1.5 million people are still without electricity in New York and New Jersey.

If you're using the 401 off ramp near Yorkdale Mall this morning you've got some nifty construction work to thank. A portion of bridge was removed and replaced over the weekend using new technology that allowed workers to complete the task in a fraction of the normal time. More projects like this, please.

Finally, CTV News has photos of the TTC's new streetcars being moved on the back of a special flatbed vehicle near the Hillcrest Yards. Surely not long now before we see the longer, more accessible vehicles taking a test spin on the road.



Photo: "Downtown-Toronto-YTZ" by quistian from the blogTO Flickr pool.

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