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      Saddened by loss of Winnipeg Transit driver   02/15/2017

      We are saddened by the loss of Winnipeg Transit driver Irvine (Jubal) Fraser who was attacked while on the job and unfortunately passed away.
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  1. In about 2002, ex-SMMBL 1768 was chartered for the Bus History Association tour in Ottawa-Gatineau. Coincidentally, that was also the number of Winnipeg's last trolleybus, in 1970.
  2. I came across this on the Transport Action BC site earlier this week: https://transportactionbc.wordpress.com/ Could the events described happen to REM as well if they use Canada Line technology?
  3. Saddest of all, he was about a year from retirement.
  4. What happened to the "Edmonton BBC's" thread? That ran to 150+ pages.
  5. Same union, but different locals; 279 for OC, 591 for STO.. If the OC union has a collective agreement in force, they're not in a legal strike/lockout position, and may be limited in what they can do to show solidarity with their STO brothers and sisters. I don't remember what, if anything, 591 did in support of OC drivers during the 2008-09 OC strike.
  6. Does "runners" mean the electrical contact shoes?
  7. Of more concern than the rolling stock is some of the infrastructure - particularly the Mount Royal Tunnel. Besides AMT's current use of the tunnel, VIA also has eyes on it for the long term. From all I've read and heard so far, the REM would monopolize the tunnel and exclude VIA, forcing them to set up suburban transfer points that would defeat the whole purpose of their plans. Not to mention killing the Mascouche line, underused though that may be now.
  8. How long has Winnipeg had monthly passes? They were probably one of the first in Canada, at least since 1967 when my family moved there. I also remember the weekly passes that were sold on buses. From 1967 until they were abolished in April 1969, they were sold on buses and cost 45¢, which included the first ride. Subsequent rides during the week of validity coast only 10¢ vs. the then-regular adult fare of 15¢. They went exact-fare some time after I moved away in 1973, though even in my last year or so there the drivers' union was already pushing for it, and most North American systems were already going that way.
  9. Whatever type or size of vehicle you may use, labor will still be the biggest cost factor, up to 80% - unless it's proposed to pay drivers of smaller buses less than those of big ones.
  10. Will the destination signs allow red-blue color coding for the lines?
  11. Is 7901 still active in 2017?
  12. Any map is out of date the day it's in print.
  13. Will the down escalator at Marlborough be replaced? From some of the pictures I saw in that station, it might not be. That will make it about as useful as Tuscany, which has no escalators.
  14. I was on it for the last ride!
  15. Last time they did that was for 1768, the last trolleybus, on its last run October 30, 1970; it rated an illuminated sign on the front. There was no time to make another one for 1774, which was shanghaied almost at the last minute to be a Section 1, so it got a paper sign.