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  1. Wiki says it was retired 2 years ago.
  2. Awesome to see 0601 and 0602 coming back into service. I hope 0520 sticks around for awhile as well, its always a nice trip down memory lane seeing those brown seats.
  3. My guess is that there just aren't enough to go around now that the 51 is back in service.
  4. It's great to see how much train service will be coming into and out of Hamilton now that the regular service at Hunter will be restored, plus some of the Niagara Falls service restored to West Harbour. I plan to take both in the next month and I'm excited to see how the ridership looks.
  5. I'm happy to be corrected on that one, thanks!
  6. I'm going to guess that behind the scenes the battery electric demo bus testing didn't go terribly well. I don't remember hearing anything positive about it after the buses were tested a few years ago.
  7. I'm also happy to hear that 60 footers will be permanent on Barton, that has been needed for years now since service frequency can't really be increased too much more at rush hour.
  8. A lot of artics have been redeployed to busy routes like 2 Barton and 44 Rymal since covid started to address social distancing issues. Since theres only so many to go around, I'd imagine this is why we're seeing more 40 foot trips on routes where you'd normally see them confined to.
  9. Regarding the RNG news, does this mean that 1821 would have undergone some retrofitting to use that fuel or does it just go right into the existing engine like the CNG did? Is this a pilot project that could be rolled out to the rest of the CNG buses down the line or just a PR thing?
  10. I saw it yesterday at Barton and Woodward running mostly empty. Very weird.
  11. If I remember correctly on top of all the mechanical and operational issues that were just pointed out, diesel was dirt cheap in the early 2000's. The HSR which had also committed to CNG buses dropped out of buying them for a decade because of that.
  12. So GO has Wi-Fi (on trains and buses, I guess?) now but you only get to use... 50mb of it... if you sign in with a PRESTO account? Is that even enough to watch a 30 second video?
  13. I feel like I saw a whole bunch of new presto machines on a few different buses back when the HSR wasn't collecting fares but after they resumed I haven't gotten a single new reader. Was it just me or did they revert back to the old machines for some reason?
  14. On top of that, I'm sure the HSR is probably trying to keep the 60 footers on the road as much as possible to satisfy social distancing concerns.
  15. I was just wondering the other day if any of the '06 artics are still in active service. Good to know that at least 1 is still kickin around.
  16. Maybe everyone should keep in mind that the Wi-Fi was/is still a pilot project? They never made a commitment to roll it out system wide and while the decision to turn it off was probably COVID related, it was probably more of a financial decision since they're running a deficit from all those months where they didn't collect fares. I'm sure paying for the network maintenance and operations is a pretty low priority right now. Regarding the Grade West buses, I don't think the HSR is running any of them right now due to social distancing requirements but you can find BT's diesel version of them on the 4 Central route at Aldershot GO, the downtown terminal or Appleby GO.
  17. Passenger loads have also been increased to 2/3rd's and fare collection resumes on July 1st. Seems like most or all the fleet has driver shields installed by now.
  18. Thanks for correcting me. I was fairly certain I had seen some short turns in more recent years but I guess I was mistaken.
  19. Years ago, I believe the Barton used to occasionally short turn at Melvin and Talbot, similar to where the old Barton trolley bus used to end the line. I think they stopped doing that because ridership East of Parkdale has picked up a significant amount because of the new GO station at Centennial and some other new stores and destinations in the East end.
  20. Definitely not a thread I expected to see in 2020.
  21. I've noticed that 60 foot buses are being deployed to the Barton route today, I'd imagine to help with social distancing requirements. Probably also helps with the lower levels of service frequency.
  22. Thanks, it looks great to me on my desktop running Chrome.
  23. Good to hear they were able to fix it, it seemed like it was running fine otherwise for its age.
  24. I was on 0520 yesterday. When deploying the ramp for a customer, it basically just dropped to the ground instead of lowering and then refused to re-stow itself after the driver tried stepping on it for several minutes. Obviously it went out of service there at Barton and Ottawa. I doubt we'll be seeing it in service again.
  25. Damn near all of my yearly salary to replace some damn signs. How ridiculous.
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