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  1. 16 hours ago, hamilton.area.transit said:

    There is no artics on the Barton today. I thought that artics were going to be permanent on the Barton now. I take it that the Barton will be a 40 foot route with a occasional 60 foot on it

    My guess is that there just aren't enough to go around now that the 51 is back in service.

  2. 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.

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  3. 4 hours ago, Seashore_518203 said:

    Wrong guess ... the testing went OK, there was nothing wrong with the buses.

    When HSR changed to CNG, they committed to CNG until 2024. With operating costs per kilometre, approximately 1/2 of diesel, as a taxpayer, I agree with this policy. I have no doubt that electric vehicles will be looked at by 2024 and with a new garage, I am sure that it will be built to handle charging stations.

    There is nothing wrong with not wanting to jump fully into electric buses, like many systems are doing. Let the technology evolve and let others do the breaking in process. 

    I'm happy to be corrected on that one, thanks!

  4. 1 hour ago, Wayside Observer said:

    I'm kind of surprised the federal government is going in so heavy on CNG buses given their whole position about electrifying to de-carbon everything.  I thought they'd have pushed for battery buses instead.


    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.

  5. 20 hours ago, CLRV4094 said:

    There has been a lot of 40 foots showing up on artic routes as of late. Does anyone know if there is some sort of shortage of artics?


    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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. On 4/19/2020 at 2:18 PM, Hammer Historian11 said:

    Another thing that should be brought back is short turning.  Routes like Barton for example.  I'm out there usually 4 days a week.  Almost no one beyond Parkdale except for morning and evening rush hours (prior to COVID 19).  Why not short turn at Kenilworth and Woodward?    Thoughts?


    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.

  10. 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.

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