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  1. 1) Not sure if Durham Region Transit buses would be able to cruise along the 401 at highway speeds owning to the number of passengers on board. 2) Unclear if that will ever happen. 3) Currently, DRT Pulse route 900 has been using the Centennial Circle loop (from my own experience when taking that route a while back in February 2020). There was a time in which DRT Pulse 900 terminates directly at the UTSC (University of Toronto (at) Scarborough Campus) when the bus route was launched back in late June-2013. However it's final terminating point nowadays is Centennial Circle (since January 20
  2. Paul Soles, known for his work such as the voice actor of "Spider-Man" (the original series from the 1960s) had passed away at the age of 90. https://www.thewrap.com/paul-soles-animated-spider-man-voice-1960s-dies-90/
  3. In other related news, The Durham Region Transit Customer Service Centre (CSC) located at the Ajax GO station - now offers customers to tap using their debit card, credit card or mobile wallet/device (linked via Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, Garmin Pay) when buying a PRESTO Card and loading funds/transit passes on PRESTO. I've recently discovered that a few weeks ago when I loaded my DRT pass on PRESTO. Until recently, you have to insert your credit/debit card on the PIN Pad and enter your PIN number (on the old POS (point of sale) device). They recently upgraded to a ne
  4. Here's one recent TV commercial that I just discovered now (FYI Transit-fanners: extra XP points to know which bus was used in the commercial and the location in which where it was filmed!):
  5. I was anticipating that the On-demand will be expanded in some form (especially those neighbourhoods that once had a bus route but not anymore - the 225 for example), but we'll see on what beyond the five year plan will be. As for the 101, the biggest clientele who uses that route are the employees at OPG and HO (OPG = Ontario Power Generation, HO = Hydro One) among other businesses within the southern part of the Industrial Area in Pickering. For the Oshawa routes you had mentioned, I'm not sure how will that play a role for students attending Durham College (both the Whitby and O
  6. Remember my thought on my wish that "Hockey Night in Canada" should be broadcasted in Cantonese and Mandarin? That thought has finally coming true: https://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/hockey-night-in-canada-to-be-streamed-in-multiple-languages-in-push-for-diversity-1.5372745?cid=sm%3Atrueanthem%3Actvnews%3Apost&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A New Content (Feed)&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR1PO9hulv0C9RUakHKoI6DBfLn9xIWwS1OwWvu9kolVpvvD9dRvBMOm9t8 Now all we need is having the Toronto Santa Claus Parade - to be broadcasted in Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandari
  7. I still use fax machines (not to receive, but to send low-volume matters). I have an Epson Workforce 520 multifunction devices that allows me to scan, print, copy and fax. That device lasted me over 10 years (and it's still working)! While I don't have a separate fax line in my house (other than my Magic Jack which I use as a secondary (overflow) phone line), my primary phone line (that has my phone number dated from my childhood days when it was a 416 area code in Ajax until 905 was introduced in the early to mid-1990s) is with a provider called "freephoneline". Although it requir
  8. A "private shuttle" could fill the void between Trent University's Oshawa Campus and the Durham College Oshawa campus to the north and the Oshawa Centre to the south, but it'll be a matter of time until a complaint has been filed by DRT to the OHTB (Ontario Highway Tribunal Board)! Have to totally agree with you. It would definitely help support the people who live within the vicnity of the 915 and 916 bus routes, but so far it's unlikely. Last week, I've did a second run of the On-Demand service (but there was a flaw - not the vehicle that I requested but it has to do when
  9. Thanks for your meaningful and articulate response. I will do a "practise run" at some point within the future - within Ajax to see if it's well advertised. It may be also be useful in the future when I want to go on a day trip (when the weather is nice) from Bowmanville (connecting from the 902 Pulse) to Newcastle (and visa versa)! The similar case is true from Oshawa to a place in Courtice called "Food Truck Alley" (this place was mentioned in a Facebook group called "Durham Region Eats" - ironically, the area where Food Truck Alley is located is covered in the Rural On-demand z
  10. I have yet to try out the new OnDemand service myself but I wanted to know how intuitve the OnDemand service is like (i.e. first hand experiences) I really don't want my first OnDemand ride - to be the last in terms of the functionality. I'm not sure if you could book an OnDemand ride - either 24 or even 48 hours in advance? Also, the OnDemand zones can be confusing to me (i.e. if I live in one of the OnDemand areas and wanted to go to the Ajax GO station, then it would have resulted me in this: pickup from an area within the OnDemand zone -> drop-off at the connecting bus route ->
  11. Nearly 24 hours later, Sobeys (one of the leading grocery chains in Canada) is planning to acquire Ontario-based Longo's. Reminds me when Sobeys acquired Farm Boy back in the fall of 2018. I don't recall the last time I shopped inside a Longo's grocery store other than using their Grocery Gateway service a couple months back. FACT: there was time that Grocery Gateway was owned by Sobeys (if my memory served me right) until it was sold to Longo's back in 2004. Still with groceries, I've been using the Voilà grocery delivery service that Sobeys owns (so far, I have good success!).
  12. ICAMI (In Case Anyone Missed IT), Durham Region Transit will be organizing some "virtual" Public Information Sessions in the coming weeks - in which DRT riders can give feedback about the issues facing the current transit system right now (especially during the pandemic). Further information can be founded here: https://yourvoice.durham.ca/durham-region-transit-pics
  13. ICAMI (In Case Anyone Missed It), PRESTO is piloting credit card payments on the UP Express (I posted the nearly same topic on the UP Express thread earlier): https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/03/11/presto-contactless-payment-pilot-launches-on-up-express-allowing-customers-to-tap-on-with-credit-cards-and-mobile-wallets/ In addition, the UP Express will be the first to offer Interac Debit on the system. What remains to be seen is - how foreign-registered (and issued) credit cards (and mobile wallets) will play out on this new system.... (this reply was posted from my Galaxy S
  14. Since this thread hasn't gained any traction for a while, word that UP Express is piloting credit card payments: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/03/10/metrolinx-to-start-testing-credit-card-tap-on-up-express-presto-readers-this-week.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  15. Never seen a vid like that before. Reminds me of one video when a bendy bus was in a tunnel in Russia trying to regain control while on an icy surface.
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