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  1. It appears that fare collection - will resume on July 2nd, 2020. In addition, Durham Region Transit will be resuming front-door boarding (and implementing rear door exiting) to allow one-way entry and one way exit to allow the flow of pax to/from the buses. Still with fares, ticket sales will be scaled back to community and social agencies (that means, you will no longer buy 10-ride tickets) and paper-based passes will be eliminated (other than the Access Pass - this type of pass is only for eligble recipients who are on ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) and other-related programs such as Ontario Works). Paper transfers (for those who pay with cash or a ticket) will be suspended. Cash fares will be up $0.25CDN and Presto single-taps by $0.05CDN With the new PRESTO Card readers coming in gradually, it will definitely allow more flexibility and enable the acceptance of contactless payments such as debit and credit cards (and mobile wallets). Don't forget about the so-called QR-code reader as well. Source: https://www.durhamregiontransit.com/Modules/News/index.aspx?newsId=5528f7f2-87c7-4dc8-9397-36a24c4c2287&feedId=fcda21e8-a0d7-4bbe-9955-c4e9163cc1fd FYI, CDN = Canadian Dollars
  2. ICAMI (In Case Anyone Missed It), DRT will be resuming fare collection on July 2nd, 2020. With the ongoing pandemic - comes the need to offer contactless options (not just PRESTO) and electronic ticketing. This was mentioned in details on a news release: https://www.durhamregiontransit.com/Modules/News/index.aspx?newsId=b27d5e84-98b6-42f2-a042-7cc647edf90b&feedId=fcda21e8-a0d7-4bbe-9955-c4e9163cc1fd I've also read that a "digital version" of the U-PASS (Universal Transit Pass - a special transit passed issued for students who attend Durham College, OTU (aka Ontario Tech University, OnTechU) - please don't ask me why I classify OnTechU as "OTU" (and pronounced as "O2"), and Trent University's Oshawa Campus) will be introduced. It would have make sense to have the UPASS offered on PRESTO, but I don't know why DRT has chosen not to go to that route (pun intended).
  3. The only concern that the school district (or school board as we call it in Canadian province of Ontario) will eventually file a lawsuit against me - for breaching the privacy of their employees (even though that my schooling days are over and no longer under the authority) just by releasing the video on social media. If they do, I will countersuit them (and the person who negligently discriminated me) - in retaliation! Reminds me when one student in Vancouver, BC, Canada filed a lawsuit against the school board there along with a teacher that she's wrongfully abused physically and verbally - 40+ years ago. I couldn't find an article about that unfortunately.
  4. You're not alone. Sometimes, I hate when the teachers that I knew back in the days and made some bad remarks about me - have their own Twitter account. Besides, I would never, ever tip an Uber or Lyft drivers - who happens to be one of those teachers that I hate because she called me "chicken scratch" because she discriminated my handwriting and called me a "baby". That hurts. If I have the power, I would have filmed the ordeal on my camera phone and eventually share it on social media. Not sure if that would be a good idea.
  5. This. Any No Frills grocery store fans here (for clarity purposes, this is for the grocery store chain in Canada owned by Loblaws)?
  6. Roy Horn, one of the famous magicians of "Siegfried & Roy" - had passed away at the age of 75.
  7. I wonder if there is any developments recently in regards to the service changes that Durham Region Transit that is going to implement back in April 2020 - but got postponed due to the pandemic? Also, I want to know if some of the DRT's fleet is equipped with the new PRESTO readers - yet?
  8. ICAHMI: The service changes that DRT is going to implement on April 6th, 2020 - has been postponed indefintely due to the health crisis. In addition, there will be several service reductions for the same reason: https://www.durhamregiontransit.com/Modules/News/index.aspx?feedId=fcda21e8-a0d7-4bbe-9955-c4e9163cc1fd&newsId=9b2ed9c1-3c8d-4117-8cb8-dd0359e9f6e6 ICAHMI = in case anyone had missed it
  9. Here's another one that I found recently: There's also the one that feature the one in the patio and for the record, here it is:
  10. The radio ad for Ozempic! The song in that tadio reminds me of that AT&T TV commercial in the mid to late-1990s and from what I remembered it goes like "something something, it's magic..."
  11. If I was a politician (or a mayor for a city, or) for a government, then I would impose a special "surcharge" for all concerts/festivals that take place in the city. It would require the cost be embedded on the ticket/pass or paid upon arrival at the venue (think of it as paying the Airport Improvement Fee or a Departure Tax being leived at airports). That special surcharge would then support all entertainment development and oppotunities for the city. Only problem is - not all people aren't willing to pay extra for a concert/festival they wanted to attend. This reminds me about the "Tourism Improvement Fee" being leivied in the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Many tourists complained it's another "nonsensical" tax!
  12. Today, I was at Union Station testing out the new PRESTO readers. I was very pleased with the new features and if I remembered correctly here are the ways with the "mode" button (if I'm not mistaken): Press the "Mode" 1x to "override" your trip To cancel your trip, you must press the "Mode" button 2x To check your balance, press the "Mode" button 3x What I like about the new readers - is a QR code reader (hopefully they will accept tickets (paper or paperless) with QR codes). I also saw a symbol with an "EMV Contactless" logo. For now, they can only accept PRESTO cards (eventually, they will accept debit/credit cards and mobile wallets). As a sidenote, I've found an "Interesting teardown" on what the new PRESTO readers (for the GO buses) are. The link can be founded here (DISCLAIMER: I do not own the links, etc.): https://fccid.io/2AGQIFX925F/Letter/The-family-Declaration-4525461
  13. Still with my thought on the OnDemand service in the northern part of Durham Region - if DRT wanted to invest heavily on expanding their OnDemand service boundaries to serve the "edge" of Taunton Rd., then they need to organize consultations. It would have been nice for me to organize a "petition" demand DRT to expand the OnDemand boundaries but sadly, petitions are often get "silenced". I always wanted to check out the Dagmar, Skyloft and Lakeridge ski resorts as part of my bucket list, but until DRT get serious about expanding the popularity of their OnDemand service, I will have to take an Uber/Lyft to and from the ski resorts (regrettably, not all the drivers aren't willing to take the extra length for the convenience of transporting someone with ski/snowboarding gear and so on...) or let someone take me there. Posted from my Samsung Galaxy S9
  14. "Love is a Liar's Game" by Youth in Revolt. One of the lead singer's voice (at the time when that song was released) is reminscent to Kellin Quinn of Sleeping with Sirens. Sadly, the original member of Youth in Revolt has since left the band and some of the band members changed throughout the years. There's actually a newer version of that song, but I like this one better: Also, this song reminds me about my trip to Ottawa, Canada many years ago and as I listen to the song, I can imagine seeing the residental neighbourhoods (as it transitions from rural) while riding along the Highway 416 towards Ottawa. I'm actually planning to head back to Ottawa in the future, but so far - nothing isn't concrete as of yet.
  15. I realized that there's one other provider that is a potential candidate - Via (not to be confused with the train). It wouldn't be ideal for someone with ski/snowboard gear to take the GO bus to Uxbridge and catch the meeting point for the 651 (and back)! Until DRT can offer "plans" for the future to expand OnDemand service south of Taunton, I guess that I have to Uber or Lyft to the ski resorts (or find someone to take me).
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