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  1. I didn't know you were on the Durham Region Transit Advisory Committee. There was a report that from a couple months back that DRT was considering to explore zero-fare transit in order to recover the ridership to pre-pandemic levels. In the report, DRT mentioned that they're doing a study whether is possible to implement zero-fare transit temporarily. DRT also said that the study report must be completed this fall. My question to you is that is the study report already completed or is it still in the process?
  2. Well, that was quick. I would assume that either ridership have been exceeding expectations OR that DRT realized that they have enough funds to accelerate the service strategy by the end of 2023 with an additional 10-12 PULSE routes
  3. What I do know is that the major cities in Canada (Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal) have 24/7 service, because they the demand to support that kind of service. Durham region doesn't have the demand to support 24 hour service unless all business in Durham region open 24/7 and if office work is expanded to afternoon and night shifts I've read the PIC and I think there is a contradiction in that presentation. For example, on the service initiatives section, for availability they said that the goal is to 'phase in 24 hour transit service' and they say on the action part to 'study opportunities for 24 hour service'. Would it just make sense to say to 'phase in late night transit service rather than 24 hours unless they expand On Demand service for 24 hours The two late night bus routes 403C and 980 is a good service is a good idea. However, the flaw of that is that the schedule doesn't really align with most industrial shifts (Afternoon: 4 pm -12 am, Night: 12 am - 8 am) Since the presentation lacks any details, I'm very skeptical that DRT will implement that kind of service by 2025. I think the Bowmanville extension by 2025 (4 years) is way too optimistic
  4. Given from the recent service announcements, I think that DRT should drop the C branch (weekends only), and upgrade the B branch to all-day everyday service (including weekends) By the way, is there any word from DRT for which routes that are new and/or reinstated? I would assume it will start at September given that DC/ONT are planning to return in-person classes and given the acceleration of the vaccine rollout as well.
  5. I've noticed that on the bus sign it says 'Service update on April 5th. Please check online for more details". However, the announcement hasn't showed up yet on the website?
  6. So if my math is correct, there was over 1,000 boardings per week in West Pickering and about 635-762 boardings per week in Courtice. I'm surprised there wasn't as much demand in most of Whitby OnDemand Zones Compared to these zones
  7. Then why DRT didn't they just breakdown the OnDemand ridership numbers by zones rather than combined ridership? That's just misleading to the public imo. Is there any info on the OnDemand ridership numbers by zones?
  8. When did that happened? And what was the reason why they decided to cancel the phase program?
  9. So here are the ridership numbers from On Demand-Urban Area: https://www.durhamregiontransit.com/Modules/News/index.aspx?newsId=ac422ac5-2f91-4072-ad85-46dccf182e33&feedId=fcda21e8-a0d7-4bbe-9955-c4e9163cc1fd November 2020: 8,931 December 2020: 8,288 So On Demand is available from: 05:00-24:00 Monday-Friday (19 hrs/day, 5 days) 07:00-24:00 Saturday (17 hrs) 07:00-22:00 Sunday (15 hrs) Since the threshold for On Demand-Urban Area is 20 boardings/hr to introduce phase B. If my math is correct, (20*19*5)+(20*17)+(20*15) 1900+340+300 = 2,540 boardings/week And since a month is approximate 4 weeks, it will be in the range of 10,000-11,000 boardings/month minimum in order to reach the threshold. Please correct me if I'm wrong
  10. I think the only time where OnDemand reaches 20 boarders per hour is when a vaccine is available and besides pre-covid, the majority of DRT's ridership contains the huge bulk of students (secondary and post-secondary) and rush-hour commuters who takes the GO train/bus. In other words we won't get to Phase B/C until a vaccine is available
  11. Definitely a waste of money and a waste of time. They've could've use that money to enhance some current routes (Phase A)
  12. My opinions on these service changes: Routes 403C and 980: these routes makes sense given that essential workers work during the afternoon and night shifts though I'm not sure if these routes are either one-way or two-way service 901B: Make sense given the assumption that post-secondary students were complaining having to transfer to a different route in order to go the Oshawa Centre. Especially when the 407B runs on Ritson between Bloor and Wentworth 902B: Also makes sense given the complaints from the riders where they're forced to get off the bus at Trulls Road and Hwy 2 Routes 216 and 224: Not sure but probably it's based on the adjusted schedule based on the GO trains during the pandemic 902 and 915: I assume that the service reductions is due to lack of demand 405C: I'm not sure why they a branch, but it would make sense if they add a branch when the covid vaccine is available
  13. As expected, there were a lot of confusion and anger among majority of the passengers, even among the bus operators as well. There also a lot of questions asking which bus route will stop at a certain street among passenger. Bus stops didn't change nor removed! Management screwed up big time
  14. That's odd because on the pdf schedules it says effective Sept 21 unless it was a typo or miscommunication
  15. Here are the service changes staring on Sept 21st. This is Phase A, same as usual with a slight revision of the 902. These politicians are really out of touch with the people especially the students. Schedules: https://www.durhamregiontransit.com/en/routes-and-schedules/resources/Sept.-28---2020/Combined.pdf System Map: https://www.durhamregiontransit.com/en/routes-and-schedules/resources/Sept.-28---2020/System-map/PleaseUse_DRTMap_September-2020---20200908_WithRevised902.pdf
  16. I agree, I think it will be a disaster with the service change especially in september when there's students using transit. If I was a transit planner doing a ridership recovery the first thing I would do is: 1. Restore regular service levels especially the 417 (except for rush hour routes) 2. The 917 should run from DC/Ontario Tech to Pickering Pkwy Terminal via Oshawa Centre/Whitby Stn/Ajax Stn 3. 902 should have run 15 min headway from Oshawa GO to Bowmanville then 30 min headway to Newcastle 4. Extend the 900 to STC on 15 min headways then 7.5 min headways between Downtown Oshawa to Pickering Pkwy Terminal 5. Routes 405, 407, 410, 916 and 915 should run on 15 min headways 6. Scrap GO bus route 81 and replace with 302A that goes to Beaverton and runs every 2 hrs. 7. Expand service Route 603 to every 2 hrs from Pickering Pkwy Terminal to Uxbridge with extra trips to Port Perry during rush hrs 8. Routes 120, 216, 224, 302, 917 and 905 should run a grid system on 20 min headways 9. Introduce Pulse on Simcoe (902). When School fully opens, 5 min headways (peak), 7.5 (middays), 10 min (weekday evenings and weekends) 10. Introduce to urban on-demand during night times especially overnights (Operating hrs varies when regular bus routes are finished their hrs) 11. When post-secondary schools reopen: extend the u-pass to August 31
  17. Just earlier today, I saw bus stops being installed on Britannia Ave from Bridle Rd to Ritson Rd. I've checked the announcements and nothing is there. Will there be a service change later this week?
  18. There's going to be a possible strike by next friday for via rail http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/03/via-rail-strike-2013-caw_n_3380741.html
  19. I have a question. What is the maximum distance that a Go Bus be capable of running an express service?
  20. In your opinion, do you think that TTC Fare system needs to have a major overhaul?
  21. Is part the reason GO is charging parking, is because 31 of 63 stations are at overcapacity in terms of parking lots, and to limit the amount of people to park?
  22. Ok, since you guys disagree the last 3 options, here's a revised list of funding that might be realistic for a regional setting. 1.) Regional Sales Tax 2.) Parking Levy 3.) Land Transfer Tax 4.) Payroll Tax 5.) Congeston Levy 6.) Highway Tolls (suicide) 7.) Utility Bill Levy 8.) Value Capture Levy 9.) Personal Income Tax 10.) Vehicle Registration Tax 11.) Fuel Tax 12.) Development Charges 13.) Property Tax (also suicide) 14.) HOT express Lanes Do you guys agree with this or not? Question: Can GO transit can contract out to private operator for buses like they did bombardier for their trains just to save money too?
  23. I was only just presenting my ideas, i didn't mean to offend you. Would the cost including the stations,grade seperations, track upgrades, layover facility, electricfication for two-way all day service from london to Union and the airport extension to brampton would be about $55 billion
  24. well lets see, there's 4 options I can think of for funding 1. regional sales/transit tax 2. Private Sector 3. Corporate Tax (billionaires or millionaires will be taxed 75%) 4. Private financial Instutions or The Bank of Canada
  25. I think that train service is needed badly in SW ontario and from Hamilton to Niagara Region. I also think that the Region of Waterloo deserves and the city to have a two-way all day service (instead to Mount Pleasent/Georgetown) since the kitchener/london line has connections to universities and colleges, and have a nearby airport as well. It will benefit the students as well. GO transit will get HUGE ridership if the service is from, London-> Startford->Kitchener-> Guelph-> Brampton->Union Airport Service should be from, Brampton-> Malton-> Pearson (Terminal 3)-> Pearson (Terminal 1)-> Weston-> Bloor-> Union
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