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  1. The MTA, for one, is keenly aware of this: "The interviewee also explained that NYCT orders such a large volume of buses that they typically divvy up a large order between several manufacturers. This is also an attempt to keep the transit bus manufacturing industry competitive. Going with a single manufacturer could potentially drive other manufacturers out of business. NYCT doesn’t want to be in a position where they are reliant on a single manufacturer." http://transweb.sjsu.edu/PDFs/research/1234-US-transit-bus-mfg-industry.pdf (Page 40)
  2. (Shrugs) The system we have's worked pretty well for the past 38 years. Spinning around happens very rarely (only if there's an issue with the doors on one side of the pontoon or a ferry's going out of service), and the ferries have a great on-time performance record. Considering they already run every 15 minutes, I don't really know what would be gained by faster boarding? Factoring in the need for a bit of dwell time for schedule adherence, I don't think you'd save enough time for extra crossings... Very nice photos, though, I must say.
  3. Here's a PDF with descriptions of all the individual funded projects: http://www.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/documents/160621ca14113.pdf Doesn't specify a particular manufacturer, only mentions that there are "potential partnership opportunities" related to the project.
  4. Halifax Transit received a good amount of money from the Federal Government's Public Transit Improvement Fund: http://www.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/documents/160920ca1435.pdf As as result, instead of receiving 30 new LFS buses later this year, we will be receiving 59. That makes it the largest single order of buses in Halifax in almost 50 years. This will allow for the retirement of all Classics, 1999-2000 LFS buses, the D30LFs, and the Glaval Titans. Exciting times!
  5. It's actually the Dartmouth III that will be retired first: http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/SCfinance/documents/MTFerryRecapitalization.pdf
  6. The time is finally here...today, Halifax Transit unveiled the Moving Forward Together plan, a complete redesign of the system. From my quick look, I'm very excited at what I see! http://maketransitbetter.ca/ For a more dense read, here's the PDF of the full 102-page plan itself (12 MB): http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/transitsurvey/MovingForwardTogetherDraftPlan_Feb172015.pdf
  7. I like the new livery, but agree that the colours are too washed-out, particularly the yellow. I'm also concerned about how much white space it's going to leave in the middle of an artic...
  8. Sorry for the delay. I'm of two minds about this, because the name change is really cosmetic - there's been no organizational or operational changes associated with this. However, it is a new name and identity all the same, so I will leave it to your discretion, as you're far more involved with the Wiki than I am. Either way works for me.
  9. Could someone please move "Metro Transit" to "Halifax Transit"? The name change is official as of yesterday, and I will go about updating the page's content to reflect that. Halifax Transit currently redirects to Halifax Transit Corporation, which is the old transit system from the 70s, but we can figure out how to deal with that.
  10. Yep, it's official now: http://halifax.ca/transit/morethananamechange.php
  11. There's going to be a press conference today at 2:30 in the Grand Parade regarding the "next step" of the Halifax rebranding project, and Eddie Robar is going to be present. No proof, but I assume they will be unveiling the name change to "Halifax Transit", with a new livery.
  12. Do you mean in terms of fleet size? Metro Transit has over 300 buses, 47 of which are 60-foot articulated buses. You can find more detailed info on the fleet on the wiki: http://www.cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=Metro_Transit The best place to see buses is on Barrington Street in Downtown Halifax - the street has over 1,100 bus movements every weekday. Hope you enjoy your stay in Halifax!
  13. Looks like there will be a lot less Classics soon in Windsor: http://citywindsor.ca/residents/transitwindsor/Corporate-and-Contact-Information/Documents/May%2013%202014%20MEETING/Item%2021.pdf
  14. Sure, the new logo's not what I had in mind (I'm still not sure about those "A"s), and people can rightfully debate its merits, as well as the amount of money spent. I would still argue, though, that it's miles better than the old one, which is starting to show its age, and there's thankfully no lighthouses or waves in sight. I guess we'll just have to disagree. I do like our current transit livery, except for the amount of blank white space left on a bus: I would much prefer something like the TransLink livery. As far as I know, there's been nothing new on the Porter's Lake issue since this staff report in January: https://www.halifax....140114cai04.pdf
  15. I don't like the purple, but I like the general concept.
  16. I'm surprised no one else posted this yet, but Metro Transit's 2014/15 Annual Service Plan is out: http://halifax.ca/council/agendasc/documents/140326cowi1.pdf Not too many changes, in anticipation of the upcoming system-wide review. Route 165 bites the dust, to be replaced by some new urban express routes 78 and 79. New expanded Woodside ferry service coming in May. Ridership stats on page 30-32 and 42-45 of the PDF.
  17. Metro Transit has issued its third-quarter report - this must be a new thing they're doing, and I like it: http://www.halifax.c...resentation.pdf Ridership and cost recovery are up across the board - great to hear! Also, the recent changes to the 10's schedule aren't just for schedule adherence and late night - they've made a large increase in the number of trips during the afternoon peak. Essentially: every 15 minutes between 2pm and 3pm every 8 minutes between 3 and 5pm every 10 minutes between 5 and 6pm. Before, service was every 30 minutes until 3pm, every 15 minutes until 3:40, every 5-8 minutes until 5pm, and every 20 minutes until 6pm. The catch is that several trips now short-turn at Mic Mac Mall, but that makes sense, considering a lot of the demand seems to drop off after Mic Mac.
  18. It's been a busy week for transit. At next week's council meeting, the tender for the new AVL/CAD system is to be awarded to Trapeze Systems, with Clever Devices coming in second: http://halifax.ca/co...40114ca1112.pdf Also note that the automated vehicle announcements and automatic passenger counters have been moved to phase 1 of the project, so we can expect them to come online as the new AVL system does. Total cost for the new system: $7.2 million. The award for the "Multi-Year Program Management Office" to oversee the implemention of the technology roadmap has been awarded to Barrington Consulting. Maximum cost: $2.3 million: http://halifax.ca/co...40114ca1113.pdf And, finally, request for advanced capital funding for next year's buses and the Lacewood Terminal design. The plan next year is for 15 buses (?), 5 for expansion and 10 for replacement: http://halifax.ca/council/agendasc/documents/140114ca1114.pdf The tender for the new transit map design is supposed to be awarded soon, as well. Very busy indeed...
  19. Today, regional council approved a comprehensive review that will likely result in a complete redesign of the transit network. Chris posted the PDF of the proposal a few posts up. This is great news!
  20. Agreed. I think there's possibly a way to tweak the speed of the doors, because some of ours open much faster than others. Personally, I think seats in the artic joint are good in theory, but not so great in practice. Because there's not as much width for seats in the artic joint, a choke point is created if people are sitting on both sides. Comparing our DE60LFRs, which have seats in the joint, and our LFS Artics, which don't, the flow of passengers seems much smoother in the latter, and it's a perfect place for people to stand out of the way.
  21. For reference: http://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/transitwindsor/Corporate-and-Contact-Information/Documents/Item%2012%20-%20Decommissioning%20of%20Bus%20419%20and%20Recommissioning%20of%20Bus%20568.PDF
  22. It's funny you should mention that - Councillor Hendsbee is bringing forward a motion at this Tuesday's council meeting asking for exactly that: http://halifax.ca/council/agendasc/documents/131022ca1141.pdf
  23. A couple of documents for reference (from 2009): Halifax Student Alliance Proposal for Late Night Transit Pilot: http://www.halifax.c...90303ca1011.pdf HRM Staff's report in response to said HSA proposal: http://www.halifax.c...090929cai04.pdf EDIT: Also, on a somewhat unrelated note, Eddie Robar appeared on Global's Morning News this morning: http://globalnews.ca/video/845063/the-future-of-metro-transit The potential exists to increase ridership, especially during rush hours, so I think they're headed in the right direction. As far as late night transit goes, I think you would only be able to have a maximum or one or two buses on any route, to keep costs low, and some routes would have to be truncated to prevent overlap. Building on Bud's suggested network, I might suggest only running the Dartmouth portion of route 10, not running route 61, and not running route 20 (the 14 covers a fair chunk of Spryfield, and Herring Cove is pretty small and remote).
  24. I don't know if it's feasible for a city of our size to have 24-hour service, considering that Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are the only Canadian cities with 24-hour service. That being said, I definitely think that if they ran a few select routes until 3am, as Chris suggested, and earlier in the morning, that might be a good start. If there's a reasonable amount of cost recovery, then hopefully it can be expanded even more!
  25. I absolutely agree about the need for earlier and later service - it can't come soon enough. I wonder, though, about transit priority measures. During rush hour, which is Metro Transit's "bread and butter", there exists an untapped potential for riders, based on how bad the traffic is. While some of those people might not realistically be able to take transit, there must be a percentage of them who might be on the fence. Watching buses whiz by them while they're stuck in traffic might be the tipping point to get them to take transit. Then, Metro Transit could use the increased ridership during rush hour to subsidize service improvements at other times of the day, when cost recovery might be less. But who knows, maybe earlier and later service would be extremely successful on its own - I wonder what percentage of people in HRM work outside "regular" hours? I know a few people in that boat, for sure.
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