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  1. I finally heard back from my fleet contact in Temiskaming Shores. The 35' Midis are numbered 51017 and 50682.
  2. I find that Black's has the best print quality when it comes to printing. They closed their stores but you can still print online at blacks.ca . The delivery time is very good and a lot of time they have specials where you do not have to pay for delivery if a certain quantity is printed.
  3. A fleet list that I received (no VINs unfortunately) show 1950 and 1951 for the Regional fleet as well. Are these in service yet?
  4. The VIN for 72 is 1N9MLAC66AC084047 which makes it ex-Calgary 1622.
  5. When the new paint scheme was introduced on the artics back in early 2007, it was part of the express route rebranding. It was decided not to put any advertising on them at the time. This policy has remained in place since that time even though the fleet expanded and artics are used on all routes, not just express. The advertising company has asked for many years to wrap an artic or put ads on it. HSR has declined but finally recently gave in. I just hope that they do not do all the buses as I still like seeing a few ad free vehicles.
  6. The TTS website has been updated with the flyer for the event. http://www.torontotransportationsociety.org/documents/Farewell to the CLRV Flyer - 22SEP19.pdf
  7. I have been told that the only confirmed retirements at this point are 0611-0614 and 0603 for a total of 5 buses. With 17 new bus deliveries, all of which were replacement, 12 other buses have been placed in storage and are not officially retired at this point. While the equipment has been taken off the buses for installation in the new buses, the possibility remains that new equipment could be installed in the buses, if needed. HSR is concerned about the spare ratio for the fall, as there will be up to 10 peak buses added with the service expansion that will be occurring. The buses in storage, currently at the 330 Wentworth Street garage, will not be used for parts at this point, just in case any need to be brought back. The storage buses are 0520, 0601, 0602, 0701-0709.
  8. Exo Terrebonne-Mascouche # 217-203, a NovaBus LFS, is seen at Terminus Terrebonne. Exo is the new branding name for the old CIT operators in the suburban Montreal area. Some buses are getting renumbered when the exo branding is applied. This service is operated by Keolis Canada.
  9. Do you mean Air Link? They are out of Mississauga and have at least one ex-GO bus.
  10. That is good to hear. We hope to get the flyer for the event out this weekend.
  11. SSM Transit # 161 (ex-TTC 7907) is in service still in TTC colors with SSM logos applied.
  12. The 11 XN60 buses and the 6 additional CNG buses were all replacement buses. The HSR fleet will remain at 267 (265 plus 2 replica trolleys). The expansion buses were buses 1701-1719 which were received last year. HSR has had an above average spare ratio the past year or so and it will be interesting to see if all of the September expansion will be able to be handled by the current fleet. The Vicinities now have numbers and they are 1845-1850. As for the 0700s, I have not been able to confirm their retirements at this time. They have been moved off property to 330 Wentworth Street while repaving and regrading work is done on the north side of the garage. A new "bus port" is being constructed on that side of the garage to at least provide some shelter to buses stored outside during the winter time.
  13. Interesting, it would appear they have 3. They are still leased as far as I know. Apparently the J3500 buses have not shown up yet. Originally scheduled for April delivery, it is not known when they will arrive. I suspect that the leased Temsas will go back once the J3500 buses arrive. Also, in talking to a driver, the 1900 series D4505 buses (1901-1906) have been sent back to the factory for a warranty issue. It is not known when they will return. MCI has provided some MCI J4500 demos (painted all white with only ON legals on the luggage compartments) to be used while the units are away. At least two all white, unnumbered J4500 buses have been observed in service for Ontario Northland.
  14. So you are suggesting we waste more taxpayers money by getting more expensive buses ...🙄
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