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409 Thornton

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  1. Doug Ford was never mayor of any city. Perhaps you may be referring to Rob Ford, but in any event, the TTC wasn't any better worse when Rob Ford was mayor. We did see some changes to the express network, which is great but most TTC bus routes ran until the end of subway service.
  2. Just to Port Union or even Whites, any further east and buses would be caught up in significant traffic delays, unless authority is given to use the shoulder, like on Highway 403.
  3. I think there is a larger plan to get BRT in some form on Ellesmere Road to STC, which would give DRT and TTC buses significant priority. I do like the idea of an express service provided by DRT from Centennial College Progress Campus to Oshawa Centre via Highway 401 to Port Union. I believe that this service would give Durham Residents a quick and cheaper option, and we can use MiWay as an example which has multiple routes that use Highway 427. I would support this option with the use of Suburban buses which offer a little more seating capacity without the rear door and comfort while travelling on a highway. Ideally, id like to see the 920 on its current route via Sheppard, but then offer the limited express service connecting Centennial college at key times. This bus can easily slip on to the 401 with the on ramp to Eastbound 401 right there on Progress Avenue. We'll see how passengers respond to the new routes coming, and maybe we can get some support for DRT buses using highways 401, 407 and 412 in the future.
  4. The 917 doesn't necessarily need to serve Ajax GO Station. I think that little jaunt will create delays through the Ajax stretch, affecting whitby and Oshawa customers. Service from Pickering to Whitby GO via Bayly and Victoria is sufficient, and if customers still demand a westbound connection to Pickering from Ajax GO...add a branch 917A Ajax GO to PP Term.
  5. It's interesting they didn't carry on with the 8600 series and started in the 71's
  6. Hello folks of Peterborough. I am looking for some feedback on a plan I wish to purpose to the County of Northumberland, to atleast get the ball rolling on what feasible transit service within Northumberland would look like. I have made up a map and basic scheduling and I am just looking for some honest opinions about this idea. Map https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YbNy5CQd3lq9fRBH85kggntMEs0YoT89&usp=sharing Initial scheduling attached. Thank you in advance! NCT.xlsx
  7. The training rate will most likely be around 16 now, once you finish training will go up to 27 or 28 an hour
  8. I hope they decide to use the space next to the Durham College building, set it up as a big loop that way buses can enter and leave from either direction and not have to loop around the mall.
  9. 8328 was spotted broken down on Nichol just west of Kendalwood, yesterday.
  10. 8162 was in service yesterday on route 401 Simcoe. I personally think 162 will be around for a while still, I've driven it a few times, no evidence to suggest that it would be on the block.
  11. 8419 is at Raleigh. Hard to believe 162 is retired. Was in service not too long ago. Last week anyways
  12. The 19:05 and 19:35 915's out of Ajax GO on weekdays are usually Oshawa units, good chance to catch a Nova at Ajax GO
  13. I think it should be the other way around regarding the 900 routes, 900 series routes should be reserved for Pulse or Express routes, while local regional routes should be renumbered to their respective number based on where they terminate. The 915 sees very little ridership from UOIT on weekends, the majority of the passengers who are on the bus at UOIT originated their trip somewhere along route 416 Kedron, and are continuing along Taunton to Whitby or Ajax. The 915 should not serve UOIT and continue along Taunton to Harmony Rd. If they choose to add a branch to serve UOIT during weekdays then fine, but I think with the amount of future options for people to get UOIT from western Durham Region, the 915 would not be necessary.
  14. Speaking from an operator's point of view, there has been a significant outcry for service along Shoal Point since the 222 was eliminated. The 222 was quite busy during peak times, specifically in the evening.
  15. The idea of the 900A is that it would head to STC via Highway 401. Having it skip stops would not really tackle the issue of passenger volume or service gaps. Many pulse buses are delayed due to passenger volume between Whites and Salem Road (usually a 900 leaving U of T on time at 4:00PM will be 7-8 down by Whites Road and depending on how service is running overall may incur crushloads by the time that bus reaches Glenanna Road. A branch terminating at White Oaks would assist main-line buses with crushloads (people who travel within West Durham can use the 900A). A branch terminating at White Oaks Court could then be turned around as an 'A' bus heading back to STC or can fill a service gap caused by 900's getting stuck downtown Oshawa.
  16. The guy was in the middle of the road? sorry, isn't this the result of being on the road when you are not a vehicle? It happens all too often, people are just too impatient to use crosswalks or traffic lights, it makes perfect sense to cross Brock Street right?, one of Durham's busiest corridors. Thoughts go out to his family, however I hope this serves as a wake up call for the hundreds of other people who cross the road illegally around almost every GO train station I've been to. You catching your train is not worth your life.
  17. If they were wise, they would add a branch of the pulse (900A) that would just serve the western portion of the route to STC, and have the main line continue to serve U of T... I kind of get the feeling that one long route from STC to Downtown Oshawa will result in bunching of buses at either ends of the route where traffic congestion is at its highest, and might cause riders to opt for GO bus routes 92 or 96 as it would be more reliable. Adding a branch from STC to say White Oaks? or Salem even would maintain a consistent service across the entire route.
  18. 107's extension to Rouge Hill will be great, however, Rouge Hill is going to need more space for buses. especially if the 103 will continue to serve Rouge Hill.
  19. Current population of Durham Region is just over 600,000, add another 500,000 in 20 years, assuming growth stays as steady as it has been in the past, population would be in the area of 1.1 million by 2037. most of this population would be south of Highway 407 and east of Highway 57. Numbers that certainly support rapid transit. Ajax is a hot spot for growth. The Ajax LRT has combined the needs of commuters as well as the needs of community bus users, by offering direct transit between Falby Court and the major business hubs in Ajax (Harwood Plaza, Durham Centre). Highway 2 can be supported with high frequency, and high capacity buses running on dedicated lanes. Ajax has a problem, and the problem is traffic, traffic caused by commuters who are alone in their vehicles. Buses are not enough to influence people into taking public transit. Providing a train that could connect almost seamlessly to the GO train will entice commuters in the Williamson, Nottingham and Applecroft communities of Ajax to use transit will tackle the biggest issue plaguing Ajax roads. Lets face it, no one with a car wants to take a bus....but a train, people will take a train. The key to an LRT's success...or any local transit in suburban communities is to get the transit into these areas before people choose to purchase a second vehicle, make transit visible, by providing frequent service, make it convenient by offering service when people need it. and make it seamless, seamless connection to other rapid transit services in the region as well as GO Transit.
  20. Westney Road and Salem Road are congested mostly by car traffic, fed by Bayly Street, Ajax GO and Highway 401. These corridors are also high volume truck routes, which would certainly have to be taken into account. I believe the Rail spur that crosses Fairall St. is still active, So LRT would have to be built around it. Heavy trucks also use these corridors, so LRT would have to be built with that in mind. There is a large volume of cars (single-occupant) that park at Ajax GO. Those people should be targeted as potential customers. Marketed as a seamless connection to GO Transit. Factory workers are potential customers as well, ones who travel from other parts of the region using Pulse can transfer to a LRV that would take them to both Ajax and Pickering industrial zones. No transfers would be required during rush hour, if lines 1,2A and 3 are interlined. Lines 1 and 2 would interline on Taunton. Certain portions of this LRT route would have to operate in mixed traffic, including, Clements Road, Hunt Street, Fairall Street and Westney Road between Fairall and Ritchie. LRT accomodates both existing riders, who are in need of solid rapid transit, as well as potential customers who sit in traffic at the Ajax GO, as a green and black LRV boards passengers almost directly beside the GO Trains. Region of Durham is exploding with growth, particularly in Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa. Population of Ajax was around 65,000 in the mid 90's, now it has grown to almost 110,000. Oshawa is nearing 160,000 people, a jump of around 25,000 in 20 years. Whitby with around 50,000 new residents in 20 years, with a population nearing 125,000. So, in 20 years, almost 140,000 new residents to this region. What's going to happen in another 20 years? using these numbers to predict future statistics, you'd be looking at a population of nearly 500,000 new residents to southern Durham Region, Ajax would be sitting anywhere from 160,000 up to 200,000 people. Numbers that are simliar to the K-W region who are currently building LRT.
  21. Bus service would then be overhauled to serve as feeder routes for LRT, as opposed to being feeder routes for the GO. Limited Express routes would continue to operate out of Ajax GO. - 251 Salem Express to Taunton via Achilles and Gillett - 252 Audley South Express to Ashbury via Bayly - 255 Audley North Express to Rushworth via Kingston Road
  22. Line 3 would interline with Line 2A during rush and Line 1 during midday times. Transit has to be convenient in order to get people out of their cars. Local traffic along Bayly, Westney and Salem is extremely congested during peak times, Line 2A and 3 tackle those traffic issues by offering direct connections between the large industrial area of south Pickering to GO transit and Highway 2 Pulse. Line 1 would be a success at all times of the day. Transit is already quite busy on Harwood Avenue, specifically between Clover Ridge and Highway 2. Line 1 would eliminate the transfer to continue north at Hunt, while also providing a direct connection to GO Transit. Using existing rail corridors in Central Ajax area would have a lesser impact during construction times, compared to running down the middle of the road. The intersection of Fairall and Westney would have to be retrofitted to accommodate Light Rail vehicles operating in mixed traffic. Westney and Harwood both have wide medians, which can be modified to accommodate streetcars and/or LRT on dedicated lanes, so they make perfect corridors to link to the rail lines. Ajax has many old rail lines that weave through town. Getting approval however, to use these lines may be more difficult than what I expect. LRV's can start at 40-45 feet in length, with some 80 footers to the crunch trips between 6-8AM and 4-6PM
  23. Well, with the current projects in place, and with such a vast amount of ground to cover, BRT might be a more cost-effective solution, bus transit is already popular on Highway 2, and Taunton, just have deploy more buses on those routes, and establish a solid regional route along the baseline (Bayly/Victoria/Bloor)
  24. Try now Light Rail might be the only answer to the traffic problems plaguing Ajax, specifically Bayly, Salem and Westney. Buses to feed it will increase it's success. It's evident that people who work locally, are the ones that clog the main corridors in Ajax, travelling between industrial areas in the south and the residential developments in the north, bypassing the GO station, where most bus routes terminate. Buses are just simply not enough to curb the habit of driving.
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