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  1. Here’s a twist. The maker of Olli has shut down. https://techcrunch.com/2022/01/13/local-motors-the-startup-that-created-the-olli-autonomous-shuttle-has-shutdown/
  2. Durham Police have released a statement on the autonomous bus crash. Key points: - The driver has been released from hospital and a full recovery is expected. - The vehicle was being operated in manual mode and therefore the safety systems were disabled. - The investigation is ongoing.
  3. Transit Toronto did a video in the shuttle, including a ride along.
  4. It refers to “branding”, not just a livery, so this could be a much more far-reaching change, possibly including new logos.
  5. They just posted this tweet. https://twitter.com/Durham_Transit/status/1334138506952777731
  6. That's where a good adblocker comes in. Greatly reduces the bandwidth usage on mobile.
  7. I'm STILL seeing buses around with promo signage on the front saying the August 24 route changes are postponed.
  8. Here are the details. TLDR; bus replacements, more BRT lanes on Hwy 2, BRT lanes on Simcoe, more hard stop implementations, new onboard destination signs, and some more minor things.
  9. Yup. I'm gonna vent. My kids are in grade 8, but we don't feel school buses are safe right now. We're driving them to/from school every day. I'd have them take DRT if my route (223) were continuing since it's the against-traffic direction and a fairly nice one-bus trip. Instead, assuming I'm right in reading this mess as you can take an on-demand bus within your immediate zone or to designated connection points or the GO station, DRT wants them to take three buses to go a few kilometres - probably for a total transfer time of over one hour. Ridiculous. And that's just one example of how bad this is.
  10. There are no words for how incompetent this is.
  11. It's definitely looking better now, but there are still a lot of details to find out about. What will the average wait after booking, for example? How confusing will this be to riders - particularly older ones? How many riders don't even know this is happening and will be standing at stops on Monday waiting for buses that will not come? We'll have to see... Funny, though. TVO just published an article about transit agencies experimenting with on-demand services, but what we've got here in Durham is more than just an experiment.
  12. Thanks for this. I've fallen out of staying in touch with the TEC meetings lately (obvious reasons) so I hadn't seen the additional details you posted. I can definitely understand the need to focus on the core routes right now, but their communications strategy so far on this has been just absolutely awful: - no mention in their their primary communications of route cut (and they aren't the only one - GO is just as guilty with their service announcements this week) - no mention that much of the cut service will gradually return. - no mention of details on how the new On Demand services will work, despite the obvious fact that the success or failure of this plan will hinge on those On Demand services. For example, I didn't know until I went to the TEC report that they were going to offer On Demand reservations for people taking the same trip every day. We're less than a week away from this service being introduced, and the average rider has absolutely no idea how this will work. - Transit stops going out of regular service (at least in my neighbourhood) have had signs put up about the service change (though with very little detail) and those signs have mostly fallen off or being vandalized by now, so someone venturing out to a stop for the first time will have no idea what is happening. I expect some riders will get a very nasty surprise next week. Hopefully there is a big communications push coming later this week, but I doubt it.
  13. GO is rolling out new bus stop signage. They're installed on Yonge Street in North York, and likely other places, at this point. See the Metrolinx blog for details and photos. There are some interesting aspects - adoption of a more "black" colour scheme matching other recent Metrolinx work, adoption of a new "T" symbol intended to be a universal cross-agency symbol for transit in the GTAH, though of course that will depend on whether other agencies actually end up using the symbol.
  14. They posted on Twitter 3 days ago:
  15. For what it’s worth, I was on an LSE train last weekend that had an old cab car.
  16. This wasn't posted earlier, but arrests were made the next day after your post. https://globalnews.ca/news/5917787/arrest-tire-rim-thefts-go/
  17. Rather than saying "paid by", I'd say "employed by". PWT would be the employer and should PWT lose the contract for Whitby to another operator (or DRT finally deciding to bring Whitby operations inhouse), there'd be no guarantee of employment going further. Speaking of which, does anyone have a factual, non-speculative, answer to the question: Why has DRT maintained this odd arrangement with Whitby services outsourced while the other divisions are not? Why haven't they either brought Whitby in-house, or outsourced the entire thing as YRT does?
  18. Note that the pilot program doesn't apply during rush hour and the number of dogs is likely to be low. This just enables more people to use the service for general travel, rather than requiring them to take a car because they need to take their dog with them. As for your other concerns, they're unlikely to be a significant problem. Yes, there are people who are allergic to dogs, but trains are big and with plenty of room. This will work itself out, and if it doesn't, that's why it's a pilot program.
  19. If the card is registered and you lose it, you can get your money back. If it’s not registered and you lose it, you’re out whatever was on it.
  20. This afternoon there was a federal/provincial/municipal press conference announcing ~ $170 million of new funding for DRT. The federal release is here, but it has no details on intended uses. I asked DRT on Twitter if they had any details of what it will be used for. Their response follows. Minor, but important, correction. She is the MP for Durham, as in the specific riding, not the MP for all of Durham Region.
  21. I didn't think to take pictures when I passed through on Wednesday, but I can at least describe them. It's two screens, white background, with the following listed: departure time, route number, minutes until (or "departed" for recent departures), a list of stops, and the platform number. The text alternates between English and French, at what I'd guess is 30 second intervals. I was surprised at how different they look from the train signs - perhaps this is a next generation. Overall, I liked them. I doubt they'll make much difference for regular riders with the Transit app on their phones, but for occasional riders they'll be a big help.
  22. Dunno. I think average riders are well served by route numbers, because it's easy to match what they were told/saw in a map/etc against what's on the bus in front of the them. Matching up a bunch of words is harder and more prone to error.
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