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  1. Currently, there are no plans to acquire any new 40 ft regular buses or 60 ft articulated buses. Only select Invero buses being refurbished to keep them together on the road for a few more years. Knowing they do have a lot of those buses (over 300). The articulated buses were acquired in 2010 and still only a few years old. I don't think we will see any new regular bus acquisitions for at least a few years knowing the hybrid fleet will be eliminated along with not requiring as many buses. But anything can change too in the timeline.
  2. OC and STO service disruptions

    OC Transpo hasn't posted a service alert yet, but it has been mentioned that all Route 88 buses will be detouring on Navaho and will NOT be entering the college. Passengers are directed to either use the stop on Navaho or use Baseline Station instead to catch their buses. This is due to the strike meaning that buses don't cross picket lines. They will be rerouted until further notice.
  3. OC Bus Spottings

    I think they should be a permanent fixture on the weekends. Especially knowing the frequency does go down to every 20 minutes and the college student population on 88.
  4. GO Transit

    Not sure about mileage. But here is a fact sheet regarding how much fuel capacity their bus fleet has: http://www.gotransit.com/Public/en/aboutus/GO_Buses_10-17-EN.pdf Imp on the document means imperial gallon since some areas use different measurement systems. The MCI coaches have a fuel capacity of 689 litres of diesel. Where as the double decker fleet, it varies: Double Decker high: 525 litres Double decker low: 558 litres SuperLo: 585 litres. Final comments: The double decker bus when they started had a low fuel capacity before making the capacity bigger on the newer models up to 585 litres on the SuperLo. Knowing that it is 104 litres less than the MCI coaches. At the same time, there are also variables such as weight (how many passengers it will be carrying) along with design especially when operating on a highway would maximize fuel usage compared to taking city roads (depending on route of course). Just more of info available based on fuel capacity per bus. Knowing that each bus model is designed differently depending on available space and usage.
  5. GOA transit news, info etc

    Here is a new information screen installed at Baseline Station: Final comments: I would expect the 82 and 84 both use "Lincoln Fields" rather than different wording. Knowing the 96 (old 116) runs some trips up to Lincoln Fields too. As always, there will be bound to be technical issues in the beginning that will be ironed out. This is better than the paper timetable that most are attracted to. I will admit, that is the first place I would check even though it is frequent service at Baseline prior to the screen installation.
  6. GOA transit news, info etc

    The very last trip hasn't yet been confirmed yet. Knowing that it is banking a lot more on when the final changes (Barrhaven is still the major suburb without the changeover yet) and Confederation LRT opens for revenue service (picking up passengers) which is where some are speculating 2018. OC Transpo has been confirmed that some crosstown routes will be maintained for a period of time after opening to help people adjust. Though, they didn't touch on the 95 which is indeed a crosstown route or how long that temporary period would be. I am thinking 3 months (service change period) knowing that the crews (operator's timetable for their work week) isn't usually for short periods. It is booked in advance unless they want to utilize spares instead, but I don't think it is workable with a large workload. Final comments: Try not to rush to conclusions. When the final 95 departure is announced, it will be posted here. Rest assured, you will NOT miss it.
  7. GOA transit news, info etc

    Thanks for the info. The 95 being extended to replace the 177. Along with 277 being reduced with new 278 to pick up the slack. 294 running from Hurdman to Findlay Creek. Will be interesting how it will work out.
  8. GO Transit

    To be honest, even with the usefulness and design, I think Go Transit would prefer the SuperLo double deckers because of the carrying capacity for seated passengers along with accessibility built in. When they are able to carry more passengers with less vehicles, the overall cost per passenger is lower. Especially when I have seen Go Transit drivers have to leave a few passengers behind (my itinerary is the 68 from Barrie to East Gwillmbury Go, then 65 Union Station Express) because of the direct routes to Union Station Bus Terminal have to pick up the slack from other routes. Along with working to have 75 percent of the fleet with higher capacity vehicles along with a further option, I don't think they would want to change the formula.
  9. I would say the 97 going the long version (Kanata/Stittsville to Ottawa International Airport) like the 95 (Barrhaven to Orleans). Getting from one part of town without the need for transfers. At the same time, I think some drivers don't like long routes knowing it is harder to calculate timing and many variables that could happen. A transfer during regular service lasts 90 minutes. Roughly enough time to cover from one end to another on the 95 today assuming no delays. At the same time, I will admit the 94 is the longest at around 2 hours on paper.
  10. GO Transit

    Ottawa's OC Transpo will only allow bikes on-board under these circumstances at the operator's discretion: Inclement weather (rain or thunderstorms) Late evening (usually after 9 PM) Final trip of the night on a bike rack equipped route Other transit agencies do allow bikes on-board if the bike rack is unavailable. If the rack is full, usually will have to wait for the next departure unless it is the very last trip or the only bus on-route, then they will usually allow it on to not strand someone. I would say there is at least between 15 to 20 bikes pictured. At the same time, as mentioned by other people, it is probably the only available option knowing they wouldn't want to cancel a train trip that is very limited (Niagara bound service) knowing an alternative solution wouldn't be as easy.
  11. GO Transit

    I shared the tweet in a Facebook group and some people did admit, it takes the new meaning of "carrying more passengers with less buses." At the same time, I don't think they would want to take 17 buses off and carry two people on each one. That would be not efficient. Let alone, if they still had the MCI coaches, it would have been a lot more difficult to accommodate knowing the luggage racks underneath are not built to accommodate bikes. Especially multiple knowing that it can be hard to recover or risk of jams. Overall, I will admit this does take the cake on the usefulness of double decker buses. Even if it may not be the most practical solution, it is better than trying to improvise like you mentioned, needing multiple buses.
  12. GO Transit

    Not only that, I personally have never seen that many bikes on a transit bus. Most transit agencies only allow 2 bikes maximum on the bike rack or brought on-board if the rack is unavailable. I did ask about it and this was the response: Knowing that it is limited service via train to Niagara. At the same time, an alternative would probably take much longer and demonstrates the double deckers do carry a lot more passengers. But I didn't think this would be a whole new level.
  13. GO Transit

    A very unique approach after a Niagara bound train was cancelled. Double decker was used to get the passengers to Niagara which this is one unique approach. The passengers at the top deck, the bikes at the bottom. Wonder how the transit operator driving felt about this.
  14. GO Transit

    That is nice to hear knowing it is a major hub for Go Transit. Especially the 407 routes that use the double decker mix (double decker high, double decker low and superlo). I would say at least a year or two before they will change especially when the discounted fare taking Go Transit, then TTC doesn't take effect until January 2018. But I don't think they would rush the process without a lot of public marketing or a very light decision either. Knowing it does generate a lot of passenger traffic.
  15. The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    Some tweets showcasing the simulator for the Confederation line vehicles: Final comments: This is very commonplace especially with rail vehicles (TTC streetcar and subway with their mockups and simulators). Knowing it is a lot more responsibility and challenge (different environment), always important to ensure that the new operators are prepared for all situations good and bad. Taking a very unique kind of person to operate with the right skill and attention.
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