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  1. They just corrected it now with the direction of how the detour will work. Especially when it can easily be misinterpreted (though, they also do the same detour routing in the early mornings, late evenings and weekends/holidays).
  2. Was reading about it from a Facebook group. Looks like the city of Orillia was tired of how First Canada was handling the situation about the bus shortage and running school buses to cover those routes that couldn't be filled with conventional buses. Along with working to choose a new contractor based on expertise, plan and total cost (service hour). Trying to minimize increased costs and wanting to maintain a balance of ensuring good service. Final comments: At least the contract is 5 years. Not as long-term as 10 years that York Region has for bus rapid transit services. Not sure about the conventional transit services and how long those contracts go for. Wanting to ensure the fixed cost protects the city and transfers the risk from taxpayers to the contractor.
  3. Fall and Winter are the busiest time periods. Though, I think it will give the real test of usage and feedback on the real world experience and not just assumptions. Especially when having over 100 of them and another 17 on-order, they need to be utilized somewhere to maximum their potential outside of peak periods. Weekends are a good starting base before considering if they want to keep them on during regular daytime service should they further expand.
  4. I was on that bus at around 2 PM from Tanger Outlet malls (previous bus was cancelled). Bus number 5008 was the other one running on the 62 Kanata. Also saw three double deckers on the 95 (between Place D'Orleans and MacKenzie King). A few along 94. Don't have the count on that one. And a good majority on the route 1. With some articulated buses in the mix. Today bus spottings (Tuesday): 5165: 95 MacKenize King at 8:26 AM spotted at Scott and Holland 5048: 265 MacKenzie King 8:30 AM at Westboro Final comments: The hybrids aren't good for the rapid transit routes because of the high speed involved. At the same time, I hope they do retire these buses since they are a bit of a drain in reliability and resources. They aren't my kind of bus. At the same time, I do hope they continue to utilize double deckers in the summer booking too. The feedback I have seen is positive in a passenger perspective. Knowing the seating capacity on those buses. At the same time, it does increase dwell time (loading and unloading) especially for those that get off from the top deck. Overall, I hope they do get used more often. I have seen mostly seated on the 95s.
  5. A bit of question regarding the first day of revenue service. The claim was Spring 2018 the first stage of the Confederation line will be in revenue service. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-lrt-rtg-contract-service-start-may-7-2018-now-appears-delayed-1.4077136?cmp=rss Now, there is a possible chance that it may be delayed along with the date retracted simply stating 2018. This is more to protect themselves against commitment especially how many years of work when it started and being very large scale, there have been many issues reported. The Rideau sinkhole was the biggest issue since they don't want to do any work until they know the issue is addressed and restoration before resuming. Final comments: The basic logic is that nothing is ever set in stone usually. Especially for large scale projects citing Eglinton Crosstown in Toronto also has been delayed due to the large scale of work involved. It was originally supposed to open in 2020, now it won't be open until 2021 if that milestone can be achieved either.
  6. For anyone curious, Alstom posted this tweet confirming that there are over 10 vehicles on-site in different stages. From manufacturing to testing of the vehicles to ensure no issues occur. Should any issues do occur, they correct them and then reset the burn-in testing. TTC LFLRV streetcars and Toronto Rocket subway trains go through burn-in testing before heading into revenue service. I know the TTC LFLRV streetcars require 600 kilometres of running without any issues before accepting delivery and putting into revenue service.
  7. Goodbye to those that would hoard paper tickets keeping the lower rate (though, it is noted that current tickets at $1.70 will be honoured until June 30, 2018). The writing was on the wall for a very long time along with announcements confirming the phaseout of paper based media. I know some people would still hold onto purchasing paper tickets at certain retailers if they held a certain card that gave them a higher percentage back for shopping at a certain retailer such as cash back cards. I know with the President's Choice World Elite MasterCard, the cardholder would get 30 PC Points back (3 percent) for every dollar spent at Loblaws, banner stores or Shoppers Drug Mart stores. Along with finding a store that sells fare media (I remember when I once bought a monthly pass at the Southgate Shoppers Drug Mart store years ago). Maybe I will purchase some tickets for collection purposes though. Kanata South transit service is brutal. Especially on weekends/holidays where it is only the 168 that is running. The last time I was in Kanata South on a weekend to reach Real Canadian Superstore, I had to take the entire loop from the north until I got to the south. Took roughly 40 minutes including walking. Where as the 161 would have gotten me there much quicker, more direct. Except it doesn't run on weekends. Along with no rapid transit route (I think they are reserving route 64 for future use when demand is warranted). Essentially taking 164 (previous well known local route) along with keeping in order with the other routes in line (61, 62 and 63 routes designated as rapid transit routes). I don't know how they are having so many cancellations or missing trips. Especially forecasting the demands based on available supply. I think people would rather seen actionable solutions than just simply knowing there is a problem, but not finding a solution or implementing one because it is too difficult.
  8. Here is the tweet confirming that vehicle number 5 for the Confederation line is being docked and on the way back from testing. With marketing to go out on April 19th: Final comments: It will be nice to see it become a reality and not just pictures of the site and work going on.
  9. I think some people are just simply opting to take the 3A/3B and getting off at Country Lane and Dean Avenue. Especially when the shuttle stops running at 8:15 PM, I have seen some people miss the connection by an hour since it stops running. Or making alternative arrangements to make the next few kilometres to the final destination. Especially at night, there are no lights or sidewalks along Mapleview. I have been on the Route 11. It doesn't even really service the neighbourhood along with how the residential area is driveways full of cars too. When the automobile is king in that small neighbourhood, people will opt to drive even if the Route 11 takes less than 10 minutes from there to Park Place. Connivence.
  10. Just went through the slides. The temporary bridge to minimize travel time and connect between Scott and Sir John A MacDonald Parkway is difficult especially for temporary use along with the time to build for only 2 to 3 years of usage. When the extension first came out, some of us thought that it would simply use the Richmond Road turning from Churchill to Woodroffe. Though, it would cause a lot more difficulties since there are a lot of traffic lights and roads too narrow. The detour proposed (Richmond/Woodroffe) would just simply take too long and require additional buses to compensate for not using SJAM. Final comments: It is hard to accommodate the same quality of service without building new infrastructure that will only be temporary for a few short years before being demolished and restored to the original design. At the same time, there are sacrifices that may have to be made in order to accommodate. Lets hope the temporary bridge is more cost effective than having to buy additional buses and labour attached for those few years.
  11. The new routes have now been programmed into the route and schedules tab now. Just have to select April 23 or later to get access to the name changes on some routes. http://www.octranspo.com/routes?lang=en&date=20170424&rte=61 One example for the 61 (from Route 96).
  12. 51 days. This was from December 10, 2008 at 12:01 AM to January 29, 2009. I personally would not endure a strike that long if I lived in Ottawa that time. Especially if living in the suburbs and heavy reliance on transit to get from A to B. Though, it isn't very likely they will go on strike that long ever again despite some close calls before the contract renewal date. Especially with the Confederation Line starting service next year. OC can't afford any more labour disruption risks and would rather extend current contracts until a multi-year one is approved by union members.
  13. Go Transit has an option to order an additional 150 SuperLo double decker buses once the 253 have been delivered. I think they are most likely going to continue sticking with ADL especially with the seating capacity needed on some routes. Along with lower passenger carrying costs since they can accommodate more people than the MCI coaches.
  14. Looking through the Viva changes. Two branches on Purple and Orange. Purple: Purple, I think it is going to be a bit annoying with the southern loop between Town Centre and Kennedy and staying on Highway 7. Especially building all that infrastructure to realize the service is going to be split into two different directions. The trade off is no rush hour service on the southern loop. Pink will pick up the demand. I haven't taken Viva Purple or Pink in a very long time, so I am not sure how much demand that corridor receives. Orange: It is understandable to have two different branches. Especially those that are looking to connect with Purple, Blue or Go Transit services at Richmond Hill Centre. Or those that simply want to connect to Finch Station. Along with an extension to Highway 50 for easier connection to Brampton Transit services. Yellow: I don't think they have had good performance along with noticing the reductions in service. Especially with how short the route is, it is hard to attract demand other than the major destinations at Newmarket Go Station and Southlake Regional Health Centre. Final comments: Not a bad plan especially with other changes to reflect once the new subway extension opens. Though also need to manage cost control and ensure that service levels match demand considering the heavy burden to provide transit services.
  15. The crunch time is really having an impact especially trying to get the majority of work done before Canada Day 2017. Crunch time is working on having a project done under tight timeframes. Final comments: Hopefully no one will lose their life next building the tunnel. Tunnel work is dangerous. Especially in a built up area and along with the collapses along the way building that tunnel and the soil conditions involved.