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  1. 132 is in service this afternoon on route 5 according to TranSee.
  2. The 107 will be restored in September (see summary below) however the 100 will not. As part of the city's 2021 budget, the 100 and 185 will remain cancelled in 2021. The following changes will occur for September 6, 2021, which are mostly additional service reductions: 2: Saturday midday service reduced to 14 minutes from 12 minutes (-1 bus) 4: Revised routing to Sherway Gardens via Dixie, Queensway, West Mall, Evans 6: Weekday rush hour service reduced to 25 minutes from 18 minutes (-1 bus) 7: Saturday service between 5am-10am and 7pm-end increased to 38 minutes from 60 minutes 17: Saturday midday service reduced to 17 minutes from 13 minutes (-1 bus) 23: Weekday rush hour service reduced to 20 minutes from 17 minutes (-1 bus) 45: Weekday rush hour service reduced to 17-18 minutes from 14 minutes (-2 buses). Schedule adjustments to evening trips 57: Detour routing via Derry due to Old Derry bridge construction 61: Additional late evening trips on weekdays. Saturday/Sunday detour routing via Derry due to Old Derry bridge construction. 68: Sunday service eliminated 90: Saturday service eliminated 107: Route reinstated on weekdays only, operating all day between City Centre and Humber with 20 minutes frequency 109: Weekday midday service reduced to 20 minutes from 15 minutes (-2 buses)
  3. The 11 has had MiExpress buses assigned regularly for most of the Summer. Malton has 10 MiExpress buses (1301-1310) that are normally used on the 104 and 107, but with both routes currently suspended since December, it makes sense to still use the buses elsewhere rather than have them sitting in the garage collecting dust. There are also a number of Malton's 2006 local buses (0601-0653) either decommissioned or having to undergo major structural work which takes the bus out of service for 1-2 months.
  4. Yesterday the Region of Waterloo posted a RFP for the purchase of 11 40' electric buses. Six buses are to be delivered in 2022 and five in 2023. They will be long range buses and use depot (garage) charging. https://regionofwaterloo.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en/Tender/Detail/59770d42-d2bc-4e65-897d-d0bcc6749f28 The RFP is scheduled to close on September 7.
  5. Canada and Ontario invest in improved public transit for residents of Hamilton Backgrounder: Residents of Hamilton to benefit from improvements to public transit infrastructure Joint federal, provincial and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada plan will support seven public transit projects in the City of Hamilton. The Government of Canada is investing over $201.8 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program, and the Government of Ontario is providing more than $168.2 million. Project information Project Name Project Description Federal Funding Provincial Funding Municipal Funding Replacement of Birch Avenue Bridge and Associated Road Work /Construction of Salt Management Facility Replacement of a rail bridge, the completion of associated road work, and the construction of a salt management facility. This includes the replacement of Birch Avenue bridge, the reconstruction of 800 metres of road, the installation of a storm water pump station and applicable pipe reconfiguration to manage road drainage, the installation of approximately 97 metres of the water main, and the construction of a salt management facility. $15,986,000 $13,320,335 $10,658,666 Dispatching and AVL Hardware and Software Replacement Installation of new dispatch and automatic vehicle location systems on buses in the transit fleet to provide automated real-time detour and service interruption information to transit users. $3,600,000 $2,999,700 $2,400,300 Expansion of Transit Fleet to Support Service Growth Purchase of up to 85 forty-foot Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, which will enable the City of Hamilton to expand its fleet and increase public transit service by an additional 300,000 service hours by 2026, in accordance with the city's 10-Year Transit Strategy. $29,333,600 $24,442,222 $19,558,178 Construction of Active Transportation Connections Construction of an approximately 185 m active transportation bridge, 1.4 km of new bike paths, 420m of upgraded bike paths, 3.4 km of new multi-use connections to transit, and up to 500 new bike parking spaces (including sheltered and long-term secure parking). The project also includes 30 new bike-share stations, repairs to existing damaged bike-share stations, and approximately 17.8km of new sidewalks. $3,920,000 $3,266,340 $2,613,660 Implement Priority Bus Measures along A-Line Corridor Implementation of priority bus movement on the 16 km-long A-Line rapid transit route. Work includes the construction of five new queue jump lanes, the implementation of transit signal priority measures at approximately 26 intersections, improvements to approximately 19 transit stops along the corridor, and approximately 17 km of new sidewalk construction along 12 different segments of rapid transit roadway to provide improved active transportation connection options to public transit users. $3,400,000 $2,833,050 $2,266,950 Replacement of Transit Fleet Replacement of conventional buses in the Hamilton transit fleet. This involves the procurement of approximately 92 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to replace buses that have reached the end of their lifecycle. This will include 40' buses (approximately 72) and 60' buses (approximately 20). $45,630,800 $38,021,864 $30,424,336 New Maintenance & Storage Facility Construction of a new 60,000 square metre public transit maintenance and storage facility. The facility will include a 30 bus maintenance area, two indoor compressed natural gas fueling lanes, 2 bus wash rack systems, storage for 200 conventional size buses, approximately 4,000 sq. m of administration space, and a four-level parking structure to accommodate approximately 400 parking spaces for employees. $100,000,000 $83,325,000 $80,970,000 Note that the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program allows projects to be completed up to March 21, 2027, so these funds will be spent over the next 6 years, not immediately. Also, for the item "Replacement of Transit Fleet", the total funding amount of $114 million is correct as per Hamilton's original ICIP funding request. However the number of buses being purchased is incorrect as the request was for 146 replacement buses totaling $114 million between now and 2027.
  6. Leamington Transit has 2 on order for this year.
  7. Cornwall will be purchasing 2 Nova LFS buses for delivery in 2022, which will replace 2 1997 Orion VI buses. This order of Nova LFS buses will be BAE hybrid buses subject to ICIP funding approval. Should the funding be approved, these 2 buses along with 1 bus purchased each year in 2023-2026 will be BAE hybrids. https://pub-cornwall.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=5055
  8. Woodstock has ordered 2 Nova LFS to be delivered in Summer 2022: Transit Expansion Bus Purchase Tender Award In addition preparations are being made to move to a 7 route system beginning Monday, August 30, 2021. A recent tender for bus stop installations included a map of the new 7 route system and proposed schedule. Route 7 will stop on-street on Dundas Street at the downtown terminal. Map of Proposed Bus Routes (1).pdf Bus Route Information (1).pdf
  9. Route 6 (Orillia to Midland) will begin operation on Tuesday, August 2, 2021. Service for the first month of this route will be free with fares charged beginning in September 2021. No mention on whether the 4 Vicinity buses (3 30', 1 35') on order have been received however there was a interesting note about the county needing to consider the possibility of establishing their own bus storage facilities as the contractor facilities (First student) are nearing capacity and there are challenges finding suitable indoor storage space. Subject: County of Simcoe Transit – Status Update
  10. 2 reports on the agenda for next week: MiWay Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus Update – June 2021 Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project Update
  11. Calgary Transit has placed an initial order for 14 Vicinity Lightning EV shuttle buses: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/vicinity-motor-corp-receives-6-130500819.html Detailed information on the Vicinity Lightning EV, medium duty transit/shuttle bus: https://bullvestorbb.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Grande-West-Transportation-Vicinity-Lightning-Presentation.pdf
  12. According to a report going to Mississauga council next week, MiWay and TTC are moving forward on a project to integrate service and fares within Etobicoke. The proposed project will see restrictions on MiWay buses within Etobicoke removed and MiWay will be allowed to pick up and discharge passengers, as well as collect fares. With changes to fare policy and PRESTO software changes, cross-boundary service integration (including to and from the subway system) will be possible. The first phase will consist of the Dundas, Bloor and Burnhamthorpe corridors, with a pilot phase being conducted starting in Fall 2021. MiWay's route 76 will be re-routed along Burnhamthorpe east to Islington Station and then to Kipling Terminal. With this change, routes 26 and 76 will provide all service on Burnhamthorpe within Etobicoke and TTC route 50 will be eliminated. MiWay will add 2 peak buses on route 76 to add capacity. In the future, service on Bloor Street within Etobicoke is proposed to be assumed fully by MiWay routes 3 Bloor and a re-routing of 20 Rathburn via Mill Road, allowing for TTC route 49 to be eliminated. Service on Dundas in Etobicoke will also be integrated in the future with MiWay buses picking up and discharging passengers, but no removal of TTC service is proposed on this stretch. Report: https://pub-mississauga.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=13040&fbclid=IwAR3bm5nMb3wM_6DwxcmxIFD0xKruKBpSDGrOuQXq5ItSUeetPuJ2V2z4cyI
  13. Many of the systems operating the 'legacy' (pre 2010/11) BAE hybrids have been having to deal with a large amount of component failures aside from the batteries - electric motor, generator, PCS. Some systems such as Houston Metro purchase extended warranties/service contracts to try and help mitigate the costs but it's still a significant cost. PDF with some background info here: http://ridemetro.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=957&meta_id=14389 Even battery replacement alone at 10-12 years can make it uneconomical given all the additional work buses tend to require at that age, hybrid or not.
  14. I've created the first page of Gillig serials in the new format (serials x1070000-x1079999 which are 35-40' Low Floors). I plan to work on the other serial ranges over the next little while as time permits. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Gillig_VINs_'1070000-1079999'
  15. Having a look through the Phantom VIN pages and my personal view is that those will need to be done by serial number as well as there are lots of cases of things not being in any apparent order (especially as you get later into the model years) and we will end up with the same issue we ran into with testing the Gillig LF VINs pages by model year. It will also ensure consistency between all the Gillig pages.
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