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  1. All 3 Vicinity buses have been recently retired, replaced by 3 new ENC EZ Rider II BRT 35' buses numbered 65-67. Screenshot from the application to NSURB to amend the operating license.
  2. MiWay has announced some mid-board period service changes to take effect tomorrow (October 4), ahead of the October 25 service changes. A summary: Additional school trips on various MiLocal routes Trip time adjustments on school routes 313, 314, 315 and 321 Trip adjustment on route 7 (4:21am SB trip from Westwood now departs at 4:16am) Trip adjustments on route 71 (7:40am and 8:42am trips from Kipling now depart 10 minutes earlier at 7:30am and 8:32am) Additional articulated buses will be assigned to specific trips on routes 42 (Saturdays), 51 (weekdays), and 103 (Weekdays) Route 25 frequency is reduced to 26 minutes from 13 minutes, going from 2 buses to 1 in both rush hours. Route 34 weekday late evening service is eliminated with service ending at approximately 10pm instead of 1:30am. Last trip EB from Erin Mills at 9:59pm, last trip WB from City Centre at 9:25pm) Route 11 has it's pre-September runtime reinstated as the new schedule that went into effect on September 6 was completely unrealistic, cutting 12 minutes of round trip time in both rush hours and 9-10 minutes during the midday. As a result buses on the route were constantly falling behind schedule all day. However the 6th rush bus that was cut due to the schedule change is not being reinstated yet which means rush hour frequency will drop from 12 to 14 minutes. https://www.mississauga.ca/miway-transit/announcements/service-changes-take-effect-on-monday-oct-4-2021/
  3. My understanding is while the 50 is still part of the plans, it will not be introduced with this round of service changes and the 39 will still go to Meadowvale Town Centre. The 9 and 35 will serve the community centre however, route 9 will use Churchill Meadows to Erin Centre and then up Ninth Line, this routing may be temporary until route 50 is eventually introduced. Route 35 will have the 35A branch eliminated and all trips will go to the community centre. In addition, route 49 won't have any routing changes but service is being cut back to only operate from 10am to 8pm rather than the current 530am to 1100pm span. Unrelated to the Churchill Meadows changes, the 66 will finally get improved weekend service with 20-22 minute service all day on both Saturdays and Sundays. Currently only Saturday midday service has 22 minute service with 30 minute service at all other times. --- In other news, some interesting reports for next week's committee meetings: MiWay 2022 and 2023 Bus Procurement, Subject to ICIP-MIS-01 Funding Approval Approval is being requested for the city's portion of the bus replacement program funded through 2027 through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Fund. This will allow the 2022 and 2023 buses to be procured as soon as the ICIP funding announcement is made without any delay. The city has been waiting two years for the funding to be confirmed. Included in the report is a updated fleet procurement/replacement schedule. A few takeaways: 2022 and 2023 will be when all the 2003-2006 D40LF/R buses are replaced. 2024 looks like the 2008 D40LFRs being replaced and then from there, a more normal replacement cycle based on 15 years for 40' buses and 12 years for 60' buses. The 2010 D60LFR buses will be replaced in 2023 rather than 2022 as planned to smooth out purchases. Given the lower mileage and usage profile on these buses compared to the 40' MiExpress buses, this is not a surprising move. 16 MiLocal 60' buses are being purchased for 2022 replacing 40' buses, representing an expansion of the articulated bus fleet. 8 additional 60' MiLocal buses are being purchased in 2024. The total amount of buses being purchased in 2022 and 2023 is 165 buses - 127 MiLocal 40' buses, 16 MiLocal 60' buses (143 total) and 22 MiExpress 60' buses (replacing 2010 D60LFRs). In addition there are 10 MiLocal 40' Fuel Cell buses being purchased for 2023 delivery (not covered in this update) Of the 169 2003-2006 D40LF/R buses, 42 have already been decommissioned with most not being officially replaced due to reduced service requirements due to COVID-19. All buses purchased from now until 2027-2028 will be hybrid buses. 2028 is the target year for the city to begin purchasing exclusively zero emission buses. MiWay Fare Strategy - 2022 MiWay's 2022 fare strategy will see no increases to fares (outside the UPass program and charter rates) to encourage ridership recovery. Adult monthly passes are proposed to be reduced by $4 from $135 to $131 to provide better value for adult passholders and also to move towards similar pricing as Brampton due to the upcoming Hurontario LRT launch. Also, the senior $1 off peak fare will be available on PRESTO beginning in spring 2022.
  4. 132 is in service this afternoon on route 5 according to TranSee.
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Leamington Transit has 2 on order for this year.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 2 reports on the agenda for next week: MiWay Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus Update – June 2021 Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project Update
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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'
  18. 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.
  19. Fort Erie will be transitioning from fixed route service to a fully on demand service effective October 1, 2021. As part of the transition a new transit service contract was required. The successful bidder was 1699225 Ontario Inc. (Regional Limousine) based in Fort Erie. On-Demand service will operate from 6am to 9pm Monday to Saturday, and Pantonium's app software will be used for booking. The fleet will consist of 6 Dodge Caravans with 4 in service and 2 as spare. The last day of fixed route service with the full size buses under Tokmakjian will be September 30, 2021. https://forterie.civicweb.net/FileStorage/98D82E44507443F896A748D052480A04-IS-21-2021 - On-Demand Transit RFP Award.pdf
  20. Before the idea of still doing Gilligs by model year came about, I had been working offline on converting the page formats to a format based on serial range. To be honest I thought there was better consensus on going in that direction but after reading through this thread it doesn't look like much of a consensus developed. If we do indeed move ahead with going with the Gillig VIN pages based on serials, I've already done 1070000-1079999 (35-40ft low floor) and was starting on 1090000 (29ft low floor) so I can handle getting those series up on the wiki easily sometime this week/by this weekend. I do agree that having the pages just set up that all serials in the same blocks of 10,000 are on the same page as it will make linking easier to do, however perhaps the tables themselves should be broken into blocks of 1,000 (not separate pages, just blocks the same as you would separate a active and retired roster) as it will make the pages easy to edit and avoid really long tables.
  21. Recently, there has been initiative to convert the Gillig VIN pages into the new format, as shown by the New Flyer, Nova and Eldorado pages. In previous discussions in this thread, the issue of Gillig's serial sequence was bought up. In short, Gillig does not assign their serials in any sequential order which makes having their VIN pages by model year is extremely difficult. However, there wasn't much consensus on what path to take with the Gillig page, whether it be by model year or serial range. Recently the Gillig 2020 VIN page was converted based on maintaining the model year format, with the 2019 page also being converted in this manner. Given that I also started working on the 2010 model year page based on this format. Given the results of how the 2019 and 2020 Gillig VIN pages now look, as well as my experience trying to apply this format to the 2010 Gillig VIN page, I strongly believe that having the Gillig VIN pages by serial number range is the only effective way to have these pages. With the way Gillig serials are assigned, the end results of maintaining the model year format makes the Gillig VIN pages look broken up, take far too long to edit and based on my experience trying to edit the 2010 model year page, lead to a unaesthetic page. For example, here is the 2020 Gillig VIN page: https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Gillig_Low_Floor_'L_VINs' As one can see, due to Gillig not assigning serials in any particular sequence relative to model year, the page looks terrible and based on my unfinished version of the 2010 Gillig VIN page using this format, it will look even worse with all the links added in to the other model year pages when necessary. Given those concerns, I feel that having the Gillig VIN pages by serial year is the way to go, and I am posting so my thoughts are known and hopefully some consensus can be reached. In talking to some other editors, after seeing the results of trying Gillig VIN pages by sticking to the model year format, they agree that going by serial number range is likely better. Points that would need to be discussed include how exactly to title the pages and how to go in increments - 1000, 5000, or just put each of the serial sequences on their own pages (also keeping in mind the 29' models have their own serial sequence).
  22. According to a report on next weeks council agenda, Orangeville Transit is proposing to transition to a hybrid model of fixed routes and on demand service, using existing town buses. Two fixed routes will operate, in addition to an on-demand service. Orangeville has long planned to expand from three to four routes to cover new developments within the town, however the report indicates procuring additional buses will take 12-14 months and are proposing this service model as a way to quickly increase coverage without a need for additional buses. Although it is indicated as a 'pilot' project, given the success of on-demand service in other towns/cities it would not surprise me to see it become permanent and even expanded. https://pub-orangeville.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=2218 Also, it looks like design and construction on the long delayed transit terminal will finally go ahead. The proposed location is the Edelbrock Centre which is loacted off Centre Street, south of Broadway. https://pub-orangeville.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=2228
  23. The map clearly shows the 42A using Envoy and Mavis to loop. There are no shopping plazas at Mavis, you're likely thinking of the ones at McLaughlin. The 42/42A combination will run every 5 minutes through the daytime (including midday) with 10 minute service west of Mavis on the 42 only. Currently route 42 service is 7-8 minutes during rush hours and 13 minutes during midday. Regarding the debate about the 104, my personal opinion is that it's a pointless express route and I would be fine if it never came back. Due to the stop spacing and ridership patterns on the Derry corridor there are very little time savings with the 42 vs 104, and those service hours would be better used having the 42 being a more frequent route. It is amusing that one of MiWay's justifications for the 104 bring introduced was that "adding more buses to the 42 would just cause them to bunch so we need a higher heirachy of service". At that point in April 2018, the 42 ran every 10 minutes during rush hours. 3 years later and here we are with 5 minute frequency on the 42. Lastly about 24 hour service, I do agree that the 42 would be a useful part of a overnight network but with the current financial pressures I don't see any additional service. Hurontario (2/17) and Westwoood-Airport (7) already have 24 hour service so to meet your criteria there would only need to be an additional route in the west end, there probably should be one regardless (perhaps the 13).
  24. I did an update to the wiki pages to reflect buses that have been decommissioned over the last few months. To provide a summary of decommissioned in the last few months by fleet: 2003 D40LF: 0324 is the most recent retirement from this series. This leaves 20/44 buses still active. 2005 D40LF: 0512, 0520, 0527, 0540, 0565, 0570 2006 D40LFR: 0602, 0603, 0620 (collision), 0632, 0653 2008 D40LFR: 0831 2008 D60LFR: 0866, 0876 and 0878 have been retired. This leaves 0862, 0880, 0883 and 0884 as the final 4 remaining buses from this series. There is no guarantee they will remain until the 5 XDE60 buses arrive in the fall. MiWay applied for federal infrastructure funding (ICIP program) which included funding to replace a large portion of the fleet but the funding still has not been approved almost 2 years after the fact which has put a wrench into bus replacement plans. It appears from here on out buses will be decommissioned based on condition, with both structural and mechanical issues being determining factors. Also, with MiWay's approach to doing major mechanical and structural work on an as needed basis rather than a scheduled rebuild/refurb the condition of buses in a subfleet can vary widely, especially structurally. Corrosion is a issue on many of the New Flyer LF/LFR buses. Finally, there was some discussion of the MiWay Infrastructure Growth Plan on the last page and while the city council report only included the executive summary and some maps, the full report with all appendixes has been posted on the website (large 500+ page pdf): https://www7.mississauga.ca/documents/miway/servicechange/MIGP_FINAL_with_Appendices_2020.pdf
  25. While there are seperate names for the two garage buildings (CP and CX), as well as distinction between drivers reporting to CP or CX at the start of their shift, that's about as far as it goes. There is no separate seniority/driver crewing for CP vs CX, no specific routes assigned to each, or specific buses assigned to each*. In fact it is possible for a driver (and bus) to start at CX garage and end at CP garage, and vice versa. *The one exception is hybrids which are currently parked in the CX garage. This is probably for consistency as the Orion VII hybrids can only be parked at CX due to height restrictions. As for CX garage being open on the weekend and the use of hybrids, at this point it should be considered temporary only and not a permanent arrangement going forward.
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