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  1. I'm quoting this from the electric bus pilot thread since it is relevant to my post: In addition to the 11 Nova LFS electric buses ordered for February 2023 delivery, GRT has ordered 29 LFS hybrid buses as per the council reports on pages 56-63. It was a late addition to the agenda as the region only received funding approval on April 21. https://calendar.regionofwaterloo.ca/Council/Detail/2022-04-27-1900-Council2/0c7de142-0026-4994-a53b-ae8400e479f7
  2. The current bid closing date is June 17, 2022 however procurement closing dates often get extended especially larger ones like this. The April 18 date is for the first stage of the procurement which is a simple pass/fail test ensuring buses proposed meet a list of basic criteria.
  3. The first thing that came to mind was Department of Transportation as Gil stated. No need to use vague and confusing acronyms when you could have just spelled out 'Director'. Also, not even two pages ago on this thread was a full summary of MiWay's electrification plans including the 2028 date to stop purchasing diesel buses and the 2042 target date for full electrification. You even 'liked' that post so no need to post inaccurate speculation when you are aware of the actual facts. It's the Transportation and Works department of which MiWay is a division. https://www.mississauga.ca/our-organization/leadership-team/ The service change memo for the September 2021 board period which included the cancellation of 90's Saturday service and 68's Sunday service indicated the cut was permanent and not a temporary COVID service reduction. Weekday service on the 68 was also reduced in February being cut from 30 minutes service to 60 minutes by removing a bus from service. The 68 didn't do too bad for Sunday ridership prior to the pandemic as the attached boarding stats show. Taking the ranges of 148-195 Sunday boardings that's a average of 18-24 boardings per service hour on Sundays, and it would have been interesting to see what the numbers would have looked like if not for the terrible Sunday service span (8 hours, 9am-5pm). The 68 service area also had other established routes nearby (10, 34, 35, 38, 39, 61) which meant it could be cut without stranding ridership. 68 Sunday ridership 2019.pdf
  4. All 4 Wasaga Beach buses are owned (and were purchased) by the municipality and leased to Sinton so they can operate under Sinton's CVOR. See https://wasagabeach.civicweb.net/document/10261 and https://wasagabeach.civicweb.net/document/10309 Bus 712/2017-59 was originally purchased by Wasaga Beach and 50/50 owned by Wasaga Beach and Collingwood; when Simcoe LINX took over the Collingwood-Wasaga Beach service Wasaga Beach took over 100% ownership of the bus. See https://wasagabeach.civicweb.net/document/10309 Clearview 01 was purchased by the municipality, tagging onto the Wasaga Beach order at the time Given the above the references on the wiki to these buses being owned by Sinton are inaccurate and should be modified. While on the subject of Wasaga Beach and Clearview, each municipality has ordered through a joint order 1 new Elkhart EC II from Overland Custom Coach. The Wasaga Beach unit will replace 2015-49 while the Clearview Unit will replace 01.
  5. Malton routes (crews) are still operated by Malton based drivers on weekends, except they report to Central rather than Malton. Of course it isn't going to happen, because 2028 is when MiWay projects they will stop purchasing diesel powered buses, the full transition to zero emission bus fleet is currently projected for 2042. There is also no such thing as the "DOT" by the way.
  6. Voyago will be the new operating contractor for Owen Sound Transit effective September 1, 2022 taking over from First Canada. The initial contract will be a 5 year term. Voyago will provide a fleet of new low floor buses as the existing equipment is owned by First. Service will be based on ‘option 1b’ fixed route service with mobility bus, which is essentially the existing route design and service span with some minor route modifications. Option 1b (16,900 annual hours): Status Quo option using existing service levels. Based on existing 4 route system with minor route changes. 4 fixed route buses and 1 mobility bus in service. All routes operate every 30 minutes. Service operates 6:30a-6:30p Monday-Friday and 9:00a-4:30p Saturdays. Voyago’s hourly rate is less than the current cost from First Student so the new contract will cost the city less than initially budgeted. Service will be evaluated with the possibility of introducing extended evening service with the resulting budgeted savings. The evening service could be fixed route or a pilot on demand service. Other bids were received from First and Driveseat Owen Sound (likely a on demand option proposed) however pricing was much higher. https://pub-owensound.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=31534
  7. On the topic of spreading out work, the TTC recently did a procurement process to get bids from outside contractors for mid life refurbishment on Nova LFSs. Procurement documents specified 102 buses from 8620-8694 series (2023), 102 buses from 3100-3369 series (2024) and 102 buses from 3400-3654 series (2025). Given the discussion above, is TTC looking to outsource some of the bus mid life work only due to the large volume of buses needing mid life work in a short timeframe as well as the long standing issues retaining skilled tradespeople, and not necessarily a desire to eventually outsource more and more of this work in the future?
  8. Report ENG-08-22 On-Demand Transit Service Leamington Transit will transition to a new on demand service model effective Monday, May 2, 2022, and will be branded as 'LTGO'. On demand software app will be provided by Blaise Transit Solutions. Switzer-Carty Transportation remains the contractor. Improved service span to operate between 6:30am and 9:30pm Monday to Friday; the existing conventional service currently operates from 7:00am to 7:00pm. NEW Sunday service will be introduced between Victoria Day and Labour Day, also operating between 6:30am and 9:30pm. Fares increase with the introduction of improved on demand service. Adult from $2 to $3, Student from $1.75 to $2.50, Senior from $1.50 to $2.50. Children under 12 will ride for free. Two new 35' ADL E200 buses will be used for service, with one of the existing cutaway buses kept as a spare. The municipality is preparing a funding application to help acquire a third new bus. Buses will have free wifi and USB charging ports. A three year advertising rights agreement is established with Windsor Family Credit Union. WFCU will have the right to wrap the new buses with advertising for a three year agreement with a annual fee of $45,000.
  9. FIN2022-001P - Operation and Maintenance of Conventional & Specialized Transit Services in the Town of Collingwood, the Town of Wasaga Beach & the Township of Clearview This procurement is a joint procurement between Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Clearview to obtain proposals for contracted operation of conventional and specialized transit services for an initial 5 year term beginning August 1, 2022. While the procurement is being conducted jointly by the above municipalities, it does not necessarily mean that one contractor will provide service for all three contracts, nor are the transit systems amalgamating. Each municipality's transit services are to be priced separately as outlined below. with the tender split into three contracts A, B, and C. Award will be made to either one company across all three contracts or split between a maximum of two different operators - as an example scenario, 'Company 1' could be awarded the contract for Collingwood operations while 'Company 2' could be awarded the contract for Wasaga Beach and Clearview. For conventional transit service, Collingwood will transition to a fully on demand service model with the start of this new contract. Wasaga Beach will continue to offer fixed route service at the start of the contract with the possibility of transitioning to a hybrid or fully on demand service model during the contract. Clearview's transit service will remain as is. In all three cases the existing transit fleets of the municipalities will be used. Specialized service will be introduced in Clearview and Wasaga Beach (transitioning from Red Cross) with new Dodge Promaster vans being purchased for use on specialized service. PART A - Collingwood Operations Conventional - 18,000 annual hours with fully on demand system. Service to operate Monday to Sunday using existing town buses. Specialized - 5,700 annual hours. Service to operate Monday to Sunday 7am-9pm using existing buses. PART B - Wasaga Beach Operations Conventional - 10,200 annual hours with existing fixed route system. Possibility of transition to hybrid or full on demand system during five year contract. Service to operate Monday to Sunday 7am-9pm using existing buses. Specialized - 5,100 annual hours. Service to operate Monday to Sunday 7am-9pm with new vehicles being procured. PART C - Clearview Operations Conventional - 4,900 annual hours with existing fixed route system. Service to operate Monday to Friday 6:30am-8:30pm and Saturdays 8:30am to 5:30pm using existing buses. Specialized - 5,100 annual hours. Service to operate Monday to Friday 6:30am-8:30pm and Saturdays 8:30am to 5:30pm using existing buses. There is a provisional PART D allowing for pricing for the possibility of combining specialized service across all three municipalities rather than having them as three separate contract operations, however this is just optional pricing. It applies to specialized service only, and not the conventional transit service which will be separate operations. Currently the tender is scheduled to close on April 14 with contracts to be finalized and awarded in early to mid May for the August 1, 2022 startup. FIN2022-01P Transit Services_final.pdf
  10. The map you refer to was included with the October 2, 2019 Budget Committee agenda where the ICIP finding application was discussed and approved for submittal to the federal government. Screenshot below, as well as the full list of projects. The Liberals took their sweet time to finally confirm the funding, announcing about half the projects in the application a year ago and finally the rest last week. The bus replacement project is for hybrid buses to be delivered between 2022 to 2027 inclusive, and includes the 165 buses recently ordered. As per the most recent plan presented during the 2022 budget process (screenshot below) the mix of buses for the bus replacement project has changed slightly since the initial application was made over two years ago and is currently forecast to be 294 40' buses and 56 60' buses between 2022 and 2027, for a total of 350 buses. The city has been anticipating this funding for over two years, as this required municipalities to apply for funding based on eligible project criteria. One of the criteria is that any projects funded could not already be "in progress" at the time of application, and must be "substantially complete" by March 2027. This is why, for example, only parts of the Dundas and Lakeshore BRT projects were submitted for funding because only those parts could be completed by the March 2027 deadline.
  11. MiWay Electrification Feasibility Study MiWay Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus Update – March 2022 MiWay will continue to purchase hybrid buses to replace diesel buses until 2028. Beginning in 2028, only electric buses will be purchased with conversion of the full fleet to electric buses by 2042. Based on testing and evaluation, it could be a combination of fuel cell and battery buses. Investigate the possibility of a pilot order, subject to available funding, of 30 electric buses to be purchased in 2025 to gain operational experience. The 30 buses will be assigned to the CX Annex Garage. The buses would be long range buses and charged overnight. This is in addition to the hydrogen fuel cell bus pilot. Long range electric buses appear to be preferred, with on route charging ruled out due to constraints on route schedules and available locations to install chargers (many terminals are not actually MiWay property). The main CP garage is currently not capable of supporting a full fleet of electric buses due to capacity reductions that would occur from charging installation. The garage would also require electrical infrastructure upgrades which Alectra is not willing to undertake unless major development occurs in the area. Given the current constrains at CP garage, the new Meadowvale West Credit garage will have to be built by 2028 to accommodate the transition to electric buses. It will be capable of accommodating electric buses from day one. By 2033, demolish and fully rebuild the Malton garage to accommodate electric buses. By 2050, modifications to existing CP garage to accommodate electric buses. The hydrogen fuel cell pilot continues with deployment of 10 buses from Malton targeted for 2023. Depending on the results of the test fuel cell and battery electric fleets, the fleet plan for 2028 and beyond could include a combination of fuel cell and battery electric buses. The acquisition of the test fleet of BEBs and major infrastructure requirements such as garage modifications and construction of West Credit Garage remain unfunded. There is always the possibility that timelines could slip.
  12. RFP-2-2022 Specialized Electric Bus Oakville has released a RFP for electric buses to be used for specialized and home to hub services. Despite the tender only appearing today the documents were uploaded 2 weeks ago so it seems someone forgot to make it public. The initial listed closing data will almost certainly be extended. Key points of RFP: 3 year contract for (12) buses. (3) in 2022, (5) in 2023, (4) in 2024. Body on chassis (cutaway) design preferred such as Ford E450 or Dodge Ram Low floor, maximum 26' bus length with optional pricing requested for shorter length versions 7 year, 320,000km design life 200km minimum range on a full charge 150kw CCS Type 1 DC charger USSC G2e driver seat Pre-wire for Clever Devices Seon camera system installed from factory Buses in the marketplace that could meet the requirements include Vicinity/Optimal S1. There may be other models available in the marketplace recently. With this RFP for specialized buses released, hopefully that indicates the RFP for full size electric buses is not far away.
  13. The tender for disposal of the decommissioned buses at Malton was posted yesterday afternoon. Most of these buses have been retired during 2020 and 2021. While past tenders have followed the practice of each unit being bid on individually, it appears based on the bid submission and pricing form that this is not a option with this tender and the city seeks one bid for all 31 buses. https://mississauga.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en/Tender/Detail/f5af3b4c-d5cd-41c1-8eeb-d3f55878488f
  14. Structural work and any work that is body shop related is the one big thing Malton is not equipped to do, so buses requiring this work will get transferred temporarily. Many of the 2006 D40LFRs are needing another round of structural work to remain roadworthy until the new buses start arriving later this year and into 2023. Some other factors that can impact bus movements is change offs, service calls and tows. These are often handled by the closest garage which can result in buses temporarily being swapped; and buses needing a tow are also towed to the closest garage. About 15 years ago Malton's maintenance was expanded and in 2019 it was expanded again and received a second wash bay, so the limitations are not as great as they were in the past.
  15. Letenda is a Quebec based company formed in 2016 to pursue the design and manufacture of a 30’ low floor electric bus. The company was founded by Nicolas Letendre and more recently, Jean-Marc Landry, formerly of Nova Bus and Grande West joined Letenda to manage business development. Today, Letenda officially announced the Electrip, a 30’ low floor electric bus designed for transit and shuttle applications. Key features of the Electrip include: 30’ length with modular structure design Fully low floor passenger cabin Steerable rear axle Lightweight aluminum structure Radiant floor heating Cummins Battery Electric System/Power Up to 296kwh battery with targeted range up to 300km on charge; 2 hour DC charging The company has released some photos and videos with their news release this morning: Previous news articles from 2020 and 2021 indicated the bus would be tested with Societe de Transport du Sagueany. Letenda news release: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/letenda-unveils-the-electrip-a-new-generation-of-zero-emission-city-buses-designed-entirely-in-quebec-857087204.html Letenda website: https://letenda.com/en/
  16. Update on the 2022 bus orders for Sault Ste Marie: 3 Nova LFS: $592,307 + HST (as mentioned above) 1 New Flyer XD35: $573,640 + HST 2 ARBOC Freedom (parabus): $172,790 + HST 1 ARBOC Freedom (community bus): $182,444 + HST https://saultstemarie.ca/Cityweb/media/City-Clerk/Council-Agendas/2022/2022_02_22_Agenda.pdf?ext=.pdf (pages 65-69)
  17. The information about Princeton and XE35's was added without any confirmed references such as a report or official news release so it is not confirmed that Princeton will actually get XE35s. The Calgary and Tulane orders are for the 28' medium duty "Vicinity Lightning" bus. The 30' heavy duty "Vicinity Bolt" will become available later in 2022.
  18. Transit Service Contract Extension – First Student ULC The operating contract with First Student has been extended again to August 31, 2022 to allow a RFP for a new transit operations and maintenance contract to be conducted. The new contract will come into effect September 1, 2022. First Student is responsible for providing the ARBOC buses used for service (7 2014 and 1 2019) under the existing contract. Due to the contract extensions and the 2014 ARBOC buses being at the end of their life, First Student will replace them with new school buses wrapped in the blue Owen Sound Transit scheme until the existing contract ends on August 31, 2022. Using a fleet of leased Vicinity buses for this time period was also considered however the hourly rate charged to the city would have been higher than using school buses. The existing transit service is based on 4 routes operating at 30 minutes frequency. As a trial and to help contain costs, service will be reduced to 60 minutes frequency on all 4 routes using 2 buses during June, July and August 2021. The hourly cost for providing service has increased from $63.38 per hour in 2015 to $80.92 per hour at the beginning of 2022, with the additional increase to $95.28 to accommodate the replacement of the ARBOC buses for the last few months of the contract. Staff anticipate new rates for the new contract in September will exceed $100 per hour, which is causing budget overages that will need to be considered. NRFP-22-011 Transit Service Delivery- Operations and Maintenance New five year operations and maintenance contract starting September 1, 2022 with option for two one year renewals. Contractor to supply all vehicles initially with with possibility of city supplied vehicles in future years. Within the RFP, pricing is requested for the following service models. Contractors can bid on some or all proposed options. Option 1a (20,400 annual hours): Based on a new design 4 route system. 5 fixed route buses and 1 mobility bus in service. Red route operates every 20 minutes with 2 buses connecting the major destinations in town. Blue, Brown and Green routes provide additional coverage operating every 40 minutes. Service operates 6:30a-6:30p Monday-Friday and 9:00a-4:30p Saturdays. Option 1b (16,900 annual hours): Status Quo option using existing service levels. Based on existing 4 route system with minor route changes. 4 fixed route buses and 1 mobility bus in service. All routes operate every 30 minutes. Service operates 6:30a-6:30p Monday-Friday and 9:00a-4:30p Saturdays. Option 1c (10,200 annual hours): Reduced weekday and Saturday service. Based on existing 4 route system with minor route changes. 2 fixed route buses and 1 mobility bus in service. All routes operate every 60 minutes, with 2 buses interlining. Service operates 6:30a-6:30p Monday-Friday and 9:00a-4:30p Saturdays. Option 1d (12,800 service hours): Reduced weekday and Saturday service, but with extended evening service. Based on existing 4 route system with minor route changes. 2 fixed route buses and 1 mobility bus in service. All routes operate every 60 minutes, with 2 buses interlining. Service operates 6:30a-9:30p Monday-Friday and 9:00a-6:30p Saturdays. Option 2 - Fully on demand service: contractors can propose options for a fully on demand service model based on specific criteria. For weekdays, trips would be booked a minimum of 30 minutes in advance, trips must be completed within 30 minutes and the maximum deviation from scheduled pick up times is 5 minutes (10 minutes on Saturdays). Given the increased costs Owen Sound is facing for transit services and council concerned about the impact on property taxes I think option 1a is dead considering it would require almost 4000 hours more than option 1b "status quo". I would not be surprised to see Owen Sound go fully on demand service especially if the pricing comes in much cheaper than the fixed route options.
  19. First Transit has ordered six Axess electric buses for use at Emory University in Atlanta. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220215006065/en/ENC®-Announces-First-Order-of-Six-Axess®-Battery-Electric-Zero-Emission-Buses https://www.eldorado-ca.com/resources/themes/collins/assets/brocurePdfs/enc_axess-beb.pdf
  20. MiExpress

    Milton Transit

    Purchases from the February 7 council agenda: 5 Nova LFS buses (replacement) $635,916 per unit 4 ARBOC Low floor cutaway buses (expansion) $213,274 per unit Buses are being purchased through Metrolinx TPI, and presumably the 5 Nova LFS are to replace D40LFs 0901-0903 and 1001-1002. https://calendar.milton.ca/meetings/Detail/2022-02-07-1900-Council-Meeting/5b889a95-9766-4e7f-80a8-ae3800faade0
  21. Mississauga does not have a refurbishment program like other transit systems, rather all major mechanical and structural work is done on a as needed basis and the city has a separate budget of around $7 million annually for this type of work. The fact that MiWay has their own body shop means they can do the structural work in house as needed. While there is no refurbishment program that does not mean the buses receive no major work. The remaining 2003 and 2005 buses are mostly on their third round of major structural work (around $20-$30,000 per round) with other minor structural work as needed, as well as engine and transmission rebuild/replacements. The 2010 D60LFR buses mentioned have all had at least one round of major engine/transmission work and most have had at least one round of major artic joint work (around $35-$40,000 for major work). Because the work is done on an as needed basis the condition of buses within a subfleet can vary widely and this is why retirements over the last few years have been randomly spread out over the 2003-2006 fleets. The 2010 D60LFRs will retire by early 2023 depending how the delivery schedule plays out. MIWay has found that artics can become much more costly to operate after 12 years and thus aims to retire them by that point, however it should be noted the 2010 D60LFRs have somewhat less mileage due to lack of weekend service. 40 foot buses are still planned for a 15 year lifecycle and the large amount of replacement buses over the next few years will allow MiWay to catch up on bus replacement.
  22. I do agree with you comments about 'future proofing' and from that viewpoint would support having each production year on it's own page. In addition, with some MCI and ADL models beginning to share the New Flyer VIN/serial sequence the New Flyer pages will become longer over time as those are additional models that will be added to the page and in the case of MCI, a lot of small bus orders. Going back to my comments about Blue Bird as I do have some other thoughts to add; however to clarify I have no objections to adding the VINs using the "Blue Bird Vantage" link that was posted. However, buses sharing the same serial sequence (last 5-6 digits) should be grouped together and split by either model year or serial range, whatever works best. I cannot agree on splitting by purely model unless said model has it's own, distinct serial sequence. While there is a lot of useful information on that Blue Bird link posted it may differ from how we consider information on wiki. For one, the build dates we input are based on the actual builders plate in the bus, while in the case of the "Blue Bird Vantage" website the build dates differ and are likely production dates. As an example, Brantford Transit 10045 has a build date of November 2004 on the build plate however the "Blue Bird Vantage" site lists the build date as October 25, 2004. In addition, while the delivery dates on the wiki are based on when a bus was actually delivered to the transit agency there is a good chance the delivery dates listed on the "Blue Bird Vantage" site may end up being a factory ship date and/or dealer delivery date as Blue Bird buses, including transit buses, were sold by dealers and not a direct sales channel. Note that with the last 2 paragraphs I am not trying to litigate what information should or shouldn't be included in the wiki, just that the information supplied by Blue Bird may differ from how we have traditionally handled it in the past.
  23. Do all those Blue Bird models share the same serial sequence? If all those Blue Bird models share the same serial sequences then I feel they need to be on the same VIN page for consistency and for the purpose of creating a proper list. For that reason I don't feel the Blue Bird VINs should be split by model, but if page length is a concern I would propose splitting the pages up by serial range. As for the New Flyer VIN pages I can see the merits to both suggestions and am indifferent; but will point out having both model years (in your example, 1992 and 2022) on the same page not only simplifies linking but makes the template less cluttered. Since New Flyer pages aren't long to start with and New Flyer was not manufacturing as many buses in the 1980s and 1990s, page length is not really a concern here.
  24. On the agenda for the January 31 Public Works Committee Meeting: RECOMMENDATION (a) That pursuant to Procurement Policy #11 – Non-competitive Procurements, Council approve the single source procurement for the purchase of up to twenty (20) sixty-foot (18m) Compressed Natural Gas-powered articulated buses; (b) That the Acting General Manager, Public Works Department be authorized to negotiate, enter into and execute a Contract and any ancillary documents required to give effect thereto with New Flyer Industries, in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor. According to the report this order is for full replacement of the remaining DE60LFR buses and at that point all artics in the HSR fleet will be CNG powered. The project budget is estimated at $24 million so assuming staff are able to obtain a proposal from NFI that falls within that budget they will order all 20 buses requested. https://pub-hamilton.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=306806
  25. Service changes for February 21, 2022: 2 Hurontario - PM peak frequency increased from 10 to 8 minutes (1 bus added) 17 Hurontario - Interlined with new route 18 during weekdays with slight reduction in frequency (see below). After 10:00pm route 17 will continue to interline with route 2 during late evening service. 18 McLaughlin/Derry - New route operating on weekdays between Hurontario/407 Terminal and Sheridan College via Derry and McLaughlin. Service will operate between 5:00am and 10:00pm and be interlined at all times with route 17 Hurontario. Frequency on both routes will be 12-13 minutes during the day. 48 Erin Mills - weekday frequency further reduced to 39 minutes all day from 27 (1 bus removed). 61 Mavis - expand span of PM rush hour service later into evening, increasing evening frequency to 17 minutes from 35. 73 Kamato - service reduced to 35 minutes from 24. 1 bus will be in operation, no longer interlining with route 74 at Dixie Station. 74 Explorer - service reduced to 45 minutes from 25. 1 bus will be in operation, no longer interlining with route 73 at Dixie Station. Trillium Hospital - Routes 28 and 103 will continue to serve on street stops. 103 will loop using Queensway, Confederation and Paisley and serve the NB stop at Hurontario and Floradale rather than Paisley.
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