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  1. After spending time recently updating to the MiWay wiki pages, which included the related route history pages, I have some thoughts. I do want to make it known they shouldn't be interpreted as wanting less content on the wiki, but looking at ways to make the wiki easier to keep updated consistently. With the route history pages, there may have been agreement in the past on what should be included as standard (for example, summary charts showing current frequency) which is why I wanted to share my thoughts before making any major changes to the formatting of the pages. 1. Current Summary - many transit system route pages include a current summary which includes current frequency and span of service. I would like to eliminate this on all the MiWay route pages with a suggestion to eliminate it on all route pages across the wiki. This table is hard to keep updated with the number of frequency changes that can occur to a route during a year (even minor ones). Since they only contain current information they have no archival or historical purpose, and I see no reason to include this type of information when it can easily be found consulting schedules on transit system websites. 2. Bus Type - Listing specific models operated on a route made sense when transit systems had more diverse fleets of both high and low floor buses. With many systems standardizing on 2 or 3 low floor models and entire fleets being low floor, buses can now appear on almost any route. It does not make sense to have to edit all route pages just because a bus model was introduced, or current bus model retired from the fleet. I would like to suggest that listing bus type change to listing bus size (30' 40', 60' etc.) as I feel that information could be useful and changes to the size of buses used on a route could be noted in the timeline section (see below). 3. Timeline/Route history - Some systems use paragraphs to describe route histories, while others such as TTC use a timeline format. I prefer the timeline format and have used it when updating the MiWay route pages. The timeline format is easier for the reader to follow and understand, and for the editor it makes it much easier to add new or updated information about a route by simply entering it in the timeline rather than possibly having to re-word the page as a whole. It also helps accuracy as even if the timeline isn't updated promptly, all the information listed in it will still be accurate, and as mentioned before, without having to re-word sections of the page every time a change to the route happens. I would like to suggest that all route history pages be modified to use the timeline format as time permits, perhaps when pages are due for updates or new pages are created. 4. Route maps - All route maps should be in a gallery format at the bottom of the page, starting with the current route map, and then any former/historical ones following. This keeps all the maps in one place on the page and easy to follow. 5. Destination signs - Some systems have listed destination signs for routes on the pages. I want to eliminate it from the MiWay pages and also suggest eliminating it across the wiki. I don't feel the wiki pages can capture destination sign information accurately due to formatting issues. Also, some systems have more than one type of destination sign in their fleet (and in the past, it wasn't uncommon for systems to have several models). This makes it hard to capture all the different programming that may occur between the types of destination signs. Also, like the "current summary" tables, it becomes a challenge to keep all routes updated especially if there's a system wide change in how destination signs are programmed. A example of a page incorporating my suggestions can be found here.
  2. From the February 10 Milton council meeting, the following will be purchased for Milton Transit this year, all through Metrolinx TPI: 1 Nova LFS $601,553 + HST 2 ARBOC buses $189,305 each + HST 2 RAM Promaster buses $133,186 each + HST Staff report
  3. There was recently a update to the MiWay Five page on the website including a new proposed map and timeline for 2020 changes. 2020 Timeline - Proposed Map (February 2020) Some things to note: The proposal to terminate route 20 at Mill Road has been dropped and the route will continue to connect to Islington (and later Kipling) Station. Originally scheduled to be cancelled in October, route 90 will remain in service. Originally, the plan called for the Copenhagen section of route 90 to be abandoned and the new route 50 cover service on the Terregar portion. Route 50 will still be introduced to replace route 9 on Churchill Meadows Blvd and route 39 on Lisgar. However, it won't serve Terregar and Rosehurst like originally proposed and instead use Derry. Unfortunately, this means the 50 and 90 will just duplicate each other on Derry west of Winston Churchill and the 90 being retained is probably at the expense of a more frequent 50. Route 8 will remain on it's current route serving Mineola, Cawthra, and Mississauga Valley. The proposal to have the 8 serve Lakeshore to Cawthra and then up Cawthra to the transitway station has been dropped. The trade off is that there is still no service on Cawthra north of Bloor, and Cawthra Station will still not have connecting bus service. Also, the map shows the 8 and 14 (see below) duplicating each other on Mineola and Atwater, a very low ridership part of the system. Route 14 is still shown as extending east of Port Credit, along Mineola and Atwater, up Ogden (replacing route 5 service) and then using South Service, Dixie, and Queensway to Sherway. However, no date is listed for implementation. Route 5 is still shown as using Dixie between Lakeshore and Dixie Mall, rather than Ogden, however no date is listed for implementation. Route 51 is still shown as extending to Dixie GO, however no date is listed for implementation. Both branches of the route 1 are shown deviating to UTM and South Common before one of the two continues on to Ridgeway. No date is listed for implementation and hopefully it never happens. When the MiWay Five plan first launched 5 years ago, one of the key selling points is that it would reduce duplication and allow for more frequent service across the board by simplifying routes. The MiWay network was referred to as looking like "a plate of sphagetti" and unfortunately that's still true today because they've turned back on so many of the original proposals that the system map doesn't look all that different than what it did in 2016. The city has already started marketing "MiWay Five 2.0" the next 5 year plan from 2021-2025. Hopefully it brings about better change than the first plan has but I'm not optimistic. At least they appear to be going through with the long overdue changes to the Eglinton corridor come April 27...
  4. Setra is a part of Daimler AG and sells the S407 and S417 models in North America. Both models are produced in Germany and imported for sale. After the closure of Daimler Buses North America (DBNA) in 2012, Setra coaches were sold through MCI and later REV Group as part of a distribution rights agreement. Daimler has recently announced that they have terminated the distribution agreement with REV Group by buying out the shares in the agreement and are now selling Setra coaches directly. Daimler Coaches North America (DCNA) was recently established to handle sales. The company is based in Fort Mill, South Carolina and it appears parts distribution will be through the Daimler Trucks (Freightliner/Western Star/Detroit) distribution network. Essentially, Daimler is taking over sales directly as they did prior to 2012. Prior to 2002 - Setra of North America 2002-2012 - Setra North American sales are part of DBNA 2012-2017 - Distribution rights agreement with MCI 2018-2020 - Distribution rights agreement with REV Group 2020 - Daimler Coaches North America Daimler Coaches North America assumes responsibility for Daimler Buses touring coach business in U.S. and Canada
  5. Replacement of the 2008 D60LFRs was deferred until the delivery of new buses in 2021 in order to take advantage of federal/provincial infrastructure funding. It looks like 2021 will be a big year with over 100 buses purchased and the remaining D40LF buses as well as the 2008 D60LFR being replaced. The tender for 11 MiExpress articulated buses was awarded to New Flyer. These buses will be hybrid (XDE60) with the BAE hybrid system. At this point these 11 buses will be expansion buses to help with overcrowding on the transitway. The city requested delivery of all 11 buses by September 30 but given how long the tender took to close and award that's a tight timeframe.
  6. The Malton Garage expansion project is nearing completion. This project included the construction of a second washbay, as well as site improvements for better capacity. This allows the service capacity for Malton to increase from 75 to 100 buses. Come the January 6 service changes, Malton will receive MiExpress buses and operate several blocks on both the 104 and 107. They will require a minimum of 8 MiExpress buses for service and factoring in spares, will probably get 10 or 11 MiExpress buses. The blocks Malton will operate are: 104 (3 AM buses and 3 PM buses) - 540a-1036a, 540a-938a, 555a-953a, 203p-716p, 235p-741p, 250p-755p 107 (5 all day buses and 2 evening buses) - 504a-802p, 524a-823p, 536a-715p, 711a-851p, 740a-836p, 841p-1103p, 901p-1123p Nothing major to note for the January 6 service changes. A bunch of routes are getting earlier and later trips on Saturdays and Sundays. Some GO shuttles will have low ridership trips cut - the 32 loses the 545a and 609a trips, 49A loses the 427p trip, 64 loses the 547a and 804p trips, and 67 loses the 552a, 616a, and 627a trips.
  7. The tender for the 11 60' MiExpress buses (hybrid-electric) closed today and both New Flyer and Nova submitted bids. The bid amounts were: New Flyer - $13,837,675.22 ($1,257,970.47 per bus) Nova - $14,803,907.00 ($1,345,809.73 per bus) With the New Flyer bid being lower by almost $1 million and $88,000 per bus it is likely they will be awarded the contract.
  8. The November 27 Commission meeting included a report awarding a new 3 year contract to New Flyer for bus purchases between 2020-2022 (delivery 2021-2023). The contract will include both 40' and 60' diesel buses. Pricing for the 40' bus was $565K per bus and for the 60' bus it was $879K per bus. 16 40' replacement buses are being purchased for delivery by October 23, 2020. Given the budget issues at the city of London currently, purchase of 4 expansion buses is not recommended until the 2020 budget is confirmed. http://www.londontransit.ca/staff-report-2-contract-award-2020-2022-replacement-and-expansion-buses/
  9. There is sufficient capital funding to replace buses on a 15 year lifespan for 40' buses and 12 years for 60' buses. The 2003 buses are a exception as there was a desire to replace the Eldorados and 2008 D60s earlier than planned. There are currently no plans to extend any other buses past the 15 year span as it has proven costly with the 2003 buses - additional engine, transmission and especially frame repair which also leads to significant downtime. There are 11 60' hybrid buses being purchased for 2020 which are currently out to tender. 2021 is the first year of the proposed 3 year tender for buses that will see approximately 250 buses being purchased between 2021 and 2023. In 2021, 109 buses are being projected. See this post for more detail as well as the chart below taken from the report. A minor correction. You compared the 2018 to 2020 service hour breakdown when you probably intended to compare 2019 to 2020. That said, the breakdown of service hours by service day as listed in the budget should be taken with a grain of salt. For example, the budget lists that only 1,880 Sunday hours were to be added in 2019. Yet the most recent service changes to Sunday service on the 68, 101, and 109 add up to almost 4,500 Sunday hours. What really matters at the end of the day is the total annual hours added, which in this case is 32,600 hours and is consistent with the 2-3% annual growth we have seen for most of the 2010s. The issues in Mississauga are not just limited to the growth of additional service each year, rather how those service hours are added. It is true that service spans on weekends, and especially on Sundays leaves a lot to be desired. There is also a lot of inconsistency in service spans which appear to be a legacy of old routing. For example, route 29 which is a local route has service from 7am-1am on Sundays, a legacy of when route 13 and 48 served much of the area as well. Meanwhile, route 23 which serves Lakeshore and 3 GO Stations has service from 8am-10pm.
  10. The tender for the full size buses was awarded to New Flyer for 4 35' buses and 2 40' buses. Of note, this is only the second order for XD35 buses in Canada after Welland Transit. Grande West and Nova Bus had lower bids for the all 35' and 40' bus categories but there was a desire for a mix of 35' and 40' buses.
  11. From the November 4 Committee of Whole meeting agenda: Burlington Transit Five Year Business Plan (2020-2024) Burlington Transit On-Demand Transit Strategy Some quick things pulled from Burlington's 2020 proposed budget: Revenue service hours: proposed increase to 214,000 service hours (projected increase of 34,000 hours over 2019) Conventional replacement buses: 4 in 2020, 7 in 2021, 8 in 2022, 7 in 2023, 5 in 2024. The budget notes that 2 40ft buses will be extended from 12 to 14 years, and the ARBOC buses will be extended to 2023. Conventional expansion buses: 4 in 2020, 4 in 2021, 4 in 2022, 4 in 2023, 4 in 2024. Specialized replacement buses: 3 in 2020, 2 in 2021, 1 in 2022. Specialized expansion buses: 1 in 2020, 1 in 2021, 1 in 2022, 1 in 2024. Burlington Transit facility expansion: proposed for 2022 and 2023.
  12. It remains to be seen how the final allocation will play out with only 4 in service and a lot of drivers still to be qualified on them, one of the main limiting factors right now. At least one of the Nova hybrids (1901) was operating out of CP the first week or two. With the Nova hybrids slowly entering service more 2003 D40LFs have been removed from service. 0309, 0311, 0328, 0331, 0339 have been retired. There will be a few more retired by year end and 24 2003 D40LFs will remain in service until 2021.
  13. @Gil The 38A will no longer serve Bancroft as well but the weekend variant serving Argentia is maintained. Credit Valley Hospital has direct access from both Eglinton and Erin Mills with signalized intersections on both for access to/from the 35, 46, and 48. There's no need to provide service into the hospital and I will point out that people have been taking the 19 or 103 to Queensway, and walking to Trillium Hospital or the various medical buildings for years. There have been quite a few transit service plans in Mississauga over the years with lots of proposals that were never implemented and the MiWay Five looks like another one of those sadly. Looking at the Toronto Reference Library catologue and they list a Mississauga service plan from 1989, perhaps that's the one you were thinking of? There was also a full service plan done in 1994 but unfortunately it doesn't look like a copy of that exists anywhere. Most interesting were the proposed October 1986 service changes, which had several major changes aas part of a move to a grid system but the vast majority were never implemented, likely due to public opinion. As for Kingsbridge Garden and Copenhagen losing service, I agree that in these areas some riders will face more than a 400m walk (the standard that seems to be used). On Kingsbridge Garden it isn't that bad as most of the riders in that area will still be within ~400m to one of Hurontario, McLaughlin, or Eglinton which all have pretty frequent service. On Copenhagen it's tougher because of the road layout and since the east end of the 90 has always been very quiet off peak perhaps a solution is to keep the 90 but running peak only Meadowvale TC - Glen Erin - Copenhagen and into Meadowvale GO. Would at least provide rush hour service to the area and let the new route 50 handle the higher ridership section to the west.
  14. Orion VII BRT 1209 which had a HVAC fire last December has had repairs completed by MTB and should re enter service shortly. MiWay will be hosting information sessions for their proposed 2020 service changes between October 15-19. The proposed service changes should be posted to the website shortly. October 15: City Centre Terminal 7am-7pm October 16 Meadowvale Town Centre 2pm-7pm October 17 Westwood Square 2pm-7pm October 18 Burnhamthorpe Library 2pm-7pm October 19 Erin Mills Town Centre 10am-6pm Speaking of service changes, the October 28 service changes will include major changes to routes 38 and 68 as outlined in the MiWay Five plan as well as improved weekend service on several routes. Route 37/38/68 Route 38 will be revised to no longer serve Britannia, Silken Laumann or Bancroft and will continue north/south along Creditview. Route 68 will be extended to loop via Britannia, Bancroft and Silken Laumann replacing route 38 service in the area. Route 37 will remain as is with no changes. Route 38 frequency: Weekday: 22-24 minutes peak (unchanged), 28-30 minutes midday (from 36 minutes), every 36 minutes evening (from 45 minutes) Saturday: 22-24 minutes all day (unchanged) Sunday: 36 minutes all day (from 40 minutes) Route 68 frequency: Weekday: 25 minutes peak, 30 minutes midday and evening. Route 68/91 will continue to interline. Saturday: Approximately 50 minute service all day with frequency varying depending on trip times. No longer interlining with route 8. NEW Sunday service with approximately 50 minute frequency. Span of service 855a to 512p, first trip from CCT at 855a, last trip 424p. Weekend service changes: 8 Cawthra Saturday frequency increased to 45 minutes (from 60 minutes) due to no longer interlining with route 68. 13 Glen Erin Saturday midday frequency increased to 27 minutes (from 33 minutes) 39 Britannia Saturday midday frequency increased to 27 minutes (from 33 minutes) 101 Dundas Express: Saturday midday frequency increased to 15-16 minutes (from 20 minutes) between 11:00am-7:00pm from South Common and 12:13pm-8:00pm from Islington. Service outside these hours will remain at 20 minutes frequency. NEW Sunday service every 20 minutes from 9:40am-7:16pm. First eastbound trip from South Common 9:40am, last westbound trip from Islington at 6:30pm. With these improvements route 1 will use 40' buses on weekends. 109 Meadowvale Express: Saturday midday frequency increased to 15 minutes (from 23 minutes) between 9:30am-5:00pm from Meadowvale and 10:22am-6:08pm from Islington. Service outside these hours will remain at 23 minutes frequency. Sunday midday frequency increased to 17 minutes (from 23 minutes) between 9:15am-4:35pm from Meadowvale and 10:05am-5:29pm from Islington. Service outside these hours will remain at 23 minutes frequency.
  15. The LFS hybrids started to arrive 3 weeks ago and all were delivered by the end of August. I understand that they are targeted to be in service by the end of the month, and that there are plans for a dog and pony show to show off the new hybrid buses.
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