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  1. Halifax recently issued a tender for up to 150 40' buses over a 3 year period. Nova Bus is the winner of the most recent contract, and 35 Nova LFS buses will be delivered this year. There is also a recommendation to purchase up to 87 Nova LFS buses in 2021-2022 pending budget approval. https://www.halifax.ca/sites/default/files/documents/city-hall/regional-council/200402rc715.pdf
  2. The Hurontario corridor changes are in response to the LRT construction. Frequencies for routes 2 and 17 are not far off from what is currently offered on the 19 outside of peak periods, however the Saturday service is going to be a issue going from 8 minutes currently to 15-17 minutes on the 2 and 17. Eliminating the branches of route 19 will allow for better vehicle loading as currently the 19 does get busier than the 19A/19B/19C, as it serves some busy stops south of the Queensway. Route 2 frequency Weekday 18-20 minutes early AM; 9-10 minutes AM peak, Midday, PM peak; 15 minutes evening; 20 minutes overnight. Saturday 20 minutes early AM; 15-17 minutes midday; 15 minutes evening; 30 minutes late evening. Sunday 20 minutes early AM; 15 minutes midday; 16-18 minutes evening; 30 minutes late evening. Route 17 Frequency Weekday 18-20 minutes early AM; 10 minutes AM peak, Midday, PM peak; 15 minutes evening; 18 minutes overnight. Saturday 20 minutes early AM; 15-17 minutes midday; 28-30 minutes late evening. Sunday 18-20 minutes early AM, 15-17 minutes midday; 28-30 minutes late evening. Other Changes Route 25 will be expanded to cover the industrial area currently served by route 19B. It will have a revised routing with 2 buses and run every 13 minutes during peak periods. Connections to route 103 will be made at Hurontario and Milverton. Route 103 will have another stop at Hurontario and Milverton in both directions to connect with route 25. Route 104 will have midday service added with 20 minute service using 5 buses. Route 107 will now serve Humber all year round instead of getting cut back to Westwood during the spring/summer months. The original route 2 existed since Mississauga Transit began under Charterways in 1969. While it always has served Hurontario it was not until September 1971 when it served Hurontario fully from the City Centre to Port Credit. It also had several routing variations west of Port Credit to Sheridan Mall over the ensuing years. The September 13, 1971 system revamp had route 2 operating along Hurontario from the City Centre to Port Credit, then along Mississauga Road, Indian, Lorne Park, Truscott, Kelly, Tredmore, Bromsgrove, and then on Southdown to Sheridan Mall. Essentially the routing covered Lorne Park and Park Royal, now covered by present day routes 14 and 29. On January 2, 1973 route 2 was branched into route 2A and 2B. Route 2A covered almost the same routing as above, except the loop through Park Royal now extended to Winston Churchill instead of Tredmore. Route 2B operated along Hurontario from the City Centre to Port Credit and then on Lakeshore to Pine Loop (Port Credit west boundary). A major system expansion on October 21, 1974 eliminated the 2A and 2B branches and route 2 continued to serve Hurontario from the City Centre to Port Credit and then west, however it now went west on Lakeshore to Lorne Park Road, Truscott, Winston Churchill, Bromsgrove and Southdown to Sheridan Mall. The service on Mississauga Road and Indian Road was eliminated. Another service change on February 10, 1975 modified route 2 to serve Lakeshore west of Port Credit all the way to Clarkson, and then north on Southdown directly to Sheridan Mall. The service in Lorne Park and Park Royal covered by route 2 would be covered by the new route 14 (no relation to today’s route). On March 5, 1979, route 2 was cut back to only operate on Hurontario between Square One and Port Credit. The service on Lakeshore and Southdown was replaced by extending route 23 (introduced in 1976) from Pine Loop to Sheridan Mall. This was part of a system wide route restructuring due to budget cuts. Route 2 on Hurontario between Square One and Port Credit is how most people remember the route and it would remain a major route serving the Hurontario corridor until May 9, 1994 when route 19 would be extended south from Square One to Port Credit, and route 2 was downgraded to weekday service. Route 2 and 19 would combine to provide service on Hurontario south of Square One until September 6, 1994 when it was cancelled, being replaced by additional route 19 service. Route 19A then ran between Port Credit and Brampton, while 19B provided additional service between Port Credit and Square One. A long post, but it does have a interesting story, and it has been interesting that all the other original MT routes stood the test of time but route 2 didn’t. Now almost 26 years since it got cancelled the route makes a return. I sure hope the Eglinton changes are just happening later now (say June) because it will be really disappointing if they do nothing about all the duplication on that corridor. Then again, this has been the typical M.O during the entire MiWay Five plan, create plans and then turn back on them to the point very little of what is originally proposed gets implemented, or things come out of lefty field. For example, the 2020 information sessions for MiWay Five didn't include any plans for the 2 or 17, or midday service for the 104. The MiWay website also still lists the Eglinton corridor changes as going ahead for April 27.
  3. It's just been announced that starting Saturday, rear door boarding will be in effect and no fares will be collected. Also, beginning Monday several service reductions will be in effect due to the impact on ridership. https://web.mississauga.ca/city-of-mississauga-news/news/miway-reduces-transit-service-in-response-to-covid-19/
  4. From the March 11 meeting of council: Purchase 7 low floor minibuses from Creative Carriage (6 replacement, 1 expansion) Purchase 16 Nova LFS diesel buses (4 replacement, 12 expansion)
  5. St. Thomas is currently in the process of a strategic review conducted by Stantec. The final report is here and makes a number of recommendations, including proposals for route restructuring. Recommended route design - Option 3B Existing hub at SmartCentres is maintained. Restructure route network to provide 2 way service on routes (option 3B as shown on page 48 of the pdf) Route 1 is modified to provide service using Balaclava St., South Edgeware Rd., Confederation Dr., Avon Rd., McGregor Ct. and Burwell Rd. to loop at Valleyview. Route 1 will interline with route 5 and provide 60 minute service. Route 2 is modified to provide service using Redan St., Caso Crossing, Third Ave., Churchill Cres., Meehan St, St. Thomas Hospital, Elm St. and Fairview Ave. to Fanshawe College. Route 2 will interline with route 4 and provide 60 minute service. 30 minute service will be possible to the hospital using route 2 or 4, and to Fanshawe College using route 2 or 5. Route 3 is modified to focus on Talbot Street and will run from the west end of the city to Elgin Centre, using Talbot St., Fairview Ave., and Wellington St. Route 3 will provide 15 minute service and allow Talbot to become a 'high frequency' corridor. Route 4 is modified to provide service on First Ave. south of Talbot, St. Thomas Hospital, Elm St., Parkside Dr., Sunset Dr., and looping using Wilson Ave., Chester St., East Ave., Mabel St., Ross St., and Elmina St. Route 4 will interline with route 2 and provide 60 minute service, with 30 minute service to the hospital using either route 2 or 4. Route 5 is modified to provide service using Talbot St., Wellington St., Highview Dr. and Southgate Pkwy. to Fanshawe College. Route 5 will interline with route 1 to and provide 60 minute service. 30 minute service will be possible to Fanshawe College using route 2 or 5. Demand response service to the northeast industrial area as well as south of Southdale Line Monday-Saturday during normal operating hours Evening service to be introduced using demand response service city wide from 5:45pm to 9:45pm Monday-Saturday. Sunday service to be introduced from 9:15am to 5:45pm The proposals, including the reccomended option appear to be based on staying within the existing budget (service hours). The fixed route service will require 4 buses (1 for routes 1/5, 1 for routes 2/4, 2 for route 3) The demand response service will 'comingle' with the paratransit service, requiring 3 vehicles. Fleet Purchase 30ft low floor buses, however it is noted it may result in the contractor billing higher rates Consider a new paint scheme/rebranding with the new city logo and colours. Implement security cameras on buses. Consider implementing bike racks on buses. Other Upgrade fareboxes to accomodate open payment (credit card/debit card) Upgrade SmartCentres transfer point to be more attractive to passengers.
  6. There is a posting on the Sask Tenders website from Regina for the purchase of transit buses over the next 4 years. The tender calls for 2 60' buses to be purchased in 2020 and up to 30 40' buses to be purchased between 2021 and 2024.
  7. Grey County recently went to market for the lease of 6 buses for the county's regional transit system. 2 buses are bring used for the Owen Sound-Orangeville Route, 2 buses for the Owen Sound-Blue Mountain route, and 1 bus for the Owen Sound-Wiarton Route. The 6th bus will act as a spare. The winning bidder was Overland Custom Coach who will supply cutaway buses on a Ford F450 chassis. Based on the limited details in the report and checking the Overland website, they appear to be standard floor cutaways with a wheelchair lift - likely the Elkhart EC-II or Glaval Universal. The lease for all 6 buses will cost $15,234 per month with Grey County having the option to purchase the buses and the end of the lease period on March 2023. Damera Bus Sales (Mississauga Bus Group) and City View Bus Sales also bid on the tender. Report
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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...
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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/
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