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  1. Statistically those living in the downtown core are more likely to rely on Public Transit as there is higher car ownership in the suburbs, those living closer to town are likely to live in poorer neighbourhoods with lower levels or car ownership and use transit not only for commuting but also for shopping, leisure, medical appointments ect. unlike those in suburbs who basically use transit into town to get to and from work and can travel by car if adequate public transportation isn't available.
  2. Crossrail is taking 9 years to build, much of it on existing track.
  3. Yet another worker injured in an accident in a tunnel http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/worker-severely-injured-in-lrt-tunnel-1.4031489
  4. There was no increase in cars coming off the MacDonald-Cartier bridge into Ottawa this morning, traffic was flowing normally from what I could see.
  5. Setra - Do not make city buses Scania - committed to liquid biogas technology Volvo - although committed to electric technology they own Novabus Van Hool - unlikely to return to the North American market on a large scale Man - have no desire to enter the North American market Mercedes - did bring a Citaro to North America but nothing came of it, also they owned Orion NABI - No longer exist of other manufactures ADL only produce lightweight single deckers of their own manufacture or they also body Scania chassis and now electric vehicles with a Chinese chassis. The Chinese are the largest manufacturers of electric vehicles and are way ahead of other manufacturers in that technology. There are also trials of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles manufactured by the likes of Van Hool commencing in various parts of Europe. What you have to remember is two main things, with trade restrictions it is extremely difficult for any manufacturer to gain a foothold in North America if it is not a North American company, and under the current US administration likely to get significantly more difficult. Also North America is very parochial when it comes to their vehicles, they want big heavy gas guzzling machines, not lighter more fuel efficient environmentally friendly vehicles, which may have a shorter working life, but in fact are more common now all over the world, and what operators in those countries want.
  6. It was reported on another thread hours ago https://cptdb.ca/topic/3969-oc-and-sto-service-disruptions/?page=42
  7. You do know that transit operators the world over, irrespective of where they are, generally have a cohesive fleet replacement plan? Personally I'm frustrated at travelling on buses on a daily basis that are up to 14 years old and even those that have received a superficial refurbishment are on their last legs with many falling to bits, sometimes literally, buses that are so noisy with rattles you cant even hold a conversation with the person sitting next to you without shouting. These buses are on frontline service out sometimes over 20 hours a day. Yes the service plan is lousy, and its going to get even worse when LRT begins for those who don't live in the areas where a nice shiny double decker is going to take them to a LRT station, but their services are also going to be chopped, leaving them to transfer onto another ancient, noisy overcrowded 40" bus to complete their journey to work, or hospital. You also need to invest in Infrastructure and you need do it regularly. PS Have you any bright ideas where they are going to find the money to replace 320 articulated buses in 6 or 7 years time along with the cash to replace 300+ time expired 40" and the 40 or so artics that need to be replaced within the next 5 years maximum? (that is assuming that the hybrids are being withdrawn).
  8. Which is why the decision not to have a sustained and phased fleet replacement policy is going to cause problems in the forthcoming years, particularly the short sighted decision to bulk purchase artics which are all going to need expensive rebuilds or replacement at the same time! The hybrids are statistically the most unreliable buses in the fleet IIRC, but hybrid technology has improved in leaps and bounds since then, albeit more in Europe and Asia than North America, but I wouldn't be surprised to see new hybrids, or other technologies ie. electric vehicles to be trialled or possibly purchased in future, particularly if OC want to be seen as progressive, forward thinking Transit operator. Electric vehicles are starting to make inroads into North America and they could be the way forward, I saw recently that there is even an electric Double Decker entering service with an operator in Vancouver.
  9. The 11 is the 2 renumbered.
  10. I'm pretty sure that's been changed since the initial posting and they are not all getting done now.
  11. Greyhound in the UK no longer exists, First discontinued the branding some time ago.
  12. a large number of them are already falling apart, no one is suggesting replacing all of them, but a phased replacement programme is needed. In any case winter operating conditions are significantly greater than Toronto, and the buses are susceptible to problems like chassis corrosion due the amount of salt on the roads.
  13. The newest Inviros are 10 years old, the oldest 14, spending any great sum of money on them is just a waste, we should be looking at starting to replace them, refurbishing them is merely papering over the cracks. I thought only 35 were getting refurbished anyway?
  14. No there wasn't.
  15. Megabus tend to use on street terminals and not use bus stations, thus avoiding arrival and departure fees, to keep costs down.