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J. Hollingsworth

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  1. Lots of new DRT Service Changes coming in January. Ridership on weekdays is at 75% pre-pandemic. There have been some difficulties by those still relying on OnDemand (Like myself in Newcastle) where booking a trip in the evening resulted in no rides being available. It appears these issues were related to buses being considered "full" by the computer, when in reality there may be multiple seats available. These scheduling issues with their back end should be fixed come January. Rural Clarington into Bowmanville (Including Newcastle) is the busiest OnDemand service. TEC Agenda: https://pub-durhamregion.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=13935ba8-c745-4e18-89db-21eaee6723f3&Agenda=Agenda&lang=English Changes Effective January 2nd 2023 103 (Glenanna) - Peak Period Service extended to service Finch Avenue and Altona Road area 112 (Brock) - Peak Period Service extended to service Taunton Road and Burkholder Drive, DRT's first scheduled service in Seaton. 222 (Audley South) - Service frequency reduction from 30 minutes to every 45 minutes 392B (Whitby Shores) - Additional trips, service to operate every 30 minutes in midday between Whitby Station and Ontario Shores. 410 (Olive Harmony) - Service altered to use Centre Street/Simcoe Street and Olive Avenue like the 423. Service will be removed on Celena, and Albert 411 (South Courtice) - Current School Trippers (411T) to be renumbered 411C via Avondale 423 (Townline/Adelaide) - Service to operate every 30 minutes all day 502 (North Bowmanville) - Weekday Service extended to 23:45 from 19:00. New weekend service between 9:30 and 19:30. PULSE 900 - Service to Scarborough reduced (yet again) to every 30 minutes PULSE 901 - (Big service cut) Service to each terminus to operate every 30 minutes. Windfields every 30, OC every 30 and Lakeview Park every 30. Alternating between buses terminating at Durham College 905A (Thickson) - Additional Midday services on 905A from Whitby GO to Harmony Terminal PULSE 915 - Service Reduced weekdays from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes PULSE 916 - Additional Evening Trip added 917 (Bayly Consumers) - Service on 917B resumes 920 (Route 920) - Revised routing in Oshawa to serve growing markets. Now operating on Stevenson Road North, and Conlins Road West.
  2. When looking at the vehicle tracking it shows that the bus was signed on to the 920 on October 4th, but never left Ajax GO Station area. Probably just signed into a block for training, it never entered service if I hazard a guess
  3. And the addition of peak-directional one way service on Strouds Lane in Pickering on route 103
  4. They’re not doing away with the branding by any means, they’ve expanded the pulse brand to include the 915 and 916, whosever a limited number of paddles on route 916 interline with routes 103/110 and 120 in Pickering. Additionally, PULSE buses are used as spares for the rest of the fleet.
  5. 8473 on route 405. Quite possibly the last time a D40LF could be on an Oshawa route. Im doubtful it’s a transfer, but I’ll keep an eye on it
  6. I’d assume so, Yonge and Eglinton has barely broken above ground level on the main station entrance. id be okay with them opening the station without that entrance open, but only if it was safe. I’d assume that would cause major station congestion though, so there may be some reluctance to do that
  7. Yes, all destinations signs now show exactly what they should. The route number, and the destination in BIG letters. Nothing else... oh wait, THEY"RE HIRING! In all seriousness, having a route name is pointless at best, especially when you look at routes like the 103, or the 224, neither of these routes serve exclusively or even primarily either of these two routes namesake streets. So simply saying, 103 Pine Grove, or 224 Taunton, is a fine solution, especially for the new routes like the 211, or the 920 that would be really hard to attach meaningful route names to. While yes the signs may look weird, they certainly are an improvement.
  8. Transfers have occurred to take on additional requirement of the September board and the delivery of Hybrids at Westney.
  9. This is correct, new devices will arrive this fall and feature faster read times (currently 5-10 seconds) and open payment
  10. At this time, I highly doubt DRT has plans for any reinstatement of the 601, or 603, but who knows As for Cornell, a route is planned that will travel from Pickering Parkway Terminal to Cornell via Kingston, Brock, Taunton, Whites Road and Highway 7 though no number is assigned to this route anymore.
  11. DRT Does not use them for OnDemand service with any regularity, these vehicles are for specialized services only
  12. In addition to DRT ProMasters, there are: - Ford Fusion Hybrids - Toyota Corollas - Toyota Camry Hybrids - Toyota Sienna (WC) - Dodge Grand Carravans (WC)
  13. No. DRT only has 5 promasters Aboute 70% of OnDemand operations is contracted out to Voyago.
  14. Perhaps there’s also delays in the technology front required for the new OnDemand service planned for launch in September to Northumberland
  15. Now according to GO Transit on Twitter, schedule changes will be posted “sometime next week” a matter of days before the changes take effect.
  16. New Flyer and Nova Bus are the only two manufactures who bid on the order of 3 buses from the top two proponents, option for one additional bus from each. This is not confirmed until the RFP is awarded.
  17. I’ve seen the photos of course, it’s still not the same layout, it lacks the forward facing door side seats found in between the first and second doors. With the lacking forward facing seats, these buses are bleeding seats, from 37 in 2015-2019, to 33 in 2020, now only 29 in these buses.
  18. Not quite, but sure. here’s an exterior photo of 6125 I grabbed today
  19. DRTs’ first 2022 Nova Bus LFS HEVs were delivered this morning, 11 buses total, 6120-6130 6122 and 6125 were delivered to Westney, where all are expected to be
  20. GO has been a little unpredictable with how long they keep wraps on. The 2020 pride bus is still on the streets, and until recently 8367 was wrapped like a race car, I have a photo of it from 2019 with the same wrap.
  21. Quite possibly, just interesting, in some cases trips take up to 11 minutes longer
  22. Effective June 20th, DRT PULSE 900 will have stops removed to make it a more limited stop route. This is in advance of the transition to centre median running, and to “Speed up service” Route 900 will no longer stop at the following stops along the entire route, East to West - Bond @ Arena / King @ Midtown - King @ Waverly - Dundas @ Kathleen - Dundas @ Glen Hill / Bowman - Dundas @ Craydon - Dundas @ Wellington - Dundas @ McQuay / Jeffery - Kingston @ Audley - Kingston @ 84 / 169 Kingston - Kingston @ 113 / 132 Kingstonf - Kingston @ Mill - Kingston @ Elizabeth - Kingston @ Bracebridge - Kingston @ Walnut - Kingston @ 804 / 817 Kingston - Kingston @ Delta - Kingston @ Steeple Hill, and - Kingston @ Rougemount. This new limited stop service also applies to the N1. Local service on the portions of the route with stops removed are covered by the 291, 392, 902A and the 920. Saying that, with the 392 and 920 don’t run on weekends, leaving those local stops without service on weekends with the exception of Walnut Lane and Rougemount drive, which are serviced by the 92. interestingly the service changes to the 900 schedule indicate on weekdays, that trips will almost always take longer than they did before.
  23. As of today, Voyago has begun supplemental operations of OnDemand and Specialized Services. Vehicles have DRT livery, and Logos as well as fleet numbers in the 3xxx numbering scheme. operators are uniformed, and vehicles have security cameras. Much nicer experience for the passenger with the cabs gone now.
  24. Glad to see you found the photo I shared. there’s many upcoming service changes with routes being established, EFFECTIVE JUNE 2022 224c - Every 30 minutes on weekday evenings, and weekends 917z - Every 30 minutes on weekends 901/N2 - Extended to Windfields Farm Drive and Thuroughbred Avenue via North Campus, - Reinstating 10 minute daytime frequency EFFECTIVE September 2022 211 West Ajax - New Base route operating between Ajax GO and Pickering Parkway Terminal via Westney, Ravenscroft, Williamson, Westney, Rossland, Church, Kingston, Notion, and Pickering Parkway 216 Harwood North - Introduction of 15 minute service on weekdays - Alternating trips between 216 to Salem And Taunton, and 216c to Williamson and Audley 222 Audley South - AM/PM peak route via Westney, Bayly, Audley, Ashbury, Range Line and Pickering Beach back to bayly to the GO Station 409 Garrard Stevenson - Reinstating former route 409B on weekdays only 411 South Courtice - Extension in AM/PM Peak to Oshawa GO - Route adjustments in South Courtice to better match demand, simplify operating patterns, and better serve secondary schools 900 PULSE Highway 2 - Reinstating 20 minute frequencies to Scarborough 920 - Introduction of 15 minute frequencies during the daytime, alternating trips between Pickering Parkway Terminal and McCowan RT Station Additionally, the Tender documents are out for the 8 electric buses https://durham.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en/Tender/Detail/b259aa42-ecc1-46d5-955e-5a21b82f8d22
  25. Avoid having to pay MX to use the bays, there’s no lease fees when you stop a bus on street
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