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  1. I believe the STM still orders this type of modesty panel with longitudinal seating. Durham has blocked off these seats presumably because the door could injure a rider’s arm. Has this been an issue in Montreal?
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    Prevost announces a major electrification program with the support of the Government of Quebec Sainte-Claire, Quebec – Prevost, part of the Volvo Group, announces a new electrification program. Through this five-year program, Prevost will develop a new 100% electric coach as well as a retrofit kit to convert diesel engines into electric propulsion systems. In support of this project, the Government of Quebec, through Investissement Québec, will provide a forgivable loan of $15.15 million. In addition, the Ministry of Environment of Quebec will provide a $7.5 million non-repayable contribution to Prevost. The new electric coach will offer an autonomy of 400 km. A total of 115 jobs will be created during the program, while 650 will be maintained.
  3. Maybe Rick Leary should spend more time talking to passengers and employees instead. There has been a very noticeable decline in service quality and morale since Andy Byford left.
  4. Were the hybrids purchased through the Metrolinx TPI?
  5. I noticed on the new Pulse LFS buses with perimeter seats at the rear, the two seats next to the rear door over the wheels are chained off. Anyone know why? I've only seen it from the outside. Have yet to catch a ride on one.
  6. Anyone know why Montreal’s XE40 have taken so long to commission? Toronto’s entered service a few months after they were delivered.
  7. It's kinda too bad they don't run the Proterras on Bay anymore.
  8. When they were ordered, ENC didn’t have a BEB option. However, they came out with their BEB Axess this year so I imagine an electric EZR isn’t that far away. But most importantly, it seems the SFMTA is taking a conservative approach to battery electric buses. And that’s not a bad thing. They already run well-proven trolleybuses. There’s always the risk of getting burned by new, emerging technology.
  9. The CBC reported a couple years ago that Bombardier, Alstom, KinkiSharyo, and CAF were the ones shortlisted to bid on the contract.
  10. The West Hill shuttle was supposed to start in October, but I’ve heard nothing lately of a start date.
  11. As I understand these buses run on express routes and on the highway. Anyone know if future orders will have to be equipped with seatbelts? I’m curious because GO Transit’s new SuperLos have seatbelts due to the new requirements that came into effect September 2020.
  12. The historic cars are at Roncesvalles in preparation for the 100th anniversary. There will be a media event with a number of TTC vehicles. However, it will not be a public event and they plan to limit attendance which is hugely disappointing. Myself and others had hoped with such a high vaccination rate and many restrictions eased that there could be something more for the 100th anniversary. However, the TTC does say they hope to hold a larger celebration for employees and customers in 2022.
  13. Decided to do some foaming of the first day of the 917 to the Zoo. I think it’s a great addition and I’m looking forward to trying it one day. Right now it’s every 1 to 2 hours on weekends and holidays only, but I hope this becomes a regular route in the near future.
  14. Yes I agree. That stretch is pretty good even in rush hour. Port Union would be good since it would still connect with the 85 and in the TTC is looking at routing the 95 past there.
  15. I like the idea of taking the 401 as a Pulse branch much the same way Züm does in Brampton.
  16. The looks like the City being overly cautious. Apparently, if Ontario continues at the rate they’re going, 50% of adults could be fully vaccinated by the start of July. That, combined with the weather, should make this summer better than the last in terms of daily cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. In Quebec, cities are still anticipating holding events in July and August. In my opinion, a parade or CNE outdoors with a few minor health measures could be doable.
  17. MUNI is also set to get a test batch of battery-electric buses from NFI too. Like the TTC, they’ll also test BYD and Proterra.
  18. It’s so disjointed in Ontario. I’m relying on Twitter for vaccine updates. I don’t even have a Twitter account.
  19. And of course Ontario still refuses to give more paid sick days.
  20. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital. If you need emotional support, help is available. For non-emergencies, please consult with the mental health resources available in your Province or Territory. British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario Quebec (Français) New Brunswick Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island Newfoundland and Labrador Yukon Northwest Territories Nunavut
  21. The thing about capacity is more to do with what the facilities can handle. They can’t really just stop producing non-COVID vaccines. And if they don’t have any excess capacity, they can start producing COVID vaccines. The government has funded facilities in Montreal, Saskatoon, and Vancouver. Unfortunately, like a lot of things, the approval and construction takes a lot of time. The Montreal facility is scheduled to open in September. Honestly, I think our vaccine situation is pretty middle ground. We’re not the best and we’re not the worst. The US and UK are pretty much outliers with lots of production capacity and influence. With no production domestically we’ve been able to catch up with parts of Europe. People bring up countries like the UAE doing better as well. They have been using a Chinese vaccine. Other countries use the Russian vaccine. For better or for worse those have been blacklisted by most of the Western world. They went by postal code, which might be a bit of a clumsy way of doing it. L1V in Pickering, for example, is a hotspot, but L1V encompasses almost all of urban Pickering. If you look at the Durham Health Neighbourhood level, you can see there is a lot of variation between neighbourhoods.
  22. Two of my neighbours and a couple of friends in their 50s and 60s got the AstraZeneca vaccine weeks ago. They appear to be doing well. If you have any concerns, a quick chat with your GP would probably be helpful.
  23. It took over a decade to go from the TTC’s first hybrid buses (which they had enough problems that they stopped buying) to the fleet of their LFS HEVs today. Development of the HybriDrive system goes all the way back to the late 90s. I guess it’s hard to predict how viable a fleet of 300 battery-electric buses will be in a couple of years.
  24. TTC’s Green Bus Program: Preliminary Results of TTC’s Head-to-Head eBus Evaluation
  25. Interestingly, the private coaches in Silicon Valley have bike racks on the rear. Dunno how that’s been working out, though.
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