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  1. All should be completed! Now time to change all the links.
  2. The new garage in Campbell River is the same listed size as the one recently opened for Cowichan Valley, expandable up to a 50 vehicle capacity. It is likely based off of the same standard design. In Campbell River's Transit Future plan, they mention expanding from the current 13 conventional vehicles up to 34; add in HandyDART and you have your 50 vehicle capacity.
  3. Major changes to BC Ferries service as a result of COVID-19 and the 80% drop in ridership across the system. The announced changes came into effect today (April 4) and consist of: Route 1 (Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay) will be reduced to four round trips a day, with only a single vessel on the route at a time. Spirit of British Columbia will do 07:00 and 11:00 departures from Tsawwassen and 09:00 and 13:00 departures from Swartz Bay, while Spirit of Vancouver Island will do 15:00 and 19:00 departures from Swartz Bay and 17:00 and 21:00 departures from Tsawwassen. Route 2 (Departure Bay - Horseshoe Bay) has been completely cancelled. Departure Bay terminal will be closed, and all traffic from the mainland to Nanaimo will need to go on route 30 via Tsawwassen. Route 3 (Horseshoe Bay - Langdale) reduced to 6 round trips a day. Route 9 (Tsawwassen - Southern Gulf Islands) will have only 1 vessel operate, based out of Swartz Bay. Long Harbour terminal on Salt Spring Island will be closed. Route 12 (Mill Bay - Brentwood Bay) has been fully cancelled. Route 30 (Tsawwassen - Duke Point) will only allow public access on half the sailings (those performed by Coastal Inspiration). Queen of Alberni will perform additional cargo-only sailings on Monday-Friday. The northern routes (10, 10S, 11) will continue on the off-peak schedule for the forseeable future, with no direct Port Hardy-Bella Coola service. Details: https://www.bcferries.com/current_conditions/travel-advisory.html
  4. TTC: Express routes are running today. Saw numerous buses on the 925 (enough to appear like they're using their normal Saturday schedule) as well as at least one bus on 939 and 985A. None are logged into Transsee however, and no Express routes (other than 900 and 927) are showing up.
  5. The new dedicated Transit Operations and Maintenance centre in Duncan officially opened on March 9, 2020. The provincial bigwigs made the trip up from Victoria for the announcement, as evidenced on the Facebook Live video posted. The new garage is just around the corner from Berk's Intertruck, who previously stored and maintained the buses. https://www.bctransit.com/cowichan-valley/news?nid=1529708389544
  6. Campbell River's new Transit Operations and Maintenance facility is now open, which also coincides with the start of PWTransit Canada's new operating contract on April 1, 2020. The new garage can accommodate up to 50 buses, while the old facility could only handle 16 (and it was quite cramped just trying to manage that). https://www.bctransit.com/campbell-river/news?nid=1529708784893
  7. It's not odd. VISION uses a completely different reporting system from the old system, that are incompatible with each other. If you're trying to manage a line, you need to see all vehicles on one screen. Can't bounce between two screens with two setups and try to "guess" which gaps on one screen correspond to where vehicles are on another screen. It was like this back in the early days of VISION rollout with buses too - Arrow Road was a good example with the VISION route-of-the-day, where all buses on route A would be VISION-equipped (mostly 3100s at the start), and route B would have zero VISION-equipped vehicles. The routes changed weekly/daily depending on how many VISION-equipped vehicles were available for service as the 3100s were being commissioned.
  8. Seems like the vehicle tracking failed on the streetcar network a little after 2PM today, with lots of cars reporting "last seen 4:59:00 ago" right now (at 7:10PM). Not sure why most of the cars on 506 are still reporting, although I don't know if they are using the proper schedule (most cars are reporting significantly early).
  9. We will have to wait for confirmation when the schedules come out, but my understanding is that this round will involve being reduced to modified Saturday service levels. Routes that operate weekends will run on their Saturday schedule (with earlier start times to match weekday start times), while routes that are weekdays only will operate on revised weekday schedules.
  10. @Detroit Diesel 6V92TA The Solano County Transit and predecessor Vallejo Transit pages have been overhauled and completed with the information from those documents.
  11. All three requests above have been completed.
  12. As @Bus_Medic mentioned, the TTC has been converting many of its little-used crossovers to use "lift frogs". Normally, when two tracks intersect, both rails need a gap in order for the flange to pass through the other rail. In a lift frog, the secondary rail gets lifted enough so that the flanges on passing trains can clear the main line rail without requiring a gap; therefore, the main line rail can be continuous through the switch. It leads to a much quieter and a bit smoother ride, because trains are not thumping over gaps in the rail, and maintenance costs are lower because trains are just running straight through and not wearing down the edge of the gap. I believe the Ossington centre track was the first location on the network to be converted over to lift frogs, maybe 2-3 years ago. Other infrequently-used crossovers are having lift frogs installed; the crossover south of Lawrence Station is having them installed currently.
  13. Been looking for a good project to help keep me occupied during the "social distancing" period. I'll help pitch in with adding entries to the Wiki. In case anyone else is contributing, I'm starting from the bottom of the list (90000 serials first) and work my way upwards. BTW, keep your eye out. Already noticed some check digits not matching properly, so double-check before adding them.
  14. The vast majority of transit systems locate all of their fare payment (the farebox) at the front door next to the driver. If passengers are not allowed to go near the driver, they cannot access the farebox. It is not that transit systems are choosing to give free fares to riders during this time, they simply do not have any way to collect fares without risking exposure to their employees. However, TTC decided to install Presto readers at the back doors of their vehicles. Therefore, passengers using Presto cards still have the ability to pay their fare when they enter a vehicle. TTC has already suspended the collection of cash fares, tickets, and tokens on buses, because as mentioned passengers cannot deposit these fares, and cannot receive a transfer as proof of payment. Btw, York Region Transit has also said that rides are not "free" despite having the same rear-door boarding measures on all vehicles; because they have fare payment devices located on Viva station platforms, riders are still expected to purchase or validate their fares when starting, ending, or transferring at a Viva stop.
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