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  1. They will be to replace 201-223, the 2005 Van Hool AG300 artics. They did not receive a full rebuild when they were converted to conventional service - only the bare essential items such as exterior paint, farebox installation, and recovered seats. I commute on them every day, and they are well beyond their best-before date. The extra 3 artics (plus more from the reduced spare ratio) will likely allow the conversion of another route to articulated buses.
  2. YRT is now allowing advertising wraps on Viva. Spotted 5106 this afternoon with a rear wrap for Air India (same wrap is on conventional buses 206, 207, 210, and 217).
  3. Kasper is a private company; Ontario Northland is a crown corporation. Not sure why you think they will work together, especially if Kasper is pissed off that ONT is encroaching into their territory (of which they currently have a monopoly). I have no idea why you are promoting dropping the Hearst-White River portion of the route. The buses currently overnight there, and connections are available to points east along Highway 11, allowing residents to more directly access services in Sault Ste. Marie rather than riding all the way around to Timmins, North Bay, or Sudbury. With the current setup of the ONT schedules, you cannot run a coach directly from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie, as buses continue north to Hearst and east to North Bay. Drivers would exceed hours on a trip like you are proposing. The smart idea, as you mentioned in the Ontario Northland topic, would be for Ontario Northland to offer an early morning eastbound trip from Thunder Bay to White River, connecting with the southbound bus from Hearst to Sault Ste Marie. This allows Kasper to still run its service connecting to the northbound bus from Sault Ste Marie to Hearst, and allows the corridor to have 2 daily trips at different times, more similar to the old Greyhound schedule. Kasper has their base of operations out of Thunder Bay and Winnipeg, and all of the routes are set up and timed so the driver returns to their original base of operations at the end of the day. They do not want to go through the process of establishing an outpost in another city such as Hearst, and the cost/effort of setting up overnight accommodations for drivers. I do not think we will see Kasper operate any route between Thunder Bay and Hearst for that reason. Once Ontario Northland establishes a base in Thunder Bay, it is more possible for them to run that kind of a service instead, as they already have facilities in Hearst - only if demand warrants it, of course. Hearst and points east already have a connection to services in Sault Ste Marie, so there is limited demand to need to go to Thunder Bay, and there is zero development between Longlac and Hearst to serve additional riders. Hearst residents can also access Thunder Bay by connecting in White River, so a direct trip is not required.
  4. Ontario generally does not refer to a specific highway as the "Trans Canada Highway" like the western provinces do; we typically always refer to them by their (King's) Highway number, with the TCH as a sort of secondary designation, almost like a scenic route type of designation. This is because there are many different routes/branches the Trans Canada Highway network takes through Ontario, so there is no one single Trans Canada Highway like there is in the western provinces. By "TCH" in that area, I presume you are referring to using Highways 11 and 71, via Fort Frances? There is not a lot of population in that area of the province, on either of those routes. Kenora (population 15096) is by far the largest urban centre west of Thunder Bay, and it's west of Highway 71 (so served by either route). Dryden (on Hwy 17) and Fort Frances (on Hwy 11) are almost identical in size (both around 7500 residents). The next largest urban centre near Highway 17 is Sioux Lookout (population 5272), much larger than the only other urban centre near Highway 11, Atikokan (population 2753). Add to that the fact that Highway 17 is a shorter and more direct route than 11/71, and it makes a lot more sense to go that way.
  5. To drag up a (slightly old) topic, here are some pictures of the shelters under construction. Above picture is the shelter on the southwest corner, presumably to be utilized by southbound Jane buses (and possibly those eastbound on Eglinton). Second picture is the shelter on the northeast corner. The northbound stop will presumably move from its current south side location to the north.
  6. The various media pictures of the derailment showed that it involved RT-66 and its flatcar RT-67. RT-66 is listed on the Wiki as former H4 5638.
  7. Attridge is still running the first H3-45 coaches they purchased in 2015 for the contract, 6503 and 6505-6507. Previously Safeway had a strict 3-year maximum age for coaches - to see them relax on this standard definitely indicates they are running into more financial difficulties. GTA casino bus competition has also increased in recent years, with One Gaming setting up their network to both Great Blue Heron Casino and Woodbine Casino, and Mohawk Casino is offering a shuttle route from Peel Region. This is certainly biting into Safeway's revenue. I have seen Safeway coaches for all five contracted companies (Attridge, Coach Canada, Great Canadian, GTA Crew, Pacific Western) in recent weeks so nobody has been dropped from the roster.
  8. Greyhound would have ceased operation on or slightly before October 31, 2018 - this is the date they cut back all service operating west of Sudbury. Ontario Northland started operating in 2018. There would have been a brief period of overlap. The reason is that Greyhound had reduced their schedule along this stretch to once-daily a few years before the complete discontinuance of the corridor. The schedule was set up with at least one of the directions where the departure was after midnight, and in the late evening for the opposite direction - not super convenient for travelers. Ontario Northland stepped in to provide daytime service, basically to fill the second daily schedule vacated by Greyhound. It's the same story with service between Sudbury and Ottawa - Ontario Northland operates as a second trip on the corridor outside of Greyhound's scheduled (overnight) hours. As for Kasper, they have never competed head-to-head with Ontario Northland or Greyhound before, and have made their business primarily on running service on corridors other companies abandoned (therefore with no competition). A while after Greyhound folded, Kasper began operating a route from Thunder Bay to White River. While I do not believe that they offer any sort of interlining or shared ticketing services, they intentionally set their schedule to connect with the northbound Ontario Northland bus at White River.
  9. Very interesting. Kasper Transportation currently operates along that corridor, connecting with the northbound Ontario Northland bus from Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst. No connection is currently available to the southbound bus (which stops in White River at 7:10 am); wonder if this Ontario Northland service is to provide a new connection with the southbound, or compete with Kasper meeting the northbound trip.
  10. I sat outside High Park Station for about 40 minutes one Sunday afternoon; all three 79 buses dropped off outside the station, then turned into the bus loop to lay over. Whether they do that at all times of day would depend on whether they were running late or had enough time to lay over, or if the operator needed to use the washroom.
  11. Check out the TTC's project page for the Keele Station - Easier Access project for more details. The relevant section is below: This suggests that High Park Station will be used as the turn-around loop (much like 79 Scarlett Rd buses were doing until this weekend), and buses will likely follow the routing of the 189 Stockyards bus and do pick-up/drop-offs outside Keele Station.
  12. Photo is uploaded! I did not doubt that you had the copyright or permission for the photo, but just needed to double check. Thanks again!
  13. The project page has been updated to reflect that 63 Ossington will continue to operate north to St Clair. 163 Oakwood will continue to operate from Ossington Station to Lawrence West Station, providing overlapping service on Ossington north of Bloor.
  14. That is an excellent photo! I have not personally seen any photos of this vessel before so it's neat to see it, and with the blue and red Expo pinstripes. Before uploading it, can you confirm that you have permission for that photo to be used on the Wiki (i.e. you took the photo yourself or have permission of the original photographer)?
  15. I would argue that King Street would generally be recognized as the "centre" of the downtown core. At the very least, from a transit perspective King and Main are where the major east-west spine routes of the transit network in the City runs through downtown (routes 1, 5, 10, 51). Most of the routes using MacNab Terminal come from the Mountain, i.e. south of the downtown core. Turning them at a location south of the "centre" of this core means that passengers would be required to transfer to another route to make it to other parts of the core. It is more efficient and passenger-friendly to run routes at least to the centre of the core, if not past/through it, in order for passengers to make their connections. This is why routes that come from north of King Street loop south of the downtown using Hamilton GO Centre (2, 3) or Hunter Street (4, 7, 8, 9) in order to make connections at all three of King Street, MacNab Terminal, and Hamilton GO Centre.
  16. They mean overall runs that are 75km in length. Like the amount of distance the bus covers in a shift. Typical PR communications watering the message down until it means something different.
  17. Peterborough Transit has at least two new 2019 Nova buses in service. Spotted 7819 and 7919 in service on Sunday. Does anyone know if they received 3 this year as quoted above, or a different amount?
  18. According to a source of mine, fleet numbers should be as follows: 1911-1914: 2019 New Flyer XE40 1915-1916: 2019 Nova LFSe 1971-1980: 2019 Nova LFS Artic (Viva) The LFS Artic buses for Viva should be replacing 7201-7205, with the remaining 5 for expansion. 7201 and 7202 were in service today according to Transsee, but I'm not sure how long they have left considering how quickly their replacements have entered service. There are also 8 Arboc cutaways that should have arrived. Not sure what the fleet numbers are, possibly 1991-1998 if the current trends continue. 6 are for Community Bus service (replacing the last of the 2011 buses still operating) and 2 are for Mobility On-Request Paratransit (aka the former Mobility Plus).
  19. There is a separate YRT/Viva New Vehicle Deliveries thread specifically for tracking sightings of new buses being delivered, or entering service. For the future, posts like this belong in that thread. 1975 has already been posted there, a couple hours before your post.
  20. GO Transit. It was called the Newmarket GO Bus Terminal for a reason...
  21. TTC Electronic spottings of Malvern articulated buses on non-assigned routes: AM: 38 1238 3496 3517 9066 9086 9092 9093 (4/7) 129 1209 3414 3451 3536 9000 9002 9005 9010 9067 9073 9076 9087 9098 (9/13) 131/903 1657 3408 3441 3525 9007 9008 9009 9061 9071 9081 9088 9091 (8/12) 134/913 9001 9006 9057 9060 9064 9070 9075 9084 9085 9089 9097 (11/11) 953 1298 1324 1393 1534 1652 1663 3423 3425 3464 3492 3497 3510 3534 3535 3538 3543 3557 (0/17) 985 3469 9004 9011 9059 9063 9072 9078 9083 9090 9094 9095 9096 9099 (12/13) PM: 38 1209 1298 1661 3496 3525 9066 9086 9092 9093 (4/10) 85 9099 (1/23) 129 1206 1336 1337 3414 3425 3451 3494 3536 9002 9005 9010 9071 9073 9087 9098 (7/15) 131/903 1299 3408 3441 3460 3504 3513 3528 9008 9009 9078 9094 (4/11) 133 1343 1655 3407 3427 3480 3491 3503 3516 3545 3567 9077 (1/11) 134/913 9057 9062 9064 9070 9075 9080 9084 9085 9089 9097 (10/10) 953 1292 1332 1366 1631 1654 3400 3409 3420 3440 3450 3484 3492 3512 3519 3529 3534 3538 3549 (0/18) 985 3469 9000 9001 9004 9006 9007 9059 9063 9069 9072 9079 9081 9083 9088 9090 9095 9096 (16/17)
  22. With this now being the second consecutive weekday where the construction on Steeles has prevented the operation of artics on the 953, I think it's fairly safe to say that for the foreseeable future, there will be a significant number of Malvern artics operating on routes other than the ones normally assigned them (i.e. 134/913, 953, 985). I'd recommend that any further sightings like this after today should go to the Today's Sightings topic instead.
  23. Added plates for 0624 and 0630, and added the image of 6038 to the Wiki. Thanks for noting the plates - if you see anymore that are not on the Wiki please let me know, as myself and a few others are actively tracking the new Ontario license plates for Greyhound Canada buses - it would be greatly appreciated!
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