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Articulated

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  1. I'm surprised as well - to my knowledge, BRT has no service expansion planned for route 90, and there should already be sufficient buses to cover that service with no buses to replace out of BRT. Meanwhile, SW's artics are used much more heavily on route 20, and they need extras due to the expansion of artic service onto the 107 and 107B.
  2. Do we know whether there is a 2208 yet, or if Cornwall was expecting two (or more) Arbocs this year? I think the user who originally created the page for 2207-2208 based it off of two Nova LFS HEV being ordered, and assuming they would be numbered directly after the 2021 LFS.
  3. The full adult fare presumably would be to recoup some of the costs that get charged to the retailer whenever their cards are used. Visa and Mastercard usually charge a couple percent of the value of the transaction, depending on the level of the card and the volume of transactions each merchant has.
  4. MiWay doesn't have a dedicated fleet for training buses, so whatever vehicles are available after every service run has been assigned can be used for training. As well, all drivers will need to be familiar/qualified on all bus types; this means training needs to be held on all types (New Flyer, Nova, and Orions; standard and articulated; diesel and hybrids).
  5. The 80 buses would account for both the 2017 and 2018 orders, which will be 5 and 6 years old next year. The ProMaster buses were ordered and budgeted with the expectation of a 5-year lifespan, which would not requiring a midlife refurb like the Friendly Buses had to receive.
  6. The work zone is on the outdoor section of the southbound track, well north of the crossover; there are sections of ballast dug up in this area. The slow order actually ends at the crossover, being six car lengths from the end of the work zone; however, given the platform is almost there, there's no room to accelerate to full speed before needing to stop, so trains continue their slow speed into the platform.
  7. The 1800 XD40s were delivered the same way, with an old version of the sign programming. YRT probably did not supply New Flyer with an updated version (or NFI used an old version they had on file by mistake), and none of the maintenance staff bothered to check/update the signs before they went into service.
  8. Given the cars are over a year out from delivery, I'm not sure the fleet numbers are completely fixed. I think drum118 is just coming up with his own numbers, continuing directly on from the last Flexity delivered (4603). Also, institutional memory at the TTC is rather weak, so by the time the new cars are delivered they may not remember/realize that 4604/4605 are supposed to be reserved for the PCCs. While they're externally numbered with numbers duplicated by Flexity cars, I don't think anybody is going to be confusing them with the PCCs.
  9. It's been many months since I was in Downtown Toronto, and it surprised me how many streetcars are now carrying full ad wraps - I'd estimate probably in the range of one-third of the fleet. Some of the ones I was able to photograph: 4427 (Public Mobile) 4466 (Amazon Prime Video: The Rings of Power) 4467 (Nordstrom) 4516 (BetRivers.ca) 4530 (Pokerstars Casino) 4533 (BetRivers.ca) 4594 (Herschel)
  10. Without getting into the details too much, for a long time the contract between Miller Transit and its union contained a requirement to provide operators on longer shifts with a minimum 20 minute break during their shifts; this is why none of the other divisions had such breaks in their schedules. The contract was renegotiated earlier this year, with the union agreeing to give up the break requirement; this September board is the first one where the new "break-less" schedules were incorporated.
  11. Visual TTC sightings: 22: 8401, 8471, 8472, 8484, 8492, 8587, 8594, 8691, 8773 29E: 1401, 7927, 7969, 8076, 9006, 9007, 9013, 9108, 9110, 9130, 9135 509: 4417, 4467, 4539, 4547, 4573, 4579, 4586, 4600 511: 4401, 4435, 4483, 4486, 4493, 4501, 4510, 4515, 4533, 4540, 4542, 4543, 4566, 4594 511E: 3184, 3243, 3267, 3269, 3278, 9024, 9038, 9039, 9041, 9045, 9056
  12. Standard life expectancy for an articulated bus is 12 years; any longer than that, you generally need an expensive refurbishment. The 9xx are already at 13 years, and Hamilton runs their artics pretty hard with 7-day-a-week service, so yeah they're quickly approaching the end of their economic life. 0610 and 0615 were kept well beyond their life expectancies, but have been sitting out of service for multiple months due to failures (it is detailed in this thread, but the post has gotten buried far back due to a lot of inane posts in the past couple of months). They would need extensive work to be repaired and returned to service, but I think HSR has been holding off as their replacements were supposed to have arrived by now.
  13. Check over in the Welland Transit thread.
  14. TTC: Three unknown LFS HEV heading west along Sheppard in a pack; they just stopped at Don Mills for a number of minutes before departing together.
  15. Yes, you guys are correct; 4067 is in Terrace. I mistyped 4071 twice in my original post, although the Wiki had always shown 4067 was assigned to Terrace. Original post has been edited.
  16. It's all a hobby; my full-time job is in an unrelated field. While I do try to research answers as much as possible to ensure my posts are as accurate as possible, I do also try to preface and word my posts in a way to make it clear that it's based on research and/or educated guesses, and not on insider information. In this case, all of the info in my previous post comes from the Wiki, which another user updated with the latest fleet movements (btw thanks, always appreciated); I just added in some critical thinking and analysis in my post.
  17. I don't have any insider information on this, so I cannot make any positive identifications or confirm any of this info, but I suspect the 3000-series Vicinities are all in storage/contingency or retired. Most systems that were using them have received sufficient 30' or 35' diesel Vicinity buses this summer to replace them: Chilliwack (3005-3006): received 4065-4066; confirmed sent to contingency Dawson Creek (3008, 3013-3015): received 4456-4458; 3008 transferred to Terrace, 3014 transferred to Trail Kelowna (3007, 3011-3012): slated to receive 4064, 4459-4460; confirmed retired Nelson (3003-3004): received 4461-4462 Penticton (3001-3002): received 4071-4072, confirmed sent to contingency Quesnel (3009-3010): received 4062-4063 Terrace (3008): received 4067; not visible on property when I visited earlier this month
  18. As seen on the TTS charter yesterday, Welland 0750, 0751, and 1145 are retired; they are sitting at the yard, still plated but with fareboxes and other components missing. I would presume that they were replaced earlier this year by Nova LFS buses 2250-2251 and 1175 respectively.
  19. The pilot project is apparently being branded as a separate service/division of Metrolinx, not unlike Presto or UP. So its schedule should not affect the release of the other GO schedules. I don't know what the issue is, but it shouldn't be acceptable to delay releasing new schedules this late, especially given the magnitude of changes that will happen for September and the return of post-secondary classes.
  20. They do public tenders, like multiple agencies and as required by law; however, lately they've been doing multi-year tenders, where they will do an award for 3-4 purchasing years to the same manufacturer. I know for sure these 2022 artics are part of the same multi-year tender that the 2020 artics were delivered under, and I believe the 40 foot diesels are also part of a multi-year tender. I believe Regional Council has delegated authority to award larger tenders to staff, rather than have multiple contract award reports (that normally just automatically pass on consent anyway) clog up Council meeting agendas. Since the summary reports for these types of contract tenders may only appear on Council agendas every 6-12 months, information is no longer timely or detailed.
  21. GO is more likely to add more service than most agencies. The bus network had a substantial ridership base in post-secondary students, and with those schools now resuming in-class learning, there's going to be a lot of commuters returning. So I would expect a lot of service and trips to be returning to the routes that serve those schools. It's difficult for The note about schedules not being available for Labour Day weekend is a valid point, as GO starts their board period on Saturdays which means the entire weekend schedule is unavailable. It's 1.5 weeks away (10 days) from the start of the long weekend, and casual users will be making other plans and commitments (not using transit) if they can't figure out the bus/train schedule. GO used to publish their updated schedules about 3 weeks in advance, but lately it's slipped down to 2 weeks (and even less for this one for unknown reasons).
  22. Correct They are numbered in the 21xx because they were part of the 2021 budget, but production delays have meant they haven't been built/delivered until now. Similar story as to why the 17xx/18xx LFS buses have two separate fleet series, despite having been built together with consecutive VINs; they were part of separate budgets and have number allocations as such.
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