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    Canadian Transit, past and present, including what cities have or had transit, what companies and agencies operated transit, and what transit modes operated where and when. Interest spans transit buses, suburban and commuter buses, streetcars and light rail, trolley buses, subways, and commuter trains, and in fixed infrastructure like terminals, exchanges, shelters and stops.

    Also have a general interest in other modes of surface scheduled passenger transport, including Canadian and international long distance trains and buses, and ocean liners.

    I collect ephemera (maps, schedules, fare media) for any of the above.

    I belong to CPTdb, the Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation, the Manitoba Transit Heritage Assoc., the LRT Assoc., the Trolleybus Museum Co., the Canadian Railroad Historical Assoc., the Edmonton Radial Ry Soc., the Bus History Assoc., and the Toronto Transportation Soc.

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  1. Winnipeg Transit Battery Electric Buses

    Observed 997 in service on route 20 today Thursday19 October 2017. It was airport bound operating north on Sherbrook from Broadway to Portage, west on Portage to Maryland and then south on Maryland. I was passing by on a 21 Portage Crestview...
  2. Commuter Rail

    I was wondering what ever happened to this project. Here's an update from the Halifax Chronicle Herald ... Halifax councillor says commuter rail may soon get green light STUART PEDDLE The Chronicle Herald Published October 17, 2017 - 8:04pm Last Updated October 18, 2017 - 8:28am
  3. Winnipeg Transit and area

    I was at Polo Park terminal on Saturday 14 October. It appeared to me to be in the same state as it was at the beginning of the week. The asphalt work, the concrete work, and the landscaping (tree and grass planting, interlocking brick paving, and several clusters of large boulders) appeared to be all done. From what I could see what remained to be done was signage and shelter installation and whatever electrical work was needed for that. I wonder if the lack of progress across last week was as a result of work concluding for one contractor and a wait for the fixtures contractor to start their installations...
  4. Winnipeg Transit and area

    I'm kind of neutral on the topic of another study. Studies get commissioned for all kinds of reasons, including providing cover for cancellation plans and as window dressing on postponements. I'd be curious to know why the 2011 conclusions need to be re-evaluated. Have Winnipeg travel patterns really changed in six years, or has something else changed. It would be my observation that the biggest change is the new Provincial government and their "transit is a waste of money" attitude (and closed purse). What I most want explained is why Winnipeg Transit doesn't operate the Southwest Transitway (phase 1) as rapid transit. Scheduling is built around the individual routes instead of to deliver a steady rapid service on the transitway. Weekend service is the worst but any analysis of the schedule daytime, evenings or weekends shows completely ragged service. Fer gawds sake schedule the trunk not the branches! Then there's the question of why someone put a timing point at Fort Rouge Station. If you build a $300 million transitway that saves 4 minutes and then schedule service to park half way down for 6 minutes you're obviously not doing it right. If Winnipeg Transit can't figure out rapid transit service on one transitway they obviously don't need more of them. And these mistakes are plainly in-house errors. Nobody at City Hall or the Legislature mandated worst possible service should be delivered on Phase 1. There's also the bigger picture. As annoying and (often) wrong as Sun columnist Tom Brodbeck is, his rant in the Sun last Wednesday about Winnipeg Transit service has a point. Things are just going to hell in an hand basket. Peggo problems, crowded buses not just a rush hour but almost any time of the day, any day of the week, and spectacularly dreadful on-time performance this summer has been depressing for someone who wants Transit to succeed and grow. I understand that on-time performance of routes affected by major street construction are significantly out of Transit's control but even routes not affected by construction are likely to be late to very late. The fareboxes have significantly slowed boarding and at some point that will have to be reflected in the scheduled times. The one-at-a-time tinkle of coins, and the trial-and-error dance of the seven hand gestures to get transfer bar codes read have added perhaps ten, twenty, or thirty seconds to the boarding process. It's no surprise that 60 stops later the bus is 15 minutes late. Ripping up Polo Park Terminal, U of Manitoba Terminal, and Graham Mall simultaneously also hasn't helped. Are operators working to rule? I often observe operators running late take their full lay-over break at the end of the line anyway. What are the rules on that? Are the conclusions for the Rapid Transit study already written?
  5. Winnipeg Transit and area

    Comments by city councillors and others about the upcoming city budget are generally quite bad, suggesting that for Transit there will be noticeable bad news coming. Cost cutting will probably affect day-to-day operations as well as any proposed infrastructure projects (like building repairs, new maintenance equipment, etc...) So if you had to cut service which routes would you cut, or which routes would get less service?
  6. Southwest Transitway Rapid Transit Project

    That's somewhat later than the "October" forecast from around when work started. I walked around the area about a week ago and they were busy excavating soil and sod from where the sidewalks/boarding areas and shelters would go. So there would still be subsoil utility conduits to install (power for signage and shelters), concrete pouring, and fixture installation (shelters and signs) yet to do.
  7. Lincoln Transit

    Town finds transit provider BTS buses expected to start rolling through Lincoln Nov. 1 News 09:45 AM by Luke Edwards Grimsby Lincoln News
  8. Winnipeg Transit and area

    That's an interesting list. Assuming "vehicles" is not a bus but service trucks or inspector cars none of the cuts are customer facing.
  9. Winnipeg Transit Public Signage

    The buswatch electronic signs at key bus stops seem to be in their final decline. Maybe it's just where I travel most but the removed or non-functioning signs seem to be getting more and more frequent. Buses may last for 12 (or 18) years, but IT devices are pretty old at 5 years. (I wonder if refreshing them is another of the program cuts due to the Pallister govermnent funding reductions...)
  10. Manitoba Transit Heritage Association

    Streetcar 356 is owned by Heritage Winnipeg, the community group dedicated to preserving Winnipeg's architectural heritage. They have been trying to preserve and restore 356 for many years now. Progress has been slow. The MTHA is well aware of the 356 project and supports it's aims. If you visited 356 this past weekend can you comment on any restoration progress you observed? I know students at Red River College made window frames over 10 years ago. Have they been installed on 356? There was some question several years ago about what to do with the badly cracked main frame beams under the floor. The hardwood has dried, cracked and twisted a bit in the Century since 356 was built. If it's destined to be a static display then perhaps a few long bolts could hold it all together. Some members of the HW Streetcar Committee wanted an operating restoration, which might require more structural integrity. Have they started stripping/replacing the rotted slatting off the lower exterior?
  11. Greyhound in the news

    Greyhound has announced the location of its new Saskatoon stop. They're using the Husky truckstop on Marquis. I believe it's north of the airport, far from downtown...
  12. Winnipeg Transit and area

    1801-1870? 😁 Numbers greater than 999 have been invented!😊
  13. Winnipeg Transit and area

    I thought the order for 70 was a cutback from the planned 75... The article was pretty vague.
  14. Winnipeg Transit and area

    The article says seven transit projects are cancelled but only mentions two: new buses, and shop tools. Do we know what the other five might be?
  15. Winnipeg Transit and area

    It might help with acceptance of the 84/86 change if the weekend schedule of the Southwest Transitway was fixed. The 160 and the 170 (and probably the 60) need to be coordinated to provide more evenly spaced service. Right now Sundays at around 2pm those three routes overlapping randomly leave gaps of more than half an hour (and clumps of three buses in a 5 minute window...). On the other hand couldn't the 84/86 and the 99 Windermere be connected/pooled to provide downtown-anchored service? City Hall - Midtown Bridge - upper Pembina - Taylor - Nathanial - Grant - Cambridge (or Poseiden) back to Taylor, with the 86 splitting off to cross the CN mainline at Waverley to its suburban route and the 84 continuing out Taylor to cross the CN mainline at Kenaston to its suburbia. They could even be "84 TAYLOR Lindenwoods" and "86 TAYLOR Bridgewater Lakes". They would provide downtown service for their suburbanites, service on Taylor for the Shindico big box retail development west of Manitoba Hydro, and with the Nathaniel-Grant-Cambridge diversion would still connect to Grant Park Shopping Centre, Grant Park Highschool, Pan Am Pool, and the regional on-street transfer point at Grant/Cambridge. Winnipeg Transit is highly skilled at thinning service to stretch it across an ever larger service area and an ever more multi-point travel demand, but it's resulted in generally infrequent service and an exceptionally illogical route network. (Every "U"-shaped or fish-hook shaped route is probably not logical, and the pretzels don't make a lot of sense either.) Service really needs a high-level general re-think and a complete redesign. And that will be hard, because regular riders are well-adapted to their current rut and if changing the 84/86 and 94 generates "a lot of complaints" it would be nothing compared to re-architecting everything.