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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. DavidW

    Winnipeg Transit 300-369 (2018 XD40)

    I have been told 356 and 357 were delivered to FRG today.
  2. DavidW

    Life After Greyhound

    Brandon Bus Lines, operating three round trips a week and charging a lower fare couldn't make it, but Brandon Dauphin Air Shuttle, with 28 round trips per week during the same period, and charging a higher fare, is reportedly overloaded (and on at least one occasion sent prospective passengers it couldn't accommodate to Brandon Bus Lines).
  3. DavidW

    Winnipeg Transit 300-369 (2018 XD40)

    I am told that 355 was delivered to Fort Rouge garage today.
  4. DavidW

    Thompson Transit

    News from Thompson about its transit system is expected in the first week of 2019.
  5. DavidW

    Winnipeg Transit and area

    I'm not sure what you mean by "moot". Artics are exactly the correct change for a route that is already high-frequency and experiencing overcrowding. The correct response to overcrowding on a low frequency route is improved frequency. The correct response to overcrowding on a high frequency route is not even higher frequency, but higher capacity vehicles.
  6. DavidW

    Thompson Transit

    Where in Winnipeg did you find it?
  7. DavidW

    Grande Prairie

    News photo... From this article Phase 2 of County Connector to launch in February By Curtis Galbraith Everything GP December 17, 2018 - 2:00pm
  8. DavidW

    Winnipeg Transit and area

    Using articulated buses on low-frequency services is not good practice. If 40-footers are full on a bus that runs every thirty or forty minutes, they should run buses more frequently. The more sensible use of artics is on a high frequency route (headway 10 to 12 minutes or less) if and when 40-foot buses are not adequate capacity. The single most important factor, by far, to make a transit system useful and convenient is better frequency. It's more important than speed. If Winnipeg Transit truly understood and really believed that they would make a lot of decisions differently and we would have a much better transit system. Alas, for several decades our transit system has been administered and managed by car drivers (who dream of more speed) with predictable results. Pembina Highway/Southwest Transitway on Sundays is an exceptionally bad case in point. The four overlapping (or partly overlapping) routes (60, 99, 160, and 170) are often scheduled on top of each other, resulting in the lead bus being overloaded and the others following a couple of minutes later half empty. All Sunday afternoon on the busway the 160 and 170 run bumper-to-bumper like elephants in a circus parade leaving gaps in service between the pairs of 25 to 35 minutes. It's been this way since the transitway opened in 2012 and it's never been noticed or fixed.
  9. DavidW

    Winnipeg Transit and area

    I've had a bus pass for ages but in the days of the old fareboxes I used to drop a couple bucks into the Santa Bus farebox on my way off the bus, as a deliberate donation. I don't recall doing that since the new coin-counting fareboxes were installed. I guess that would just confuse the farebox and make more work for the operator pushing buttons to clear the anomaly. Is there an acceptable way to donate cash on the Santa Bus?
  10. DavidW

    Southwest Transitway Rapid Transit Project

    Newspaper stories about traffic congestion last weekend during the Pembina underpass closure. (It hardly merits reporting since it's very temporary.) I'm feeling completely evil and thinking of commenting on the article by suggesting they open the Southwest Transitway between Jubilee and Warsaw for general traffic next weekend <evil grin>. (One of the perils of building busways is they look a lot like streets to most people).
  11. DavidW

    Winnipeg Transit 300-369 (2018 XD40)

    349 just rolled down Osborne Street and into Fort Rouge base.
  12. DavidW

    Winnipeg Transit and area

    I think I've noticed two of these Winnipeg Transit Inspector Stations appear recently. One is at the bus stop on Portage Avenue eastbound at Vaughan Street (at The Bay), and this one is on Graham Avenue eastbound at Fort Street (Winnipeg Square Station). I'm old enough to remember when transit used a similar booth on Portage eastbound between Fort and Main (it's still there). Do you suppose the inspectors will be expected to interact with the public or will they ignore the public and only interact with transit operators?
  13. DavidW

    Rider Express

    I gather Rider Express has yet to bring scheduled service to Winnipeg, in spite of multiple launch dates being published, and two different routes being announced (Calgary-Regina-Winnipeg and/or Edmonton-Saskatoon-Regina-Winnipeg). I'm not sure how many times you can announce service and fail to deliver before you become the punchline in a joke.
  14. DavidW

    Commuter Rail

    Commuter rail ‘far from dead’ in Halifax Francis Campbell (fcampbell@herald.ca) Halifax Herald Chronicle Published: 04 December 2018
  15. DavidW

    Winnipeg Transit and area

    Winnipeg Sun 01 December 2018