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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 was providing service to Headingley because it was part of the City of Winnipeg. When Headingley voted to separate from Winnipeg it had the option to pay Winnipeg Transit (or someone else) to provide service. Since Headingley chose not to pay, Winnipeg Transit ended bus service to it.
  2. Of course any transit service outside Winnipeg City limits would have to be paid for by the municipality or municipalities served. Winnipeg Transit also currently has a policy of not doing any charters outside City limits or outside the Perimeter (whichever is greater). The Downs/Iceplex/Red River Ex, the small housing subdivision south of Portage and immediately west of the Perimeter, and the empty business park development immediately west of the RREx are all inside City limits. The Flying J and everything west of it. And everything west of the Perimeter and south of the Assiniboine River, are Headingley's transit responsibility. As I heard it the developer of the small neighbourhood alongside the Perimeter between Portage and the river asked for Winnipeg Transit service but Transit declined estimating ridership would be too small. If the business park west of RREx ever fills in, I was told Transit's initial service idea was to yank the "St. Charles" branch of Portage services out of the St. Charles neighbourhood and reroute it into the business park. The City of Winnipeg adopted a framework for providing city services outside City limits several years ago. I believe it requires any specific agreement to not cost City of Winnipeg taxpayers a single cent to deliver the external service. A proposal for Transit to provide service to East St. Paul several years ago crashed and burned. The idea was to extend several Kildonan bus runs up Henderson and down Hodinot. It looked like it might work out when the cost was calculated only for the extra mileage outside City limits, but if you calculated the cost based on mileage from downtown to East St. Paul it was much pricier. City administration insisted on the higher pricetag. So far none of the surrounding municipalities have been willing to pay for service.
  3. I had been told at the time that the move to Hargrave farside was temporary for the construction of True North Square, but when it comes to Mark Chipman's influence over City Hall you never know what will happen. As the owner of TNSq (and owner of Brian Bowman) and an anti-transit owner of multiple car dealerships, not to mention holy sainted owner of The Jets, Mark kind-of runs this town...
  4. Observed today workmen installing a transit shelter on Graham Mall alongside True North Square. [Graham eastbound at nearside Hargrave.] I guess this means the bus stop temporarily relocated alongside City Place during construction of TNSq will be moving back.
  5. How about a description less 'colourful' and a little more specific? What happened to 511?
  6. My 18 North Main (#712) came into the stop northbound Osborne at Broadway and started to slide. We slid through the stop and collided with a pickup truck waiting at the red light. Since the truck was also on ice it moved easily. I hopped off and got on a 10 St. Boniface three minutes later. The driver of my bus seemed to brake early but 712 lost adhesion with road almost immediately. The slide towards the pickup truck seemed to take a loooong time.
  7. Here's the current equipment used on the University of Manitoba campus shuttle at the Fort Garry campus. Friday 20 December 2019.
  8. Winnipeg Transit #165 departing The University of Manitoba about 3:50pm, Friday 17 January 2020
  9. Winnipeg Transit spent (spends?) a lot of effort stringing together feeder segments to make a long enough route (that it needed multiple buses to serve) so that it could reduce frequency. (It's hard to schedule a service reduction on a route served by one bus). I use the word "pretzellization" as a short-hand for the technique. The 95 is another example of pretzellization. It's terrible practice, and a symptom of Winnipeg Transit losing all sense of customer service. The customer convenient path from point "A" to point "B" is, oddly enough, never a pretzel.
  10. I don't think Winnipeg Transit ever adapted to Sunday shopping, which happened decades ago. The Sunday schedule, at least during shopping hours, should look more like Saturday. It's not surprising in the least that they haven't adapted to Boxing Day shopping either.
  11. DavidW

    Thompson Transit

    Greyhound Canada inherited the Thompson transit operating contract when it absorbed Grey Goose Bus Lines. (Technically, Laidlaw, parent company of Grey Goose, bought Greyhound and put them together, which is why the Grey Goose people here in Manitoba used to joke that Grey Goose bought Greyhound...)
  12. I am very surprised to learn that all the bus stops on Portage, Henderson, and the streets of the route branches have been lengthened by 20 feet... They mostly seem to me like they're all in exactly the same spots and lengths that they've been for decades.
  13. If the "Sorry" sign is reprogrammed then is this the data load that adds the Blue Line and all the 600-series bus routes? ("Sorry" was added to "Not In Service" back when the Phase 1 routes [1xx] were programmed).
  14. I wonder if New Flyer is developing an In Motion Charging option for the Excelsior line. Trolley poles for charging while on the busway, and batteries for operation off-busway. It would be a rebalance of the existing configuration of trolley bus with auxiliary battery. One of Winnipeg Transit's issues with the pilot project was the lengthy layover under the charger at the airport end of the route. With In Motion Charging there's no recharge layover, and the Transitway (once Phase 2 opens) should be long enough for a recharge. And as "private" road overhead trolley wires should raise less objections than, say, overhead above a public street. Quiet electric buses might even win over some transitway neighbours...
  15. Pretty much. We are told it is a mechanical coin counter/sorter.
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