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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. Edmonton's neighbours ready to sign on to create regional transit commission Globalnews.ca By Scott Johnston, Reporter, 630CHED 17 July 2018 City signs on to regional transit initiative Published: Thursday, 12 July 2018 15:34 Written by Alex Myroon www.fortsaskonline.com
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    Greyhound in the news

    I don't have any sense of that at all. The Federal government so far has distanced itself from any responsibility whatsoever. I also don't know why they would. With Kasper Transportation, Rider Express, PWT/Diversified, and Maritime Bus all making positive comments about stepping in and providing service, from a policy perspective it looks at the moment like the free market will do it. Part Two will, of course, be when these substitute operators begin to give up routes (or fail and go out of business) and any kind of interprovincial network collapses. If the Feds were going to get into the interprovincial bus business (and I say they aren't) I can think of no worse way to do it than shovel cash at Scottish incompetence.
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    Winnipeg Transit and area

    Just observed 885 on the 110 DART. I guess dispatch opted for AC over nimbleness today.
  4. With Greyhound cancelling all service west of Sudbury, Manitoba is left with just two scheduled intercity carriers operating four routes. Brandon Dauphin Air Shuttle operates between Brandon and Winnipeg airport more than daily, with less frequent service between Dauphin and Brandon airport. Kasper Transportation operates a once daily bus service between Sioux Lookout, ON, and Winnipeg. They also operate the Selkirk Commuter Line between Winnipeg and Selkirk several times per weekday. It'll be interesting to see if anyone tries to pick up the Winnipeg -Thompson and Winnipeg - Flin Flon routes Greyhound is abandoning.
  5. More routes abandoned than I expected. I expected Manitoba, Saskatchewan and northwestern Ontario. I'm surprised that services in Alberta and B.C. also got cut. I'm also surprised they have abandoned freight operations in the same areas. I've always been told that Greyhound Courier Express was profitable, especially in Western Canada. I'm guessing we're in for a chaotic period of small and fly-by-night carriers trying to pick up the pieces (and more failing than succeeding).
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    Manitoba Transit Heritage Association

    MTHA #111 (1937 Twin Coach model 23R) will be on display this afternoon (Sunday 08 July 2018) at the Pony Corral Grant Park.
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    Southwest Transitway Rapid Transit Project

    Got a bit better view of the construction underway in the vicinity of Pembina Highway and Jubilee Avenue today. Track laying for the new railway bridge has begun. Crews are active on the bridge and on both approaches. Here is a photograph showing the work west of the bridge. Switching CN and Via traffic from the old railway bridge over Pembina Highway to the new one is the critical next step. Demolishing the old railway bridge is necessary before the new busway bridge can be built. Friday 06 July 2018. Note the train standing on the old bridge in the background. My observation point also allowed a view of the bridge built to carry the west branch of the track wye. The junction is called "Portage Junction" and connects the CN Letellier sub (Winnipeg to the U.S. at Emmerson) to the CN transcontinental main line (the Rivers sub). Friday 06 July 2018. The busway will pass beneath both the east and west branches of the wye. Construction of the underpass under the east branch also awaits the transfer of train traffic from the old bridge to the new one.
  8. It appears an announcement of some nature is expected Monday 09 July 2018.
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    Southwest Transitway Rapid Transit Project

    The Transitway bridge crossing the CN Letellier Sub is coming along. Most of the horizontal steel beams appear to be in place on all five spans. There should be quite a view from the bus windows once this bridge is in use. Sunday 01 July 2018
  10. Rumours continue to circulate that Greyhound Canada might be making news in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and northern Ontario in the early fall, 2018 (and not good news). It could be a tumultuous Fall.
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    Southwest Transitway Rapid Transit Project

    We live in a time when stupid politicians lying to voters is a winning strategy. I suppose anything is possible...
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    Eastern Transit Corridor

    Just came from an Eastern Corridor open house. They've narrowed the route options considerably from last November's open houses. There seemed to be a couple of alternatives for each section of the project. I could almost categorize them as the "better" option and the "easier" option. "Better" as in "in the right place" or "more direct" and "easier" as in "cheaper" or less difficult politically. My historical sense is that Winnipeg Transit tends to compromise towards "easier" and away from "better" very early in a project. Perhaps that arises from a sense that they really have little to no public or political support they can really count on...
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    Winnipeg Transit and area

    Ridership to and from the University of Manitoba varies seasonally with the University term schedule. The student population May through August is much smaller than September through April. I believe 60-footers are common on Route 36 during the Winter Session, and less so during the Spring/Summer session. This is actually a misuse of 60-footers. The higher capacity buses should only be used on services that are already "high frequency"* and still need more capacity. Route 36 is low-frequency, with buses around every half hour mid-day. If additional capacity is needed on a half-hour headway, the headway should be reduced by adding more buses. Route 36 is a special case because the mid-day buses between the UofM's Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses are partly paid for by The University of Manitoba. * Winnipeg Transit also doesn't have a definition of "high-frequency". I would suggest a ten-minute headway as the high frequency target.
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    Southwest Transitway Rapid Transit Project

    View of the construction progress on the Southwest Transitway overpass of CN Letellier and two spurs, just south of Chevrier Boulevard. Wednesday 13 June 2018
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    Winnipeg Transit and area

    Spotted my first in-bus poster for service changes happening Sunday 17 June 2018. Only one route change: 3. Eleven routes with schedule changes: 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 31, and 55.