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  1. I fully agree that they needed to keep service to that area, but I understand the logic. Almost everyone hops off at the corner of Pioneer and Green Valley; a 200-ish meter / 3 minute walk from the closest proposed stop. A tiny number - maybe 50 people all day - are going to Pinnacle or Doon Valley; 400-600m / 6-8 mins this time. Everything in between is honestly unused - heck, Mill Park doesn't even have any stops on it. I would have been genuinely surprised had they clipped that off but I can see why it would look good on paper. Woulda actually saved 6-10 mins per round trip. If anythi
  2. Temp = Temporarily full time. Say a FT driver goes for surgery for a couple months. Rather than fill it day-to-day with different people, someone takes their work as a temp, then reverts back to PT if/when that driver comes back, or keeps doing it until the end of that service period.
  3. If you're at the testing stage, they likely wouldn't start you for several months yet anyways. PT hours depend on two things: what seniority number you draw in your class, and what month you start. I think most people start getting shifts almost at once, but school-year based reductions in service for the Spring and Summer work periods + building up extra part timers to prepare for September expansion = fewer hours if you start in summer compared to starting the rest of the year. And honestly, that might not even be the case this year since the route 205 starts in April, with a bunch of new
  4. They're explicitly putting it on random Cambridge routes as a PR / Ion boosting initiative.
  5. Well, they train new drivers almost every month. If I had to guess based on the respective sizes of the classes and info sessions, I'd guess that info session days are likely no more than 2 months apart, gut feeling is monthly. Having said that, it seems reasonable to guess that they jump people who already have bus licenses to the front of the queue, so the amount of time it takes to get into one of those classes probably varies a lot depending on your prior experience. Swarms of them. I think it was 58 for regular service, and 8 branded for Ion to cover the bottom half of the 2
  6. If I were making $20/h and was offered a three cent raise for the year, I'd probably be pretty ticked off. $3M added to an operations budget of $2B (yes B!) is a comparable increase. Here, have this unrelated Futurama clip which is not a political statement by me:
  7. Doesn't seem so. According to the contract they signed with S&B, there will be 2 fare processing machines at each station (Reads tap cards and QR barcodes on transfers), as well as 1 ticket/pass vending machine. Possibly more than one at some stations, not sure exactly. They've ordered 32 of the vending machines (for 19 Ion stations), but if I'm not mistaken they intend to also install them at the Cambridge BRT stations, and at non-LRT bus terminals (IE The Boardwalk), so I think 1 per is probably correct except maybe for the ends of the line? In fairness, I bet if there *were* mac
  8. Related to the above testing: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/ion-lrt-waterloo-region-powered-testing-1.4524759?c "Cautiously optimistic [about] June" is now the latest launch estimate I've seen, and that quote is a month old. That'd probably be June 25, to coincide with the summer GRT schedule... though it certainly wouldn't hurt to start live service a couple weeks before and eat the loss of doubling up, just to make sure there are no drastic teething problems and maintain a ready safety net in the form of the 200 bus. Still betting September, myself, as I have b
  9. According to an Ottawa city council document I found via Google, the Talent's minimum turning radius is 90 meters. (The Flexity is 25m.) Flatly impossible for them to make several of the turns.
  10. This got sent to me. I'm sure some folks would appreciate this. No idea how the poster got the unit number, but hey, okay.
  11. Quite possible that they're not done. Those current decals went on some time in the day or two before the shoot. Heck, they're such recent arrivals the mechanics might not yet have even signed off on accepting them. I agree that it needs a bit more. A nice big "ion" on the back of the bus might even help ridership a pinch as car drivers on the 401 wonder "What's Ion?" and perhaps give the LRT/BRT a try for their commute.
  12. Your proposed study would almost certainly cost time and money and then be dismissed with no change in plans. At worst, it could turn into a political argument that would entirely kill the Sheppard LRT for another generation - since the plan for that is to have it tunnel down and terminate alongside the subway, and they'd have to entirely stop that until the study had been chewed over. Yes, I know the LRT is on hold right now... probably so that the BD-SSE argument can wheeze along until the next election for political brownie points. However, in general, the paperwork is mostly ready, and i
  13. That's what's been tying up city council for decades now. Studying and exploring idea after idea, and putting the current best suggestions of the experts on hold. At some point, someone has to say "no, we're proceeding with the best advice we have now, there is currently no evidence that this other plan will be a significant improvement, while it would delay any improvements to take time studying its feasability and planning its implementation."
  14. http://www.570news.com/2017/10/19/lrt-vehicle-testing-delayed-notice/
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