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  1. Peterborough Transit

    They probably were eyeballing the 30 footer and then saw the price tag and decided against that idea.
  2. Peterborough Transit

    So they've been running multiple overflow buses for the Fleming routes the past couple weeks, winter intake has over saturated it to the point where the 4 regular buses end up going over capacity almost every trip they make from downtown, and the ones to downtown are pretty full too. It's kind of funny on the city's website it looks like someone dropped the ball, and instead of a link to the community bus route schedule there is a link to the paper version of the survey. http://www.peterborough.ca/Assets/City+Assets/Transit/Documents/Community+Bus+Route+and+Schedule.pdf The bus has also had the decals put on it, it was parked out by the handi-vans along the fence on Alymer Street on Wednesday. It's a short school bus (with a ramp/lift by the looks of it) for lack of a better term to describe it.
  3. Peterborough Transit

    Looks like one of the supervisors managed to crash the truck they had. on Lansdowne and George today http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2018/01/30/peterborough-transit-vehicle-in-collision Wouldn't be surprised if they just total it now and buy a new vehicle a year early (the truck they have is due to be replaced in 2019).
  4. Peterborough Transit

    I don't think it a 30 footer like we first believed, more like an elongated handi-van, sort of like some of the buses Lindsay Transit has with the flip out ramps. Still unsure of exact model, its not been outside the last couple times I went past the public works yard
  5. Peterborough Transit

    And Option 1 has taken the cake. Not too surprising considering how far option 2 stretched just to hit one location
  6. Peterborough Transit

    So now apparently we're going to be buying an extra handi-van in addition to more routes being moved to 20 minute peak service. more routes on 20 minute service will probably help make it more useful to people, instead of waiting 20 minutes for their transfer route to show up they can just get on right then and there and go. Now that the fleet has been completely modernized they must've been looking for something to spend their gas tax money on, unless they plan on putting the funds they were using to buy buses into the reserve for future use We will see how long that takes with old man Jones at the helm. http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2018/01/25/gas-tax-revenue-to-fund-new-handi-van-for-peterborough-transit-and-more-20-minute-service-on-routes
  7. Peterborough Transit

    Well I'd really love to know how they are going to fit a 40 foot nova through the tightspots when the 30 footer needs repairs or maintenance. I wouldn't be surprised if they missed that detail completely and will end up getting stuck or needing to dump passengers on the side of the road There is no way they'd be able to get a 40 foot bus into Maple Ridge senior centres tiny parking lot. I can't see anyone from the apartments on Hedonics road using this service when the Jackson Park bus serves it every 40 minutes all day now apparently (they decided that back in October, although whether or not drivers are following the policy is a total crapshoot). The space issue with the large wheelchairs isn't exclusive to the community bus/van though, the nova's and the handi-vans have the same problem, except the 2016 onward models removed a seat to accommodate an additional chair and to help alleviate the bottleneck problem. Allegedly the stop at Charlotte and Bethune was removed because drivers clipped the fire hydrant multiple times that is there.
  8. Peterborough Transit

    Personally I think route 2 would be more intelligent, less silly looping around that looks like a dogs breakfest on the map. However, Option 2 streches quite far just to accomodate 2 or 3 locations that are on the fringes of the city, not to mention those places are already well served by the Fleming Sherbrooke. 90% of the people living in the building at Sherbrooke Heights own vehicles and drive them everywhere already. Option 1 is windy and snakes all over the place. I can see there being problems with people trying to get off in the downtown core, anywhere between Brock and Sherbrooke you've always got vehicles parked in the bus stop and the elderly won't be able to get off safely. To me it seems like they're trying to squish it through wherever there is large gaps between bus routes We will see how it turns out. If it fails then I guess it'll be another 5 years before we get any kind of community bus service, and we'll have people going on and on all day about how the Handi-Van's are overbooked (due to crappy scheduling practices, although they don't want us to know that) and how there's no alternative.
  9. Peterborough Transit

    Well, it could be a test to see if running routes with no hub is feasible. I think it could work, but policies need to be in place and training needs to happen in order to make it work. They already coordinate transfers between the regular routes and the Technology Drive service, expanding that to everything else and dumping the hub all together can work. I've seen drivers even coordinating transfers mid-route occasionally. It could save some money that would be blown on transcab by eliminating some of the zones that are just barely out of reach of a regular route currently. No hub would give them the flexibility needed to stretch and fill in the holes that currently exist
  10. Peterborough Transit

    Supposedly it did, although I think its hidden away inside the garage for now. They only ordered 1.
  11. Peterborough Transit

    info on community bus has been posted to the website, it will start march 4th, frequency will be hourly, which makes sense so it can stretch farther to hit all the key points seniors want to go. They'll be looking at route options in January. I can imagine it'll be primarily targeting the clinics along medical drive, the hospital, and Lansdowne Place, maybe Talwood Drive? Possibly some of the grocery stores along Lansdowne too (parkway centre?). There is lots of options. The bus terminal is becoming overcrowded at this point, I can see it becoming even more dangerous if the next operations review recommends more routes to be added. I'll laugh if the community bus is forced to dump its passengers on the other side of the road across from the bus terminal when the Fleming bay is occupied.
  12. Peterborough Transit

    If someone could update the wiki, 05-08 are retired now, sent to the scrap yard. Also 5 2017 Novabus LFSes were delivered last month, numbered 7217 through 7617. It's interesting drivers and dispatch still refer to them as 72-76 despite the extra two numbers.
  13. Peterborough Transit

    Stat holiday buses will continue in 2018, RFP coming sometime early 2018 for smartphone app, solar powered screens for bus shelters at Trent and Fleming to show when the next bus is arriving. They'll be most cost effective there because the frequency is significantly higher than anywhere else in the city Bus shelters have been back ordered several months because everyone wants them apparently, so now we have random holes cut out in the sidewalks by those bus stops that were getting them. I don't quite understand why you would dig the hole before you have the supplies to fill it in, but this is Peterborough after all. Route review coming in 2019/2020, once the bus garage moves out of the townsend yard they may move to multi-hub or no hub at all to better suit it. Keeping the single hub will mean large amounts of deadtime spent shuttling buses back and forth from the garage for changeoffs. The only reason it works now and is affordable is because of its proximity to the bus terminal, anyone who does a changeoff and has their car parked at the Simcoe garage can just walk back to the terminal.
  14. Peterborough Transit

    they had one particularly going to the Walmart on Chemong, when I got off the Fleming bus at the terminal around 10 this morning they had one sitting in the Chemong bay (destination sign said 98 WALMART), and another sitting in the Monaghan bay (99 Lansdowne Place) I bet the costs for those services will just be tacked on under the table for this years budget, staff salary allocated in the budget last year already gone over by 400k, might as well go for broke at this point. Seems like that every year. I guess the difference might be pulled out of reserves to cover it
  15. Peterborough Transit

    So its quite hilarious the city went from having no plans to add extra buses for Black Friday yesterday, to having them going up and down Chemong Road and Lansdowne Street all day today. Seems pretty disorganized but at least they did it instead of just letting the regular routes get overloaded
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