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  1. Peterborough Transit

    Apparently a report on the affordability program is coming to council in Q1 of 2018, not going to be implemented until 2019. I bet community bus will get pushed back to Q3/Q4 2018 since Jones has proven he can only work on a single task at a time, meanwhile the city has a 130k bus sitting in the yard gathering dust. I'd laugh if it gets left outside all winter and they go to start er up and it doesn't turn over because the battery went flat. Real time bus information is only listed as "ongoing" and that might as well be interpreted as, not in 2018.
  2. Peterborough Transit

    There is some interesting bits of information from the Transportation Sub Committee in regards to accessibility compliance, "Community Bus Update Kevin Jones reported the vehicle is almost ready for delivery. Popular handivan destinations (hospital, Lansdowne Place, Peterborough Square) will be mapped out in the Fall to help develop route options. Route options will be presented for community feedback, including feedback from the Transportation Sub-Committee. The program launch is aiming for Spring 2018. No pre-registration will be required, the route will run like a conventional transit route." - seriously? none of the planning was done in advance? what a waste of time, I swear Jones sits in his office all day and does nothing. Jones has failed Vassiliadis again. I think this one will tick some drivers off that think the automated announcements are annoying, they usually have the PA volume turned as low as it can go and nobody can hear it while the bus is banging over the potholes in the roads. Taking away their control over it will be better for customers, though might piss some of em off. "Transit On-Board and Pre-Board Announcements Martin Ward reported that in the future, as the system is updated, Transit’s goal is to incorporate an ambient noise control valve so the volume will increase as the noise on the bus increases. This feature is not available with the current system. All current systems will be checked in the next two weeks to ensure the announcement systems are working as intended. The checks of the announcement systems will now be incorporated in the safety check that will be conducted every six months." "Transit Affordability Program Kevin Jones reported the program will not move forward in 2017 and will be revisited in 2018." He really does sit in his office and do nothing. "Accessible Spots on Conventional Transit Trish Reed reported accessible spots on conventional transit are being used by riders with strollers. An awareness campaign is needed to promote the intended use of priority and courtesy seating. It is also important to note that not all disabilities are easily recognized by others." To my knowledge this really isn't a problem, transit is first come first served. If the stroller was on the bus first they can't be expected to leave the vehicle to make room for someone who has a disability, under AODA. It's even stated right in Peterborough Transit's Courtesy seating brochure: • "Drivers Personal Radios Committee Members reported that the use of driver’s personal radios on the conventional buses makes it even more difficult to hear the on-board announcements. Martin Ward asked Committee Members to let him know at the next meeting if this is still an issue." - Lots of drivers use their own radios on the bus. At first I thought it was included with the novabus itself, then realized it was a portable one they brought on. I can agree some drivers crank them way up to drown everything else out. "Code for Stop Announcements Marie Bongard reported that a driver stated that they were unable to turn on the audible announcement because they did not have the ‘code’." I don't think our announcement system even has a code. It comes on in its main menu soon as the bus is turned on. She can remember the destination code for the sign and her login for the farebox, yet not for the announcement system? Nonsense.
  3. Peterborough Transit

    It would appear so? If he did get off his butt and do something then he deserves a medal for his effort. Even then the deal could still be declined and then its back to square one.
  4. Peterborough Transit

    Looks like we (possibly) dodged the bullet this time. I'm surprised the city struck a deal with the union. Nothing is guaranteed yet. http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2017/10/25/tentative-peterborough-transit-deal-reached
  5. Peterborough Transit

    Well I would bet there will be an army of pissed off people outside City Hall if it does happen, anytime transit is getting attacked in any way,by the City, people come crawling out of the woodwork to defend it. The city has a high chance of losing on this if their past flops are anything to go by. Throw money at the problems to make em go away. Same situation here.
  6. Peterborough Transit

    I can't see that happening, if it does then there will be a lot of very angry people. Although I wouldn't be surprised if the city decides to try and screw them anyways and ends up losing.
  7. Peterborough Transit

    66 is no longer restricted to the Trent Express, its been floating around on different routes for the past couple weeks. Since the pilot project for TOBI is over it's has basically been abandoned. It has a lot of issues with long stop names running out of room to display properly. Most of the ads are out of date by now on it as well. New management is making a splash by the looks of it,
  8. Peterborough Transit

    Right, they are.
  9. Peterborough Transit

    Spotted another new nova in service, its numbered 7317. So supposedly 5 buses were delivered in this batch, 72-76. also seems they changed the Trent West Bank route as it was too hard to meet the schedule with traffic and too many riders. Fleming Sherbrooke also has problems with overcrowding in the morning rush, although nothing on how the student association and Peterborough Transit is going to address that issue for now.
  10. Peterborough Transit

    The staff report specifically quoted "IE Arboc", although what exact model is unknown. Since this is going to be a fixed-route service I'd assume they would pick a larger vehicle, not one of those 12 passenger van types.
  11. Peterborough Transit

    Caught a new nova bus out in service tonight. It does not follow Peterborough Transit's current numbering scheme, it's numbered 7617 and has numbers on its rear bumper too. Was on the Ashburnham route. Had new bus smell even from the outside. Would assume this batch is the replacements for the Orion VIs that got sold recently. Would assume starting next year our first gen novas will be on the way out the door. Probably some of them are expansion units for community bus service when the 30 footer is broke/needs maintenance. Will keep my eyes peeled for that 30 foot bus we're getting sometime this month as well. .
  12. Peterborough Transit

    the ghost van was sitting at the end of the line when I went by the yard Thursday. Looks like it was one of the older models.
  13. Peterborough Transit

    Apparently the driver's health and safety committee wants to do air quality tests on all of the buses, at the garage, and at the bus terminal. With all the plastics the nova's use I wouldn't be surprised if they don't like what they find. Regardless doubt the levels would be high enough to warrant any action being taken
  14. Peterborough Transit

    Finally somebody to take out the trash. I hope he doesn't end up like Gary Noakes where he just has his head stuck in the sand, believe the guy before Noakes had the same issue. Seems to be a recurring theme in Peterborough.
  15. Peterborough Transit

    Second Fleming route started running today, hopped on and it went straight up Sherbrooke to Brealey to the college, could see the intersections near elementary schools it passes as being problematic for its schedule (although the Fleming Lansdowne has a similar issue with traffic, not really the fault of the route tho). The traffic gets backed up very far, could lead to potential delays. seems it serves all the regular stops along Sherbrooke, there's no express only stops along the way which I guess is better, less confusing for people. Route maps for the College Routes and the highschool routes have also been put up on their website, http://www.peterborough.ca/Assets/City+Assets/Transit/Images/High+School+routes+and+schedules.pdf http://www.peterborough.ca/Assets/City+Assets/Transit/Images/Fleming+Lansdowne+Route.pdf
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