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  1. Engine 3 is back in service. I could not see it's 300 number, but it looks like it had a complete paint job. Hamilton usually sends most apparatus in for refurbishing, painting and upgrades around the 10 to 12 year period.
  2. Hamilton to study opting out of Metrolinx's transit procurement program Sep 09, 2019 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark says that Hamilton may have to put the brakes on the city participating in Metrolinx’s purchasing program for buses and other transit vehicles. Clark, who last month asked city staff to review Hamilton’s involvement in Metrolinx’s Transit Procurement Initiative, said the city may be seeing an unexpected rise in the price tag to buy buses rather than saving money for its residents. “We experienced a 30 per cent increase in the cost of buses purchased through the (procurement program) through Metrolinx when that program is supposed to be saving us money,” said Clark. “You can’t end up pushing us into something that ends up costing our taxpayers.” Clark said a few of the buses that Hamilton did purchase had faulty air conditioning systems. Nitish Bissonauth, Metrolinx spokesperson, disputes the councillor’s statement, saying that HSR has a “unique bus fleet operation” and is the only transit agency in Ontario that has recently purchased compressed natural gas buses. “CNG buses are in limited supply with only two bus suppliers in the market,” he stated. “HSR did not pay more for their purchase. The decision to purchase these buses was made years ago by Hamilton city council.” In 2014 and 2017, Hamilton purchased 12-metre compressed natural gas buses. Bissonauth said the air conditioning issue in some of the buses “has been resolved” by retrofitting “by the original equipment manager of the buses.” Hamilton has been involved in Metrolinx’s procurement program since 2008, when it joined with eight other municipalities to buy 12-metre diesel low-floor vehicles. Two years later Hamilton purchased additional 12-metre diesel low-floor buses along with Barrier, Durham, London, North Bay, St. Catharines and Welland transit agencies. Hamilton also bought an eight-metre diesel specialized low-floor vehicle in 2012, and then in 2014 Hamilton purchased 12-metre compressed natural gas low-floor buses. In 2016, Hamilton bought minibuses and the following year it purchased 12-metre compressed natural gas low-floor vehicles. The procurement program was created by Metrolinx in 2006 that involved a consortium of six agencies — Barrie, York Region, Durham Region, Burlington, London and Transit Windsor, which later dropped out of the program — to purchase 12-metre low-floor vehicles. They were delivered in 2007 and 2008. The program, stated Metrolinx on its website, “has been one of North America’s most innovative transit procurement programs.” “Metrolinx is able to negotiate reduced prices by purchasing in bulk and those savings are passed on to municipalities that voluntarily choose to use the program,” said Bissonauth. Over the last 13 years, the program has worked with 49 provincial transit agencies — saving taxpayers about $25.9 million in purchasing and administration costs since March 31, 2018 to buy 1,769 buses, said Bissonauth. Hamilton, though, has not made a bus purchase under the current 2017 to 2020 contract, he said. He pointed out that in Metrolinx’s 2018-2019 annual report to be published in September, transit agency satisfaction with the procurement program is 93.2 per cent. Under the city’s 10-year transit strategy, which was initiated in 2015, the city purchased 25 new buses at a cost of $15.6 million. In the 2019 budget that was approved by councillors earlier this spring, 30 new buses were projected to be bought. By the end of 2018, HSR had 263 buses, with the projection to increase the fleet to 347 to service the city’s BLAST network. The goal of the strategy is to spend $30 million for 45 buses, which the city has identified funding areas for the purchase. There is also a plan to buy another 81 buses for $56 million, but there is no money identified for the purchase, according to the plan. City transit staff will be reviewing Clark’s request, which was approved by council, with a report expected sometime in the fall to review the benefits and “deficiencies” of participating in Metrolinx’s program. https://www.hamiltonnews.com/news-story/9587623-hamilton-to-study-opting-out-of-metrolinx-s-transit-procurement-program/
  3. Hamilton to study opting out of Metrolinx's transit procurement program Sep 09, 2019 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark says that Hamilton may have to put the brakes on the city participating in Metrolinx’s purchasing program for buses and other transit vehicles. Clark, who last month asked city staff to review Hamilton’s involvement in Metrolinx’s Transit Procurement Initiative, said the city may be seeing an unexpected rise in the price tag to buy buses rather than saving money for its residents. “We experienced a 30 per cent increase in the cost of buses purchased through the (procurement program) through Metrolinx when that program is supposed to be saving us money,” said Clark. “You can’t end up pushing us into something that ends up costing our taxpayers.” Clark said a few of the buses that Hamilton did purchase had faulty air conditioning systems. Nitish Bissonauth, Metrolinx spokesperson, disputes the councillor’s statement, saying that HSR has a “unique bus fleet operation” and is the only transit agency in Ontario that has recently purchased compressed natural gas buses. “CNG buses are in limited supply with only two bus suppliers in the market,” he stated. “HSR did not pay more for their purchase. The decision to purchase these buses was made years ago by Hamilton city council.” In 2014 and 2017, Hamilton purchased 12-metre compressed natural gas buses. Bissonauth said the air conditioning issue in some of the buses “has been resolved” by retrofitting “by the original equipment manager of the buses.” Hamilton has been involved in Metrolinx’s procurement program since 2008, when it joined with eight other municipalities to buy 12-metre diesel low-floor vehicles. Two years later Hamilton purchased additional 12-metre diesel low-floor buses along with Barrier, Durham, London, North Bay, St. Catharines and Welland transit agencies. Hamilton also bought an eight-metre diesel specialized low-floor vehicle in 2012, and then in 2014 Hamilton purchased 12-metre compressed natural gas low-floor buses. In 2016, Hamilton bought minibuses and the following year it purchased 12-metre compressed natural gas low-floor vehicles. The procurement program was created by Metrolinx in 2006 that involved a consortium of six agencies — Barrie, York Region, Durham Region, Burlington, London and Transit Windsor, which later dropped out of the program — to purchase 12-metre low-floor vehicles. They were delivered in 2007 and 2008. The program, stated Metrolinx on its website, “has been one of North America’s most innovative transit procurement programs.” “Metrolinx is able to negotiate reduced prices by purchasing in bulk and those savings are passed on to municipalities that voluntarily choose to use the program,” said Bissonauth. Over the last 13 years, the program has worked with 49 provincial transit agencies — saving taxpayers about $25.9 million in purchasing and administration costs since March 31, 2018 to buy 1,769 buses, said Bissonauth. Hamilton, though, has not made a bus purchase under the current 2017 to 2020 contract, he said. He pointed out that in Metrolinx’s 2018-2019 annual report to be published in September, transit agency satisfaction with the procurement program is 93.2 per cent. Under the city’s 10-year transit strategy, which was initiated in 2015, the city purchased 25 new buses at a cost of $15.6 million. In the 2019 budget that was approved by councillors earlier this spring, 30 new buses were projected to be bought. By the end of 2018, HSR had 263 buses, with the projection to increase the fleet to 347 to service the city’s BLAST network. The goal of the strategy is to spend $30 million for 45 buses, which the city has identified funding areas for the purchase. There is also a plan to buy another 81 buses for $56 million, but there is no money identified for the purchase, according to the plan. City transit staff will be reviewing Clark’s request, which was approved by council, with a report expected sometime in the fall to review the benefits and “deficiencies” of participating in Metrolinx’s program. https://www.hamiltonnews.com/news-story/9587623-hamilton-to-study-opting-out-of-metrolinx-s-transit-procurement-program/
  4. I personally felt that lighting should have been: Police - Red and Blue EMS - Red and White Fire - Red
  5. That will be all of the pre-amalgamation regional apparatus replaced from active service. There will only spare pre-amalgamation apparatus left for a few years. Pump 27 was the last to be delivered just before amalgamation.
  6. That is new Pump 9. L9 to L5 The rescue's will be R18 R19 R28 A spare rescue is being converted to Air 6 (A6) PC1, DC2, DC3 and spare DC vehicle are being replaced in 2020 with 4 door long box pick-ups.
  7. Saw Rescue 19 (R19) doing training at station 19 this evening.
  8. The only vehicle fire around that time. HamOnt Fire Dept @HFD_Incidents·Aug 17 NEW | F19029979 | VEHICLE FIRE | Loc: HAM @ UPPER WENTWORTH ST/KINGFISHER DR | Units: E2 | 08/17/19 15:26 Plus a few minutes latter. HamOnt Fire Dept @HFD_Incidents·Aug 17 UPDATE | F19029979 | Units: E2, L4
  9. Ladder 20 is back after being out for months.
  10. Also Ladder 20 has been running for months with a ladder that has no apparatus markings. There is no apparatus marking, L20 nor a spare number anywhere on it. I have never been able to get close enough to see it's 300 number.
  11. Here are some pictures of new apparatus for Hamilton Fire for 2019. Besides these, P 25, P 26 & P 27 are being replaced this year. E 1 & E 6 are also new for this year. Do not know where present E 1 is going. These would be the new shorter Engines for the inner city. All full time pumpers will be engines. Two new Ladders are in. One is going to L 4 and other to ???. Tower 19 will be replaced with a 30 m (105 ft) ladder. Apparently they are all in. Next year P 16, P 21 & P 26 will be replaced. All pictures are from HFD Twitter.
  12. Canadian bus company NFI acquires British double decker bus company for $546M Company formerly known as New Flyer Industries buys Alexander Dennis in 'transformational' deal The Canadian Press · Posted: May 28, 2019 9:13 AM ET | Last Updated: May 28 Bus manufacturer NFI Group Inc. has acquired Alexander Dennis Ltd., a British maker of buses, for 320 million pounds or roughly $546 million. Winnipeg-based NFI called the deal is a transformational acquisition. The company formerly known as New Flyer Industries says the deal complements its product offerings, diversifies its business and creates a platform for international growth. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/new-flyer-alexander-dennis-1.5152410
  13. HSR tests its second electric bus An electric bus from Proterra is in Hamilton for testing this week, the second model of three that the city will look at as it studies the feasibility of electric buses. HSR began testing electric buses at the beginning of December 2018. The electric bus is not in service, but is shadowing existing buses on a proposed itinerary that provides for different route geography, including three different escarpment crossings, long and short-range route options, different spans of operation to test battery drain, as well as reaching as many different areas of the city that residents may benefit from a less intrusive vehicle. A traditional HSR bus rolls up Hunter Street behind city hall past its innovative cousin. - Barry Gray,The Hamilton Spectator https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9302909-video-hsr-tests-its-second-electric-bus/?utm_source=facebook&source=the hamilton spectator&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=800pm&utm_campaign_id=transit&utm_content=video-hsr-tests-its-second-electric-bus
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