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    Saskatoon Updates

    Apparently 10 coming this year and 10 more next year: http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/saskatoon-transit-rolls-out-new-buses-1.2960313
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    Westjet

    Perhaps problems with the airport rather than the airline or aircraft: http://atwonline.com/airports-routes/london-gatwick-runway-closure-causes-delays
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    CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    Agreed. Except for the relatively recent (90's) introduction of high power semiconductors (transistors, SCRs, etc.) nothing has really changed with power system technology in more than a century. Solid state could replace components could replace mechanical inverters and mechanical relays but that's about it. Machines are still essentially Tesla's (the guy, not the car maker) design.
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    Flair Air

    I agree, Regina and Saskatoon are probably slim pickings. Between WJ and AC there are a ton of flights to YYC and frequent connections to just about anywhere from YYC. By they time you pay for a bag (checked or carry-on) on NewLeaf, you're getting in the same territory as a seat sale on AC or WJ if you're booking a month or two or three in advance. There's definitely room for an ultra low cost carrier but I think they'd have been smarter to pick a city pair or a couple of city pairs and focus on daily or near daily service first and expand as demand grows and (good) brand reputation builds. Of course a ULCC in Canada is not going to be the same low price as the US where the infrastructure is largely paid for by government. A stable, profitable ULCC can keep WJ and AC in check and every passenger wins. Jetsgo did a great job of that until they ran out of cash. I doubt WJ and AC will pay any attention to what NewLeaf does.
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    Flair Air

    A paper airline. I give them 6-8 months before Flair cuts them off for unpaid bills. I also agree, their routing and schedule is kind of dumb the make Via Rail look convenient. They might have a fighting chance with better routing. I can sort of see for example Saskatoon to Hamilton as a popular route but why not make a stop in Winnipeg as it stands now, Saskatoon to Winnipeg would mean a trip to one of Hamilton, Kelowna or Abbotsford with at least a day layover. The reverse direction could continue on to one or both of Kelowna and Abbotsford. Then bump up the frequency. I think bargain hunters would be more tolerant of a stop or two than having a day layover. While Saskatoon only has flights 2 days a week, Regina is cut back to one day a week in March, even more useless. 3rd rate service to 2nd tier airports.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    It looks like that tender is for project management/procurement on behalf of Via, not equipment. Definitely wouldn't be an equipment builder bidding on that contract. Candidates would be consulting firms like SNC-Lavalin, Aecom, Stantec or smaller firms with procurement expertise and experience in the rail/transit realm.
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    Westjet

    Indeed, several leasing companies likely have orders in already that haven't been spoken for. In fact, if WestJet wanted to go really big, there's a leasing company with 20 A380's on order and no customers. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-18/airbus-a380-lessor-lapidus-lacking-buyers-says-he-won-t-give-up Agreed, 767s are a quick, cheap entry into the long haul transatlantic/transpacific game. Not just the cost of the aircraft but pilots and maintenance and repair.
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    Westjet

    There are leasing companies with 787s on order, I'd bet if WJ wanted some sooner they'd do the same as they did with the 737NGs and get the first ones from lessors with suitably scheduled assembly slots.
  9. Looks like there are a couple: http://www.railroadradio.net/content/view/23/131/ I just googled "CN RTC Radio Streaming".
  10. Speed tape perhaps? May it will make them fly.
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    Westjet

    That's the part I dislike about flying into YVR on WestJet, Swissport (who does baggage handling for WJ at some airports) is generally slow but they're uber-slow at YVR. Without rushing on one trip I was able to go to the washroom, wander around deciding what to eat, wait in line, order, wait and eat at Harvey's and the bags even started coming out. Now I just plan to not be leaving the airport until an hour after scheduled arrival. Abysmal.
  12. There was an article on CBC earlier today that I can no longer find where someone from the TSB said they were doing a back-course landing onto runway 05 as the ILS was for runway 23. There are similarities to American Airlines 1572 that crashed similarly due to an incorrectly set altimeter. That seems plausible with the non-precision approach.
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    Westjet

    If the cream is <100ml, yes: http://www.catsa.gc.ca/complete-item-list If the perplexus is not filled with liquid and doesn't meet any other prohibited item criteria, I don't see any reason for it to not be allowed through security. That said, technically the airline would not permit it as carry-on if it doesn't meet the carry-on size criteria which is smaller than regular checked bag size. Air Canada certainly wouldn't allow it as carry on. WestJet can be a little more forgiving but not guarantees.
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    Saskatoon Updates

    With real time tracking.
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    Saskatoon Updates

    Probably not an issue. I'm pretty sure Saskatoon has a different collective agreement than BC Transit.
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    Saskatoon Updates

    I don't think the lock-out was a bad idea. The rationale made sense but the technicality that a lock-out cannot occur when there is a case before the LRB is where I think the mistake was. It proceeded it seems on the sole opinion of the city solicitor that the case before the LRB was unrelated to and therefore not relevant to the legality of the lock-out notice. As the LRB identified the legislation/regulations does not state that the pending case needs to be related and that the LRB has never had to rule on a case like this before. Without the benefit of common law to call upon and legislation that appears pretty clear the lock-out was a risky move and it doesn't seem that council was adequately informed of the risks. It's not the job of council to research statute and common law. That's what administration is supposed to do and present the relevant information to council to make an informed decision. Council has to trust administration and it seems in this situation that trust has been breached. I can only speculate whether the poor advice was an honest mistake, incompetence or hubris. The events of Friday and Saturday point to incompetence or hubris. Neither belong in city administration. It's hard to say if/when the union will strike. The union did a good job keeping their cool during the lock-out and seems to have garnered lots of public support. If the break their word and trigger labor action in the winter, the public may not be so sympathetic. I don't think council will risk another unprovoked lock-out. If it occurs it will be in response to a strike notice. The mayor has already indicated the city will pursue a judicial review so that will either establish favorable common law (if the review favors the city) and/or the province may need to tweak statute law before it would make sense to try the lock-out thing again. The failed lock-out cost too much money, political capital and good weather.
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    Saskatoon Updates

    I'm not sure that's precisely accurate. Out of scope managers would have been working and technically any non-ATU staff would be required to cross the picket line. My bet is managers were doing light duty and interior repairs and shuttling buses to/from 3rd party shops during the lock out. 4 weeks is a lot of time to fix broken seats, burnt out signal lights and repllace windshield wiper blades and outsource a few engine/transmission repairs. If you're interested in information on common repairs and the time/effort required, check out the Altoona test reports. http://www.altoonabustest.com/buses%C2'> Really common problems are things like windshield wiper moters, starters and alternators along with traction motors in electrically propelled vehicles. Even engine replacements happen resonably quick in terms of labour. Windshield replacements can take a bloody long time. As Vern alluded to much earlier in the discussion about the Calgary buses, there is work to be done to comission them for service in Saskatoon not the least of which is installation of fare boxes and communication gear. That would probably take some time to retrofit. My guess is the Calgary vehicles will just extend the fleet enough to allow for the build up of a maintainence backlog at peak times. Either way, the whole situation is a mess. Council did the right thing, unfortunately they got some bad advice throughout from people with too much hubris to accept that they might be wrong. I think the situation and in particular the events of last Friday and Saturday mean council has lost confidence in the advice of administration. My money is on a new city solicitor and maybe HR head before the next civic election. The error of the first lock-out could be forgiven as an honest mistake but certainly not the second. Normally administration would have to go to council to aprove a $20k project. Putting a couple million on the line for a second lock-out with a similar chance of failure for the same reason as the first, without getting approval from council is unforgivable and disrespects the authority of council. It doesn't take a laywer to figure out that appealing the first ruling would mean the case related to the first lock-out is still pending and therefore for the same reason but with more relevancy it's likely the LRB would rule the second lock-out illegal. That meets the facious definition of insanity, repeating the same thing, expecting a different result. Between being obviously a bad idea and the fact that council wasn't informed until well after the second lock-out notice was served I'd have administration on such a short leash they'd have to get permission to go to the bathroom.
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    Saskatoon Updates

    The lights came when those vehicles went through refurbishing to extend their life. IIRC, the first refurbishments were done out east (Toronto area?) and then the later ones were done in house to save money. I'm not sure vehicle-wise when the switch happened. Shortly before the refurbishing program began I believe all the older buses without power steering were retired. I don't recall an exact time frame but it was some time in the mid-90's. Once again, there should be old newspaper articles off-line that are probably more reliable than my memory.
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    Saskatoon Updates

    The 1995 order was a piggyback with Calgary to get a much better price. There was an article in the Star Phoenix back in the day but alas it's not on-line so you'd have to dig it up at the Library. I believe the free shuttle was a Downtown/Riversdale/Broadway service sponsored by the business improvement districts as a pilot one summer. Also in the news back in the day but not available (AFAIK) on-line. No surprise it didn't last. All 3 areas are walkable particularly when it's nice in the summer and even easier when there were 3 usable river crossings. It's too bad Saskatoon doesn't do post-pay fares on outbound trips like Seattle so they could do a free-fare zone. Perhaps supporting the parking idea pitched by the downtown BID.
  20. This Toronto Sun article includes a quote from Bob Cummings: “This will be a financially different equation than acquiring new aircraft which cost $125 million apiece,” Given airlines get a roughly 50% discount from list, that basically narrows it to either the A330ceo or 787. I'd agree with the Dreamliner as the most likely candidate. It's advantage is there will be at least 3 sizes available with a common flight deck, much like their current 737 fleet so they won't need pilots trained for a lot of vastly different aircraft. Unlike the A330ceo which will be supplanted by a new and improved A330neo, the '87 will be current for a while so maintenance won't have to stock parts for 2 different versions for a while. That and the existing supplier relationship with Boeing. After losing American, Boeing is probably going to sharpen their pencils to keep some of their existing flagship customers like WestJet all Boeing. I'd also agree it's likely the first new aircraft will come from a leasing company to get them sooner. They did the same with the 737ng's to speed up replacement of the -200's. The lessors will probably have manufacturing slots booked and available sooner than a direct order. Boeing also has 13 787-9's on the order books from "unidentified customer(s)". WestJet could be among those.
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    Regina Transit

    Actually it's referring to Saskatoon. Someone mentioned it in the Saskatoon thread a few days ago.
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    Saskatoon Updates

    Doesn't hurt to try. I doubt it's Saskatoon's top secret "Area 51". Just ask with confidence like it's been done before and normal. It's amazing how accommodating and agreeable people can be when you ask confidently. Social Engineering 101.
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    Saskatoon Updates

    I think the convention is those represent transfer points which would include but not be limited to terminals. On the map, I think all the transfer points are superfluous to the route. In particular it appears like it may stop at Lorne Ave at Ruth Street but I don't think it does as the downtown direct bus would be on the freeway nowhere near that stop.
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    Saskatoon Updates

    Repainted 371 makes a cameo appearance in a news article today: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/saskatoon/Artists+want+reuse+barns/8469167/story.html
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