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  1. How long, typically, does it take to construct a NEW diesel bus, 40 or 60 ft.? These 60 footers are sure takin' a long time to be built Pa.
  2. The safety shields being installed on all 630 WT buses couldn't catch a fly. You don't much plastic for $1.3 M + installation labour these days I guess. Minneapolis' Metro Transit has a slightly different system, with an automated rollup plastic instead of the slider that we have. If the system that WT chose doesn't do much then we taxpayers will just have to put $ for something better. The thing between both systems is those fareboxes prevent the proper covering. Here's a 2016 news clip from CBS 2 New York of an individual who reaches for the operator beyond the already installed bus driver shield.
  3. I thought that there would never be the day when Tom would jump to the lefty Free Press. Why would he do such a thing?
  4. There looks like some water pipe replacement going on near and at the Misericordia Hosp. There is a pile of gravel at where the 17 buses stop.
  5. In the "old" days, when people used to read an actual newspaper, the Ex would have in their ad or WT would have it, the running frequency of the Ex shuttle. But now that people are on these "smartphones" they need to come up with another way I guess. I stopped going to the Ex when they moved to their current location. Didn't at the time wanna ride on a sticky hot bus all the way past the Perim. Hwy. from downtown.
  6. I noticed few passengers, maybe 5 or less on the 11 Portage bus I took from Sherbrook heading east early Thurs. afternoon. Bumped into DavidW and we rode the 60 Pembina together northbound in OV when I got off at The Bay. Most seats were occupied. Rode the "blue luminator bus", no. 369 at 7:56 pm on the 29 Sherbrook. There were not many on the 66 Grant around 8 pm from Stafford heading west. Didn't notice whether people paid or not. I didn't hear too many BEEPS. One woman insisted she scan her transfer. i told her not to worry about it. So WT may have lost some $ but maybe as much as in May not more, due to fewer passengers riding today.
  7. That link doesn't work. Can you repoint it to the link again?
  8. Winnipeg Tribune September 17, 1955 The Days of the Maryland Dinky (link) Something rather unique could have been claimed for the Winnipeg Transit system, about a half century ago, because for a year or more it operated possibly the shortest branch line of any organization of its kind in the world. It was actually not more than 200 yards from terminus to terminus. It was unique also in that it was the first one-man electric streetcar to run in Winnipeg, and what is even more remarkable, although it ran for about 12 hours every weekday, not a single fare was collected nor a transfer issued. Just a few people might remember what was known as the Maryland Dinky. Almost a duplicate of the famous Toonerville Trolley in appearance, it made the round trip across Maryland Bridge every few minutes from seven in the morning until seven in the evening, connecting with regular cars for the city near the Misericordia Hospital. And still in reminiscing mood, no conductor or motorman who was running on Portage at the time will ever forget the opening of the Eaton's store on July 17th, 1905. Prior to that date when once a westbound trolley got away from Main St. it usually had its complement of passengers, but with the opening of Eaton's all this changed overnight. The comment of an Irish conductor will convey a faint impression of what I mean. He was heard to remark "Portage Avenue! Sure and it ain't what it used to be at all, at all. Faith and it used to be a heavenly run -- just a heavenly run, but now its nothing but women and parcels and kids and more women and kids, and they're none of 'em angels either. Believe me I'm booking onto a St. Boniface run next change." And he did. And now just a brief glance at the rate of pay and the working hours of those days. During the few years I was employed as a motorman, wages rose from a beginner's rate of 16c per hour to 21 or 22 cents, while 2 years of service was rewarded with the maximum rate of pay which rose during the same period from 21 c to 26 or 27 c per hour, and while the cost of living was low in comparison with today, one had to exercise economy to raise a family on that pay. Most of the regular runs called for a ten hour day, six days a week, but there were a few 9 hour runs and several 12 hour runs. On all the principal routes was one shift known as an "Early and Late" which stretched out occasionally even longer than 12 hours.
  9. I'm working at improving the Winnipeg Transit Wikipedia page, especially citing its early 20th century history. Did a search for Suburban Rapid Transit Company. Stumbled on Sept. 1920 ad that Winnipeg Electric Railway Company was so PISSED over being told to remove their tracks (at their expense) in the North Main area in 1920 that they took out a full page ad in the Trib: That The Public May Know The Facts Manitoba Legislature Altered the Contract THE COMPANY’S FRANCHISE WITH THE CITY WAS ALTERED BY THE MANITOBA LEGISLATURE when it passed the Public Utilities Act in 1912. The effect of passing that act was to tack on to the provisions of the act, GIVING ABSOLUTE JURISDICTION TO THE COMMISSION OVER STREET RAILWAYS, THEIR OPERATION AND THEIR RATES OF FARE TO BE CHARGED. Numerous orders have been made by the Commission changing the provisions of the contract, including changes of fares. On City’s application franchise rights of W.E.R.Co. & W.S. & L.W. Rly. Co. Interfered with by commission. The effect of the first application by the City of Winnipeg under the act was to infringe on franchise rights. In June 1912, the City made application against Winnipeg Electric Railway Company and Winnipeg, Selkirk & Lake Winnipeg Railway Co. For an order requiring the construction of a double streetcar track on Main Street North to the new City Limits, the removal by Winnipeg, Selkirk & Lake Winnipeg Railway Company of its tracks of its tracks off of Main Street North, and for operation of the Winnipeg Electric system to the new City limits. The order was made as asked for by the City, notwithstanding the fact that the Winnipeg, Selkirk & Lake Winnipeg Railway Company had an exclusive franchise covering the area between the old City limits and the new City limits. The Selkirk Company was obliged to tear up its tracks and give up what rights it had within this area – a clear interference with the franchise of the Selkirk Company. On City’s application Commission forced W.E.R. Co. To expend large sums to take care of stray currents Again, the City asked the Commission for an order requiring the Company to put in a very expensive system to take care of stray currents (electrolysis). This order was made as asked for by the City and resulted in an expenditure by the Company of approximately $200,000. The Company contended at the time that this was a clear violation of its contract. Under the contract, the City Engineer, had to approve of the type of construction, including all appliances for preventing damage by electrolysis. All of the Company’s lines have been built under this approval. FARES Templeton Ave., West Kildonan IN A NUMBER OF INSTANCES THE COMPANY’S FARES HAVE BEE INTERFERED WITH BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION. The Company is required to carry passengers in the Rural Municipality of West Kildonan, outside the Winnipeg City limits, and in the exclusive territory of the Selkirk Company, at City fares. East Kildonan In East Kildonan the City fare was extended and tickets were ordered to be sold at rates greatly under the franchise rates. Municipality of Assiniboia The Suburban Rapid Transit Fares in the Municipality of Assiniboia were reduced below franchise rates and the City fare extended to Deer Lodge. Numerous other orders were made by the Commission involving large sums of money by the Company. WINNIPEG ELECTRIC RAILWAY COMPANY September 10, 1920
  10. Yes, but after we're all buried 6 ft. under for a while. After WW III has occurred. After Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome kinds of scenarios. THEN and only then can Winnipeg can have a light-rail system. And only the cheapest colnstruction version of it. Of course I mostly jest.
  11. In the area between Ft. Rouge Stn. and Osborne Stn. sits a few of those fancier transit signs. It's fairly far away and the vehicle is traveling too fast and my eyesight not as young as it used to be. Does anyone know why they are being stored there, and what are some of labels on the signs? If I were to point my camera phone out the window as we whoosh by at 80 km/h 🚶🏼‍♂️, wonder if later on in editing I could freeze frame it to see better details. Or are there people here (cough cough) who regularly visit the FRG (cough cough) who can do a photo of the "clump" while standing completely stationary (cough).
  12. The Transit Master Plan study does include a look at and possible implementation of service beyond the Perim. Hwy., so then they'd need more of these PSV operating licenses.
  13. That should be in the Transit Museum! That trailer is at least from about 1972, possibly earlier?
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