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  1. Reinforcements for the festival crowds, no doubt. They were running 3 40-footers earlier in the day.
  2. The extension hinges on them "finding savings" to pay for it, which they won't find... until just before the provincial election. Then, surprise, the money will be there.
  3. Given that ridership goes down with every improvement, not doing anything might actually turn things around.
  4. The printers are part of the Driver Control Unit, so unless those are being replaced with standalone units (which is a rumour that was floating around last year), the printers can only be disabled. If the HSR got rid of paper tickets and monthly passes once-and-for-all, then the amount of paper transfers required would be quite low.
  5. The 1/3 door that stays closed until needed is to direct people closer to the front of the bus, for ergonomic reasons. Drivers would have to turn more than 90 degrees to interact with passengers on the older Novas. That doesn't sound terrible until you remember that the driver is belted in - or should be - so all that turning is done from the waist up. That could lead to neck/ shoulder/ back issues.
  6. Interesting. Not a bad thing, but I didn't think that they could get that specific with options when ordering buses. Otherwise, I would have expected them to also request that the 4-ways not flash when the doors are open, something they have disabled on all previous models.
  7. Maybe for low-ridership routes, but not to change out at night. Any cost benefits that might come from a smaller bus would be largely negated by the extra mileage and manpower required to swap buses in the evening.
  8. I remember talking to a guy in the transit industry from Quebec a few years ago. One of the things he said was that the HSR had a great, classic name and logo... right up there with the TTC. I think that the consultants - to their credit - realized this where city council didn't. This is probably as close as they could get to recommending not to change it without actually saying not to change it. As for any improvements they may recommend, it's not coming via the lump sum the HSR requested. That was turned down. The city will have to use the gas tax revenue for transit like other municipalities.
  9. I saw 1513 heading towards the garage on Upper James around the noon hour today. I noticed that the yellow stripe is not quite the same colour used by the HSR. Wasn't that an issue with some of the New Flyer buses a few years back (ca. 2008)?
  10. Multiple 60-footers on Delaware, all branches, not just 5A/5C. I can't confirm it was all Delaware buses - of which there would be 12 - but I did not see a 40-footer. Don't know if something was going on in the west end, or this is a new regular thing (as Winter schedules began on Sunday).
  11. There may be time-of-year restrictions, but shorts are provided by the company.
  12. Everyone uses cheat sheets when they start. You can tell the new drivers; they're the ones with index cards on the transfer clip.
  13. This is indeed fairly recent. And they have already done this to some of the XN40s.
  14. Looks like the new buses are starting to go into service. I noticed #1434 on King this morning.
  15. That could have waited until the terminal is completed, which is supposedly going to be early in the new year. With the fall schedules, there will be 28 buses serving the south doors of the college each peak hour (14 northbound and 14 southbound). It's going to be crowded around there.