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  1. bsnider001

    OC Bus Spottings

    Looks like that same bus might be doing the 11:30 am trip back from Bayshore to Lincoln Fields as well. I've seen DDs on the 101 (and the 103), but usually only during peak periods, and usually they're from St-Laurent (or Orleans, in the case of the 103) in the morning and from Moodie in the afternoon, so I'd say that's a rare spotting.
  2. bsnider001

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    If you noticed, I winked... it was a joke... geez.... I'm aware we (Ottawa) don't have any Nova artics, nor do we (Ottawa) have Nova HEVs... Definitely seems like a lot of the Novas are in service though, I saw quite a few of them yesterday evening on various routes (didn't catch fleet numbers, sadly). One was on a westbound 61 when I saw it at Albert and Bank around 5:00 PM yesterday. Only saw the rear though, didn't see whether it was heading to Terry Fox or Stittsville.
  3. bsnider001

    GOA transit news, info etc

    Can't wait for the OC Transpo mistakes thread to blow up from this... LOL
  4. bsnider001

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    Clearly it was a Nova HEV artic
  5. bsnider001

    OC Bus Spottings

    Pretty sure the south end of R2 is South Keys, so technically it should be alternating between 'R2 South / Sud' and 'R2 South Keys'. I've also seen that reversed, with some route exposures showing South Keys, but ending at Greenboro (the old 87 exposure comes to mind). The 87 used to be '87 South Keys /via Riverside Dr /via prom Riverside but ended at Greenboro, not South Keys. The 97 only serves Lees southbound because the 98 doesn't run north of Greenboro after around 10 pm, and there wouldn't be any direct service after 10 pm between Lees and South Keys otherwise. That said, I wonder why the 97 isn't the bus going to Lees, since the 98 snakes through Greenboro already. The 95 always serves Lees eastbound, as the 91 only runs until around 6 pm. I'd also like to know why the 95 can go from Cambrian/Barrhaven Centre to Trim on one trip, but the 97 cannot be scheduled from Airport to Bayshore/Bells Corners on the same trip... but that's a discussion for another day... Also, I saw a D60LFR (6619?) with its engine bay open just west of Bayshore stop 2A this morning (around 8:10 am) with cones out and four ways on.
  6. bsnider001

    OC Bus Spottings

    Wouldn't call that a "proper sign", but then again, in my opinion, OC Transpo is terrible at destination sign exposures. R2 Bayview would have been an improvement. I would like them to re-program the destination exposures with how routes get to their destinations, rather than just the destination. Especially when the LRT opens, any route that goes to Tunney's Pasture, Hurdman, and/or Blair is going to confuse passengers. Imagine somebody taking an 82 Bayshore from Tunney's Pasture all the way to Bayshore, when the 57, 61, 62, 63, 64, etc. are all basically direct service (excluding the 250's and 260's, of course). If you're newish to the city, and you see your destination, you'll hop on that bus, not knowing it'll potentially take 60 minutes instead of 25 minutes.
  7. bsnider001

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    I didn't know the 88 Baseline ran mid-day... might have been a fill-in? Usually the 88 gets artics during that time. Was it from Hurdman or from Kanata? I still have yet to ride a Nova... somebody I know rode one today on the 168 Bridlewood late in the morning today (around 10 am)... jealous...
  8. Teron and Penfield/Beaverbrook actually had three of the really old 12-8-8 lights as of April 2015, but it looks like 2/3 have been replaced since then: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.3293615,-75.8994734,3a,75y,71.97h,100.42t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sJ9jVj1D5Ndl_q6Pqzhzp4w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 https://www.google.com/maps/@45.3291799,-75.8995363,3a,63.3y,50.36h,113.06t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sp28_aWuIhdgVVVTRD6eNGw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Southbound Teron had the only 12-8-8 at this intersection that wasn't the same spec. I also want to point out this: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.3293541,-75.8993473,3a,15y,19.07h,88.94t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s0v-aeU1azBvfmfOwoIghFA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 The top section seems to be similar to many of the newer walk signals, but the bottom is yellow (not black) and Ottawa-style countdowns (as opposed to newer Toronto-style signals)… possibly a city-wide 1-off?
  9. Not sure if this belongs here, as it's not really related to countdown lights, but does anybody know how old the 12-8-8 traffic signal is here? https://www.google.com/maps/@45.3293613,-75.8990994,3a,75y,245.23h,95.3t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sRG_kHH3l-iSqXtDtRLL5XA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 It's in Kanata, at the intersection of Teron Rd and Penfield Dr/Beaverbrook Dr in Beaverbrook (north Kanata)... specifically the west-facing (Beaverbrook Rd facing) 12-8-8 light on the southeast corner of the intersection. I bused by there a couple of days ago and it's still there but it seems... well... old. On a separate note, all of the old traffic signals on Woodridge Cres and on Bayshore Dr have been replaced by 12-8-8 signals with reflective borders, and that was some time in the past couple of months (not sure the exact date, sadly). I also swear the green arrow on the traffic signal for southbound traffic on Holly Acres Rd at the Highway 417 off ramp (the one on the southwest corner, facing north) has been LEDified, but no other light on that signal has been changed... there are a few other signals that have been completely replaced at that intersection, but I don't know of any signals in Ottawa with just one single bulb replaced like this...
  10. bsnider001

    OC Bus Spottings

    Pretty sure one of the new Nova LFS buses was on the 665 Bell H.S. this morning. I was on the 97 Bells Corners at Westcliffe/Robertson at around 8:35 am and it was coming from Kanata on Robertson eastbound about to turn right onto Westcliffe. I didn't catch the fleet number as my 97 pulled away a few seconds before I had a chance. Speaking of the 97 I was on, it sounded really rough.. IIRC it was a D60LF (possibly 6393?), but it didn't seem to be running very well... I got on at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and felt vibrations all the way to work...
  11. bsnider001

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    I've not yet ridden one either, but I've seen quite a few of them...
  12. bsnider001

    OC Bus Spottings

    I always thought it was 'A1MESSAGE' but because the rear display is only so many pixels wide, we only see 'A1ME'. Every time I see that message though, the front and side destination signs usually are blank/off... so your reasoning of an error is quite possible.
  13. bsnider001

    Old OC Transpo routes....

    The D96 (now 61D) to Hurdman/St-Laurent (eastbound) exists, yes. I'm specifically talking about the D96 SPECIAL KANATA (westbound) PM trips, they don't exist anymore.
  14. bsnider001

    Old OC Transpo routes....

    You'd be correct about the extension to Lincoln Fields Stn for the east/south end express routes at the time. Specific trips were extended from Lebreton Stn to either Tunney's Pasture Stn, or (more often) Lincoln Fields Stn. Likewise, west and southwest express routes had specific trips that ended at Blair Stn instead of Hurdman Stn. I know the 97X Nepean N. via Bayshore were the rush hour extensions on Woodridge Cres, before the 85 took over exclusive service on Woodridge from Bayshore Stn. The D96 SPECIAL Kanata was also an interesting one, and I'm assuming it was abolished because of a lack of service to Eagleson Park N Ride. Similar to the 61 and 66 exposures, there was at one point a 62 Kanata Eagleson Glen Cairn, which was a result of combining routes 62, 63, and 64 into one express route (which is now connexion route 267). When I went to Algonquin College and was taking the 118 (now the 88) often (between Kanata and Baseline Stn) there was also a 118 Place d'Orleans Hurdman exposure (from Baseline Stn), which were very underused between Hurdman and Orleans, and consequently shortened to end at Hurdman Stn like the rest of the 118 trips.
  15. bsnider001

    OC Bus Spottings

    4607 is parked at Bayshore Station this morning around 8:05 am, currently out of service
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