It's straight up garbage that they aren't shifting some of the XD60s around. Or rather, that they didn't while they still could've, because yes, some BLUEs are pretty problematic now. Mostly the St. Norbert runs from what I've seen, UofMs aren't as terrible. They can respond "we're monitoring ridership levels and sending extra buses as needed" to people's images of overcrowding all they want, but these extra buses are going straight into /dev/null/ for all I know since they don't even show up on the online timetables, and because they don't show on the timetables, they sure as hell aren't going to show up on the electronic displays at the actual stops. What good is a bonus run if you don't even know there's a bonus run to begin with? And the times that I think I've seen a bonus run of a 47 Regent for example, it's literally right behind another 47 Regent at Harkness waiting to get out. 😒
It's pretty infuriating to see "Mayor Selfie" Bowman show up for a photo op with some Uber suit for what was effectively a soft paper launch turned hard because he just had to drag the media out, only for him to then say that this Jason Shaw character knows all when it comes to ramping service back up, and it's very clear that guy hasn't even so much as looked at any buses lately. Really comforting to know in case SHTF with something like a tornado.
The province could be making absolute bank right now with $2500 fines all over the place if they actually bothered to give municipalities a slapping and held them to the same standards as every other business, but no. Maybe then Shaw would actually be bothered to give a damn.
Some ideas for a partial ramp:
- XD60 a 11, 21, 22, 47, 66 run every now and again.
- Restore route 77 to most of its weekday service, at least to 8 PM (6 PM cutoffs at Garden City are pretty harsh on weekdays).
- Start to revert BLUE to more and more of its original weekday service
- Possibly discontinue the all-stops bit of expresses to better balance loads between local service and current "express" service
Some drivers went a little mutiny a bit before that. Others have taken to switching it up with the elusive "OPERATING SATURDAY SERVICE" instead.