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  1. MTA NYCT Subway/Bus discussion

    That's a SuperLo! Is it a loaner from GO Transit or a demo from ADL?
  2. Celebrity Death Thread

    Japanese supercentenarian Nabi Tajima, the last living verified person born in the 19th century, has died at the age of 117: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nabi-tajima-dead-worlds-oldest-person-117/
  3. STO and OC Transpo Routes

    This page has been posted here before, but it explains the rationale behind OC Transpo's first 1980s route renumbering, coinciding with the opening of the Transitway in 1983. Perhaps the biggest change I found is that the south-end peak-period routes were to be numbered in the 30s, but the next renumbering put them in the 40s:
  4. STO and OC Transpo Routes

    The 91 was a rather strange route, and one that didn't last long with that number, either. Route 12 was one of three express routes the OTC inaugurated in 1970, along with route 10 and 11, and it continued to operate until it was renumbered route 91 in 1985. In 1984, it took over route 55, which linked Hurdman Station to the industrial parks along Michael Street, Sheffield Road and Hawthorne Road in Ottawa's east end, and it ended up being an express route west of downtown, and a regular-fare peak-period route east of downtown. In 1986, route 91 as split into two pieces, with the 91 serving the west end, and route 191 serving the east. Route 91 was cancelled and merged with route 156 in 1987, while at the same time route 191 was replaced by a peak-period extension of route 144.
  5. STO and OC Transpo Routes

    I was flipping through some papers at my Mum's places yesterday and I found this pamphlet from 1986 about OC Transpo's route numbering convention. Issued on 21 April 1986 at the tail end of OC's second system-wide route renumbering of the 1980s, it explains the rationale behind the numbering scheme used up until December 2016: OC Transpo Numbering Scheme 1986-1A.pdf OC Transpo Numbering Scheme 1986-2A.pdf
  6. STO and OC Transpo Routes

    It looks as if route 37 went back at least as far back as January 1978, though it wasn't in service yet in Sept. 1976, and it kept its number through the 1980s renumberings until becoming route 237 in 2016. Here are some screenshots showing the Orleans portion of route 37 from 1978 to 1993. In all cases, the route continued to downtown Ottawa, where it travelled via Albert and Slater Streets to end at first at Albert and Booth Streets, and later at Lebreton Station once the Transitway opened in June 1983. Sept 1978 (including peak-period route 37A in Orleans): Sept. 1979 (extended to cover the former route 37A): Sept 1980 (rerouted to serve Jeanne d'Arc Blvd. between Orleans Blvd. and Decarie): Dec. 1982: March 1984: Sept. 1986 (rerouted onto Champlain Street in 1985): June 1990: June 1993:
  7. GOA transit news, info etc

    Yes, the GM artics had back-door boarding, introducing the POP concept as soon as they entered service. In fact, there were arrows and Xs on the centre and rear doors to indicate that one side was for boarding and the other for disembarking: http://public.fotki.com/esbdave/canadian-transit/ontario-transit-agencies/oc-transpo/oc-transpo-8215f.html
  8. Yes, the temporary stop stands are old wheel rims. No, this rim did not come from a Fishbowl. Fishbowl rims had only five holes in them, so this might be a low-floor rim:
  9. STO and OC Transpo Routes

    I just searched on the website for the timetables after 04/24/2018 and voilĂ . No trick to it, really.
  10. STO and OC Transpo Routes

    The new maps for routes 99 and 299 are now available on octranspo.com:
  11. Albany (CDTA)

    The CDTA posted this photo on Facebook today: https://www.facebook.com/RideCDTA/photos/a.474715344066.247503.173703599066/10155559008999067/?type=3&theater
  12. Here are a few pics of the new NovaBus driver's window design: Photo by NovaBus Photo by @MTL66
  13. According to the production lists I've seen, including the one in the wiki, OC Transpo's 81xx and 82xx 40' buses were 1982 buses delivered in late 1981. In fact all of the buses were in a single serial number sequence, starting with 8101 to 8122, then 8240, then 8231 to 8239. Something to keep in mind is that the model years run from September to August, and the VIN reflects this.