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  1. tomsbuspage

    Greyhound in the news

    The driver of the Greyhound coach that was hijacked and driven to Parliament Hill in Ottawa in 1989 has passed away at the age of 84. He never drove a bus again after that day. http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/egan-still-scarred-30-years-later-death-comes-to-driver-of-hills-hijacked-bus
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    OC Bus Spottings

    Spotted 6360 on Crownhill Street running route 23 Rothwell Heights at about 9:15 this morning.
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    GOA transit news, info etc

    Here are some railway maps showing ownership in 1935, 1991 and 1999: https://churcher.crcml.org/circle/ottawamaps.htm
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    GOA transit news, info etc

    Here's the French version, along with the Google-translated version. The entire Powerpoint presentation seems to be there: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1108179/proposition-trace-couts-2-1-milliards-dollars-26-km-train-leger-rail-ouest-gatineau https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fici.radio-canada.ca%2Fnouvelle%2F1108179%2Fproposition-trace-couts-2-1-milliards-dollars-26-km-train-leger-rail-ouest-gatineau&edit-text=&act=url
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    GOA transit news, info etc

    Here's a Google translation of the article on Radio-Canada's website. There doesn't seem to be an English equivalent on cbc.ca: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fici.radio-canada.ca%2Fnouvelle%2F1108126%2Fgatineau-train-leger-trace-transport-commun&edit-text=&act=url
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    Old OC Transpo routes....

    Actually, four of the eight 1929 routes are still running today, if you know where to look. The Crosstown bus route running from the Pretoria Bridge to Parkdale Avenue is now route 56, the Bank-St. Patrick streetcar is now route 7, the Holland-Laurier streetcar is now route 11, the Bronson-Elgin streetcar is now route 4. I have access to an extensive collection of OTC and OC Transpo system maps from the late 1940s to the present day, and I have been able to construct detailed route histories for many of Ottawa's bus routes, some of which have been around for a surprisingly long time. BTW, welcome aboard!
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    Centro (Central New York RTA)

    Centro has released a new Onondaga County system map: https://www.centro.org/docs/default-source/System-Maps/Onondaga-County-Syracuse-System-Map.pdf?sfvrsn=6
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    Transit employment threads?

    Here are two more threads to move here: https://cptdb.ca/topic/4599-becoming-a-oc-transpo-driver/ https://cptdb.ca/topic/7236-testing-session-mississauga-transit/
  9. Does anyone know what's going on with the new route 12 stops east of Vanier? Almost every westbound stop between Codd's Road and St. Laurent Blvd. has route 12 marked as a limited-service frequent route, with an orange number on a white background, within an orange outline. The only exception is at Brittany Drive, which has a normal number. All of the eastbound stops are normal too.
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    Nova Bus LFS (all models)

    Nova Bus is proud to receive its largest bus order in North America
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    Regional Transit Service - Rochester NY (R-GRTA)

    I did a double-take when I came across this headline : Nova bus lands five-year contract to supply RTS buses
  12. Um, how many years ago was the 4 Annette renamed the 26 Dupont?
  13. The Summer 2018 edition of the STO's User's Guide is now available online: http://www.sto.ca/fileadmin/user_upload/communications/PDF/Guide_de_l_usager/38-053_GuideSTO_pourWEB.pdf
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    STO and OC Transpo Routes

    I'm only speculating here, but it is possible that these malls may have acted like Kiss-and-Ride stops, where commuters might have been picked up by car to continue on to other communities. In addition, one should keep in mind that express routes charged regular fares once they left the Transitway or Queensway in the afternoon, so it is possible that riders in those communities took the express routes to the nearest mall and transferred to local routes there--and the express routes probably ran more frequently than the local routes anyway. This could even have been the case for commuters from downtown, taking the 23 to Beacon Hill and then transferring to 123 to get to Rothwell Heights, for instance.
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    OC Bus Spottings

    Spotted 6364 on route 23, turning from Ogilvie onto Blair Road at about 9:10 this morning.