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  1. Portage is going to reveal a few service options at an event tomorrow night. A few options are on the table - fixed-route service, dial-a-ride service, or a hybrid of both. Seeing as the article mentions “routes” (plural) and the lady quoted in the article mentioned that the dial-a-ride/on-demand option would serve the entire city, I’d guess that the fixed-route option would involve a mini-network, similar to what Isaac posted above, rather than a Selkirk-esque giant loop around the city. https://portageonline.com/local/feasibility-study-reveals-potential-public-transit-options-for-portage
  2. No mention of evening service, either. In addition, the fact that the 90 isn’t being modified means that Transcona Boulevard will have peak-direction-only service at rush hour, though Lakeside Meadows already does (why can’t the 42 be bidirectional, like the 67?).
  3. I rode the 101 this afternoon. The times the app gave were pretty accurate. They are dynamic, as well, so if the bus spends a long amount of time sitting at a red light, the tone will change (for instance, when I boarded it, the app gave an ETA of 3:42, which changed to 3:43 while the bus was waiting to turn onto Route 165).
  4. New schedule is out. The 83 will go back to its reduced schedule from last year, so it will only have two buses all day - even at rush hour.
  5. Rebuilding the low 100s, as well. Do you know how long it will be until they start rebuilding the newer LFRs (i.e. the ones with A/C units on the roof)?
  6. The second time I rode a D60LF, I sat in one of the seats on the turntable since there were none available in the back row, and as cool as it was to watch the bus work its magic around 90° turns, it was annoying to have to move my feet every time someone wanted to get on or off, so I know where you’re coming from. In any case, regardless of the model or how it’s powered, I’m just glad to see we’re getting more artics (even if I know they’re not gonna show up on the routes I ride on a regular basis).
  7. Agreed. And they need to go on other routes, as well - while I can’t call this an unbiased opinion since I live half a block from Portage, the 21 needs them at certain times of day. Same with the 11, especially at night.
  8. And those who do phone will need to call 311 rather than going directly to the driver. In any case, that change will make the DARTs harder to ride, if only marginally so, for anyone whose trip doesn’t originate in a DART area, even if it terminates in one.
  9. The details about the On-Request pilot project are finally available. As expected, it will operate in all three of the current DART zones. The app will be made available on Friday. Notably, the website says that “bookings are required before using the On-Request service to ensure there is enough room for everyone.” I wonder whether that means the 101 and 102 won’t observe their terminals anymore (the 110 doesn’t anyway). Full details can be found here.
  10. 40-footers have been showing up on the DARTs quite a bit lately. Just the other day, I saw 365 on the 110.
  11. Looking at the website, I see nothing about that changeover, but seeing as WT hardly even acknowledges that the DARTs exist, I’m not surprised by that. Did you see when the new service will start?
  12. Are there any plans to dispatch these buses more widely, rather than only on certain rush-hour runs?
  13. Especially worrying is that Kevin Klein - the only City Councillor who voted against the TMP - is said to be considering a run for mayor (the article on the Free Press’ website is paywalled, but if you have a library card, you can read the article here). If he wins, who knows what will happen?
  14. One page 3 of this document, there is a note that TMP implementation will begin in 2023.
  15. A driver once told me that they came with A/C units, but that WT had them removed. A check of the API shows that the 110 had 170 today, likely for the same reason.
  16. The new schedule is out. Notably, the 22 has been converted into a fully-unidirectional route, with the 21 providing service to and from Assiniboia at both rush hours.
  17. They’ve been looking for excuses to cut service since before the pandemic. That, combined with the fact that it will be the summer change, when they reduce everything anyway, means the chances of that happening are non-existent.
  18. The data on TransitFeeds expires on June 19th, so I’d imagine there will be one on the 20th. That’s still three weeks out, and since COVID, we’ve been lucky to be notified more than a week in advance.
  19. Something I just noticed is that, as you can see by comparing the dash size, the 693 will remain a rush-hour-only route in the short term (seen at left), but will be converted to an all-day route in the long term (seen at right).
  20. Yeah, the Portage corridor is a nightmare at rush hour for that reason. If you’re waiting for an express bus on WB Portage, as I’ve learned the hard way waiting for 22s and 25s at U of W, you’re gonna be there for a while due to the sheer amount of traffic. Same here. If ever I’m headed to KP from downtown, I like to take the 43 for that reason - it’s the only mainline route to KP that doesn’t go up Higgins, though when I have ridden the 44 or 47, there hasn’t been an issue. Isn’t that bridge gonna be for buses (and likely AT) only?
  21. I’m sad to see that they’re removing service from Whytewold Road, as I live a block and a half from there and so I ride the 83 to/from Unicity quite often, as it’s a quieter and geographically nicer alternative to the 21, but I’ll still have a one-seat ride to get there and back with the new plan. I’m also kind of excited to see that in addition to extending the BLUE west to Unicity, they’re gonna extend it east to St. Vital Centre in the long run. I’ve gone there for Christmas shopping a couple times due to the reliable transit access, and being able to make that trip without having to make a transfer downtown will be good.
  22. The changes to the southwest will be quite minor, so that might be a good place to start. Zone 2 might also be a good place to change early, as few routes currently serve that area and the replacements will largely parallel current routes (not to mention I that I live in Silver Heights and would personally benefit from a westward extension of the BLUE). And yet its sister route (the 690) will remain.
  23. IRPW is meeting on Friday, and the first item on the agenda will be TMP. Here’s hoping that goes better than last time.
  24. Is the seating layout any different? Or is the only difference the securements?
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