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  1. And to be fair, this information could also be someone spewing ideas that have not been discussed or voted on yet. He could just be talking out of his ass so far. But the reason I posted it is that there is a lot of good ideas there and I truly thing implementing them would be good for Durham and to improve the ridership. Personally I think the best way to improve ridership is to lower fares while adding extra service across the region.
  2. I just took info I had got from a phone call I had with someone at the region. I wrote down everything I was told and reported it. The reason I was told for all of these changes was because they are looking to boost ridership as soon as possible, as well as the fact that ridership and ridership patterns will change due to covid. A lot of the stuff he discussed with me was stuff that was talked about in the last 2 months or so. I had called in to the region to find out what was going on with routes like the 920 not running to Oshawa on the weekend, or the fact that to get to a whole new development such as Windfield farms the bus that goes by there is running every 90 minutes and anything else you have to walk a substantial distance too. The gentleman that called me back from the planning department said that all the growth and all the development permits issued in the region over the last 12 months has changed where bus service needs to be implemented. He also said that some of the areas they were planning to see redevelopment in has been pushed more so lately. Some areas they expected development starting in 2023 or later and now there are whole subdivisions being built. He also said that with the 2 amazon warehouses it is estimated that many people will travel into durham from Vaughn and Toronto among other areas and will need to get to work, hence the service running to Cornell terminal. He also said in the last 6 months there have been approximately 1000 enquiries as to why there is no direct routing to the Amazon warehouse just off Markham road and Steeles from Pickering. The gentleman I spoke to also pointed out a lot of what is in the Route Ahead 2022-2025 service plan stops short of a lot of the regions needs currently and he said that a lot of those ideas will be implemented but at the same time a lot of things that he told me and I wrote above is stuff that needs to happen faster to allow for the other services to work. He said that currently with all the demand to the 2 Amazon warehouses and the 1 off Steeles they need to build these routes fast. They also need to get more service that connects neighbourhoods to the bus services running across the region. As for all the Pulse routes, he said that there are plans for 10-12. As we know there is the existing 900 and 901. There will be an official changeover of the 902, 905, 915 and 916. So that brings it up to 6. There is going to be a Pulse bus from Cornell along 7/Winchester that will operate into Brooklin and then go down to Whitby Station. He told me there will be a new Pulse bus that will operate into Newcastle, but the details were not finalized but he said it would probably be a branch service of the 902, but it would probably start at Harmony terminal to Liberty road and down. He also talked about possibly having the 920 as a form of Pulse service. He also told me there are plans to run back to Davis/404 and run it more often. He said ridership was low when it ran before but it was because of how limited the service was and as a region they have heard many people who what that service back. If some of this stuff I was told turns out to be wrong then I will be happy to be proven wrong, but I would really hope most of this service is accurate as he did provide great ideas for improving service and to allow runs to run more often in certain areas then before. He also stated that these new routes that are being proposed would be a great way to restore service in some areas without have low ridership routes or duplication of services in some areas. The idea of running the 915 with less stops also works well for the fact that the local bus routes that would run along parts of Taunton would take more people to transfer point stops. I think these are good ideas and I hope they do implement a lot of this stuff but if not I do trust that whatever they build serves Durham well because it is clear this system is broken right now and is being held together by bandaid fixes and a lot of that was due to the cuts in service because of the pandemic.
  3. From what I understand is most local routes that were cancelled are gone and will be partially replaced by these new loop type routes starting next year
  4. The driver that I know happens to also have close ties to management. The info I got came from this driver who had received it from the higher ups in management. I consider my source pretty informed and have got lots of information before. If I didn’t trust the source I wouldn’t have said anything
  5. I have been told from 2 sources that work for DRT (one in management and one in scheduling) that the plans for 2022 are very ambitious. First the 915 will be a more frequent faster service as pulse. There will be a few less stops and to make up for the less stops will be more local service on certain routes. The idea that has been floated around is there will be a couple of new routes that serve Pickering and Ajax as well as a new route that serves Whitby and Oshawa. The route in Pickering will leave the Pickering Parkway terminal and it will go to Whites road and then north to Taunton, from there it will travel east towards Ajax and will go down Salem or Harwood and go down to Kingston Road and then proceed to Westney and over to the Ajax GO. There will be a similar route that will operate from Whitby GO and it will travel up Brock St to Taunton and then go east to Simcoe, then north to Winfield farms, turning onto Winchester heading east to Harmony and into the Harmony terminal. Another route will start at UOIT and head to Harmony terminal and then down to King and proceed onto Bond and then it will turn onto Stevenson and proceed to the Oshawa GO station. The plan for these routes is they will essentially take pressure off of other routes and it will fill voids, in certain areas where routes were temporarily discontinued and replaced with on demand. The new route that serves Taunton from Whites, towards Salem or Harwood (route to be determined), will be there for all the new houses are built. DRT is also going to be upgrading the 920 to a full 7 day a week service. Outside of rush hours all trips will be extended to McCowan station. There will also be service to Simcoe and Founders 7 days a week. Eventually that route will be extended to service Windfields farms. There will also be a new branch of the 915 that will serve, Taunton and Steeles going to Markham road and then it will proceed up to highway 7 and serve the new Cornell terminal. There will also be a route from Cornell terminal to service highway 7 to Simcoe and Winchester then over to UOIT. There are also plans to beef up service going to Uxbridge. That route will run hourly and there will be a local route in Uxbridge as well as a potential route headed back to Newmarket, but running more often then it used to. The idea behind that is to get more service running between Newmarket and Uxbridge to connect with the 905 heading south as well as GO service. Bowmanville will see the return of local bus service as well as a route that will run to Newcastle from Bowmanville. The local service will be timed to meet the 902 bus at the little bus loop over by the Loblaws on Highway 2. A lot of these service changes will be in September but some other ones will be implemented sooner, especially when the Cornell terminal opens in Markham as they want the 2 routes running soon to get the amazon employees. Amazon workers in Durham currently have no service from Markham road so the new branch of the 915 will run 7 days a week for 21 or so hours per day. Possibly with a chance to go 24 hours in the future. Amazon is also currently building a warehouse off of HWY 7 and that is the reason for the new service that will run along that corridor. A lot of these plans have been in place for a few years except the pandemic sped things up. Another thing that I was told was that they will be changing and expanding the on demand service. Currently the on demand service has a lot of limitations on where you can go using it. But soon a lot more of the on demand areas will allow for drop offs at GO stations, and major transfer points. Depending where you are in Port Perry or even Uxbridge you can only go to where you can connect to the 905 route but soon you will be able to go on demand to Harmony terminal or UOIT. It is going to be nice to see all the changes over the next year or so. Longer term plans (2023) are to see more routes either reinstated or partially replaced by more local loop type routes that connect more areas such as the loops in Pickering to Ajax and Whitby to Oshawa. There will also be some modified local routes in Oshawa, Courtice and Bowmanville to service the future GO stations. Basically the routes will be modified so that when train service finally runs the bus network will already be in place. Also for 2023 there will be a lot of changes to the local services from Pickering all the way to Oshawa. The idea will be to eliminate some of the straight North/South routes and merge portions of routes together to cover more area. Also there will be more routes that cover multiple GO stations. Pickering to Whitby will be covered by a new route that will service parts of Rossland so that when the 916 becomes a PULSE there can be less stops on the PULSE route. I saw someone else posting about certain routes and the timeline for turning into a PULSE service, but that timeline is off slightly. By the end of 2023 all the 9xx routes will be PULSE as well as several more. There are plans for around 10-12 PULSE routes in the region including 2 or 3 heading into York Region to connect to VIVA buses.
  6. Talking to a driver that I know, what apparently they are planning to do, is not actually retire any buses yet until some other buses get a midlife refurbishment. The other plan is to potentially keep buses for a possible expansion. There are plans to add more service sooner rather then later. So retiring buses now is not in the best interest. They will be doing that next year according to the driver I know, as more buses come in.
  7. All of them. I enquired years ago when they split a certain route into 2 because I would then need to transfer, and the 2 routes ran at different frequencies so you never made a connection and generally waited for 25-35 minutes. The reply was York was so big and it costs so much to run service throughout the region, that over the next several years routes will get replaced and service will be cut/split on many routes. The idea was to slow down the number of buses from running one part of the region to the other as the trips were to long and ridership is only high in small sections. So those parts where ridership is high could be 12-15 minute frequency and the areas where it’s lower would be 30-45 minutes. But the problem ends up being people that need to go further that then requires a transfer, meaning it could take longer. So of course ridership drops on those routes. What’s happened in York region especially is ridership has dropped over time on certain routes so the region has decided to cut service and raise fares to make up for lost revenue. Then more riders leave and then routes get cuts again. I have wanted them to add service on routes and bring in more viva and more express service across the region. I feel that would increase ridership. But also they need to cut the fares down. Even with presto it’s one of the highest in the gta
  8. I think this will be announced soon so customers can get ready for the launch. I heard it’s 2 trips per day in each direction. Plus an extended route 30 bus. The 29 and 25 buses are supposed to go to Kipling at the same time. There is also apparently going to be a bus from Guelph to Kitchener and London. Possibly stopping in Woodstock. Another change that’s coming will be more service to Guelph from Hamilton and Aldershot.
  9. I have heard that the resumption of the suspended service will happen by January. Basically seeing what demand looks like. There was talk pre-Covid that the pink was going to run all day and the purple was only going to go along highway 7 to Cornell terminal (when it opens). The green was also going to be changed and the pink was going to operate to McCowan. I think the green was going to be modified to operate to Richmond hill instead and change routing from don mills station by going Leslie to something and over to Richmond hill centre or maybe Bernard. It was a service plan that was going to be implemented a while back but never happened for whatever reason.
  10. I am surprised there are still reductions coming as things are opening up more. Restrictions have eased and there will be more students in universities and colleges as well as more people going back to work. Word is that the 11-7 mall restrictions are going to loosen up too so that means most malls will be open longer hours. I can see reductions coming and more overcrowding. As it is I have seen buses with lots of people on them. Especially the 23. Everytime I get on it the bus is fairly full even with people standing.
  11. I have said before that there need to be more service on the 701 to Mission, in fact I actually suggested on Facebook that there should be a 702 or whatever that is even more of an express service. It leaves Coquitlam Station and has 2 stops only. Haney Place and Mission City station. As for the 21 I have emailed BC Transit and the City of Abbotsford and suggested that it operates from 6am until 9pm or later Monday to Friday and on the weekends it operates from 7 or 8am until 9 or later. Along with that I have suggested that it runs hourly during middays, evenings and weekends and then during peak periods it runs every 20-30 minutes. The 66 is supposed to get extended to Lougheed Station which will be a bigger benefit but it will only work if the frequency is increased. The schedule right now is not enough to get people from Chiliwack or Abbotsford out of their vehicles. Another thing I would love to see is an amalgamation of transit services in the lower mainland/Fraser Valley. I would personally like to see Translink and Coast Mountain operating all service between Hope to Lions Bay and maybe even to Squamish and Whistler but that is a whole different discussion. If Translink took over service in Mission and Abbotsford all the way to Hope there could be all sorts of new transit services and even more express services. Going back to the topics I was replying to I think translink should definitely look into a hybrid of the 2050 plan with some skytrain, some LRT and more Rapidbus lines. The Rapidbus lines can easily be implemented and done sooner rather then later, and as the routes get busier then the decisions can be made about LRT. The Skytrain expansions could be built in areas we know will be necessary such as the North shore as well as into Port Coquitlam and possibly Maple Ridge.
  12. I saw the 2050 proposal and I honestly thought Translink was all in on one type, instead of a hybrid approach to it. There could be new skytrains built but also rapid bus networks and maybe even LRT in some areas that won't see ridership high enough to warrant a skytrain. I also think the idea of running bus service along the SFPR is a good idea to an extent. Over the next few years there are lots of construction delays coming to Fraser Highway, so it is going to make the trips to the skytrain longer. So having buses detour to Scott Road via the SFPR and avoiding Fraser Highway and the construction delays is a good plan, but once the skytrain opens up the SFPR routes do not need to operate. I would take one suggestion and that would be to run a bus from Aldergrove, run it express to Langley Centre, then over to Carvolth, then to Scott Road Station via the SFPR. This way anyone coming from Abbotsford on the local bus to Aldergrove has an express bus also. I know there is the 66 but that is a little more expensive then the local bus from Abbotsford. Also it allows residents of Aldergrove to have a faster bus service to the skytrain as well.
  13. This is good to see. Hopefully it means a little bit of the expansion plans from last September that were put on hold get implemented soon. The West Harbour extension is a good thing, although I have seen people on Facebook angry that it is West Harbour and not Hamilton Go Centre but the reason it is West Harbour is because it is on the way towards Niagara and there is plans to extend service to all day 7 days a week going to Niagara within a couple years. So this is just the first logical step. Hopefully in the next few months we see some later service on the Barrie Line 7 days a week and more frequent service on the Kitchener line going later in the day and on weekends
  14. I feel bad that another driver has passed away. I think that amazon needed to be shut down when the big outbreaks were happening so people could get better and not spread it around. I am not sure if he was a driver on a route servicing amazon or even carrying passengers to buses going there but I found it ridiculous how many people would be lined up at bus stops coming from amazon or how full buses were dropping people off at amazon. it was pretty bad. Lets hope with the vaccine rollout now that there is no more major issues anymore, but I agree with the sentiment, please pray for his family and friends
  15. I wonder if they are looking to contract out bus routes that they know would have low ridership that could be serviced by a smaller bus? Like for example a Peterborough to Lindsay route? Or Orangeville to Newmarket? something along those lines
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