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About M.Wright

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    OC Transpo, 24 hour service since 2009

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    Autowa, ON
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    My interests are as follows:
    -Operational aspects of a transit system
    -Historical aspects of a transit system
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    -Creating fictional transit systems using historical information
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  1. Just an thought for why the EZ Riders are not in service (too often): I presume it's to allow social distancing among passengers. Social distancing is not easy on small buses like the EZ Riders. Therefore I assume Cornwall is strategically using Orion VIs and Nova's for conventional service more often than the EZ Riders, due to our pandemic circumstances. I personally don't mind it, as it increases the chance of coming across one in service.
  2. It was 0359, and it is a privately owned bus. As my post directly above yours talks about it.
  3. Looking to get some information here, all regarding 0359: When was it put into service (as much of an exact date if possible) When was the wheelchair stickers removed (or when was the lift disabled, I've narrowed it down to 2015-2016 range based on people's photos) When was the exact date of retirement (I confirmed the January 10, 2018 report by SMS in this thread, I'd like to narrow it down to a exact last day of service, which clearly would have been between December 9, 2017 and January 10, 2018 when I got it confirmed) Not as critical, but primarily what servic
  4. I realize it's been almost a year since you posted this, but I was the one who created that one for the Ottawa Transitway. Anyway, it was VERY (and I must emphasis VERY) complex to create, and it would be extremely more complex to explain how I did it. But I will say that it took be a lot of researching HTML/wiki codes and trial & error to create it. So if you'd like to do that, go right ahead. But also you could modify the transitway one to your liking. Just use trial & error like I did until you get it right.
  5. Different rules from the US (in regards to emergency exits). Our old rear engined pusher flatnoses used to have a side emergency exit but that was because it was impossible to put a rear exit on them. Now there is no more flatnoses, so that is no longer a concern. As for the amber lights, those are only on the Campeau C2s that they imported from Quebec (which Quebec has amber inner lights on their 8-way systems). They kinda made them legal for Ontario by painting them with red lens coating, but when activated, they still flash amber, which is technically illegal, but that's not my concern.
  6. oh nice!!!!! All those except 217 are definitely ex Ottawa units from my yard to be exact (Bantree). 202 got the nickname Chester, because it shakes violently at idle. It was one of the worst ones. So don't be afraid to continue that nickname there
  7. 244 eh? That's my old bus!!!!! Interesting to see they also took one of our flatnoses (which they told us that no one would take them as no one wanted flatnoses, but I guess Calgary has some, so that makes sense). Also all the flatnoses that had the bold "First Student" logo were Nepean and West Carleton buses, all the Cumberland flatnoses (which all 3 buses you mentioned were Cumberland buses) had the old normal First Student logo on them. So definitely any Thomas EF's you see with the normal First Student logo, please let us know the number of them (as I was never too familiar with Nepea
  8. That'll be nice (for the charter division). But that's very interesting that First Student is only willing to lease out that yard, since they own it 100%, and they were willing to sell it to Voyageur (as they offered both Moodie and Carp for sale to Voyageur, but Voyageur took Carp). But then again, the same person who was running First Student Cumberland is now running Voyageur, so go figure. But I am starting to get the feeling that First Student's presence in Ottawa will not be coming to an end, since maybe First Student will also stick around like Stock did and maybe just do charters (not
  9. Yeah apparently most of Cumberland's FS-65s are supposed to be brought out to Alberta (which those things were garbage anyway). Also I spotted 3 of our former buses in Toronto when I visited there last week. One of them in the Scarborough yard, one of them in the King City yard. I also spotted one of the former uOttawa buses in the Scarborough yard parked next to the former Cumberland bus that I spotted in the yard. (Which the uOttawa buses were operated by First Student Nepean, aka Moodie) Anyway, I did my rounds today to see how the First Student yards are doing, Bantree and Trim are comple
  10. Oh nice!!!! Yeah they haven't sent me any emails yet except one to tell me that they haven't forgotten to schedule me for an interview, despite obviously you and two other people I know having gotten interviews. I already have my Z endorsement from when I first tried to get on with OC, so I'm all set in that department! And that definitely would be nice pay being a charter driver at Campeau!
  11. I might be starting at OC too, that is also why I am considering going spare, since I'm not going to rely on the fact I might be joining on OC, so just in case, I'd rather play it safe and go by the assumption that I am not going to be joining OC anytime soon.
  12. Oh nice! Glad to see a fellow Ottawa School Bus Driver is on here Ah ok! Well I guess it's up in the air what type of bus the two large wheelchair buses will be then! I know the two drivers who will be driving those large wheelchair buses (since they're ex-First Student drivers), and I think they'd definitely have a preference towards ICs. And glad you could shed some light on that rumour for Moodie Yard, as it was one of those large wheelchair bus drivers who told me about it. I did some Campeau buses entering/exiting Carleton University though during the last redblacks game. As wh
  13. Long time since there's been a post in this topic. But anyway, here's some updates on First Student's shutdown in Ottawa: Campeau has First Student's 8-hour wheelchair bus routes (2 of which are full size 40' buses, 1 is a small bus). First Student was the only ones to have large wheelchair buses in the Ottawa marketplace prior to this. Right now as these routes are also summer-school routes, Campeau's full size buses have not arrived, so for now they have small wheelchair buses going along with a full size bus until they arrive. Apparently they are going to be Blue Birds, like most of the Ca
  14. I heard that the rebranding will take place all over. But it makes sense since Stock was always owned by National Express (another British Company, like First Student). This topic is perfect btw, since I work for First Student (Cumberland Branch). And if you aren't aware, all 3 First Student locations are shutting down at the end of June. Also Stock or National Express (whatever you want to call them) will be getting school routes starting next year. They won some of the First Student routes that OSTA tendered out.
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