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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
    -Radio Scanning
    -Creating fictional transit systems using historical information
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  1. It was 0359, and it is a privately owned bus. As my post directly above yours talks about it.
  2. It is privately owned, and it was not heading to the 417 or Thermo King.
  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 services was 0359 assigned to throughout the years. I know after 8558 unfortunately retired, it took over the Eastern Industrial Services, but I would like a bit more information on that aspect of it. Any other interesting facts about 0359 (I believe they were the first accessible full sized conventional bus, which 0359 and 0360 were I believe the only conventional vehicles that were accessible up until the EZ-Rider's arrival in 2009, and the fact that they were unreliable for the most part. I know too they were joint ordered with Ajax-Pickering 2050-2055 (DRT 8050-8055), but I cannot think of anything else unique about the order. I did wonder if they were the last Orion Vs bought in Ontario, but GO Transit's Orion Vs were ordered after Cornwall's, so that is not a "claim to fame".) I'm writing a background story of 0359 for the person who now privately owns it which will be displayed on the interior of the bus for people to read, so any details that can be provided on those 4 points would be greatly appreciated. Also I'm sure if you can provide some information on 0360, I'm sure the owner of that unit would appreciate it as well.
  4. As far as I'm aware they are remotely uploaded via the Clever Device system, so the upload method wouldn't make a difference, but I do believe there is another reason for the malfunction. That is a very technical reason that I don't feel like explaining right now. But you're along the right lines with it being a ODK3 issue.
  5. I've been seeing that bus around a lot! It feels nice to hear a Series 50 engine again in Ottawa. It's in pretty nice shape too. And yes, it's Ex-Cornwall.
  6. Nope, all 3 trips that serve Queensview towards Stittsville/Kanata, and all 4 trips that serve Queensview towards St Laurent this booking are supposed to be 60 runs (artics) It's just like how the 2 workbus runs (which are employee only shuttles that run out of Pinecrest after midnight) are 60 runs as well. Which is the only time you'll see an 60 footer on the actual property at Pinecrest.
  7. I guess someone hasn't been paying close attention to the most recent bookings. That rule went out the window starting in the June 2018 booking. The only runs that still retain that system are the Extras (109s). Which is ironic since back in September 2017, the extras lacked the "system", but they returned them to the "system" almost immediately the next booking. One thing Enviro_1203 forgot to mention also was previously the -50 and up runs were just rush hour trippers. All runs are (or were) numbered in their respective category in order of departure time from the garage, regardless of garage. Since September 2017, now all runs (except the 109s/extras) regardless of their status (as a tripper or relief run) are in consecutive order of departure. The only exception is the 900/901 trippers which are numbered (weirdly enough) by the routes they do. For example, this booking there are two Industrial trippers doing the 16 in the PM. 901-703 and 901-704. Only reason they're consecutive is because they both do the 16 at some point in their run. This weird numbering system for the 900/901 trippers only started in June 2018. Beforehand, it was also by order of departure from their respective garages. However despite the lack of relief runs (20s) and trippers (50s) since June 2018, the Reduced Weekday Service (Christmas/New Years/March Break week) will feature both next booking. (No idea why, it just will)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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 Nepean and West Carleton's fleet). It's funny, when the Calgary First Student guys were checking out a bus beside mine during my morning circle check, I mentioned 244 was a rather good one (since he told me they were only looking at the Nova Scotia buses), so I guess that made him check out that particular bus. Which makes sense since they called the driver (who parked at home) and asked if he could come in because someone wants to check out that bus. What's also interesting is those two Nova Scotia's you spotted (244 was used as a spare at the end of last year), when 230 broke down on one of our driver's, 244 was his spare. Also as for our charter market in Ottawa, yes it is big, especially for non-school trips. First Student when we were doing charters, had the Department of National Defence contract (which you may wonder, what would they possibly need a school bus for?). Well the DND charters mainly consisted of cadet trips and other miscellaneous stuff that I am not able to talk about. But I can tell you DND gave us PLENTY of charter work. I haven't heard who got it yet, but I did hear a rumour that Roxborough got it. But DND alone would be enough to justify First Student staying in Ottawa.
  12. 0702 is still a hybrid, I spotted it while at the STO garage this week.
  13. 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 that they would be very successful imo). We were told that they wouldn't stick around, but also when Stock lost their routes to Campeau and Roxborough, Stock was saying they weren't going to stick around, but they ended up doing so anyway for charters. But it would make sense as Moodie has been the only branch that I've heard action on their radio (since I own a radio scanner) since our "termination date", which it sounds like drivers who were doing charters.
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