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  1. I was looking around on streetview in Moose Jaw and came across this. Not sure if it's ex-MJ Transit or it was always an inspection unit. https://goo.gl/maps/29fFanuahJ1VVLqA8
  2. I'll keep that in mind for when it goes up for auction.
  3. That was around the time I was out. It would've been between 2-4pm because I specifically wanted to get what was on the Industrial.
  4. Just a couple of photos from today.
  5. Transit has now posted a short survey with regards to the On Demand service. There's a chance to win 1 of 40 gift cards worth $10!
  6. Interesting, what specifically about them? I always liked the 600's (D40LFR's and XD40's) and newer in Winnipeg just for the driver compartment layout. The kneeling and ramp switch was located right next to the door handle which saved a lot of reaching. The ISL9 buses also seemed to have a bit more power than the ISL ones. Winnipeg's 2010's seemed really sluggish. The XD40's have a really weird air leveling system, but other than that I don't mind them.
  7. Something I can say with a bit more certainty is transit hopes to replace the 2010 LFR's between 2024 and 2028. https://brandon.ca/images/pdf/2022-Proposed-Budget/03.01_Proposed_Operating_Budget_General_Fund.pdf City council is also wanting to do an analysis on alternative fuel vehicles at some point (propane, electric, ect). The question was brought up during budget deliberations.
  8. Ah, I probably did get the times wrong for Bus 5, but I did speak to the Quality Assurance Supervisor on the phone last week so some maybe some of this is still being planned or it's something that didn't come to fruition. Probably got a bit ahead of it.
  9. Small update about the On Demand service. 4 buses are now used from 6pm to 8pm, then an additional 5th bus is added 8pm to midnight. This is changed from just operating 5 buses the whole time. This is due to increased demand later in the evening as a lot of restaurants and stores close between 9pm to 11pm. Another change is any bus will make a stop if there's a passenger waiting at a stop. This is an effort to reduce waiting times for people. The drivers are supposed to check if the person is heading in the general direction of where the bus is currently booked to go, and I believe dispatch can modify the bus the booked trip is assigned to. Personally, I don't think that's a great long term solution. What I'd really like to see is an option to book a trip "ASAP" or "Soonest Bus" instead of being forced to book 30 minutes in advance. Perhaps that way they could offer trips without a guaranteed arrival time, but really reduce the waiting time from booking.
  10. Went for another On Demand ride this evening and it was significantly more on time. The extra convenience of how quick this service has been is spoiling me. I really hope it stays. One thing I did note is that 5 buses are being used instead of 4 like the previous hourly night service. From what I hear, this is in an effort to keep pickups on time rather than a bump in ridership. That being said, it will be interesting to see the numbers.
  11. That would be the one. Good to hear some confirmation that it's likely not disappearing. Would be cool if they could start using it again for public events again. I remember the "Boo Bus" in the early 2000's when they'd decorate it for Halloween. That or when they'd bring it out for free rides on Rider Appreciation Day, I guess they don't appreciate us anymore! Turns out my last ride on it was a lot longer ago than I remember. Last saw it out and about 9 years ago!
  12. Spotted the GM Old Look on a flatbed heading north on 1st Street. No idea where it was going. Never saw any tenders our for it or anything. Only know it was sitting for a few years with plates on it and in running condition but slightly rough cosmetic shape.
  13. Either 16 or 17 (the MCI Classic) is parked inside the fire training compound at the airport. It's way in the back so it was too hard to see which one it is. Pictures to come when I get around to getting on the computer and uploading them.
  14. I think I was told just parts. I doubt the ones there are in running condition. You'd have to ask them. http://www.wesmansalvage.com Edit: I should add that they have let me go in and get some souvenirs for myself off the buses for a pretty reasonable price. It's mostly the engines and transmissions they care about since those can be used on other heavy duty vehicles.
  15. So I tried the on demand service for the first time today. It seemed like a bit of a mess at the moment though it mostly stemmed bugs with the software itself and the stop placement on Google Maps. Sometimes it wouldn't register a bus being at a stop at the right time and such. Other than that it seems like it'll be really good when the kinks are worked out. Makes the late night trips a lot more direct and quick rather than dealing with buses running on the hour.
  16. I was browsing around in the Ottawa section I found this area dedicated to generally traffic control devices. Is it possible to get another section like this for other areas of the country? I feel like somewhere to document this sort of thing would be nice given there aren't a lot of resources keeping track of traffic control at the moment. If not, where would be an appropriate place to put the topic?
  17. Found an interesting video from 1997. Lots of shots of orange D40's in there for your viewing pleasure! Even a ride on an MCI Classic at the end.
  18. Huh, I guess I missed that. That's really an odd choice.
  19. A bit behind schedule, but now happening nonetheless. A one year pilot project with the on demand transit service Blaise Transit. https://www.brandon.ca/public-notices-details?var=6212 The service will run 6 to midnight on Weekdays and Saturdays, and all day on stay holidays. I assume this also implies that Sunday service will become on demand all day. There was also mentioned in the press release that it will include a service expansion to areas currently served by TransCab. If not sure if that will only be during the hours the on demand service operates, or an all day service.
  20. Found some of my photos from 2015 of the Mad Dog Ice Cream bus.
  21. That's pretty typical of them going all the way back to at least 2008. Is it still the case that Transit is at the bottom of the list for priority of getting things fixed at the city garage?
  22. No sign of any Orion's at Wesman Salvage.
  23. I was planning on going to Wesman Salvage at some point this week for parts, so I might take a swing through were they keep buses and see if it ended up there. It would be a shame to see it get scrapped. Edit: Looks like they may have gotten rid of it sometime back in May. Might also give them a call to see where it ended up.
  24. As of today, all buses have been fitted with an air purification system. https://www.brandon.ca/public-notices-details?var=6183
  25. Going by the tender that would be a safe assumption. They all seemed to be purchased at the same time.
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