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Bus Driver

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  1. No, the Artics are out all day!! The UofS is really busy throughout the day!! Traffic is bad on most major streets. Circle Dr, College Dr, Idylwyld Dr., 22nd St. among others.
  2. You should live in Saskatoon now! With the growth of the city in the last 5 years and with over 20,000 students enrolled into UofS now we need the artics to service the citizens!! We also use the artics for big events that are happening @ CUC. Come on home and you'll be amazed at how much the city has grown and changed. The traffic is a mess right now and we need to build another bridge right after the south circle drive is completed! Saskatoon sure is a great place to live!!!
  3. Opal I might be able to shed some light on your questions. 1.) It was changed back to avoid confusion from the D.T.T. It was a change made by the former Supervisor of Planning to go from just the 6 to the 6 & 16. 2.) Ridership is the answer, the ridership off peak just didn't make sense to have the 23 go there off peak, the #23 connects with the #40 in the industrial area. 3.) In order to do that we would have to add 1/2 hrs to the run and add a bus. If you remember there was the #31 that did just this, it was interline with the 23 & 40. That may have worked if the added more time on that interline. 4.) There is a need for this because of the ridership out of the Southerland ares. Most of the buses are full at peak times. 5.) It was changed to due timing issues. It just could not be done. However, I think that the #13 should go back to the way it was when they first changed the system in 2006 there was more than enough time on there, you had layover time on that it was a great run. 6.) There was some backlash from the ppl on Lorne because since Transit began in Saskatoon there was always a bus that went down Broadway Ave. from Lorne. It serves Lorne very well to have 15min service from the 11&12. The ridership is low on Sask. Cres.. I hope this helps. Opal, Saskatoon Transit is working on getting more time on routes that are "tight for time". If you loo at the 1 & 2 there was trouble keeping schedule so we added time. The 50 & 60 had schedule issues as well and we added time. We are looking at adding time on other routes however, it all comes down to $$$. The Operations Manager would like to add time to the routes to have layover time but like I said that it all comes down to $$$.
  4. The truck has a tow bar that is connected to the buses and tow's them in that way.
  5. The Operators like them. I haven't a chance to drive them yet.
  6. I think 449 has one too, I could be wrong. It's great now we can use those buses on any route including the DARTS. Those electronic signs are going to be the voice and visual stop annunciation once they get all of the bugs worked out.
  7. Saskatoon Transit is also working on a deal to get 6 New Flyer Artics from Ottawa. And yes we do have a shortage of buses and of Operators. with the Brier coming here in March we need to get more buses and more Operators. The city s growing (#1 in the country) and soon we need to look at re-alining our routes.
  8. Some of the ex- Regina buses are in service already and some on in the compound north of the maintenance shop waiting to be sent to big rig for refurbishing.
  9. The rumour about painting the darts to blue is correct. We figure that any bus should be able to do any route and we're not handcuffing ourselves because we shouldn't put a blue bus on a green bus route and vice versa. Not sure about the ordering? I heard that the maintenance manager might be picking up some used artics form another property, not sure which one though. The # of artics I heard is 5. I hope that we do get them it would help out the 6's going to the UofS from Clarence.
  10. They are going to get refurbished sometime down the line. Not sure when but they will.
  11. Great work Preston!!! I'll try and make it up for the celebration!!!!
  12. This is the bus I'll be operating on my trip to California # 159
  13. I'll do my best to remember to get that for you tomorrow.
  14. I only drive part time for P.A. Northern. Saskatoon Transit is my full time gig. We do not go anywhere near Vancouver!
  15. I'll be operating a coach from April 21- May 1 down to California for this company. It'll be a nice change from Supervising @ Saskatoon Transit!!
  16. Yes I do. Whitecap first Nation runs their own buses to the Dakota Dunes Casino south of the city. When there coach breaks down they have a contract with P.A. Northern to run a bus for them.
  17. You are correct they look just like that!!
  18. Still on the Montreal scheme.
  19. The ex-Monteral LFS are not on regular route service yet however, we are using them on charters. The signs need to be reprogrammed.
  20. Hello and welcome from Saskatoon!!
  21. #584 is out on the road now! I also saw 4 Nova's in the parking lot to the north of the garage. I'll check with the maintenance manager where they came from and when they'll be going into service.
  22. I'm not sure what unit #'s they were in Regina. I don't know what the unit #'s will be when they enter service.
  23. You're correct. However we did buy 6 from regina and they're at Big Rig in Calgary getting refurbed. One should be here today. When we get all 6 our fleet total will be 148 buses. Also the 4 Rbok buses will be unveiled on Friday and should be in service soon.
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