NOVEMBER 1, 2017 NEWS
NEWMAN TRANSIT SERVICE DURING RIVER OAKS COLLEGE STRIKE
On October 23, 2017, faculty went on strike at River Oaks College. Newman Transit will not be crossing the picket lines during the strike and therefore the following service changes will be enacted until further notice:
-route 3 will, from Beethoven Avenue & River Oaks Road, be diverted to Queensway Road
-routes 24, 32 and 45 will service a temporary bus stop at River Oaks Road & College Drive
-route 35F will be diverted to Preston Centre
-route 38 will not operate
EXTRA SERVICE TO NEWMAN WINTER FAIR
The annual Newman Winter Fair will be running this year from November 3-12, 2017. To deal with anticipated crowds to the event, Newman Transit will be enacting the following temporary route changes to help people access the event quicker:
-a temporary tram route, the 17, will be in operation throughout the fair dates. One single branch will operate: 17 (Newman Station – Newman Falls Station). It will relieve route 7, which also operates to the fair, and provide a quick connection to downtown.
-route 46 will be extended from Kipling Avenue and South Street to Kipling and Meadow, where it will turn around on the Newman Exhibition Grounds.
NEWMAN TRANSIT SERVICE DURING HURRICANE OPHELIA AND STORM BRIAN
Due to the possibility of dangerous weather conditions during Hurricane Ophelia, Newman Transit suspended all transit service, in effect from 10:00 on October 15.
The danger was perceived to be gone by the morning on October 16, but recovery efforts meant transit service could not be restored right away. Roads and trackbeds had to be cleaned and inspected for damage. Newman Transit lost power for their tram and trolleybus systems. Avon was left without service for additional periods of time; routes 11, 12, 26, 55, and 407 were not permitted to cross the Broad Street Bridge until it had been examined for any structural damage it may have sustained.
Bus service began to operate again at 10:00 on October 16, with the majority of bus service (exceptions outlined below) restored by 16:00 that day. Where possible, the inoperational trams and trolley buses were covered by shuttle buses operating at limited frequencies (on routes X2, X4, X5, X8, X60 (replacement for 100), X61 (replacement for 102), X62 (replacement for 103), X63 (replacement for 104/105), and X65 (replacement for 107)).
Other service restorations took place on the following dates:
October 17: routes 2 (Avion Shopping Park – Lakeshore), 3, 4 (Mountain Avenue – Queensway Road), 5, 7, 8, 10, 102, 107
October 18: routes 11, 12, 26, 55, 407
October 19: routes 2 (Avion Shopping Park – Duncan & Callahan), 100 (Newman Station – Mountain Avenue), 103, 104, 105
No service operated on October 20 due to Storm Brian. The damage from Storm Brian was found to not be severe, so the service that had not yet been restored was brought back throughout the day on October 21: routes 2 (Duncan & Callahan – Kitchener Avenue), 4 (Queensway Road – Trnava Terminal), 9, 100 (Mountain Avenue – Davis & Ingot)
On the other hand, service to Avon was suspended until October 22, in order to once again examine the Broad Street Bridge for damage.
In Breaker, no bus service was permitted to go north of Rivermede Road & Inwood Avenue until late morning on October 17 due to flooding of the Breaker Creek. All routes were diverted via Inwood Avenue and Duncan Road, which avoided the flooding. This diversion was put in place again from October 21 – early afternoon on October 23.
Full transit service across the city was restored on October 23.
CONSTRUCTION FOR NEW TRAM LINE ON DAVIS ROAD
On Friday, October 28, Newman Transit awarded a multi-million pound contract to Coasttown Bridge & Tunnel Works, to carry out the expansion of the tram network by constructing a new tram line on Davis Road from Avion Shopping Park to Newman Station.
Construction works are expected to begin in the new year, and last until approximately mid-2020. When these works are completed, route 9 will be extended from its present day terminus at Avion Shopping Park to Newman Station, providing a connection between Lipton Valley and the downtown area, relieving the pressure on routes 2 and 21.