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  1. The readers are installed by S&B, so they're on a campaign to get the fleet done now that things are ready.
  2. The issue with removing stops from R1 Permanently is that R1 operates differently depending on where the closures are. If the closure is from St. Laurent to Hurdman, it doesn't make a lot of sense to skip Tremblay.
  3. That is not a well-written press release then, but you are correct. We'll see how this goes for them, the prices they are quoting are double some of their competitors.
  4. This is becoming a competitive corridor, with Megabus, Flix, Rider Express, Book A Ride and now Red Arrow. Red Arrow is offering the widest range of service though, with 6 departures where competitors have 2 or 3 at most.
  5. Both of these vehicles are parked just outside Paintball Mountain at Fort William First Nation, just south of Thunder Bay. They do not appear to be in great condition - the rear engine door/cover was missing from one unit, and a rear wheel is missing from the other. This appearance matches the auction listing mentioning that both have engine/transmission issues. Both are also parked with the doors open. As pictured in the auction, both are still in full livery with no decals removed. Based on their location, condition, and sale price under $700 each, it would not surprise me to see these become part of the paintball facility.
  6. I recall hearing the same, and I don't disagree. The design seems like a bit of a kludge, reducing the vehicle capacity regardless of the presence of a person in a wheelchair and sticking them in their own separate hole with limited visibility. With the developments since, New Flyer group wins either way but what the D45CRT proves is that GO seemingly has enough buying power to influence the market. Perhaps one of the New Flyer or Volvo companies will copy the VanHool C3045 should GO want something like that in the future.
  7. I'm not confident this would work on the SuperLo buses due to their reduced height. Regardless, it's important to look at what lead to the development of the SuperLo. Go originally got DDs for capacity reasons, but the SuperLos were created by a desire to have a vehicle that would accommodate wheelchairs without a lift. Lift issues are a massive problem for high-floor buses in use in commuter service, and the ease of deploying a ramp makes a low-floor bus a winner. Around the time that GO was looking for buses with a low-floor wheelchair entrance, MCI came out with the D45CRT which hardly seems like a co-incidence. While GO chose the SuperLo, the D45CRT seems like it would be the best option for additional coach buses should GO want to go that route in the future.
  8. Doesn't look like anything OC has used before. My guess is that it was for smokers.
  9. I spotted the Book A Ride bus in Ottawa this summer. You can see how slapdash the wrap is that Gallaxy put on it - the red and white that was on the back of the Flixbus wrap is still visible at the back roofline of the Book A Ride vehicle.
  10. It wouldn't surprise me if the reason is operational flexibility. The difference between a 35 foot and 45 foot bus is minor - they're only slightly cheaper to purchase and slightly more economical, but require the same maintenance and labour. For that small saving, you lose operational flexibility of being able to swap vehicles as required in a uniform fleet.
  11. Work is currently underway to add a pathway to the bridge, and has been ongoing all summer.
  12. You're making a number of assumptions here - who is saying it took 16 hours to survey the damage? Photos of the work show a number of pieces of equipment from Alltrade, the contractor who originally installed the OCS. That equipment is not local, and likely had to come in from Toronto, where Alltrade is working on the LRT lines there. The could have made the call for that equipment within 2 hours of the incident, but it's still not going to arrive until later on Monday. Once again, there is significant damage here, almost a kilometer of line that needs repair. Toronto has an older, larger system, so the TTC has equipment to perform maintenance and repairs that likely can't be justified here yet. When stage 2 opens and the existing system starts to age and require regular upkeep, some more hi-rail equipment is likely on the list. Even then, damage of this scale likely requires outside help.
  13. There is damage in a wide area, so it depends on where the traction power has to be cut. If the damage extends past the isolator for Hurdman, then Hurdman has to be de-energized. There are ways to move the train, they have them in the yard. You're assuming that there's a rush to do so though, which there isn't. The train is fine where it is for now, the last thing you want to do is move it and damage more OCS in the process. Nobody says they don't have crews or equipment, but this is significant damage. Alstom has never had to make a repair of this scale, it makes sense to bring in people who know what they are doing, as they have on some of the maintenance shutdowns.
  14. It depends how far you want to look. For example, London, England still uses them on all of their buses. I'm sure there others.
  15. The GTA agencies with first generation (Thales) equipment are getting replacement units from Famoco. The TTC and OC Transpo got second generation equipment from Scheidt & Bachmann, and the TTC isn't replacing their readers at this time. OC Transpo's new units are coming from Scheidt & Bachmann again, and are basically updated versions of the old one. Importantly, it moved the bus fare collection from being handled by PRESTO to OC Transpo's internal systems, which allows for a wider range of payment types to be used.
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