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  1. Flalex72

    OC Bus Spottings

    With the current demand for buses, if it's safe to be on the road it's on the road - paint isn't a safety issue. We usually just see the grey body panels installed.
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    OC Bus Spottings

    You might be reading into this too much - You said the location was undisclosed, and Centralsmt identified it. I don't see the negativity.
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    OC Bus Spottings

    Just spotted what I believe to be 8030 on the 88 westbound at Navaho. I do not recall ever having seen a double decker on the 88 before, though I know it has occurred.
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    OC Bus Spottings

    I believe those LEDs are always there, they're usually just covered up by the red plastic sign. The sign will probably come back well before the next rebuild. The somewhat cryptic ones are the double deckers, where the stop request light consists of unmarked strips of LEDs behind the stairs and at the back wall of the lower floor. It's not immediately obvious what they're for, they look like the lights on the back of a trailer.
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    OC Bus Spottings

    I spotted that twice today - once at Billings, on the 104 Carleton around 1:55, and again around 10:30pm, on the 6 Greenboro at Bank/Walkley. The person I was with even asked me if they had gone back to all capitals, they noticed it the second time before I did.
  6. Interesting - I know there are some routes that aren't cleared because of significant tree trunks that lean out over the curb. A DD would clear when driven normally, but if the driver pulled over to the curb it could cause issues. Range may fit that criteria, the glass on the Rideau Centre parking garage is similar.
  7. I believe route 7 has issues, specifically in OOS. Generally, some of the issues are right at the curb: a transport truck would fit, but a bus pulling up to the stop would not clear a tree etc.
  8. The old 1 certainly had DD buses, I have a picture of one signed up as route 1 on the last day before it became the 6. DD service on route 6 started in summer 2016 or earlier. Buses tend to be assigned randomly, they don't separate the 2 types at the garage. I imagine that pert of the desire to use DDs on weekends comes from evening out the mileage across the fleet; it doesn't make any sense to have a valuable asset sitting idle while other buses are over-used to compensate. After 12 years, an artic could theoretically have 1.5-2x the miles on it compared to a DD if the DD was only out at rush hour.
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    GOA transit news, info etc

    I think that's a pretty reasonable guess this weekend.
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    GOA transit news, info etc

    I can't say anything definitely, but I did not notice any DDs when I rode route 6 earlier today, which is unusual for a weekend mid-day. Pulling them for the weekend seems like a reasonable response given the circumstances.
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    GOA transit news, info etc

    Ottawa's design often has paved shoulders, and then curbs which rise up form flush to platform height. If you were driving along the shoulder, you would continue onto the platform without hitting any obstacles like an angled curb or bump, it's often a smooth transition. We know that jersey barriers are often a quick and dirty stopgap response to incidents, as seen at Union Station. Would not at all surprise me to see them in the manner you suggest.
  12. Likely for Facilities Management's use. The Bus Operator Building at Hurdman has a garage for OC FM.
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    North Bay Transit

    A few updates from North Bay: There are now six D40LF buses sitting in the boneyard area of the public works yard. I can't confirm numbers, but assuming they are the oldest units in the fleet, they could be 765 and 766, which are confirmed retired on the wiki, and 764, 767, 768 and 769, which are listed as active on the wiki. That would leave 22 active buses, while NBT has confirmed they are aiming for a 21 vehicle fleet, so my fleet number guesses could be off. North Bay's Para Bus has a new operator. For over a decade and as long as I can recall, this service was operated by PHARA, the Physically Handicapped Adults' Rehabilitation Association. PHARA indicated that they would not continue their agreement in April, and it expired July 31st, 2018. PHARA was responsible for operations only, with maintenance and ownership remaining with the city. https://www.nugget.ca/2018/05/18/city-seeking-new-parabus-operator/ As a new contractor was not ready in time, Stock Transportation assumed operations of the system using school bus drivers until a new contract was awarded. The winning bid was Voyago. From the city's website: "REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL # 2018-37 Request For Proposals For Operation of Specialized Transit Services Awarded to Voyago of 573 Admiral Court London, ON N5V 4L3 for the amount of 2,681,611.88 on September 5, 2018 HST extra" https://www.nugget.ca/news/local-news/para-bus-contract-awarded The Para buses now have "Operated by Voyago" decals on them. In addition, Para Bus now has two new low-floor Ram Promaster based vans, as mentioned in the first article linked above. Solar powered bus shelters, mentioned in the first article above have also been installed. Finally, the conventional fleet is being equipped with SEON CCTV cameras, purchased through the Metrolinx TPI and funded by PTIF funds.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    Yeah, but with a fairing design that has some not insignificant operational issues. I don't think we'll see any public railroads ordering those in the future. I found one of the press renderings in the Amtrak scheme. While they did a nice job with the paint, I'll say that I'm glad VIA went with a slightly more refined design.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    I'm a little confused if this order of 75 is an option on the existing 2014 state consortium order or not, but it will be interesting to see if they get the VIA rail styled nose or if that remains exclusive to VIA (for now). It looks significantly more refined than the snub nosed look of the existing chargers.
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