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  1. There certainly are savings when you can move more uses onto the same vehicle. The PIU comes with the hybrid powertrain as "standard", but it isn't the only option - there's a non-hybrid version with the same engine, and a more powerful non-hybrid engine with a turbo. I can't imagine that there aren't upfront cost savings by forgoing the hybrid, but it's perfect for a vehicle that will spend much of its life idling.
  2. Interesting - Ottawa had Police Interceptor Utilities as supervisor vehicles but is now lifecycling them out. They're switching to Silverado 1500s as they use the push bars to move stuck buses and the PIUs weren't holding up. Maybe TTC will be gentler with theirs, and it's great that they went with the hybrids.
  3. Dynamic Dispatch will be interesting. It's operated by VIA, who also runs the system in the Sault. I don't know how well it will work in conjunction with the fixed routes.
  4. New thread merged with existing in Ontario Forum.
  5. This - it feels like a CPTED thing, crossed with the ease of use and maintenance of LED lighting. LEDs also tend to be a cooler colour temperature, which is perceived as brighter at night.
  6. The new facility in Brampton is already operating - there have been media pictures from inside and units are arriving in Ottawa on trucks now. The other facility to consider in Ontario is Kingston.
  7. It looks like there's a luggage rack inside so Car Rental or Airport Shuttle would be good guesses. Not bad looking, the design scales up well.
  8. I can't see ONTC getting into the Ottawa-Toronto run. That route is profitable and competitive, and there are multiple companies who would operate it without issue. Ottawa-Montreal is a bit of a question; it's possible ONTC would operate it as an extension of their existing Sudbuty-Ottawa service for convenience, but the demand requires much more frequent service than that. A private operator would almost certainly make a go of it there too. A benefit to Northern Ontario is that it tends to have a variety of political parties across the region. The area as a whole doesn't tend t
  9. Have Tisdale or Great Canadian operated line runs recently? Tisdale sounds like they see a business opportunity operating line runs under contract and they're making that their issue now, which really has nothing to do with deregulation. Ontario Northland stepped into the Sudbury-Ottawa run when Greyhound went to one trip/day - Greyhound cut service and ONTC stepped in, not the other way around.
  10. My grandmother grew up near Weston Road and the Humber River, and refers to the railway bridge there as a "subway". Having grown up in Northern Ontario, it takes me a moment to figure out what she means when she mentions it.
  11. Ottawa is enabling open payment on the same equipment that the TTC has, so it is possible for sure. I'm guessing they just want to have uniformity to simplify things, but it could be more complex.
  12. Ontario Northland is a government agency and not restricted by existing OHTB regulations, so they can do what they want. I wouldn't see them expanding much more outside of their existing area, their mandate is to serve Northern Ontario, and they already do that well, especially with the service they have added over the past few years.
  13. The bus is owned/operated by a contractor, America's Transportation. If you watch the video on their website, you'll see a number of ex. GO units.
  14. I believe the machines they are using are "airline style" asynchronous, basically a digital imprint machine. Transactions are batch processed when the machine has a connection. This is why they aren't taking Interac, as it does require a connection. I actually had a card imprinted for the second time ever last week, a specialty merchant I frequent had lost power earlier knocking out their internal network and was taking carbon copies until it was repaired.
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