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  1. Several of the Grande West Vicinity 30 footers are out today (Sunday). They are the first I've seen in six months, although there may have been some in service previously. Here are the assignments - 3-Third Line 1803 * 4-Speers-Cornwall / 6-Upper Middle 1610, 1708, 1806 5-Dundas 1801 * Routes 4 and 6 are interlined at Bronte GO station on Sundays.
  2. Compared to the current schedule, there is no additional running time added to either of Union to Aldershot (65 minutes) or Union to Oshawa (60 minutes). The additional 30 minutes of round trip schedule time (increase from 300 to 330 minutes) is allocated as follows when there are 11 trains providing 30 minute service: +18 minutes layover at Aldershot (17 increased to 35 minutes), +8 minutes layover at Oshawa (27 increased to 35 minutes), +2 minutes dwell time in both directions at Union (3 minutes increased to 5 minutes). In my previous post I referred to 11 minutes of recovery time at Aldershot. That was the case for the pre-COVID schedules.
  3. Yes, much more recovery time with the new schedule. The off-peak round trip running times between Oshawa and Aldershot have been increased from 5 hours (300 minutes) to 5.5 hours (330 minutes). This requires an increase from 10 to 11 train sets to provide 30 minute headways, and an increase from 5 to 6 train sets when service is hourly during evenings and weekends. This extra round trip time permits the increase in recovery times at both ends noted above. I agree with Articulated that schedule adherence for eastbound Lakeshore West trains has been a past issue at times, given the previous off peak recovery time of only 11 minutes allowed for at Aldershot.
  4. Oakville Transit has announced some service improvements effective September 6 here - https://www.oakvilletransit.ca/tsu-20aug17.html These represent a partial move towards the pre-COVID service levels, with upgrades to 30 minute service midday Mon-Fri on routes 3 and 4, Mon-Sat on route 5/5A, and Mon-Sun on routes 14 and 24. Some routes will also have extended evening service hours Mon-Sat. The 26-Falgarwood returns with Mon-Fri peak service only, while the 190-River Oaks Express has not yet returned. There will be 30 minute service during peak hours Mon-Fri on all routes except for 11-Linbrook and 15-Bridge. Prior to COVID, there was 15 minute peak service on routes 3, 4, 13, 14, 19/20 and 24. High school trippers will return on September 8, scheduled for the shortened school day - departures are between 11:15 and 11:30 am, versus the 2:45 to 3:00 pm departures previously.
  5. Oakville announced at 4 pm today that they are going to a Sunday level of service on weekdays, starting Monday. No weekday service later than 7:40 pm, with hourly service on all routes except 3, 4, 14 and 24 which will run every 30 minutes. Peak only service on 11 and 12. The currently peak only routes (10, 33, 34, 120 and 121) will continue to operate. Curiously, there is no service at all on the 26 to Falgarwood – those folks will have to walk to the 20 on Eighth Line.
  6. No indication from the article whether there are plans to retain the two D35LFR - a very rare bus in Canada with only 9 ever purchased. If their work in Thompson is over, they might be a fit in Brandon, where the other 7 are located.
  7. Yes, hard to accept that there is now no direct transit connection between these two communities with populations totalling 325,000. The closest connection would be along Regional Road 25, to close the gap between Milton route 9 at Britannia / Reg. Road 25, and Oakville route 5 at Bronte Rd / Dundas, a distance of 7.5 km. If that connection is extended to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH), which provides better connectivity, the gap distance is 9.3 km. If the connection point in Oakville is OTMH, then there would be direct service onward via OT route 5 to Uptown Core, Sheridan College and Oakville GO, and via OT route 3 to Bronte GO and Bronte Village. Filling the gap with Milton route 9 would make the most sense, but there would need to be discussions between the two municipalities. It will be interesting to see what happens, if anything.
  8. 601-630 were new D901A-10240s from Flyer Industries in 1986 and did not come from Calgary. Source is David W's (excellent) all-time roster.
  9. Correction : 941-962 were 30 foot and 971-982 were 35 foot. Although they existed elsewhere (Windsor, London, Oakville, ON and GO Transit come to mind) Winnipeg did not have any 40 foot Orion I's.
  10. Some random comments on the Mar 3 service changes: * Eliminating the route 14/14A and 15 duplication in the southwest makes sense, as well as route1 (temporary). * With the removal of route 14/14A service along Reynolds St and replacement by the southeast Home to Hub, I could not see any mention of expanded service hours for the southeast Home to Hub, which currently is only available during Mon-Fri peak hours. * The changes result in three fewer buses required Mon-Fri - 1 on each of routes 1, 15 and 17. I would assume that over time these hours would be reinvested in the growth areas in North Oakville.
  11. 8428 on display at the CUTA Transit Show yesterday (Nov 20).
  12. Subject to confirmation by the OT folks here, I would assume that it is because a UTM U-PASS is acceptable MiWay fare media and there is a "free transfer" agreement between those two transit systems.
  13. Yes, 1100-1123 had rear doors, but Bayview was not designated the 'B' line ('B' was the limited stop service along Yonge from Finch Terminal to Newmarket.
  14. Good for Simcoe County for getting this underway! I see that the southern terminal for Route 1 (Barrie-Midland-Penetanguishene) is Georgian College and Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie rather than the Barrie Transit Terminal (BTT) downtown. For passengers trying to connect to southbound GO trains at Barrie-Annandale or to Ontario Northland or Greyhound at BTT, the gap between the southern end of Linx route 1 and downtown Barrie seems to require a trip on Barrie Transit route 3B or 8B. While I guess this makes sense from a cost standpoint, since the Barrie service is already there, and both Georgian and Royal Vic would seem to be important destinations in their own right, it will require some customer education in the near term. Or am I missing something here?
  15. It appears that the new Vicinity buses (1801-1808) have yet to enter service. Any indication as to when this is to happen?
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