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  1. King St (e/b) and Queens Ave (w/b) are certainly wide enough. The question though is how they will deal with the much larger number of routes needing to access the existing stops, unless the stops are going to be lengthened. London may have already lost the battle with its downtown core, particularly south of Queens along Richmond to Horton. As a former resident, sorry to see that happening. Like Seashore, I really question the removal of buses on Dundas and the impact it could have on the smaller retailers remaining there between Wellington and Ridout.
  2. I don't see how the nine (9) remaining Orion VIIs can be "pretty much done" at this point in time. I see them out seven days a week. Replacement buses would have to arrive to make that happen, and those will not be delivered until later this year. I understand there will be 6 Nova LFS and 3 Vicinity arriving during 2017.
  3. I have not been in Oakville for the past two weeks, but the Randall-Rebecca bridge project should have been completed by now or within the very near future. The Lakeshore Rd bridge would then be closed for a year. There has never been an issue in the past with routes 14 and 17 operating in both directions on the Randall-Rebecca bridge.
  4. Yes - noticed that too. This area has not previously had service, to my knowledge. I suspect it is not a trial, because there is no indication of that on the website. It just suddenly appeared in the routes and schedules section and it was not included in the list of service changes effective January 1 (when there were also timetable adjustments to routes 1,4 and 19/20). The route runs on 12 minute headways - a 10 minute round trip and a 2 minute layover at Oakville GO, so that it is the only OT route that is not on the strict 15/30/60 clockface headways on which the rest of the system operates.
  5. Route 13 has been in its current alignment since the major route changes of Sept 2009, when grid routes 1-6 were introduced. The eastern end via Leighland, Sixth, Culham and Oxford replaced route 27-White Oaks, and the western end was extended from Bronte and Westoak to Bronte GO station, replacing the western part of route 22. At that time the 22 was rerouted to what it was until its elimination in Sept 2016. Prior to 2009, the 13 ran via Trafalgar and Upper Middle and there were some variations in the west end routings and end points as the residential area along Westoak, west of Third, was developed. It has been in existence since least before 1998, but I do not know the exact start date - probably early 1990s.
  6. Saw Bluebird 8109 out on 34-Pine Glen this morning. Have not seen or tracked a Vicinity for several days now. Is there an issue with them?
  7. It appears that you are correct about the recovery time at the Airport end of the route. Based on the public timetable for Monday to Friday service, there is 21 minutes of recovery time there. IIRC the charging time is approx. 10 minutes. I also looked at a Saturday run but there was only 13 minutes of time there. Question for the locals - does that mean that the XE40s are currently not being scheduled on the weekends? I agree that these dwell costs could be significant for an operation with a large number of electric buses, although there would also be a large offset from fuel costs. If the technology would support a reduction in charging time in the future, that would also make a difference.
  8. So the range between charges is quite impressive. Route 20 Watt-Academy is a crosstown route, operating through downtown. Not sure about the round trip mileage, but the running time in the am peak is approximately 2 hr 10 mins.
  9. May not be out there now, because the reliefs on the 3 can be garage to garage. Saw another Vicinity at 12:50 w/b on the 6/33 at Upper Middle and Third. Too far away to see the fleet number.
  10. Vicinity 1608 was the 8:00 am departure from the hospital today on 3-Third Line.
  11. Looks like 163 has been assigned. IIRC Sarnia usually numbers by build year.
  12. Noted from the New Flyer website yesterday's announcement of a large order for 2017 delivery to London - 27 XD40s (379-405 ?) and 1 XD60 (34 ?). While I would assume that some of these would be expansion buses, and it will result in the end of the few Inveros remaining, this order will result in a number of the early D40LFs (numbered at 450 and above) being retired. Since the D40LFs to be retired are 2004s, this is another example of Ontario properties moving to a 12 year life replacement cycle.®-buses
  13. There are already two other topics on this subject open in the Greater Toronto Area section of the board.
  14. Any indication as to when the Vicinitys will be entering service? Any reasons for an apparent delay?
  15. Noticed four of the new Novas in service today - 1603, 1604, 1605 and 1606. Have 1601, 1602 and 1607 arrived yet ? Has training started on Vicinity 1608-1610 ?