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  1. Winnipeg Transit and area

    Good to see that WT is continuing to deal with its large replacement requirement in the near future - now have ordered a total of 100 buses (30 buses in 170-199 being delivered) plus this latest order. Facing the near-term replacement of 138 buses: 35 D30LF (911-925, 930-949) and 103 D40LF (401-499, 501-504).
  2. TTC GM Fleet Reminiscing

    TTC operated 1,700+ fishbowls over a 52 year period from 1959 to 2011 - not surprising that this (iconic) bus type would be selected for preservation.
  3. Oakville Transit

    3 of the 4 peak buses on 3-Third Line were 30 footers this morning, and an unusual mix of old and new - new Vicinity 1707 and 1708, along with the last remaining Bluebird 8109.
  4. Oakville Transit

    Thank you for this post. Hopefully, it will discourage the needless speculation in this thread and we will wait for any official announcement from OT of the changes, if any.
  5. MiWay charter - August 19, 2017

    Email sent. Should be a good day.
  6. Spadina Subway Extension

    Given that the Line 1 stop announcements now refer to "Bloor-Yonge" station, I would suspect that this anomaly will go away at some time over the next few years.
  7. London Transit Commission

    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.
  8. Winnipeg Transit Battery Electric Buses

    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.
  9. Winnipeg Transit Battery Electric Buses

    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.
  10. Sarnia Transit

    Looks like 163 has been assigned. IIRC Sarnia usually numbers by build year.
  11. London Transit Commission

    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. https://www.newflyer.com/rss/773-london-transit-commission-awards-new-flyer-a-contract-for-28-xcelsior®-buses
  12. After information session ?

    There are already two other topics on this subject open in the Greater Toronto Area section of the board.
  13. Hamilton Street Railway

    That's correct, but I think you might have misunderstood JRM1000's point. My reading of it is that he's saying the he would prefer the Oakville front doors, which are 50/50, to the HSR configuration which is 2/3 / 1/3.
  14. Winnipeg Transit and area

    I assume the intent of this posting was to show a 40 foot bus on routes that would normally be assigned a D30LF. Perhaps this is a test by WT to determine if the 911-925 series of D30LFs, which I believe are from 1997, can be replaced by new XD40s.
  15. New Flyer MiDi or XD35

    Also, the 2014 RFP for the 192 bus multi year contract, to which New Flyer and NovaBus responded, did not include a request to respond to a requirement for 30 or 35 foot buses. I do not know whether there is a 30/35 foot option included in the New Flyer purchase agreement that would have been entered into following the RFP award, because that agreement would probably not be a matter of public record.