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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 8428 on display at the CUTA Transit Show yesterday (Nov 20).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. It appears that the new Vicinity buses (1801-1808) have yet to enter service. Any indication as to when this is to happen?
  12. Confused about how many 2015 Arbocs are in the fleet. The Wiki shows them as 1521-1524, but I have seen 1525 out in service recently.
  13. The 40 buses on property are 9200-9239! There are 335 more to come this year - 271 diesel plus 54 hybrid plus 10 electric. Why can't you take the time to read the posts above??
  14. Route 6-Upper Middle and 33-Palermo schedules are being decoupled effective March 4, coincident with an improvement in Mon-Fri peak headways on each route from 60 to 30 minutes. This is an increase of two peak buses. At other times, the 33 will not operate, and the 6 headway is reduced from 60 to 45 minutes except for evenings when it remains at 60. Most OT routes operate on strict 15-30-60 minute headways, so the 6 will be off that. However, because Bronte GO does not have timed pulses and the other routes serving Sheridan College are fairly frequent, the 45 minute headway should work ok.
  15. Yes -- agree. The ZEV 50 year claim can be supported because the first TTC 1947 Brill T-44 trolley coach sent to Western Flyer Coach in Winnipeg in 1967 to be redone as a "new" trolley was 9020. It reappeared on July 22, 1968 are the first of the TTC's E700s *. * Source - Fifty Years of Progressive Transit, Bromley and May (1975)
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