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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)
  16. I have an OT Arboc question. The TTS Oakville-Burlington charter in 2015 included a visit to the Oakville garage. There I recall seeing some of the then new Arbocs, of which I thought there were seven, numbered 1521-1527 (Oakville's numbering scheme uses XX 21 and up for Care-a-Van vehicles). But I have not seen 1525-1527 since then, and the CPTDB Wiki indicates the 2015 Arboc vehicles to be 1521-1524. I do have my senior moments and this may be one of them. Am I missing something here?
  17. A number of route and schedule changes have been announced, to be effective December 31 - Route 1 on Trafalgar will now operate Mon-Fri only but has been extended north to the GO Transit 407 Park-n-Ride, which provides connections to GO routes 40 and 47. The trade off is that the service is reduced to hourly from every 30 minutes, using one bus, but with good timing connections to the GO train at Oakville GO. Hopefully there will be eventually be route 1 service on the weekends, which would be particularly useful for GO route 40 riders going to/from Pearson Airport on Sat/Sun. There is already more than enough service from OT routes 5 and 24 on Trafalgar between Oakville GO and the Uptown Core terminal, so the route 1 frequency reduction makes sense. Route 4, which connects the three GO stations (Clarkson, Oakville and Bronte) via Cornwall and Speers is having its route changed in both its east and west ends. The schedule is essentially unchanged (15 minutes peak, 30 minutes off-peak, 60 minutes evenings) and it will still be interlined with route 13 at Bronte GO Mon-Sat evenings. Route 5-Dundas West will be split, with alternating buses operating on Dundas and Sixteen Mile Drive between Neyagawa and Sixth Line, to provide fixed route service into that fast growing area north of Dundas. Routes 11-Linbrook, 12-Winston Park and 26-Falgarwood will lose their last two evening trips after 8 pm (Mon-Fri for routes 11 and 12, Mon-Sat for 26) because of low ridership. "Web-a-bus" service will be provided during those times.
  18. Your recollection is correct. Between 1969 and 1982 the GMC New Looks were numbered consecutively from 10-XXX up to 25-XXX, but the first two digits were not related to year of acquisition. The year of acquisition formula based numbering (YY minus 30) started with the first order of GMC Classics delivered in 1983 with the 53-XXX numbers.
  19. Actually, STM have used a formula bus fleet number system for the year of acquisition since the first Classic deliveries in 1983, as follows - From 1983 to 1989 - subtract 30 from the year of acquisition, so for example 1983 acquisitions are numbered 53XXX. From 1990 onwards to date - subtract 80 from the year of acquisition, so for example 1990 acquisitions are numbered 10XXX and 2011 acquisitions are numbered 31XXX. So the 2000-2009 acquisitions are numbered following that protocol, and the fact that YY is also the first and last digit of the actual year is only coincidental.
  20. 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).
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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