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  1. Perhaps if they bought the Nylene spur between Arnprior and Ottawa, and the OVR between Sudbury and Mattawa, inclusive of Temiscaming, it could be done. Would be a matter of splicing the two together between Mattawa and Arnprior rather than rebuilding the entirety of the Chalk.
  2. I think Karsan of Turkey uses this same body style. They had a demo on show at CUTA 2018.
  3. Yeah, frequencies I can understand due to lower ridership, but once the pandemic's over, we really need to consider reforming at least the Barrie and Orillia ends of the routes, having their terminals extended to the CBDs of those cities. Otherwise, the only people who'll take the bus will be those with no choice. We have enough gas-guzzling F-150s and RAM pickups on the road here. If we can prevent the need for more of them, why don't we? The issues with connectivity in Barrie go back to when Route 1 launched in 2018. The only really practical route for most people is Route 2 as it terminates
  4. I have my own proposal. Have the routes to North Simcoe terminate Downtown, and the routes from barrie to South Simcoe terminate at Allandale. And the Orillia route should terminate at their new Downtown Terminal when it opens. It's like how Allegiant Airlines with their clapped out MD-80s flies from say, Fargo to Wichita at noon. Who really wants to go there. Likewise, for somebody from Barrie who wants to take transit to Orillia... who wants to take two buses to get to the Barrie end of LINX 3, then once in Orillia, have to take up to two buses to get to their final destination? And that's b
  5. I guess because it really only goes from the northern outskirts of Barrie to the southern outskirts of Orillia? Meanwhile the ONR service goes from Downtown to Downtown, where most people wanna go (to connect to every route in both cities). Idk how the County justified this.
  6. I find it rather peculiar that they won't connect to Route 1 in Midland. If the goal is of an inter-connected network, this route would be much harder to access. You want to connect to these routes in Midland, it requires an hour's bus ride on Midland Transit to get to them.
  7. Knowing about the deferred orders and the service cuts, I wonder what they'll be running these new routes with? They don't seem to've ordered new buses for these routes, so would they just be using the existing surplus to operate the routes for the time being until service increases? (EDIT: Nevermind, I saw the eight bus order in the PDF)
  8. I got a shot of Arboc 2021 while waiting for a bus on Sunday. 69207 and 69508 are for sale now.
  9. Yesterday while I was out, I spotted a 2020 Chevy/Arboc numbered 2021 driving around the City. They must've gotten two of them judging by the numbers. No pics though as I was on a bus at the time.
  10. Yeah, I'm familiar with that. They formed a subsidiary called "Autobus Gatineau" around the same time they expanded to the James Bay Highway. On my last trip back home from Rouyn-Noranda via North Bay we had one of Gatineau's buses, a post-2002 Prevost that was from the states. Had the full livery, but the signage was mostly in English and the speedometer was in miles per hour.
  11. https://www.grey.ca/news/grey-transit-route-rolling-ahead Latest news from five days ago. Looks like FirstGroup in Owen Sound is going to be the contractor. As for fleet, they're talking about going to Metrolinx to "lease" buses, so it could either be Arbocs, or Enviro 200s. I never heard of Metrolinx offering a leasing programme though?
  12. Unfortunately there's no fare integration in Barrie, however most of Simcoe County's municipal systems have an agreement with LINX where you pay a reduced rate upon transfer. Orillia I think is one of them, you get a buck off your fare I think it is.
  13. I have a feeling if we end up getting a smart-card system, it'll probs be LINX's card and would likely apply County-wide. We tend to take a more "local" rather than "provincial" line of thinking in government up here. I'll disclose what I think of Presto.... it's an eternal f**kup and our heads were wise not to implement it. The TTC's STILL having problems with it after what? 5? 10 years after implementing it?
  14. Yeah, they expanded into Manitoba some years ago and took over the famous Selkirk-Winnipeg commuter line, then I believe abandoned it a year later. Idk what the locals thought about it, but the optics of a bus with Ontario license plates running a local commuter route in Manitoba didn't look good in my eyes.
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