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  1. https://barrie360.com/13m-for-barrie-transit-announced/?fbclid=IwAR30CjBndAOopPpbUBSCAXCGSqgEXieh6ch4rHMJuDHH2xuaAZXZ6oytFAA Announcement for funding. have a read.
  2. Bumping the thread due to some updates. Found a Facebook page for a company in SPM that does tours of the islands. They have actual European buses! One vehicle is an old Renault-Berliet from what appears to be 1970s-80s, while when I liked the page yesterday I discovered they managed to acquire a full-sized MAN Lion's Coach which seems to be their primary vehicle now, with the Renault most likely being a spare. Chances are with the green German enviro-sticker on the windshield, this vehicle could either be German or has travelled to Germany in her past life. I gotta wonder given alot of Saintpierreais travel to Newfoundland for shopping and medical appointments, whether SPM could in fact start a coach service as far as St. John's one day? Be really cool if they used a modern MAN, Mercedes or Scania for it?
  3. That's actually one of the first places I wanna visit outside Canada, along with Iceland and St. Pierre. Always loved European buses.
  4. So the news is in. Looks like the Collingwood and Orillia corridors will be free for a month per CTV News.
  5. The Enviro 200s are starting to arrive. There's one that's already been delivered that was shown on CTV News on that Tiny Township story, and when I was on the 400 today heading down to the GTA to explore, we spotted another E200 being delivered.
  6. Has anybody noticed if we've gotten more buses yet? I haven't been on Route 1 since the free trial ended a year ago so Idk if they're running the same four Vicinitys or if we got more. The service changes are like only a month away so they should be starting training now I think, yet I haven't seen anything on the news or seen any new buses in town.
  7. A couple of things for you guys to look at. https://www.barrie.ca/Living/Getting Around/BarrieTransit/Documents/Barrie Transit System Map - Effective August 25 2019.pdf New route map, effective August 25th, 2019. https://www.barrie.ca/Living/Getting Around/BarrieTransit/Documents/Stop Optimization Project (Phase I) Notices.pdf Bus stop optimisation project. East of Downtown.
  8. They brought a Colltrans bus to a school somewhere around there to demonstrate transit buses to kids (per Sinton-Landmark's Facebook page years ago). Colltrans has a couple XD40s not getting used. Think it'd work out better for Meaford if they made a deal with Collingwood or LINX to run a bus from Collingwood to there and have a transfer point downtown or at the greyhound agent, whichever works best, where transfers can be made. Run it every hour or two with one of the XD40s or something else, like another Enviro 200 35-footer.
  9. https://www.collingwoodtoday.ca/local-news/soon-you-can-ride-the-bus-from-collingwood-to-barrie-with-one-transfer-1378888?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2P1SG4ycm6rtPH_pbUnyLqzSJFws33hQiXMJyUhdJJv-3z2_1dgbPVPX8 Latest news on LINX. I have to say, while the service is needed, the terminal planning could've been better. Orillia's route is only gonna run from Lakehead to RVH, which doesn't help people who actually live in Orillia who would need to take two Orillia Transit buses to get to it from most parts of the city, and then to get elsewhere into Barrie requires a two or three-bus journey on our clusterfuck of a system. Collingwood would've just been better off if it didn't require a transfer in the middle of nowhere on the outskirts of Wasaga to get to, it'd be best if it just went to Collingwood on one bus. However, the Barrie end of the route is decent as it ends at Allandale Station, which is central enough and will be getting improved soon. Having the Orillia and Midland LINX routes terminating at say the Downtown Barrie Terminal instead of RVH, would mean a 5 minute transfer along Bradford Street at the most between the two routes on the most frequent section of the current Barrie Transit network, while if we had the Barrie to Orillia route running to Downtown Orillia, it'd make the lives of Orillia travellers easier as they wouldn't have to take two buses across the city to get to it, they could just go Downtown on any bus.
  10. Is it still on the 4 right now? I might track it on the computer and get my pics of it at my crossing.
  11. There's at least one other 2018 Arboc on the road now, 1831. I saw it but couldn't get pics as I was in a car.
  12. https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/making-voting-more-convenient-in-simcoe-county-1.4118545 Nova 1712 is gonna be a mobile polling station for the City elections.
  13. Over the last month I've been riding LINX with friends. A driver told us a week ago that the buses for Collingwood and Orillia have already been ordered and the routes are planned to go online next year. LINX is also listed as a partner along with Barrie for the 9M bus category on the Metrolinx website, so chances are we may be getting Enviro 200s as well.
  14. Can-Ar runs two cross-country routes out of there, IIRC one heads north to Lindsay and Haliburton County and the other heads northwest towards Kincardine.
  15. I had a meeting with the County about this back in July, and from what they told me they do plan to eventually have a central hub in Barrie and will move Route 1 there when that happens, probably when Routes 2 and 3 come online.
  16. Here's my video of the first day. Myself and another member rode the entire route, then bus-hopped between Midland and Wyebridge thanks to convenient timing where the southbound stops in Wyebridge 5 minutes before the northbound. More videos are in the pipeline.
  17. Hopefully it's not too off-topic, but has anybody seen that Arboc for sale at Loan Arranger on Innisfil Street? I wonder where it originally came from and who operated it previously?
  18. Barrie Transit 66804, 2004 New Flyer D40LF. Rebuilt Summer 2017.
  19. 1709's back on the road. Saw it tonight doing the 4 at Barrie South. No pics yet, but I intend to get some soon.
  20. https://www.kijiji.ca/v-heavy-trucks/owen-sound/transit-bus/1332920513?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true Looks like Bruce Peninusula's selling some buses. There's an MCI G-coach listed on there out of Owen Sound as well that I think I recognise.
  21. http://www.clearview.ca/transit Looks like their G5 has arrived and is in service, a monster on a Ford chassis, most likely powered by that monstrum V10. Also, while we're at it, here's my picture of Clearview's bus on Weir Street in Stayner back in August, 2017 when I made a road trip around the county with a fellow member and another friend. I believe this is probably the only pic from the fan community of the Clearview bus actually within her home municipality instead of Wasaga Beach.
  22. Saw an old Eldorado from Midland Transit travelling eastbound on Big Bay Point near Welham garage and SN Diesel this afternoon headed towards Yonge Street, but unfortunately I couldn't get a number or a photo as I was in a car at the time.
  23. Well, the people I'm working for are part of one of the parties that promised to bring back the train as far back as 2013. I got involved with them about a month or two after the shutdown, and got involved with them because I met two MPPs on the train and started chatting with them about what needs to be done. I have a knack for taking an issue related to transport, whether it's this or issues with Barrie Transit where I live, and going deep into research and writing 500-page long papers full of solutions, knowledge and technical data that I've researched myself either through the internet, through personal knowledge, or through conversations with friends and professionals who know what they're doing. North of Pefferlaw the Northlander would travel at the maximum speed of the GP38-2s pulling her, which was around 65 mi/h. North of Washago speeds would drop somewhat, between 40 to 50 mi/h all the way to Cochrane, with brief slow sections through North Bay when we transit through the yards plus any slow orders that happen to be in effect during the trip.
  24. I think it's not the APU specifically that's the issue, but more along the lines of using freight power on passenger trains. If we had a passenger-spec unit that didn't have HEP I don't think it'd be an issue to hook the APU to it. Or even running an FP7A or other passenger-capable carbodied unit like we used to in the 90s, or the CATs like when I went on my first trip to Toronto in 1998. CN would make us get special permission to use anything six-axled on the Northlander when it was needed, like SD40-2s or the SD75I, and I think they required either different logistics or bureaucratic paperwork to turn them around in Toronto because the clearances on the wye in Mimico were supposedly too tight for them. That Innu-owned railway in Labrador first started out using GP38-2s with HEP cars on their passenger service but last I saw they were using ex-Amtrak F40s, so they probably got caught up in the same issue.
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