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  1. Probably the same hospital contract that they bought a load of Mississauga EZs for. I used to love riding those two buses because i could sit right up front like on a Fishbowl or Orion V, and got the first pictures of them in service, on top of making a new driver friend on them. Glad they found a home.
  2. Google didn't turn up anything, but I watched Saint Pierre and Miquelon's public broadcasting tonight (SPM La Premiere, we got Shaw Direct just so we can watch this along with Northern Ontario and Northern Quebec media), but we saw a story that SPM is apparently discussing a transit study with help of France's overseas ministry. Funny enough my friends and I have toyed with a concept to propose to them (we plan to do a roadtrip there next year and also seek out friends there too when we go), where there'd be a system that's territory-wide, consisting of European buses like 9-metre/30-foot and 12-metre/40-foot0Mercedes Citaros and MAN Lion's City running in St. Pierre City and throughout Miquelon-Langlade, connecting all the rural outposts and important points. These would be fare-integrated with all ferries operating in the territory, and would also include at least a daily coach service, operated by a European modern coach from a marque such as VDL, Scania-Irizar, Mercedes, Volvo or MAN, from St. Pierre to St. John's. Unfortunately when I tried Googling with my limited knowledge of French, but nothing turned up on Google yet. But it was on tonight's La Premiere broadcast (20h00 Saint Pierre time, 2 hours ahead of Eastern time)
  3. 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.
  4. I think Karsan of Turkey uses this same body style. They had a demo on show at CUTA 2018.
  5. 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 at Allandale.
  6. 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 before we even factor in cross-County trips that have to go through Barrie. At least if the northern routes terminated Downtown, it's only a 5 minute bus ride on any bus going up Bradford Street to get from the Barrie end of LINX 2 or any other future LINX route serving the South to get to the northern routes, not having to take 2-3 Barrie buses across town to get to them. The problem with trying to run things on a lean fleet is you're focusing your scheduling on a game of musical chairs to save money when in reality you should be thinking about your customers. Barrie has this problem too, we've only had 2 buses delivered to us since 2017, after 2-3 straight years of retirements. And when we want to improve service, we can't because we simply don't have enough buses. Think every system in Simcoe County has this problem. For Route 6, at the very least, send it to Downtown Midland instead of the outskirts of Midland, or heck, send it to Penetang on the lakefront to connect with the northern terminus of the 1. If it requires a third bus, so be it, but if you don't design a route that connects to adequate transit at both ends of the route, you screw your customers and have more cars on the road. In my view, for Route 2 it'd also make more sense to have it go direct to Collingwood, perhaps via the 90km/h Highway 26 Bypass they built, that lovely four-land road they built a few years ago. Wasaga gets served before Stayner, then the bus goes to Stayner and then after that finishes up in Collingwood. Add a 20 minute break at each end like they do to Route 1, allow the break for the driver and vehicle. I look at how Niagara Region Transit has larger buses and operates from central station to central station, their system is brilliant. Simcoe's probs the best regional system north of Toronto, but we can improve it. Otherwise without improvements, we stall and people lose interest.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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)
  10. I got a shot of Arboc 2021 while waiting for a bus on Sunday. 69207 and 69508 are for sale now.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. Yeah, I saw that on Facebook, and I thought it was rather sneaky as well. I foresee this being a long, drawn out legal/bureaucratic battle that'll delay service even more. Mini "bus war" like Britain had in the 90s?
  18. https://www.orangeville.com/news-story/9767708-transit-route-for-orangeville-shelburne-dufferin-county-being-developed-by-grey-county/?fbclid=iwar1yc8omnysgmav6bp5x_b6hcczmdswlhyforqqi4sctsiesivxxbmrfjo4 Some news out of Orangeville's press, but it looks like Grey County's starting a new regional transit service linking Owen Sound to the rest of the county, including connections to Blue Mountains (potentially to Simcoe County) and Dufferin County. Be a good topic to follow for the next few years. In my own comments, as a Simcoe County resident, I think LINX should do two things - plan a route to either Orangeville or Shelburne to connect with Dufferin's own network (I have a few concepts in mind), as well as figure out a way for Route 2 to go to Downtown Collingwood (which would shave off 30 minutes or more off a direct trip from Barrie to Collingwood by eliminating a transfer to the Route 4 slow bus), while on Grey County's end, the Highway 26 route should go to the central bus station in Downtown Collingwood, so that there is a direct connection between the two systems plus Colltrans. I applaud this move, and I'm definitely gonna plan a trip in the near future.
  19. Looked at the Twitter and it's actually a pretty nice simple scheme, kinda reminds me of Cornwall.
  20. So figure I'd give some updates. For 2019, Nova 1703 is this year's Christmas bus. Also, Route 90 is ending service on December 31st, 2019, which is New Year's Eve. The last 90B trip is the 3:30 trip while the last 90A trip is the 6:00 trip. I'm planning to be on it before I go to Downtown Countdown.
  21. https://www.clearview.ca/municipal-services/public-transit This completely slipped past our radar this year, but Clearview's now a two-route system. Their hub is at the Clearview Township council building in Stayner, with Route 1 running through Stayner and to Wasaga Beach, and Route 2 linking Stayner to Creemore. Wonder if they bought more buses to reflect this or if 3322's being used for it?
  22. https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1358570/autobus-rouyn-montreal-transport-commun-comparaison?fbclid=IwAR0XlE0lhRRcKob_TcuLGJNZpM9gVN3b3VHz6fdEGvvOeAXPfmz7lBM7Joc Looking at this Radio-Canada article (I translated it through Chrome) it seems like Rouyn-Noranda's bought another Nova with the narrow front doors that you'd find in Southern Quebec, numbered 9609.
  23. Maybe they'd rent a few from a leasing company to make up for the shortfall? I know that place in Mississauga has some Eldorados available, along with some D40LFs, the latter of which I would i'd imagine are too big for Dufferin County.
  24. https://www.orangeville.com/news-story/9596098--something-is-finally-happening-dufferin-county-could-rent-orangeville-buses-to-serve-shelburne-mono-grand-valley/?fbclid=iwar0owpk6njblldgmwxfjk5gqjd5g0duinlymngk1h_xmswgqdx9g3tbz3qa Some interesting news to say the least. I'm already thinking of planning a trip once the go-ahead happens.
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