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  1. One thing I really like is high speed runs in transit buses, because you can feel the speed when you do it. I'm just curious as to how fast some of you have managed to do on the bus, especially on transit routes that go onto the highway. My high speeds average between 80 to 100km/h depending on the route, but it's a rare treat to go that fast where I live. I've heard of the YRT Orion Vs being capable of doing 110/120ish, but that's still on my bucket-list to experience.
  2. Barrie Transit

    Is there anything new happening at Barrie Transit?
  3. Rouyn-Noranda/Val-D'Or

    Was in Rouyn today to catch my bus back to Barrie via North Bay, and looks like 6388 has had some work done to her, new wheels and the body looks new as well, while 6387 was MIA with a Maheux propane-powered Ford G5 (3476) charter bus serving as backup.
  4. Hey, guys. Since I haven't found anything detailed on the transit in Rouyn-Noranda, I was wondering if anyone here familiar with the operations up there would be kind enough to fill me in on how things work up there. With the limited info I could find, there's four routes and only two buses to operate the entire system. I know of the two Novas that they run and that the Orion Is were sold to Tremblant, but how do they manage to run things up there? I would be safe to assume that one bus does the two routes within the city itself and another does the route to Noranda based on a hunch I had looking at the maps. That leaves the Manutex route. Any idea how they run this or if they have anything else besides 6387-6388 or if they use vehicles from another Maheux division for it? And onto Val-D'Or. I've heard about the Taxibus system and found a few contractors who run it? What's the setup around there? Other than a few addresses and phone numbers from a few contractors and the Maheux yard, I haven't found anything pertaining to schedules or maps. What sort of fleet would they be running up there? The reason I'm asking this is because I'm gonna be going up there during the first week of September (I have family up there) and will be touring around and documenting whatever I can up there. I just want to know what to expect. If I can, I'll try to build a dossier on both and give the information to the board when I get back home so that the Wiki can be updated for future reference. I'll appreciate any info you people might have. Thanks.
  5. Hey, guys. Lately during my discussions about my trip I wanna plan to St. Pierre for next year's car ferry, I've started growing an interest in photography of foreign cars and their license plates, whether they be from Canadian provinces, the States or other countries entirely, as well as hunting for buses and trucks that are either from outside of Simcoe County (where I live), from outside of Ontario or from other countries entirely. I thought it'd be a good topic for us license plate fanatics to post our catches from our various little pieces of paradise where we come from. I'm interested in Canada and Europe mostly, but the States and anywhere else is welcome, really. I've seen similar threads on places such as Citydata and Skyscrapercity about the same topic, and thought about putting one here. Here's what I'm interested in: -foreign cars from Canadian provinces, American states or other foreign countries, especially rare ones for your area. The rarest ones I've seen in Barrie were two Mexican license plates, one was from Quintana Roo state (on a Suburban) while the other I forget where, I think either Chihuahua or Chiapas (on an old F150), along with a Dutch plate on a mid-2000s Iveco Daily that I spotted in 2005 but never got the chance to photograph. -rare buses and trucks from outside your region, province/state or country (an example locally to me would be a York Region, Toronto, Dufferin, Durham or Peel-based school bus in Barrie, or school buses from Northern Ontario, eastern Central Ontario or Grey-Bruce, a coach from a company in another province or state that's not Greyhound in Barrie, as well as coaches from companies from GTA/Southern Ontario, Northern Ontario or northern Quebec that get off the highway and drive into town, or any out-of-town transit bus in Barrie that's not GO Transit [don't think that's happened at all here yet], or any American buses trucks that visit my city. I'll also include Texas-registered Greyhounds in places to the north of where they normally go, basically anywhere north or far away from the cities where American Greyhounds depart from that go to the border, north of Toronto/MTL/Ottawa or north of Calgary/Vancouver/Winnipeg for example). -taxis from outside of your city, region or province (examples in Barrie for me include taxis from rural Simcoe County/Muskoka as well as York Region and Toronto, including a couple Beck cabs I've spotted here. One of my relatives also came to my house from the Airport in a Mississauga cab before, while I've also heard of New York City taxis entering Ontario a few times from friends.) -emergency vehicles from outside your city or region. Examples known to me locally include RCMP cars and Metro Police vehicles that visited Barrie as well as York Regional Police's Lake Simcoe boat the Wahwateesin (if I spelt it correctly? Haven't seen it in years), various OPP boats from Orillia and further north and Durham Region Police's Zodiac that have visited Kempenfelt Bay, as well as ambulances from neighbouring counties that have been here on transfers or emergency runs, along with fire trucks from out of town that have visited here before. -European grey-market imported trucks or post-1970 grey-market import buses in North America (I know of at least 5 late-80s/early-90s Scania trucks that are in Ontario, all owned by the same guy. Mexican coaches in the border states or in Canada would be welcome as well.) -these pictures should be taken and spotted in your city or region where you live, or on any travelling you've done abroad. -another one I'm interested in is Canadian plates in Mexico or on other continents. For example, during my search last night I found two whole pages of Ontario and Quebec plates that made it to Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland, and a few pictures of Ontario plates on cars in Estonia. The farther away or more obscure the destination, the better. This can also include posts from us Canucks who've spotted buses from our towns in places such as Toronto, New York, California or the Gulf while we're travelling as well. -I'm also interested in sumamries on what the most and least common foreign plates or out-of-town companies are in your areas. For me, most common plates here are Alberta, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick for Canada, while the most common I've seen from the States have been from New York, Michigan, and Florida, the least common were anything southern or western, while the rarest ones I've seen were the two Mexican plates, a California plate, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, and the Netherlands. Most common out of town taxis I'd say are from companies in Essa Township, Springwater Township and Innisfil, as well as some from New Tecumseth, Collingwood and Bradford. Most common out-of-town buses in Barrie are from York Region and the GTA, but they rarely go off the highway. Ontario Northland has regular departures here, but they're not rare like spotting a Tisdale or a Maheux in Barrie off the highway. In fact, it's pretty rare if any coach comes off the highway and stays in town. Trucks can come from pretty much every province and state on the continent, with the most common being Manitoba, Alberta, BC, Quebec and New Brunswick, associated with big companies, as well as some American ones from Illinois and other states that are popular with huge fleets, with some representation from companies such as Swift, Werner and J.B. Hunt, and the common Arizona plates on Uhaul's rentals. The rarest ones I've been told are from Mexico on trailers hauled by Canadian or American trucks from the Faurecia plant in San Luis Potosi to plants in Bradford and Barrie where my stepdad used to work at. That being said, I'll share some of my best catches over the last 10 years to get the thread started. Included are Cleveland Southeastern 5522, a Prevost XL-II on Ohio plates taken in 2006, a Kunkel 102DL3 running a Greyhound overflow in 2014 between Toronto and Owen Sound, a Texas-registered classic MC12 I spotted in Downtown Barrie a few years before the MC12s were transferred here, Great Canadian Setra from Waterloo Region (quite a few visited us a few years ago), an East Ferris Bus Lines Blue Bird from Northern Ontario (spotted 2008 in Midland during a track meet I was on), and Setra demo at Downtown Barrie with North Carolina plates that was carrying a charter group for the Dragon Boat festival of 2011. For cars, I threw in a Pennsylvania plate in the Painswick quarter of Barrie that I spotted while out doing errands in the neighbourhood. I'm looking forward to see what else you guys can find, and whether they'll be more interesting than mine. Post away!
  6. Barrie Transit

    Got to ride 67604 today and she runs like a beauty. Took her from Allandale to Downtown on my favourite Route 4 while I was at Illuminate Barrie with my Grampa. It still had a bit of a new smell, and the interior looks beautiful. Apart from the new floor and a few new grab-irons (using a railroad term here), the seats are still original to the series, Innovator 850s most likely built at the old Otaco plant in Orillia, with new seat covers on them. The dash also looks brand new as well. Right after we left Downtown to head back to Illuminate Barrie, 1720 showed up signed as ''SPECIAL''. Ever since I've heard of this bus I've been looking for it and it just showed up completely by chance, and as usual, I get dibs on the first photos of some of the new buses again. :3 <3
  7. Barrie Transit

    Another 04's been rebuilt! I just spotted 67604 running Route 1 today. Taken around 5:30PM, 8.31.2017. This was one of the other 04s that was knocked out the last few years.
  8. Barrie Transit

    Back in Feb when I was riding with one of my drivers on the 4, he told me there were some 04s that were taken out of service and put in storage. I remember him telling me this was one of them. I have a hunch that we may start seeing more of these being finished and hitting the road, and then any of the ones that are on the road currently might possibly be done after this. My driver friends don't really have information on the rebuild programme though. In fact, 67404 showing up all nice and shiny was news even to them. I think this thing's a beauty though. When I took a quick glance through the windshield, it appeared to me that they reupholstered the original Innovator 850 seats like was done on the 06 to 09s. If you say there's new seats, what kind are they? I'd be impressed that they put the same seats as the Novas have in them.
  9. Barrie Transit

    Just got back from the Barrie Fair shuttle with a couple friends. 1703 was our bus. Unlike the 2012 and 2013 routes where the bus took Essa Road to 20th Sideroad, this year because of the closure at Allandale Station, the bus runs down Dunlop, part of Highway 90 and then straight down 10th Line Essa. I have video of the full run (from the front seat) and plenty of pictures at both ends. The ones of 1703 were taken at the fairgrounds. After I got off my GO bus, I saw 67404 parked on the Route 6 platform and managed to get a couple pics. From what I can see, the seats are the same Innovator 850s with new trim, in the original layout, but this bus looks beautiful. Haven't had a chance to see the inside yet though, I took a glance through the windshield as I looked for my friends. All in all, it was an awesome trip.
  10. Barrie Transit

    What route is it running right now? I'm gonna be heading downtown shortly so I'll look for it.
  11. Barrie Transit

    One of my friends in town says he saw an 04 D40LF driving on Mapleview with no ads on her and appeared to have fresh paint. Anybody know how that happened? Rebuild perhaps? I plan to go hunting for it tonight while at the model railway club, but if anybody can confirm it, I think this would be good news for the 04s.
  12. Simcoe County Transit

    http://www.sunshine89.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=95248 The County approved the creation of the system according to this article, but the rollout's also been pushed back quite a ways.
  13. Barrie Transit

    Oh, yeah, for sure I'll get some shots for you. :) Probably gonna do a couple separate trips, the Friday at 10:00 AM is strictly a bus trip, and then later on I might actually attend the fair itself.
  14. Barrie Transit

    http://essaagriplex.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2017_PUBLIC_Schedule_Barrie_Fair_web.pdf For the first time in I believe four years, Barrie Transit I believe is running a shuttle to the Barrie Fair out in Essa Township. Back in 2012 I rode the very first departure of this run, 60109 was the bus assigned to it, and the video's on YouTube. Wondering if maybe a few of the local fans from Barrie would like to tag along and plan a meet-up? Back in 2012 when I did my trip I was able to get photos at the fair end of the route, and video of the whole route. I find it best to take the first trip of these things, as there's no crowds and the venue isn't busy, meaning that when one wants to get pics at the venue, at those times you usually can. I can organise an event page on that new feature this board has if anybody's interested? The best time I believe would be the Friday at the first 10:00 trip.
  15. Simcoe County Transit

    http://www.madhunt.com/county-transit-preview-20170803.html After about 6 months of no new reports or news of tenders, something has come out regarding this file in the media.
  16. Barrie Transit

    I was there when 1704 showed up, my pic was blurry though. Was waiting for my ride home from the model railway club with a driver I know. She switched off 1204 for 68506. Managed to get pics of everything that was parked though, including 1701.
  17. Clearview Transit

    Oh, okay, so that means that these four buses that will become the permanent one for Clearview and three for Wasaga that the press wrote about are still being built then? I wonder if anybody knows what they are and when they're due to arrive? I'd imagine they'd be G5s on GM chassis.
  18. Clearview Transit

    https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/7320303-clearview-purchases-bus-to-make-public-transit-system-permanent/ This article from earlier this year talks about Clearview piggybacking on a Wasaga Beach order (one for Clearview, three for Wasaga) from Girardin Blue Bird. I wonder if they're talking about the plain-white G5 that Sinton's been using in recent months? I haven't seen any pictures of Wasaga's new units, so I also wonder whether these four buses are still being built and the white one that's been spotted recently is a leaser?
  19. Collingwood Transit

    https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/7107139-collingwood-blue-mountains-transit-link-exceeds-expectations/ While we're on the topic of inter-municipal connections out of Collingwood, this article from the local newspaper back in February talks about the Blue Mountain Link exceeding its targets as well as the possibility of a route to Meaford.
  20. Bradford West Gwillimbury Transit

    https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/7384185-federal-government-funds-vehicle-for-new-bwg-transit-bus/ Bradford has apparently tendered for a new bus and plans to hold public meetings to ask what the public wants done with it. Also, while we're at it, I was THE first rider on Route 2A when it started in 2014, and did front seat video of the whole trip. Here's some pictures from my time there during the launch on May 1st, 2014. The pics were taken at either Bradford GO Station or at the SmartCentres hub in the west end. 14-4 and 14-5 were the buses I rode. Here's my video from the ride. I was also featured in a photo on the BWG Transit Facebook page before we left the GO station, Idk if I was in the newspaper though.
  21. Collingwood Transit

    The route between Barrie and Collingwood that the County will be starting in a couple of years will definitely poach the traffic from the Hound between those two cities at least (especially with more frequency for the route), as well as poaching traffic from the taxi services, but I'd imagine Greyhound will still be strong at least between Meaford and Owen Sound. If not, Kunkel or somebody else locally'll end up taking it over, hopefully with a bit more frequency. I did read some articles in the Owen Sound newspaper around the time that the debacle with the terminal was happening though, that talked about Grey County possibly getting into the rural transit business. They could possibly run something on 26 between Owen Sound and Meaford at least, or even into Collingwood. I haven't heard anything for a few years at least though.
  22. Collingwood Transit

    Or at least meet halfway in Meaford and connect to their bus, and then Meaford or someone else could do the rest of the trip to Collingwood? That's a very long ride to be spending on an Arboc. Although I'd admit it'd be awesome seeing a Grey County bus calling at the Collingwood terminal. I'd definitely take the trip.
  23. Collingwood Transit

    Yeah, that's true. There's only two buses in the whole fleet that are really cut out for that kind of work, but their fleet is so small they need everything they have just for in-town work. They'd need more 40ft vehicles that could handle the speeds to do that, and there's no way they'll spend the money on them unless there's a firm commitment to the route, and since the County has their plan for 2019, what's the point?
  24. Collingwood Transit

    I've actually brought this topic up with many of the drivers I know in Barrie. Simcoe County is currently in the process of setting up a regional transit system, with a route to Collingwood being started in 2019, which in my opinion is pretty far away. If anything, Barrie-Orillia and Barrie-Collingwood should've been the first routes set up by the County, since they would both connect Barrie to the second and third-largest transit networks. I wouldn't mind something interim coming up, but I have a feeling we'll be waiting until pigs fly for things to happen. Maybe Colltrans could send one of their XD40s to Barrie on a commuter run in the interim? *nudge/wink*
  25. Barrie Transit

    Drove past SN Diesel on Churchill tonight while out with the family and saw what appeared to be an all-white D40LF and some other buses as well. Wonder if that D40LF could be 1940 or 1937-1938? I tried to look for that Nova in there but couldn't see any. I only got a view for like 3 seconds and saw the D40LF and a couple other white transit-looking buses with black destos parked beside it. Driving past it there's tonnes of bush blocking a view of the lot from the road, I could draw my own hunches on why they never cleared it, but I think it's intentional.