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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. Looked at the Twitter and it's actually a pretty nice simple scheme, kinda reminds me of Cornwall.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. https://barrie360.com/13m-for-barrie-transit-announced/?fbclid=IwAR30CjBndAOopPpbUBSCAXCGSqgEXieh6ch4rHMJuDHH2xuaAZXZ6oytFAA Announcement for funding. have a read.
  14. 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?
  15. That's actually one of the first places I wanna visit outside Canada, along with Iceland and St. Pierre. Always loved European buses.
  16. So the news is in. Looks like the Collingwood and Orillia corridors will be free for a month per CTV News.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Is it still on the 4 right now? I might track it on the computer and get my pics of it at my crossing.
  23. 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.
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