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  1. VIVA has always been all door as you pay on the platform before boarding. There's nowhere on board to pay anyway.
  2. Gil

    MiWay

    Other than the 61 (I don't recall if it gets a usual service cut in August) all the other routes here are the same as the existing COVID-19 service reductions. Unless the 61 is poised to get it's service restored in August? Then there's also the supposed truncation of the 103 HURONTARIO EXPRESS from Port Credit to Mississauga Hospital. Seeing as they'll need to replace the maps if that goes ahead, should they also remove or change the way the temporarily cancelled routes are shown? They seemed to do a rather thorough job of replacing the maps when the 19 HURONTARIO was split as there's a notice at the top of the map which makes them easy to spot. Usually with the smaller changes you'd still see a lot of outdated maps posted in the bus shelters. Hopefully the full resumption of services coincides with the shift to the new Kipling Terminal and new maps will reflect the restored network and new routings. Meanwhile, the protest in Malton has shifted to allow buses to enter Westwood but the intersection is still closed forcing detours that aren't posted or followed.
  3. Gil

    MiWay

    During the protest which occupied the Morning Star & Goreway intersection for three days buses were on detour around the intersection and using a temporary on-street loop on Corliss Cres. since access to the Westwood Square Terminal was also supposedly blocked. MiWay had only posted detour notices (that I saw) on Monday and did not post them on Tuesday. It was interesting watching the buses make their own loops via Darcel and Brandon Gate. You'd think after 3 days they'd have figured out the detour. The TTC had cut back its 52B LAWRENCE WEST to loop at McNaughton instead of detouring. Brampton Transit didn't post any detour notices. Here's the notice posted from the Peel Police twitter feed. UPDATE/EDIT: It seems they are still blocking the intersection (Transit55 was showing the buses inside the Westwood Terminal this morning, but it looks like that's since changed) and MiWay has revised the Service Updates page accordingly this afternoon: General Message(1 update) Current Rts servicing Westwood Mall terminal are detoured due to closure of Westwood Terminal and closure of Morningstar/Goreway. 7 Airport North(1 update) Current RT42 - L Goreway, R Etude, L Darcel. L Morning Star both directions RT11 - R Goreway, R Etude, L Darcel both directions RT24 - Etude, L Darcel both directions RT104 - Goreway, R Etude, L Darcel both directions RT7 - Morningstar, L Catalpa, R Brandon Gate, R Monica, R Darcel RT15 - Brandon Gate, cross Goreway, R Monica, Darcel to R Morningstar RT30 - Brandon Gate, cross Goreway, R Monica, R Darcel to R Morningstar RT 16 - L Monica, R Darcel, to R Morningstar 7 Airport South(1 update) Current RT42 - L Goreway, R Etude, L Darcel. L Morning Star both directions RT11 - R Goreway, R Etude, L Darcel both directions RT24 - Etude, L Darcel both directions RT104 - Goreway, R Etude, L Darcel both directions RT7 - Morningstar, L Catalpa, R Brandon Gate, R Monica, R Darcel RT15 - Brandon Gate, cross Goreway, R Monica, Darcel to R Morningstar RT30 - Brandon Gate, cross Goreway, R Monica, R Darcel to R Morningstar RT 16 - L Monica, R Darcel, to R Morningstar What's the point of posting the updates under separate directions if they both display the same information?! Technically, the turns would be reversed for the opposite direction. Again, from what I was observing on Transit55 differs from what's listed here. Perhaps they should come with a disclaimer for people waiting on the listed detour routing but not seeing a bus! The routing to turn around isn't indicated either, meaning the drivers are free to choose? That would explain the varied loops.
  4. Gil

    MiWay

    The only reason I can think of for hopefully temporarily removing the 103 HURONTARIO EXPRESS from Port Credit is that the first phase of construction for the LRT will start there and work its way north while they continue removing medians. A lot of the utility relocation work seems to have taken place last summer with a few other sections being done this spring. There is no set date for the removal of the service other than some time in 2020. That is the narrowest section of Hurontario, so perhaps it was a move to try and mitigate construction delays. It was mentioned that there would be modifications to service related to construction of the LRT. I'm sure as we get closer to the implementation date there will be adequate notice. I don't know if the lighter traffic is speeding up the prep work to counter any COVID measures that may be slowing it down. Depending on how bad it gets, the 8 CAWTHRA may be a faster trip to City Centre from Port Credit once construction is in full swing! The one segment of the population that I could see getting upset by the cutback are those with lower incomes. Since the No Frills closed, I've noticed a lot of people heading up to the Food Basics and FreshCo at Hurontario and King. Granted the 103 doesn't make a stop there, but it's close enough to Dundas to walk to. Just as many shoppers get off the bus there as do get on to head north. Short of running express after the North Service stop and using the QEW and Mississauga Rd. to get to Port Credit I'm not sure what else they can do to mitigate the loss of service from Port Credit. As for the MiWay Five page, I've just done the search on the new MiWay site. There isn't really a place for it given the new layout (i.e. it doesn't fit into one of the existing drop down menu categories), but there's always the feedback button at the bottom. There's also the next round of MiWay Five which is supposed to be presented to the public later this fall if they keep to that schedule.
  5. The immediate neighbours of the garage and the ones who were most opposed to its construction is the Mon Sheong Foundation Long Term Care Facility which caters primarily to Chinese seniors and the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church. In a likely attempt at being a good neighbour (the City has made similar attempts at posting zoning variances in Chinatown) they are making the information readily available. It will probably be a while before the TTC attempts on a wider scale to post more general notices in other languages as is seen (from what I can recall) in New York, San Francisco or LA. They're just now preparing for bilingual signage in NEW CONSTRUCTIONS, rather than try and fast track it and include it with the new wayfinding that is currently being rolled out on existing infrastructure.
  6. Gil

    MiWay

    I figured as much, but it seemed strange as you can just as easily access the other MiWay routes from the Green Lane stop at Islington as well as the TTC network. If MiWay still intends on providing a continued minimum service to Islington you'd wind up with some more convoluted routings in order to be able to serve both Kipling and Islington conveniently. Otherwise you're left with the LOOONNG walk from Dundas & Aukland to the Kipling Terminal at the bottom of Subway Cres. (I wonder if they'd rename it since it's no longer a crescent but more of a court/cul-de-sac). That still leaves the question on whether they'll reroute to two-way along Kipling once the migration occurs. As for the conversion of the 71 into the 102, I've lamented the inconsistencies with the express services. The 100-series MiExpress routes made sense for routes serving express stops along key corridors where local service was provided. The 108 MEADOWVALE BUSINESS EXPRESS was the lone exception serving all stops on the local section of its routing in Meadowvale (not that it would make much difference if it served the local stops along Dundas as well - essentially the non-highway portions of the route). The new 102 SHERIDAN EXPRESS (?) would likely follow this model. Then you have the current 70-series which uses the highways but makes local stops when running on regular streets. What's left of the 80-series express routes have express stops but no highway segments. There's the occasional on-board message about the 87 MEADOWVALE-SKYMARK (should that eventually be changed to Renforth?) being a limited stop route for those unfamiliar with it since it's not branded as a 100-series express route. Finally the abandonned 200-series express routes seemed to make sense as they were only available during rush hours, whereas the 100-series when they overlapped were all-day (or most of the day). The survey they conducted earlier this year to get input for the next MiWay Five plan (which I should post some time) had several questions regarding additional express services. I liked the plan they initially had for the Transitway of having (200-series) express routes come off the Transitway and serve other areas of Mississauga, especially given that there are now few Transitway stops west of CCTT. If the Transitway service was frequent enough I wouldn't be opposed to making a transfer from one of the new express services. Through-routing them to Kipling or Islington would help improve frequencies along the main trunk of the Transitway and provide additional connections between Renforth Station and the subway. Otherwise I'm left trying to weigh my options about the quickest trip home based on real-time vs. scheduled trips. This of course is all predicated on the eventual return of normal service and demand.
  7. I assume you mean the entrance on York St. at the Royal York? Pre-pandemic that was already a busy spot with the various shuttle and tour buses along with the taxis. There's already a lot of traffic on Front St. and I think they wouldn't take too kindly to having the buses at their front door as I doubt the two clientele have much in common. As for stopping on the street, the few places I've seen that have laybys for motorcoaches (usually tour buses from out of town and not the sightseeing buses) are also used by people picking up a coffee or making deliveries which puts them at a premium. Given the City's desire to have streets free-flowing especially during rush hour, I don't see them readily allowing MegaBus to serve on street stops for the extended amount of time required to get everyone on and off the buses considering Toronto is a terminus stop. Even if Ontario Northland went to serving the Hwy. 407 station that still leaves a lot of other intercity traffic at the new bus terminal. Greyhound's remaining service include Ottawa, London and points west and I believe its codeshare (I don't know if that aviation term can be applied to buses) service to NYC via other carriers like Adirondck Trailways serving cities between Niagara and Toronto. There are also tour operators departing from the current Coach Terminal, will they be accommodated at the new bus terminal assuming things ever go back to normal? The new Kipling station is also supposed to bring in 3 GO Transit routes. No word on which ones, but I'm guessing possibly a branch of the 21 MILTON and the 29 GUELPH-MISSISSAUGA which used to run to Cooksville. One of the 25 WATERLOO-MISSISSAUGA branches would also provide an additional connection into Toronto for those headed into Waterloo Region.
  8. Gil

    MiWay

    Aside from the random reassignment of route colours among some of the other changes (or lack thereof) the 7 AIRPORT gets cut back to Renforth while the 34 CREDIT VALLEY and 90 TERRAGAR-COPENHAGEN do not get cut in addition to the service restructuring to Churchill Meadows CC. The 49A McDOWELL routing doesn't change to serve Vista and Bell Harbour while the all-day 49 McDOWELL continues to duplicate service along Winston Churchill. Having seen that stretch, how much demand is there from the stops along Winston Churchill? The 50 LISGAR-CHURCHILL MEADOWS is also being implemented. With a commercial centre taking shape on the south side of Eglinton between Ninth Line and Ridgeway I'm surprised through service on Ridgeway over the 403 hasn't been considered yet. Take one of the duplicated routes in Churchill Meadows and route it down to South Common giving through service on Burnhamthorpe. They could at least put the call out box for Erin Mills Town Centre back in if they really don't see it going any time soon. So much for migrating to the Transitway station! I wonder with the truncated 7 AIRPORT routing why it didn't duplicate the 24 NORTHWEST's routing completely? It's short enough now, why make it even shorter. Given the types of businesses in that area, you'd figure they'd appreciate more overnight service that the service would bring, that is if it is going to keep the overnight service since it's been cut back to Renforth instead of CCTT. The 35 EGLINTON is still shown as not running past Renforth Station. I must have pointed that mistake out a few years ago at multiple PICs. All the written material says that the 35 EGLINTON will continue to serve the subway (regardless of which station). Meanwhile, I think they forgotten that they've nixed the idea of short turning the 20 RATHBURN as it's missing from the list of routes moving to Kipling unless they plan on keeping it at Islington. Would MiWay pay less if it were using fewer bays if say only 2 or 3 routes continued using it? With a few months to go (depending on when in the Fall construction is completed) I'm surprised they haven't figured out how routes will be reconfigured to serve Kipling. At this point in the game I don't know why they're still showing Islington as the main subway connection point in their 2020 map. The 20 RATHBURN, 26 BURNHAMTHORPE and 70 KEATON would probably run down Kipling to Dundas and then enter the new station. If one or two routes did continue to Islington it'd force MiWay to differentiate which "Subway" station they were going to. Also, why does the 71 SHERIDAN-SUBWAY PM routing go up the 427 rather than Islington? Kipling is only slightly more troublesome because of its offramp from the Gardiner leading to Evans Ave. though no more convoluted than using the Dundas exit from the 427. There's another odd detail, the 6 CREDIT WOODLANDS is shown looping using last April's detour routing along Square One Dr. and Hammersmith Dr. though it continues to Duke of York. I don't know if they're trying to free up space at CCTT or just try to make Sheridan more accessible, but wouldn't using Square One Dr. from Living Arts Dr. mean fewer turns which would dictate stop spacing and position? I'm surprised they haven't done this sooner with other routes primarily coming from the east that could turn around at the Duke of York roundabout. I'm one of those user which given GO Transit's scheduling, I may use Port Credit over Cooksville. I was thinking the elimination of duplication might have meant running the 103 along a different corridor like McLaughlin or Mavis or even Kennedy/Central Pkwy. especially once construction starts. Were the turns so time consuming for the 4 SHERWAY GARDENS (still prefer the old APPLEWOOD designation) that they couldn't return to serving the on-site stop at Mississauga Hospital (I still call it Mississauga Gen since there's Credit Valley now) with the 19 HURONTARIO services gone? I guess the 103 HURONTARIO EXPRESS will fill that slot.
  9. If MegaBus did wind up serving the Hwy. 407 station it would give them an excuse to also serve Pearson, at the expense of any passengers who would prefer a downtown stop. I know the idea was to try and consolidate the downtown bus terminals into one location, but 14 bays between GO and the intercity companies seems a bit tight at the onset. All Day-Two Way service on the other rail lines was supposed to cut down on the need for GO buses. Even if they were to split the levels by provider with GO on one level and intercity on another, 7 bays (assuming it's an even split, I've seen the details but don't recall them right now) is less than what the existing Coach Terminal has. At the risk of seguing this topic, where would MegaBus even be able to stop curbside downtown if they didn't want to use the new bus terminal?
  10. Gil

    MiWay

    City Council gave the go ahead for MiWay to follow the lead of Brampton Transit and effective July 2 with the resumption of fare collection is making the wearing of a face covering mandatory except for those under the age of 2 and who have a disability or medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask. How the latter will be taken by fellow passengers is to be debated. Do you present a medical note before boarding? I know asthma is one such condition where wearing a mask is not recommended. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Updated: June 10, 2020 Thursday, June 18 – The MiWay Information Booth at City Centre Transit Terminal will be available at the trailer outside near Platform D. Physical distancing measures will be in place inside and outside of the trailer. Wednesday, June 24 – The MiWay Fares Booth inside the City Centre Transit Terminal will reopen. Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. Avoid the line ups and load your PRESTO card online at prestocard.ca or download the official PRESTO App. Thursday, July 2 – MiWay will resume fare collection and front door boarding. Starting Thursday, July 2, it will be mandatory for riders to wear non-medical masks or face coverings on board buses. Children under the age of two, and people with disabilities or other medical conditions that prevent them from wearing any mask will not be required to wear one. There's been a slight tweak with the next scheduled Service Change on August 3 involving the 103 HURONTARIO EXPRESS. Still too far out for them to mention what they have in mind, but there is also still no mention as to the implementation of the Eglinton corridor streamlining. I'm not sure what they have in mind for eliminating service duplication unless they're taking about the northern half which is also served by Brampton's Züm 502 MAIN. From my pre-pandemic observations, most people waiting at northbound stops north of the 403 are trying to catch the 502 rather than the 103 (one less transfer at Brampton Gateway vs. taking the first available bus). Improving service reliability along the Hurontario corridor in anticipation for LRT construction Date: August 3, 2020 Revised routing for Route 103 Hurontario Express to eliminate service duplication and increase service reliability. The shift to Kipling Station has become a bit ambiguous with the change now listed as Fall 2020 rather than with September 7/Labour Day change date. The scheduled changes in Churchill Meadows for October 26 are no longer listed either. If the current COVID-19 situation doesn't clear up by then, I don't think they'll go ahead with the opening the new community centre and restructure the 9 RATHBURN-THOMAS, 35 EGLINTON and 39 BRITANNIA to serve it. Will the 50 LISGAR-CHURCHILL MEADOWS be deferred as well? The Proposed Network Map is still the April version, though I've just noticed them depicting the 2 HURONTARIO as not using Robert Speck and City Centre! While on the subject of these long compound routes do people actually refer to them by their full name or simply use the usually shorter route name that's displayed on the side desto? This goes even for just long route names like the 6 CREDIT WOODLANDS which just goes by WOODLANDS on the side desto. Why add a duplicated route name onto another like the 10 BRISTOL-BRITANNIA? Ever since the restructuring from the beginning of the MiWay 5 plan it's time on Britannia itself has been cut in half. As for the two HURONTARIO routes currently running, appending a cardinal just messes with the insistence of displaying the route direction as well. Change one to either BRAMPTON or PORT CREDIT without resorting to adding a hyphenated -CITY CENTRE. Most will be able to figure it out.
  11. It's been 4 years, time for another bump... If the extension to Richmond Hill Centre does eventually go ahead, assuming the destination is downtown, would the cheaper TTC fare outweigh the faster travel via GO (provided they increase their frequencies)? I can't imagine riding the majority of the Yonge Line especially during rush hour!
  12. Gil

    MiWay

    The June 1, 2020 Service Changes are now available for viewing: On June 1, MiWay will change schedules and service levels on several routes in response to evolving customer demand due to COVID-19. The changes include: 1. Schedule changes and reduced service due to COVID-19 impacts and seasonal summer adjustments The following routes will have changes due to COVID-19 impacts or due to seasonal summer adjustments. Throughout the school year, additional school trips normally run until June 29. Due to COVID-19 and closed school facilities, these routes will provide reduced service starting June 1. 2 Hurontario – New Saturday and Sunday schedules 3 Bloor – Reduced weekday service and new Saturday schedules 4 Sherway Gardens – Reduced weekday service 6 Credit Woodlands – Reduced weekday service, new weekday and weekend schedules 8 Cawthra – Reduced weekday service and new weekday schedules 9 Rathburn-Thomas – Reduced weekday service and new weekday schedules 10 Bristol-Britannia – Reduced weekday service and new weekday schedules 13 Glen Erin – Reduced weekday service 14 Lorne Park – Reduced weekday service 17 Hurontario – New Saturday schedules 20 Rathburn – Reduced weekday service 26 Burnhamthorpe – Reduced weekday service and new Saturday schedules 29 Park Royal-Homelands – Reduced weekday service and new weekday schedules 34 Credit Valley – New Saturday schedules 36 Colonial-Ridgeway – Reduced weekday service 38 Creditview – Reduced weekday service 44 Mississauga Road – Reduced weekday service 46 Tenth Line-Osprey – Reduced weekday service and new weekday schedules 48 Erin Mills – New weekday schedules 49A McDowell-Streetsville GO – New weekday schedules 51 Tomken – Reduced weekday service 61 Mavis – Reduced weekday service 68 Terry Fox – New weekday schedules 74 Explorer – New weekday schedules 91 Hillcrest-Cooksville GO – New weekday schedules 108 Meadowvale Business Express – New weekday schedules 109 Meadowvale Express – New weekday schedules 110 University Express – New weekday schedules Province of Ontario now recommends those travelling on public transit to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. The following routes are already running with changed service due to COVID-19: 3 Bloor – Reduced Saturday service 11 Westwood – Reduced weekday service 26 Burnhamthorpe – Reduced Saturday service 44 Mississauga Road – Reduced weekday service 61 Mavis – Reduced weekday service 100 Airport Express – Cancelled on weekdays 101 Dundas Express – Cancelled on Sundays 107 Malton Express – Cancelled on weekdays and weekends 109 Meadowvale Express – Reduced service on weekdays and weekends 110 University Express – Reduced weekday service and cancelled on weekends 185 Dixie Express – Cancelled on weekdays All 300 school routes – Cancelled GO shuttle routes – Cancelled: 32 Lisgar GO 37 Creditview-Erindale GO 64 Meadowvale GO 67 Streetsville GO 2. Canada Day Service On Canada Day, buses will operate on a holiday schedule and service will be cancelled on the following four routes: 6 Credit Woodlands 28 Confederation 35 Eglinton-Ninth Line 68 Terry Fox Not running service on Canada Day on certain routes is a new development this year. With the Canada Day Fireworks pre-emptively cancelled there isn't the late night holiday service required. With all of the cancelled routes (primarily GO shuttles and Express routes) should they be removed from the system map? At least the online one? Or at the very least grey them out similar to what Brampton Transit did with their COVID-19 map? Showing routes that aren't operating probably leads to unnecessary confusion when trying to plot your trip. I guess it's still a bit early, but I guess summer school routes will also be cancelled? The usual Service Change at the end of June/beginning of July which introduces them has been scrapped.
  13. Gil

    MiWay

    It seems like someone changed the dates for the Eglinton Corridor changes but didn't carry them through the entire website. It seems like the streamlining of the corridor was bumped up by about a month, but the schedule on the Trip Planner still show the 7 AIRPORT, 24 NORTHWEST and 34 CREDIT VALLEY still running on June 1. There should have been a notice on the Service Update page as well if they were going to make another major change like that. Aren't the board periods usually about 6-8 weeks. The last changes took place in late April, so late June sound about right for the next round. Enhancing the Eglinton Corridor by Eliminating Service Duplication Date: June 1, 2020 Route 7 Airport Revised routing to service Northwest Drive and end at Renforth Transitway Station (previously serviced by Route 24 Northwest). Route 24 Northwest Cancelled and merged with Route 7 Airport. Alternate routes: revised Route 7 Airport and 107 Malton Express. Route 34 Credit Valley Cancelled to eliminate service duplication. Alternate route: enhanced Route 35/35A Eglinton with increased service frequency. Route 35 Eglinton-Ninth Line / 35A Eglinton-Tenth Line Increased service frequency. Given what's been going on lately, are the plans for this year still on track or will they be deferred? Rationalizing service in light of budgetary shortfalls seems like a good idea in the case of Eglinton. There's also still no word on how the overnight service on the 7 AIRPORT will be replaced. I don't know that the truncated routing for the 7 AIRPORT will need overnight service seeing as it's currently only rush hour service on the 24 NORTHWEST. Then again, there are a lot of warehouses and shipping companies that rely on the proximity to Pearson that are probably 24-hour operations whose staff would probably appreciate the service. Adding the 35 EGLINTON to the overnight service would provide a connection to City Centre and Islington/Kipling for people trying to get to Malton via Renforth Station. It would also provide some access to Credit Valley Hospital. Otherwise in order to provide the same level of connectivity, the overnight service would have to retain the old routing.
  14. Gil

    MiWay

    The 28 CONFEDERATION runs through Cooksville GO, so I doubt they'd need or even have time to layover. GO has reduced their train service to hourly during rush hour resulting in reduced MiWay service into the station. The few times I've boarded the 91 HILLCREST at Cooksville GO there have been a few people on the bus who are riding through the station rather than wait for the returning trip to CCTT. The driver will probably board passengers then take the layover in the parking lot before turning around and starting the northbound trip. If the schedule padding hasn't been sorted out yet the layover normally taken along Mavis to stay on schedule will probably just be taken at Cooksville with a delayed departure eventually making up the time along the route. Theoretically, if there wan't any/ a lot of traffic in the PPUDO the buses could loop through there. As for why MiWay can't use the bus bays on the north side of the parking garage/station, my guess would be that due to the ongoing construction it would be a liability issue. It's a GO station, so they're probably covered if something happens to their own vehicles on their property. Otherwise it could be a bit of NIMBYism with the condo residents not wanting ALL bus traffic to use the west access road which doubles as their driveway. Finally, per Ministry of Health guidelines MiWay is now recommending non-medical face coverings be worn while on public transit: Updated: May 22, 2020 NOTICE: The Ontario Ministry of Heath recommends the use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 when physical distancing and keeping two-metres’ distance from others may be challenging or not possible. Learn about face coverings, including how to properly fit, wear, remove and clean your non-medical face mask.
  15. Gil

    MiWay

    The info posted on MiWay's website (see attached advisory) differs from your description and is what I used in my post. Either way, I take it that the buses are deadheading along that routing to turn around? The notice on MiWay's site includes only the terminal map and makes it sound like only the entrance is being resurfaced which left me wondering why they couldn't use the alternate entrance into Meadowvale to get to the terminal. According to the Service Update page the TL Kennedy stop is the designated replacement for the closed Hillcrest Ave. stop. No mention about the John St. stop, which theoretically should be back if they're opening up John St. into the station. The closure stemmed from the work involved in extending it west of Hurontario. Otherwise, the previous stop north of the tracks might make for an closer connection. Buses will turn around in the parking lot to exit Cooksville GO. With the station nearing completion, there has been no indication as to when MiWay will extend the 53 KENNEDY to Cooksville GO.
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