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  1. Maybe a Hamilton-Kitchener-London route just to build some extra connectivity into the network? Presumably the Kitchener to London segment would also serve the same intermediate stops as the train. As for washroom stops, if they were built into the schedule at major hubs (where facilities exist) would likely benefit both passengers and drivers. Would London-based routes get their own set of numbers? (Lakeshore West corridor = 10s, Milton = 20s, Kitchener = 30s, 407 West = 40s, 407 East = 50s, Barrie/Richmond Hill = 60s, Stouffville = 70s, "Kawartha" - Port Perry/Beaverton, Peterborough = 80s, Lakeshore East = 90s) Seeing as these would be the first set of routes not based in the GTA using the 100s seems appropriate. Then again there are some corridors with only one route (71) while the 30s and 40s are almost all used up.
  2. "Bridgepoint" would be like many of the station names on the Eglinton Line when people were trying to figure out where Fairbank is. Through exposure people will get used to seeing it and incorporate it into their mental map of Toronto. Using "Broadview" that close to Broadview station would seem to be the main cause for confusion.
  3. It's been about 2 weeks since they revised the 121 FORT YORK-ESPLANADE into the 121 ESPLANADE-RIVER. I wonder if the eastbound destination of Broadview is causing some confusion with riders thinking it's Broadview Stn.? Seeing as the northern/eastern terminus of the route goes around Bridgepoint Health, wouldn't that be a more apt destination display? (The new TTC website also still shows the FORT YORK-ESPLANADE route map.) I'm curious as to what the TTC is planning to do for service to Ontario Place next summer? The only other routes they could possibly extend are the 29 DUFFERIN and 63 OSSINGTON (ideally as a separate branch along Strachan so as not to inconvenience riders to Liberty Village with a detour).
  4. Barring another (presumably) weather-related delay temporary platform relocations at the City Centre Transit Terminal are slated to begin this weekend as work progresses on the Hurontario LRT. This Weekend: Bus Stop Relocations at the City Centre Transit Terminal Starting Saturday, Oct. 23 Starting at 2:30am on Saturday, Oct. 23 and continuing on Sunday, Oct. 24, the bus loop at the City Centre Transit Terminal will be closed due to Hurontario Light Rail Transit construction. All bus stops inside the terminal loop will be temporarily relocated to Rathburn Road. City Centre Transit Terminal map of bus stop locations for October 23 and 24. The bus loop is expected to reopen on Monday, October 25 at 4 a.m.; however: when it does, the following changes will be in effect until the end of Friday, November 5: Platform A will be closed; and The north-south Rathburn pedestrian crossing on the east side of Station Gate Road will be closed. Customers can use the pedestrian crossing on the west side of Station Gate Road to access platforms N and O. Customers taking Routes 107 Malton Express or 109S Meadowvale Express can board at stop #0085 at Platform L. Platform L is located on Rathburn Road to the west of Platform A. City Centre Transit Terminal map of bus stop locations for October 25 to November 5. Platform L on Rathburn Road More Bus Stop Relocations: October to December 2021 From October to December 2021, bus stops at the City Centre Transit Terminal will continue to be temporarily relocated – in different phases – due to construction on Rathburn Road for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. Please watch for posted stop notices. For more information, visit miway.ca/cctt. For those who can't view the .pdf:
  5. Is it that rare to have a mid-board period service change with the ones that were hastily announced for October 4? I think I first saw the notice for it the Thursday or Friday before. There were also several school trips which were included in the Service Change whose departure times were adjusted to better match the afternoon dismissal. Wouldn't they have been worked out with the school boards before the school year started, or was the issue so pressing that they couldn't wait until the regular Service Change on October 25? Anyway, the October 25 Service Changes are now posted (see below) along with updated Weekday, Express, Saturday and Sunday system maps. Service changes take effect on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 MiWay will be implementing service changes to ensure that our on-street service continues to adapt to customer needs and connect to new destinations. MiWay is committed to monitoring ridership levels across the transit network as travel patterns continue to evolve in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery framework. The following service changes will launch on Monday, October 25, 2021: Routes will be revised and schedules will be updated to service the new Churchill Meadows Community Centre 9 Rathburn will service (Mon to Sun) the Churchill Meadows Community Centre via Erin Centre Blvd and Ninth Line. 35 Eglinton will service (Mon to Sun) the Churchill Meadows Community Centre via Erin Centre Blvd and Ninth Line. 35A Eglinton-Tenth Line will be cancelled to avoid service duplication. Service coverage will be provided by the revised Route 35 – Eglinton. Reducing service where demand has decreased 49A McDowell-Streetsville GO will be cancelled due to low ridership demand. Customers can take Route 9 Rathburn to the Streetsville GO Station. Route 49 McDowell will continue to operate on weekdays with revised hours of service (10:00 AM to 8:00 PM). Please check for updated schedules. Adding more service where demand has increased There will be more trips on these routes: Weekday: 42 Derry (late night), 51 Tomken (rush hours and midday), and 53 Kennedy (rush hours and midday) Saturday: 66 McLaughlin (morning) Sunday: 22 Finch (all day), 42 Derry (all day), and 66 McLaughlin (all day). The hours of service will be extended on these routes: Weekday: 103 Hurontario Saturday: 23 Lakeshore, 26 Burnhamthorpe, and 39 Britannia Sunday: 1 Dundas, 5 Dixie, 11 Westwood, 17 Hurontario, 26 Burnhamthorpe, 39 Britannia, 42 Derry, and 103 Hurontario. Please check for updated schedules. Schedule Adjustments to Improve Service Reliability Schedules will be adjusted on these routes in response to changes in traffic conditions: Weekday: Routes 3 Bloor, 10 Bristol-Britannia, 26 Burhamthrope, and 46 Tenth Line-Osprey. Saturday: Route 39 Britannia. Please check for updated schedules. Revised Weekend Service to Sheridan College Route 61 Mavis weekend routing and schedules will change to service Sheridan College seven days a week. The weekend routing will be consistent with the weekday routing. Platform changes at the Westwood Square Transit Terminal Bus stop locations will change at this terminal to support service delivery using more, 60-foot articulated buses on Derry Road. 11 Westwood moves to Platform B (from Platform J) 16/16A Malton moves to Platform E (from Platform H) 42/42A Derry moves Platform H (from Platform 107 Malton Express: Platform K is renamed Platform I (same location on Morning Star Drive – stop #7100) Westwood Square Transit Terminal revised map. Next planned service change – Monday, October 25, 2021. I guess the Meadowvale Village/Financial portion the weekend 61 MAVIS was another victim of reduced ridership. I don't foresee the 57 COURTNEYPARK seeing weekend service any time soon. Perhaps once the Hurontario LRT is up and running as a feeder service? Though I'm not quite sure how well used the eastern half of the route would be on weekends. I did also report their typo on the next planned service change being the date of the one being reported on. I did not however catch their listing the 9 as 9 RATHBURN (again, one of the reasons to avoid repetitive route names) instead of the hyphenated 9 RATHBURN-THOMAS. There is also a page on the new service to the Churchill Meadows Community Centre (see below). According to the new route maps for the 9 RATHBURN-THOMAS and 35 EGLINTON they will display Churchill Meadows Community Centre on their desto, but likely shortened to Churchill Meadows CC though the system maps simply identify it as Churchill Meadows with the community centre icon beside it. The 49A McDOWELL-STREETSVILLE GO was the last of the GO shuttle routes to get axed. I think it survived this long by virtue of it being a rush hour variant of a regular route rather than being a standalone route. GO has restored all of the train trips on the Milton Line, but has rejigged them so that the trains are more evenly spaced. If ridership to the stations ever returns to pre-pandemic levels it may be easier for MiWay to serve with the GO shuttles since the trains are at an even headway. Service to Churchill Meadows Community Centre and Sports Park starts on Oct. 25 MiWay will be revising routes 9 Rathburn-Thomas and 35 Eglinton to service the new community centre, located at 5320 Ninth Line. You can load your PRESTO card inside the community centre during facility operating hours. The routing changes, effective October 25, are summarized below: Routes Hours of Service Service Frequency during Peak Hours Route 9 Rathburn-Thomas will service the Churchill Meadows Community Centre via Erin Centre Blvd and Ninth Line. Weekday: 5:00am-1:00am Saturday: 7:00am-12:00am Sunday: 7:30am-11:00pm 21 minutes 35 Eglinton will service the Churchill Meadows Community Centre via Erin Centre Blvd and Ninth Line. Weekday: 5:00am-1:00am Saturday: 7:00am-12:00am Sunday: 7:30am-11:00pm 11 minutes Service Area Map: Other service adjustments are summarized below: Route 35A Eglinton-Tenth Line will be cancelled to avoid service duplication. Service coverage will be provided by the revised Route 35 – Eglinton. 49A McDowell-Streetsville GO will be cancelled due to low ridership demand. Customers can take Route 9 Rathburn to the Streetsville GO Station. Route 49 McDowell will continue to operate on weekdays with revised hours of service (10:00 AM to 8:00 PM). Photo Gallery: There really isn't any indication where the bus loop is in relation to the new community centre but it's nice to see that it was planned for. As had been reported earlier MiWay isn't planning a cash fare hike next year and will actually be reducing their adult monthly PRESTO passes to be more in line with Brampton Transit's pass price. They are also looking to implement a Customer Charter which will among other things report quarterly on customer satisfaction. I will post an excerpt on ridership levels: WHERE IS RIDERSHIP NOW? After years of over 10 per cent growth in ridership numbers and plans expand MiWay service, the pandemic has cut Mississauga transit use down to half of what it was in 2019 for much of the last 18 months. August 2021 ridership numbers are around 62 per cent of what it was in the same month in 2019. While still low compared to historic levels, the recent August ridership is significantly higher than earlier in the pandemic. According to the strategy, October 2020 ridership was 45 per cent of what it was in the same month in 2019. The city is anticipating that bringing back ridership to something resembling historic levels may take years. Mississauga.com: No fare hikes: 3 things to know about Mississauga's plans to bring MiWay riders back or the free Outline version insauga.com: Mississauga residents will pay the same fare to ride the buses in 2022 One particular problem I ran into last week were last-minute detours that weren't communicated to passengers. When the QEW and South Service Rd. were closed last week I noticed on Transit55 that the 5 DIXIE buses were detouring along Dixie with no service on Ogden but no mention was made on the Service Update page aside from a general announcement about traffic-induced delays or on Twitter. The second which could have been foreseen was road work being done at the intersection of Erin Mills Pkwy. and Erin Centre Blvd. which prevented buses from making the right-hand turn to access the stop at Erin Mills Town Centre. (After all of the renovations the mall has been undergoing, they couldn't find a better location for it?!) Buses were instead using the internal ring road going all the way around the mall to get to the stop. A bit of an unexpected detour for some of the passengers! Finally, managed to snap a photo (again, uploaded sideways for some reason) of the sign at the Kipling Terminal outlining how on-street service within Toronto operates. How much longer until this is rendered obsolete with MiWay's takeover of TTC's 49 BLOOR WEST and 50 BURNHAMTHORPE? The Exception 2 example given: 11 WESTWOOD South to 1 DUNDAS West only makes sense if you're trying to get to Dundas and Neilson after transferring at Billingham. Using one of the Bloor or Burnhamthorpe routes after transferring at Kipling sounds more like a real-life example for second half of Exception 2. 2700
  6. It was either a risk assessment from a passenger injury and MiWay is looking to avoid further payouts or the passenger injury escalated (think Lepofsky and the TTC) and they were forced to remove those seats from service until they could be retrofitted. So it looks like they just deferred this plan by a year, but it remains to see if it will be implemented as originally planned or if they've come up with other revisions in the mean time. I'm thinking the recent elimination of Saturday service on the 90 TERRAGAR-COPENHAGEN might be partly foreshadowing the upcoming Service Change. Would a rush hour extension into Lisgar GO like the 32 LISGAR GO shuttle be a possibility here? I don't know what the schedules for the proposed 50 LISGAR-CHURCHILL MEADOWS looks like if there's enough room to make the extension vs. reinstating the 32 LISGAR GO when demand returns. Now when service begins to the Churchill Meadows Community Centre how will that be displayed on the destos? It's up there for length (one letter shorter than Mississauga Valley!) especially for the side desto. Churchill Meadows is already a street in the neighbourhood one "block" east and signing it to simply Churchill Meadows might cause confusion (Meadowvale anyone?). Ninth Line wouldn't convey the change to the 35 EGLINTON as that's what it's already signed as westbound. Likely Churchill Meadows CC on the front and some abbreviated form (Ch'hill Meadows CC like with the older destos when service first began in the area and the 49 McDOWELL was originally the 49 CHURCHILL MEADOWS). MiWay seems to like really long hyphenated route names which then runs into the problem of cramming them onto the destos even with the newer models. The restructured 10 BRISTOL-BRITANNIA has had much (half?) of its Britannia segment eliminated only running between Erin Mills and River Grove. The side desto only reads 10 BRISTOL while the front reads 10 BRISTOL-BRITANNIA. The 43 MATHESON-ARGENTIA gets truncated on the side desto to 43 MATH-ARGEN which was seemingly required after the western end of the route was changed to serve Argentia so the 27 MATHESON was abandoned. A number or name change should be enough to convey the change. A brand new identity seems like overkill. Conversely, the 9 has gone through a bunch of name changes over its history STREETSVILLE, RATHBURN-WINDWOOD, RATHBURN-THOMAS without the complete identity overhaul, perhaps due to its historic longevity. Personally, I think the RATHBURN portion of the name is redundant and potentially confusing with another existing RATHBURN route (which has since been extended to cover the entire length of its namesake street). Flipping the order of the name to THOMAS-RATHBURN would probably fix that in my mind and would also make it sound like a person's name! Thomas is also the longer of the two segments of the route, which will only get longer once the extension to the new community centre takes effect.
  7. With the Churchill Meadows Community Centre finally set to open next week, will that get the route restructuring in the Lisgar and Churchill Meadows back on track? Pre-pandemic it was originally slated for October 2020 (see the excerpt from the 2020 Annual Service Plan below as a refresher). Currently there is no way to directly access the new community centre by transit once it opens. It'll require a bit of a walk from the Ninth Line and Erin Centre stop to get to. At the rate things are being planned along Ninth Line (and probably better to implement once all of the road improvements are completed) it might make some sense to have a route running down it from either Meadowvale Town Centre or Lisgar GO down to the proposed terminal in the Laird/Vega area. It doesn't make much sense for Oakville Transit to service Ninth Line from a network connectivity standpoint unless it gets extended further south along Ford Dr. into Clarkson GO. Peak period to start and increase service as ridership builds.
  8. Steve Munro has outlined the TTC Service Changes for October 10, 2021 and there's no mention about the potential handover of service on Burnhamthorpe and Bloor in Etobicoke. Was there a timeline envisioned or are they still trying to work out the details (revenue and cost sharing) including amending the legislation to permit MiWay to provide the service within Toronto? I did notice a sign at the Kipling Terminal on how stops within Toronto are served. I've been on more than a few trips where passengers don't realize how the Closed Door policy works and then get mad at the driver for enforcing those rules. Placing the sign either more prominently in the Terminal or even at each bay might help as would an audio/visual message on board to the effect of "passengers may not exit the bus until reaching Mississauga" which on the 26 BURNHAMTHORPE wouldn't be played until it reaches Islington Station. I wonder if the change to the Closed Door policy will apply just to the routes replacing the TTC service on Burnhamthorpe and Bloor or if it will apply to any MiWay route operating within Toronto?
  9. I just rode one tonight. Aside from the lower level seating configuration, the dividers between seat (when they were present) were only at the head level and not down the entire length of the seat separating the two. A bilingual announcement comes on shortly after the bus left Union asking people to buckle up, it's the law. You then heard a few people complying. The couple sitting behind me seemed to think that if they don't need seat belts on the older buses why do they need to wear them now. I'd love to see random checks to try and scare people into complying. Now who would be liable, GO Transit or the passenger for not wearing their seat belt in the event of an accident? The whole seat belt stems from the bus crash that killed several players and staff of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. Another feature of the new buses is a USB charger at each seat. It's on the back of the seat in front of you. The positioning of the seat dividers unfortunately means you need to feel underneath it to find it.
  10. Based on the upcoming schedule change for September 4, 2021 the 29 GUELPH/MISSISSAUGA will have all trips originate from Kipling (so does the route name get updated to GUELPH/ETOBICOKE?) but not the 25 WATERLOO/MISSISSAUGA meaning people either catch GO's 29 or one of the many MiWay routes running between Kipling and Square One. I don't know if having both the Guelph and Waterloo services terminate at Kipling would be redundant or if another route on perhaps a different corridor got the slot at Kipling. I somehow doubt the 21 MILTON will get a branch to Kipling if they're not even serving Dixie on weekends and holidays. There's no indication on the updated 31 KITCHENER corridor about a service extension further west. Unless they're planning on making those extension later this fall, I have a feeling that it may be something Ford trots out closer to the Provincial Election next June to try and secure some seats. Plus, it'd make for additional promo material for places you can get away to on GO Transit with London and possibly Stratford added to the list.
  11. Since MiWay didn't announce any changes to their 20 RATHBURN route this September, I assume the handover of the 49 BLOOR WEST (and 50 BURNHAMTHORPE) are also deferred to later in the Fall or are they still negotiating the details for implementation in early 2022? A fare/transfer agreement would potentially benefit anyone travelling to or beyond Eglinton as you could access MiWay's express service between Kipling and Renforth stations and then transfer back to the TTC to complete their trip much faster than say taking the 112 WEST MALL. You could make the same trip right now, but would require the payment of two separate fares.
  12. The other is 2442. I spotted it on my trip into Union at Cooksville GO on Tuesday.
  13. Are the service reductions a result of reduced revenue? With things tentatively reopening I would have presumed there’d be more service to deal with the additional passengers. With schools returning to in-class learning, the high school specials should also be returning? The 4 SHERWAY detour I believe is a long-term one connected to the Dixie Rd. interchange reconfiguration. The detours for the Old Derry Rd. bridge will likely leave a significant section unserved as there are few alternate routes in the area. Given MiWay’s budget crunch I doubt they’ll have TTC-style shuttle service for the section of routing that is cut off due to the construction activity. The loss of Sunday service on the 68 TERRY FOX is likely the result of a death spiral, where reductions in service led to fewer people riding it. I would make more use of it if it has a better schedule. It already doesn’t see Holiday service, cutting Sunday service wasn’t a surprise.
  14. The pilot signage is at Mimico and Danforth. Again, why reinvent the wheel when they already have existing signage. How often (at least these days) will the train length vary day-to-day that a specific run will see a change in the number of cars? If they can't put the specific number of cars on the departure screen, could they simply indicate whether a train will be "short"? I've seen plenty of people with head/earphones on completely oblivious to the recorded announcements to move down the platform for a short train. Whether or not they'd pay attention to the departure board is another question but it would provide some additional crucial information to passengers. I used GO's Weekend Pass this past long weekend and had selected a station pair that gave me the most flexibility between local and express trips with the reduced weekend schedule. I did ask at Union about whether the pass was valid across the entire network or just between the pair of stations I had selected especially since it's being advertised as the latter. I used the example of using the Lakeshore West line instead of a bus to Meadowvale. Since the passes were so new they weren't sure, but a ticket inspector (or RPO, Revenue Protection Officer) came by and they checked with them. For the time being, while they are still a novelty, they will only be enforced for stations within the same fare zone or price. This leads me to believe that if I entered a pair of stations at either end of the network (say Peterborough and Niagara Falls or Barrie and Brantford) that should cover the itineraries I had laid out earlier. But I could run into the problem of how judiciously a driver will interpret the pair, especially if it's not on the corridor listed (say the Barrie-Branford pair and I try going to the Zoo). If they're still trying to encourage PRESTO card uptake capping fares on weekends would be the easiest from a passenger's perspective. Enabling it on the back end to give the cards that functionality is another question. I haven't bought a single trip or day pass online, but is it tied to your PRESTO account? Seeing as you can now load funds instantly with the app, I somehow doubt it meaning the online ticket wouldn't get the PRESTO discount.
  15. I looked into this with the long weekend coming up. If it's a flat rate, why do you need to select an origin and destination? Can I travel outside of that pair? Say if I wanted to go to Niagara on Saturday, Kitchener on Sunday and the Zoo on Monday which pair would I select?
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