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  1. Council last night voted to Transit restore the stop outside of Brooklawn Hall on Donegal St. Some councillors voted against it was micro-managing transit and that it should be up to staff to make the change. Except it's pretty obvious that staff haven't listened. Think also the are going to have an issue with the bus taking them nowhere. Prior to the changes they were serviced by the Highland on the outbound. The 3 - Park doesn't go to the terminal though they could detour the 4 - Well going McDonnell, Murray, Donegal, McDonnell. https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/news/peterborough-region/2020/07/28/city-council-orders-bus-stop-for-brooklawn-apartment-building-on-donegal-street.html
  2. Read that BA are also calling on the British government to provide benefits to airlines to encourage them to scrap older planes and move to more fuel efficient models. At first thought this would be double dipping because they would also get some scrap money for the old aircraft (engines are usually worth several million each) but given the sudden rather than phased withdrawl of 747s the market for second hand engines will be flooded and that's going drive the price down. Might even reach the point where the return for the aircraft is little more than raw materials value where everything is broken down rather than selling engines, landing gear, instruments etc.
  3. city council is proving to be utterly useless with the transit changes and seem happy to let the mess continue. Crs Papas and Riel spoke out out about it last night but nothing is happening. https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/news/council/2020/07/14/peterborough-city-hall-expected-to-reopen-in-august.html the line is is still being pushed that this is due to covid-19 laurie stratton was on chex last friday night saying that transit had been getting calls from people congratulating them on the changes (at the same time I've heard from a reliable source that they're also taking the line that the only people who ring in the complainers and that the silent majority is happy with it) the ones who see the problems the most are also the ones threatened with termination if they speak out.
  4. City staff where directed to by council to prepare a report on how they came up with the new routes by the 13th which is next Monday. Not sure how much time council will give to discussing it though. There was also another letter in the examiner from a resident in the south end about how transit moving a stop has created a major safety issue.
  5. There might be times put in the schedule but I don't know how well they are being kept. Went to catch a bus today for an appointment but ended up missing it because it ran early. The nearest time had the bus scheduled for 3:20 and was about 2minutes from where I was catching the bus. Walking to the stop, around 3:17 the bus goes sailing by. Peterborough transit running early. Who'd thought it would ever happen. Councillor Keith Riel copped a spray in the examiner's editorial which I think was way off base and missed an important point His comments about consultation related to the sudden changes and that there was no consultation or public feed back on the actual routes themselves before being implemented. and transit is still pushing the BS line these changes were covid-19 related.
  6. Wonder how much longer before the 777s start heading to the scrappers in large numbers? Read the other day that Delta is phasing out the it's 777s in favor of A350s
  7. That's BS. Once the drivers are behind plexiglass they could simply re-introduce fare payment. If they want to go about the trent buses then they could simply restart the expresses but I doubt many would traveling to Trent (and Flemming) and last I heard there was still no guarantee that in person classes at either location would start in September.
  8. Peterborough transit is about to get an cash injection from the provinces and the feds for improvements. The article is poorly written (but it's the examiner - that's the norm) with duplication and contradiction. https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/news/peterborough-region/2020/06/24/peterborough-transit-fleet-upgrades-coming-with-federal-provincial-city-funds.html
  9. transit came up at last night's city council meeting with keith riel given city staff a blasting saying they didn't consult with anyone about the upcoming changes - something the staff reject. Council has given staff 2 weeks to come up with a details on how they came up with the proposed routes etc. https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/news/council/2020/06/23/riel-blasts-new-peterborough-transit-route-plan.html of course in typical fashion the examiner gets things wrong. There won't be more direct routes to the mall etc because they been taken off the regular routes and the hospital is already served by two routes (well between 9am and 4pm, 1 plus the community bus). I'm still hoping the route changes will be cancelled and a few heads will roll.
  10. now hearing rumors that there are going to be cuts to the handivan service which can be be enough for people who are trying to get work and appointments, let alone fighting against those booking to go the mall (and you can bet there will be more of those thanks to the incompetence at the top).
  11. guess not. The head of transit is a guy named Kevin Smith who's previous claim to fame was leading a review of the transit system for the city back in 2011. One of the recommendations out his review was for the city to move away from it's hub based system. The manager is Laurie Stratton who seems to be ex-Metrolinx/Go-Transit. She replaced Martin Ward who was fired for reasons that no-one ever found out.. * edit* Can't repost fully what I've received but any claims about this just being for covid-19 is BS. These changes have been in the works for sometime but covid has just added to the issue. By adding the terminals are Trent and Flemming it allows for more social distancing. Maybe they should just require people to wear masks like on the TTC and not uproot the whole <bleeping> system. Transit management is claiming it will improve services and there more people will be within 400m of a bus stop but that doesn't address the issue of them being able easily get to where they are going nor that major shopping facilities are no longer on regular bus routes. There are also no Trent and Flemming Expresses at this point with the new routes. So having all the buses go to those two locations makes up for the lack of express services but screws the rest of of.
  12. I've sent an e-mail to my city councillors asking the council kill this before it even starts. Would like to know who's behind this sudden push and whether Lauri Stratton (ops manager who replaced Martin earlier this year) is behind it. I wonder if they've factored in student requirements. Person I know has a teenage daughter who goes to TASS. She's now going to need to get three buses to get there and home and if there's no linking between the buses it's gonna be real fun.
  13. Ugh it's worse than what I thought and shows no consideration whatso ever for riders - especially the elderly and the disabled. Transit was encouraging riders with disabilities to take the route buses instead of the handivan but this is going force them back on the vans. You've got users of mobility devices who would get the Chemong from the old St Peters, you'd have seniors who would take the Highland to Portage place to do shopping and now they are all utterly screwed. And what of people who use transit to get to work? They're not going to have any consistency in the trips. And the drivers aren't happy with it either. They're not being given much time to learn the new routes and think it's a big mess. Please come back for Jim Kimble, all is forgiven. Oh these changes would explain why the link bus between Peterborough and Lakefield is starting at Trent not Portage Place as originally planned. second edit. Just seen an e-mail from a city staffer who says the changes are due to covid-19 but doesn't know how long they will stay in place and gives the excuse about reducing crowding at the terminal. somehow I don't think think they will be temporary....
  14. Peterborough Transit are making route changes supposedly in reponse to covid-19 and as the saying goes, nothing is the same any more. To put it more bluntly what a f***ing mess. Want to go to Wal-mart on Chemong to do your shopping? Forget taking the #2 bus. You have to take one of the community buses (a 15 seater). Not sure they actually stopped to thing about people who get on with groceries and don't want to go halfway around the city to get home. https://www.peterborough.ca/en/city-services/routes-and-schedules_2020.aspx no online maps yet only the schedules with some of the stops. Supposedly printed maps at the terminal
  15. With the increased use of alternative materials such in fuselages, would aircraft such as the 787 be suitable for modification to freighters? Years of doing it with traditional materials and it's down pat but how would carbon composites go having an aftermarket cargo door fitted? As to AC's 767s, flew on them 3 times and have to admit found them old and creaky and that was in the mid 2000s. Found the A340 and 777 much better.
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