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  1. I really hope that's the case. However, if what 'triggers phase B' is doubled down by DRT management and will not be put in place, then it will be a LONG time before DRT even gets to Phase B, much less Phase C. However, if this is reversed, I'd love to see the following return to their pre-COVID services. 217, 219, 225, 226, 232; 301, 303, 304, 308; 408, 409 (or if the 409 can have two branches, replacing the 408?), 411, 412, 417, 420 (?) Not sure about Bowmanville, so I'll not comment. The 901 should at least start and end it trips at Onterio Tech. 910 should be back, unless if the 409 covers the majority of its routing along Thornton to Taunton.
  2. A hybrid going to Leamington shouldn't be a fail. Availability if buses can always mean whatever's there for a driver to use, ge/she will raise out fir their shift.
  3. The Grande West Vicinities have been in service since this past Tuesday. I've also noticed that also on Saturdays that Routes 4 and 6 interline at Bronte GO Station, given that frequencies on both routes on weekends thus far are hourly.
  4. I like everything in your opinion here, except that PPT has little space beyond an area of 3 buses laying over at a time. Staggered scheduling with multiple routes could be a temporary solution unless Pickering Town Centre would allow for a terminal built on their property close by Pickering Parkway. DRT should go into Phase C rather than to be insistent of ridership killing On Demand. However Phase C still doesn't bring everything back. The 910 had been planned to to go to Ajax Station via Bayly and Whitby Station. Though Iirc, it was for rush hours only as the off peak trips were to go as far as Whirby Sration.
  5. Considering the history of not very strong budgets for Oakville Transit to use, this could be a case where there'd be more expansion buses but yet, not as much new service to have them on. As far as I understand, pre-pandemic, about 68-70 buses are used with the total fleet of 100+. It's a very healthy spare ratio, but there'd be room for more service for a few more buses, had these budgets for OT been more flexible. I have my doubts this'd change the outlook of a stronger network going forward over the next few years. I was in contact with OT last week and I was informed that the seat restrictions will be lifted come September 6th. I"m speculating here, but I'm curious whether or not this would include having the Vicinities coming back into service for the first time since late March? This is a good partial return to pre-covid levels, although not all the way back, but a good start. The later service levels close to midnight Monday-Saturday tells me that for the time being, there are still not any need for Late Night Service. I suppose that could change later on depending on covid and further demand increases.
  6. I think it's 0610 and 0616. With the 'summer service's for weekdays starting on Tuesday, Setember 8th, would the other '06 D40LFs in the 07 series that are in storage would be brought back? And are there going to be any changes to bus allocation come the start if the new board period?
  7. I have an update on things from after a teleconference with Director of Transit, Sue Connor and BFAST. Regarding the bus purchases. Given that things are uncertain from a ridership perspective, BT is in the process of updating their business plan, which will be delivered to council in the fall. For this year, 8 buses, unsure when they were ordered and whether or not they were associate with the current Metrolinx consortium, the 2020 order are expected in May of 2021. 4 replacement and 4 expansion. This would be the last year, for the foreseeable future, to have expansion buses as ridership slowly recovers, post pandemic. Ot would also put BT in a strong position for the amount of fleet available, if ridership quicker than expected. For 2021, 11 buses, based on the current business plan, which were originally supposed to be 7 replacement and 4 expansion, will now all be replacements. This would mean that the rest of the 07, 08 and a good chunk of the 09 D40LFs would be retired. My other contact st BT hasnt gotten back to me on two buses which have been put of action for quite some time. D40LF 7038-07, which hasn't seen service since the pandemic began and D40LF 7045-08 hasn't been on the road since roughly mid April. The current business plan had also indicated a 14 year life cycle. This would mean that given that there are currently 3 2007 D40LFs left, 1 could retire next year and with only 3 2008 D40LFs in the fleet, one of those could retire, keeping the 14 year life cycle until the 2021 order is delivered as all replacements. It is unclear whether or not the 14 year life cycle will be maintained after the 2021 order. 2022 at this point might be looked at to resume expansion bus purchases. Fare collection and front door boarding will resume this Tuesday, September 1st.
  8. I'm wondering if they could've taken the current GO 51 to Square One, with the exception of not serving 407 Terminal? Is it that this us more of an Express option for this new route with fewer stops? If this was a 7 day service route, perhaps students at UTSC abd Centennial College would be thrilled at a cross regional route without the need to transfer at 407 Terminal. Just my two cents.
  9. With GO ramping up their bus services in September, I guess it's safe to assume that the 8100/8200 series DDL would be returning. Given their long layoff, could it be that most of them might start to appear on routes they've been on a bit earlier to ease them back after their dwell time?
  10. Prior to COVID, this wasn't even close to being a consideration of doing these drastic coverage route cuts. @110B West Pickering could shed a bit of light on this based on what had been considered prior to COVID. But this is nowhere close to being the right thing to do. Phase A should at the very least, have that base grid, but with the solid coverage and other higher performing routes supporting the grid. DRT isn't YRT, but its return to service makes it look like YRT.
  11. I think even Oshawa has been f***ed over with the loss of their local routes. The 301, 409, 411, 412 and the 417 are still vital routesin that part of the system. I hope that these routes are all part of "Phase B" of their ridership recovery plan. At least, I hope so. In my opinion, there's going to be a big loss for returning customers and new customers as with this 'revamped' system is all grid, itonly serves those customers those closest to those corridors. Even not having the 910 around is, or could be big mistake especially of there's a even a medium return of post-secondary students. That will be a big turn off.
  12. https://www.burlingtontransit.ca/en/Modules/News/search.aspx Really good return to service plan. Note that this begins on Sunday, August 23rd without fares collected as rear door boarding would be remaining in effect until Tuesday, September 1st. Other than Routes 4 - Central Route 6 - Headon that would remain as hourly frequencies, it's a really good comeback to close to regular service and to allow ridership to build a bit back up.
  13. The Mew York Rangers have won the Second phase of the NHL Dradt Lottery.
  14. I'm wondering why the decision was made of the other XE40s being in the regular YRT local scheme and not having the special 'electric bus' scheme of that of 1911? Presently I've only seen a photo of 1913 in the regular scheme.
  15. With this funding announcement, would it mean that they would, perhaps in September, to re introduce full service (unsure of school specials), precovid, without any other planned enhancements that may have been planned for September? I haven't seen anything specific about that.
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