The survey is available to determine if people are comfortable returning to using BT.
A few things to catch up on.
First off, after a conference call a couple weeks ago with BFAST and the transit director of Burlington Transit, Sue Connor, it was stated that BT is strongly considering, upon resuming pre-covid service, that 30 minute frequencies on all routes, including on weekends and holidays be part of the return to service to support distancing measures and the anticipation of ridership increasing. The frequencies for the 1, (2 and 3 on weekdays) and 10 being at every 20 minutes is undertermined at this time. It is understood that having that kind of frequency for all routes wouldn't be sustainable given the funding situation. As of now, the funding is from the city's reserves. Burlington, amongst others is also requesting emergency funding.
Many buses on many routes, though I didn't get the specifics on the 4 - Central which has been operating hourly since late March if they've had a need for an extra bus to 'bail out' for an in-service bus to pick up extra passengers. Other routes however have seen cases where extra buses would be dispatched to follow other in-service routes 5 minutes behind them and they too would be reached at their covid capacities.
A 40 foot bus would have, at maximum about 10-15 people for proper distancing.
A 30 foot Vincity bus would have 5 to 6 people at maximum. The Arbocs I'm not certain of given that there wasn't an update on their max capacity, but none of them have been used in conventional service for several months, even pre-covid.
EDIT: I was in Burlington for the first time on a weekday in 3 to 4 months. One observation I had seen at the Downtown Terminal. I had seen, in each shelter, a real-tine arrivial screen, similar to Brampton Transit. At this point, it's only showing the time and the scrolling line of "Pleease practice physical distancing and be safe." I am unsure when exactly these signs were put in, but I have been aware that the process had been ongoing to get them installed. Can't wait until they go live.
Ridership is definitely picking up. There are no notices on the seats saying that those seats are closed. However there are notices on the the driver-side windows above the seats across form the rear doors detailing about distancing and recommendations of wearing a face covering if distancing is a challenge. I wasn't too sure of the total amount of people on board the 2 40 foot buses I was on and the one Vicinity bus. Though I should say that the Vicinity on the 4 did have a good amount of people on board as it was on Route 4 heading west from Downtown to Aldershot Go.
EDIT 2: Passengers are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings WILL BE MANDATORY as of July 2nd to ride Burlington Transit buses.
No delays in bus orders and the planned capital bus purchases for the next few years will be maintained, meaning, 8 buses for this year. 4 replacement and 4 expansion. Given that the 14-year lifespen is in place for 2 buses each year, it would be anticipated that, based on my speculation too unless something changes, one of the 3 remaining 2007 D40LFs should go, 1 of the 3 2008 D40LFs should go and 2 of the 2009 D40LFs should go, even with them being 11 years old. The time frame for these buses (assumed to be Novas if they've placed their order prior to the contract of this consortium expired on June 1st) isn't known as that question wasn't asked.
The City of Burlington isn't putting forth of masks being mandatory in malls, public places of the like. Social distancing measures are in place.
Plexiglass shields are being installed on buses but it's taking longer given that there are different shields for each bus model. Once they're all installed, BT will be ready to resume fare collection and front door boarding.
With the update of having face coverings being mandatory for passengers to ride, there isn't other corresponding information regarding resuming fare collection/front door boarding as of yet. Anyone who has that information, please share. Thank you.
Lastly, given that covid has severely affected ridership trends, the Business Plan will be modified. The specifics on what it means to projected plans for new routes, services, planned projects and captiol bus purchases will be available once the new plan is known.