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  1. Www.burlingtontransit.ca/survey. 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.
  2. Man the D40LFs and LFRs for Oakville Transit looked a hell of alot better without those silly ad racks. Oakville Transit will be introducing a bit more service, on 30 minute frequencies during peak periods, beginning Monday, May 18th (although the official date says May 17th). https://www.oakvilletransit.ca/docs/ot-covid19-schedules-effective-20may17.pdf With the pandemic happening, has the delivery dates for the 2020 Novas changed at all? Lastly, with OT participating in the CUTRIC proram, what progress, if there has been made?
  3. Hi there. Given that we're in the situation that is COVID-19, what do you think that many Transit agencies will do? Will they bring back their pre-Covid services and also continue with their planned service improvements/enhancements plans and purchasing growth buses and the like l? Or, would there be significant service cuts, fare increases as ridership struggles to gain confidence that Transit is safe? Discuss.
  4. Modified service due to the coronavirus begins on Sunday, March 29th until further notice. https://www.burlingtontransit.ca/en/Modules/News/index.aspx?newsId=ffc482fb-86d6-47f6-85e4-bc8661023d8c
  5. Pardon the very Kate mentioning of this, but 71907 has been in service now for the past 3 weeks. All 2019 Novas are in service. Reae door boarding came into effect as of yesterday at 4pm. However, as if now, regular full service, with the exception of school specials on weekdays will remain. The Downtown Terminal is closed until further notice.
  6. While I haven't personally seen any VIVA buses given rear wrap ads, at least they're rear based and not on the sides. DRT Pulse buses have smaller ads, but are on the rear windows and not covering the Pulse logos at the back. To my knowledge, most ZUM nor miExoress buses have any ads and shouldn't. HSR only recently had gotten banner ads on their articulated buses,. The only difference are that they aren't really BRT exclusive vehicles, unlike ZUM and miExpress ones. The conventional A330s I've seen have a banner and window-lined long bar on two of them, but forgot which ones. Don't think the conventional AG330s have any side banners, but the full rear wraps would be interesting to see.
  7. If this is the wrong thread to post this, apologies on advance. I'm aware of an articulated order if XD60s, but I'm unsure of when they're scheduled to be arriving and for which division(s?)
  8. One of the members of the BFAST steering committee on Wednesday, while transferring between a GO 47 bus and an HSR 2-Barton bus, at the Hamilton GO Centre, was stopped and ticketed $1,000 for jaywalking. Yes, jaywalking. Sure, she wasn't using the specific path to go to the HSR bus area. She wasn't told that she could be safer to just use the designated pathway, nor a warning for that matter. Nope, a fine of that amount. There were two others doing the same thing that was nabbed. The person ticketing her said that she could ticket them all. Just can't do that. So, she's going to appeal it in a Hamilton court next week. Wow.
  9. Approxinately 2 weeks ago, 71906 was the newest LFS to enter service. Only 71907 remains to see service at this time.
  10. I don't have very much information on this, do I do apologize if this may be inaccurate. There's the possibility that a new YRT terminal will be built on Canada's Wonderland's property, close to Major Makenzie. How legitimate is this and what had changed from the future terminus of a 20B service and the 760?
  11. 2006 NFI D40LFR 6111 is back in service as it's currently operating on the 28 to Oakville GO at the moment. Is it that with 1101 & 1194 being out for rebuild as well as 1206 and 1209 out for transmission refurb that these 06 D40LFRs are being retained until these XD40s return to service?
  12. Jared, the remaining 2007s that are still around are 7037, 7038-07 and 7039-07.
  13. I'm curious why the new locos are still being coupled together? Plus, have they been seen on other lines other than the Lakeshores?
  14. I was given information from my contact at BT that the following buses have retired this year. D40LFs 7034-06, 7036-07, (officially), 7040-07 and 7041-07.
  15. New LFSs 71904 which went into service last week, is now followed by 71905, which was in service yesterday, December 19th. Only two others remain to see service.
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