As amusing as it may be, this isn't the first time with matching fleet numbers on two different buses being in service at the same time.
In 2009, just before the 85/86 Gm Classics retired, the 2009 D40LFs had matching fleet numbers and for a time, unsure of how long, but boht Gm's and D40LFs were operating with similar fleet numbers.
Then back in 2017 when the first 4 Vicinities starting to appear in service, two Blue Birds, although still active in the garage just before they retired were duplicated.
The 2015 Nova LFSs were going into service with the same numbers as the 2003 Inveros. I don't think, unless if did happen for a day or two, with duplicate fleet numbers.
I am speculating here but I feel like the same is true with duplicate fleet numbers of 7036-07 and -18 won't be like that for too much longer. I think what may have happened was a decision was made to retire a D40LF, but I suppose the decision may have changed during, or after the application of the 7036-18 fleet number at Nova Bus. I have no idea what buses, if any would be retiring from these two Novas that are both in service, both 7036-18, but also 7033-18, too. Would this mean that 7033-06 is confirmed to be retired as well? I hadn't seen it since sometime during the summer.
I do have other information from BT for the upcoming year of 2019.
First, they are involved in the CUTRIC program. For awhile, it was first determined that they wouldn't be participating on the basis of what funds would be used to fund how many buses, for what propulsion and which manufactures would build them. It is to my understanding that the funding may be coming from Federal Gas Tax or the current PTIF funds for this year and into the first quarter of 2019. There will definitely be a follow-up to this as I receive more information or when others do.
2019 will also mark the year that not only would BT be FINALLY be going to the south end of Burlington GO Station, it would come on the same timeframe, or on the same day as a significant system network change which would be leading to major improvements, not the unncessary changes that had occurred to massive ridership declines that began in November 2013. This much more improved system would look to be happening for September.
BT's discussions with Metrolinx haven't been very productive. Either there hasn't been as much discussion if at all to get more bus bays at the GO Station for BT to use, or Metrolinx considers it a 'done deal, construction's finished, move on' and therefore, it's onto an alternative plan.
BT is strongly considering in putting in a couple of bus bays on Fairview Street at the intersection of the Go Station's south end driveway. It would be very easily accessible with other BT route as well as GO. This plan had been considered since March or April of this year, but it was more dependent on Metrolinx to put in more bus bays but looks like that's gone nowhere.
According to Sue Connor, for 5 years where there is going to be a constant increase in both capital and operational funding requests for the transit budget to aide in the system's improvements year over year until within that 5-year timeframe a more detailed Transit Plan would be available. The timeframe of this plan is still unknown.
Related, a thorough Transportation Master Plan that was technically started back in 2012 was well, nothing. There's not even a footnote or a "Terms of Reference. All of that for $200,000!! A Freedom of Information Request is certainly being considered by BFAST to get that information made public to see where that money has went and if there'd been a plan that had been made, but shelved, or anything that's started altogether.
To my surprise, there was supposed to be planned improvements done ot the 407 Carpool Lot at Dundas. Construction would've began in the fall, but it's been delayed. In terms of what improvements would've been made, like a terminal building, a much bigger, paved roadway with several cut out bus bays, that hasn't been determined. BT only knows that there was to have been construction there. That's all they know about this.
I'd kill to have a new terminal building there or something that resembles something more like a proper transfer area...AND SAFER, TOO!!!
Unsure of any other planned bus purchases, form which manufacturer, any active tenders, etc coming for next year and beyond.