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  1. Seeing as the last few years that DRT has had a 10- year Service Plan, I guess that with even one year that there updates and changes from the plan, that it was shelved, in favour for these PiC's to create a new 10 year Service Strategy, with all feedback to be used to shape a new Service Plan?Is this correct?
  2. In addition, on the same page, there are going to be 3 Public Information Centres related to proposed service changes for September of this year. Monday, April 8th: Central Arena, 519 Drury Lane, between 11am-2pm; Tuesday, April 9th: Burlington City Hall, 426 Brant Street, between 3 and 6pm; Thursday, April 11th: Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way, between 6 and 9pm.
  3. As part of City Council's approval of the 2019 Operational Budget, the transit items were approved: Transit Strategic investments to improve the city’s transit service, including funding for six additional bus operators and one additional Specialized Transit (Handi-Van) driver A new 18-month pilot program that provides free transit service for seniors, Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free transit for residents who qualify for Halton Region’s Subsidized Passes for Low Income Transit (SPLIT) program
  4. This I think should be looked at more at Dundas in Mississauga between Winston Churchill and Kipling Terminal/subway as, as I stated a few posts ago, there'll be no BRT on the Halton segment of Dundas to Burlington as that funding was pulled in favour of a bridge over Bronte Creek to extend Wyecroft Road west of Bronte Road to its western section to Burloak Drive. With what the 101 is doing now and with 7-day service, it can only be built upon from there. In terms of infrastructure (ie: centre of the road rapidway ala VIVA), or curbside bus lanes ala Pulse, we'll see.
  5. Found this through On The Go E-news this morning. Rejoice, Burlington Transit, Oakville Transit and GO Transit riders! An actual terminal layout will be on its way! On Monday, March 11, we'll be closing approximately 15 parking spaces in the Dundas St. @ Hwy 407 Park & Ride lot to start work on the parking lot and bus bay expansion. These spaces are located on the south side, closest to Dundas Street. Cars parked in these spaces after 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 will be relocated to a different area of the lot. These spaces are expected to remain closed until the project is complete in spring 2020, however we'll be opening 70 new spaces when the first phase of the project is finished in summer 2019. Once fully complete in spring 2020, your Park & Ride lot will have nearly 300 new spaces, eight bus bays, and a Kiss & Ride. We will keep you informed about this project as it progresses. Thank you for your cooperation and patience while we make these improvements.
  6. Some platform changes at Oakville GO starting tomorrow. The 4-West will use the bay that the 17 and 5 used to use. The 5 will share the bay that the 15 currently uses. The 4-East will continue to use the bay that it used to share with the 1.
  7. Speaking of Dundas, it's highly unlikely there'd be a BRT to Hurontario from Burlington as Halton Region pulled funding for a BRT in favour of putting a bridge over Bronte Creek to extend Wyecroft Road. But in terms of Miway/Mississauga, just focus on the LRT then other high-priority transit projects sprout out from it.
  8. More excellent news for Burlington Transit. Here's an overview of what was approved at the February 28th Committee of the Whole Meeting: Changes coming for Burlington Transit Riders As part of the city’s proposed 2019 operating budget discussion at Committee of the Whole on Feb. 28, Burlington City Council voted to approve a motion that would: Provide free transit for adults 65 years of age and older between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on weekdays starting in June 2019 as a pilot Provide free monthly passes on PRESTO for Burlington residents who qualify for the Subsidized Passes for Low Income Transit (SPLIT) program Burlington Transit will work with Halton Region on ways to improve the Subsidized Passes for Low Income Transit program Burlington Transit will work with school boards to develop a fare strategy for students Burlington Transit will create a working group comprising of one Member of Council, members of the public and Burlington Transit Staff The next step in the approval of these initiatives will be Council approval of the 2019 operating budget at a meeting of Burlington City Council on March 25, 2019. If the operating budget is approved, details of these new initiatives will be communicated to residents.
  9. D40LFs 7033-06 and 7036-07 are both retired. There are 7 Nova LFSs (4 replacements, 3 expansion, pending budget approval), would be due later this year. After talking with the Director of Transit last week, it is likely that they could replace the Arbocs. BT are pleased with the performance of the 11 Grande West Vicinities in the fleet and see that with a very limited use or need for the Arbocs, it would be best to replace them.
  10. 95.9 at Petro Canada located st Thurd Line and North Service Road in Oakville.
  11. There had been previous plans for the 17 to be taken over by the 14. So this isn't a surprise. Neither is the streamlining and simplification of only one route on Burloak north of Rebecca/New, instead of service duplication. I think however that the additional service to Rio Can might be a good idea in the long run knowing the kind of route that the 14 is may generate a bit more ridership perhaps. Am surprised that the Renyolds Street area has had its service eliminated entirely. I would've thought hourly based service would've sufficed with the other branch serving Kerr. Temporarily suspending the 1 to me screams that it will be back at the primary Trafalgar-based route at a much higher frequency of about 5 minutes, without the need of the 5 or the 24 to be on Trafalgar, period. Perhaps (speculating), that Oakville wants to bring back the 1 to serve a bit more of the newly developed neighbourhood north of Dundas and east of Trafalgar while still serving the 407 Carpool (?). The White Oaks jog seems tricky to ut service in even though it's been proven to be a good ridership. My thought has been for awhile to have the 5 operate from Burlington/407 to UTM via Uptown Core, without the 24 being around. Has there been plans at one point in time for the 24 to not serve South Common, or any other future Oakville Transit route in general to serve there? Would this year be when the 2011 XD40s get rebuilt? Remembering back to when the 2009 D40LFRs were rebuilt, it was in 2017, 8 years into their service lives. Lastly, any ambicious plans that OT has requested into the Operational or Capital Budgets?
  12. https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/resources/Budget/2019-Budget/Proposed-Operating-Budget-Book-web.pdf https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/resources/Budget/2019-Budget/Proposed-2019-Capital-Budget-and-2020-2028-Forecast-web.pdf The fonts are still giving me issues, but will leave these here so that you can all discuss what specifics are here for Burlington Transit.
  13. Anyone with knowledge on the operational and capital budgets that impacts Oakville Transit, apart from the knowledge of the 3-year contract with Nova and 5 buses due in April, replacing 4101, 5103-5106?
  14. Hello to all. Been having troubles in viewing the font for both the operational and capital budgets due to my sight. What I do know is that BT is going to be in good hands for the next several years. Anyone with better eyeballs determine what the key details are in terms of how many buses and the other projects they also may be involved in? https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/resources/Budget/2019-Budget/Proposed-Operating-Budget-Book-web.pdf https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/resources/Budget/2019-Budget/Proposed-2019-Capital-Budget-and-2020-2028-Forecast-web.pdf
  15. The myth about not being safe with frequent transit as it'll be causing more traffic and reducing property values reigns supreme I guess. But, transit is driven by people's uses of it and where they want it.
  16. Get back on topic please! Okay, wondering how the revised terminus for the Pulse at Centennial College has either improved or not with current TTC and GO connections?
  17. Am speculating here, but I think that for the foreseeable future, that any new Go bus, whether DD or otherwise would probably have that feature.
  18. Is this Envision HSR plan similar to the 10-year improvement strategy? As far as I understand, the 10 year strategy has planned improvements to some current routes. Would or could this Envision project change anything to the 10 year strategy?
  19. Since that some SuperLo's are now on the 92 and hadn't had problems with servicing York Mills, what other routes could they show up on? The 36 potentially?
  20. Pardon the small bump here... However, I do recall sometime last year that it was mentioned that the 2005 D40LFs, 5103-5105, the ex London 2004 D40LF, 5106 as well as the remaining 2003 Orion VII 4101 were to be retired by the end of 2018. It's mid to almost late January and for the most part, some of these buses are still in service, with 5103 not showing up for several weeks. Given that there's a 3-year deal that was won by Nova Bus not too long ago, what else have changed, if anything has, including how many buses are staying or retiring, etc? Lastly, can't really seem to find any other information regarding any big asks from Oakville Transit relating to this year's operating budget re: service improvements and expansion. What's to be expected?
  21. Maybe 3 weeks ago if I recall right that there was one in service. They seem to be spares. Unsure of their official status.
  22. For the first time in Burlington's histiry, Burlington Transit Christmas service is in operation! Even though it's the very crappy Holiday service, still better than nothing. In saying that, there are 3 Vicinities in service too. 7028-17, 7065-18 ( both on 6/11), and 7067-18. (2/3,iirc). (7067-18, being the Christmss bus, it makes sense for it to be in service today. (all sightings are courtesy of Transee). Perhaps this may be the start of the Vicinities in service on weekends ir holidays.
  23. 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.
  24. Warning! Duplicate fleet numbers in operation akert! 2018 Nova LFS 7036-18 is in service. I forget which route it is on, but, don't get it confused with D40LF 7036-07, which it too, is in service.
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