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  1. I noticed 8023(lasalle bus) and 8043(not a lasalle bus) on the 25 today. 8024 must have needed some work done, that or someone screwed up as only 8023 and 8024 are branded to be used on the 25  nothing else!

  2. 16 hours ago, Border City Transit said:

    I like the new route! Great to see a common-sense use of a freeway for transit service.

    I was expecting a limited, weekday-only schedule. Quite a surprise to see full, all-day, seven day service. Will be interesting to see what usage is on a Sunday morning...

    One question: how did they possibly arrive at the route designation "518X"?

    As best I can tell, that number has no relation to anything! Am I missing some esoteric Windsor / St Clair College reference, here?


    The company contracted to plan a new route network had used the number 18 for this new route, for no particular reason, only as a means to identify the route. Transit Windsor must have used it as a reference and added a 5 to it possibly to identify it as an express route, making the 518.

  3. On 3/2/2021 at 3:44 PM, ORION said:

    #6107 left this afternoon just before 3pm with its new owners, driving it to Windsor.

    This was the  last 2006 on property. 



    6107 and also 6111 also made it down here to windsor

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  4. seen i think 8028 today with a new font on the front destination sign on the ottawa 4. looked very different and stood out compared to the others. And I think they also changed the destination names but I cant remember what it said.

  5. New route 18 coming in september, east-west express route between Tecumseh mall - devonshire mall - st clair college. (from the new master plan)
    From Windsor star article on facebook


    New east-west student express approved as pilot partnership between city, college

    The City of Windsor and St. Clair College are hopping aboard a new east-west express bus route as a pilot project, to dramatically trim the two hours it currently takes to ride from east Windsor to the college’s main campus.

    Route 18 would start in September to coincide with the start of classes at the college’s South Windsor campus. The 30-minute ride, running from Tecumseh Mall via E.C. Row Expressway to Devonshire Mall and then on to the college, is regarded as the key early component of the Transit Master Plan passed a year ago to double city bus service and ridership.

    But it had been left out of the city council proposed 2021 operating budget due to dramatically reduced ridership in the time of COVID-19. During the most recent lockdown, the number of people taking the bus had dropped to 15 per cent of what it was before the start of the pandemic.

    “Obviously, we’re in a very challenging time,” Mayor Drew Dilkens said Monday as he revealed a “compromise” solution to the dilemma of following through on Route 18 during a time of severely declining ridership.

    “We are plowing millions of dollars into this system to keep it afloat because the revenue stream is way down and I appreciate this looks like we’re digging more of a hole when we already have a big one.”

    Last week, the mayor told the Star that while he favoured Route 18, the timing was bad. But over the weekend, he held discussions with college president Patti France, who is keen on having the route to serve her students. The college was willing to finance half the $180,000 cost of a pilot project to test the popularity of Route 18 from the start of classes in September until the end of 2021, he said.


    The mayor said the college’s student representative council is also passionately behind Route 18. The idea now is to promote the route, collect data on ridership, and use it as an enticement for college students considering the establishment of a universal bus pass for all students, similar to the UPass at the University of Windsor where all students pay about $68 per semester. The UPass has led to rising ridership and increased frequency on multiple bus routes.

    “With the partnership opportunity, I’m personally comfortable we can handle this in 2021,” Dilkens said.

    The annual cost of Route 18 is about $550,000. The pilot project’s $180,000 cost reflects the cost of running it for four months.

    Ward 1 Coun. Fred Francis, who was approached by France over the weekend and connected her with the mayor, credited the college president’s intervention.

    “This is a pretty good compromise,” he said. Council approved the pilot project unanimously.

    “I think it’s a great decision we’re making here today,” said Ward 9 Coun. Kieran McKenzie, who chairs the city’s transit advisory committee.

    “I think it’s important for us to remember we’re just coming out of a lockdown,” he said, predicting that ridership will start rising. “And certainly if school is going to resume in the fall there is going to be significant demand for this route.”

  6. Not everyone has all the time in the world to go searching for information like in council minutes which can be hundreds of pages to go through. Also google does not always show this information as well in their seach functions and city websites search functions tend to be very unreliable as well.  Google is not always the answer in every case.

    So i appreciate you posting the information.

  7. From the environment, transportation and public safety standing committee meeting on january 20th


    "The town of amherstburg is having conversation around public transit. A proposal from the city of windsor was provided to the town of amherstburg and was fully supported by their council. A public consultation was held and the city of windsor provided a proposal relating to routing, options and alternative route modifications."

    "A proposal has been provided to the town of tecumseh. Their current contract expires and we look forward to furthur communication with them to keep the regional aspect moving."


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