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  1. Well in the case of the 5 and the 6, if money becomes available for it, they can just increase the headways. Although a seperate issue, I do agree that TW should have artics for certain routes(not relating to the 5 and 6 passing by customers due to being full). Extra funding I think would be needed for an artic hoist which they dont have right now. Also on another note. Something Id like to see done is the Windsor Spitfires shuttle given its own number, just an idea I thought of. They could number it the route 18 specifically in honour of Mickey Renaud, it was his jersey number. The 18 Spitfires Shuttle? Can flash back and forth between "Spitfires Shuttle" and "Mickey Renaud". I think that would do the city proud.
  2. From today's Windsor Star Buses packed with college students bypass frustrated Transit Windsor riders After a long day’s work and waiting at the bus stop in the freezing cold, you just want to go home. But the Transit Windsor bus just passes you by because it’s jam-packed with St. Clair College students. It’s a frustrating and demoralizing experience that’s happened repeatedly since the start of January for daily Transit Windsor rider Lisa Bassett, caused by a sudden explosion in ridership on the three South Windsor bus routes serving the college’s main campus. “My bus pass is $95 a month,” said Bassett. “That’s a lot of money to get passed every day.” Compared to January of 2017, ridership last month was up 43.7 per cent on the Dominion 5, 49.5 per cent on the Dougall 6 and 39.4 per cent on the South Windsor 7. Most of the extra riders are going to and from the college, according to a recent Transit Windsor report that highlights this “significant increase in student ridership.” “The buses are packed every single day,” said Bassett, who takes the Dominion 5 daily between her home in the Riverside Drive/McKay Avenue area to her job at a South Windsor daycare near Dominion Boulevard and Grand Marais Road. The problem usually happens on the ride home in the afternoon. Several weeks ago on a very cold day, she was waiting at her stop along with an elderly woman in a wheelchair when the packed bus passed them. The shivering woman was forced to call for a taxi. Bassett said she was shocked and disgusted by how the woman was treated. On another occasion a woman at her stop remarked she changed her work schedule so her shift ended at 5 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. so she could avoid getting passed, but the bus passed them anyway. Last Friday, she was waiting with a girl at her stop when the bus passed, and the girl remarked, “That’s the second one that’s passed me,” said Bassett, who added she’s also seen mothers with baby strollers and toddlers passed by. “It’s ridiculous, there’s no reason people should be waiting out in the snow for an hour.” Transit Windsor officials are meeting with St. Clair College to discuss the situation, according to the bus service’s executive director Pat Delmore. “The buses are leaving St. Clair full, so we’ve been adding extra buses whenever possible,” Delmore said. St. Clair’s vice-president of international relations Ron Seguin said the surge in bus use is directly linked to the college’s strategy to attract international students. Their numbers have risen from 300 a few years ago, to almost 2,500 currently. And international students don’t drive. They rely on public transit to get to and from their apartments, which are primarily located in the downtown area, Seguin said. “The numbers are dramatic,” he said, forecasting that figure will rise to 5,000 in the coming years. “It’s good. There’s a lot of people in town renting things, buying things. The economic benefit is quite dramatic.” Seguin said the college is eager to talk with Transit Windsor about increasing its service to St. Clair. “It’s going to be required,” he said, especially as the number of international students continues to increase. He expects there will also be increased demand for better bus service at night and on weekends. Delmore said Transit Windsor needs to study times when ridership is high to map out a strategy that could include adding express buses. He said if a bus passes a rider because it’s full, an extra bus is added to the route if one’s available. “It’s a good problem to have,” he said of the full buses. “It’s frustrating, we know, to a rider who may be bypassed, but we’re working on solutions.” Transit Windsor noticed a jump in ridership at the start of school in September, when ridership was up between 16.5 per cent and 22.7 per cent on the three routes compared to September of 2016. But the five-week strike by college faculty caused numbers to tank starting in mid-October, followed by the January surge. Year-end statistics for Transit Windsor show a 3.4-per-cent increase in overall ridership, from 6.5 million individual trips in 2016 to 6.73 million in 2017. That’s a significant improvement, said Delmore, considering ridership is rising two per cent nationally, and is stagnant for most transit services similar in size to Transit Windsor. The overall increase can be credited to a 14.4-per-cent rise in ridership among students, following the September 2016 adoption of a UPass system by University of Windsor students, who all pay $66 each semester in exchange for universal bus passes. Rising ridership translates into more money for the transit system from the province, which this year is providing Transit Windsor with $3.8 million in gas tax funding. Ok, so if Im reading this right... 2016= 6.5 million riders 2017=6.73 million riders? So ridership is still going up then? I wonder if well hit 7 million before 2018 is up? Always good news when this happens, and with the new novas soon(if some havent been delivered already) that will really improve the "buses being out of service for repairs" track record.
  3. IIRC, the P42s were bought to replace the LRC locomotives and were specifically purchased for use on the corridor(As were the LRCs if I recall as well). This should be why you will not see any P42s outside of this boundary.
  4. More good news about the LaSalle 25 http://windsorite.ca/2017/12/lasalle-transit-off-to-a-successful-start/ http://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/news/10-000-riders-and-counting-1.3525140 Just for comparison's sake. To compare to some information from tecumseh transit found here http://www.tecumseh.ca/sites/default/files/PB Report No 01-15_Annual Status Report on the Tecumseh Transit Service for 2014_15Feb03.pdf -Tecumseh's highest monthly ridership in 2014 was 2637(september) -13,000 in 4 months. Around 3250 riders per month in Lasalle. (It said 4 months but I know december is not over yet lol, Im ballparking this based on the article) Seems there are more riders in Lasalle than in Tecumseh.
  5. Seen the new bus on the road this morning for the first time. All white with no decals so far that i can see. Also this bus has a digital destination sign! I swear it looks a tad longer but maybe its my eyes playing a trick on me.
  6. Forgot to post this one before from the CBC http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/transit-windsor-ridership-up-5-proposes-all-day-10-minute-service-for-busiest-route-1.4422915
  7. How is this the first order for quebec when systems in quebec are already operating these buses? Am I stupid or just confused?
  8. That's something I was wondering too, the ION logo is'nt even on the rear of the bus? Granted it might say ION/200 or something to that effect(if im incorrect, bear with me lol) on the rear sign but you would think the actual bus would say ION somewhere on the back. Unless they're not finished with the decals/exterior of the bus yet?
  9. I like the concept scheme( all above the windows is blue) better even though this still does look nice.
  10. From the Windsor Star Transit Windsor cashing in on expanded bus services to help with its budget Thanks to LaSalle and university students, Transit Windsor's 2018 budget-making appears much easier, and there could be expanded services. Thanks to LaSalle and university students, Transit Windsor has come within $86,078 of asking the City of Windsor for the same taxpayer subsidy in 2018 as it received in 2017 to help run its buses. Its proposed operating budget seeks $13.2 million from city taxpayers — a 0.66 per cent increase — despite the fact labour costs are rising by almost $500,000. What’s helped it come close to a zero increase is a five-per-cent rise in ridership thanks to two major initiatives launched in 2017: the introduction of a universal bus pass for University of Windsor students, and providing service to the Town of LaSalle. Combined, those two initiatives contribute $350,000 to Transit Windsor’s bank account in 2018, according to a proposed budget projection. And they’ll also spur improvements to the system. As part of its commitment to the students when they voted in favour of the UPass system last year, Transit Windsor intends to plow some of the new money it’s getting into enhanced services. Its busiest route, the Transway 1C which services the U of W along University Avenue, runs every 10 minutes during peak hours, and every 15 minutes in non-peak hours from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Now, Transit Windsor wants to extend the 10-minute frequency to those non-peak daytime hours. Though it will cost an extra $250,000 annually, it will be “fully funded from the proceeds of the UPass along with increased ridership revenue,” says a Transit Windsor report. “That’s a very good news story, that you can increase your transit service and you’re not costing the taxpayer any more,” said Transit Windsor executive director Pat Delmore. When the UPass system was originally launched, Delmore talked about the benefit it would bring to the overall system, and the enhancements to the Transway 1C are proof of that, he said. Though it services the university, it also runs downtown, then goes south on Ouellette Avenue and east along Tecumseh Road all the way to Forest Glade. That entire route will now be serviced more frequently, he said. “The entire community benefits.” The proposal for the enhanced service on the Transway 1C has to be approved by council during budget deliberations. Delmore declined commenting on the rest of Transit Windsor’s proposed budget because its board has yet to debate and endorse it. It goes to Wednesday’s meeting of the city council’s environment, transportation and public safety standing committee, which serves as the transit system’s board. Though the deal to provide transit service to LaSalle is revenue-neutral, with the town keeping all the fares paid in LaSalle to help pay for the service, Transit Windsor gets to keep the fares paid in Windsor when someone is travelling back to LaSalle, resulting in an overall ridership increase. Like all city departments, Transit Windsor was asked to deliver a “status quo” budget with no increase for 2018. As well, it was supposed to supply options that would accommodate a 10-per-cent cut. Those cuts are dramatic, including elimination of bus routes (saving $742,406), cancelling service on holidays (saving $72,977) and eliminating the first and last trips of the day (saving $453,929). The same kinds of drastic cuts to achieve a 10-per-cent cut were listed one year ago during 2017 budget preparations, but they weren’t required. Transit Windsor administration is not recommending these cuts, arguing that service reductions can “trigger a downward spiral of transit service.” Once the cuts begin, ridership drops, which leads to more cuts, the budget report says. Revenue from fares provides about $14.1 million towards Transit Windsor’s operating budget, with $13.1 million coming from the City of Windsor and the rest coming from funds generated by a provincial gas tax. bcross@postmedia.com
  11. From am800 TRANSIT WINDSOR DELAYS BLAMED ON AGING FLEET, PARTS SHORTAGE An aging fleet of buses, delays in getting parts and construction detours are adding up to service delays at Transit Windsor. AM800 News received a Facebook message from one regular transit rider who is frustrated with service interruptions. Transit Windsor Executive Director Pat Delmore says delays happen when repairs can't be completed in time. Delmore says the Transit Windsor fleet is an average of 10-years-old, but many have spent more than 20-years on the road. "When you have an older fleet, those buses will break down. One of the things we're currently also experiencing is some backlog with parts that are required from the manufacturer and some longer than normal delays in getting those parts." "Letting people know about the delays is a major challenge," says Delmore. We've got mechanics in here right now, they are working on them and we are trying to move those buses out as soon as they're safe to put on the road. That becomes a challenge and we don't always know until that very last moment whether we have a bus or don't we? It's certainly one of the challenges we have in that we're not able to communicate that to our riders." Delmore says out of the 112 buses in the fleet, between 85 to 90 are needed every day for peak service. He says two dozen new buses will be added to the fleet in the spring, taking the oldest ones out of service.
  12. There is only 4 buses ordered so i doubt that.
  13. http://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/news/council-gives-thumbs-up-to-street-car-restoration-1.3365352 thumbs up for the streetcar restoration! coucil voted yes 7-4!
  14. Im a little lost here. Where in that article does it say anything about these 4 buses being growth buses?
  15. MaT


    "killing ridership:, not something i would wish for on any route. Im sure a lot of your improvements are thanks to ridership.
  16. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/bright-idea-transit-windsor-installing-solar-powered-bus-shelters-1.4339485
  17. From the Windsor Star Windsor polishes up Amazon bid with incentives, regional transit Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens has made two major plays in recent weeks to enhance the Detroit-Windsor bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. The Star has learned that the reason an earlier-than-expected special council meeting was called for last Friday to deal with the downtown’s long-anticipated community improvement plan, was so the CIP’s incentives for downtown investment — for a big new office building, for example — are enshrined prior to Amazon’s Oct. 19 deadline. “I think it’s fair to say we did expedite approval of the CIP for Amazon,” said Dilkens, who’s reluctant to say more due to a news blackout that’s been imposed on the highly charged Detroit-Windsor bid. Also, Dilkens has been reaching out to the county’s seven municipalities, trying to get a commitment to a regional transit system. It’s something that Amazon deems a major requirement for its new location and a weak point for both Detroit and Windsor. “One of the areas we can strengthen is regional transit,” the mayor said. Windsor’s efforts over the years to spread bus service out to the county has been met largely with disinterest. That changed Sept. 1 when LaSalle began a transit service through the town, run by Transit Windsor and linking to the Windsor transit system with no extra charge to transfer. Tecumseh also has a contracted bus service that stops at Windsor’s Tecumseh Mall, though riders have to pay extra to get on a Transit Windsor bus. In recent weeks, both Lakeshore and Amherstburg have responded positively to Dilkens’ request. What Dilkens is asking for is a commitment from the municipalities that, if Amazon chooses Detroit-Windsor, they’re on board with a regional transit system. “We really need all of the municipalities in Essex County to say: ‘We’re behind this 100 per cent,’” said Dilkens. “That’s what we need to show Amazon.” Of the remaining municipalities, Essex and Kingsville have received Windsor’s request and will deal with it at an upcoming meeting, the mayor said. Attempts to reach Leamington Mayor John Patterson Wednesday to find out his town’s position were not successful. “We need the other municipalities to see the benefits of this and the huge, huge impact this would have on the entire region, it stands to change the face of the entire region,” Dilkens said, referring to Windsor’s share of 50,000 jobs at Amazon HQ2. Many employees of Windsor’s big employers, such as Fiat Chrysler, Caesars Windsor and the hospitals, live in the county, he said. The same would hold true for Amazon employees. “That’s why we need everyone’s support as we’re putting together the bid documents.” As for the downtown CIP, Dilkens wouldn’t go into details about which of its incentives would be most attractive to Amazon if it were to locate part of its Detroit-Windsor operation in the downtown. A big one, however, would clearly be annual grants that effectively forgive the additional property taxes charged on a new development, for up to 10 years. A regional transit system doesn’t necessarily need to follow the LaSalle model, in which LaSalle pays for Transit Windsor to run buses through the town and keeps the fares to partly offset the cost. “Whatever form regional transit takes — so people can move seamlessly back and forth between Windsor and their home municipality — that’s what we’re looking for,” said Dilkens. “If the prospect of having Amazon’s headquarters in the City of Windsor is not a catalyst for all municipalities in Essex County to come on board with a regional transit system, then we’ll never have a hope of getting a regional transit system.” LaSalle Mayor Ken Antaya said that so far the response to having Transit Windsor in town, especially from teens and seniors, is “beyond my expectations.” He’s received nothing but good comments from residents. “Not lukewarm comments — really good comments,” Antaya said. “In fact, we’re even hearing some criticism that: ‘Hey, we want you to expand it, expand the hours, more stops.’ That’s all good, constructive criticism.” Transit Windsor’s executive director Pat Delmore said he believes LaSalle’s positive experience will serve as a business case for other municipalities considering a transit service. It’s in very preliminary talks with Amherstburg, and expects to begin talks with Lakeshore in the coming months. “We think there are lots of opportunities within the entire region,” said Delmore, who added there is demand for service in such county employment pockets as Lakeshore’s Patillo Road, Tecumseh’s Oldcastle and Leamington’s greenhouse operations. Lakeshore recently sent a letter to Windsor expressing its commitment to exploring a regional transit system between Windsor, Lakeshore and Tecumseh. “We’ve looked at it many times over the years and now is the time to take another solid good look at it,” said Lakeshore Deputy Mayor Al Fazio, citing the rising demand that’s come with the explosion of residential growth. He said town council wrote the letter to help Windsor entice Amazon. “But it’s not just that. It’s a service we need in Lakeshore anyway.” He said he’d like a service similar to LaSalle’s, one that links into Windsor’s system. But it has to include Tecumseh, because of Tecumseh’s location between Lakeshore and Windsor. “I think Tecumseh’s the key, I really do.” And also the picture to go with it 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25
  18. MaT


    There's nothing wrong with people liking how a bus looks. For many transit fans it's similar to liking different cars.
  19. I was also wondering the same thing as to where that came from. They may be oddballs in the fleet but with how long the bus was in production for and how relatively recent it was ceased in production, the parts should not be very hard to come across or majorly expensive. Theyre not as old as some other buses that are still in service across Canada.
  20. Thanks for the reply Martin! I had imagined that these routes took a lot longer than they really do. When i said suburbans i did have the one door version in mind like leduc and strathcona have. I did try to do some research on it before hand(i knew the bike rule on the highway) so thank you!
  21. the 1C and the 2 were always very full during rush hours over the years. I remember taking the 1C during high school and after school anywhere from 4 to 6 1Cs would show up at once from the extras for school runs they had to throw on. The drivers would all coordinate who would go through roseville gardens and who wouldnt, and before the buses would get to rivard they would all stop together. Any riders going straight to Tecumseh Mall would get on the buses at the front and those buses would go down tecumseh road straight to the mall and bypass everything else while the remainder followed the normal route. The 2 I found was the same idea for the most part with buses going express to the mall(after transfering passengers like the 1Cs did) from lauzon and wyandotte while the remainder of the buses would follow the normal route. Sometimes it would be the same amount of buses as well, anywhere from 4-6 crosstown 2s showing up as a group, probably because of school runs. During the trips on both the 1C and the 2 during those times, all the buses would make stops to pick up passengers while the ones behind would pass to the next stops etc. They would all end up hopscotching each other till lauzon(crosstown 2) and Rivard(Transway 1C) where they all seperated passengers and then split into local and express straight to the mall. Great memories seeing the groups of buses together like that and the coordination Soooo many people too. Fireworks runs are run the same fashion. So with ridership going up a bit because of university students I can imagine its pretty similar fashion these days as well.
  22. Hey I have a quick question for you guys. Now I did use the search function and I didnt find anything relevant to what im about to ask, so just bear with me lol. I also wasnt sure what thread to post this in lol. For Edmonton's suburban routes(if you will) to the surrounding towns(540,560,561, 580 etc, maybe even the 747 im not sure), I seen that the buses used for those runs are "highway buses" with the extra gear(and whatever else I may be missing). Has any consideration been given at all to buy any suburban buses for these runs? Possibly with coach styled seats, better suspension, maybe reading lights etc, similar in fashion to a highway coach(if these 2009s dont have them already). Any personal thoughts at all? I know other systems use these styled buses in similar situations going from city to city along highways, so I thought I'd ask and see what the thoughts are as well. Thanks!
  23. http://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/news/corporate-bus-pass-being-extended-to-city-hall-1.3322074 Good news if it goes through, it can generate more ridership like the University Pass has been.
  24. From the Windsor Star Ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop coming to Windsor airport Canada’s new ultra-low-cost air carrier Swoop will be operating out of Windsor, but the destinations passengers will be able to reach from YQG are being kept under wraps. Canada’s new ultra-low-cost air carrier Swoop will be operating out of Windsor, but the destinations passengers will be able to reach from YQG are being kept under wraps. “We will for competitive reasons — and I don’t think we’re unique in having this approach — won’t be unveiling our network until our booking launch which will be in February,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet’s executive vice-president responsible for the launch of the new airline. “If we do end up signing big airport agreements, we may announce those beforehand which will give an indication of where we are flying to or from.” Cummings said he has asked Windsor airport for information on what the current situation is and the catchment area and how far people are willing to drive to save money on a flight. “Windsor’s very interesting,” Cummings said. “They have Sunwing and they have Transat operating over there in the winter. “When you look at Detroit and how big Detroit is — and I believe it’s 22 minutes from downtown Detroit to the Windsor airport — and when you look at the catchment area of Detroit and you look at the economics and demographics of Detroit and the propensity to travel and so forth, it’s fairly high, so there are potentially people coming from Detroit and potentially people going to other border airports,” said Cummings. Swoop is planning on offering fares 40 per cent lower than those currently available in Canada. The airline will operate six Boeing 737-800s with a capacity of about 170 passengers beginning next June. Cummings said he will be sitting down with Windsor and other airports to try and figure out how to make tickets as cheap as possible. “The airports, with respect to their aviation fees, their landing and terminal fees, their AIFs (airport improvement fees), they’re a big part of that,” said Cummings. “In Canada, the fuel taxes and some of the other things, we’re not going to be able to touch all of that,” he said. “As we head towards our market launch, we’ll be sitting down with airports with respect to the low fares we’ll bring to the table with our business model and cost structure which we plan to get to very close to U.S. ULCC (ultra-low-cost carrier) cost structure and offer low fares but we then plan to marry up with airports to try and bring down the ticket price and stimulate growth.” Cummings said the Boeing 737-800 has a range of 4,500 kilometres. “In Windsor’s case, if you draw a 2,800-mile (4,500-kilometre) radius around Windsor you can get quite far south,” Cummings said. “The target is the leisure market with respect to vacations down south, moreso in the summer visiting friends and relatives.” chthompson@postmedia.com
  25. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/tunnel-bus-won-t-operate-during-october-closure-altered-service-on-weeknights-1.4310291 Intersting to see that after the game, TW buses will take ambassador bridge back to windsor! "Following the event, all buses will return to Windsor via the Ambassador Bridge. All passengers must return to buses immediately following the game as there will be no additional service provided throughout the remainder of the evening."
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