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Caught 8399 in service on the 40 2 weeks back, it was taken out of service since one of the front doors stopped working. Also 8402 is in service.

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On 5/30/2018 at 9:20 AM, AmanKh said:

Spotted 8401 on the 47 at 9 AM this morning, heading to York University on the HWY 410/407 interchange.

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Riding 8400 on a Square One-bound 19C as I type this.  Huge luggage rack on the lower level closed side replacing two rows of seats behind the accessible seats.  Driver says several of the newest buses have them (some only replacing one row of seats) for primary use on Pearson Airport service (Route 40 and possibly the 34 from Finch).  Tight fit to squeeze by the rack to get to the back seats.

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Proper storage on the DDS buses commonly assigned to route 34 is sorely needed. Drivers do not like to use the small elevated luggage bay that was designed into the DDS buses, so they ask everyone to bring their luggage inside with them, which typically goes into the wheelchair areas. This typically leads to two problems: a) large pieces of luggage are basically unrestrained on the floor of the bus and can get knocked over or roll around when the bus makes sudden stops or turns; and B) the lower level gets overcrowded quickly because everyone with luggage has to stay on the lower level to hold onto/observe their luggage.

Glad to hear that someone at GO has (finally?) noticed these problems. I'd be interested to see the design of these new luggage racks. IMO the 34 does not have high enough passenger volume, so they could really just keep the lower level for wheelchairs/mobility devices and luggage storage, with the majority of passenger seating on the upper deck.

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3 hours ago, Articulated said:

Proper storage on the DDS buses commonly assigned to route 34 is sorely needed. Drivers do not like to use the small elevated luggage bay that was designed into the DDS buses, so they ask everyone to bring their luggage inside with them, which typically goes into the wheelchair areas. This typically leads to two problems: a) large pieces of luggage are basically unrestrained on the floor of the bus and can get knocked over or roll around when the bus makes sudden stops or turns; and B) the lower level gets overcrowded quickly because everyone with luggage has to stay on the lower level to hold onto/observe their luggage.

Glad to hear that someone at GO has (finally?) noticed these problems. I'd be interested to see the design of these new luggage racks. IMO the 34 does not have high enough passenger volume, so they could really just keep the lower level for wheelchairs/mobility devices and luggage storage, with the majority of passenger seating on the upper deck.

This was part of the original design of the buses - but for whatever reason GO had not taken the opportunity to use it as yet. The racks are designed to be installed and removed, but are permanent enough that it's not done so on a daily basis. And there are two sizes, one taking up a single pair of seats and a larger version taking 2 pairs.

 

But yes, I agree - these are sorely needed and long overdue.

 

Dan

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1 hour ago, Ultimate said:

On sunday the 6th, I spotted 4 GO buses on a Freight train, could not grab any numbers as they were far in the distance

More than likely these are not new GO buses, but old ones. 8000-8021 (the original Enviro500 units) have been sold to CVS Tours in Victoria, BC. They are being shipped by rail, and many other members (here, in BC and in between) have spotted them in transit.

New buses are built in North America, and would be driven here from the factory.

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