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Just now, Jason L said:

I take the 6 to and from work too and only today noticed it changed. Maybe it's only been on some buses?

 

6 minutes ago, Jason L said:

Are they changing around the INIT voice? on the 6 this morning and there seems to be a slight difference in the announcement... the voice that says "Next stop" is still the same but the voice that says the actual stop names was different... a bit deeper and faster but also seems to blend in more with the bus sounds so a bit harder to hear...

I noticed that on a 21521 New Flyer bus that was on the 31 today, the voice sounded like she had a cold or something.

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Just now, Jason L said:

I take the 6 to and from work too and only today noticed it changed. Maybe it's only been on some buses?

Maybe only some, but enough that I too noticed a difference. And its not on EVERY stop either that the stop name sounds different.

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1 minute ago, TRENT_TRANSIT_SYSTEM said:

Maybe only some, but enough that I too noticed a difference. And its not on EVERY stop either that the stop name sounds different.

Every stop sounded different on my 31 ride anyways...

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On 12/8/2016 at 0:28 AM, TRENT_TRANSIT_SYSTEM said:

Noooooooo! :(  I thought it would be similar to the Presto system. THIS is just going to go SO WRONG in SO MANY ways <_<  Im calling it now. That way I can say "told ya so" in the near future.

1. Proper coin is gonna be an issue and many customers will over pay, dispute fare, and try and pay in bills leading to delays and complaints.

2. Customers (most being pree dumb up in Waterloo *students*), are never going to remember how to use the machine, or how to get a transfer and will pay fare and forget, or look to the driver aimlessly, or dispute the amount of time provided for transfer. Customers cant be expected to run a device which used to be run by drivers.

3. The bar-code will infrequently work and cause delays and disputes as tickets get damaged, lost, or misused.

4. Taking away driver discretion on fare and transfer will sour relations with many riders who might experience delay, or require only 10 extra minutes transfer on a daily commute.

5. The fare card reader will be a pain in the ass as it will take multiple attempts to tap at the right angle.

6. The system is overtly complex and will fail numerous times, its unreliability will lead to many lost fares and complications.

7. The fact that tickets arent accepted in this machine shows its incapability and inadequacies versus other systems with more functional Presto systems.

8. Transfers administered by drivers for tickets may lead to revenue accounting issues, and many people will put coins or other inappropriate media in the ticket-tin leading to issues of counting fare and tickets, thus wasting time and staff wages.

9. ALL the operability issues noted above will lead to frequent delays leading to a higher number of late buses and disappointed customers. 

Conclusion: GRT should have just gone with Presto, and continued using WatCard and OneCard as the U-Pass system.

Please, don't hold back.  Tell us how you really feel.

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2 hours ago, Streety McCarface said:

Every stop sounded different on my 31 ride anyways...

Right now im on 9 to UW on 21111 and I JUST HEARD every stop is new...it is a deeper voice. Not like any ive heard before actually, but it sounds similar to Toronto in the subway. More robotic.

I dont like the new voice. Deh messed up :P

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8 hours ago, TRENT_TRANSIT_SYSTEM said:

Right now im on 9 to UW on 21111 and I JUST HEARD every stop is new...it is a deeper voice. Not like any ive heard before actually, but it sounds similar to Toronto in the subway. More robotic.

I dont like the new voice. Deh messed up :P

Why can't they just pay someone minimum wage to record some real voices for the system, like TTC... I feel bad for the drivers! Dreams of "next stop" ??

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11 hours ago, TRENT_TRANSIT_SYSTEM said:

Oooh. Maybe its just me then :P  

Again on Route 31: this time it was bus 21515. Does anyone from Cambridge have anything to comment? 

51 minutes ago, Josh said:

Why can't they just pay someone minimum wage to record some real voices for the system, like TTC... I feel bad for the drivers! Dreams of "next stop" ??

What they need is actual software that actually announces the next stop the second the bus passes the succeeding stop. 

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17 minutes ago, Transit 20 said:

21515 is a kitchener bus cambridge has nothing to with the init everything is done at Strasburg garage 

I know 21515 is a Strasburg bus, but I'm wondering if the change has affected Conestoga buses. 

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got to hear  the voice today here are my thoughts.

i thought i was on a GO transit bus the voice sounds like the one from GO.

cant really hear the voice they need to turn it up alitte.

new fare boxes start going into the buses tommorow.

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wow....so lots of changes at GRT this term. Lets see how they all work out :^

As for the new voice....idk why they changed it, but okay. Just turn it up. Cause yeah, everyone sitting around me on that 9 was asking each other if it changed or what it said (packed bus, so people cant see out the window).

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23 minutes ago, 2281 said:

I would hope Ayr and New Hamburg/Baden dont turn into a debate like this. But WHY is ridership SO LOW in St.Jacobs and Elmira? I think it might say something about "tourism" and the lack of attractions that might require looking into. If ridership is low, it means people are going anywhere, in or out....and I know not EVERYONE there can drive. One should look at the rush-hour numbers versus off-peak hours. I get the idea that a 21 commuter bus makes sense, but I can attest to mid-day buses being empty...they always were when I was on em.

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