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21501 to 21510 should all be in service over the next week or two, there are 3 of them on the road now. Nothing is being retired, as these are purely for service expansions happening later this year.

GRT is adding buses on Rte 7 and Ixpress 200 when they update the schedules for these later in April, all to keep times up while re-routes are going on due to King St being closed for Ion work. So these 10 are needed.

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215xx deployment on April 30th at 14:00...

21503 - 22 Laurentian West

21504 - 23 Idlewood

21506 - 20 Victoria Hills

21507 - 6 Bridge

21508 - 6 Bridge

21510 - 202 University IXpress

The 21510 most definitely exists and is in service.

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http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/regionalGovernment/resources/PW/PA2015-0505.pdf.

During 2015 budget deliberations, Council approved a proposed transit service improvement plan that will add over 35,000 annual hours of service. The most significant service improvement planned in 2015 is the implementation of an east-west Highland/Victoria express route to connect Ira Needles Boulevard to Lackner Boulevard via Highland Road, downtown Kitchener and Victoria Street. In order to undertake this plan GRT will require the addition of fourteen (14) buses to its fleet. Five (5) of these buses are included in the approved 2015 GRT Capital Budget and the other nine (9) are included in the approved Rapid Transit Capital Budget (aBRT) in 2015. The new aBRT buses will be put into service in 2015 and the GRT buses currently providing service will be redeployed to facilitate the implementation of the approved 2015 service plan.

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http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/regionalGovernment/resources/PW/PA2015-0505.pdf.

During 2015 budget deliberations, Council approved a proposed transit service improvement plan that will add over 35,000 annual hours of service. The most significant service improvement planned in 2015 is the implementation of an east-west Highland/Victoria express route to connect Ira Needles Boulevard to Lackner Boulevard via Highland Road, downtown Kitchener and Victoria Street. In order to undertake this plan GRT will require the addition of fourteen (14) buses to its fleet. Five (5) of these buses are included in the approved 2015 GRT Capital Budget and the other nine (9) are included in the approved Rapid Transit Capital Budget (aBRT) in 2015. The new aBRT buses will be put into service in 2015 and the GRT buses currently providing service will be redeployed to facilitate the implementation of the approved 2015 service plan.

so the rest of this year's Xcelisors will be used for aBRT, and the "new" expansion buses for the KW routes will actually be the old Ixpress Novas?

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OK, I am now hearing the 21511-21524 will be delivered in the standard GRT scheme, no ION buses until 2017. Also, nothing special about the aBRT route in Cambridge, they will just shift the 200-Ixpress route to operate over Hespeler Road this fall whenever they complete the 5 new ION stops there. I guess this calls into question whether any of these new Xcelsiors wil even be based in the Cambridge garage.

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GRT inherited a 'hub & spoke' system from Kitchener Transit and Cambridge Transit, and it is difficult for the region to make wholesale changes in short order due to political sensibilities. However they are slowly moving to a grid system, using the ION LRT to help speed up the process. The future involves all major arteries covered with frequent service and no bus terminals to speak of.

That said, when you call GRT's system "a joke" (your words) it would be nice to know what you compare it too. If to the TTC, well then yes it is inferior. However at 500,000 Waterloo Region only has 1/10th the population of metro Toronto, so hardly a fair comparison. Now compared to a like-sized population centre like London, well, I've used the LTC and would hardly consider it any better than GRT.

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