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On 12/23/2020 at 9:00 PM, doug_oak said:

A couple of interesting items noted from the 2021 Town of Oakville operating and capital budgets:

*  Total Oakville Transit ridership for 2020 is projected at 1.09 million (boardings, which exclude transfers), compared to 2.97 million in 2019, a 63.3% decrease.  Not surprising given the COVID impact, particularly for a system that has a reasonably high dependence on GO train traffic.

*   A significant capital budget ask for 10 conventional electric buses (7 replacement, 3 expansion) at at cost of $10.4 million, one expansion specialized electric bus costing $0.5 million, and electric bus charging infrastructure $2.5 million.

Not sure as to the status of the 7 diesel NovaBus LFS that were scheduled to arrive in 2020 to replace the 7 D40LFR from 2007.  Perhaps a more knowledgeable person on this Board can advise.

The 7 Nova LFS buses were originally scheduled for September 2020, but Nova shut down the plant earlier this year for awhile. They are expected January 2021 now. The oldest bus we still have is #6110 and will stick around until these new buses arrive and are put into service. Not sure of how many 2007 NFI D40LFRs are on the chopping block or which ones. I'll find out.

#6105, #6106, #6108 and #6109 have been sold and removed off property. They were all private buyers, so none went to the scrap yard so far. #6105 was driven to Montreal on its own power, #6108 was driven to north Toronto under its own power, #6106 will needed a float, going to Cambridge and #6109 went to St. George.

23 hours ago, doug_oak said:

The provincial lockdown effective December 26 has again resulted in a significant reduction in Oakville service levels effective Sunday, January 3.  These reductions are from the September service levels, which were already well below pre-COVID levels.

Starting January 3, all routes will operate on 60 minute headways at all times during the week.  As a result, peak Mon-Fri requirements will be 23 buses, and off-peak requirements at all other times will be 17 buses (the difference results from the six routes that provide only Mon-Fri peak hour service:  10, 11, 12, 26, 34 and 120).   Operating a fleet of 100 conventional buses, the spare ratio is approx. 75% - clearly a sign of these difficult times.

We have laid off another 25 operators because of this sudden change unfortunately. There is no time line of when they will return, so hopefully this is just a temporary layoff. We permanently laid off 29 drivers a few months ago which is very unfortunate.

In other news, All 2011 New Flyer XD40s have now been refurbished. #1106 re-entered service last week. #1201 and #1202 are currently undergoing refurbishment. I'm not sure if we are gonna pause this again due to the pandemic or not, once these two return, but the plan is to get all 9 done by end of 2021.

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On 12/23/2020 at 10:07 PM, doug_oak said:

Starting January 3, all routes will operate on 60 minute headways at all times during the week.  As a result, peak Mon-Fri requirements will be 23 buses, and off-peak requirements at all other times will be 17 buses (the difference results from the six routes that provide only Mon-Fri peak hour service:  10, 11, 12, 26, 34 and 120).   

Oakville has added back three peak Mon-Fri buses to the schedule, two to 5/5A-Dundas and one to 3-Third Line.  This improves the peak headways on those two routes, which serve Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, from 60 to 30 minutes.   All off peak service continues to be at 60 minute intervals.

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On 12/23/2020 at 10:07 PM, doug_oak said:

The provincial lockdown effective December 26 has again resulted in a significant reduction in Oakville service levels effective Sunday, January 3.  These reductions are from the September service levels, which were already well below pre-COVID levels.

Starting January 3, all routes will operate on 60 minute headways at all times during the week.  As a result, peak Mon-Fri requirements will be 23 buses, and off-peak requirements at all other times will be 17 buses (the difference results from the six routes that provide only Mon-Fri peak hour service:  10, 11, 12, 26, 34 and 120).   Operating a fleet of 100 conventional buses, the spare ratio is approx. 75% - clearly a sign of these difficult times.

 

Doug, is the operational budget for this year the same amount of service hours, but would be gradually be brought back as things improve?

Or, and this is based on something I had heard from one of the road supervisors for Oakville Transit.
He mentioned to me that once the lockdown is lifted, that Oakville Transit is willing to put forward, at minimum, 30 minute frequencies on all routes, 7 days a week as they had been looking at similar covid response plans with the neighbouring agencies in Mississauga and Burlington and feel that they'd want to learn from the mistake of not only limiting capacity to half of a 40 foot bus, but also having hourly frequency.
To be honest, I'm not sure if that's what would happen, but it does sound very promising at the very least.

And is Oakville Transit looking at some route structure changes to respond to any changing travel patterns, post-pandemic?
 

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9 hours ago, newflyerinvero said:

Doug, is the operational budget for this year the same amount of service hours, but would be gradually be brought back as things improve?

Or, and this is based on something I had heard from one of the road supervisors for Oakville Transit.
He mentioned to me that once the lockdown is lifted, that Oakville Transit is willing to put forward, at minimum, 30 minute frequencies on all routes, 7 days a week as they had been looking at similar covid response plans with the neighbouring agencies in Mississauga and Burlington and feel that they'd want to learn from the mistake of not only limiting capacity to half of a 40 foot bus, but also having hourly frequency.
To be honest, I'm not sure if that's what would happen, but it does sound very promising at the very least.

And is Oakville Transit looking at some route structure changes to respond to any changing travel patterns, post-pandemic?
 

The answer to all that can be inferred from what has just happened - service adjustments to two routes that were identified as being needed and that took place five days after a previous change.  So, planning horizons will continue to be short for at least the next several months.  Even after that, I would anticipate that transit service levels would be gradually restored based on demand levels as they develop over time.  A "minimum 30 minute service at all times" approach post-COVID seems to be very doubtful, particularly given that was not nearly the case prior to March 2020.

 

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15 hours ago, doug_oak said:

The answer to all that can be inferred from what has just happened - service adjustments to two routes that were identified as being needed and that took place five days after a previous change.  So, planning horizons will continue to be short for at least the next several months.  Even after that, I would anticipate that transit service levels would be gradually restored based on demand levels as they develop over time.  A "minimum 30 minute service at all times" approach post-COVID seems to be very doubtful, particularly given that was not nearly the case prior to March 2020.

 

We probably won’t be back to pre COVID service levels until at least the fall.

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