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Here's an odd one. The Bruce Peninsula now has a privately operated transit system based out of Wiarton, Ontario (that's about 20 Min NW of Owen Sound). They currently have one route, and they are using an ex Hamilton bus (apparently its a full sized transit bus!). A smaller cutaway will soon run another route to the popular Sauble Beach as well. They are also planning a connection to the Chi Cheemaun ferry stop at Tobermory. 

http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2017/06/08/transit-bus-service-on-bruce-peninsula 

Their fleet information describes them as having a 38 passenger transit bus, and its supposedly ex HSR. Anyone know what that might be... D40LF?

https://brucepeninsulatransit.com/other-services/ 

Given that I spend a lot of my summer up on the Bruce, I will be on the lookout for this new operation, and hope to report more soon.  

 

 

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I can confirm from my Owen Sound contact that the bus does exist and it's an ex HSR 2005 vintage New Flyer D40LF, presumably bus 0511 or 0518. I'll make a trip up there this summer to confirm this.

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On 6/9/2017 at 1:11 PM, TTC 9701 said:

Very interesting! I will have to find a way to see this system.

And remember to invite me this time ;)

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So I was driving up Highway 6 today, and between Owen Sound and the town of Shallow Lake, I saw the D40LF doing its route. The picture quality isn't that great but then again I was going very fast, plus there was lots of dirt from dead bugs on the windscreen. But yes, it is ex HSR 0516. I'm assuming that they either bought it in a public auction, or from a dealer (there was one outside Hamilton I saw a week ago which had 4 or 5 ex HSR D40LFs lying around).

Bruce Peninsula Transit D40LF

 

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Interesting. I'm a bit of a newbie in regards to buses, but wouldn't that bus be not really the best option per say for a longer route like that? Wouldn't some kind of suburban seating be better?

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2 hours ago, WMATAC40LF said:

So I was driving up Highway 6 today, and between Owen Sound and the town of Shallow Lake, I saw the D40LF doing its route. The picture quality isn't that great but then again I was going very fast, plus there was lots of dirt from dead bugs on the windscreen. But yes, it is ex HSR 0516. I'm assuming that they either bought it in a public auction, or from a dealer (there was one outside Hamilton I saw a week ago which had 4 or 5 ex HSR D40LFs lying around).

They bought it from a public auction on Highway 6 near Morriston. 0516 was actually one of the ones in the best condition.

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43 minutes ago, Bravo Actual said:

Interesting. I'm a bit of a newbie in regards to buses, but wouldn't that bus be not really the best option per say for a longer route like that? Wouldn't some kind of suburban seating be better?

I think you may be right. The main positives about buying this D40LF is that it is wheelchair accessible and they probably didn't pay much for it. But other than that it probably isn't the best for a mostly rural operation with high speed 2 lane roads. Now I'm not complaining as I spend 3 months a year up in the Bruce, and before this operation started, the nearest non-cutaway transit buses were in Collingwood, which is a bit of a drive for me.

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18 hours ago, WMATAC40LF said:

I think you may be right. The main positives about buying this D40LF is that it is wheelchair accessible and they probably didn't pay much for it. But other than that it probably isn't the best for a mostly rural operation with high speed 2 lane roads. Now I'm not complaining as I spend 3 months a year up in the Bruce, and before this operation started, the nearest non-cutaway transit buses were in Collingwood, which is a bit of a drive for me.

I guess we will have to wait and see what ridership turns out to be. The flip side of having a full size bus is that people may be more inclined to use the service.

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Today, myself and Chris W paid a visit to Wiarton. The ex-HSR D40LF 0516 is of course the main bus that runs between Wiarton and Owen Sound. Another ex-HSR D40LF (possibly 0517, but not confirmed yet) had recently been acquired and passed safety inspection today. A Ford cutaway is used for the Sauble Beach runs.

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On 7/15/2017 at 1:52 AM, 97SCT said:

Today, myself and Chris W paid a visit to Wiarton. The ex-HSR D40LF 0516 is of course the main bus that runs between Wiarton and Owen Sound. Another ex-HSR D40LF (possibly 0517, but not confirmed yet) had recently been acquired and passed safety inspection today. A Ford cutaway is used for the Sauble Beach runs.

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Very interesting. You think they want you to know its wheelchair acessable or something? 

 

What was the interior like? Any custom changes they have done or plan to do?

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4 hours ago, Bravo Actual said:

Very interesting. You think they want you to know its wheelchair acessable or something? 

 

What was the interior like? Any custom changes they have done or plan to do?

Well HSR, the previous owner, painted that wheelchair stuff onto some of their D40LFs. 

I have not been inside this D40LF yet, but I don't believe they've made any significant changes to the interior yet (at least that's based on how many seats their website says it has).

Also on a side note, I believe I saw the second D40LF today, but couldn't catch the number because of the rain.

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2 hours ago, 97SCT said:

The second ex-HSR D40LF has been identified as 0414.

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Do you know if its entered service yet? I was up there not long ago and they were primarily using 0516.

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4 hours ago, WMATAC40LF said:

Do you know if its entered service yet? I was up there not long ago and they were primarily using 0516.

I would assume it has entered service. It's backing up 0516.

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An MCI G4500 has also been added to the fleet. Former Iron Range Bus Lines (Norcan) 204.

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