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Apparently its because there wasnt enough numbers in the 5XX series to fit 26 buses. I dont know, either way, these novas are going to be the 8XXX.

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On 3/10/2018 at 7:48 AM, MaT said:

Apparently its because there wasnt enough numbers in the 5XX series to fit 26 buses. I dont know, either way, these novas are going to be the 8XXX.

8001 was in service today doing a Senior Special, this was numbered 578 from the plant.

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From the Windsor Star!

 

Big boost in public transportation funding called 'game changer' for Transit Windsor

 

A plan that will see the two senior levels of government invest over $100 million in Windsor’s public transportation system is being called a game changer.

“This will give us a chance to accelerate public transit so much,” said city councillor Bill Marra, who chairs the Transit Windsor advisory committee Bill Marra. “That’s a lot of money for public transit — that’s a game changer.”

Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi announced Friday that Windsor would be receiving $57 million in federal funding and $47 million from the province over 10 years as its share of the Investing in Canada plan. The city will kick in a portion as well, with the objective of the overall spend being to transform the way Canadians live, move and work. 

 

“This is the largest infrastructure investment the federal government is making to support numerous communities to build better public transportation systems,” Sohi told The Star in a phone interview. “These are significant investments and changes we are making to enable municipalities to build infrastructure they need.”

 

Transit Windsor has been working on a master plan for a number of years and, after presenting it to council, was recently asked to complete a phased report. As part of that effort, Transit Windsor received $10.2 million last year. Transit Windsor executive director Pat Delmore said that money is being used to “revitalize” the system, with 24 new buses purchased and 120 new bus shelters to be installed throughout the city as well as investments being made in updating bus facility and maintenance areas. 

“No definitive decisions have been made, but we do have a lot of ideas and plans,” Delmore said of the new funds just announced. “We are doing a service delivery review right now which we expect to be our road map to the future over the next 10 years.” 

 

The review is taking an in-depth look at the system, focusing on things like bus routes and highlighting areas that are currently under-serviced as well as looking at the future growth of the city.

Marra said the funding will help Transit Windsor to improve its system while investing in technology that will provide riders with things like real-time access to information, for example informing riders about bus arrival times. He said there has been some significant recent improvements in ridership with an agreement with the University of Windsor and by expanding service into LaSalle. 

 

 

“This allows us to start making a case for a regional transit system because the resources are now going to be available,” Marra said. “It’s exciting for a number of reasons. And I think for the Windsor Essex area this truly could be a game-changing investment because it allows us to do a number of things and do it over a short period of time.”

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said the funding will provide a nice boost to the city’s public and active transportation systems. He said details are still scarce on how the money will be allotted over ten years. One of the hopes, however, is to use a portion of it to connect Windsor’s cycling infrastructure to the city’s public transit system. 

“We are hoping to upgrade our system, provide better service and transit and I’m sure there are many ways for us to do that,” Dilkens said. “In addition, how can we improve the cycling network to be able to allow folks to access by bicycle the current transit stops? So you add the active transportation to it and it could become a very exciting announcement.”

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 I saw 8004 on sandwich st near the roundabout with Express in the sign.  On my way home i saw another bus with the Express on the sign. Is there another route?

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I also noticed that in the Windsor Star article there, 8001 is picture as the UofW Via Rail shuttle. I knew they wanted to do that shuttle but I never seen anything on their site about it so I had no idea they had actually started doing it.

As for the express, I wonder if they are doing that as a measure to try and assist with the overloading? It gets full and they express to the destination?

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6 minutes ago, MaT said:

I also noticed that in the WIndsor Star artile there, 8001 is picture as the UofW Via Rail shuttle. I knew they wanted to do that shuttle but I never seen anything on their site about it so I had no idea they had actually started doing it.

 

As for the express, I wonder if they are doing that as a measure to try and assist with the overloading? It gets full and they express to the destination?

The new buses did not come equipment with some of the I.T. equipment  which is being done at the garage, so they are used for senior specials, tunnel bus and express services where they don't have to announce the stops til the I.T. equipment is installed.  

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23 minutes ago, MaT said:

I also noticed that in the WIndsor Star artile there, 8001 is picture as the UofW Via Rail shuttle. I knew they wanted to do that shuttle but I never seen anything on their site about it so I had no idea they had actually started doing it.

 

As for the express, I wonder if they are doing that as a measure to try and assist with the overloading? It gets full and they express to the destination?

The UofW VIA shuttle is part of a contract the UWSA (uWindsor student union) has with Transit Windsor that provides these shuttles. Other shuttles include the late night shuttles from Thursday-Sunday nights. They are intended for students to use perhaps that's why it isnt't posted on the website.

 

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As for the express, a friend of mine saw it around 4:30pm at the University 1C stop on Friday.

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  • Ahhh ok thanks for the info! I also noticed today that the area around the garage is so full of buses that theyre storing some of the new buses over by the salt storage next door near the central bridge. I got pictures of them too, one of them here. Pictured is 588, unumbered, 589, 592 and 593.

     

     

    EDIT.  Web portal is up now!    https://windsor.mytransitride.com/Home/Desktop

     

     

    im sure its still in testing phase but we can see the buses online live now! and it says what number the buses are! :D:D  BTW I dont think all the buses are on here either.

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I'm curious what buses would be retired other than the ones we know about (the VIs and the two remaining Classic which aren't officially retired) (?). 
Any specific information available at this time?

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18 hours ago, newflyerinvero said:

I'm curious what buses would be retired other than the ones we know about (the VIs and the two remaining Classic which aren't officially retired) (?). 

Any specific information available at this time?

The first-gen Novas (549-553) should also be getting the boot.

The Classics, VIs, first-gen Novas, and ElDorados should add to about 19 buses. They could start getting rid of the 2002 Orion VII or D40i buses if they wanted to retire more units, or they could keep the extra buses around for service expansion/expanded spare ratio.

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Time will tell. Plans can always change. They did say in the article above that they will be keeping 5 extra buses as spares for the south windsor routes(5,6,7) with the overloading. Me personally, I hope they keep 549-553 as the spares.

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I've gone on the tracker a few times (I do enjoy how it, like SMART's tracker, displays fleet numbers) and I've noticed that neither the Eldorados, the first-gen LFSes, the 8000-series LFSes nor the Orion VIs are trackable. Could this be because all of the aforementioned (except the 8000s of course) have been retired already?

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23 hours ago, 160 Downriver said:

I've gone on the tracker a few times (I do enjoy how it, like SMART's tracker, displays fleet numbers) and I've noticed that neither the Eldorados, the first-gen LFSes, the 8000-series LFSes nor the Orion VIs are trackable. Could this be because all of the aforementioned (except the 8000s of course) have been retired already?

The Eldorado's and most of the 1997 LFS buses are retired. There are photos of them without their plates all parked in a group.

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1 hour ago, 160 Downriver said:

I've gone on the tracker a few times (I do enjoy how it, like SMART's tracker, displays fleet numbers) and I've noticed that neither the Eldorados, the first-gen LFSes, the 8000-series LFSes nor the Orion VIs are trackable. Could this be because all of the aforementioned (except the 8000s of course) have been retired already?

The 8000s can't be tracked since they haven't had the iBus system installed yet. Easiest way to find one is on the Tunnel Bus route. 

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413 is currently on the 3.
415 and 417 on the 2.
418 and 423 on the 1C.
420 on the 14.

Seen 550 a few times last week as well

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3 hours ago, 160 Downriver said:

I've gone on the tracker a few times (I do enjoy how it, like SMART's tracker, displays fleet numbers) and I've noticed that neither the Eldorados, the first-gen LFSes, the 8000-series LFSes nor the Orion VIs are trackable. Could this be because all of the aforementioned (except the 8000s of course) have been retired already?

the Eldorados haven't seen service an year, and the 97 LFS are still on the road, only two Orion VI's have been retired (416 & 419), with 5 buses being held back a good chance they will be the LFS's as they have had work done to them. There are some Flyers D40i already sitting with plates removed and they are having issues with them. At the time the 8000 series  have been used on the tunnel run in fact 8017 is on the run today, they are also used on the express route and senior specials. I saw 8015 last Thursday night on the Walkerville route. The 8000 series were numbered 578 - 601 at the Nova plant and had to be renumbered as there was already a number 601, so the 8000 series was picked and had nothing to do with the year. 

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2 hours ago, Bernie said:

the Eldorados haven't seen service an year, and the 97 LFS are still on the road, only two Orion VI's have been retired (416 & 419), with 5 buses being held back a good chance they will be the LFS's as they have had work done to them. There are some Flyers D40i already sitting with plates removed and they are having issues with them. At the time the 8000 series  have been used on the tunnel run in fact 8017 is on the run today, they are also used on the express route and senior specials. I saw 8015 last Thursday night on the Walkerville route. The 8000 series were numbered 578 - 601 at the Nova plant and had to be renumbered as there was already a number 601, so the 8000 series was picked and had nothing to do with the year. 

I'm glad we have a reliable source for this thread. Thanks Bernie.

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This week at Transit Windsor the tracker was showing odd buses on some routes

On Thursday 678 was on the LaSalle 25, I rode that bus to the grocery store and part way back home.

Today 8002 was on the tracker operating the Walkerville 8. Now its 561

also 2 2009 NFI DE40LFR on the South Windsor 7 today.

 

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I rode 8001 this morning, then on the way home 8001 was changed out for 577 at Vollmer Centre before St Clair College.  550 was on the Transway 1A with messed up farebox

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