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I just came back from my first official ride on BT. The Sunday service stinks and its no wonder. Ridership is maybe 3-4 ppl on average per bus I took (18/22 Crosstown/College interline). The drivers are quite friendly and talkative, probably due to needing someone to talk to. The headways are messed up big time. Headways were at least 15-20 mins on every route I saw (Bayfield and Crosstown/College). Buses were D40LF, I've yet to see anything but D40LF yet.

Too my question... why do they not program their signs so show destinations instead of just the route number/name? It would sure help some people who aren't used to the city like me and other Georgian students. It is very confusing for someone to just see two buses both displaying "11 BAYFIELD". Do you think if I made a petition they would do something?

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Wow sounds almost as bad as Woodstock Transit. :)

Don't count on a petition to do much. I think most of these systems know they COULD do that but feel its a waste of time or resources? Who knows.

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I just came back from my first official ride on BT. The Sunday service stinks and its no wonder. Ridership is maybe 3-4 ppl on average per bus I took (18/22 Crosstown/College interline). The drivers are quite friendly and talkative, probably due to needing someone to talk to. The headways are messed up big time. Headways were at least 15-20 mins on every route I saw (Bayfield and Crosstown/College). Buses were D40LF, I've yet to see anything but D40LF yet.

Too my question... why do they not program their signs so show destinations instead of just the route number/name? It would sure help some people who aren't used to the city like me and other Georgian students. It is very confusing for someone to just see two buses both displaying "11 BAYFIELD". Do you think if I made a petition they would do something?

All I can say is, check your time to make sure and bring your Riders Guide all times!

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I just came back from my first official ride on BT. The Sunday service stinks and its no wonder. Ridership is maybe 3-4 ppl on average per bus I took (18/22 Crosstown/College interline). The drivers are quite friendly and talkative, probably due to needing someone to talk to. The headways are messed up big time. Headways were at least 15-20 mins on every route I saw (Bayfield and Crosstown/College). Buses were D40LF, I've yet to see anything but D40LF yet.

Thanks! Now I know never to ride Barrie Transit and those garbages.

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Thanks! Now I know never to ride Barrie Transit and those garbages.

First off Barrie Transit IMO is nowhere near like Woodstock Transit. Secondly Sunday service for Barrie Transit is every hour on each routes (Every 30 Minutes on the Bayfield) Each routes interline with other routes meaning 1 bus would cover 2 routes (15 Minutes one way - 30 Minutes round trip). There are a few routes that takes an Hour to complete the whole route ie Essa Route. Buses meet up at the Downtown Terminal every 15 Minutes but not every route will be there at once. Since Barrie Transit is mainly D40LFized it's a given that that's what you'll get for a Sunday Service. A few years back Barrie Transit didn't even operated Sunday Service. In my opinion a system like Barrie Transit it has a reasonable Sunday service to serve Barrie.

Try going back to Barrie on a weekday when routes are Every 30 Minutes (Every 15 Minutes on the Bayfield) and when more buses are in service.

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Thanks! Now I know never to ride Barrie Transit and those garbages.

Are you adding to your master list so you'll never visit a city that buses you hate?

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Is the ridership pathetic on just Sunday or is it everyday?

You know what Sunday is like. Everyone stays at home most times.

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At least Barrie's D40LFs are still new, when they get old it's truly crappy (TBT has 14 1994 D40LFs)

Don't even bother about age, he just hates it because he sees it too much on the road everyday.

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Don't even bother about age, he just hates it because he sees it too much on the road everyday.

And I'm tired of hearing the loud engine sound of them from my room every half an hour or so :P

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Are you adding to your master list so you'll never visit a city that buses you hate?

Keeping track of which city has mainly D40LFs. I wouldn't mind if they have C/DE but D40LF, I just hate.

Thank god NovaBus started going to the west end, otherwise they'll have another decade of 40LF after the 90s.

You know what Sunday is like. Everyone stays at home most times.

That's why you never transit fan on weekends, especially Sundays for 2 reasons:

Sh**ty service

Use mostly new buses which unfortunately for most systems, means D40LF!

Don't even bother about age, he just hates it because he sees it too much on the road everyday.

You've read me like a book. :P

It's time for NFI to face the 21st century and not be stuck in 1991! No matter how good the product is or how reliable it is, it has to be changed when its design is old. What would transit systems be doing if the Newlook is still being offered while coaches and cars have new sleek designs?

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I saw some Orion Vs today on the RVH route. Right now my room in rez looks out on the Royal Victoria Hospital helipad (sweet!!!) and I can see the RVH buses on Georgian Drive. The ridership on Sunday is terrible. I havent rode BT on the weekdays yet. Right now I'm here for another week, then I am home for a week then on Sept 2 I move up for the school year. I hope my room faces the helipad again! I'd pay someone to trade with me to get one.

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I saw some Orion Vs today on the RVH route. Right now my room in rez looks out on the Royal Victoria Hospital helipad (sweet!!!) and I can see the RVH buses on Georgian Drive. The ridership on Sunday is terrible. I havent rode BT on the weekdays yet. Right now I'm here for another week, then I am home for a week then on Sept 2 I move up for the school year. I hope my room faces the helipad again! I'd pay someone to trade with me to get one.

FYI about Barrie, here's the fleet:

89 Orion I (don't know if that's active)

Orion V

Orion VI

D40LF

The solo, unreliable LFS

Barrie is getting close to 100% LF lollapalooza!

And they had a Axxess on their 40ft tender, but it was not the cheapest.

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A friend of mine picked up a new August 2007 Ride Guide from Barrie Transit.

I just have one question ... why is a photo of a RTS on the cover ?? Don't some of these people who work for transit systems know what type of buses they have in their fleet?

Kevin

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A friend of mine picked up a new August 2007 Ride Guide from Barrie Transit.

I just have one question ... why is a photo of a RTS on the cover ?? Don't some of these people who work for transit systems know what type of buses they have in their fleet?

Kevin

Did they photoshop it into their livery ?? could you post a scan if you get the chance ?

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A friend of mine picked up a new August 2007 Ride Guide from Barrie Transit.

I just have one question ... why is a photo of a RTS on the cover ?? Don't some of these people who work for transit systems know what type of buses they have in their fleet?

Kevin

Sounds like no one likes to take their own bus photo, so why not steal a photo and use it?

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Sounds like no one likes to take their own bus photo, so why not steal a photo and use it?

Tha'ts understandable since as you said, Barrie has mostly D40LFs and they look like s***. Might as well steal a better model and use it on their ride guide. Heck, I'll go for the Invero, 2nd LFS, VII NG or even VanHool. It'll be funny if they steal a D40LFR for that pic.

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Does anyone know where it is located?

I think it's on Anne street (bright orange building, was PMCL's old facility, now greyhound)

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