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4 hours ago, Gamer Studios said:

With the terminal opening, there's also a couple changes to the paddles (or "blocks") the buses run on...at least for Sunday Schedules.

The usual break runs have been officially removed from routes 99 Yonge. It's replaced with a driver meeting the buses with a normal change off car/van.

The 2nd 91 run now starts 30 minutes later, and the paddle is scheduled as an all day runner. 

The 9:40pm 99 run now goes on the 98/99. Other 98/99 late nighter trips start at 7:39pm and 8:23pm.

The change off 80 Elgin Mills now happens at 2:57pm instead of 1:27pm.

The change off run on Purple/Purple A is now at 3:27pm.

 

1 hour ago, yrt1000 said:

Yeah I actually noticed this while going through the schedules- it’s for every day, though Sundays had very few of those to begin with, only the 91 and 99 off the top of my head  

It was only SE routes that had those 30+ minute breaks somewhere in the block, now I don’t think I’ve seen any in the ones I’ve reviewed on Transsee for any day of the week 

Without getting into the details too much, for a long time the contract between Miller Transit and its union contained a requirement to provide operators on longer shifts with a minimum 20 minute break during their shifts; this is why none of the other divisions had such breaks in their schedules. The contract was renegotiated earlier this year, with the union agreeing to give up the break requirement; this September board is the first one where the new "break-less" schedules were incorporated.

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On 9/1/2022 at 5:27 PM, GTAmissions1 said:

YRT new vehicle deliveries are tracked in this thread. It is to prevent confusion with this thread which is covers news such as service changes. 

Thread regarding new vehicle deliveries is noted below. 

Regarding 2206, it has been in service since August 12th on the 96 Keele-Yonge. Noting that there are a couple new bus orders that are planned and in-process.

22xx units: It is unknown how many buses will be received for XD40 since 2206 has been the only in-service bus for 40 ft or what divisions will get replacement buses. 2206 is allocated to North Division which covers the north region such as Newmarket and Aurora. 

224x units: Not known how many are in this order. Right now, it is from 2241 to 2250 though only 2241, 2242 and 2248 went into service. Those buses are only assigned to Southwest which operates the 20 Jane and planned to be on 107 Keele. 

Thank you for the reply and redirection to the other thread! Hope to be back in the area soon enough. 

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Bus 2211 time travelled on Route 4 today. Anyone who saw the bus was in for a treat. Prior to entering revenue service, the technicians seemed to have uploaded outdated destination signage from more than 10 years ago!!!

The destination sign was displaying the old style of 1 line only in big capital letters. The destination sign said "ROUTE 4 TO VAUGHAN MILLS VIA CRANSTON PARK". A route that has not existed since 2013.

Yes I do have pics. Expect this problem to be fixed very soon. All the bus needs is a software update.

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40 minutes ago, Ber said:

iirc there was mention that crystal's voice recently was finally updated for the first time since 2005. is that true?

Just the special announceents. The next stop system still uses crystal. 

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On 9/10/2022 at 11:05 PM, York Transit said:

Bus 2211 time travelled on Route 4 today. Anyone who saw the bus was in for a treat. Prior to entering revenue service, the technicians seemed to have uploaded outdated destination signage from more than 10 years ago!!!

The destination sign was displaying the old style of 1 line only in big capital letters. The destination sign said "ROUTE 4 TO VAUGHAN MILLS VIA CRANSTON PARK". A route that has not existed since 2013.

Yes I do have pics. Expect this problem to be fixed very soon. All the bus needs is a software update.

It was programmed with a older version of the code from delivery. Thus some routes, the bus was running with a blank sign. It's likely either a oversight from New Flyer or the codes provided to them

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17 minutes ago, Gamer Studios said:

It was programmed with a older version of the code from delivery. Thus some routes, the bus was running with a blank sign. It's likely either a oversight from New Flyer or the codes provided to them

The 1800 XD40s were delivered the same way, with an old version of the sign programming. YRT probably did not supply New Flyer with an updated version (or NFI used an old version they had on file by mistake), and none of the maintenance staff bothered to check/update the signs before they went into service.

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On 9/11/2022 at 7:28 PM, menath said:

Just the special announceents. The next stop system still uses crystal. 

thats a shame....we were the first in the province at the very least to have auto announcements and now we are lagging behind with 17 yr old tech.

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Was on 710 today and thought this was weird. Correct me if I’m wrong, the last set of windows on the rear of this batch of buses are the “slide” windows with the rest being the more traditional latches, but it seems like they’re switched on this bus. 9C3BA4D3-5B41-4742-B872-1B01C94A649F.thumb.jpeg.ff995d909fae3273f2ba7341eb25d67b.jpeg

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22 hours ago, yrt1000 said:

Was on 710 today and thought this was weird. Correct me if I’m wrong, the last set of windows on the rear of this batch of buses are the “slide” windows with the rest being the more traditional latches, but it seems like they’re switched on this bus. 9C3BA4D3-5B41-4742-B872-1B01C94A649F.thumb.jpeg.ff995d909fae3273f2ba7341eb25d67b.jpeg

You're correct; looks like somebody mixed the window placement. Going to be a breezy ride for anybody sitting in those back seats this winter.

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On 9/16/2022 at 1:05 PM, yrt1000 said:

Was on 710 today and thought this was weird. Correct me if I’m wrong, the last set of windows on the rear of this batch of buses are the “slide” windows with the rest being the more traditional latches, but it seems like they’re switched on this bus. 9C3BA4D3-5B41-4742-B872-1B01C94A649F.thumb.jpeg.ff995d909fae3273f2ba7341eb25d67b.jpeg

It's likely the sliding window replaced a broken window while they waited for a new window at New Flyer.

On a side note, signs on YRT 2211 are now updated.

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2 hours ago, Gamer Studios said:

YRT 311 is retired. Source: SW Supervisor

I suspected as much when during its latest run (Sep 9th on the 12) it was changed off before completing that block, and hadn't shown up since.

There's at least 7-8 other 300's that haven't shown up since various times in June-Aug (in addition to the bunch retired in Feb-Apr), so they're likely retired. Seven units (312, 318, 323, 324, 330, 334 & 335) are regularly out in service each week, so they're probably running them until they experience major failures or get replaced by new 2200's.

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16 hours ago, D. DeLarge said:

I suspected as much when during its latest run (Sep 9th on the 12) it was changed off before completing that block, and hadn't shown up since.

There's at least 7-8 other 300's that haven't shown up since various times in June-Aug (in addition to the bunch retired in Feb-Apr), so they're likely retired. Seven units (312, 318, 323, 324, 330, 334 & 335) are regularly out in service each week, so they're probably running them until they experience major failures or get replaced by new 2200's.

They are likely retiring them based on their plates expiring or a major mechanical issue.

On a side note, 2247 on 20 Jane.

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I really think that there has to be a smarter way to run VIVA blue and 99/98. 

On Saturday I paced the blue bus from Elgin Mills all the way to Clark on my bike.  To be fair I bypassed Richmond Hill Centre. But the bus and I left Elgin Mills at the same time and it caught up with me as it got to the lights to turn left on Yonge Street to go to Richmond Hill Centre. 

 

They are constantly going 2 at at a time and the 98/99 bus is faster without using the BRT lanes.  I think the VIVA bus left Finch 10 min after the 99/98 did and it only caught up near Bernard Terminal.  

This is a sad situation. 

Perhaps an express bus from Finch to Richmond Hill Centre would reduce travel time? And then express to Bernard Terminal only stopping at 16th, Major Mack and Elgin Mills. 

Frankly I think it was so much better when you could board the GO bus and it would get you to Newmarket in 60 minutes. Now it takes double that time and it doesn't even come on time.

Can they not increase the speed of the busway to shorten the travel time? They have to do something to make these travel times more reasonable.

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20 hours ago, Shaun said:

I really think that there has to be a smarter way to run VIVA blue and 99/98. 

On Saturday I paced the blue bus from Elgin Mills all the way to Clark on my bike.  To be fair I bypassed Richmond Hill Centre. But the bus and I left Elgin Mills at the same time and it caught up with me as it got to the lights to turn left on Yonge Street to go to Richmond Hill Centre. 

 

They are constantly going 2 at at a time and the 98/99 bus is faster without using the BRT lanes.  I think the VIVA bus left Finch 10 min after the 99/98 did and it only caught up near Bernard Terminal.  

This is a sad situation. 

Perhaps an express bus from Finch to Richmond Hill Centre would reduce travel time? And then express to Bernard Terminal only stopping at 16th, Major Mack and Elgin Mills. 

Frankly I think it was so much better when you could board the GO bus and it would get you to Newmarket in 60 minutes. Now it takes double that time and it doesn't even come on time.

Can they not increase the speed of the busway to shorten the travel time? They have to do something to make these travel times more reasonable.

There's a weekday 98E and the (currently suspended) VIVA Blue A that acts like express on Yonge corridor.

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