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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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Does YRT still stock maps on their VIVA buses (or print them in general)?  On my annual trip into YRTland this past week I didn't see any.  The on-board screens showing the next stops and ETA flipping to the connecting route ETA is a nice feature, but they're displaying the internal route numbers with an A being an extra 01 appended to the route number like 9101.  They also use the internal route numbers for the VIVA routes 601 for Blue and 603 for Purple, which with the A branch gives you 60301 on the display.

The tracking/scheduling at the VIVA stations seems to be slipping.  I was planning a layover based on the next arrival displayed.  The layover ran long, so I wound up planning to take the local option as recommended by Triplinx.  Both were delayed and I wound up on the wrong side of the street to be able to catch the delayed VIVA route.  The real-time map could probably pick up a few things from sites like Transit55.  Clicking on a route opens a huge dialog box that needed to be re-scaled to be able to read or close and the information was minimally useful showing the ETA for the next 3 stops but not how delayed it was.  Leaving me to gauge the length of the delay based on the position on the real-time map.

Coming from Dufferin & Centre and trying to get back to Mississauga, I was torn between heading east to Richmond Hill Centre or west to Highway 407 Terminal.  Seeing as I had missed the eastbound trip I opted to go west on the 77 HIGHWAY 7 since the VIVA Orange doesn't make a direct connection to the 20 JANE.  Until YRT and TTC have worked out an arrangement there really needs to be an easier way to get to Highway 407 Terminal.  Route at least ONE of the three routes along Hwy. 7 (VIVA Orange, 77 HIGHWAY 7 or 501 ZÜM QUEEN) down to connect with the GO Bus services there if they can't increase the frequency of the 20 JANE.  The future VIVA corridor along Jane seems to terminate at VMC instead of Highway 407 Terminal.  Is YRT so cost-conscious that they won't send another route into that terminal to avoid having to pay to use it?! 

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On 9/25/2022 at 2:35 PM, Gil said:

Does YRT still stock maps on their VIVA buses (or print them in general)?  On my annual trip into YRTland this past week I didn't see any.  The on-board screens showing the next stops and ETA flipping to the connecting route ETA is a nice feature, but they're displaying the internal route numbers with an A being an extra 01 appended to the route number like 9101.  They also use the internal route numbers for the VIVA routes 601 for Blue and 603 for Purple, which with the A branch gives you 60301 on the display.

The tracking/scheduling at the VIVA stations seems to be slipping.  I was planning a layover based on the next arrival displayed.  The layover ran long, so I wound up planning to take the local option as recommended by Triplinx.  Both were delayed and I wound up on the wrong side of the street to be able to catch the delayed VIVA route.  The real-time map could probably pick up a few things from sites like Transit55.  Clicking on a route opens a huge dialog box that needed to be re-scaled to be able to read or close and the information was minimally useful showing the ETA for the next 3 stops but not how delayed it was.  Leaving me to gauge the length of the delay based on the position on the real-time map.

Coming from Dufferin & Centre and trying to get back to Mississauga, I was torn between heading east to Richmond Hill Centre or west to Highway 407 Terminal.  Seeing as I had missed the eastbound trip I opted to go west on the 77 HIGHWAY 7 since the VIVA Orange doesn't make a direct connection to the 20 JANE.  Until YRT and TTC have worked out an arrangement there really needs to be an easier way to get to Highway 407 Terminal.  Route at least ONE of the three routes along Hwy. 7 (VIVA Orange, 77 HIGHWAY 7 or 501 ZÜM QUEEN) down to connect with the GO Bus services there if they can't increase the frequency of the 20 JANE.  The future VIVA corridor along Jane seems to terminate at VMC instead of Highway 407 Terminal.  Is YRT so cost-conscious that they won't send another route into that terminal to avoid having to pay to use it?! 

They do not stock them on buses, no. They did print one for the 2022 summer board period so you might be able to find them at 50 High Tech Rd? Best to call and find out.

They randomly stocked some in my supervisor cab and I think I kept 2 since I knew how rare they are nowadays. No idea where they went but I might have one if you need one. This is my last week as a supervisor so I will try and see if there are any system maps in the office.

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15 hours ago, York Transit said:

They do not stock them on buses, no. They did print one for the 2022 summer board period so you might be able to find them at 50 High Tech Rd? Best to call and find out.

They randomly stocked some in my supervisor cab and I think I kept 2 since I knew how rare they are nowadays. No idea where they went but I might have one if you need one. This is my last week as a supervisor so I will try and see if there are any system maps in the office.

The new board period would have had the Cornell Terminal changes in effect which is what I was looking for.  When I was up in York last year I had tried at the Dufferin Clark Community Centre with no luck.  Unless they keep a rack of maps in the lobby, I didn't think the offices on High Tech would be open by the time I got there. 

I get the printed maps were somewhat of a casualty of COVID where they were trying to limit touch points, but I still find it easier to deal with than trying to view it on my phone.  Given how large York Region is, it's nice to see the big picture!

I wonder if there'd be a few copies available at York U somewhere?

The summary of Service Changes posted inside the bus shelter (uploaded rotated again?!?) seems like a poor compromise to the onboard flyers YRT used to distribute, again likely another COVID or even a cost-saving measure.  I don't know how much of the riding population still doesn't have convenient access to the internet, but forcing people to check doesn't seem like the most equitable solution.

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9 minutes ago, Shaun said:

Is VIVA green comming back or is it dead?

There is no new info currently. January 2023 is when they report on the official status regarding Blue A, Green and Pink if they will be brought back in some capacity or cancelled. Since they haven't operated in 2.5 years and instead reallocated resources to existing routes where possible.

If they bring back Viva Green, it will be likely to be the restructured version via Leslie and not the current routing. 

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1 hour ago, GTAmissions1 said:

There is no new info currently. January 2023 is when they report on the official status regarding Blue A, Green and Pink if they will be brought back in some capacity or cancelled. Since they haven't operated in 2.5 years and instead reallocated resources to existing routes where possible.

If they bring back Viva Green, it will be likely to be the restructured version via Leslie and not the current routing. 

Isn't that a duplication of the existing service along Leslie?

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1 hour ago, Shaun said:

Isn't that a duplication of the existing service along Leslie?

It would be a duplication, but you have to remember that Green would only service limited stops where as 90 Leslie would service local stops. Similar to Yonge Street where the frequency of Blue is a lot higher where as the 98 and 99 Yonge or 98/99 Yonge during late evenings would operate on a lower frequency.

Hoping that the passenger volume would shift to the rapid transit route over the conventional route. 

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9 hours ago, Gil said:

The new board period would have had the Cornell Terminal changes in effect which is what I was looking for.  When I was up in York last year I had tried at the Dufferin Clark Community Centre with no luck.  Unless they keep a rack of maps in the lobby, I didn't think the offices on High Tech would be open by the time I got there. 

I get the printed maps were somewhat of a casualty of COVID where they were trying to limit touch points, but I still find it easier to deal with than trying to view it on my phone.  Given how large York Region is, it's nice to see the big picture!

I wonder if there'd be a few copies available at York U somewhere?

The summary of Service Changes posted inside the bus shelter (uploaded rotated again?!?) seems like a poor compromise to the onboard flyers YRT used to distribute, again likely another COVID or even a cost-saving measure.  I don't know how much of the riding population still doesn't have convenient access to the internet, but forcing people to check doesn't seem like the most equitable solution.

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Hello I have a Fall 2022 map if you are interested. You are just going to have to figure out how to get it off of me.

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14 hours ago, GTAmissions1 said:

There is no new info currently. January 2023 is when they report on the official status regarding Blue A, Green and Pink if they will be brought back in some capacity or cancelled. Since they haven't operated in 2.5 years and instead reallocated resources to existing routes where possible.

If they bring back Viva Green, it will be likely to be the restructured version via Leslie and not the current routing. 

YRT Said those routes are "suspended until further notice"

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On 9/28/2022 at 9:46 PM, GTAmissions1 said:

It would be a duplication, but you have to remember that Green would only service limited stops where as 90 Leslie would service local stops. Similar to Yonge Street where the frequency of Blue is a lot higher where as the 98 and 99 Yonge or 98/99 Yonge during late evenings would operate on a lower frequency.

Hoping that the passenger volume would shift to the rapid transit route over the conventional route. 

Not likely seeing that the BRT buses never adhere to the schedule and local buses can be faster. 

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On 10/1/2022 at 11:14 AM, Gamer Studios said:

It depends on the situation. In most cases, local buses are faster in lighter traffic. But in other cases, the BRT is faster.

In any case I don't think it can be considered to be "rapid" transit when a bicycle is faster. 

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