M. Parsons

Regina Transit

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Did you know that in the forties, there was a Regina Transit (then Regina Street Railway) city bus to the Airport. Too bad there isn`t one now. It wouldn`t be too hard to adjust one of the existing routes to include a stop at airport. NovaBus suburban versions exist, that have luggage racks at top instead of advertising, Sherwood Park AB has those. Would suggest buying several used, to place on the route that includes Airport.

Regina is notorious for a shortage of taxis on Friday afternoons and evenings, as most of the drivers are at prayer. Likewise, this situation occurs each year, for every evening in an entire four week period, shortage of drivers on the job (due to religious fast that only allows eating after dark). That`s what happens when this occupation is so heavily dominated by one societal group. Just saying.

Or how about Downtown-Airport-Harbour Landing route to replace, or supplement, existing Route 18

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Seen in Regina today: As alluded to previously, New Flyer low-floor has been bought by Carpe Diem limousine service, painted black, and named "The Crusader". It is not known which RTS fleet number this had been. (I recall that in Edmonton, circa 2007-08, a limo service bought a former ETS Fishbowl, and also painted it black).

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Speaking of the Eldorado EZ Riders, it seems they have a horrible reputation for lack of longevity. Timmins, ON bought 4 of the earlier model EZ Rider in 1998, but retired them all in 4 years, in 2002. By the way, who remembers a few years back, many RTS buses had on the front, Spirit of...and then the name of a neighborhood? These were introduced during David Onodera's time, but have since been all removed. I've noted that Timmins used to have the Spirit of... signs too!

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6 hours ago, Ralph Watzke said:

Seen in Regina today: As alluded to previously, New Flyer low-floor has been bought by Carpe Diem limousine service, painted black, and named "The Crusader". It is not known which RTS fleet number this had been. (I recall that in Edmonton, circa 2007-08, a limo service bought a former ETS Fishbowl, and also painted it black).

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Seems like a 1997 unit for sure.  588 was up for auction, 590 is still believed to be in service.  Also a good fact, some units had their original flipdot removed and some kept them.  586 & 588 had a retrofitted Luminator Titan signs, while I believe the rest including 590 kept the flipdots.

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Speaking of the Eldorado EZ Riders, it seems they have a horrible reputation for lack of longevity. Timmins, ON bought 4 of the earlier model EZ Rider in 1998, but retired them all in 4 years, in 2002. By the way, who remembers a few years back, many RTS buses had on the front, Spirit of...and then the name of a neighborhood? These were introduced during David Onodera's time, but have since been all removed. I've noted that Timmins used to have the Spirit of... signs too!

Three former RTS buses, all bought second-hand, photographed in the early part of 2013, their final year of service. Nos. 213 and 211 (both ex Red Deer), and 210 (ex Timmins, and before that, Santa Monica). 211 was from 1977, so it would have been 36 years old at that time, and still going.

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Three former RTS buses, all bought second-hand, photographed in the early part of 2013, their final year of service. Nos. 213 and 211 (both ex Red Deer), and 210 (ex Timmins, and before that, Santa Monica). 211 was from 1977, so it would have been 36 years old at that time, and still going.

Remember I wrote that Regina sold Edmonton ten trolley buses, dirt cheap, for $700 each? Here is a Leader Post photo showing Regina 125 being shipped, it became ETS 125. Next, is an ex-Regina bus in operation in Edmonton, which kept most of the ten, until 1978 (12 years!) - from the book "Edmonton's Electric Transit"

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Here are photos of the RTS 100th anniversary commemoration in 2011, first one shows bus 200 (ex BC, ex California but resembling actual Old Looks once used in Regina); the second shows a poster of different vehicles they had used over the century. The third shows the interior of #200. (City of Regina photos)

I actually offered to write a commemorative book for them to celebrate their 100th anniversary; David Onodera was sympathetic to the idea, but regretted they had no budget for it.

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Any sign of 590 or is it officially the end of New Flyer era?

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On 11/5/2016 at 1:23 PM, OCSTOFan said:

Any sign of 590 or is it officially the end of New Flyer era?

I was in Regina in about Mid-August, and it was still running.  Not sure about right now though, since I won't be coming back to Regina until about near the end of December so until then I can probably keep my eye on the tracker..

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On 11/7/2016 at 1:31 PM, AbbyTransitFan said:

I was in Regina in about Mid-August, and it was still running.  Not sure about right now though, since I won't be coming back to Regina until about near the end of December so until then I can probably keep my eye on the tracker..

According to this video it looks like all the New Flyers have been retired since none of them appear in the video:

 

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4 hours ago, OCSTOFan said:

According to this video it looks like all the New Flyers have been retired since none of them appear in the video:

 

Yes you will see a lot of Novas in the downtown core, but that doesn't prove anything.  When I was there, that's mostly what I saw but there was still the 2 New Flyers out that I saw on the tracker.  The New Flyers mostly do School Trippers, or small routes now and 590 is most likely the last surviving one.  So there hasn't been solid evidence that it has been retired yet...

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Nevermind, I read a FB post confirming all the flyers have unfortunately retired...  Kind of a sad sight, and I'm surprised none of the 01's or 02's remained in service but I guess they had more miles than the 97's or the ISC's maybes in them just wore out early.  I wonder if Regina Transit will ever order from New Flyer again, that's one of my biggest questions but they seem loyal to Novabus unfortunately.

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I have removed the D40LF from the Active roster on the wiki, also the lone Thomas bus has also been retired for a couple of years or so now...

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8 hours ago, AbbyTransitFan said:

I have removed the D40LF from the Active roster on the wiki, also the lone Thomas bus has also been retired for a couple of years or so now...

Can you also add the 2016 Nova LFSes too. I think it should be numbered 692 to 698.

 

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4 hours ago, OCSTOFan said:

Can you also add the 2016 Nova LFSes too. I think it should be numbered 692 to 698.

 

Done!

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