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I was at Burlington last week, no AAs at all.

Barrie I admit I can't confirm.

Barrie has none of it, but they are coming soon!

North Bay is also another system that doesn't have AA, but since the city is cash strapped, they are fine with drivers calling it out manually!

I also believe Welland is another system that has none of it!

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Yes...

Winnipeg Transit drivers did, but some others refused to completely or only called out major stops, before out AA installment. Now, the AA does most of it, and usually, the driver only announces end of runs, people to move back to the end of the bus or in the case of a teenage smartass who called him something that I obviously cant repeat on here, slammed the breaks and yelled "EXCUSE ME?!?!". Gotta admit though, it gets exhausting and takes the mind off the road, if you have to announce everything.

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Wasn't the ruling that there had to be audible announcements?

I don't think the was any insistence to make them automated.

It's even so long I can't recall the judge word for word.

I think the IAS clause comes into effect for 2014 or so

[Edit] Never mind, automated systems mandatory for 2017

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Winnipeg Transit drivers did, but some others refused to completely or only called out major stops, before out AA installment. Now, the AA does most of it, and usually, the driver only announces end of runs, people to move back to the end of the bus or in the case of a teenage smartass who called him something that I obviously cant repeat on here, slammed the breaks and yelled "EXCUSE ME?!?!". Gotta admit though, it gets exhausting and takes the mind off the road, if you have to announce everything.

Thats great and all, but that's Manitoba.

The human rights ruling pertains to Ontario only.

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Gotta admit though, it gets exhausting and takes the mind off the road, if you have to announce everything.

You gotta admit? So you mean you speak from experience?

Here in Taipei, all buses are equipped with automated announcements (the vast majority of which are in both Mandarin Chinese and English, I believe there is a newer software update that also includes Hakka Chinese), but many drivers still choose to announce the stops themselves as well. Most of the newer buses are equipped with boom microphones that allow the driver to speak over the PA without taking his/her hands off the wheel.

If you drive the same route every day (and most drivers here do, there is nowhere near as much interlining as there is in some Canadian systems), then you'd get used to it. When I drove a scheduled service I thought nothing of announcing stops, even though I was using a handheld mic! I don't know about you, but I didn't find it exhausting.

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I was told yesterday that several buses are up for refurbishment, the first one being 2266 for framework around the front steps and possibly 2470 for the new livery. Also, 2063 was on the hoist, no word on it's future, just that it needs framework.

2470 possibly? sweet, that would be the first series I believe to eventually have the now current livery since 2471 already has it.

2266 (and 67) badly need a paint job as well. Wasn't 2063 supposed to get an a/c retrofit awhile back?

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All of the NPC People Movers are now stored at Rapidsview. There are 11 power units and 10 trailers there. NPC 13 (power unit only) seems to be the latest addition. I was talking to NPC management today and there are no plans to hold onto any of the Orion IV. Apparently, they are going to auction as of December 1st.

As for WEGO, the green line now only runs between Table Rock and the Floral Clock now that the main tourist season is over. The WEGO drivers still take their lunch break at Rapidsview so you will see some Novas at Rapidsivew but they aren't carrying passengers between Rapidsview and Table Rock.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Mousing around The falls on the weekend I noticed a couple of bus stops where the wheelchair landingt area had been marked out in blue & white paint.... does anyone have a decent close up of that they could post / PM to me?

TIA.

- Dave

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service change for the Brock Rapid at night effective today: a 10:40 pm trip outbound to Brock from NF has been added, likewise the last NF-bound bus will leave Brock at 11:10pm; now if NFT would only extend the 5 and the 6 by an hour at night to allow for connections off this extended service

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WEGO fall service, effective until 1/5/2013

Sunday-Thursday- RED- leaves Garner Road 10:04am, Table Rock at 10:33am and hourly , last bus out of Garner 6:04pm

BLUE- leaves Table Rock at 9:50am and then every 40 minutes until 6:30pm

PURPLE- no service

Friday/Saturday- RED- first departures from Garner are at 10:04am and 10:34am, 30 minute service until 7:34pm, the hourly to 12:34am(last Red out of service Garner at 1:26am)

BLUE-first departure from Table Rock at 9:50am, then every 40 minutes until 12:30am

PURPLE- 30 minute service -first departure from Bus Terminal at 10:13am, last bus leaves Table Rock for Downtown at 7:00pm

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It is a good thing that they finally decided to post a schedule. However some things could be improved.

http://www.wegoniaga...spring-2013.pdf

For the Green Line, they show the first trip departing Table Rock at 10:00 AM and then every 25 minutes until 5:05 PM. :blink: For the average customer, if I am at the stop at 1:42 PM, I guess I have to get out my calculator to determine that the next bus is in 3 minutes.

Normally, when patterns are repeated on a timetable, it is for clock headways (numbers evenly divided into 60). Otherwise, it is very confusing for the customer.

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tender out for one or more buses; interesting item in the specifications portion of the tender under "Structural Warranty" it says "manufacturer must repair defects at no cost to Grand River Transit" , the tender also specifies USSC Aries seating and Voith DIWA .5 transmission. Also new will be two sets of stop request signs hanging from the ceiling. Tender closes on November 22(tentatively) with award in mid-December for the one pre-approved bus under this year's capital budget.

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hi is GRT having issues with there novas ?

Obviously, the tender that was issued for Niagara Falls Transit was borrowed from GRT. It is very common for systems to use documents from other properties when compiling their tendors.

In this case, I am sure that once the contract is awarded, NFT will make sure to point out to the winning manufacturer that they have to cover all defects (and notify them of the typo). If they do not, then there would be a legal loophole if there were problems.

I do not think you can determine from the wording whether GRT is having problems with their Novas. That sounds like a pretty common clause in the contract to me.

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