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Looks like Academy Bus Lines has placed some former LTC units at John Hopkins University in Maryland.

 

https://www.facebook.com/AcademyBus/posts/226942616133593


 

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BREAKING NEWS: Very excited to announce the start of student shuttle services at Johns Hopkins University.
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Currently, the service will be operated by Nova Low Floor buses with an eventual transition to electric vehicles.
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This operation is an example of the diverse service offerings we can provide from Boston to Miami and beyond.
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Learn more >> https://hub.jhu.edu/2021/09/29/new-buses-electric-vehicle-transition/
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We Know the Way!
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#academybus  //  #johnshopkins  //  #shuttlebus  //  #baltimore

May be an image of one or more people and outdoors

 

 

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1 hour ago, LTCBusRider15 said:

It looks like the LTC has installed their Air Purification on their fleet to provide safety to customers and their drivers.

https://www.londontransit.ca/2022/01/01/13006/

https://unitedsafetycorporation.com/safety-and-survivability-systems/uv-phi/

Thanks for sharing. Especially some transit agencies like TTC open the windows which circulate air. 

When you have an air purification system, it minimizes the amount of viruses and bacteria. Rather than having to manually wipe down surfaces from time to down and nightly at the yard. Of course, it will be interesting to see how it works out in a real world environment when the doors are opened frequently. 

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A little update on the D40LF that were bought up by Academy Bus. These are their new numbers:

120 - 2386
123 - 2387
125 - 2389
126 - 2390
130 - 2391
131 - 2392
132 - 2393
133 - 2394
134 - 2395
136 - 2396
137 - 2397
139 - 2398
145 - 2399

I suspect 124 might have become 2388.

https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Academy_Bus_Lines_2386-2392

https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Academy_Bus_Lines_2393-2399

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18 hours ago, GojiMet86 said:

A little update on the D40LF that were bought up by Academy Bus. These are their new numbers:

120 - 2386
123 - 2387
125 - 2389
126 - 2390
130 - 2391
131 - 2392
132 - 2393
133 - 2394
134 - 2395
136 - 2396
137 - 2397
139 - 2398
145 - 2399

I suspect 124 might have become 2388.

https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Academy_Bus_Lines_2386-2392

https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Academy_Bus_Lines_2393-2399

Any pictures of them in service?

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22 minutes ago, ORION said:

Any pictures of them in service?

From Academy's Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CVBMLsDLevZ/

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This one from the Johns Hopkins University Transportation Services page:

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https://hub.jhu.edu/2021/09/29/new-buses-electric-vehicle-transition/

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New buses coming to popular Hopkins shuttle route, with transition to electric vehicles to follow
The Homewood-Peabody-JHMI route will be serviced by a new fleet of buses beginning on Oct. 2, and a conversion to electric buses is expected to be completed by 2026

Hub staff report / Published Sep 29, 2021
Johns Hopkins University will introduce a new fleet of buses on its well-traveled Homewood-Peabody-JHMI shuttle route later this week, the first step in a multiyear plan to modernize the fleet and ultimately transition to electric buses.

The new buses will be in service beginning Saturday, Oct. 2, as the university transitions to a new transportation service provider for the route, Academy Bus. Twelve new buses will be permanently assigned to the route. Half of the fleet is expected to be electric by 2024, with a full conversion to electric anticipated by 2026, dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting the university's broader sustainability goals.

"We are excited to be on the leading edge as the entire industry slowly transitions to electric propulsion and to align with the university's commitment to sustainability," said Greg Smith, JHU's director of transportation services. "Electric buses will be quieter, more efficient, and better for our environment. We can't wait to get them on the road."

The Homewood-Peabody-JHMI shuttle route connects the university's two primary campuses—Homewood in North Baltimore and the medical campus in East Baltimore—as well as the Peabody Institute in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood and residential neighborhoods in between where many Hopkins students, faculty, and staff live.

The shuttle makes 13 stops on its route, which is serviced from 6 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. on weekdays and includes limited weekend service from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. The Homewood-Peabody-JHMI shuttle is the most frequented route among JHU's shuttle routes—prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, it carried an average of 5,500 passengers each weekday. Current ridership is about half that total.

Earlier this month, Johns Hopkins Transportation Services announced temporary modifications to the Homewood-Peabody-JHMI shuttle service to address service interruptions caused both by mechanical issues due to the age of the current bus fleet and staffing issues with the current service provider. The university brought in additional buses on a temporary basis to ensure reliable, uninterrupted service.

The new buses are currently being inspected and equipped with Transloc, cameras, passenger counters, and decals in preparation for their debut next month. A full complement of dispatchers and drivers are being hired and trained, and a new schedule has been posted to the Transportation Services website.

Feedback can be sent to shuttles@jhu.edu.

 

 

Conceptual designs of new Johns Hopkins shuttle buses

New buses coming to popular Hopkins shuttle route, with transition to  electric vehicles to follow | Hub

 

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The London Transit Commission announced their 2022 service plan and Route 36 will be getting  A and B branches and will be increased to run at 15 minute frequency.

Route 36A will operate along the same alignment as the current Route 36 between Fanshawe College and the Airport and continue to serve the Industrial areas along Crumlin Rd, Cuddy Blvd, Page St, and Industrial Road. 

Route 36B will also operate between Fanshawe College and the Airport, however will serve the Industrial areas north of Oxford along Clarke Road, Huron St, Robin’s Hill Road and Crumlin Road. Service will be extended until 7:30 PM.

Route 94 will be getting midday service at 20 min frequency just like what Route 92 had before they made to run only on peak periods.

Route 24 will have Saturday service start at 6AM.

 https://www.londontransit.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Staff-Report-2-2022-Draft-Service-Plan.pdf

Speaking of that does anyone know if the 2021 Service Changes are supposed to take effect on February 6th? They did not post anything on their website about it yet.

Also it looks like they are going to retire the ElDorado buses that are used on the community bus routes and get replaced by the 40 foot buses.

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Forgot to include the bus replacement part
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The LTC announced that Routes 90 91 will resume weekend service effective Sunday February 6 and on February 7 Routes 102 and 106 will return. Route 104 will return in September as Fanshawe students will still be doing online learning for the rest of the semester. 

But still no word if the 2021 service changes will be implemented as planned.

https://www.londontransit.ca/2022/02/01/return-of-routes-90-91-102-and-106/

 

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57 minutes ago, LTCBusRider15 said:

The LTC announced that Routes 90 91 will resume weekend service effective Sunday February 6 and on February 7 Routes 102 and 106 will return. Route 104 will return in September as Fanshawe students will still be doing online learning for the rest of the semester. 

But still no word if the 2021 service changes will be implemented as planned.

https://www.londontransit.ca/2022/02/01/return-of-routes-90-91-102-and-106/

Most likely they are treading it carefully since it is tied to ridership and cost recovery since they are managing with what budget they have providing the day to day operations. 

Regarding 104 not coming back until September is understandable. With some colleges and universities have in-class learning plans for a certain time, seems like Fanshawe would rather have online learning for the rest of the semester than half in-class and half online. Some people adjusting to the online learning approach. Spring semester, there is only a handful of students who are enrolled for courses that time period. 

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The London Transit Commission has announced that service changes will take effect starting May 1st including:

  • The return of Route 92

  • Return to full service levels on Routes 1 and 9

  • Return of late evening service on Routes 30 and 36

  • Moving to spring level of service on Routes 27 and 33

  • And the elimination of 60-minute frequencies!

I got say I am glad Route 92 is returning to service. It has been so busy on Route 16 lately. But however Route 95 does not start until September. The Schedules will be available on April 15th. 

https://www.londontransit.ca/2022/03/22/service-changes-take-effect-sunday-may-1-2022/

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1 hour ago, LTCBusRider15 said:

The London Transit Commission has announced that service changes will take effect starting May 1st including:

  • The return of Route 92

  • Return to full service levels on Routes 1 and 9

  • Return of late evening service on Routes 30 and 36

  • Moving to spring level of service on Routes 27 and 33

  • And the elimination of 60-minute frequencies!

I got say I am glad Route 92 is returning to service. It has been so busy on Route 16 lately. But however Route 95 does not start until September. The Schedules will be available on April 15th. 

https://www.londontransit.ca/2022/03/22/service-changes-take-effect-sunday-may-1-2022/

Elimination of 60 minute frequencies system wide is a pretty incredible achievement. Especially with very few transit agencies could ever achieve that kind of schedule without an hourly frequency. Depending on their ridership, availability of resources and budget.

Orangeville Transit and Orillia Transit operate half hour frequencies when they run service. Of course they operate with very few buses to maintain their network versus London Transit Commission or LTC for short with a fleet of around 200 buses. 

I don't count TTC because they operate on a much bigger scale and the maximum frequency is every half hour along with ridership and density. 

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On 4/1/2022 at 11:31 PM, GTAmissions1 said:

Elimination of 60 minute frequencies system wide is a pretty incredible achievement.

They have been trying to resolve that issue for years since many more bus drivers are being hired. I agree I had to wait an hour for a bus one time on a Saturday because one route was operating on a Sunday schedule due to COVID. I hope the buses run more on a Sunday than they did before. 

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Just reading this article about 5 upcoming things regarding London Transit Commission.

https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/new-ltc-buses-could-be-delayed-threatening-planned-service-boost?fbclid=IwAR0vB3NByTJcSRnV4su7yrc0sUv3Xuw7zXhShTnp4B3IHjDO2PIYyrENJoU

One is how the new buses for this year may be delayed due to a computer chip shortage and backed up supply chains. It states there will be five expansion units and a certain amount of units to be replaced. 

Plus how the U-Pass or universal bus pass for post-secondary students has been extended for another year. There were plans to renegotiate the terms and the cost that would be included in tuition fees. Didn't think there was no opt-out option which was provided except during COVID-19 when classes were online only and if the student could provide proof they don't live in the service area, they can opt-out and get a refund for the cost. Especially with how the u-pass system works by pretty much making the full-time students pay the fee if they use the service or not to receive a volume discount along with the student union voting for or against the program.

Weekend ridership increasing a lot faster than weekday. Especially when London Transit Commission has worked to eliminate hourly frequencies and more service where they can. 

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On 4/27/2022 at 2:25 AM, GTAmissions1 said:

Weekend ridership increasing a lot faster than weekday. Especially when London Transit Commission has worked to eliminate hourly frequencies and more service where they can. 

Well more resource shortages are in light again https://www.londontransit.ca/2022/04/28/revised-service-changes-beginning-sunday-may-1-2022/

"However, due to a current and unforeseen resource shortage, Routes 92 and 94 will be not be operating and Routes 90 and 91 will only operate on weekdays until further notice. These routes were selected as they travel along corridors that offer other service and as such, riders are afforded other options."

Like come on the 2 and 16 are gonna be crowded again and the 13 and 17 are going to be the same like last summer.

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On 4/6/2022 at 9:39 PM, LTCBusRider15 said:

They have been trying to resolve that issue for years since many more bus drivers are being hired. I agree I had to wait an hour for a bus one time on a Saturday because one route was operating on a Sunday schedule due to COVID. I hope the buses run more on a Sunday than they did before. 

I want to aedd that if this is seen by the rest of the transit industry as as whole, this could be a prescident in budgeting to not have hourly frequencies if it means that there's a guarantee if you will to have ridership increase.

However, there are still agencies out there,, including where I am living right now in Oakvill e where they just seem to not want to budget for more than 60 minute freuqencies on routes, regardless on what day and what time of day.
I doubt it'd change, but word goes around in the industry so I hope there's a chance that something like that can happen here or even in Burlington to further increase their service.

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On 4/28/2022 at 3:27 PM, LTCBusRider15 said:

Well more resource shortages are in light again 

And it is again: https://www.londontransit.ca/2022/05/05/unexpected-suspensions-to-additional-express-routes-effective-may-9-2022/

 Unexpected Suspensions to Additional Express Routes Effective May 9, 2022. 

"Due to ongoing resource shortages, the weekend suspension for Routes 90 & 91 will be extended to also include the temporary halt of weekday service starting Monday May 9.

In addition, the service changes on May 1st that saw Express Routes 92 and 94 temporarily suspended are still in effect.

These routes were selected as they travel along corridors that offer other service and as such, riders are afforded other options."

 

Note that Express Route 93 will remain in service and that all other changes that went in effect Sunday May 1, 2022 remain:

  • Return to full service levels on Routes 1 and 9
  • Return of late evening service on Routes 30 and 36
  • Moving to spring level of service on Routes 27 and 33
  • Elimination of 60-minute frequencies

 

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Also related to the order, according to a separate commission report, New Flyer states the complete delivery of the 22 bus order (20 40' and 2 60') will likely  be delayed until early 2023. As 5 40' buses were for expansion purposes this may impact the rollout of LTC's service plan.

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