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A quick question, given how hot it's been recently in parts of Canada and the US....

Water fountains? Any of your stations or stops have them?

Many stations that are
a) by a beach or park
b) major interchange station, or terminus, or
c) near a school, community center, hospital, or senior center....
tend to have water fountains as a matter of course, usually minimum of one installed outside the fare-paid zone, and one inside. Different operators have different ideas about this, much like they do with what type of ticket gate to use.

Almost every Aveolela station has one also (but Candice Circle only got theirs), usually next to the vending machine for tickets.

And what kind of cooling is used?

In Nu'u-Sara, most newer buses and streetcars, and virtually all trains, have air conditioning. The older second-hand buses, it's a mixed grab-bag.

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All buses built from 2013 onwards have air conditioning. Used buses are a mixed bag. Older buses are not fitted with A/C.

Most subway stations have A/C installed on the mezzanine level only. Stations with platform screen doors have newer A/C units installed on the platform [All A, B, E, and 3 lines]. Ground level and elevated stations have A/C install in station buildings. Bus hubs have A/C installed in the shelters.

Almost all subway trains are fitted with A/C. Starting in 1987, A/C became standard. The only trains not fitted with A/C are the F84E fleet, which are due for replacement.

SMRT does have water fountains at all subway stations.

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All TransMetro buses have air conditioning, excluding select MiniRide buses, have air conditioning. The reason for the exclusion of many MiniRide buses is that there is simply no room. Most of them are old, early-2000s NFI C40LFs, purchased used.

 

 

On a side note, I'll probably come back to my transit system soon.

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A/C has been a standard issue item on new Newman Transit vehicles since the mid 90s - I don't recall the exact date, but it would've been around 96/97 I think that they got their first air-conditioned Orion Vs.

Retrofitting older vehicles was a more time consuming process, especially in the case of the tram fleet. The first trams to be so equipped were the third generation Tatra T6A5s, which arrived in the city in 1997, but the first older cars weren't retrofitted until 2004, when a pair of CLRV cars was equipped with ThermoKing A/C units. In universe, these would eventually inspire the TTC to equip their own CLRV, #4041, with the same model of unit two years later. While poor old 4041 met a sticky end earlier this month, one half of Newman's pair, unit #1111, has been preserved for the city's historical collection. While there were no further CLRVs that were air-conditioned, the experiment was a success and as the Tatra T3s,T6A5s, K2s, and KT8D5s underwent overhauls in the later half of the 2000s and into the early 2010s, they were retrofitted as well. Non-CLRV cars that had been rebuilt/refurbished prior to 2004 were also retrofitted. With the exception of the CLRVs, which soldiered on until late April 2018, the last of the non A/C cars was phased out in the summer of 2014.

Newman Transit does not really have the kind of infrastructure where fountains would make sense. The few major terminals they have are either under the shade from the sun, or sometimes spartanly equipped.

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On 7/24/2019 at 9:33 PM, Ra'akone said:

A quick question, given how hot it's been recently in parts of Canada and the US....

Water fountains? Any of your stations or stops have them?

Many stations that are
a) by a beach or park
b) major interchange station, or terminus, or
c) near a school, community center, hospital, or senior center....
tend to have water fountains as a matter of course, usually minimum of one installed outside the fare-paid zone, and one inside. Different operators have different ideas about this, much like they do with what type of ticket gate to use.

Almost every Aveolela station has one also (but Candice Circle only got theirs), usually next to the vending machine for tickets.

And what kind of cooling is used?

In Nu'u-Sara, most newer buses and streetcars, and virtually all trains, have air conditioning. The older second-hand buses, it's a mixed grab-bag.

SMART transit centers typically do not have any water features. We do always have local artist do some form of artistic displays though, either murals or sculptures of some kind. The Highland Heights TC though does have a very large water feature as it is at the junction of 2 rivers and next to a lake. All buses and trains have air conditioning and have since the 70’s. Also most transit centers have areas that are air conditioned as well for passengers to wait in comfort. 

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Faster, more frequent and more reliable service comes to Bus Route 33 on August 5th

New three door articulated buses, all door boarding, transit signal priority, new bus lanes and better bus stop spacing will improve the passenger experience

For passengers on Bus Route 33 this means:

New articulated buses with 3 doors and all door boarding

With the delivery of new 3 door articulated buses (that run on biodiesel which is cleaner for the environment), we now have enough buses in service to implement all door boarding on Route 33. Passengers with a SEPTA Key card, contactless card or smart device, limited use Transit Cards and Quick Trip single ride tickets can enter through any door and tap their card on the reader at each door to pay the fare. Passengers using cash must enter through the front door and pay at the farebox. The farebox will dispense a Proof of Payment receipt. Keep this with you as it is your proof that you paid your fare. Fare enforcement officers will make spot checks on board buses. Simply display your SEPTA Key card, contactless card or smart device, limited use Transit Card, Quick Trip single ride ticket or Proof of Payment receipt to a fare enforcement officer upon request. Passengers who have not paid their fare will have to pay a higher penalty fare and may also be issued a citation.

Transit signal priority and dedicated bus lanes

Route 33 buses will move through the streets more quickly through the use of Transit Signal Priority, which holds green lights longer or shortens red lights as buses approach them and new dedicated bus lanes on Market Street, JFK Blvd, 19 Street and 20 Street, which allow buses to move more quickly through congested streets. This will cut travel times for Route 33 passengers and get them to their destinations more quickly.

The new articulated buses in operation on Route 33 are equipped with front and side facing cameras and can enforce bus lanes and issue tickets in real time. Please do not block the lanes.

Improved bus stop spacing 

The Route 33 will continue to serve Penn's Landing, Center City, Fairmount and Tioga. However some bus stops have been removed, consolidated and/or relocated to improve reliability along the route and move buses more quickly. As part of the stop consolidation, we will be installing bus countdown clocks at all Route 33 stops and adding more bus stop shelters to the busiest stops along the route.

More frequent service and improved connections to other routes

The Route 33 is an important part of SEPTA's Frequent Bus Network, which means buses will arrive every 15 minutes or less Monday though Friday from 6 AM to 9PM. 

On weekdays, Route 33 will operate every 15 minutes or less between 6 AM and 7 AM, every 7 minutes or less between 7 AM and 9:30 AM, every 10 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, every 7 minutes or less between 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM, every 12 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

On Saturdays, Route 33 will operate every 15 minutes or less between 6 AM and 9 AM, every 10 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM, every 15 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

On Saturdays, Route 33 will operate every 20 minutes or less between 6 AM and 9 AM, every 12 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM, every 15 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

Route 33 buses will continue to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Also effective on August 5th, most Route 33 buses will be extended from 23rd-Venango loop to Wayne Junction Regional Rail station via Hunting Park Av and Clarissa Street, which will allow Route 33 passengers to connect with Regional Rail at Wayne Junction station and Bus Routes 2, 23, 53 and 75. Some buses will continue to terminate at 23rd-Venango loop during peak periods. Please check the destination signs and listen to announcements on the bus to ensure you are on the correct bus.

All of the new articulated buses on Route 33 will announce the destination of the bus as the doors open and announce all the stops the bus makes along the route and are equipped with electronic screens inside the bus which list out the next stops.

Plan your trip on the new, improved Route 33

Use the SEPTA App

Chose "Nearby Stations & Stops" or click the bus icon and enter "33" or "route 33" 

Call 215-580-7800 or text "33" or "route 33" or a bus stop ID to 41411 (standard text message rates may apply)

Tweet us @SEPTA_SOCIAL and follow @SEPTA for alerts and other information.

 

We plan to bring similar improvements to routes 17, 18, 21, 42, 52, 54, 60 and G soon as more new buses are delivered, more bus lanes are painted and transit signal priority is installed at more intersections. 

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On 11/17/2018 at 11:18 PM, O530 Carris PT said:

Okay. NanohaBus will add a third competitor in this RFP, which can be the Euro-spec EL4500. The company will also demoing the EL4500D on the two routes mentioned (first on the X950, and later on the X902) with the E500 SuperLo and the ANDROMEDA.

Small note: The Enviro500 SuperLo which ADL sent to NanohaBus has a Cummins L9 Euro 6 engine and a ZF Ecolife 6AP2000B transmission.

And there's a winner, after a long decision making: The Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Super-Lo, which will have the following specifications:

  • Cummins L9-380 Euro 6 engine;
  • ZF Ecolife 6AP2000B transmission;
  • A single sheet front door and a dual sheet rear door, with door mechanisms provided by Masats SA;
  • Approximatedly 59 seats, all Fainsa Punt;
  • 1 Esteban Totem for Wheelchair;
  • Wheelchair ramp;
  • Michelin XZE2 305/70R22.5 tires;
  • Hanover Displays Full Colour LED sign on all displays;
  • New Sign Solutions (NSS) interior display with accoustic and visual information;
  • Rear-facing camera and monitor;
  • Wi-Fi and USB ports for all passengers;
  • Driver protection cabin.

These new buses will be used on the NanohaBus-PTT's Moita/Montijo-Lisbon and Sintra/Mafra-Lisbon express routes, increasing their capacity by 25%.

NOTE: This is a special version of the Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Super-Lo created for a group of European intercity bus companies (including a division of Arriva and Connexxion in Netherlands, and ALSA in Spain) which NanohaBus is part.

NanohaBus wants also to apologise for this long decision. However, NanohaBus wants to thank TriStar Bus and Kashiwazaki to participate on this bid.

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With the ongoing delivery of New Flyer XHE60 articulated buses, we can now roll out the Better Bus program to Routes 21 and 42 which will be converted to articulated buses.

As with the new Nova Bus LFSA buses on Route 33, these buses have three doors and support all door boarding with SEPTA Key validators at each door.

The press release/brochure text is in the spoiler to save space

 

Faster, more frequent and more reliable service comes to Bus Routes 21/42 on October 7th

New three door articulated buses, all door boarding, transit signal priority, new bus lanes and better bus stop spacing will improve the passenger experience

For passengers on Bus Routes 21/42 this means:

New articulated buses with 3 doors and all door boarding

With the delivery of new 3 door articulated buses (that run on hydrogen fuel cell technology which is cleaner for the environment), we now have enough buses in service to implement all door boarding on Routes 21/42. Passengers with a SEPTA Key card, contactless card or smart device, limited use Transit Cards and Quick Trip single ride tickets can enter through any door and tap their card on the reader at each door to pay the fare. Passengers using cash must enter through the front door and pay at the farebox. The farebox will dispense a Proof of Payment receipt. Keep this with you as it is your proof that you paid your fare. Fare enforcement officers will make spot checks on board buses. Simply display your SEPTA Key card, contactless card or smart device, limited use Transit Card, Quick Trip single ride ticket or Proof of Payment receipt to a fare enforcement officer upon request. Passengers who have not paid their fare will have to pay a higher penalty fare and may also be issued a citation.

Transit signal priority and dedicated bus lanes

Routes 21/42 buses will move through the streets more quickly through the use of Transit Signal Priority, which holds green lights longer or shortens red lights as buses approach them and new dedicated bus lanes on Chestnut Street and Walnut Street, which allow buses to move more quickly through congested streets. This will cut travel times for Routes 21/42 passengers and get them to their destinations more quickly.

The new articulated buses in operation on Routes 21/42 are equipped with front and side facing cameras and can enforce bus lanes and issue tickets in real time. Please do not block the lanes.

Improved bus stop spacing 

Routes 21/42 will continue to serve Penn's Landing, Society Hill, Center City, University City and West Philadelphia. Route 21 buses will continue to serve 69 Street Transportation Center and Route 42 buses will continue to serve 61st & Pine and Wycombe. However some bus stops have been removed, consolidated and/or relocated to improve reliability along the route and move buses more quickly. As part of the stop consolidation, we will be installing bus countdown clocks at all Routes 21/42 stops and adding more bus stop shelters to the busiest stops along the routes.

More frequent service and improved connections to other routes

Routes 21/42 are an important part of SEPTA's Frequent Bus Network, which means buses will arrive every 15 minutes or less Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 9PM. 

On weekdays, Route 21 will operate every 15 minutes or less between 6 AM and 7 AM, every 8 minutes or less between 7 AM and 9:30 AM, every 10 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, every 8 minutes or less between 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM, every 12 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

On Saturdays, Route 21 will operate every 15 minutes or less between 6 AM and 9 AM, every 10 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM, every 15 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

On Sundays, Route 21 will operate every 20 minutes or less between 6 AM and 9 AM, every 12 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM, every 15 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

Route 21 buses will continue to operate from 5 AM to 2 AM weekdays and 6 AM to 2 AM weekends.

On weekdays, Route 42 will operate every 10 minutes or less between 6 AM and 7 AM, every 6 minutes or less between 7 AM and 9:30 AM, every 10 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, every 6 minutes or less between 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM, every 12 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

On Saturdays, Route 42 will operate every 15 minutes or less between 6 AM and 9 AM, every 10 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM, every 15 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

On Sundays, Route 42 will operate every 20 minutes or less between 6 AM and 9 AM, every 12 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM, every 15 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

Route 42 buses will continue to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

On weekdays on the shared portion of route between 33 Street and Penns Landing, a Route 21 or 42 bus will arrive every 7 minutes or less between 6 AM and 7 AM, every 3-4 minutes or less between 7 AM and 9:30 AM, every 5 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, every 3-4 minutes or less between 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM, every 6 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 10 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

On Saturdays, on the shared portion of route between 33 Street and Penns Landing, a Route 21 or 42 bus will arrive every 7-8 minutes or less between 6 AM and 9 AM, every 5 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM, every 7-8 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 10 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

On Sundays, on the shared portion of route between 33 Street and Penns Landing, a Route 21 or 42 bus will arrive every 10 minutes or less between 6 AM and 9 AM, every 6 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM, every 7-8 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 10 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight.

All of the new articulated buses on Routes 21/42 will announce the destination of the bus as the doors open and announce all the stops the bus makes along the route and are equipped with electronic screens inside the bus which list out the next stops.

Plan your trip on the new, improved Routes 21/42

Use the SEPTA App

Choose "Nearby Stations & Stops" or click the bus icon and enter "21" “42” or "route 21" “route 42” 

Call 215-580-7800 or text "21" “42” or "route 21" “route 42” or a bus stop ID to 41411 (standard text message rates may apply)

Tweet us @SEPTA_SOCIAL and follow @SEPTA for alerts and other information.

     

We plan to bring similar improvements to routes 17, 18, 52, 54, 60 and G soon as more new buses are delivered, more bus lanes are painted and transit signal priority is installed at more intersections. 

 

 

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Curious, were any of your transit systems affected by the climate strikes of the 20th and 27th of September? I ask because in Montreal, some buses were rerouted on the 27th, and all public transit was FREE for the day.

In the case of Nu'u-Sara, all LePasi and Meadowlands Transit (now Meadowlands Country) buses were free. For rail transport, it was a real patchwork, of what's free, what's not, on the 27th.

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8 hours ago, Ra'akone said:

Curious, were any of your transit systems affected by the climate strikes of the 20th and 27th of September? I ask because in Montreal, some buses were rerouted on the 27th, and all public transit was FREE for the day.

In the case of Nu'u-Sara, all LePasi and Meadowlands Transit (now Meadowlands Country) buses were free. For rail transport, it was a real patchwork, of what's free, what's not, on the 27th.

Here in Vancouver BC there were major service disruptions and a lot of buses were 40+ minutes late and/or stuck in downtown unable to move. It was very hectic. Transit was still at full price though.

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9 hours ago, Ra'akone said:

Curious, were any of your transit systems affected by the climate strikes of the 20th and 27th of September? I ask because in Montreal, some buses were rerouted on the 27th, and all public transit was FREE for the day.

In the case of Nu'u-Sara, all LePasi and Meadowlands Transit (now Meadowlands Country) buses were free. For rail transport, it was a real patchwork, of what's free, what's not, on the 27th.

The bulk of Newman's city centre was shut down due to the strikes, so for a few hours you had to walk by foot, and the residual delays lasted most of the afternoon rush hour too.

Newman Transit drivers plan on striking for a full week at the end of November (nearing peak Christmas season), as well. They feel that the message will be felt more strongly if it hurts the economy in the holiday season.

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On 9/28/2019 at 7:39 AM, Ra'akone said:

Curious, were any of your transit systems affected by the climate strikes of the 20th and 27th of September? I ask because in Montreal, some buses were rerouted on the 27th, and all public transit was FREE for the day.

In the case of Nu'u-Sara, all LePasi and Meadowlands Transit (now Meadowlands Country) buses were free. For rail transport, it was a real patchwork, of what's free, what's not, on the 27th.

NanohaBus had some detoured routes across the locations where the climate strike protests were made (Cascais, Lisbon, Sintra, East Loures, Setúbal, Almada and Barreiro). NanohaBus also provided a 75% discount on fares for all passengers, independently if they went or not for the protests.

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(Was looking at records and found that I had an electric bus program RFP that ended in March oops)

SMRT RFP

  • A reminder that SMRT is looking for bus manufacturers to bid for the Electric Bus Pilot Program. Originally the RFP ended in March, but the city has reopened the RFP once again due to lack of interest (we've only received details from BYD). The reopening will be available until Oct. 31, 2019. 
  • After reviewing details and fleet information on the subway system, we have decided to retired the F84E fleet by the end of 2020. This was in part due to the fact that the F84E is the last fleet of trains without Air Conditioning and due to the nature of the D Line, which runs above ground for part of the line. Other details include: the cars are incompatible with the F97E, and F90E fleets, which were refurbished in the late 2010s, and despite the 2013 refurb performed, much of the systems on board are from the 1980s (mechanical parts such as doors and motors were given a refresh and not upgraded to IGBT technology like the F90 fleet) which are harder to come by. A farewell ceremony will be announced at a later date.
  • On top of that, the MT-1RE fleet will be retired later this year to allow a common fleet on the C and F lines. A farewell charter will be held on November 30, 2019.

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48 minutes ago, AlexLy said:

Transport régional de Champflour

Wow -- that's some serious attention to detail on the year-to-year variations among LFS models. Nice work!

In your creation, how does TRC use the two versions of 2019 LFSes differently? I'd always be rooting for one with a back window!

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It's been a minute since I had anything substantial to share in here, but that changes today. For the last month or so I've been working on a map of the daytime transit network in Newman in CC3+, and I'm finally able to share it with the world.

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The bulk of the map functions are explained in the legend on the bottom right on the map, but in a nutshell: there are 56 routes in total forming the day time network, operating from 5:00 to midnight every day (some routes may finish earlier or have limited service hours). Of these routes, 2-12 are tram routes; 20-59 are standard bus routes, 100-105 are trolley bus routes, and 401-403 are community bus routes, which provide a supplemental service in residential areas with high numbers of elderly people.

At length, I hope to make a map of the night bus network, but I'm going to take a minute to breathe before starting with another project. In the mean time, I hope you like this, and all feedback, particularly on presentation, is appreciated!

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On October 18, 2019 at 12:21 PM, CanadianTransitTycoon said:

(Was looking at records and found that I had an electric bus program RFP that ended in March oops)

SMRT RFP

  • A reminder that SMRT is looking for bus manufacturers to bid for the Electric Bus Pilot Program. Originally the RFP ended in March, but the city has reopened the RFP once again due to lack of interest (we've only received details from BYD). The reopening will be available until Oct. 31, 2019.

Tri Star would like to bid on this (we previously sent a proposal via dm) We offer you our next generation, advanced technology bus program  

Renaissance™ Full Low Floor All Electric Series:

Built from the ground up as a fully low floor, all electric transit bus series, the Renaissance™ is the future of transit buses. This is our second bus built under our Global Bus Program. Fully composite uni-body construction offers an extremely lightweight and durable bus. Riding on the patented CloudRide™ suspension system gives you the smoothest, most comfortable ride of any transit bus on the market todayAvailable with the EV E electric system or the EV EHS solar-hydrogen electric system as propulsion options. Available in 35, 40 & 45 ft lengths and outfitted to your custom specifications 

RE 35 – 35ft low floor bus 

RE 40 – 40ft low floor bus 

RE 45 – 45ft low floor bus 

Demo unit available in all 3 lengths. Fully 100% North American compliant. Built in Canada at our new Toronto facility or in the USA at our Long Beach facility. Pricing depending on configuration and options. 

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On 10/19/2019 at 5:26 PM, Border City Transit said:

Wow -- that's some serious attention to detail on the year-to-year variations among LFS models. Nice work!

In your creation, how does TRC use the two versions of 2019 LFSes differently? I'd always be rooting for one with a back window!

Thank you!

Yup, a few bus lines require a suburban layout, such as the 12 and 24 EXPRESS Bus for example. My 2004 Novas have been converted to ''suburban'' for them.

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Alright, I’m new to this thread, though I already made a transit system after my Grade 8 Geography Project. The transit system uses diesel, hybrid electric, and CNG vehicles as well as streetcar(trams), and Diesel trains (the ones with a transmission too). So I’ll need some of y’all help to get started with it, and probably with bus liveries (mine is mix of unique and downright ordinary, the newer one is like the TTC’s and Miway’s livery combined)

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On 7/25/2019 at 12:33 AM, Ra'akone said:

A quick question, given how hot it's been recently in parts of Canada and the US....

Water fountains? Any of your stations or stops have them?

Many stations that are
a) by a beach or park
b) major interchange station, or terminus, or
c) near a school, community center, hospital, or senior center....
tend to have water fountains as a matter of course, usually minimum of one installed outside the fare-paid zone, and one inside. Different operators have different ideas about this, much like they do with what type of ticket gate to use.

Almost every Aveolela station has one also (but Candice Circle only got theirs), usually next to the vending machine for tickets.

And what kind of cooling is used?

In Nu'u-Sara, most newer buses and streetcars, and virtually all trains, have air conditioning. The older second-hand buses, it's a mixed grab-bag.

All buses, streetcars and trains have A/C (except for the broken ones on C40LF #1078, and EPA10 HEV #1109, being fixed tomorrow). All stations except for the following does not have water fountains

(Downtown): Central Union, Distillery District, Ocean Shore Avenue/Harbourfront Centre.

(Uptown West): St.Johns Street/Government Offices, Westport Parkway/West River Shopping Centre, Lincoln - Yorkmeadow Region International Airport

(Uptown East): Yorkmeadow Road, Faraday Avenue/ E 77th Street, Astoria Drive.

Eventually it’ll be all Stations in the Downtown and Uptown West sectors.

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NEWMAN TRANSIT

NOVEMBER 1, 2019 UPDATES

 

RESTORATION OF TRAM SERVICE TO DERBY

 

Since June 29, 2019, there has been no tram service to Derby due to track reconstruction.

 

The project has been beset by delays and challenges, but after about a month of delays, full service will be restored on routes 5 and 10, and route X5 will be discontinued. Regular service will be reinstated on November 4, 2019.

 

EXTRA SERVICE TO NEWMAN WINTER FAIR

 

The annual Newman Winter Fair will be running this year from November 4-15, 2019. To deal with anticipated crowds to the event, Newman Transit will be enacting the following temporary route changes to help people access the event quicker:

 

-a temporary tram route, the 17, will be in operation throughout the fair dates. One single branch will operate at all times during the day, except for late evenings: 17 (Newman Station – Newman Falls Station). It will relieve route 7, which also operates to the fair, and provide a quick connection to downtown.

 

-route 46 will operate more frequently at all times except for late evenings.

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On 7/25/2019 at 1:33 AM, Ra'akone said:

A quick question, given how hot it's been recently in parts of Canada and the US....

Water fountains? Any of your stations or stops have them?

In the CCD of New Harmony

All Transit centers, buses, have AC. All major facilities (terminals) do have fountains. All of those facilities, buses and even some bus shelters are heated through out the district.

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Does your system do anything special for Halloween?

Yes, in Nu'u-Sara, definitely yes. In fact, there are even costume contests for all bus, train and streetcar drivers as well as ticket agents and other station staff (with certain restrictions, no masks allowed, the face must be visible, and there must be a badge or other clear identification of being an employee, and costume must not get in the way of typical required movement or be too bulky), and riders are allowed to vote, and also a contest for passengers. Some of the stations are decorated, The Boardwalk Branch of the Elka Sorkin line (AOS) ends with the Rigiala Loop on Rigiala Island, that, at this time of year, becomes a creepy village, with tons of ghosts and ghouls and plenty of screaming. Passengers are allowed on trains on the loop only for this, as well as similar events around Christmas and Easter. Farmrail Meadowlands has its own similar loop, that they ALSO decorate on Halloween, and there's friendly competition between Farmrail and AOS over who has the better loop!

Many neighborhoods have reduced speed and traffic lights operating in "stop sign mode" for one night only on Halloween, there's even a warning to allow more time for bus and streetcar trips, EXCEPT for those that are on busways or dedicated streetcar trackage.

Also, it's now a tradition that leftover candies, fruits, and other "goodies", both for those who hand them out, and for those with a large haul who feel generous and want to give a bit, are given to volunteers on the Medical Line in early November. The Medical Line, a self-driving linear induction powered train, serves almost all of the hospitals and a few clinics, and these candies are given to the Children's Hospital, and the Children's Section of certain other hospitals.

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And now for something completely different....

From the TRYA (Terminal RailwaY Association) Safety Manual....

"Safety equipment for the Serpentine Tunnels and Tuna Terminal Tunnels.

The Serpentine Tubes, forming the bulk of the Serpentine Subdivision, is OPO (One Person Operation) territory. The same is required in the Tuna Terminal Tunnels on the Tuna Terminal Subdivision. Train engineers driving on these sections must be familiar with emergency protocols for the tunnel, and must know how to use the Tunnel Telephone lines in case of radio failure or distortion, it should also be noted that the line between Polynesia Terrace and the South Grotto has some "dead zones" where the radio either doesn't work, or there is heavy interference, the Tuna Tunnels have ever more such areas. Note that the standards for the Tunnel Telephone lines are based on Aga O Sara (AOS), in turn based on those of Network Rail and London Underground in the UK, but is considered a Matriarch's Railway Authority (MRA) compliant form of communications.

Only 4-rail equipped trains may use the entire tubes, but pantograph-equipped rolling stock may go into the tunnel as far as the turnback center siding at North Grotto, past Clifford Street.

At the same time as doing a brake test at the start of a journey involving the Serpentine Tubes, one should take care to ensure that the needed equipment is present.

Firstly, the communications console must have a pair of "Alligator Adaptor" clips, labelled top and bottom, for connecting to the Tunnel Telephone wires. If stopped in a tunnel, remember to clip the top to the top wire, and the bottom to the bottom wire. When connected, switch the communicator setting to "Tunnel Telephone", "Telefoni Aga" or "TTL/TA", depending on the model. A portable Tunnel Telephone communicator is also allowed. Use the "Tone/Current" button, held down for five seconds, if the current needs to be cut manually.

*If there is a known problem with the Tunnel Telephone wires in a tunnel, the station preceding it will have the "No Telephone" pictogram next to the signals by the tunnel. In this case, a radio test must be done.

**Besides the wires, the adaptor or a portable headset may also use dedicated sockets, found in some locations inside the tunnel, as well as at each tunnel headwall. For this purpose, the "Control" socket is to be used, not "Auxillary" nor "Public Address."

Secondly, each cab must have, at minimum, one or more Class U ("Universal") fire extinguishers. These are generally designed to be used in one go, due to the way the contents are pressurized, so doing a partial spray to "test" is NOT allowed, as it drops the effectiveness very much.

Thirdly, every engineer driving in this section must have AOS certified anti-shock boots, in his or her size. These are the same kind of boots worn with ELVIS (ELectrical VISibility) suits of rail workers in 4-rail territory.

Fourthly, similarly, a sealed bag with a pair of electrical gloved certified for up to 1,500 volts (in case of a spike) must always be kept. If the bag isn't sealed, the gloves need to be replaced.

Fifthly, it is imperative to have a short circuit bar, often nicknamed a "Johnny 5" (the robot from the movie "Short Circuit"), or a "Wooden Crowbar" to cut track power if needed. Regardless as to how the tracks were powered off, a Johnny 5 MUST be placed across the track in case of accidental re-energizing attempt. The "crowbar" shaped part must be atop the positive rail, with the metal plate touching. The second plate MUST be touching the negative rail. For cutting the power in an emergency (for evacuation), there is a hierarchy of preferred methods. Firstly, contact the dispatcher via radio, or if needed, via Tunnel Telephone. If that is not possible, open the right-hand window and rub the wires together. If need be, open the left-hand window instead, and also rub the wires, if they are not available on the other side. Using a short circuit bar is the LAST RESORT. If doing this, make sure to LOOK AWAY AND COVER YOUR EYES, as the resulting arcing, while brief, can cause temporary or permanent vision damage. Regardless as to which protocol was followed, it should ideally be placed as close to the front or back of the train as possible, especially if the train is to be evacuated. Each station has spare short circuiting bars, as do the alcoves in the areas where track sections change in the tunnel. In such an area, if possible, a Wooden Crowbar must be placed at both the front and back of the train, unless fire or another hazard makes this not feasible.

Sixthly, a "mini-ladder" must be on hand, in case evacuation onto the tracks needs to happen. Ensure that it is secure, and that the Short Circuit bar is beneath it. Each cab must have a mini-ladder in case of evacuation this way.

Finally, each cab for a passenger train must have a minimum of two "Disco Ball" type signals. In the event of having to stay in the tunnel for a long time, whether or not evacuation is needed. One should be placed atop the short circuit bar, there is an indentation for this. The other one is to be used in the event that the train is stopped just past a curve, place the ball on a wall fixture at the start of the curve.

In the event of evacuation, all passengers must be led either to the nearest station, or the nearest other escape. As most stations are shared with the AOS, at these stations AOS staff will take the lead in any evacuation.

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SMRT Buses and Area

  • [SMRT] The RFP for the electric bus fleet has concluded, with New Flyer and Nova Bus both winning the contract. Both companies will provide 4 electric buses for trial before the rest of the fleet is announced. Thank you to all those who have participated in the RFP.
  • [KGTS] Kennedy & Gregory Transportation System has announced a RFP for 30 CNG 40 foot buses. They can be any spec. Ends Jan 01, 2020. This will replace part of our existing diesel fleet.
  • [SBL] Sunnyshore Bus Lines is announcing an RFP for 10 40 foot buses. They can be any spec. Ends Feb 01, 2020. This will replace the remaining high floor fleet.

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KAGUYA/Kashiwazaki Coaster News.

With the corporate bus manufacture market in Europe diversifying itself and adding new models, Kashiwazaki Coaster Europe developed a slanted floor - or theater style floor - vehicle to respond to a rising trend in the so-called "theater bus"; particularly targeted for companies on the center-west, based in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria.

This vehicle is of same height of the now popular hi-decker GALAXY and is codenamed VEGA, after a star that's the fifth brightest on the night sky, located in the constellation of Lyra.

As of now and surprisingly, the first order is for a single 13 meters vehicle destined for Switzerland, to join the Lemania Voyages fleet made up of a handful of Van Hool, Irisbus and Temsa vehicles.

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Other companies which manifested interest are the now reformed Kieler-Moewe and Nussbaum in Germany, Dr. Richard in Austria, and Buchard Voyages and Transports de Martigny et Region in Switzerland.

The vehicles will eventually be built in Japan - as with every Kashiwazaki Coaster vehicle - and despite not yet predicted to be produced for domestic companies, Hato Bus is one of the companies interested into testing; two demonstration JP spec vehicles are being built precisely for this matter, while another two are being built on EU specs for testing in Europe.

On 12/9/2018 at 9:30 PM, Kashiwazaki said:

As for ANDROMEDA, the Portuguese also called up for testing it, notably Resende (Oporto district), Barraqueiro (Lisbon district) and even Joalto and Berrelhas (both Guarda district), while Barraqueiro is also looking at the 12m GALAXY and the MAGELLAN.

In the end, two companies (including the two subsidiaries of one of them) have now placed orders for the ANDROMEDA model as follows:

Resende - 3x ANDROMEDA 14 meters

        >>> Costa Ferreira (Resende subsidiary) - 2x ANDROMEDA 13 meters

        >>> Renex (Resende subsidiary) - 2x ANDROMEDA 15 meters (all in quad-axle chassis)

Berrelhas - 2x ANDROMEDA 13 meters

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