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KAGUYA/Kashiwazaki Coaster News.

Together with the VEGA, another model makes it's magical World Premiere: the SUPER ANDROMEDA, a 'jumboized' version of the ANDROMEDA which in it's turn is available on various lengths up to 14 meters.

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The SUPER ANDROMEDA is the result of a request from various companies and experts in Europe to ferry vast numbers of passengers, as the budget express service are now peaking, and more and more people are favoring cheap bus travel over continent level flights, as the formers allow use as tour buses in a much more convenient and cheaper way than chartering an airplane.

Although it remains a budget express bus service, Rede Expressos Group's Renex leaves no detail to wonder: all seats enjoy touchscreens connected to a high-end, latest technology Toshiba entertainment system, as well as 80cm legroom, electronically controlled suspension, and fully accessible toilet and complete kitchenette downstairs, as well as an impressive and comprehensive array of driver assist technologies (lane assist, dead angle assist, adaptive headlighting, fully functional remote controller, etc), while the dashboard controls are easy to use, ergonomically positioned, including on the seat itself

All of this equipment has been possible for budget use thanks to special customer advantages and conditions, to which the Rede Expressos Group immediately joined and accepted.

The Japan Railway and the Swiss PostCar are on the lookout for these as well, under similar conditions.

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                 LincTrans Updates

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1.  All Sand Line Alstom Coradia LINT DMU vehicle have returned to service after this summer’s air conditioning malfunction. They have also been repowered with Cummins QSK19 engines from the previous Cummins QSB6.7 engines

2.  Testing on the new Hitachi trains have been suspended for technical reasons and track work

3.  We’re ordering new 2020 Novabus LFSA HEVs to replace the Orion 07.501 VII NG EPA10 HEVs

4.  The 803 Riverdale Express service is extended from Scotfield Insurance Stadium to Central Union Station

5.  The new 906 Ocean Shore community bus service debuts today as the community bus route numbers are changed from  the 300s to the 900s

6.  All stations in the Downtown sector has drinking fountains, 63rd Street and Northwood Avenue Stations in the Uptown West sector has drinking fountains also

Next update: 2 weeks.

Edited by GTAtransitfan1-Toronto
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CPTDB                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tuesday, November 26, 2019

CCD of New Harmony

Okay, so it has been a considerable amount of time since my last entry on here. Life got busy with things

I have started redoing some of my Community Maps, including adding a grid system so I can piece together a larger system wide map as well as amending some map features, symbols, routes and other details. Some of the info will include consistent marking of points of interest, the district's network of walking and mixed use rec' trails and an the trail Identification system as a lot of the trails and bus stops line up as part of an active life styles program promoting physical activity and use of mass transit. Also I am working on the consistent labeling of maps including a legend and assigning street names to named and numbered streets.

Today I share previously posted maps of the communities of Coughlin and West Coughlin and a revised map of each as well as a new community map for Birch Plains - Everard. These are all communities on the northern edge of the district primarily suburbs of mostly 1970s construction and some 80s and 90s and a larger retail complex and transit terminal.

The changes made are to the routes 23, 27, 127 & 125 around the Golden Birch Meadows subdivision. These were done to simplify the routes 23 and 27 which are community primary service were as the 127 is a Community Secondary route. The Route 125 is also a community secondary route however it provides peak hours only service to the downtown business core in the morning and return in the afternoon peak. 

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KAGUYA/Kashiwazaki Coaster News.

The first giant SUPER ANDROMEDA has been delivered: Renex - on behalf of it's main operator Rede Expressos - took delivery of it yesterday, and today the vehicle has started it's epic maiden journey as one of Portugal's biggest single body buses in operation, departing from Oporto on an express run to Evora with four stops along the way, including the country's highest city - Guarda, 1,056m altitude.

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With the delivery of the first giant SUPER ANDROMEDA in European territory, now comes the premiere of our first super hi-decker, two level access model, to which we decided to award the name HELYX, after the Helyx planetary nebula located in the Constellation Aquarius.

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First customer is Leysin Excursions, a small company just east of Lake Geneva, a 14 meters long chassis produced by Mercedes-Benz, powered by the OM 470 producing 428hp, perfect setup for touring the Alps, while the wheelbase is drastically smaller, due to bringing the power axle even closer to the center.

There are no solid requests from Japan for the moment, therefore this model will be marketed in Europe only.

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KAGUYA/Kashiwazaki Coaster News.

The second company to receive the theater style VEGA is the first one in Japan: Hato Bus in Tokyo ordered 15 of these, and the first batch of eight units have been delivered.

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As you might have noticed, this model is 12 meters long, yet rolls on three axles - this is explained by the fact Hato Bus wants to commission these units as premium sightseeing units, aimed at providing a ride the most comfortable as possible, and the extra axle provides enough stability to reach that goal.

We are determining wether this model is successful enough for an open top version to be added to the line-up, therefore we are currently admitting preorders from around the world.


Another giant SUPER ANDROMEDA leaves the plant, this time for a Japanese major bus operator which is all too much familiar to be unnoticed, JR Bus Kanto Region.

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Just like the one which started operation with Rede Expressos Group in Portugal, so as this and other three units still to be completed and delivered (two of them on the final stages) will be used for express bus services, with the same amount of options, save for the kitchenette, in a bid to maximize space, with each capable of carrying 91 seated passengers (Neoplan's Megaliner, which we still produce to this day, carries the same, while the early 2000's model carried up to 86).


New laws have been implemented in Japan to tackle both economic (lowering the country's inflation and corporate debt) and social (encouraging new births, modifying the labor system in order to give people their buying power back), and that may mean the bus industry can kickstart again, with Mitsubishi Fuso - a partner manufacturer of ours since the very beginning of our New & Used Solutions worldwide project - is studying reintroducing their AeroKing model in their own line-up.

If this happens, we will then transfer the percentage of new builds they require for them to build themselves, as well as proposing Hino/Isuzu a percentage of new builds for the same purpose regarding their S'elega DD/GrandView.

This is to avoid a potentially excessive expansion of our production capabilities which may otherwise leave us with too much infrastructure to manage, in case a new significant drop in production/sales comes in the next 5, 10, maybe 20 years; we also look into competing in a healthy way towards other manufacturers to emphasize variety, as a member of the J-Bus Competition Regulation Decree.

The population regrow rate will define wether we continue manufacturing the SUPER ANDROMEDA or if we give it some more time before reintroducing it.

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KAGUYA/Kashiwazaki Coaster News.

 

The first introduction of the HELYX super hi-decker two level model - UFC type as known in the country - in Japan makes it's arrival at Kaguya LHB's Mitsuoka fleet.

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The "hull art" is Hoshino Myako from the Anime「 私に天使が舞い降りた! 」(「An Angel Flew Down To Me!」).

And for the Japan Railways' Hokkaido Bus fleet, eight new units of the revolutionary MAGELLAN 9.3 meters compact super hi-decker make their debut; six of them are 'Winter ready', completed with 4WD layout and an automatic control - similar to that of a Lamborghini Urus'「Anima」system - for resetting traction and suspension to meet icy/snowy road conditions.

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KAGUYA/Kashiwazaki Coaster News.

Another new model has been added to the line-up: GANYMEDE is named after our Solar System's largest moon, one of Jupiter's - itself the biggest planet - Galilean moons.

GANYMEDE is the hi-decker to competing with others of the kind, such as Hino's S'elega HD (or Isuzu Gala HD) and Mitsubishi Fuso's AeroAce.

With it's world premiere, so as three customers have commissioned their own units; Ichihata Bus (4 of 10 units delivered), JR Bus Kanto (4 of 6 units delivered) and Morinami Kotsu (4 units delivered).

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We are also opening this model up for the following countries/regions:

  • Europe (except Ukraine, Turkey and Romenia)
  • Russia
  • North America
  • Greater East Asia (except Philippines, Indonesia, the Koreas, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Mongolia)
  • Oceania

We are also willing to set up an assembly line overseas for facilitating worldwide distribution, and two countries and a province (all issued on direct behalf of their respective governments/transportation ministeries) have already expressed their wish to bid: China, Australia and the province of Hong Kong.

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Well, I decided to put NanohaBus for sometime out, and begin a new project: JeanneBus! This fictional bus company is located in the fictional town of Orleans de Cima (mix of rural France and suburban/rural Portugal) and does service to its neighbour towns and villages around. The company has 8 lines, all (apart from the Rede Nocturna Lines and of the shuttles) centering in the Orleans de Cima's central bus terminal. They're:

  • 526: Orleans de Cima (Terminal) - Carnide (Estação Ferroviária) via Marseilles and Olivais (duration: 40 minutes per each destination);
  • 541: Orleans de Cima (Terminal) - Torres de Vaucouleurs (Praça Baden Powell) via Odivelas and Alto do Granadeiro (duration: 30 minutes per each destination);
  • 551: Orleans de Cima (Terminal) - Jura (Hotel) or Jura (Estação) via A26 highway, Conchas, Paço de Alvalade, Domremy, Alvito e Torrinha (duration: 50 minutes per each destination - some buses may end at Torrinha (Centro) at the rush hours);
  • 593: Orleans de Cima (Terminal) - Pinhal Velho (Bombeiros) via Charité-a-Nova and Moleirinha (duration: 25 minutes per each destination);
  • N26 (Night): Pinhal Velho (Bombeiros) - Carnide (Estação Ferroviária) via Orleans de Cima (Terminal) and Olivais (duration: 30 minutes per each destination);
  • N51 (Night): Torres de Vaucouleurs (Praça Baden Powell) - Jura (Estação) via Orleans de Cima (Terminal), A26 Highway, Conchas and Torrinha (duration: 45 minutes per each destination);
  • ST1: Jura (Estação) - Torrinha (Faculdade) via Estrada Nacional 346-2 (duration: 20 minutes per each destination);
  • ST2: Carnide (Estação Ferroviária) - Carnide (Zona Comercial) via Avenida Melo Antunes (duration: 15 minutes per each destination);

Their fleet is quite modern for the services they provide in the region: It is composed mostly of Mercedes-Benz and Setra buses:

  • 10 Setra S 419 UL-GT with ZF Ecolife 6AP1700B transmissions (buses used only on route 551 except at nights);
  • 45 Setra S 415 UL with ZF Ecolife 6AP1400B transmissions (buses used on the rest of the routes and on 551 at night);
  • 10 Mercedes-Benz Citaro C2Ü with Voith D864.6 transmissions (buses used on the shuttles ST1 and ST2);
  • 5 Mercedes-Benz O 350 Tourismo RH with Mercedes-Benz 9GTronic transmission (buses used for excursions and charters);

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             LincTrans Updates

1. The first Novabus LFS Artic HEV arrived on 12/15/2019. The buses will take fleet numbers 3110-3160 or the fleet numbers of the past New Flyer D40HF buses. The LFSA HEV’s have a Cummins B6.7 6.7L 330hp engine with a BAe Systems Hybridrive HDS-300 transmission. 

2. All of the 300 series community buses have been converted to the new 900 series, but the 910 Downtown East community bus service has been suspended for lack of community buses. 

3. The new 420 Bay Streetcar/Tram debuts today replacing the 172 Bay bus.

4. The fleet revision has been done. Here are the current fleet as of December 17, 2019.

0100 - 0250: New Flyer C40LF (C Gas +/ Allison B400R5)

0251 - 0351: 2018 New Flyer XN40 (L9N/ Allison B400R6)

0352 - 0382: 2017 New Flyer XN40 (ISLG EPA 2013/ Voith D864.6)

0383 - 0400: Orion 07.501 VII NG EPA10 HEV (ISB6.7/ BAe Hybridrive)

1000 - 1010: Grande West Vicinity 35’ (B6.7/ ZF 6AP1000B EcoLife)(Community Bus)

1011 - 1050: RBI Townster (ISL/ Allison B300R5)(1011-1020: Community Bus/ 1021 - 1050: Specified as RaD buses (yes we have our own system of RaD)

1700 - 1820: New Flyer XN60 (ISLG EPA 2017/ Allison B500R6)

1821 - 1850: Novabus LFX 60’ (ISL9/ Allison B500R5)

3110 - 3140: Novabus LFS Artic HEV (B6.7/ BAe Hybridrive HDS-300) 

3141 - 4000: Brookville Liberty (custom).

4001 - 4050: Bombardier Flexity Freedom

5. The 800 Airport-Westwood Mall Express route has been moved to the Downtown East Bus Division for the LFSA HEVs to operate on this route. 
 

Next update: December 28, 2019
 

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KAGUYA/Kashiwazaki Coaster News.

The first two 15 meter long two-level HELYX have been delivered; both bound for Switzerland, one for each company.

First one is GBS Carreisen, based on the German speaking side of Wallis, while the second one is for Beroche Excursions.

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They may be very large at 15 meters, but their platform makes them as uniquely agile as ever.

The second and third axles are very spaced, and all wheels turn, for maximizing that agility.

They are also equipped with the latest on multimedia entertainment, as well as safety programs, including ESP, lane assist, fatigue detector, adaptive suspension, dead angle monitoring, and so on.

As with all of the HELYX models, their lower level can comfortably accomodate up to three wheelchairs, the access stairway to the upper level being located just behind the driver, itself compact but wide enough for easy access.

The restroom is also oddly positioned between the rear door and the second axle, the reason being maximizing on the luggage hold capacity.

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What a certain type of train looks like.... http://fav.me/ddng9xr The train in the lower-left corner is an M8y dual-mode EMU owned by TRYA (Terminal RailwaY Association) of Nu'u-Sara, Ai'a'ivea, It's painted in the paintscheme for the Tuna Tunnel Terminal line, and also has the SaraLink logo, which isn't a company, it's a common branding for "mainline commuter trains that aren't AOS (subway)" (The LePasi owned lines, nicknamed "The Jewels", also don't have SaraLink branding) This train uses pantographs for overhead 25,000 volts, 60 Hz, and a 4 rail system (positive and negative shoes) for 900 volts (600 positive, 300 negative) The y in the name is for "Yerkes", referring to the 4-rail system.

And as for safety equipment that these trains would have, go to http://fav.me/ddnfjel

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LincTrans Updates

As of 12/28/2019

• The 267A Broadmount branch debuts today adding service to Central Union Station. The service takes it from Hillsboro Station along Hillsboro Road  East, then south on Broadmount Avenue to Station Street (King Street West). 

• Hillsboro Green Line Station was upgraded on 12/29/2019. The station now includes a washroom, drinking fountain, an extra platform used for Rush Hour and a bus terminal for routes 53, 46, 89, 109, 808 and 809.

• The 421 College and 419 New Queen streetcars have buses running on them due to track work on New Queen Avenue. The 421L will instead got to Central Union Station instead of Bay Street

• A new communications system called VIADS is being tested on the newest Novabus LFS Artic HEV 3121 and 3130 that has been delivered on New Year’s Day. The system includes a new automated stop announcement voice and style (example: Before: Next stop, Faraday Avenue and Brooklyne Drive. After: Faraday Avenue @ Brooklyne Drive. East Faraday Subway Station (E Faraday is on the NW side of the intersection), Automated Dispatch System, and a vehicle tracking system.

• East Faraday Station is closed due to the new Brown Line extension and a new LincTrans Commuter Station above to Yorkmeadow. Trains will turn back to Central Union at Scotfield Insurance Stadium/ First Bank during the Early Morning to Midday runs and turn back at St. John’s Street/Government Offices during the evening, night and weekend runs. The 81B, D, and F Faraday and 126 Brooklyne-West Malvern buses will loop around using Brooklyne Drive, Gilington Boulevard East, and Calingrove Drive. 

• LincTrans Commuter is going electric starting late-April 2020, the new trains will be custom Kawasaki M9 trains. Third Rail electrification will start tomorrow (1/7/2020) on the Airport-West Lincoln Line on the corridor between Central Union and Queen West. 

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Some works from me.

Some of you may remember some months ago I posted a map of the Newman Transit route network. Well, I've updated it, changed some formatting, reshuffled some routes around, etc.

49374412773_cbf09deac5_z.jpgNewman Transit Route Network - December 2019 by Andrej, on Flickr

For the first time I also have a night network map.

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Please excuse the low image quality. I used to upload my maps to Dropbox, but for some reason the image preview doesn't seem to work on any new content I upload, so I had to look elsewhere. Sadly Flickr compresses the map more than I'd like, but all the pertinent info should still be readable.

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On 1/13/2020 at 7:34 AM, PCC Guy said:

Some works from me.

Some of you may remember some months ago I posted a map of the Newman Transit route network. Well, I've updated it, changed some formatting, reshuffled some routes around, etc.

49374412773_cbf09deac5_z.jpgNewman Transit Route Network - December 2019 by Andrej, on Flickr

For the first time I also have a night network map.

49375070042_59a052608d_z.jpgNewman Transit Night Route Network - December 2019 by Andrej, on Flickr

Please excuse the low image quality. I used to upload my maps to Dropbox, but for some reason the image preview doesn't seem to work on any new content I upload, so I had to look elsewhere. Sadly Flickr compresses the map more than I'd like, but all the pertinent info should still be readable.

What program do you use for these maps?

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11 hours ago, buizelbus said:

What program do you use for these maps?

Campaign Cartographer 3+. It's regular use is to make fantasy-style maps (think Lord of the Rings and whatnot) for books or role-playing games. But it does have a small selection of add-on styles that allow you to do maps in styles such as a metro map, modern road maps, and so on.

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TransMetro Rapid Transit Map - January 2020

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Central Line - Heavy rail bored subway, run with 2x4 car UTC C301 trainsets

Metro Line - Heavy rail cut and cover/elevated subway, run with 8 car UTC C311 trainsets

Westside Line - MCRS (Medium Capacity Railway System), run with 4 car UTC M301 trainsets

Eastside LineMCRS, run with 4 car UTC M301 trainsets

Interurban Ring Line - Heavy rail, partially at-grade, with overhead wire, run with 6 car UTC R301 trainsets

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#B-20001 - Acquisition of 40ft units

  • 52 Hybrids, UTC T7-210/BAE HDS200 preferred (Replacement)
  • 52 Electric Trolleybus with Integrated 25km APU (Expansion)
  • Option 1: 106 Electric Trolleybus with integrated 25km APU (Replacement of diesel)
  • First unit must arrive April 1st, 2020, all units by August 31st, 2020
  • Options, first units must arrive 4 months after selection, 10 months for all

#B-20002 - Acquisition of Shuttles (30-35ft)

  • 35 Electric Trolleybus with integrated 75km APU (Replacement)
  • 35 Electric Trolleybus with integrated 75km APU (Expansion)
  • First unit must arrive April 1st, 2020, all units by August 31st, 2020
  • Options, first units must arrive 4 months after selection, 10 months for all

#B-20003 - Acquisition of subway style trainsets for use on the Holland Connector

  • 10x Trainsets with length of approximately 140m
  • Each trainset to carry approximately 1800 passengers
  • First unit must arrive July 1st, 2020, all units by August 31st, 2020

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NEWMAN TRANSIT NEWS
FEBRUARY 1, 2020 NEWS

 

CLOSURE OF NEWMAN FALLS STATION AND LOOP

As of February 3, 2020, Newman Falls Railway Station, and the associated transit loop at the station, will be closed due to heavy construction that will see the complex put out of action for about a year.

The following service changes will be enacted:

-Route 7 will run from Water Street to May Street and Lumber Yard Road only, from where it will return to Water Street, following its regular westbound route. In addition, service frequencies will be reduced from 8 minutes to 10 minutes during rush hour and midday.

-Route 46, which presently runs between Kittiwake Road and the Newman Exhibition Grounds, will be diverted from the Exhibition Grounds via southwest on Kipling Avenue, westbound on Lake Shore Avenue, and northbound on Lumber Yard Road to May Street and Lumber Yard Road. It will return to Kittiwake Road via northbound on Lumber Yard Road, eastbound on Lawrence Street, and northbound on Kipling Avenue to its regular route. After noon, the loop will be reversed. All runs on this route will use high capacity articulated buses, replacing the current standard capacity buses.

-Extra service will be provided on route 239 Express, which will serve as a replacement bus for trains operating between Newman Falls Station and Newman Station. Additional buses will run, and service will be expanded from operating in the rush hour periods to operating at all times until 22:00.

-Night route N7 will be discontinued, and will be replaced by an extension of route N46 along the regular route of the N7 to Newman Station. The bus will not enter Newman Falls Station and will instead operate both ways via Kipling Avenue.

-Night route N39 will not enter Newman Falls Station and will instead operate both ways via Kipling Avenue.

Background

The area in the vicinity of Newman Falls Station has been undergoing significant construction work for the past several years, having been host to one of the last derelict industrial zones that had not been redeveloped. The construction works in this area have seen the building of a number of new high density housing developments, and the plans have also called for the relocation of the present Newman Falls Station platform, which sits on an elevated bridge between the tram loop and the street, into a new, more convenient position west of Kipling Avenue.

At the same time, construction works on the extension of route 7 to Crescent Town Station have necessitated the closure of the tram loop for heavy rebuild. The tracks will be realigned, and this change in alignment will interfere with the railway bridge. Thus it was decided that the demolition of the old Newman Falls Station, and complete rebuild of the tram loop, will occur in tandem. It is hoped that trains will return to the completed new alignment of Newman Falls Station by the end of the year; route 7 will return to the rebuilt tram loop by the start of 2021, while construction works eastward continue to occur.

NEW TRAM ROUTE 6

As of February 3, 2020, a new tram route, the 6, will operate.

The route is a rush hour only route, and it will run with one regular branch, 6 (Birchmount Road – Queensway Road via Richmond/May), operating along the following route:

Warden Grove Road and Birchmount Road – Warden Grove Road – Hrachovo Road – Valley Ridge Road – Broad Street – Lakeshore Avenue – Lumber Yard – westbound via Richmond Street/eastbound via May Street – Creekbank Road – Beethoven Avenue – Beethoven Avenue and Queensway Road.

A second, limited service branch, will operate at the tail end of morning rush hour, and at the start and end of evening rush hour: 6B (Birchmount Road – Avion Shopping Park via Richmond/May). Cars operating on branch 6B will follow the regular path of branch 6 both ways to Creekbank Road and Beethoven Avenue, from where they will head westbound to Avion Shopping Park, instead.

Background

Route 9, which currently runs from Avion Shopping Park to Riddles Avenue, generally operates with Tatra K2S cars, which are articulated single cars and do not offer the higher capacity that a longer articulated Bombardier Flexity Outlook or Tatra KT8D5, or the two car trains of the Tatra T3 or Tatra T6A5, offer.

Their capacity is sufficient in off-peak periods, but they are not sufficient to carry rush hour crowds – and in any event, there are not enough K2S cars in existence to cover the full dispatch of both routes 3 and 9, therefore requiring some runs to receive longer trains.

Route 9 requires 8 cars in the rush hour periods, while route 6 will require 6 cars. The plan is to run high capacity trains on route 9 during the rush hours, and replace them with available K2S cars in the off-peak periods. However, due to the low numbers of K2S cars, some runs will need to be filled with longer trains. To that end, the service arrangement will run as follows:

-both routes will receive their own cars for the morning rush hour, operating independently

-at the end of morning rush hour, as service on route 6 winds down, route 6 cars will cease operating on branch 6 and will run instead run a single trip on branch 6B. Upon arrival at Avion Shopping Park, the cars will change to route 9, where they will operate until the start of the evening rush hour

-morning cars on route 9 will, at the end of the morning portion of the shift, change to route 6B, and run a single trip to Birchmount Road, from where they will turn around and operate via Lakeshore Avenue and Kipling Avenue to Kennedy Park yard.

-at the start of evening rush hour, the morning cars from route 9 will return into service, beginning with a run on a shortened version of branch 6B, operating from Lakeshore Avenue and Broad Street northbound to Avion Shopping Park, where they will change to route 9 and operate there for the duration of evening rush hour

-midday cars on route 9 will change to branch 6B at Avion Shopping Park, operating the full length of the way to Birchmount Road, where they will change to branch 6, where they will operate for the duration of evening rush hour

-at the end of evening rush hour, the procedure will be the same as at the end of the morning rush hour, with route 6 cars taking over service on route 9 until the end of service

-this arrangement does not apply to two extra full length trains, which will operate on route 9 during midday and will not change to route 6 until the end of evening rush hour, when they will operate on route 6B to Birchmount and then onward to Kennedy Park yard

-as route 6 will not operate on weekends or holidays, the current service pattern of route 9, retaining its own rolling stock throughout the day, will continue on such days

 

This service pattern was originally in place from 2002 until 2013, with only a few minor changes. Due to decreasing ridership on route 9, route 6 was discontinued in the autumn of that year and the 9 was made independent. Route 6 came back temporarily from January 2015 to the summer of 2016, operating on an extremely limited basis (a few trips only) between Creekbank Road and Avion Shopping Park. Due to the unpopularity of this service, it was temporarily discontinued at the start of the summer of 2016 due to trackwork, and permanently discontinued that September.

Assorted maps:

49473785728_bc6327a98a_z.jpgNewman Transit Route Network - February 2020 - Day by Andrej F, on Flickr

49473786238_3440712e7e_z.jpgNewman Transit Route Network - February 2020 - Night by Andrej F, on Flickr

 

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LincTrans Updates

As of 2/1/2020

- LincTrans Commuter opens its new Tolodo New Street station acting as a terminus for its new Militon-West Lincoln line.

- The Airport Line corridor was fully electric, the Nippon Sharyo diesel electric DEMU trains still operate the Airport Line as the the new EMUs have not been delivered yet.

- The 185 Yorkmeadow East bus now stop at Thatch Street and Bellvue Drive. The eastbound 185 used to stop at Bellvue Drive then Allendale Parkway North, while the westbound 185 skips Thatch Street and stops at Golf Green Trail. The stop change resulted after an accessibility complaint after a person in a wheelchair skidded down the downgrade between Sammett Drive and Golf Green Trail.

- New the new route 195 Havenview bus debuts today (2/1/2020). The bus will serve Havenview Road and part of Malvern Falls Parkway. The stops calls as follows

North Charleston Subway Station, Havenview Road - 1455 Havenview Road - Brickyard Trail - Snow Hill Drive - Optare Road - Grenada Street - Hillsview Drive - Daylight Street, Valleyway Road (Havenview Red Line Station) - Golf Club Drive - 3303 Havenview Road - 4529 Havenview Road - Industrial Street - Morningstar Road - Hollyhill Drive - Highway 601 - Bellvue Drive - Yorkmeadow Road - Golf Green Trail - Malvern Falls Parkway - Gregory Dredrue Terrace - Neilson Street - Avenue K (Malvern Falls Brown Line Station). Southbound consists of the same stops, but the numbered stops are the even number behind (e.g: 3303 Havenview Road southbound is 3302 Havenview Road). Also the major streets are indicated in bold.

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Welcome to LINQ, Whistler's new and improved transit system.

All buses except for the C9 run every 15 minutes from 8 AM to 10 PM and every 30 minutes outside of this period.

Routes run in and outside of Whistler, operating out of 3 different exchanges.

All route prefixes correspond to their originating exchange, for example:

G5 Alta Lake which originates from Gondola Exchange.

 

Below is a list of routes that are operated by LINQ:

Originating from Gondola Exchange:

G1 Lost Lake

G2 Excalibur

G3 Nester's

G4 Alpine Meadows Loop

G5 Alta Lake

G6 Nicklaus

x1 Creekside Exchange

x2 Sea-to-Sky via Squamish

Originating from Creekside Exchange:

C7 Spring Creek

C8 Olympic Village

C9 Alpine Meadows Loop

C10 Nordic

Originating from Alpine Meadows Loop:

A11 Green Lake

 

Our fleet consists of several different manufacturers, the entire summary is listed below.

 

200 - 206 | 2020 NFI XE40

Operate daily on all routes excluding G2, G3, X1, X5

207 - 2010 | 2020 Grande West Vicinity 30'

Operate on routes G2 and G3

2010 - 2015 | 2020 MCI D45 CRT LE

Coach buses for operation on long haul express routes X1 and X5

 

This project is currently under development, I will share updates as LINQ progresses. Routes begin service Spring 2020.

 

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27 minutes ago, obinr said:

Our fleet consists of several different manufacturers, the entire summary is listed below.

 

200 - 206 | 2020 NFI XE40

Operate daily on all routes excluding G2, G3, X1, X5

207 - 2010 | 2020 Grande West Vicinity 30'

Operate on routes G2 and G3

2010 - 2015 | 2020 MCI D45 CRT LE

Coach buses for operation on long haul express routes X1 and X5

 

This project is currently under development, I will share updates as LINQ progresses. Routes begin service Spring 2020.

 

@transit604 on Instagram

 

 

Just wondering about the logistics of your fleet.

The grande west vicinities are number from 207-2010. Do you mean 207-210

So you have a fleet of 17 vehicles (assuming that the Vicinities are numbered 207-210 and that the coach are numbered  2010-2015) for 13 routes.

6 vehicles (the coaches) are used for 2 routes (X1 and X5 (or it is X1 and X2)) 

A further 4 vehicles (the Vicinities) are used for 2 routes. 
 

This leaves us with 7 vehicles for 9 routes. How does that work? Not to mention that that doesn’t leave much (if any) of a spare ratio.

 

I don’t mean to criticize at all any of the work you made but since it’s based in Whistler and I live in Vancouver, I am curious as to what this system may develop to. (Who knows, BC Transir might consider so if the routes, Lol)

 

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58 minutes ago, Thomasw said:

Just wondering about the logistics of your fleet.

The grande west vicinities are number from 207-2010. Do you mean 207-210

So you have a fleet of 17 vehicles (assuming that the Vicinities are numbered 207-210 and that the coach are numbered  2010-2015) for 13 routes.

6 vehicles (the coaches) are used for 2 routes (X1 and X5 (or it is X1 and X2)) 

A further 4 vehicles (the Vicinities) are used for 2 routes. 
 

This leaves us with 7 vehicles for 9 routes. How does that work? Not to mention that that doesn’t leave much (if any) of a spare ratio.

 

I don’t mean to criticize at all any of the work you made but since it’s based in Whistler and I live in Vancouver, I am curious as to what this system may develop to. (Who knows, BC Transir might consider so if the routes, Lol)

 

Hi Thomas,

Fleet numbers begin with the year prefix, as in "20". I do realize that is confusing, and will be altering it in a later update. 

As for the fleet itself, LINQ has yet to order more vehicles. Our goal is to have minimum 4 buses to a route at all times, with a minimum of 7 buses available for spares. This obviously excludes shorter routes.

It will become more obvious which of the fleet runs which route when I post my completed route map, I should have that complete within the week.

Routes X1 and X5 are currently the only planned express long haul routes at this moment.

The 4 Vicinities are used for said shorter routes, which atm only need 2 per route at a time due to the short amount of time it does take to complete the route.

I've been working on this project for quite a while, and I plan on expanding within the coming days. Please note that I may change the frequency for certain express or short routes.

If you have any more questions or suggestions, either post them here or DM me on IG,

Thanks for your interest :)

 

@transit604

 

 

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LINQ Update

February 4, 2020

 

FLEET

 

Due to a rough start, we have restructured our fleet as needed, and have prepared accurate financial numbers. Below is a list of changes to our fleet/fleet numbering system:


 

1000 -1030 | NFI XE40

 

Procurement cost: $21,056,370

 

1031 - 1045 | AD Enviro200 E 8.5m

 

Procurement cost: $52,356,242

 

1046 - 1052 | MCI D45 CRT LE

 

Procurement cost: $7,435,328


 

This allows a minimum of 2 buses travelling each direction, with an adequate amount of spares available. We expect all buses to arrive mid 2020.

 

LAND

 

Yesterday, we signed a purchasing agreement with Siemens for $10,000,000 for the delivery of 5 Rapid Charging stations to be installed at each exchange.

 

Starting next month, Gondola Exchange will close for construction. We are expanding the exchange to accommodate larger buses, and more routes. There are plans to add a second part across the street in Parking Lot 1. We are currently in talks with RMW to obtain this land.



 

FINANCES

 

BCTransit, the former transit operator in Whistler has contributed $75M to upgrading the system from the sale of all previously owned land/buses. The Resort Municipality of Whistler has also generously contributed $15M to bus exchange/bus stop upgrades. Along with these 2 generous supporters, the provincial government has given us $50M, and the federal government has also confirmed that they would be contributing another $50M. This would pay off all bus orders, along with the chargers from Siemens.

 

ROUTES

 

A new route is coming! The C11 links Creekside Exchange and the Cheakamus River Suspension Bridge. It takes HWY 99 and travels through the Olympic Village. We are planning to make this a summer only service.

 

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More updates are on the way.

 

LINQ (WRTS)

8025 Nester’s Road

Whistler

British Columbia V8E 1K2

 

 

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CPTDB                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Saturday, February 15, 2020

CCD of New Harmony

The Cooperative Commonwealth District Council has determined following the 2019 Treasury Bureau Annual Report set to be released in March 2020, that transit user fees and fare will once again not change in the spring. Fare adjustments are still being considered for the Fall of 2020 along with extending fare exemption for children from 9 to and including 11 years of age.

As of yet, transit fares have not changed in 6 years.

If approved, the fall 2020 ADULT base single fare will in increase by $0.25, from $2.50 to $2.75 and all other transit fare medias and fees will automatically increase proportionally. This includes all ticket rate, passes, and parking fees for park&ride locations.

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Fares and fees are set based on 1 adult single fare as per CCDNH Treasury Bureau Ordinances respecting transit revenues and collection.

Single use transit fares shall be a monetary amount set by the CCDNH-Treasury Bureau and rounded to the nearest quarter dollar. Other price amounts are set therein.

Single use cash fares:                           

CHILD             No Fare           N/A

YOUTH           [ADULT less $1.00]

STUDENT      [ADULT less $0.50]

ADULT            [Set by Committee]

SENIOR          [ADULT less $1.50]

SENIOR+       No Fare           N/A

 

Tickets:

Book of 20       [Single fare x15]

 

Standard Passes:

Day Pass        [Single fare x4]

W’k-end Pass [Single fare x7]

Full W’k Pass  [Single fare x12] (5 day pass)

Monthly Pass  [Single fare x35]

Yearly Pass    [80% of 12 Monthly Passes]

 

E-Pass:

All E-Passes are 80% of corresponding passes in each category

Except year long E-Pass which is 90% of 12 monthly E-Passes.

 

CoFLIP: (Co-operative Fixed - Low-Income Program)

Monthly Pass  [60% Standard Monthly Pass]

Yearly Pass    [75% 12 CoFLIP Monthly Passes]

 

Park&Ride: (Available in E-Pass form only)

Yearly P&R     [90% of 12 Standard Monthly Passes plus $150.00/month parking fees at secured transit parking. (Parking is otherwise $250.00/month in core areas)

Monthly P&R   [1/12 of Yearly P&R]

(CoFLIP and P&R Available are available in E-Pass form only)

SENIOR PLUS users are not exempt from parking fees.

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It's been a while folks but no I have not forgotten about this thread lol...

More in depth posts to come, but for now a brief summary of some changes I've made to my SEPTA system:

The Rapid Transit division has been split into smaller subdivisions for service delivery purposes. They are as follows:

Market-Frankford:

Market-Frankford Line

Broad/Roosevelt/Lindenwold (BRL):

Broad Street Local

Broad-Ridge Express

Roosevelt Blvd Local

Roosevelt Blvd Express

Lindenwold Line (former PATCO High Speed Line)

Second System:

Fifth-Passyunk Line

Parkway-Gloucester Line

South Street-Glassboro Line

South Street-Moorestown Line

Light Rail (LRT):

Subway-Surface Trolleys

Route 15 (and all future light rail in the city)

Suburban Trolleys (101/102/103/104)

Norristown High Speed Line

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As for rolling stock, I have rationalized that somewhat for parts standardization. All new trains will have open gangways.

The Market-Frankford uses 51' cars with 3 doors, starting with two three car sets and expanding to two five cars sets.

The BRL division uses 67' cars with 3 doors. The Broad Street local and all Roosevelt Blvd services use 6 car sets with an "urban" fully longitudinal seating layout and the Broad-Ridge Express uses 4 car sets with an "urban" fully longitudinal seating layout. The Lindenwold Line (former PATCO) uses 6 car sets with a "suburban" mixed longitudinal and transverse seating layout (similar to the London Underground S8 stock)

The Second System uses a third fleet of 60' cars with 4 doors. Two four car sets make a full train, with a fully longitudinal seating layout (similar to NYCTA NTTs)

Light rail vehicles are three section articulated vehicles, roughly 80' in length, with two full size two pane doors near the center of the car and a single pane door at each end directly behind the operators cab. City cars have mostly longitudinal seating while suburban cars have mostly transverse seating. NHSL cars have not been designed at this time.

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