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10 minutes ago, transitfan100 said:

idk if anyone noticed this on the novas but when the announcer says the stops it sometimes breaks up

 

doesnt do that with stop requested or with short syllable street names

If I'm understanding what you mean....

"Stop Requested" is essentially one announcement to passengers that doesn't need to be modified, because the message is pretty simple and self explanatory. In the same way statements like "thank you for riding MiWay" and "Please move to the rear of the bus" are also prerecorded announcements with no need for modification. 

As for stops, I believe MiWay prerecords things like "North of", "South of", "First stop south of", "East leg" etc. in bits so that they don't have to record every single stop in the MT system. This way, they just have to record street names, and then play the recording in conjunction with any additional information, i.e. North of, East of, North leg etc. So that's why on existing buses, sometimes additional information like the "North of" statement is usually a different tone compared to where the bus is stopping, i.e. Eglinton Avenue, Dundas etc. Also included in prerecordings of course, are things like "Court", "Street" ,Terminal", etc. 

In the case of the Novas, I suppose the timing is off, so there is a noticeably large gap when stops are called out. 

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more comprehensible, better vocab.
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11 minutes ago, MiWay0310 said:

If I'm understanding what you mean....

"Stop Requested" is essentially one announcement to passengers that doesn't need to be modified, because the message is pretty simple and self explanatory. In the same way statements like "thank you for riding MiWay" and "Please move to the rear of the bus" are also prerecorded announcements with no need for modification. 

As for stops, I believe MiWay prerecords things like "North of", "South of", "First stop south of", "East leg" etc. in bits so that they don't have to record every single stop in the MT system. This way, they just have to record street names, and then play the recording in conjunction with any additional information, i.e. North of, East of, North leg etc. So that's why on existing buses, sometimes additional information like the "North of" statement is usually a different tone compared to where the bus is stopping, i.e. Eglinton Avenue, Dundas etc. Also included in prerecordings of course, are things like "Court", "Street" ,Terminal", etc. 

In the case of the Novas, I suppose the timing is off, so there is a noticeably large gap when stops are called out. 

the timing is the same but the voice breaks up when it tries to call out anything sometimes it does "field(gate) drive" and "vol(t)arie cresce(nt)" 

 

brackets mean that syllable isnt called out

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3 hours ago, MiWay0310 said:

Since we are all enjoying the -23 weather here, I thought I'd bring something up. Is it a policy of MiWay's to pick up at every stop in extreme weather conditions? I've seen it both in messy snowstorms and in cold weather. I assume other agencies also have this policy? 

i remembered i read somewhere that ttc "express" buses pick up from every stop alobg the route because it wont save much time anyway

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36 minutes ago, transitfan100 said:

i remembered i read somewhere that ttc "express" buses pick up from every stop alobg the route because it wont save much time anyway

I don't think that happens. Although, there are, in some cases, sections of "express" or "rocket" routes where buses run local (call at every stop without skipping any in between). The 199C does this, though as the local section is at the opposite end of the city from MiWay's service area I will not go more into it here.

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3 hours ago, transitfan100 said:

i remembered i read somewhere that ttc "express" buses pick up from every stop alobg the route because it wont save much time anyway

2 hours ago, Transit geek said:

I don't think that happens. Although, there are, in some cases, sections of "express" or "rocket" routes where buses run local (call at every stop without skipping any in between). The 199C does this, though as the local section is at the opposite end of the city from MiWay's service area I will not go more into it here.

On the really bad snowstorm days, where traffic is basically crawling, it does happen where the TTC "cancels" express service and buses on express branches or Rocket routes may stop in between their normal stops. The extra stops do not make much of a difference because the traffic is moving so slowly anyway, the buses don't end up saving any time by not opening the doors while they're stuck waiting at a stop.

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1 minute ago, Kelvin3157 said:

A dead, scrapped bus driving on a highway?

This guy is @8860/ @354 Lawrence East etc etc. don't bother with him.

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In other news!

Saw this today at UTM. Thought it was worth posting. Of course not everything applies to MiWay, but something did catch my eye, which I've circled in red:

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I thought it brought up a good point, because the Erin Mills Station, while having its benefits, can add up to 5 minutes up to the schedule. Now I'm not saying get rid of it, but they really should consider improving the traffic light signalling in that area, because the buses have to wait to take a left (they can't just go when they see a gap) and they also have to wait to take a right. And it's also worth mentioning that those Erin Mills lights are long. 

Thoughts? I'm thinking they could add some sort of priority signalling for buses in that area, since its not only the 110 that uses EM station. Far from it, in fact. 

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3 hours ago, MiWay0310 said:

This guy is @8860/ @354 Lawrence East etc etc. don't bother with him.

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In other news!

Saw this today at UTM. Thought it was worth posting. Of course not everything applies to MiWay, but something did catch my eye, which I've circled in red:

image.thumb.png.d00f2caa4ef1fe56fe8f9e22d7fe8041.png

I thought it brought up a good point, because the Erin Mills Station, while having its benefits, can add up to 5 minutes up to the schedule. Now I'm not saying get rid of it, but they really should consider improving the traffic light signalling in that area, because the buses have to wait to take a left (they can't just go when they see a gap) and they also have to wait to take a right. And it's also worth mentioning that those Erin Mills lights are long. 

Thoughts? I'm thinking they could add some sort of priority signalling for buses in that area, since its not only the 110 that uses EM station. Far from it, in fact. 

I'll be honest, when the 48 first started going into Erin Mills Station, I hated it because usually the bus would sit there for a good 5 minutes sometimes. Not to mention the lights and when you missed the advanced left or right signal you would have to wait a while for the next one before the bus could go.

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1 hour ago, JazzyJay729 said:

I'll be honest, when the 48 first started going into Erin Mills Station, I hated it because usually the bus would sit there for a good 5 minutes sometimes. Not to mention the lights and when you missed the advanced left or right signal you would have to wait a while for the next one before the bus could go.

Exactly. Say you're a 110N coming out of South Common heading to EM station. You miss the light before the 403. Not only do you have to wait for the 403 traffic light to turn red (which takes at least a good 45 seconds), but also for the advance left for the buses coming out of EM station trying to get onto the 403. That's a good minute and 5-10s there. Then you have to wait to turn left at the actual station entrance, and again when you are trying to leave to turn right, you have to wait for your right turn signal. Aaand again to get onto the 403. The EM station's access for buses is in serious need of improvement. 

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