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On 10/13/2022 at 3:49 AM, MiExpress said:

Route 46 will have one all day bus removed (3 to 2) reducing the weekday frequency from 23 to 35 minutes all day.

As for service increases:

  • Route 2's weekday evening service between 6-9pm improves from 10 to 8 minutes
  • Route 26's weekday rush hour frequency improves from 17 to 14 minutes; midday and evening service improves from 26 to 21 minutes. This essentially restores the pre-covid service levels on the route.
  • Route 7's Saturday midday frequency improves from 30 to 24 minutes; Sunday all day frequency improves from 40 to 30 minutes.

While budgeted service hours are still a issue resulting in some cases of "robbing peter to pay paul" hopefully with new drivers being hired this fall the staffing situation will be less of a issue. The strong rumour is there will be another redesign of the Derry service in the new year, with the a new variant being reintroduced operating between Sheridan College and Humber College. Presumably this would be accomplished by reworking the 42A design and cancelling route 18, and depending on what route it takes in the east end possible changes to routes 22 and 30.

Well they've officially announced the Service Change on the 46 TENTH LINE-OSPREY stating that they take effect next week, along with an adjustment to the 9 RATHBURN-THOMAS to better match the GO Train schedule at Streetsville GO.  Due to the strike tomorrow, MiWay is also suspending service on all 300-series routes.  They are warning due to the schools being closed they may face staffing shortages on other routes.  How often are these ridership pattern reviews undertaken that they implement them in the middle of a board period?  They should also either try and figure out how to space out the service along Eglinton between the 7 AIRPORT, 35 EGLINTON and 87 MEADOWVALE-SKYMARK or get some artics on the 35 as it's still usually operating closed door service (and late due to the number of passengers) east of Hurontario during the morning rush.  The 87 MEADOWVALE-SKYMARK is hard to work with since it's tied into the 43 MATHESON-ARGENTIA, but perhaps better awareness of the route as an alternative which still has plenty of capacity in the morning might help with the 35 EGLINTON.

I've also run into an odd issue with the Triplinx planner suggesting a route that doesn't exist.  Well, it's telling me to make a transfer at a given time when there actually isn't a bus scheduled.  I've cross-checked with Transit55 and usually ignore the suggested trip since the transfer is actually much longer than what it tells me.  It's not a matter of the bus running late, just a glitch in the planning software it seems.

Service adjustments on Routes 46 and 9

Starting Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, MiWay will be adjusting the service frequency and adding a new trip on Route 46 Tenth Line-Osprey. Schedules will also be adjusted on Route 9 Rathburn-Thomas to align with train departures at the Streetsville GO Station.

Route 46 service adjustments

The service frequency on Route 46 Tenth Line-Osprey will be reduced on weekdays to 35 minutes due to lower rider demand. There is no change to the weekend service frequency.

This service reduction was identified during a review of rider patterns across the MiWay network. The resources saved from this reduction will be reinvested back into the MiWay network to prevent overcrowding on busier routes.

New trip added on Route 46

A 7:46 am trip departing Meadowvale Town Centre (stop #1374) will be added for students at John Fraser and St. Aloysius Gonzaga secondary schools to continue to meet the morning bell times of the schools.

Route 9 schedule adjustments at Streetsville GO Station

Trip time adjustments will be made on Route 9 Rathburn-Thomas to align with train departure times at Streetsville GO Station.

  • The 5:43 am eastbound trip departing from Churchill Meadows Community Centre Terminal (stop #3419) will change to 5:46 am to arrive at the Streetsville GO station for 6 am.
  • The 7:51 am eastbound trip departing from Churchill Meadows Community Centre Terminal (stop #3419) will change to 7:45 am to arrive at the Streetsville GO station for 8 am.
  • The 8:35 am eastbound trip departing from Churchill Meadows Community Centre Terminal (stop #3419) will change to 8:30 am to arrive at the Streetsville GO station for 8:45 am.

School routes temporarily suspended on Friday, Nov. 4

MiWay’s 300-series routes to and from high schools will be temporarily suspended on Nov. 4 due to the planned closure of schools in the Peel District School Board and Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board.

These routes will remain suspended as long as the Peel District School Board and Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board schools are closed.

View the latest updates from Peel District School Board and Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board.

On Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, temporary trip cancellations may also occur on other routes across the transit system due to staffing challenges.

For the most up-to-date information, please check real-time information online or call Customer Service at 905-615-4636.

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46 probably should be rerouted along Ridgeway/Winston Park/Speakman, which would also allow 45 to be taken off those streets as well.

48 is another route that needs to be extended. Erin Mills/Southdown was one of Mississauga's busiest north-south corridors, but the truncation of 48 really killed the ridership. 39 ridership skyrocketed after extension to Renforth. You'd think they learn from that. 28/66 needs to be combined as well.

Speaking of 39 and Churchill Meadows and Meadowvale area, they will have to find a way to take 39 off Lisgar soon. The route has become too busy for such a small street, and it will only become busier. Not just higher frequencies, but maybe artics will return to the route as well. Maybe extension of 49 along Lisgar is the answer. 49 is another route that is too short, while 39 is maybe too long. Extension of 49 would solve both problems.

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4 hours ago, ngdvd said:

46 probably should be rerouted along Ridgeway/Winston Park/Speakman, which would also allow 45 to be taken off those streets as well.

48 is another route that needs to be extended. Erin Mills/Southdown was one of Mississauga's busiest north-south corridors, but the truncation of 48 really killed the ridership. 39 ridership skyrocketed after extension to Renforth. You'd think they learn from that. 28/66 needs to be combined as well.

Speaking of 39 and Churchill Meadows and Meadowvale area, they will have to find a way to take 39 off Lisgar soon. The route has become too busy for such a small street, and it will only become busier. Not just higher frequencies, but maybe artics will return to the route as well. Maybe extension of 49 along Lisgar is the answer. 49 is another route that is too short, while 39 is maybe too long. Extension of 49 would solve both problems.

From the yet-to-be-fully-implemented MiWay5plan:

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Ideally one of the routes should be extended south along Ridgeway.  If you went with the proposed 50 LISGAR-CHURCHILL MEADOWS you're left with a gap along Erin Centre, which itself doesn't have complete coverage across its length.  If the 34 CREDIT VALLEY survives, it should, after serving the hospital go straight to Erin Mills TC and then run along the length of Erin Centre to the Churchill Meadows CC.  Otherwise bring back the 35A to run along Erin Centre or create a new route to form a proper grid in Churchill Meadows.  Run the 46 TENTH LINE-OSPREY to Winston Churchill station possibly through the neighbourhood south of Eglinton like the old 33 ERIN CENTRE LOOP.  Or you could run the 49 McDOWELL down Ridgeway since it's a peak hour route to Winston Park or the proposed Laird terminal.  Running it to South Common would provide two-way service on Burnhamthorpe to Ridgeway albeit at peak hours unless it gets additional service hours.

There's still the matter of Milton Transit also implementing service along Britannia and needing a place to turn around and also connect with MiWay services.  At least until the terminal at Meadowvale TC or GO is redesigned to allow for additional routes.  If they really wanted to serve Meadowvale Town Centre, they could do what the GO buses do and just travel around the block rather than stop at the terminal.

As for the 48 ERIN MILLS, truncating it meant cutting off the bulk of its passengers who came from south of Burnhamthorpe/South Common.  It is a bit of a dog's breakfast between the 13 GLEN ERIN, 29 PARK ROYAL-HOMELANDS and 48 ERIN MILLS.  If they're trying to match service levels and have the bulk of the service along Glen Erin, then merging the 29 and 48 is an option.  It forces a transfer for anyone wanting to continue past Burnhamthorpe/South Common on either Glen Erin or Erin Mills. 

The whole grid network west of the Credit is a bit of a mess.  Only Britannia, Eglinton and Dundas get continuous service to Ninth Line (has Mississauga considered building its Laird terminal to Dundas & Ninth Line?).  Burnhamthorpe and Ninth Line is a roundabout, making turning the buses around easy enough to do, laying over with no facilities is the issue there until development in Oakville catches up.  Churchill Meadows has a finer grid network which on paper sounds like it will help, but it doesn't connect outside of the neighbourhood requiring some circuitous routes in order to do so.  I mean imagine trying to make the trip from Erin Centre and Oscar Peterson (between Churchill Meadows and Winston Churchill) to the Churchill Meadows Community Centre with the current route setup!  It's either a walk down to Eglinton or very out-of-the-way single transfer at Tenth and Thomas or Erin Mills and Eglinton.  

As for the Confederation/McLaughlin corridor, there seems to be a clean enough break in demand north and south of Rathburn that bypassing City Centre might be problematic.  Making the 66 McLAUGHLIN even longer will likely incur delays on an already packed route.  Again, if you want to match service levels, pairing the 28 CONFEDERATION with the 68 TERRY FOX might be more feasible.  Historically it wouldn't be unheardof with the 28 CONFEDERATION running up to Bristol (via Hurontario) as early as 1988 before being split off into what would later become the 68 BRISTOL LOOP>WINDSOR HILL>TERRY FOX.  It would mirror the old 38 CREDITVIEW routing when it ran to the Mississauga Hospital.  Perhaps once the redevelopment of the hospital is complete they may consider it?

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15 hours ago, Gil said:

Run the 46 TENTH LINE-OSPREY to Winston Churchill station possibly through the neighbourhood south of Eglinton like the old 33 ERIN CENTRE LOOP.

Hmm, you seem to have thought through this a lot more than I have, but it sounds awkward for UTM students, as 110 does not run west of Erin Mills station. If 46 terminates at Winston Churchill station, then commuting to UTM via 46 would now require 2 transfers: one at Winston Churchill to 109 in order to reach Erin Mills, and then another at Erin Mills to 110. Due to the relatively infrequent headways MiWay buses have, transfers are quite costly to commute time in my experience.

Perhaps this arrangement could work if 110 were changed to run to Winston Churchill instead of City Centre. This would mean those wishing to commute from CC to UTM now need to take 109 to Erin Mills and then transfer to 110. It might then be useful to align the 109 and 110 schedules such that transfers always "work" between those routes.

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17 hours ago, Gil said:

From the yet-to-be-fully-implemented MiWay5plan:

image.thumb.png.0449e7eefa6a678a5a534d1d59c4ab59.png(originally slated for October 2020)

Ideally one of the routes should be extended south along Ridgeway.  If you went with the proposed 50 LISGAR-CHURCHILL MEADOWS you're left with a gap along Erin Centre, which itself doesn't have complete coverage across its length.  If the 34 CREDIT VALLEY survives, it should, after serving the hospital go straight to Erin Mills TC and then run along the length of Erin Centre to the Churchill Meadows CC.  Otherwise bring back the 35A to run along Erin Centre or create a new route to form a proper grid in Churchill Meadows.  Run the 46 TENTH LINE-OSPREY to Winston Churchill station possibly through the neighbourhood south of Eglinton like the old 33 ERIN CENTRE LOOP.  Or you could run the 49 McDOWELL down Ridgeway since it's a peak hour route to Winston Park or the proposed Laird terminal.  Running it to South Common would provide two-way service on Burnhamthorpe to Ridgeway albeit at peak hours unless it gets additional service hours.

Problem with 49 McDowell is it would not connect to 39 Britannia and 42 Derry. So 46 Tenth Line or an revised version of that proposed 50 Lisgar-Churchill Meadows would be more ideal to service Ridgeway and Winston Park. This would also connect to 35 Eglinton and 1/101 Dundas. 26 Burnhamthorpe also should have been extended to Ridgeway when it was taken out of CCTT. As you say, grid is a mess in the west end, so whatever route serving Ridgeway could also help to fill the gaps in the grid west of Hurontario, and hopefully they keep this in mind. There are already the gaps at Erin Mills/Southdown and McLaughlin/Confederation that I mentioned, plus the lack of a continuous Mavis route.

17 hours ago, Gil said:

As for the 48 ERIN MILLS, truncating it meant cutting off the bulk of its passengers who came from south of Burnhamthorpe/South Common.  It is a bit of a dog's breakfast between the 13 GLEN ERIN, 29 PARK ROYAL-HOMELANDS and 48 ERIN MILLS.  If they're trying to match service levels and have the bulk of the service along Glen Erin, then merging the 29 and 48 is an option.  It forces a transfer for anyone wanting to continue past Burnhamthorpe/South Common on either Glen Erin or Erin Mills.

13 Glen Erin already switches to Erin Mills at South Common, so 48 Erin Mills switching to Glen Erin at South Common seems unnecessarily complicated. I'd rather see the 110 cut off south of UTM and 29 also cut off north of South Common. 13/29/48 south of South Common would be a lot better than 13/29/110 or 13/48/110, not only more useful, filling the gaps in the grid, but also simpler.

 

18 hours ago, Gil said:

As for the Confederation/McLaughlin corridor, there seems to be a clean enough break in demand north and south of Rathburn that bypassing City Centre might be problematic.  Making the 66 McLAUGHLIN even longer will likely incur delays on an already packed route.  Again, if you want to match service levels, pairing the 28 CONFEDERATION with the 68 TERRY FOX might be more feasible.  Historically it wouldn't be unheardof with the 28 CONFEDERATION running up to Bristol (via Hurontario) as early as 1988 before being split off into what would later become the 68 BRISTOL LOOP>WINDSOR HILL>TERRY FOX.  It would mirror the old 38 CREDITVIEW routing when it ran to the Mississauga Hospital.  Perhaps once the redevelopment of the hospital is complete they may consider it?

28 Confederation isn't some minor route serving some minor corridor like 68 Terry Fox. Confederation is a 4-lane road lined with high-rise condos and apartments and retail, connecting the CCTT and the hospital and passing through the heart of the Cooksville neighbourhood. Not only is Confederation the same corridor as McLaughlin, it is the busiest and densest part of that corridor.

28 Confederation saw 2,948 riders on a weekday in 2019. Considering the short length of the route, 28 Confederation was actually one of the busiest routes in Mississauga and the entire 905, on par with 5 Dixie and 26/76 Burnhamthorpe/City Centre-Subway (7,240 and 8,318 boardings on a weekday in 2019, respectively). Just imagine how much the ridership along Confederation could skyrocket with continuous service all the way into Brampton.

A combined 28/66 should continue to serve CCTT to connect with the Hurontario and transitway routes. They just need to take it off Redmond and out of Cooksville GO, and they will realize the potential of the Confederation/McLaughlin corridor. Alternatively, they could introduce a new route that bypasses CCTT and keep both 28 and 66, similar to the 7/34/35 arrangement along Eglinton.

66 McLaughlin saw 7,265 boardings on a weekday in 2019. That's 10,213 boardings combined for the Confederation/McLaughlin corridor, higher than what 7 Airport and 34 Credit Valley had before they finally introduced a continuous service with 35 Eglinton. Look at how the ridership of the Eglinton corridor skyrocketed after that. So it is just baffling to me they still don't have any kind of continuous service for Confederation/McLaughlin as well.

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Wondering if Mississauga had issues like a number of US Systems had for their Nova Buses that NovaBus issue a recall on various buses back on Aug 10 regarding the steering system. Supposed to be an 3 hour fix

 

"Canada-based Nova Bus issued a recall notice Aug. 10 for defects in steering equipment on some buses"

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January 2, 2023 service changes
2 - weekday evening schedule adjustments (will continue to interline with route 17 in late evening)

17 - weekday schedule adjustments, no longer interlining with route 18 (will continue to interline with route 2 in late evening)

18 - extended east along Derry to Westwood, replacing route 42A service. Route 18 will run between Sheridan College and Westwood via McLaughlin and Derry. Frequency every 12-13 minutes during weekday rush hours. 

42 - weekday service service rescheduled with 42A branch eliminated. Route 42 will run between Meadowvale Town Centre and Westwood. Weekday frequency every 12-13 minutes during weekday rush hours and midday; late evening service reduced from 12 to 14 minutes.

Note: Route 42 midday frequency unchanged compared to current service levels. Combined route 18/42 rush hour frequency is same as existing 42/42A service levels however the routes will not have integrated or coordinated scheduling on the common portion of the routes along Derry.

44 - Additional service added during October will continue during the January 2023 board period.

57 - weekday rush hour frequency increased from 17 to 13 minutes

61 - weekday rush hour frequency increased from 16 to 12 minutes; weekday midday frequency increased from 21 to 17 minutes

66 - additional weekday trips from CCT at 634a, 643a, 739a, 748a, 353p, 412p and additional weekday trips from Sheridan College at 814a, 824a, 430p, 450p, 540p, 600p. Earlier/later trips on Saturdays and Sundays. See related route 99 below

99 - New route 99 'College Shuttle' with non-stop service between City Centre Terminal and Sheridan College. Two weekday SB trips from Sheridan College at 704a and 719a, two weekday NB trips from CCT at 515p and 530p. Integrated as part of vehicle blocks for new 66 trips shown above

101 - Weekday rush hour frequency reduced from 10 to 12 minutes; weekday midday frequency reduced from 14 to 18 minutes.

103 - Earlier/later trips on weekdays and Saturdays/Sundays

110 - Additional service added during October will continue during the January 2023 board period.

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On 11/10/2022 at 1:54 PM, Bus_Medic said:

Steering boxes affected were made by Sheppard between June 2021 and February 2022 only.

They were available from Volvo group as aftermarket parts only, and no new builds had these parts installed. 

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This just popped up after Portland did an inspection of their artic fleet:

 

Dated November 15th.

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If it’s a dead bus agencies will do this so drivers know not to park right on its bumper. Otherwise if it’s not dead then the door swung open but that’s not so common with newer buses compared to the older flyers that were held by two metal latches

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