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I wonder if they will still put the 205 stops and shelters in place on the original schedule. The rfp for shelters in 2017 is still up.

Download the bid document from:
https://regionofwaterloo.bidsandtenders....4b9e24e846
 
The details are on page 29/30.

The contract is for 2017-2019 standard and iXpress style shelters. Including 25 iXpress shelters in 2017, 22 in 2018, and 46 in 2019.

Does the delay of the 205 imply a delay of addition iXpress routes like the 206?
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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(01-12-2017, 10:10 AM)MidTowner Wrote: That's not what dunkalunk was saying. He was saying that, if GRT is preparing to delay the 205 until late 2018, it means they suspect that Ion will be delayed until late 2018.

Ion doesn't need to line up with the bus routes, the bus routes should line up with the launch of Ion, whose launch is indeterminate. We don't know, but I suspect (as others have suggested) that bus route changes will happen at another time of year, even if that's not GRT's normal practice.

We're not talking about "just a bus," though, we're talking about brand new routes.

This exactly. Thank-You!

While a Spring 2018 opening is optimistic, I'm not holding out hope that we will have enough trains by then. I would hope for revenue service at the earliest Summer (June) 2018 and it's my hope that if ION does have an earlier opening, money can be found to implement the route restructuring associated with 204's introduction at the same time. That, and we are still waiting on the farecard system which we were supposed to get last fall but won't be in operation until this fall.

I think Fall 2018 ION opening is realistic, given the above and that GRT will probably want the summer schedule period to re-train drivers on new routes.
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It will still be some time before the 7 returns to King in midtown, but shelter pads are being prepared. This one's in front of Central Fresh.

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It is kind of ironic that the northbound 7 through uptown has to stop at the freight tracks and look both ways to make sure the one 10kph freight train on that line isn't coming at some other time than 3am, but in order to do so has to stop with its back end sitting on the Ion tracks which will come every few minutes, 18 hours a day, at a much higher speed and it doesn't even stop and look both ways at the Ion tracks.
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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My hope is that when they get the crossing arms and signals activated, GRT will work out an arrangement where GRT buses will no longer have to stop at designated railway crossings. Buses don't have to stop at some railway crossings in Ottawa, for instance.
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(01-23-2017, 10:24 PM)Markster Wrote: My hope is that when they get the crossing arms and signals activated, GRT will work out an arrangement where GRT buses will no longer have to stop at designated railway crossings.  Buses don't have to stop at some railway crossings in Ottawa, for instance.

Haha, good one.  Remember that crash in Ottawa?  Everyone who hears this story is going to think of that, and assume that stopping is safer, and that "people will die" if they don't stop.
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(01-23-2017, 11:14 PM)danbrotherston Wrote: Haha, good one.  Remember that crash in Ottawa?  Everyone who hears this story is going to think of that, and assume that stopping is safer, and that "people will die" if they don't stop.

Well, Ottawa hasn't changed their rules. Though they're talking about grade separation there now.

All we need to do is get the Car Lobby to start complaining about congestion on University.
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(01-23-2017, 10:16 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: It is kind of ironic that the northbound 7 through uptown has to stop at the freight tracks and look both ways to make sure the one 10kph freight train on that line isn't coming at some other time than 3am, but in order to do so has to stop with its back end sitting on the Ion tracks which will come every few minutes, 18 hours a day, at a much higher speed and it doesn't even stop and look both ways at the Ion tracks.

I find it odd that the #21 to Elmira stops at the same spur line three times, including on the road just outside of Elmira which is a fairly busy road. Given that the view down the tracks is unobstructed in both directions for a couple of km's to the northeast and several km's to the southwest, I am of the mind that stopping a vehicle that has no restraints for the passengers on a busy road with traffic moving 60-80+ km's an hour creates a more likely possibility for a dangerous situation than is the likelihood of a collision with a train that runs (almost walks given it's slow speed) on those tracks twice a day.

And before anyone goes off about rail safety, I understand the merits and logic of the law, but that doesn't mean that logic applies equally in every situation. In this case, I think it's silly.
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Quote:And before anyone goes off about rail safety,

I made the mistake of advocating reasonableness and contextual awareness about rail safety on Twitter once. There are randoms who are very passionate out there.
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(01-24-2017, 09:03 AM)Markster Wrote:
Quote:And before anyone goes off about rail safety,

I made the mistake of advocating reasonableness and contextual awareness about rail safety on Twitter once. There are randoms who are very passionate out there.

You made the mistake of advocating a subtle point on Twitter.  Enough said.
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