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Grand River Transit
(12-08-2018, 09:46 AM)Canard Wrote: ...
I checked the schedule before I left, and it said it was 10 minute service, which I thought was reasonable.  I ended up waiting about 25 minutes.  How common is that?  Two 200's came one right behind the other.
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Service has been more reliable as of late, but it is still not an uncommon experience at all. I've mostly had problems with schedule adherence or cancelled runs on the 8 recently.

Service reliability, when a GRT bus departs a scheduled time point no more than 3 minutes late, was 76.1% in October. Note that it refers to designated time points, not all stops. So if a bus misses scheduled times at the intermediate stops between time points, but makes up the time before the next time point, it would still be considered on time. This happens on the 8 all the time. It can be 7-8min late leaving a stop and still get to Charles at its designated time.

Also, service delivery, measured by the percentage of scheduled service hours that are operated, was 99.91% in October 2018. While that seems high consider that GRT offers about 68,000 hours of service in a month. So even not delivering 0.09% is 61.2 hours of service were lost. "Missed service can occur due to traffic, weather, mechanical breakdowns, collisions and the lack of resources assigned to a route."
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(12-08-2018, 02:39 PM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(12-08-2018, 02:23 PM)Spokes Wrote: That's finally some positive transit related news.

Obviously everyone would want the number to be higher, but I think 5% is very reasonable and moving in a good, sustainable direction (especially with ION not even up and running)

5% is fantastic I think for all the reasons you say but especially because this turns around the slump.

I'd forgotten about the slump. Even better news then
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(12-08-2018, 03:14 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: Also, service delivery, measured by the percentage of scheduled service hours that are operated, was 99.91% in October 2018. While that seems high consider that GRT offers about 68,000 hours of service in a month. So even not delivering 0.09% of service means that more than 6,100 hours of service were lost. "Missed service can occur due to traffic, weather, mechanical breakdowns, collisions and the lack of resources assigned to a route."

0.09% of 68,000 is 61.2 hours, not 6,100 hours.
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Whoops!
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Canard, I apologize for the personal remarks I directed toward you in my earlier response.

My words were unkind, not productive, and irrelevant to current discussion and for that I am truly sorry.

You were asking a simple question and instead of simply answering your question I let my frustration with your lack of empathy on another issue affect my response.

In the future I will try remain on topic, walk away, ignore, or talk it out privately.

Again, Canard, I apologize to you for my poor behaviour. I appreciate all that you bring to this forum and hope that my poor choice does not affect your contributions and participation in this forum.

And to all forum users, I apologize for not living to the high community standards and expectations that we have all grown to appreciate.

I will try to be better.

Have a good day.
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With the Regional population growth trending at 1.51%, a 5% in ridership increase sounds good.
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GRT will be ordering up to 122 buses over the next five years, with 27 to be delivered in 2019. This includes plans for up to 9 articulated buses between 2021-23, as well as 6 hybrids for 2023.

The bid for all these was won by Quebec-based Nova Bus, moving our supplier back to them from Manitoba-based New Flyer. Details in the regional agenda. https://calendar.regionofwaterloo.ca/Cou...d200fca357
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(01-11-2019, 09:37 PM)KevinL Wrote: GRT will be ordering up to 122 buses over the next five years, with 27 to be delivered in 2019. This includes plans for up to 9 articulated buses between 2021-23, as well as 6 hybrids for 2023.

The bid for all these was won by Quebec-based Nova Bus, moving our supplier back to them from Manitoba-based New Flyer. Details in the regional agenda. https://calendar.regionofwaterloo.ca/Cou...d200fca357

Figured it would have been either Nova or NF.

I wonder what routes they will run the atticulated busses on.
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Yay, I'm so glad they're going back to Nova's!
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Too bad. IMO the New Flyer buses are more comfortable than the Nova's and I find them quieter inside and out.
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Articulated buses will be on heavy-traffic routes with mostly straight routing, like the 20xes and the 7. We'll see if any other new routes get particularly busy, post Ion launch.
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I generally preferred the Nova's, and so did the drivers.

The greater comfort was probably the seating configuration, which I assume is an option on the Novas (plenty of new flyer also had 2 by 2 seating).

I do wonder how ordering NF for a few years has and will for 10 years or so impact our maintenance programs...having to manage two different manufacturers.

Pretty sad that electric buses aren't even on our radar though.
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From what I've heard, every manufacturer offering electric busses is backlogged with several years' worth of orders. I believe it was Toronto that was recently bumped back several years with their order for some reason.
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(01-11-2019, 11:32 PM)danbrotherston Wrote: I generally preferred the Nova's, and so did the drivers.

The greater comfort was probably the seating configuration, which I assume is an option on the Novas (plenty of new flyer also had 2 by 2 seating).

I do wonder how ordering NF for a few years has and will for 10 years or so impact our maintenance programs...having to manage two different manufacturers.

Pretty sad that electric buses aren't even on our radar though.

I agree. The Region uses the word "innovative" when describing itself. We wouldn't be ahead of the curve if we started to incorporate electric buses into our fleet now- many other cities of all sizes have done it or have placed orders. We'll be well behind if we're not even thinking of placing orders for another five years.
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Why so long for the Artic’s to come into service? Order backlog at Nova?

Aren’t there lots of super-crowded routes that could make use of them?
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