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Grand River Transit
#11
(10-11-2014, 09:51 PM)Waterlooer Wrote: GRT is working on a Smart Card system which will be installed on all buses and ION. All fares, transfers, etc. will be electronic. More information can be found here:

http://www.grt.ca/en/aboutus/grtredesign.asp?hdnContent=

And that's coming sooner than one might think!

According to this report:


Quote:It is expected that acceptance testing would begin in early 2015, followed by installation of servers and supporting computer hardware, and new fareboxes on GRT buses in summer 2015.

[...]

During 2015, acceptance testing would also begin for fare payment equipment for ION platforms in time to allow manufacture, delivery, installation and commissioning to take place before LRT enters service. This process would ensure that the central system, point of sale devices and web interface are operating as expected before ION equipment enters service.

That's less than 12 months before you start seeing hardware in the wild!
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#12
Public Information Centres are now announced for the 2015 Service Changes

Areas of focus for 2015:


Quote:GRT is seeking public feedback on the following plans:
  • New limited-stop iXpress route between the Boardwalk and Ottawa Street & Lackner Boulevard intersection.  
  • Addition of a Sunday service to Route 22 Laurentian West. 
  • Changes to Routes: 1 Stanley Park, 2 Forest Hill, 15 Frederick, 17 Heritage Park, 19 Victoria S, 20 Victoria Hills, 23 Idlewood, 24 Highland, and 25 Queen S.
  • The alignment of route 7 and the introduction of new 200 iXpress stops at future ION stations. 
  • Route 8 Franklin modifications.

That new iXpress route refers to the Highland/Queen/Victoria iXpress.

I'm glad to see Route 7/200 on there too. TriTAG's been hammering the point on that for years now.
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#13
Regarding the robot voice announcements about priority seating:

Apparently it's triggered by the bus approaching certain stops. My bus driver mentioned how "it's only certain stops"
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#14
Yes CBC reported the same thing. For example Grand River and St Mary's hospitals, seniors' facilities, transit terminals and the like.

What I don't understand is why we need this noise pollution in the first place. It's common sense and simple courtesy to give up your seat to those who clearly need it more. I'd have thought that "peer pressure" in the form of stares and comments from other passengers would be enough to get self-absorbed inconsiderates off their bums.
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#15
Word is that the detailed information for the 2015 improvements/changes will be published tomorrow.
They were briefly published on GRT's site, and even had a facebook post about them, but they have since been pulled. Presumably they weren't quite finished with them!

I look forward to the rampant debates here!
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#16
(10-29-2014, 09:25 AM)ookpik Wrote: Yes CBC reported the same thing. For example Grand River and St Mary's hospitals, seniors' facilities, transit terminals and the like.

What I don't understand is why we need this noise pollution in the first place. It's common sense and simple courtesy to give up your seat to those who clearly need it more. I'd have thought that "peer pressure" in the form of stares and comments from other passengers would be enough to get self-absorbed inconsiderates off their bums.

Yeah, in a perfect world...
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#17
(10-30-2014, 11:33 PM)DHLawrence Wrote: Yeah, in a perfect world...
Are you saying that you've witnessed situations where people refused to move to give a seat to someone who clearly needed one?

I'm curious why GRT feels these sorts of announcements are needed. I don't ride on public transit here but I do regularly in Europe. Buses have seats near the front that are designated for seniors, disabled, pregnant women, etc. Everyone including children use those seats if they're unoccupied. But in every case that I've witnessed they'll get out of those seats the moment they're approached by someone who needs them. There's never been a need for the bus driver to intervene. It's just done.
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#18
GRT finally offers real time data online! http://realtimemap.grt.ca/

Now that the data is available, it's only a matter of time before we start seeing locally-developed mobile apps including the real time arrivals, which will be awesome.
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#19
GRT 2015 service change proposals are out!

http://www.grt.ca/en/aboutus/2015PCC.asp

Highlights:
New Highland/Queen/Victoria iXpress
Removal of most or all of the rt 7 branches
Possible phased beginning of Ottawa iXpress
New 200 iXpress stops at all future ION stations
Major changes in southeast Kitchener

Here's a gif to get a sense of what's different between their two proposals:
http://i.imgur.com/KYzTF3Q.gif

Keep in mind, that the final choice might be a hybrid between the two.  The western changes do not depend on the eastern ones.
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#20
My initial look at the proposed changes is positive. I'll have to look at the details more carefully before commenting more fully.

Also, in the planning and works agenda (http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/region...educed.pdf) it states that GRT ridership for 2014 is currently projected to be 21.9 million, which if holds true, I believe would be the first reduction in ridership in many, many years (wasn't 2103 +22million?).
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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