Canadian Transit Forum - June 2010 / juin 2010 - (Page 34)

Indus tr y News Milton Transit expands Milton Transit in Ontario introduced several service improvements in early 2010. One new route was introduced, connecting a residential neighbourhood with the Milton GO Train station during peak hours. The route was introduced on March 8 and service was free until April 9 in order to encourage ridership. Three accessible 12-metre buses were recently added to the fleet, and these are the first full-size buses to be operated by Milton Transit. Public meetings have been organized to discuss new service standards and to outline route changes planned for the fall of 2010. An open house was also held to celebrate Milton Transit’s new service contractor, PWTransit, which is also providing a new transit storage and maintenance facility for Milton Transit buses. Metro Transit upgrades HASTUS software Metro Transit, ser ving Halifax Regional Municipality, has purchased the latest version of HASTUS software from GIRO Inc. The acquisition is an upgrade from Metro Transit’s previous HASTUS installation and provides new tools for day-to-day operations management, efficient work assignment, and effective resource allocation. According to GIRO, Metro Transit required a reliable and integrated solution enabling them to automate manual processes, streamline administrative operations, and manage increasingly complex payroll activities and collective agreement regulations. The software upgrade will assist with the opening of Metro Transit’s Ragged Lake Transit Centre in mid-2010. Metro Transit has used HASTUS software for nearly 20 years, and with the latest upgrade the agency has opted for the Vehicle, Crew, CrewOpt, Geo, Bid, and Minbus modules. SkyTrain car deliveries complete In January 2010, Bombardier Inc., TransLink, and BC Rapid Transit Company (SkyTrain) held an event to mark the delivery of the last of 48 new cars for the SkyTrain fleet. The “new generation” Mark II vehicles, built by Bombardier, first entered service in January 2009. With all the new trains now in service, the total capacity on the Expo and Millennium SkyTrain lines was increased by approximately 30 per cent. The funding provided by the federal and provincial governments to purchase the cars was noted and appreciated at the event. 34 June | juin 2010 Inter-municipal transit for Niagara Region? In Ontario, the Niagara Region government prepared a report on inter-municipal transit after extensive public consultation over the past two years. The report is intended to enable Regional council members and municipal councils to evaluate options for moving forward with the long-held goal of inter-municipal transit. The next steps are to have the concept approved by a “triple majority” that includes regional approval, and the approval of at least seven of the 12 affected local municipalities that represent a majority of eligible voters. Extensive further public consultation will also be carried out. The first phase would be enhanced service between Welland, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, which are not currently linked by local transit service. GO Transit fare increase GO Transit has raised its fares across its Greater Toronto system, effective March 20. The transit operator, a division of the provincial agency Metrolinx, has formalized a process whereby there will be both a flat-rate increase of $0.25 that will apply to every adult single-ride ticket, regardless of trip origin and destination; and a change to the discount structure for multiple ride tickets and passes so that these discounts will be equal across GO Transit fare zones. All 10ride tickets will offer a 7.5% discount over 10 single-ride tickets, and monthly passes will offer a 17.5% discount over 40 single-ride tickets. For the current fiscal year, GO Transit is budgeting to cover about 81% of its operating costs from passenger fares. Oakville transit garage groundbreaking G round wa s broken in Februar y for a new transit maintenance facility in Oakville, Ontario. The new Oakville Transit facility will accommodate all essential transit functions i n c l u d i n g a d m i n i s tr atio n , o p e r a ti o n s a n d maintenance. The facility will initially house 175 buses, and has the ability to accommodate more buses at full capacity. Designers are working towards obtaining a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification for the building. “A good transit system is essential for a liveable and environmentally responsible community,” Mayor Rob Burton of the Town

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Transit Forum - June 2010 / juin 2010

Canadian Transit Forum - June 2010
Message du président – Un enjeu qui se chiffre en milliards de dollars
Message from the President - A $53-billion Question
Vision 2040 Guest Editorial - Focusing on Customers Matters
Éditorial collaboration spéciale de la vision 2040 - Prioriser la clientèle importe
OC Transpo: Change in the Face of Success
OC Transpo: Le changement en temps de réussite
Accessible Transit: Success and Future Challenges
Transport collectif accessible : réussites et défis à venir
The Advocacy File - Transit Awareness Days 2010
Le dossier de la sensibilisation - Journées de sensibilisation au transport collectif 2010
People in Transit
Les gens du transport
Industry News
Des nouvelles de l’industrie
Index commercial et guide des acheteurs
Trade List & Buyers’ Guide

Canadian Transit Forum - June 2010 / juin 2010