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STO:15 (+38 retired)
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Which Belleville one?
Posted 02 January 2009 - 05:29 PM
Last GM Fishbowl rides: OC Transpo 8239 - 27/12/2006; STO 7901 (Chartered) - 31/05/2009; TTC 2482 - 24/01/2011; CTCUM 33-008 & 14-008 (Chartered) - 15/06/2013
Posted 13 February 2009 - 02:35 PM
An unofficial source says three new buses this year. City council has set the budget, but not the final tax bill so this may just a preliminary plan. Service on Sundays, but no service on Family Day.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:23 PM
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Posted 12 June 2009 - 11:52 PM
The City of Belleville is expected to place approximately $400,000 back into reserves after the provincial government announced it will provide one-third funding for the purchase of three new transit buses.
Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Leona Dombrowsky announced Thursday the city will receive $499,500 under the 2009 Ontario Bus Replacement Program.
The program, created in 2007, has a goal of improving public transit service and increasing ridership and accessibility.
The announcement came as a surprise to city officials considering the program awards a handful of municipalities who apply for the funding.
“When we did our budget back in April we made a submission for the three buses to the Ontario Bus Replacement Program and were hoping we’d be successful and, it turns out, we have been successful,” Belleville’s treasurer, Brian Cousins, said.
Cousins said when council struck its budget it had not budgeted for the funding meaning the city will have to decide how it will use the funds.
In the budget the city had planned to fund the $1.5 million for the three buses using $1.1 million from provincial gas tax money and another $400,000 from the 2008 Ontario economic outlook and fiscal review grant.
“What we’ll do is we’ll buy the buses because council’s already approved that and, I would think, instead of using all that provincial gas tax we’ll use the $499,000 and leave some of the gas tax funds in reserves,” Cousins said.
Coun. Jack Miller, chairman of the transit advisory committee, said the announcement’s timing was “ironic” because members of the committee were questioning whether there had been any news on the Ontario Bus Replacement Program application earlier this week.
Belleville is one of 47 municipalities receiving Ontario Bus Replacement Program funding this year. Combined, the funds are expected to replace 470 transit buses across Ontario.
Miller said Belleville’s three new buses are expected to arrive sometime in autumn.
“They’re identical to what we currently have but they’re newer models,” Miller said. “They are all accessible and the beauty of it is we’ll now have 10 of the Nova buses and it’s important that we have a fleet of the same buses because it can make everything easier from maintenance on.”
The replacement of older buses in the city should also mean financial savings, Dombrowsky said.
“When we replace aging buses, maintenance costs are reduced which means better transit service in our community,” she said.
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Posted 13 June 2009 - 03:27 PM
Now they'll be 10 of these Nova's, which exceeds (I think), the number of buses that are out everyday. In other words the oldest bus in the regular day-to-day fleet is going to be five years old. And at least one of those five year old buses is essentially going to be a spare bus already.
One bus per year over the next three years would have made more sense. Unfortunately we get stung here by the bureaucracy of a tiered system that trickles money down for use by a certain time, hence we probably leave some service life in our assets that we get rid of. And it isn't just Belleville doing this. You can't find a family doctor in Belleville and the hospital's broke but at least there's a pimped out ride to the walk-in clinic.
Posted 04 October 2009 - 11:02 PM
I have noticed that 0255, 8845 and 8946 have been on the road a bit more then usual.
to anyone who needs photos of Belleville Transit Classics.... last call as the 3 novas are comming sometime this month.
Hopefully 9248 will live on for years to come!
Posted 06 October 2009 - 01:52 PM
Posted 06 October 2009 - 08:37 PM
If any of their LF is in the repair that day, then they will use the backup bus.
As of April 2009, I have finally rode Nova Classic T-drive, two types of different engine! Which ones is better? Series 50 all the way man!
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 09:52 PM
My guess is they will use it mostly for School trip charters and the Loyalist Extra bus.
Posted 29 January 2010 - 05:44 PM
Apparently all four Classics are still going although I haven't seen 8845 on the road in ages and verified this with a driver this week who last remembers seeing it out before Christmas.
That leaves the other three, 8946, 9248 and O255, all of which seem to be on the road a lot. They have changed the Route 4 and 5 run time from 30 minutes to 45 minutes on weekday afternoons while maintaining the regular 30 minute headway so this means that during this period there is another bus needed which seems very often to be a Classic. The 45 minute round trips mean that the departure schedule at the terminal isn't as simple as before. Basically if you spend an hour at the terminal on a weekday afternoon you will see all the buses that operate routes 4 and 5 and quite often you will find a Classic arriving.
8946 and 9248 were both out late on Monday afternoon. 8946, 0255 and 9248 were out on Tuesday afternoon although 8946 was the Loyalist extra so it probably would only have been around a couple of hours. 0255 was still going at 6:30 Wednesday night on Rt. 4, Thursday morning it was on Rt. 5 and 8946 is out today (Friday) on Rt. 5. They will likely all get the weekend off.
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