Commuter buses – PCCMPH http://pccmph.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 14:14:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pccmph.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Commuter buses – PCCMPH http://pccmph.com/ 32 32 Angry commuters call Bristol’s first bus a ‘cancer’ at council meeting https://pccmph.com/angry-commuters-call-bristols-first-bus-a-cancer-at-council-meeting/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 14:14:58 +0000 https://pccmph.com/angry-commuters-call-bristols-first-bus-a-cancer-at-council-meeting/ Residents who depend on buses expressed their anger at a meeting of the West of England Combined Authority (Weca),

First Bus is a ‘cancer’ in the Bristol area and should be stripped of the right to operate its ‘extremely poor’ service, furious passengers have told advisers.

Bristol West Labor MP Thangam Debbonaire described the cancellations of more than a dozen routes as “the apparent collapse of Bristol’s public transport system”, while passengers spoke of the devastating impact on a network already in ruins.

In response, First said he was “extremely sorry” for the issues and said the changes would make the services more reliable in the meantime.

Speaking at Weca’s audit committee public forum on Thursday November 17, commuter Joe Aldous said: ‘Every morning I have to walk five miles to work because the three buses that are supposed to run to get me in at 9am never work.

“My mental health is deteriorating as I waste my life waiting for buses that never come – explaining to my boss why I’m late, wasting my whole evening in the sand of time because you don’t care an iota of what is happening.

“To First Bus I say you have failed Bristol time and time again, you don’t run the buses in the morning, you barely run them in the evening, and you get rewarded for running an objectively failed service. You are a burden on the city, you are a burden on the country and you should all be ashamed of yourselves. We all hate you, and rightly so. First Bus, you are a cancer and nothing more.

Mr Aldous told Weca: “You allow First Bus to kill the city. It’s time for First to ship.

Several commuters expressed their frustration to the bus operator.

Bristol Lib Dem board member and adviser Sarah Classick added: ‘First Bus and the city’s bus system is truly appalling and something needs to be done urgently.’

A spokesperson for First West of England said: ‘We are extremely sorry for the issues customers have had with our services due to the continued shortage of drivers.

“In early October, we implemented service changes designed to balance customer demand with available resources to provide reliable services to our customers. The changes are the result of changing post-pandemic demand which has seen passenger numbers fall by around 25% on pre-Covid figures.

First Bus said it was “extremely sorry” for the problems experienced by customers and promised to improve its real-time information screens at bus stops.

“The effects of this have been further impacted by driver shortages, also experienced by the rest of the industry, but which are particularly acute in our region. The continued shortage of drivers also makes it difficult to operate all routes in our current hours.

“As a result, we have just temporarily canceled some journeys on several services. By notifying customers in advance of cancellations, we want to make it easier for them to adjust their travel plans if necessary.

“Canceling these trips in advance also means that our operations teams can focus on providing a more reliable service to our customers, rather than dealing with the cancellation of trips the same day.”

The operator also noted that affected journeys would appear as canceled on the First Bus app and on real-time information screens at bus stops.

“However, 95% of our trips and all Metrobus trips will continue to operate as planned,” the spokesperson continued. We are aware that these changes will cause disruption for our customers – the very last thing any transport operator wants to do is reduce or cut services and routes and we recognize the impact of these changes on some of our communities . We are doing everything we can to address the shortage of drivers with an active recruitment campaign.

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Travel green Ecologically | Shehr https://pccmph.com/travel-green-ecologically-shehr/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 01:58:39 +0000 https://pccmph.com/travel-green-ecologically-shehr/
“The future belongs to electric vehicles.”

In August last year, the Punjab government announced that eco-friendly electric buses would be launched in Lahore, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi. On November 6, Chief Minister Parvez Elahi said that Lahore would soon have electric buses. Although such announcements and soundbites have been heard several times lately, the fact is that an electric bus has already started what is said to be a trial journey – from the city’s train station to Valencia .

Currently, the bus makes two turns between the station and Valencia. The Punjab Transport Company (PTC) is overseeing the trial operation of the bus, which is an initiative of Sapphire Power Generation Limited (SPGL) in collaboration with Chinese automaker BYD. SPGL has partnered with China’s BYD to build an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Pakistan, while BYD is well known for its range of all-electric utility vehicles and has a global presence.

Last week, this scribe took a ride on the new bus to the Liberty Market stop. The idea was to get an idea of ​​the city’s first e-bus. “Welcome aboard, ladies and gentlemen,” the voice of PTC instructor and driver Malik Zaheer Abbas echoed through the bus. “You are in an e-bus, which is environmentally sensitive and prioritizes passenger and driver safety. Under your seats are airbags that can be used in an emergency…”

As smog season reaches its peak and air pollution reaches dangerous levels, vehicles that don’t emit harmful gases are the need of the hour. To quote PTC Acting CEO Abdul Qayyum, the test is a modest step in the right direction. “Studies indicate that the future belongs to electric vehicles (EVs). Most car parks around the world will only have electric vehicles by 2030,” he said. TNS.

“The CTP is aware of the state of affairs,” he adds. “Therefore, he conducted a feasibility assessment, the details of which will be released shortly.”

When asked if the PTC also plans to operate electric buses, Qayyum replies, “Sure, why not? There will be e-buses, as stated by the CM.

He argues that while electric buses require a major investment, their energy and maintenance efficiency make them a valid choice. “Their strongest feature is that they leave little to no carbon footprint. There is no doubt that PTC’s current fleet is environmentally sustainable, but we will also follow government guidelines when introducing electric buses. The government takes the provision of efficient, passenger-friendly and environmentally friendly public transport in urban areas very seriously.”

He says the PTC will launch a commuter-focused mobile app that would provide information on bus schedules, ride times, routes etc.

The batteries recharge in two hours flat.  In addition, they last 450 kilometers.  — Photos: provided
The batteries recharge in two hours flat. In addition, they last 450 kilometers. — Photos: provided

The CEO of PTC revealed that the company will launch a mobile app for commuters that will provide information on bus schedules, journey times, routes and more..

Mohsin Ali, who commutes daily between Kotha Pind in Faisal town and Shimla Pahari, says he has taken the electric bus a few times and has been happy with it. However, he doesn’t see it as a significant change: “As much as I’m glad we now have green public transport, but I’m not sure it can inspire change.”

According to Abdul Qayyum, the PTC works in tandem with environmental officials to control traffic-related pollution. In addition, smoke-emitting automobiles on provincial highways are constantly monitored.

For Malik Zaheer Abbas, driving a bus powered by charged batteries is a relief. “In Valence, the bus company has set up a battery charging station. The batteries recharge in two hours flat and they last 450 kilometres.

The Sindh government has also launched a fleet of electric buses. It is currently running in test in Karachi. It is expected that more cities will adopt this mode of transport for the public.

That said, newer buses might come with their own set of issues. Dr Muhammad Zaman, founding chair of the sociology department at Quaid-i-Azam University, thinks the best solution to commuters’ woes is to “pool available resources”.

He says that over the years, successive governments have added buses to major cities in Pakistan – in the name of public transport. “They have done the nation no service. Most of these buses have only contributed to traffic jams and air pollution. There is a need to minimize the number of automobiles on our roads, which can only be achieved by combining the resources already in place.

Dr Hassan Shehzad, who is engaged in HEC’s mega project on road safety and public transport, supports the addition of electric buses on Lahore’s roads, calling it a “good sign”. He adds: “A few years ago, Islamabad had the first electric taxi in the country. Also, electric vehicles have been introduced to Margalla Hills to protect the environment. But there are problems to be solved. For example, obstacles caused by excise officers when registering electric vehicles that do not have an engine or engine number. Second, it is necessary to hire professional staff for the new bus service. The cleanliness of the bus stations and the digitization of the ticketing process will make this service sustainable.

The Excise Department plans to register the single battery of electric vehicles in the excise registration documents. The government will look into the matter when more and more electric vehicles hit the city’s roads.


The writer is interested in urban planning and transport issues

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Commuters should expect Friday morning misery due to impact of RMT walkout https://pccmph.com/commuters-should-expect-friday-morning-misery-due-to-impact-of-rmt-walkout/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 19:16:23 +0000 https://pccmph.com/commuters-should-expect-friday-morning-misery-due-to-impact-of-rmt-walkout/

Commuters have been warned they face a miserable Friday morning rush hour due to the impact of the Tube strike.

London Underground services are not expected to return to ‘normal’ until mid-morning, with fewer early morning trains meaning services will be busier than usual.

Transport for London said: “The disruption will continue into the morning of Friday 11 November, with affected services expected to resume normal service by mid-morning.”

About 10,000 members of the RMT union withdrew on Thursday in an ongoing dispute over pensions and the loss of up to 600 station staff.

This forced the closure of eight Tube lines – Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Piccadilly, Victoria and Waterloo & City – and left only ‘shuttle’ services running on the lines’ outer branches Central, District and Northern. .

There were also problems on the London Overground, with no trains on the main commuter routes between Liverpool Street and Cheshunt, Chingford and Enfield Town.

London Underground strike | November 10, 2022

Bus lines in Victoria (Jeremy Selwyn)

Cycling to work today on the dock (Jeremy Selwyn)

Cycling to work today on the dock (Jeremy Selwyn)

Bus queues at Waterloo station today as London (Jeremy Selwyn)

Bus queues at Waterloo station today as London (Jeremy Selwyn)

Commuters attempt to leave Tottenham Court Road station in London (AFP via Getty Images)

Commuters attempt to leave Tottenham Court Road station in London (AFP via Getty Images)

Bus queues at Waterloo Station (Jeremy Selwyn)

Bus queues at Waterloo Station (Jeremy Selwyn)

Commuters board a crowded train at Stratford station (AFP via Getty Images)

Commuters board a crowded train at Stratford station (AFP via Getty Images)

Bus queues at Waterloo station today as London is hit by another Tube strike (Jeremy Selwyn)

Bus queues at Waterloo station today as London is hit by another Tube strike (Jeremy Selwyn)

Underground strike at Waterloo station (Jeremy Selwyn)

Underground strike at Waterloo station (Jeremy Selwyn)

Eastbound traffic (right) on Euston Road in central London during a strike (PA)

Eastbound traffic (right) on Euston Road in central London during a strike (PA)

Subway trains lined up at Stanmore this morning at the start of the subway strike (Jeremy Selwyn)

Subway trains lined up at Stanmore this morning at the start of the subway strike (Jeremy Selwyn)

Waterloo Underground Strike (Jeremy Selwyn)

Waterloo Underground Strike (Jeremy Selwyn)

TfL said as of 2pm on Thursday passenger numbers had been just 10% of normal demand on the Tube and down 86% from the previous week.

But there has been a 16% increase in bus demand – taking it to 93% of normal levels.

Previous metro strike days have caused the number of passengers using the metro to drop to just 4% of normal.

The Elizabeth Line has come to the rescue of many travelers by offering a regular service between Heathrow, Shenfield and Abbey Wood via central London.

At Liverpool Street there was a 43 per cent increase in Elizabeth line passenger numbers, but a 30 per cent reduction at its new Bond Street station, showing how badly the West End is suffering during a strike by the subway.

The north-south Thameslink route through central London was also running, but many peak-hour trains were overcrowded and unable to stop at stations such as Finsbury Park, run by TfL.

Members of the Unite union also took part in the strike, the Tube’s sixth 24-hour walkout in 2022. The RMT had previously shut down the Tube on March 1 and 3, June 6 and 21, and June 19 august.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch and former Labor Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington, joined a picket line at Acton Town station.

Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn and former shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott joined RMT members on a picket line at Seven Sisters station.

John Leach, deputy general secretary of the RMT, said further strikes were “certainly” likely. The RMT’s strike mandate expires in December and union leaders are voting with members for legal approval for another six months of action.

Mr Leach told The Standard: ‘If these pensions are attacked and jobs are taken away and people’s contracts and terms of employment are jeopardized and made worse, we will carry on.’

Asked who was responsible for the disruption, Mr Leach said: ‘Those in power are to blame. It is the government that is depriving Transport for London of the funding it needs.

The scene at Victoria Station earlier Thursday (Jeremy Selwyn)

The scene at Victoria Station earlier Thursday (Jeremy Selwyn)

“Then we have a Mayor of London who seems to want to cope with anything but directing his staff. The staff pension fund has been put on the table for bailout talks.

“The problem with that is that it depends on their millions of pounds in savings, which means our pensions are deteriorating, and we don’t have that.”

Mr Khan said he was forced to agree to ‘onerous’ terms in order to secure £6billion in government bailout funds for TfL.

“Nobody wants to see a strike and I have repeatedly urged the unions to reverse this action and work with TfL to find a solution,” he said.

“This industrial action is having a serious impact on London’s businesses and commuters, at a time when we are working hard to drive the capital’s economic recovery to help us continue to build a better, greener and more prosperous London for all.”

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Technology makes getting around town smart and hassle-free https://pccmph.com/technology-makes-getting-around-town-smart-and-hassle-free/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 20:15:00 +0000 https://pccmph.com/technology-makes-getting-around-town-smart-and-hassle-free/

The Delhi government has introduced an all-in-one public transport app called One Delhi for the convenience of frequent travelers using public transport and electric vehicles. On this app, a commuter can buy a bus ticket or pass, find live tracking of over 7300 buses, locate nearest bus stop or get exact waiting time, and find charging stations for electric vehicles distributed throughout the city.

Meanwhile, Bangalore Metro Rail Corp (BMRCL) QR ticketing service on WhatsApp will make metro travel and ticketing super easy and convenient for people in Bangalore. “The first-ever public transport ticketing service on WhatsApp, BMRCL’s WhatsApp chatbot enables quick and easy ticket purchasing integrated with payments on WhatsApp,” said Abhijit Bose, Head of WhatsApp India. The chatbot is integrated with UPI-powered payments on WhatsApp and will allow Namma Metro commuters to buy tickets and top up their metro card directly in WhatsApp.

BMRCL would be the first transit service in the world to enable end-to-end QR ticketing on WhatsApp. It is available in English and Kannada for all Namma Metro commuters.

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Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal (PMMPL), the public transport bus service provider for the twin cities of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad and the Pune Metropolitan Area Development Authority (PMRDA) region, is also accelerating its action. It has signed a pact with Google Cloud to create a smart transit and feed management system to track buses live on Google Maps. PMPML operates 371 routes around the Pune metropolitan area, including 117 Rainbow BRT routes that serve all seven bus rapid transit corridors. The collaboration will help him ingest real-time data from all applicable buses of the OBU (On-Board Unit) system installed on the PMPML buses. They will further validate the data for GTFS field values. Then the data will be passed to the Google Maps Partner Dashboard for full GTFS validation.

Once published on Google Maps, the Live Transit Updates service will allow commuters to track buses in real time on Google Maps.

“This technology has the power to be replicated in different cities and states across India and make life easier for commuters,” said Bikram Singh Bedi, MD, Google Cloud India.

Conclusion: rapid progress in our urban transport systems will encourage people to leave their vehicles at home more often, thus contributing to a more sustainable environment.

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New bus service from Mansfield to Logan to begin Saturday | Local News https://pccmph.com/new-bus-service-from-mansfield-to-logan-to-begin-saturday-local-news/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://pccmph.com/new-bus-service-from-mansfield-to-logan-to-begin-saturday-local-news/

MANSFIELD — A new bus service between the city’s commuter rail station and Boston’s Logan International Airport kicks off Saturday, and officials say it will ease traffic congestion and provide cost-effective, stress-free travel at a time when gasoline prices are high.

Randolph-based Blue Apple Bus Co. will take people on daily round trips to and from the airport, giving them what it says is a reliable and cost-effective transportation option.

David Linton can be reached at 508-236-0338.

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The La Fontaine tunnel is half closed, so here are your options https://pccmph.com/the-la-fontaine-tunnel-is-half-closed-so-here-are-your-options/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 01:32:48 +0000 https://pccmph.com/the-la-fontaine-tunnel-is-half-closed-so-here-are-your-options/

Your guide to navigating – and hopefully avoiding – three years of commuter traffic chaos.

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On Monday, the $2.3 billion renovation of the Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine tunnel begins a three-year period where the number of traffic lanes is reduced to half its usual capacity, with lanes in both directions sharing half the tunnel. This will lead to rush-hour traffic congestion, and the Quebec government and local transportation companies have put in place various measures to mitigate the effects and provide other options for South Shore commuters.

They urge those who normally pass through the tunnel – around 120,000 vehicles a day – to use other options.

As part of the renovation plan, the southbound tunnel will be completely closed for a year and a half, then the northbound tunnel will be closed for another year and a half. In both cases, two lanes will be open to Montreal and one lane to the South Shore at all times. The bottleneck could triple or quadruple travel times.

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Free park and ride shuttles: Another 800 parking spaces have been added to the five park-and-ride lots on the South Shore, bringing the total to 2,400. Free shuttles will take people from these lots to the Radisson metro station, and until November 27, passengers of these free shuttles will benefit from two free passes to continue their journey by public transport to their destination.

Boucherville:

  • De Mortagne parking lot (boul. Mortagne and Highway 20): 294 parking spaces, 4 charging stations, 14 bicycle parking spaces. Free RTL 61 or 461 bus or Exo 520 or 521 bus to Radisson metro station.
  • De Touraine parking lot (Chemin Touraine and Highway 20): 333 parking spaces. Free RTL 61 or 461 bus or Exo 520 or 521 bus to Radisson metro station.

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St. Julie:

  • Ste-Julie parking lot (Chemin du Fer-à-Cheval and Highway 20): 953 parking spaces, 70 bicycle parking spaces. Free Exo bus 520 or 521 to Radisson metro station.

Beloeil:

  • Beloeil parking lot (rue Industrie, near rue Richelieu): 198 parking spaces, 20 parking spaces for bicycles. Free Exo bus 520 or 521 to Radisson metro station.

Varennes:

  • Terminus de Varennes (rue Jules-Phaneuf): 128 parking spaces, 12 bicycle parking spaces. Free Exo 532 bus to Radisson metro station.

Carpooling: Cars with at least three occupants can use a lane reserved for buses/taxis on Highway 20 westbound, between Ste-Julie and Boucherville. Buses will be allowed to travel along the shoulder in this area.

Existing and improved transit options:

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  • The service has been increased with the addition of trains on the Yellow Line of the metro.
  • Other buses have been added to the South Shore lines serving the Longueuil terminus, next to the Longueuil–Université-de-Sherbrooke metro station.
  • The Mont-St-Hilaire commuter train offers an option for commuters, with free parking at each station.
  • New collective taxis have been created to serve the Boucherville industrial park.
  • The STM has added a new shuttle, the 822 Longue-Pointe, which connects the Radisson metro station to local destinations including the SAQ head office and CFB Longue-Pointe.

River shuttle: A ferry carrying pedestrians and bicycles from Boucherville to Bellerive Park in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough of Montreal will continue until November 13 and will be free, although reservations are recommended. The ferry departs approximately every 45 minutes at peak times and takes approximately 30 minutes. It also operates on weekends during the day.

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Other bridges:

  • Jacques-Cartier Bridge: Normal operation
  • Victoria Bridge: One lane to Montreal in the morning and to Longueuil in the afternoon
  • Samuel-De Champlain Bridge: Normal operation, but the work to dismantle the old bridge could disrupt certain access points on the South Shore on the weekend, particularly along Route 132
  • Mercier Bridge: Normal operation, but reduced to one lane on some weekends

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Prohibit solo drivers during rush hour: Michel Leblanc, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, suggested that cars without passengers be banned from entering the tunnel during rush hour, and that only carpoolers, truckers and public transport vehicles be allowed. during this period. The Quebec government says it is open to the idea, but will wait to see how existing mitigation measures will work first.

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Additional public transport fare reductions: Free shuttles cross the tunnel, but the City of Montreal has asked the Regional Metropolitan Transport Authority to study all fare options in order to best encourage the use of public transport.

Complications

REM is late: The Metropolitan Express Network, which was to open its South Shore section to Brossard in December, has been postponed until the spring. Buses from the South Shore will therefore continue to use the Samuel-De Champlain Bridge to get to downtown Montreal during rush hour.

The reopening of the Victoria Bridge is late: Work on the Victoria Bridge, which was due to be completed in September, will continue until December. Thus, only one lane will be open, towards Montreal in the morning and towards Longueuil in the afternoon and evening.

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River shuttles closed for the season: While a ferry for pedestrians and cyclists will continue to operate between Boucherville and the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough of Montreal, others, including one between Boucherville and the Old Port, have ended their seasons and will not resume until in spring. “Contractual reasons” prevent the river shuttle from the Old Port from continuing further in the fall.

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A huge construction project closes the streets of the city center. Here are the road closures in Toronto this weekend https://pccmph.com/a-huge-construction-project-closes-the-streets-of-the-city-center-here-are-the-road-closures-in-toronto-this-weekend/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 23:31:58 +0000 https://pccmph.com/a-huge-construction-project-closes-the-streets-of-the-city-center-here-are-the-road-closures-in-toronto-this-weekend/

The start of a huge construction project in Toronto will close more downtown streets over the next six weekends, leaving Torontonians increasingly frustrated with ongoing closures and the resulting traffic jam in the city. town.

“There are buildings everywhere. It’s so hard to get around this city and it’s hard to get around the city by any mode of transportation,” Matti Siemiatycki, a professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Cities, told CP24 on Friday.

As of 7 a.m. Friday, a portion of Yonge Street was closed to begin partial demolition work on the Metrolinx Bridge.

The city says traffic lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks will be closed on Yonge Street from Lake Shore Boulevard to Front Street until 11 p.m. Oct. 30 for the demolition of the bridge. Access to Yonge Street from the westbound Gardiner off-ramp will also be closed.

In addition, northbound and southbound vehicular traffic will be redirected to Lake Shore Boulevard and Front Street, respectively. Local access will be maintained on the west side of Yonge Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and the south end of the Metrolinx Bridge.

The city says the closure will take place every weekend until early December.

“It’s difficult to get around by car with all the construction. It is difficult by public transport. We have main streets like College Street where you can’t even take a tram. It’s hard to ride a bike with many bike lanes removed by condo construction, and it’s hard to walk with many blocked sidewalks,” Siemiatycki said.

Last week, the city announced the start of another major construction project on Adelaide Street through the spring of next year for work on the Ontario Line subway extension.

A commuter, who identified herself as Loraine, told CP24 she hopes Mayor John Tory does something soon to address all the construction chaos in the city.

“I’m tired of this city, everything is happening at the same time. Why don’t they do things right? But the whole city is like closed now… I am an elderly person, it took me four buses to get to my destination, which took me one (bus) in 20 minutes,” she said.

Another unidentified commuter said getting around the city took almost double the time it normally would take to get around.

“It seems like no matter where you go, no matter what route you choose or what app you choose to navigate, there’s work going on no matter where you go. It all takes one and a half to three times more time to get from point A to point B.”

Meanwhile, some residents are more understanding about the closures and grateful there are options for getting around the city.

“I have the impression that this is the case in any city. At least here we have public transport that goes underground and is not on the road, so you can get around properly,” a commuter who identified herself as Annie told CP24.

Although the closures are a headache for many commuters, Siemiatycki said most of the city’s building efforts need to happen as soon as possible.

“We have been out of maintenance for a very long time and we are catching up. We did some of the construction during the pandemic, but now we are at a point where we have to continue and all of this construction is what is needed to keep the city in good shape,” he said.

“I would just encourage people to come back to the idea that this build is what it takes if we want this city to keep running. And we know what the city looks like when we’re not doing that job. The city is starting to look in tatters, which is something people complain about a lot during elections as well,” he added.

Below is a list of other road closures and restrictions underway in Toronto and beyond this weekend (October 28-30).

Event road closures

  • Danforth Avenue between Broadview Avenue and Donlands Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 30 for the Oxi Day Parade.
  • Church Street between the north side of Carlton Street and the south side of Gloucester Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 p.m. October 31 to 2 a.m. November 1 for the Halloween on Church event.

Site closures

Starting this weekend, closures will be in effect for the partial demolition of the Metrolinx Bridge on Yonge Street.

Traffic lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks on Yonge Street, from Lake Shore Boulevard to Front Street, will be closed from 7 a.m. on October 28 until 11 p.m. on October 30. Access to Yonge Street from the westbound Gardiner off-ramp will also be closed.

Northbound and southbound vehicular traffic will be redirected to Lake Shore Boulevard and Front Street, respectively. Local access will be maintained on the west side of Yonge Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and the south end of the Metrolinx Bridge.

This closure is scheduled for the next six weekends to complete the demolition of the bridge.

Other construction closures this weekend include:

  • Access to Lake Shore Boulevard East via northbound Parliament Street will be closed until 9 p.m. on October 30 for continued gas line work. A westbound lane will be maintained through the intersection. Northbound and southbound traffic will be redirected to Lake Shore Boulevard East and Front Street East, respectively.
  • The Esplanade between Market Street and Church Street will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 30 for crane lifting operations.
  • Yonge Street between Maitland Street and Alexander Street will be fully closed from 7 p.m. October 28 to 5 a.m. October 31 to facilitate the erection and dismantling of a mobile crane and the removal of the tower crane at 480 St. Yonge.
  • Rees Street from Bremner Boulevard to Lake Shore Boulevard West is closed to vehicular traffic until 6 p.m. Oct. 28 for the lifting of ancillary equipment by Toronto Hydro.
  • Adelaide Street, from west of Simcoe Street to Bay Street, is reduced to a shared lane and the intersection of University Avenue and Adelaide Street is reduced to one lane in each direction for construction work majors. There will also be a partial closure of the intersection on Adelaide Street at Simcoe Street with no through traffic south of Adelaide.
  • Effective the week of October 31, Adelaide Street from Widmer Street to Simcoe Street will be reduced to a shared lane and there will be partial intersection closures at Widmer Street, John Street and Duncan Street.

RESTRICTIONS QEW AND HURONTARIO ST. CLOSING

There will be traffic restrictions and closures this weekend along the QEW at Hurontario Street for work on the future Hazel McCallion line.

Beginning October 28 at 10 p.m., traffic will be reduced to two lanes in each direction and diverted from the freeway to Hurontario Street at the stop and on the ramps before returning to the QEW freeway.

There will be no QEW Highway access on the Hurontario Street ramps and QEW Highway access will be detoured to Cawthra Road.

All roadways will reopen on October 31 at 5 a.m.

Closing works of the TTC tramway tracks

The following road closures are currently in effect until mid-November to accommodate the replacement of the TTC streetcar track.

  • College Street, between Borden Street and Spadina Avenue, is reduced to one eastbound lane.
  • College Street, from St. George Street to University Avenue, is reduced to one lane westbound.
  • Southbound University Avenue at College Street will be reduced to one lane on November 1.
  • The intersection of King Street West and Shaw Street is completely closed.
  • Traffic lanes on Queens Park, between Bloor Street West and Queen’s Park Crescent, are being reduced to allow for the installation of lifts at Museum Station.
  • The Queensway has a reduced number of lanes in both directions, between Parkside Drive and the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles intersection. Eastbound left turns are not permitted between the Queensway and Glendale Avenue.
  • Roncesvalles Avenue is closed from Queen Street West to Harvard Avenue.
  • Wellington Street, from Church Street to Yonge Street, is reduced to one lane westbound. Scott Street, north of Wellington Street, is closed to all vehicle traffic.

Metrolinx Closures

This weekend, construction-related service changes will impact service on the Lakeshore West, Lakeshore East and Barrie GO train lines.

  • Lakeshore West trains will run hourly between Union Station and West Harbor GO Station. Connection times between Lakeshore East and West trains will be longer.
  • Trains will run at slightly different times on the Lakeshore East line to accommodate work on the Lakeshore West line.
  • Niagara Falls trains and bus routes 12, 15 and 18 will operate on slightly different schedules.
  • There will be hourly GO train service on the Barrie line between Union and Aurora GO stations with no trains between Aurora GO and Allandale Waterfront GO. Buses will replace some of the canceled rail services.

Passengers are encouraged to check GO Transit schedules and plan their trips by visiting the GO Transit website.

No TTC service interruption is planned this weekend.

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PA: Westmoreland transit halts drug testing of administrative staff https://pccmph.com/pa-westmoreland-transit-halts-drug-testing-of-administrative-staff/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 11:19:50 +0000 https://pccmph.com/pa-westmoreland-transit-halts-drug-testing-of-administrative-staff/

Oct. 22—The Westmoreland County Transit Authority board of directors eliminated the requirement for members of the agency’s administrative team to submit to random drug testing.

The council approved a request after officials said the requirement was unnecessary. Eliminating it could also save money, officials said.

“No one has ever tested positive,” executive director Alan Blahovec said.

The Authority’s personnel policy required the random testing of at least three employees every four months.

The authority’s employee numbers increased significantly in early 2020 after the agency resumed operation of its fixed-route local and commuter bus service and shared paratransit programs. Prior to 2020, the authority served as a strictly administrative agency with around a dozen employees and contracted out the driving and repair of its buses and other passenger vehicles to private companies.

The authority now has about 130 employees, including about fifteen who hold administrative positions.

Administrative employees, including Blahovec, will be exempt from random drug testing.

“We only do random testing when it involves security issues. There’s no reason to randomly test non-security employees,” Blahovec said.

The authority operates a fleet of 41 buses which travel 16 routes daily. Ridership on the fixed-route service cratered in 2020 after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but has since shown signs of rebounding. Bus ridership has increased about 25% over the past year, according to assistant manager Ashley Cooper-Brounce.

Meanwhile, the authority’s ride-sharing service, a door-to-door service for low-income, elderly and disabled passengers, has also seen increases, having risen about 24% since last September. This service operates with approximately 60 buses and smaller passenger vehicles.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Rich by email at rcholodofsky@triblive.com or via Twitter.

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IN FOCUS: They have curious looks and are called ‘uncle’, but young bus drivers say the job has moved on https://pccmph.com/in-focus-they-have-curious-looks-and-are-called-uncle-but-young-bus-drivers-say-the-job-has-moved-on/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://pccmph.com/in-focus-they-have-curious-looks-and-are-called-uncle-but-young-bus-drivers-say-the-job-has-moved-on/

Mr Naz said the “key takeaway” from working with older, long-serving drivers at SMRT was to see how the industry has progressed over the years.

“Bus drivers were paid below ‘minimum wage’ back then, and knowing how times have changed for the better for most of us, it clearly shows the industry has come a long way. way,” he said.

“There are a lot more opportunities that a bus captain can do, and it’s not just a standard blue-collar job like what has been portrayed by many.”

Public transport operator Tower Transit said it had seen a 64% increase in the number of bus drivers under 30 joining the company since the first quarter of this year, although just over 2% of its drivers belong to this age group. .

“The challenge is that people don’t usually aspire to be a bus captain until they start driving and realize it can be a fulfilling career, they are respected and there are opportunities for career progression,” said Mr. Winston Toh, Managing Director. of Tower Transit Singapore.

Mr Toh, pointing to a perception that all drivers are just driving, said the job had become a “multi-faceted role” that involves interacting with hundreds of people on a daily basis.

“It’s as much a customer service job as it is a driving job, and because the road conditions and human interactions are so dynamic, no two days are alike,” he said. he adds.

“Many of our young bus captains enjoy this drive and a few have even moved into supervisory and management roles.”

CAREER PROGRESSION

Ms Wu of SBS Transit said the operator has introduced a graduated salary model and career progression paths for its bus captains. For example, “good performers” may be promoted to Senior Bus Captains and then Chief Bus Captains.

Drivers can also opt for a management track with non-driver roles, which include leadership and management roles in the operations and management of bus interchanges and depots, bus operations control centers and training .

“In recent years, we have also introduced new working arrangements such as part-time and five-day working week to make it more attractive for job candidates to consider joining the profession,” he said. she declared.

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Closure of all Auckland train lines over Labor weekend https://pccmph.com/closure-of-all-auckland-train-lines-over-labor-weekend/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 11:22:07 +0000 https://pccmph.com/closure-of-all-auckland-train-lines-over-labor-weekend/ All Auckland train lines will be closed for maintenance over Labor Day weekend, AT said. Photo/NZME

All Auckland train lines will be closed for maintenance over Labor Day weekend, AT said, while KiwiRail issued an apology to commuters in the city.

Work will start late Friday night and won’t finish until Monday, with buses replacing trains across the city’s network.

KiwiRail chief operating officer David Gordon said the bank holiday is the perfect opportunity to get on track for work that takes time to complete due to low ridership.

Three days of uninterrupted work will be used to extend electrification to Pukekohe and continue building new stations to support housing growth around Drury.

Improvements to the Southern Line, including the construction of a third main line in the busiest section of South Auckland to reduce congestion by separating commuter and freight trains, will also be carried out. Work will be carried out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in certain areas, KiwiRail said.

Gordan said these projects will help maximize the benefits of the future city rail link across Auckland and reduce carbon emissions in the city.

“Passengers will benefit from better access to the network as well as faster and more frequent services. The improved network will also provide more resilient and faster freight services and support more Kiwi businesses putting their goods on rail,” Gordon said.

“It is difficult to deliver these transformation projects on a live network with trains running day and night. We understand that stopping trains will impact city train riders and we apologize for that.”

During the Labor weekend, crews will work at several locations, including Waitematā (Britomart); New market; Westfield and Wiri junctions; between Papakura and Pukekohe and at Pukekohe station.

City Rail Link works will continue at Maungawhau/Mt Eden; earthworks, tree pruning and removal of non-native trees will also be carried out in the rail corridor from Quay Park (at the entrance to Auckland Ports along Tamaki Drive).

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