Archive for August, 2010

Haunted Winnipeg? By bus? Believe it!

Just stumbled across this, like I was somehow drawn to it, BWAHAHAHAHA…

But actually, it makes perfect sense, what could be scarrier than a ride on a Winnipeg Bus lately??

If the price puts you off, check out some of the other things they do further down the page, The Maple Grove Tea Room Vigil!

“After sold out ghost tours in 2009, Heartland Travel has partnered with Muddy Water Tours for a fifth year in a row to provide you with fascinating and interactive Haunted Tours of Winnipeg!”

Ghostly bus tours

Attack on Winnipeg bus leaves riders choking, crying

“About a dozen people on a Winnipeg bus started choking when they were exposed to something, believed pepper spray, at about 11 p.m. on Saturday night.

They were on bus 47 westbound…. ”

Read the whole story or watch the video here. CTV Winnipeg

Finally the Run Cards are here.

The link to the Run Cards is on the right side of the Main page and are plainly labeled, Run Cards.

I can only provide the documents as they are supplied to me, and so I cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions or?lack of updates?in these documents, please be careful and use the start/finish times and locations as provided to you if they differ?from the provided documents. If any discrepencies exist between these documents and the ones provided at the Dispatch areas of FRG and NG, the?documents?at the garages are to be considered correct.

Bob #123

City’s 2010 Budgets, interesting numbers indeed.

Just poking around the city website and found the the 2010-2012 Adopted Operating Budget, some of the numbers I find are really interesting, like the amounts the city spends on the various departments of the city, they have a pie-chart that really makes the size and scope of the cities expenditures clear, and just how small our Transit slice of the pie really is. Wonder how much bigger it will get when BRT or LRT is finally up and running??You can find the pie chart on page 9?in the 2010 Operating Budget: ?PIE CHART? And on the next page, 10, they show where all the money comes from, Property taxes are the biggest contributors, surprisingly small is the total from Licenses, fines and fees. So much for photo radar and red light cameras being huge money makers.

Page 6 is funny, Citizen satisfaction of roadways in the city, curious how it rises and falls on different years.

Page 12 has an entry for time it takes to fix signal controlled intersections, the averages are in hours, that must not count the times this past winter when intersections went unfixed for days as they flashed red all round or red and yellow, anyone remember those? Wasn’t one Main and James or was it Main and Graham, or both???Osborne had one that acted up for over a week iirc, and I’m sure there was another location that was flashing for at least a week, I remember the complaints, Keewatin at Burrows I think it was, couldn’t believe it was still flashing after an entire weekend, and for days into the next week, sad.

Page 13 is on collision data, they say the number of collisions have dropped, I bet it’s more likely the number of REPORTED collisions than the number of collisions, as MPI has instituted a rather unique way of printing money, they employ “readers” to scan claims and find reasons to forward things they identify as ticketable to the police and they then send out a ticket, if you don’t make a claim the police it seems don’t even look at the mandatory report you must make if damage is over $1000.? At least in my case that was the case, cause I made the required police report and then waited?3 months till the weather was nicer to do the running around to either?to fix my vehicle ,or to buy one if it was written off. So I?made my claim and about two weeks after making my MPI claim I got a ticket in the mail, the police had 3 months to send a ticket, one was never sent until after I made the claim. So if the damage is minor, factor in the $170 to $200 ticket you might receive if you were at fault.

Page 21 has some info regarding transit revenue generated and expenses, doesn’t look as though we are the terrible drain on the city we are led to believe. $93,000,000.00 in and $123,000,000.00 out, not bad considering I was always told only half our operating costs were covered through the fares with the other half covered??through taxes, obviously there’s other revenue generating sources or the fares?cover way more than half the costs. Interesting, hmmm.

Page 23: “Average Transit vehicle speed has remained constand over the years” I find this difficult to understand considering all the additional constraints put on drivers over the last decade, such as handling more physically challenged individuals who used to use Handi-Transit and now use regular service because its accessable and?free, these extra serices cannot be delivered without some added delay. So to achieve the same average speed the buses are either going faster during the remainder of the trips, simple physics, a bus at rest is not maintaining an average speed, so it stands to reason it must make up the time to maintain the average speed, or in our case, the schedule. Are drivers complaints regarding schedules being too fast being heard? And better yet, are they being addressed? This sounds far to difficult to achieve considering all the added time needed to make all the additional effort of wheelchair, stroller and walkers at so many stops now a days. Or do the transit lanes and priority lights help all that much to off-set the difference?

Same page: “Winnipeg consistently operates one of the most efficient transit systems in Canada. Transit operating costs per passenger?trip have been stable since 2004” Kudo’s to Wpg Transit and us, I remember being given this info when I started and it was trotted out whenever it occured, same as the safest transit system, when’s the last time we heard good news like this?

Page 66: Ever wondered how many parking tickets were issued each year, how many scofflaws there are, find it on page 66.

Page 68: “Percentage of tickets successfully closed.” Odd that they use rather large US?cities for comparison, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Los Angelas????? Didn’t we do well agains’t our Canadian counterparts?

Page 69: “Percentage of Tickets Overturned by Court”????Only 6 citations overturned by court in two years. I’d be curious who those 6 people were!

Page 186:? Our civic workforce is among the lowest in average salary and benefits when?compared to comparable sized cities! We are just above Saskatoon and lower than Regina, good grief, no wonder they can afford to buy fancy watermelon hats!

The 2010 Adopted Capitol Budget?+5 year forecast??has some telling figures as well, towards the end?of the document you will find projected funding for transit related items on page 4-5, like the budget for a Fare Collection System in 2010 and 2011 of over $10 million.? And there’s no funding for the Transit Corridor after 2011, kind of strange. What happened to stage 2 and the others?? Transit building replacement/refurbishment has allocated over $50 million over 6 years. And funding for transit buses is almost $100 million over the same 6 years. All these are projections and may change.

There, that should give you something to read for a while.:)

In praise of bus drivers — the best

The best drivers in the world are bus drivers. They carry the most valuable cargo in the world — us.

They combine a level of skill and safety that is exemplary.
Read more: The Times Colonist “In praise of bus drivers — the best

Another bus/pedestrian accident at Vaughan and Graham.

“A pedestrian was hit by a city transit bus in the Graham Mall near the Bay store Monday morning. Emergency responders worked quickly to treat the man and transport him to hospital.”? WFP article link.

For those living out of town with private Wells.

I spoke to a driver from North Garage a while back, MisterFM, who was having a devil of a time getting his well within allowable limits for e-coli and bacteria, well it sounds like he’s not the only one who’s having difficulties with the water. This announcement was mentioned in the Sun today.

PROVINCE WILL CONTINUE TO SUBSIDIZE PRIVATE WELL-WATER TESTS

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Well-water Users Advised to Test Wells

?The heavy rainfalls we have experienced across the province this spring and summer appear to have affected the water quality in a number of wells,? said Melnick.??Reliable, clean drinking water is important and we are encouraging private well owners to test their wells to determine if they need to take steps to improve water quality and address potentially harmful bacteria.?
Recent tests show higher-than-average numbers of private wells in southern Manitoba have tested positive for bacteria.?In some areas as many as two-thirds of the well-water samples tested positive for total coliforms and one-quarter tested positive for E. coli.?Bacterial contamination has been found even in areas where aquifers have been considered relatively well protected.
Manitoba?s chief public health officer recommends that Manitobans test their wells for bacterial contamination.?Manitobans who are concerned about the bacterial safety of their well water should consume boiled water or an appropriate alternative water source such as bottled water until test results for their well water are satisfactory.
The subsidized testing program was to end July 31 and is being extended to Aug. 31.
Water samples should be marked 2010 Flood and sent to Maxxam Analytics, Unit D, 675 Berry St., Winnipeg, MB?R3H 1A7.?More information is also available at 204-772-7276 or toll-free at 1-800-665-8566.
For further details on water testing, contact the local Manitoba Water Stewardship or Manitoba Conservation office, the Manitoba Office of Drinking Water at 204-945-5762 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) or Health Links-Info Sant? at 204-788-8200.

Gov MB announcement

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