Archive for September, 2010

Comparison of two BRT’s.

Subject: Comparison of two BRTs

Z?m Buses – Brampton

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Z?m BRT buses will look and operate in a new way. They have state-of-the-art features to provide you with a safer, greener and more comfortable ride:
  • Z?m will be the first hybrid diesel-electric vehicle used by Brampton Transit
  • Brampton will be the first public transit provider in North America to use the new Xcelsior models from New Flyer for its Z?m service
  • New Flyer, a Canadian company based in Winnipeg, is the leading manufacturer of diesel-electric hybrid vehicles in North America
Vehicle Highlights and Features:
  • Clean hybrid diesel-electric technology, boasting an eight to 10 per cent?fuel reduction compared to conventional diesel vehicles
  • Increased Accessibility features include
  • A low floor with 14? step (10? kneeled) and wider door and ramp for increased entryway
  • Reduced ramp inclination of 1:7 slope ratio for easier wheelchair loading and unloading
  • New wheelchair restraint system ?QStraint,? which facilitates easier passenger securing and faster loading/unloading times
  • 38 plush, comfortable, high-back seats with cut-resistant fabric, dynamic Z?m branding and colour scheme ? reducing maintenance repair costs and improving overall passenger experience and comfort
  • High-efficiency LED lights, larger windows for a better, brighter view as well as two tinted skylights for increased natural lighting and comfort


SLO BUSES – WINNIPEG
Coming soon to Winnipeg’s new BRT route to nowhere.
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SLO?BRT buses will look and operate in?the same old?way. They have no state-of-the-art features to provide you with a safer, greener and more comfortable ride.
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Vehicle Highlights and Features:
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  • Articulated diesel?units boasting a 50% increase in fuel consumption and emissions over regular buses
  • New paint scheme to make the SLO BRT bus easily recognizable
  • Low floor accessible, no kneeling required
  • New wheelchair restraint system, “HoldOn” for quicker loading/unloading
  • 54 seats of various comfort and design
  • NEW – drivers compartment separated from passengers to reduce attacks on drivers
  • Interchangeable engine/power unit to reduce down time due to defects. Simply switch engine/power unit with a working one. No down time!
  • Large windows, some with glass, for better ventilation on hot days. Better than chemically produced air-conditioner systems that spew out ozone depleting gases.
  • Some models have 3 doors for faster loading/unloading of passengers
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Thanks Denis:)

Todays news, Glen Laubenstein has left Wpg for greener pastures.

The Free Press has reported that Glen has left the city to go work in Ft.? McMurray for a company he worked for before. There were previous? rumblings that this was happening.

Not sure what this means for us, he was the driving force behind much of the change that occurred after our turbulent Contract negotiation two years ago, almost exactly two years ago we were poised to go on strike over nothing more than working conditions, an unheard of reason for many people, even the public were behind us then, most people I spoke to were offering encouragement to me and other drivers echoed this as well, people hoped we would get the fairer treatment and better day off system that we were hoping for,? students groups were writing articles in school papers and letters to the editors of the local papers as well. Then Glen was invited to a mass meeting and? calmly asked us to trust him.? And we did, just barely though, the yes vote squeeked by, and forward we went.? Some things were fixed in short order, others took longer, but I don’t think anybody realistically expected an overnight fix. But are the letters of intent that were signed by him worthless now?? A good argument could be made that? the letters were signed by a representative of the city and so are still valid, no less valid than if the negotiator or the mayor were to leave, as indeed the negotiator for the city did after sorting out our last contract, so if our contracts remain intact after changes in staff or polititions, then these letters should still be valid as well.

So that leaves the Day-Off issue still unresolved, and some effort is still being made through the Consultation Meetings being conducted this month, but where they lead is anybody’s guess. Especially now that the driving force that pushed these changes forward is gone.

Ever been Photographed by someone Downtown while driving a bus?

Well I have been asked my opinion about this and whether it is legal to photograph someone while they are at work, eg: driving a bus, ?or just in public! I said if you are out in public you have no reasonable expectation of privacy. If you are at home or on private property, then you may be able to do something, perhaps not. If someone was up a ladder doing maintenance they could see into your yard, so privacy is best sought indoors.

I also found that some people interested in buses, for whatever reason had in the past asked for permission to photograph buses while they drive around Winnipeg, of course the drivers were un-aware as were Supervisory staff, these people were stopped for what some operators thought were privacy intrusions or stalking.

Well they were completely in their right to do what they were doing and we drivers are essentially powerless to do anything about it, unless you do as I have done, taken the persons picture who was taking mine, when they notice it gives them an idea what it feels like.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/google-street-view-scanning-city-42727067.html

“Arthur Schafer, a professor at the University of Manitoba and director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, said the arrival of Google Street View signifies a further erosion of privacy. But it shouldn’t come as a big shock to most people, considering the vast number of security cameras, camera phones and other image-taking devices on the street today.

“Anybody has the right to take photographs of what happens in public. If you hold the hand of your girlfriend or scratch your crotch, you might be seen. The person who sees you might have a cellphone and they might post it on YouTube,” he said.”

Union meeting tomorrow, Wednesday Sept 8th 2010

We need a Quorum tomorrow so that at the AM meeting a ?motion will be tabled to be read and voted on at the October Monthly Meeting, the Motion is to delete a paragraph of our by-laws that restricts elections to members who have 6 meeting credits over each of the previous two twelve month periods and restricts all others for not attending meetings.

I gave several reasons in the motion as to why I consider it unfair and I consider those enough to eliminate the restriction, members going to meetings?in no way?makes them better or more eligible than any other member comsidering the difficulty some have when working certain shifts, are these members supposed to sign different shifts just so they can aquire the requisite number of meetings to qualify? ?I’ve heard?that?a loop hole that allows members to ask for credits for meetings due to illness?is being used regularly by a member who hasn’t set foot in a meeting for months, they are getting credit by claiming they were ill?on the meeting date each month.

So if people can play games and make a mockery of our by-laws, then we should eliminate the by-laws that are being abused and giving somebody, or perhaps more than one an unfair advantage and create a level playing field for all.

?Below is the Notice of Motion:

Notice of motion regarding Nominations and Elections.

Whereas: ARTICLE 5,? 5-1 Nominations and Elections, following sub-paragraph states:

?”Members shall have attended at least six regular meetings each year during the twenty-four (24) months prior to and including the nomination meeting: except in the case of a member being confined on account of sickness or injury, the duration of which would have prevented him from attending the required number of meetings.”

?And whereas the following examples of current work shifts for bus operators makes attendance of monthly meetings extremely difficult or impossible:

?1: Whereas members working ?early days? cannot attend the AM meetings due to work schedule conflicts, unless the meeting occurs on a day-off. And to attend the PM meeting is extremely difficult or impossible due to the lateness of the meetings.

?2: Whereas members working ?late nights? cannot attend the PM meetings due to work schedule conflicts, unless the meeting occurs on a day-off. And to attend the AM meeting is extremely difficult or impossible due to the earliness of the meetings.

?3: Whereas members working ?early night split shifts? cannot attend either AM or PM meeting due to work schedule conflicts.

?Whereas this demonstrates that a significant number of members cannot reasonably attend our monthly meetings due to work conflicts.

?We move that the following sub-paragraph of ARTICLE 5,? 5-1 Nominations and Elections:

?”Members shall have attended at least six regular meetings each year during the twenty-four (24) months prior to and including the nomination meeting: except in the case of a member being confined on account of sickness or injury, the duration of which would have prevented him from attending the required number of meetings.”

?shall be deleted from our current by-laws to make our elections open, equal and accessible to all members in good standing.

?Moved by:? Robert Sawatsky #123???

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?Seconded by:??

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Pretty straight forward and to the point, not sure why we need all those whereas’s, lawyer talk and goobledegook are lost on most of us and imho have no place in the day to day running of the local, but I didn’t want anybody to have any reason to toss the Motion so I wanted to make sure the T’s were crossed and the i’s dotted.

So if you can come out on Wednesday, please do and help us get the motion tabled so we can vote on it in October so it will be in effect for the Elections coming up in November.

Bob #123

Bus/Pedestrian accident on Jefferson.

At around eleven Am this morning a pedestrian was struck by a bus on Jefferson.??Hopefully both the pedestrian and the driver will be ok, both will feel horrible over this for a long while.

Free Press coverage here.

Video here

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