Metrobus Transit

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Metrobus
Metrobus NL logo.png
Slogan Get on. Be moved.
Founded 1958
Headquarters 25 Messenger Drive, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Service area St. John's, Mount Pearl, and Paradise
Service type Public transit
Routes 25
Stops 833
Stations 2
Fleet 53
Fuel type Diesel
Operator St. John's Transportation Commission (City of St. John's)
Transportation Commission Chair Councillor Wally Collins
Website metrobus.com

Metrobus is a public transport system owned by the City of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It operates a fleet of diesel buses. A total of 25 bus routes serve St. John's and its western suburbs of Mount Pearl and Paradise, carrying 2.9m passengers in 2016[1].

History

Metrobus Transit was established in 1958, and is operated by the St. John's Transportation Commission, a board consisting of six members and a chair, appointed by St John's City Council.[2]

Metrobus Transit currently operates 22 routes. Routes travel around the cities of St. John's and Mount Pearl and service major destinations including the Avalon Mall, Village Shopping Centre, Memorial University, Confederation Building, College of the North Atlantic, Marine Institute, Mile One Centre, and downtown St. John's. An experimental extension of the Metrobus network into Paradise has also begun as of 2016, with a new route providing access to a hub at the Double Ice Complex arena.[3]

In recent years, Metrobus was plagued by two strikes in 2004 and 2010 respectively. The first of those strikes lasted roughly two weeks, and wages were the key issue in that dispute; while the introduction of a 50/50 cost-sharing health benefit system was the key issue in the 2010 dispute. The latter dispute lasted about three months, and was settled with a modest pay hike on January 27, 2011.

In 2006, Metrobus Transit upgraded its fare system to use a smart card system called the m-Card, which replaces tickets and monthly passes with a reloadable card and offers a points and rewards loyalty program.[4]

In 2012, Metrobus Transit acquired nine new fully accessible Nova LFS Smart Buses and plan to purchase twenty-one additional buses by 2017. The Smart Bus technology on these buses can improve fuel economy by up to 18% and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. From the outside, the new buses look very similar to the other 23 low-floor buses already in its fleet, however, are fully accessible and include a wheelchair ramp and other related equipment.[5] In 2017 St John's and the Federal government jointly funded 18 accessible replacement buses and 39 additional bus shelters.[6]

In 2018, Metrobus purchased three brand-new Grande West Vicinity 30ft buses, which are 10ft shorter than the previous model purchased over the years to operate on smaller routes and offer a more fuel-efficient and quiet ride.[7]

Bus fleet

Metrobus Transit currently operates a fleet of 50 Nova LFS buses and 3 Grande West Vicinity buses.

Routes

Metrobus operates most routes year-round, with the exception of Routes 13, 24 and 26 not operating during the summer (late June - September) schedules. Primary and base routes usually operate at a 30-minute frequency on weekdays, with 60-minute frequency during the evenings and on weekends. Routes 1, 2, 3 and 10 operate at a 15-minute frequency during peak periods at between key points.

Route 30 entered service on June 27, 2016, during the Metrobus summer schedule's period of operation, serving 55 new bus stops within the Town of Paradise.

References

  1. ^ Metrobus Statistics
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2] June 27, 2016
  4. ^ m-Card November 7, 2010
  5. ^ Metrobus Transit takes delivery of nine new fully accessible low-floor buses February 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Will Federal Funds Build St John’s a Better Transit System?
  7. ^ New Metrobuses circulating St. John's area are smaller and wheelchair-accessible

External links

  • Metrobus Transit
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