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Old Posted Jul 15, 2017, 2:40 AM
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^ It's usually the same old miserable commenters there that are the loudest. They are against spending any kind of public money on anything that isn't a road despite how horribly obsolete and inefficient the current city hall is. It's not a Windsor thing (I've noticed the same thing with the London Free Press).
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Old Posted Jul 29, 2017, 11:37 PM
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Ouellette Avenue Streetscaping update

There are plans to update Ouellette Avenue.


http://windsorite.ca/2017/07/tenders...than-expected/
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^ It's usually the same old miserable commenters there that are the loudest. They are against spending any kind of public money on anything that isn't a road despite how horribly obsolete and inefficient the current city hall is. It's not a Windsor thing (I've noticed the same thing with the London Free Press).
Same thing in Timmins as well in the Timmins Daily Press. The newspapers are owned by the same company I believe which doesn't help.
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Haven't seen anything regarding this so Ill post some of the more recent Windsor Star articles in case some readers arent aware. Transit Windsor will be expanding to the town of lasalle in September! I'd like to also mention that Amherstburg and Lakeshore are also now looking into public transit which may or may not include Transit Windsor. Tecumseh started it all with Tecumseh Transit, now lasalle with Transit Windsor, and the other towns are now looking into it as well! Great news!


Transit Windsor hit by perfect storm of good news, including higher ridership

Transit Windsor has been hit by a perfect storm of good news, crediting a jump in ridership to a number of recent and ongoing improvements and expansion to the city’s public transportation system.

Ridership is suddenly up and expected to rise further in the near future. Executive director Pat Delmore cites a number of developments for the bright outlook:

$20 million in new federal/city funding to pay for 24 new buses and 150 new solar-powered bus shelters, with the second phase of funding still to come.
New technology helping the system operate better and inform riders exactly when their bus is due.
A partnership with LaSalle to provide a route through the town that connects with the Windsor system starting in September.
The resounding success of the U-Pass program approved last year in a referendum by University of Windsor graduate and undergrad students who pay an extra $66 per semester for a universal bus pass. With 12,500 U-Passes in circulation during the winter semester, students are filling the buses, not just to go to school, but to travel throughout the city day and night.

Ridership, which had been stagnant in recent years, is up 3.5 per cent, thanks to U-Pass, equating to 227,000 more bus rides a year. And now part-time students have voted to join the U-Pass program starting in the fall.

“The uptake has been very, very impressive,” said Coun. Bill Marra, who chairs the Transit Windsor board and is hopeful of getting St. Clair students on board with a U-Pass program as well. “Getting more students on the buses and exposed to public transit has been very, very valuable,” he said.

All these new initiatives are aimed at increasing ridership, Delmore said. And when that happens, revenue climbs and improvements to the system are possible, which again leads to increased ridership, revenues and more improvements, he added.



The U-Pass program was supposed to be revenue neutral, meaning the money lost from $66-per-month bus passes that some students bought was offset by getting $66 per semester from everyone. But the program has generated more revenue than expected because fewer students than predicted opted out (they can opt out if they live in the county), enrolment was higher than expected and the increased ridership has resulted in more cash from the province’s gas tax. That extra money will be ploughed back into improving service to the students, Delmore said.

“This builds a community, it really does, because it gives you the additional dollars into the system to help you to build it, and then other people are attracted to the service,” Delmore said of the U-Pass program.

He said if St. Clair students agree to a similar deal, service would first have to be improved on the routes that service the college’s main campus. And that would improve service for everyone in South Windsor.

“If we had every-15-minute or every-10-minute service on the Dominion 5 (one of two routes that service St. Clair), how many people might say: ‘You know what? I don’t necessarily need a second car or a third car,'” Delmore said. “That’s the whole goal of what a student bus pass can do for a community.”

University of Windsor Students’ Alliance vice-president Sarah Noureddine said the program has definitely been a success. Students are riding the bus more frequently and enjoying the value, she said. “Sixty-six dollars a semester is much more doable than the current monthly fee for a transit pass,” she said, adding she expects even more students will use the U-Pass when the part-time students start using it and the LaSalle service starts in September.

Though LaSalle gets the ridership revenue when someone gets on the bus in LaSalle, Transit Windsor gets the money when that rider boards in Windsor to go back to LaSalle. Delmore and Marra both hope the LaSalle service will be such a success that other neighbouring municipalities — including Tecumseh, which has its own bus service that doesn’t integrate with Transit Windsor — will be interested in a similar arrangement.

The result, said Delmore, could be a truly integrated regional transit system.






Transit Windsor’s entry into LaSalle, providing bus service in the town starting in September, is a “really big deal,” Mayor Drew Dilkens said Monday.

“This is what I consider to be the bones of a regional transit system.”

The last time there was any semblance of buses running between Windsor and towns in the county was 1978, Dilkens said, as council formally approved a new agreement with the Town of LaSalle.

Transit Windsor is providing the service on a cost-recovery basis. It’s charging a $51.27 hourly rate, plus LaSalle is paying for fuel, the cost of bus stops and other infrastructure, as well as the cost over 12 years to buy two new diesel buses.

LaSalle is expecting 53,000 to 60,000 riders annually. To spur ridership, the service will be free until Dec. 31. The 45-minute LaSalle route, which was designed to cover 70 per cent of households, will connect into the Windsor system.



Once LaSalle riders start paying, the $3 fare paid in LaSalle will go to LaSalle to help offset its costs. If they take the bus from Windsor into LaSalle, Transit Windsor keeps the $3.

“This is going to be very good for the (LaSalle) community and will also benefit the City of Windsor because it will provide 60,000 additional riders,” said Coun. Bill Marra, who chairs the Transit Windsor board. He said he’s hoping LaSalle’s experience will lead to other municipalities also asking for service from Transit Windsor.


Windsor city council agrees to LaSalle transit partnership

Deal could be the beginning of larger regional transit operations, say Windsor city councillors


Windsor city councillors were once again talking regional transit Monday as they gleefully approved a deal that will connect the city's bus operations to the Town of LaSalle.

Mayor Drew Dilkens hopes the new system can serve as a successful example that may eventually stretch to other communities in Essex County.

LaSalle motors ahead with public transit plans
"We think it just makes more sense to scale up an existing system that's already very large and operational and now the benefit is to the residents of the Town of LaSalle who get to enjoy that experience," he said. "I hope this is just the start of regional transit."

In the deal, LaSalle will buy two buses from Transit Windsor. Both buses will travel from St. Clair College through the town's main business district, to the Vollmer Centre and Front Road, eventually connecting to Windsor's system.

LaSalle Mayor Ken Antaya has been eager to establish a transit system that connects to Windsor. Bus service is just some of the features people look for when relocating to a community, he explained back in March when his council approved the deal.

"I am really excited about this," he said at the time.
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Old Posted Aug 4, 2017, 4:30 PM
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This is a great thing for our community and will only increase the frequency of buses in Windsor. If that happens more people will ride, more buses will be needed. It's pretty much a domino effect. very exciting news. I think they should include a route from Lasalle to Sandwich down Ojibway Pkwy since a large portion of UWindsor students are actually from Lasalle. The current map doesn't show this.

http://www.lasalle.ca/en/our-community/transit.asp
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Old Posted Aug 9, 2017, 3:06 AM
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A new project for Windsor's downtown will be announced on Wednesday at a meeting

http://windsor.ctvnews.ca/groups-col...ject-1.3537226

I think it's either going to be a library or a community centre.
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Old Posted Aug 10, 2017, 10:38 AM
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I think it's either going to be a library or a community centre.
The meeting had nothing to do in regards with building anything. It's more about empowering people in the downtown community and banding together like a neighbourhood watch group to tackle the growing opioid problem.

Honestly, I still think downtown is a loss. We've had some gains and some losses for an overall net gain of nothing really. Pretty much all the development in the downtown in the last 10 years has come from public money and it's still as busted and broke as it was 10 years ago.
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Old Posted Aug 10, 2017, 4:24 PM
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DT has come a long way from 10 years ago, more businesses open, less empty store fronts and new streetscaping down ouellette and Pelissier st.
I agree though that it still needs a lot of work and investment to make it more attractive. Too much grime, unkept properties and businesses, sidewalks are filthy and too many beggars on every damn corner anymore!
I'm hopeful though that with the strong economy, Developers will finally take a serious look at investing in the core!
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Detroit-Windsor Ferry

If built, will facilitate people to walk from Detroit downtown to Windsor downtown, no car needed anymore. That will bring huge business into Windsor downtown area.
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Old Posted Oct 26, 2017, 11:15 AM
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Newly renovated Holiday Inn Express now officially open, and Farhi also is hinting at possible residential tower construction on one of his riverfront lots he owns. We'll see, lol.

http://windsorstar.com/news/local-ne...ay-inn-express

Holiday Inn on Ouellette Ave. is set to become a Four Points by Sheraton after renovations?

http://windsorite.ca/2017/10/new-hol...express-opens/
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Newly renovated Holiday Inn Express now officially open, and Farhi also is hinting at possible residential tower construction on one of his riverfront lots he owns. We'll see, lol.

http://windsorstar.com/news/local-ne...ay-inn-express

Holiday Inn on Ouellette Ave. is set to become a Four Points by Sheraton after renovations?

http://windsorite.ca/2017/10/new-hol...express-opens/
Farhi likes to talk it up, I’m not holding my breath. The new Holiday Inn express looks sooo much nicer than the old Travelodge, kudos to them. I did notice they repainted the other Holiday Inn so that was interesting.

The Marriot should be opening in 6 weeks or less I believe.
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Old Posted Oct 27, 2017, 3:11 AM
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Farhi likes to talk it up, I’m not holding my breath. The new Holiday Inn express looks sooo much nicer than the old Travelodge, kudos to them. I did notice they repainted the other Holiday Inn so that was interesting.

The Marriot should be opening in 6 weeks or less I believe.
I wonder what he has planned for the old Radisson hotel?
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The TownePlace Suites (a Marriott flag) site says opening in November:

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/trave...uites-windsor/

THe Holiday Inn will de-flag in the new year and take a year before becoming a Four Points:

http://windsor.ctvnews.ca/name-chang...otel-1.3594922
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With Farhi we just have to assume there are no plans until we actually see activity. He has many buildings in London that he has announced plans for that still sit empty 10 years after those announcements.
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A new apartment building is to be built DT on Ouellette Ave. just south of Erie St. on a vacant piece of land. This is happening because of the city's DT CIP that was recently put into place.

http://windsorstar.com/opinion/colum...f-the-downtown
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Is this just a vacant lot right now? Is there a drawing posted at the site?
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Is this just a vacant lot right now? Is there a drawing posted at the site?
I'm not sure about a drawing or render but currently this is a vacant lot of land.
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Is this just a vacant lot right now? Is there a drawing posted at the site?
It is just a vacant lot. It's directly south of the Janisse Brothers Funeral home, across the street from the now vacant HMCS Windsor building.

Edit: Sorry, it's next to Anderson Funeral Home, not Janisse Brothers.
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