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A. Wong

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  1. Crash testing is expensive too: https://www.autoblog.com/2007/10/19/how-crash-tests-work/ Not to mention training costs for a different model of bus - all operators would have to undergo training for changes made. I would love to see the Volvo transit buses make their way to North America. I think Prevost experimenting with the Volvo 9700 hasn't really gone very well in terms of market uptake. I don't know what factors are contributing to that though, eg. perhaps higher cost to import and modify to North American highway requirements.
  2. Is that a BlackBerry? The theme does use characters, eg. from Font Awesome, so your browser/device might need to support that font or the ability to download it through the linked file. I did perform an update on the software today, though, so I am not sure if that will help.
  3. It would be nice; from 1993 to 2006 the D40LF pretty much looked the same. Then, the D40LFR was pretty much the same body with a restyled front end. Given that NFI is now a bus manufacturer powerhouse, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a new model at some point soon. Putting the minds together of New Flyer, Motor Coach Industries, and Alexander Dennis could result in a pretty cool product. The MCI D45 CRT LE was conceived after the merger of NFI and MCI. So we'll see what's next!
  4. From what I understand, the vehicle could be put out of service if they were stopped and it failed a "surprise" inspection. In theory, yes, that is a possibility.
  5. Eaux Claire and Northgate are on the same road, so those are connected by a couple of routes, at least currently. I didn't pay attention to them in the new redesign. I would say a lot of people from Castle Downs would want to connect to one of those two transit centres, but to transfer to other buses going elsewhere. NAIT LRT station doesn't have any space for bus dropoffs currently. Also, that part of the train system is not running optimally 4 years after opening. It is better and faster for riders to go downtown to their destination. The traffic around NAIT is already a gong show, and buses would have to cross (and get held up at) that intersection to get to NAIT station too. They could just go down 106 Street to Kingsway/Royal Alex Transit Centre and that would be a better option currently. In regards to the new proposed routes, I am happy with what they have because there is new bus service coming into my newer neighborhood, meaning less of a distance to walk for me.
  6. My sister found ex-ETS 41 now operating as Norquay's free ski bus: https://banffnorquay.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/shuttle-service/
  7. The Kathleen Andrews Garage sign is now up at the entrance on Fort Road. Big ETS logo at the top of it (blue background, white ETS text). Thankfully all roadwork is complete there too, so there are no lanes impeded.
  8. https://jalopnik.com/greyhounds-dumbest-bus-line-goes-from-new-york-city-to-1839759468 This was an interesting documentary of a Greyhound trip from Port Authority Bus Terminal to Brooklyn. It appears the Brooklyn stop no longer has a storefront.
  9. Proterra is powering an all-electric Van Hool CX45E! https://www.metro-magazine.com/zero-emissions/news/736149/abc-proterra-unveil-all-electric-van-hool-cx45e-motorcoach
  10. This came across on one of the Facebook groups I am a part of. Seems like a one-of-a-kind bus! https://tanks-alot.co.uk/product/margret-thatchers-armoured-bus
  11. Thanks for this info. I've updated the Wiki page for the XT40s to reflect that.
  12. You can find additional fleet information for San Francisco here: https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/San_Francisco_Municipal_Railway#Electric_Trolleybus_Roster Hope this helps!
  13. https://www.metro-magazine.com/zero-emissions/news/736155/flixbus-tests-long-range-100-battery-electric-mci-coach
  14. Rider Express #9 (Setra) was in Edmonton at the Kingsway A&W this evening.
  15. No worries! It may have had to do with the cacheing on the computer browser. To re-generate, part of my process is to reload the page. I appreciate you reporting the issue.
  16. Thanks, I took care of this one. These ones all loaded fine for me - could you post a screenshot or let me know what specifically isn't showing right? Thanks!
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    Congratulations to Prevost and Bill Luke! A good read here: https://www.metro-magazine.com/motorcoach/article/736110/moving-ahead-prevost-and-industry-historian-bill-luke-share-95-years
  18. There were some issues with GIF files not generating smaller versions. If you run across any GIF files that appear to be missing or are not displaying properly, please let me know!
  19. I've been able to restore the GIF resizing thanks to the friendly folks one the MediaWiki support pages! If you notice any other pages with this issue, let me know!
  20. There are many places that do not process transactions right away - they take the payment information and process the charge later. There is risk of fraud, yes, but you could track down passenger information if it was not a walk-up situation (eg. snack shop), or set limits on dollar amounts that you would accept. It might not be worth the effort to track people down for a bag of chips though, when the risk of fraud is probably pretty low anyway. Another example of this would be airplanes without wifi connectivity that take cashless payments. This article explains a bit more about accepting credit card information without a real-time verification: https://www.shopkeep.com/blog/no-easy-answers-accepting-credit-cards-offline
  21. Nice to see some G4500s still in operation - they used to be quite common in the Canadian west.
  22. That is a good reason, but the payment machines should be able to store the transaction information until cell service is reached again.
  23. It's an issue with GIF files I'll be looking further into today. Haven't had a lot of help on what else to look for at this point.
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