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  1. Bustizen

    Grande Prairie

    I wonder if power output is locked by manufacturer so the vehicles can attain the specified range. There is a real time power usage gauge on the dash. While it could reach -2kWh/km during regenerative braking, it maxed out at 2kWh/km during acceleration. The K7's in GP are equipped with 300Ah batteries and are rated for 136 miles. (Specs right from manufacturer plate)  I'll see if I could catch it on route 5 and feel for sluggishness as it could go up to 70km/h on one stretch. 60km/h was the fastest a route 3 bus could reach. Better yet, I should try to ride the St Albert ones on commuter runs. 😄 Also looking forward to the ETS Proterra's. I think battery and diesel buses are inherently heavy because of the extra components they have to carry compared to the trolleys. Battery buses are top heavy too because of the batteries. Trolleys have motors but no transmission, engines, or fuel, making them quite a bit lighter. The BBC's also have good suspension and comfy seats compared to most current low floor buses and have that "floating" feel when they ran. (I miss riding them. Wish I have at least taken videos back then) I do find these Chinese buses (BYD and Grande West Vicinity) feel more flimsy and not as "refined" than New Flyer's and Nova's, although these K7 seemed to be more solid than the Vicinity. I'll check the fit and finish next time I'm on the K7. I'm still glad we're getting a wider variety of buses here. The City seems to be willing to try different buses out. They have also done a good job wrapping it too cause they didn't look appealing when they first showed up in plain white. It was the start of PM peak service so it was empty. Sunny day for pictures but bus got dirty from melting snow and ice. You come to GP often?
  2. Bustizen

    Grande Prairie

    The City is launching a new website and the BYD is featured on the front page. https://beta.cityofgp.com/roads-transportation/public-transit Spent some time on a BYD today. CTB029 and 030 have been on routes 5 and 7 but today they were on 2 and 3. The experience reminded me of the trolleys in Edmonton but with a modern touch and, of course, no overhead wires! When stopped it's nearly silent other than faint noise from heater fans. Once going then the motor, road noise, and traffic noise mixed in. I have yet to hear it driving by at higher speeds but at low speed you would barely notice. The bus has very good acceleration, especially compared to other newer buses with emission controls. If anyone is looking to catch these BYD's in GP, you would have better luck finding them on weekdays during peak hours, especially in the mornings. GPS and stop announcement have yet to be installed so they won't show up on Where is my Bus. Also missing is transit priority transponders for traffic lights. Has anyone been on the ones in St Albert and how was the experience like? Also, the County Connector Vicinity (CTB031) has also been serving routes 91, 92, 93, and 94. I'll try to ride and get some pictures next week.
  3. Bustizen

    Grande Prairie

    Still haven't seen the "official" County Connector Vicinity (CTB031) in service yet, although I wouldn't be surprised it will be part of phase 2 of the service starting in February. So far it has been GP transit's CTB026, 027, and 028 on the route. Had a closer look at 031 and there are subtle differences from 025-028: - Vicinity branding at front, rear, curb-side by front door, and above driver's seat inside - 3-point driver seat belt instead of 2-point - Luminator LED destination MCU in stead of Axion (although Axion is part of Luminator Group) - Slightly updated roof vents/advertising space - Slim driver-side mirror with no mirror-mounted marker light or visible electrical cable. Not sure if it still has power mirrors on driver side. Curb-side mirror looks the same as other GP units. Update: no power mirror control on driver side - Ad blu/DEF trap door on rear engine door has been moved. Now it's beside rear curb side door - Appears to have different exhaust system components (looked through side grilles) - HARD PLASTIC SEATS!!! (like those on ETS 7000's, could be a long hash ride on the highway) I do hope the interior light setup will be updated. On 025-028, it is either too dark at night (only road-side interior lights on) or too bright for the driver (road-side and curb-side interior lights are on, as well as the front door light across from driver)
  4. Bustizen

    Grande Prairie

    County of Grande Prairie regional bus service has started on Dec 5 as a 2-year pilot project. Currently in phase 1, the City of Grande Prairie has been contracted to provide the service to connect City of Grande Prairie and Hamlet of Clairmont with eight round trips per weekday (route 90) with two trips extended to town of Sexsmith (route 91). Phase 2 will start on February 4, 2019 with an additional bus, providing service to towns of Beaverlodge and Wembley weekdays, and also village of Hythe on Wednesdays. A new 30' Grande West Vicinity with County Connector livery, CTB031, has arrived but yet to be seen in service. Details and a promotional video of the service can be found on the County website . I'll try to ride and grab some pics when I'm back in the area.
  5. Bustizen

    Grande Prairie

    No words on the BYD's yet. Probably have a better idea once drivers training is scheduled. These K7M's do look different from the St Albert's K9. Seat layout and wheelchair ramp placement are also quite unique in GP transit fleet. For the active fleet, weekday AM and PM peak hours would be best time to see the most in action. Fifteen buses are on the road during those times including regular services, peak services, school routes, and an extra bus. Only 6 for the rest of the day and weekends. Since bus assignment varies daily, best place to check roster of the day would be on GP transit's Where's My Ride page if you are looking for particular units.
  6. Bustizen

    Grande Prairie

    They haven't been wrapped yet and the drivers are still to be trained so I doubt they would be in service soon. When the Vicinity's showed up it took a few months to get them ready, from wrapping them to installing GPS, fare boxes, and stop announcement system. When in October are you planning on coming up? Talking about Vicinity's, here is a pic in case you haven't seen it in GP. I checked the roster today. Looks like CTB006 and 007 might have retired. The rest were in service at some point in the past week or being repaired.
  7. Bustizen

    Grande Prairie

    Electronic fare boxes are now in service. Paper monthly passes and ride tickets have been replaced by electronic "Superpass". Transfers are issued by the machine and are scanned electronically. Two BYD electric buses have also arrived and are being inspected.
  8. Bustizen

    Grande Prairie

    CTB003 (Orion V, the only high floor bus left in the active fleet) might be retiring soon due to mechanical problems and has been parked outside for weeks now. Its usual run, Charles Spencer/St. Joseph High Schools Special, has been replaced by the New Flyers. CTB006 (first batch of New Flyer D40LF) has been parked outside next to CTB003. It might be in the same situation.
  9. Bustizen

    Grande Prairie

    Three of them have arrived. The fourth will be at UITP and will be delivered after. Bike racks need to be installed too. 24 seats in total, of which 11 are accessible. Pretty good for a 30'. Nova is 10' longer but only has 9 more seats .The seats are actually quite comfortable too. Also like the seat arrangement in the accessible area: more flexible and convenient for customers with strollers and walkers.
  10. Bustizen

    Grande Prairie

    At least 3 of the 4 new buses have arrived. Still to be plated, numbered, and have decals put on. Look better than I thought though.
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