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About Millennium2002

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  1. There's a few reasons: I believe that both articulated and standard trolleybuses are using the same motors. But given that the articulated trolleybus is generally heavier than its standard counterpart, it means climbing the hill will put a lot more stress on the motor and thus wear it out faster. As it currently stands, during snowy weather, the 20 Victoria often has to be cut back to 54th Avenue / Argyle Loop with diesel substitution the rest of the way to Harrison Loop. This is due to the ice and snow causing traction issues with climbing the remaining portion of Victoria Drive. Due to the hilly geography of the area, Victoria Drive gets progressively steeper the further down the hill you go from East 61st Avenue towards Marine Drive. It's really easy to notice when you use Google Street View to look at the situation. Because Victoria Drive intersects Marine Drive diagonally at a less-than-90 degree angle, articulated buses turning right from Victoria Drive southbound to Marine Drive westbound will encounter damage to their joints. A similar issue affects the 3 Main bus when they attempt to make the right turn from Main Street southbound to Marine Drive westbound, which means that in practice, all articulated buses have to go around the block (via 65th Avenue and Sophia Street) in order to make the turn safely.
  2. I think it's because most of the design is still derived from a typical suburban commuter coach... And thus quick boarding and unloading were seen as less important than rider accessibility and comfort.
  3. Theoretically they could push the wires to the side like they do in Seattle... https://goo.gl/maps/DbzR43dq5cNNSfv3A EDIT: When I made comment about Marine Drive wire, I was partly in a rush. Section between Main and Fraser seems easy to do but lacks funding; section between Fraser and Victoria is questionable IMO due to already steep hill. Also, as @Express691 said, Marine Drive Station is already quite busy and so it will be difficult to feed any more buses to it without causing congestion. I suppose some 3 Main / 8 Fraser buses could continue to Marpole Loop to free up layover space, but that still means the section of Marine between Granville and Main will have a lot of service duplication...
  4. I believe you could have researched that before asking... Because the tunnel for Broadway SkyTrain Extension will run underneath Broadway itself, there will be disruptions along parts of the corridor for station construction. Trolleybus wires are being installed on small portions of McDonald street and West 12th Avenue so that trolleybus routes 14, 16, and 17 can keep running. From the looks of it, they are building it to a permanent standard with metal trolleybus poles. Any future trolleybus wire on Marine Drive east of Main Street is unrelated, probably not high on priority list, and unfunded as a result. Having said that, the 100 bus will be equipped with 10 battery-electric buses very soon.
  5. Not TransLink, but there's a new Van Hook double-decker sightseeing bus in town...? I saw it on a testing run near Stanley Park several weeks ago, but didn't get my phone out in time to capture the moment.
  6. If only we could take photos of them without bumping into a secure zone or otherwise looking out of place...
  7. Not TransLink related, but how big is YVR's bus fleet? I seem to see 6 Novabuses (5 parked, one running) when passing by JetSet while on Canada Line.
  8. Report to the board for September 2018 meeting included the following reference: The same report also mentioned of on-board camera system replacement, which has since been awarded to TSI Video: I did not know until now that SEON is based locally... Anyway, sorry for going off-topic a little.
  9. That is actually the Fraser Valley Historical Railway Society (FVHRS). They are based out of Cloverdale in Surrey. I could go on and on about the history of the BC Electric Railway, but it is worth taking some time to read about it online. It used to be that, at the turn of the new millennium, the Transit Museum Society (TRAMS) operated two of the remaining interurban cars on the Downtown Vancouver Historical Railway in addition to their fleet of historical buses. However, the operation of the railway folded not long after the 2010 Olympics due to the evaporation of city support at the time as well as increasing financing and liability issues that no one wanted to address. They were stored for a number of years before FVHRS took them to their Cloverdale shops. Shower thought that I had some time ago: The FVHRS currently has the largest collection of Vancouver interurban cars; they have four of them in addition to one of Surrey's historical streetcars. Having seen what vandals did to our E901A/E902 trolleybuses that TRAMS wanted to preserve... I'm a little queasy about all of them being under one roof. But perhaps I'm worrying too much, though.
  10. This is more of a wiki edit, but can you append the CMBC page to include the 6 additional buses that were recently approved? For reference, see page 12 of the most recent board meeting: https://www.translink.ca/-/media/Documents/about_translink/governance_and_board/board_minutes_and_reports/2019/march/2019_22_03_Open_Board_Meeting_Report.pdf
  11. Wow. If the dates are true, that is one old report... I seem to recall that they deferred STC getting CNG fuel pumps until the recent 2018 order for New Flyer XN40s... And I think that, by now, with the price of diesel still remaining high compared to CNG, it's unlikely that PoCo will shut down its CNG operations. Yes, CNG buses do terrible on the Tri-Cities hills... but TransLink is always looking for maximum cost efficiencies. If the CNG buses end up being cheaper than diesel buses, then so be it.
  12. True, but didn't the HEVs of 2018 get their paint and decals before delivery? Inb4 cheesy adwrap incoming...
  13. Wait a minute. Why is it all blue... I thought we owned the electric buses outright? Or are they leased for the duration of the trial?
  14. Oddball: when 18386 accelerates hard, an air-horn-like sound can be heard at the rear... I'm not joking when I say this. It sounds quite amusing and annoying at the same time.
  15. Shall we attribute this to a rounding error...?
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