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About Millennium2002

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  1. Thank you for correcting me there regarding the orientation. I think one conversation that should happen concurrently is what to do with East Blvd in general on the north side of West 41st Ave. Part of me feels like they could make a bigger park or greenway in that area by removing East Blvd altogether; however, I imagine residents will still want road access to the local ice rink and nearby businesses. This was part of the inspiration behind the dedicated B-Line bay - it retains road access to the local arena / and businesses; both it and the westbound RapidBus bay can be controlled by a single set of lights; and those lights could also be synchronized with the main intersection if desired. Another alternative to the jughandle idea would be to simply restrict left turns onto West Blvd northbound during weekday hours... Given the number of alternative roads nearby (e.g. Granville, Oak, Cambie, etc.), I can't see this being too disruptive... but at the same time, as the City of Vancouver opted to make room for it anyhow, I do wonder if there is strong demand for keeping the left turn to the north. As much as I would like to see a streetcar run down the Arbutus Greenway, I'm not sure if it makes economic sense right now when it comes at the expense of the nearby frequent trolleybus route. There would have to be a really good business case for it - like up-zoning many of the lots surrounding the corridor - and while that may happen in the long term, I don't see that happening immediately. On the other hand, the RapidBus changes can be easily undone to make way for the streetcar if and when we get there.
  2. Millennium2002

    Broadway SkyTrain Extension

    There is an opportunity for it to be elevated past the developed parts of Vancouver (e.g. within the UEL). But that may also draw scorn for other reasons (cough trees cough).
  3. Slight change of topic. With new RapidBus coming to 41st Ave, City of Vancouver is currently holding consultations on corridor upgrades. One problem spot that is being looked at is at the West Blvd intersection. Here is the city's proposal: I'm not impressed with what they came up with. It was pointed out on another forum that the westbound bus may have to cross numerous traffic lanes and the paths of vehicles turning right when departing from the proposed stop. In addition, a single lane westbound after the intersection may become a chokepoint. My response looks something like this: (North faces the right left) Basically I've moved the westbound stop onto a new bus-only road. Local access retained via extension of 40th Ave. Traffic lights will ensure RapidBus has priority getting back onto 41st Ave. The left turn lane to West Blvd northbound is removed in favour of having the vehicles loop around the block (sort of like a cloverleaf). Thoughts?
  4. Millennium2002

    Vancouver: T-Comm "E-Sightings"

    That's one long and squiggly 95 B-Line extension... https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/49.2853676,-123.1196983/49.2571285,-122.7727078/@49.2534583,-122.8888665,10998m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m24!4m23!1m20!3m4!1m2!1d-122.9199733!2d49.2794901!3s0x548679bffddfbf0f:0xbdfc49d0df7ff0d5!3m4!1m2!1d-122.9121957!2d49.2790777!3s0x548679be8a1e871d:0xedbccbe7f99beaa0!3m4!1m2!1d-122.9210444!2d49.2802842!3s0x548679954faf210f:0xa241dc2d1ee5a67d!3m4!1m2!1d-122.8050726!2d49.2272124!3s0x5485d63609b75b25:0xf929df962e964bc5!1m0!3e0
  5. Millennium2002

    Vancouver Special Sightings

    The whole D60LF fleet has taken quite a beating, honestly. A lot of agencies have retired their contemporaries much earlier, and here we are trying to stretch their working lives to 20 years... I was actually quite surprised they decided to put luggage racks a few of them rather than on a new bus... but I suppose it makes more sense to do that when you're still testing it out and haven't committed to the idea; if they turn out to be lemons, they can probably be thrown out earlier. In fact, I still strongly think that TransLink should have a sub-fleet of articulated buses under the ExpressBus brand that have luggage racks or are otherwise more suited to suburban runs. And yes, we should be receiving double-deckers for ExpressBus very soon, but there are trade-offs: Stairs. Everyone hates stairs. Especially with luggage. And I know Victoria manages to get away with it. But still... who wants to climb stairs after a long and tiring day? On the other hand, they do take up less space on the road, so there is that.
  6. Millennium2002

    Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    Question. Does TransLink sponsor TRAMS as a whole or just specific TRAMS vehicles? I ask because they recently posted on Facebook that they'll be at the Spring Festival parade tomorrow, and surprisingly the Transit Museum bus pictured now has a TransLink logo on it...
  7. Millennium2002

    Broadway SkyTrain Extension

    Maybe when they're done, they'll keep a trolley route along 12th Ave? Or will it purely be a backup route like how 41st Avenue has been for the last how many years? Or - my worst fears - will they even keep the trolleybuses by then? Hmm... (speculation ensues)
  8. Millennium2002

    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    Okay good. The wheels are definitely in motion...
  9. Millennium2002

    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    I'm surprised no one mentioned this. The renders for the bus loop redesign at 22nd Street Station seems to indicate that the bus charger will be located at the back of the loop. Is that where they will just lay over at? Or is that suggesting a full bus stop relocation for the duration of the trial (if not longer)? Given that they are starting construction now, it'll probably take a few more months until they enter service... I'm still curious as to what Marpole Loop will look like once they put the charger in... while it seems dead quiet now compared to before the Canada Line was built, I feel like they could do a lot more to improve its overall functionality and appearance.
  10. Wow. Those H40LFRs have been out of service for about 5 years now... I wonder what took so long?
  11. Millennium2002

    Pacific Coach Lines

    Ouch. Are there any motorcoach transport companies left in Vancouver that are unionized? As much as I'm pro-union, I wonder if that contributed to their untimely demise... It feels like the motorcoach transport market is super competitive...
  12. Wow. Who came up with that ludicrous idea... I would not want to be on one of those buses if and when it tries to make a turn on those mean West Vancouver hills...
  13. Millennium2002

    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    I'm aware of that; in fact, I know Vancouver's trolleybuses do the same, even though the batteries are much older and don't last as long. But charging an electric battery bus is somewhat different in the sense that: It's for short periods, not something that's almost always plugged in The voltages required can be a third higher Either the bus can connect to the charger or the charger can connect to the bus. The former method is similar to a trolleybus; the latter less so. Hypothetically, if the bus charger were to have its own battery, it could behave more like a stationary trolleybus and leech off of the existing DC power grid without much trouble. In fact, the INIT stop displays along Main Street already do this, although at a minuscule scale. Then when a battery bus rolls in to charge, it'd just unload that buffered energy...
  14. Millennium2002

    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    It'd be very cool if they could integrate charging into the existing trolleybus infrastructure... but don't the trolleybuses run at a lower voltage? From what I can gather from Siemens and ABB, the voltage required to quickly charge a bus can go up to 1000 volts DC; on the other hand, the trolleybus network is fed 600 volts DC? Can the existing wires, rectifiers, relays, etc. handle such a bump?
  15. I don't want to criticize West Vancouver too much because I do like to see the retention of the WVMT, but I totally agree that, if they can't agree on bus priority measures to Dundarave, the North Shore RapidBus should end at Park Royal.