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Millennium2002

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  1. The fact that TransLink went ahead with 5 car trains without considering making longer 4-car consists from the current 2-car consists or even checking if the network could support them is... a mystery to me. I feel like we've thrown some money away on something impractical...
  2. Needs more bus lanes... The lack of integration between RapidBus and Scottsdsle Exchange is unfortunate... Perhaps off topic, but there was a news article today about having a fully air condioned fleet in 2028. I wish they accelerated that deadline by retiring the Olympics-era NovaBuses ahead of schedule...
  3. Interesting... battery bus service stopped since the 25th. Did I miss something?
  4. To be fair, the 430 is the ExpressBus after all...
  5. I think YVR actually ditched the fourth terminal idea (beside the existing International / USA Terminal) from their master plan for just existing terminal extensions. So it seems unlikely that it will ever get used.
  6. This sounds absurd to me... Now that Abbotsford has their new garage and the R3 is in place, I wonder... Does BC Transit have the resources to take over the portion between Maple Ridge and Mission? Or, will Mission ask for the trips to be moved from the 701 to the R3? I also feel like... the Albion area is missing direct service to Maple Ridge town centre... and it's weird that TransLink doesn't use the service to Mission to either party's advantage...
  7. Question 1. What are Translink's plans for garages in Pitt Meadows / Maple Rdige as well as Langley / Surrey / White Rock? Currently, Port Coquitlam services the former and Surrey services the latter... but both are kind of distant from the areas they serve, and there is also First Transit providing Community Shuttle service in the Langley area out of Cloverdale... Something tells me that a garage in the Port Kells area could service both regions as they grow... but that still leaves some questions, like: 1. What routes or equipment will operate from said garage? 2. Who will own or operate said garage? Question 2. Perhaps I missed it, but has Translink shared any site plans or detailed renders for either OMC4 (near Braid Station) or Marpole Transit Center? I know there was a preliminary site plan for OMC4 already...
  8. Still wishing we'd see some CNG artics... but battery-electrics is a start. The more variety the better...
  9. Does anyone know what happened to H19304 by chance?
  10. I still remember seeing them on the 49... and I know someone here made a joke back then about how students can sleep in it... those were the days...
  11. I heard that turn is terrible for the joints of the artic buses... so am surprised that they're going ahead with this...
  12. At least an existing pocket track is there. Nice flat section to branch off of. Given the size of the parcel they just bought, I have so many questions... Will they keep using or expanding the Falcon OMC after this is done? Given that they already own the property, they'll probably want to keep it. However, this move could free up the two tail tracks that they just built on top of the future Falcon Station to the west... that or TransLink intended the station to be on the east side of the property. But I honestly thought that TransLink would expand the Falcon OMC to the northeast where it is currently vacant. Hmmmmm... Will the Braid OMC site have more than one purpose? Some cities have approved developments on top of metro yards... Vancouver isn't in a space crunch yet, but this could be a way of providing additional income and affordable housing. That or TransLink can co-locate other functions on-site (e.g. bus or paratransit depot) to maximize its utilization. Is another SkyTrain OMC still required or planned after this is built? I originally thought that TransLink could purchase land for and build one next to Scott Road Station to accommodate the SkyTrain extension to Langley. Now that doesn't seem as likely...
  13. Wait. Did TransLink not order some additional New Flyer XE40s prior to this? Well, most of the NovaBuses in our fleet date back to just before the 2010 Olympics. They were the last conventional buses ordered without air conditioning. Some of them were also the last buses to use fabric seats instead of vinyl. I think that and the hot summers since then (and a few of them catching fire even) has given them a bad reputation. (To be fair, the same could also be said for the older New Flyers.)
  14. This is most interesting. Are they thinking of turning Richmond into a NovaBus paradise?
  15. Heard the oddly familiar (and nostalgic) sound of a Detroit engine passing by me around 1:00 am tonight along Knight Street in Vancouver... TransLink doesn't run any of those old beaters anymore, do they? I wonder who owns one now... I still hear the Cummins engine sometimes... They seem to frequent the 22.
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