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About Millennium2002

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  1. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    More NovaBuses eh... Anyway, more air-conditioned buses is a good start. I wonder what livery they'll end up coming into town with.
  2. Vancouver: T-Comm "E-Sightings"

    An XN40 on the 145 as a tripper from Port Coquitlam https://tcomm.bustrainferry.com/mobile/bus?busId=14003 EDIT: This appears to be a new normal as the route seems to be based out of Port Coquitlam altogether.
  3. Future TTC Bus Orders

    This time around, New Flyer passed on all but cost and delivery timelines. That's a bummer.
  4. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    The news article is a bit sloppy on the journalism. "End of life?" Like... what do you mean end of life? Is the part actually rated for so-and-so many hours before failing? Is the warranty period just past? Has the manufacturer stopped making spare parts for it? Are there alternative solutions to that unit? etc.
  5. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    That looks... hideous imo...
  6. 2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    @buizel10 @Brando737 You folks should remove your posts and talk about it via PM. Agencies may not like that this information is being passed around so liberally.
  7. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Will West Vancouver be happy with the BAE Systems' hill performance? That will be the real interesting question... They've stayed away from hybrids of any kind (excluding demonstrators) ever since the technology was introduced. Note that we haven't ordered any NovaBuses since the revised fleet specifications were implemented, so there's a chance this order may look rather different in comparison. My one remaining concern with NovaBus (more of a nitpick) is whether TransLink will remember to specify normal ceiling ad racks on both sides of the bus, rather than the weird asymmetrical design that no one was really able to figure out. I know Toronto's most recent LFS came with symmetrical ceiling ad racks, but I'm not sure whether that is a default option yet for all of their production lines.
  8. Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    Less gears may mean reduced maintenance requirements, which would be a plus in BC Transit's case considering they only have a few places to overhaul buses for the entire province. Much of the fleet is based in small localities with only basic or shared garages to service them. If a bus has to go in for major repairs, then another may have to be driven in to substitute, which is undoubtedly an expensive logistical nightmare. The other option would be to reduce the schedules until it returns, which would infuriate riders that depend on the service for work or school. If the local garage can take care of the problem instead and get the bus back on the road sooner, then that's good news for everyone involved.
  9. They should have gone all-out IMO rather than this weird staged opening... I suppose what's holding them back is a lack of artics?
  10. http://infomaps.translink.ca/Public_Timetables/136/tt430.pdf I find it interesting that the new 430 schedule has an asymmetrical skew to the point that there are four extra buses leaving Metrotown...
  11. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Fantasy idea: would it make sense to put refurbished LIMs onto new cars like what they did with the trolleybuses?
  12. TTC Nova Bus Deliveries & Entered Service Tracking

    You know what is funny... When they introduced the right-angled ceiling ad racks back in 2013 along with the rest of the Smart Bus interior... the marketing department at NovaBus touted it as a revolutionary way of making more advertising money from transit. I suppose that would have been true if the advertisers and their customers had followed along blindly... after all, the more ad space you buy, the pricier it generally gets. But even back then, the design struck me as being one-of-a-kind to work with and terrible to see from many sides, and it seems they've finally realized that their much-celebrated invention ended up being a dud for everyone involved.
  13. BC Ferries

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ferry-passenger-fuming-after-full-sailing-leaves-partly-empty-1.4239104 I wonder if the reservation system could be improved given the complaints... reservations being willfully ignored and not cancelled by the sailing time despite the fees increased non-refundable reservation fees, but a portion can be re-claimed for the ferry ride if you show up? option for refundable reservations but at a higher premium, much like airlines reserved passengers that show up early get priority if space available for an earlier sailing? bar-coding of each vehicle, including length, type, and passenger count? much like a parking ticket on the dash, can be scanned by terminal personnel to dynamically allocate ferry loads issued when arriving at the terminal
  14. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    @Express691, you have to admit that this is more entertaining and thoughtful than talking about which routes the buses with air-conditioning and roof fairings should run all week... Now surely, if this went on for too long, it'd distract from the actual bus order... but it has some relevance with regards to the potential for an order split between NovaBus and New Flyer. But anyway, we can pause the rumour / discussion mill here and wait for the actual awards, I guess.
  15. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Off topic, but funny that you mention about Bombardier's streetcar situation in Toronto.... Vancouver has had much less problems sole-sourcing new SkyTrain cars from them even though both were probably ordered at around the same time... You'd think Vancouver would have been given the shaft instead, given the semi-proprietary LIM nature of our network and the small numbers of cars that we ordered.