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Millennium2002

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  1. Millennium2002

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Trolleybuses should absolutely remain for the long term as part of a greener fleet strategy.
  2. Millennium2002

    Collisions and Incidents thread

    It's probably the track or a substation nearby. The tunnel track between New West and Columbia has a dip. I forget if there's a similar dip in the tunnel track between Columbia and Sapperton.
  3. Millennium2002

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Part of me wonders why they don't make use of trains for delivery in these kinds of conditions...
  4. Millennium2002

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    It's for the privileged. /s For some reason, my mind seems to think there are a lot less seats on these buses vs the Orions...
  5. Millennium2002

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    I am amused at how people get so salty when their preferred choice of transmission is ultimately not selected as part of the equipment for a new bus order...
  6. Millennium2002

    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Here comes the "Blame TransLink for anything and everything" crowd... The news article never mentioned whether the de-icing vehicles were simply put in storage or had other duties during the rest of the year. Given that TransLink likes to make the most of what it has, I wouldn't be surprised if they had a second off-season purpose.
  7. I liked having the service changes before the start of the holidays...
  8. Millennium2002

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    That would be most ideal. But the outlying regions want their independence, so I cant see it happening at all without a push from the province... And we all know how averse governments are to offending the electorate. The other way of structuring it would be to have sub-districts or sub-committees for the outlying areas where the majority of funds generated have to stay and fund local area improvements... I don't see that working for us because it may provoke widespread infighting between members of a scale that would make our current regional bickering seem like child's play.
  9. Millennium2002

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Maybe there should be a Fraser Valley Transit Authority... EDIT: And also, a Sea-to-Sky Transit Authority...
  10. Millennium2002

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Err... I like my anonymity and would like to keep it that way...
  11. Millennium2002

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    There is/was one new NovaBus running a full day block on the 41, which gave me some time to check it out. Overall, it's better than what we had before... Mostly... As some other folks already mentioned, that front card reader is lower than expected. The back one is also low, but not dramatically so. The engine stops and starts often. While this seems to be normal for a series-powered hybrid, I can't help but wonder if the constant starting and stopping will incur some sort of maintenance penalty down the road. The addition armrests / handrails at the wheelchair section should be re-considered. The way it is laid out right now, it really narrows the central aisle and constricts passenger movements. I think it makes more sense to stick a few vertical stanchions along that front section instead. The side-facing seating over the rear wheels is... interesting. I wonder if they ever considered elevating those four seats just a little so that people wouldn't feel compelled to stretch their legs out into the aisle. For some reason, TransLink was supplied yellow push-to-exit bars. And for equally odd reasons, they decided to keep it and stick dark blue "TOUCH HERE" labels on it... This looks bad for two reasons: It's not gray, like the rest of the fleet. Dark blue and yellow are just incompatible with each other. You're supposed to be pushing the bar, not just touching it. Finally, it seems like TransLink's signs and labeling department has slacked off this time. Usually, TransLink does a good job making and sticking its own labels everywhere in place of what the manufacturer supplies...
  12. Millennium2002

    Vancouver general sightings and notes

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  13. Millennium2002

    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Did they get shorter INIT stop displays this time? I thought they were all the same length. Or at least, that's the way it's been for a very long time.
  14. Millennium2002

    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Hmm... Quite the number of delays across the region today. Edit: Oops. I forgot there was the e-sightings thread. Sorry in advance!
  15. Millennium2002

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    At one point I had contemplated SeaBus service from Ambleside in one of my fantasy maps... But to be frank, I'm not sure if that will happen without some dramatic population changes in the vicinity. While the Lions Gate Bridge is saturated in capacity, I think the cost to setup and run another SeaBus service will be a lot more than just adding a few extra buses. Sure, they'll get stuck in traffic, but that is almost a given nowadays. And also, don't forget that this new SeaBus service will transit a part of Burrard Inlet that is also congested in terms of marine traffic. Hmm...
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