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About Millennium2002

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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...
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Split order huh... interesting. I personally don't mind if they order a bunch of NovaBuses... Others may disagree with me, but as long as they have air conditioning, push bars for the exit doors, and have durable seating, it's all good.
  12. Vancouver Special Sightings

    What shuttle are we talking about? (confused)
  13. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    The more I think about it, the more I believe that the buses to/from the ferries deserve their own sub-fleet of single-deck articulated diesel buses equipped with luggage racks. The luggage compartment within the SuperLo is surely a nice touch, but I highly doubt TransLink would want its operators to deal with having to load and unload it at possibly every stop, as that will inevitably slow the bus down. And I also can't see passengers being too happy with dragging their luggage upstairs or leaving it unattended should there be no room in either the luggage compartment or the first deck of the bus. Fnally, I can't imagine West Vancouver being too happy about a double decker trying to climb their hills.... That's just asking for all sorts of problems like not enough power, tipping over, climbing hill too slowly, etc. Now don't get me wrong, I'd love to see these on the highway commuter services, but the ferry routes are particular enough that introducing SuperLos to them might be somewhat of a mismatch.
  14. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    The 99 B-Line is a non-starter for double-deckers unless there are at least three doors... and I'm pretty sure such models are not sold here yet in North America. If we are seeing the double-deckers on the 620 it might possibly be a low-deck variant given the current constraints imposed by the tunnel... Do you happen to know how high the demo is going to be?
  15. You are a godsend. Thank you! I see the aforementioned 15 minute weekday frequency on the 43 now. A little surprised that the weekend doesn't appear to have anything yet... I'd be really surprised if they left that out of the equation. There doesn't appear to be any modifications to the 2 or 22... so the mystery of the "22 Knight to King Edward Avenue" continues... 430 finally gets a boost to 20 minute frequency on weekdays from start of service until 6:00 pm.