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Millennium2002

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  1. White text on yellow decal. What could possibly go wrong? Sigh...
  2. Right... let's veto the bus garage, but not the sewage treatment plant... Because reasons. This kind of disruption is why I strongly argue that the local routes should not be interlined with cross-bridge work...
  3. It appears to be a bad day to transit on the North Shore according to TransLink's Twitter feed...
  4. Was there? I didn't catch word of it, then... Speaking of which, 994 made it out just now. I have a feeling it is subbing for a bus that broke down mid-block...
  5. This is more of a T-Comm spotting, but I also want to gather some opinions on an idea that I have. I've noticed that West Vancouver's 1999 D40LF 994 has not been out since July 23rd... Its sibling, 995, was out yesterday on an all-day 250 block, but I was unable to catch a ride due to scheduling issues. Today, neither bus is out... These two buses, while operated by West Vancouver and not CMBC, are basically the last two transit buses operating in Vancouver with Voith transmissions. The idea I had was this: should we schedule a farewell charter before they vanish?
  6. Honestly, I would have preferred an LED-driven next stop display that displayed either minutes until next bus arrival OR both current clock time AND estimated arrival time.... Also, what's with the non-uniform route label? I would have preferred something like... R3 Lougheed Hwy RapidBus to Coquitlam Central Station
  7. Question: will drivers be forced to wait for their bus to charge up during their layovers? I ask because it doesn't sound like it would be a prudent use of financial and manpower resources if the drivers had to wait for their buses to charge for 10+ minutes at a time.
  8. In other words, the official launch is now delayed until September... Thanks, TransLink... /s
  9. I'm not sure what the shiny rims obsession is all about, but I'm looking forward to riding these soon...
  10. That is... quiet. I wonder if they will be compelled to install a noise-maker at the front like what was recently agreed to in the EU...
  11. I wonder if someone decided that there needed to be two digits after the R rather than just one...
  12. I'm frankly starting to get impatient (sorry) at how long it is taking for this trial to get started. Does anyone know the inside scoop on the latest happenings?
  13. I think it's a nice wrap. And given that they came from the shuttle fleet, they definitely should have numbers....
  14. I was wondering why there was such a difference between the chargers at both ends of route 100. They in fact come from different manufacturers entirely: Marpole Loop used Siemens equipment while 22nd Street Station uses equipment from ABB. So this Electric Bus trial is going to be one giant and super-interesting interoperability and integration test, after all...
  15. I would love it if I saw one of those roll up the block with a manual farebox from the Community Shuttle fleet... I feel so nostalgic...
  16. To be fair to TransLink, other connecting routes are also winding down for the night at the same time that this particular ferry arrives. If they do decide to run a final bus to pick up any stragglers, then it's highly likely that the complaints will simply move elsewhere down the line. It's also worth considering that Nanaimo transit services wrap up well in advance of the last several sailings arriving from Horseshoe Bay...
  17. I feel like that diagram is too vague to understand what is happening. To me it looks like an additional vanilla NightBus route...
  18. I think they wanted to highlight the major nodes that the NightBus Express will stop at... The actual report suggests that it will stop at every SkyTrain / SeaBus staiton. The report also suggests expanding regular NightBus along both existing and proposed B-Line / RapidBus corridors. Let's hope that is implemented, too. For the NightBus Express, I stronly think that they should pair it with improved / enclosed bus shelters that match what is commonly found at a SkyTrain station. For example: Some seating Tons of lighting An array of security cameras An emergency telephone in case someone needs help One final note... and this is more of a regional planning exercise... Does it make continued sense for Vancouver to have all the night-life? I can sense TransLink having major doubts about the cost-effectiveness of buses returning to Downtown empty...
  19. So... in effect, there are two types of HandyDart vehicles? Micro and Midi? I wonder why that is the case...
  20. That was totally necessary... /s
  21. A new(ish) destination appears for the 19 Summer specials to/from Stanley Park.
  22. This had been reported in the June AGM report. The official reason was that PoCo was the only CMBC depot left that was using a "non-standard" parking configuration. Surrey used to use this same method but switched away from it sometime between 2007 and 2008. Only West Vancouver is left.
  23. There's a few reasons: I believe that both articulated and standard trolleybuses are using the same motors. But given that the articulated trolleybus is generally heavier than its standard counterpart, it means climbing the hill will put a lot more stress on the motor and thus wear it out faster. As it currently stands, during snowy weather, the 20 Victoria often has to be cut back to 54th Avenue / Argyle Loop with diesel substitution the rest of the way to Harrison Loop. This is due to the ice and snow causing traction issues with climbing the remaining portion of Victoria Drive. Due to the hilly geography of the area, Victoria Drive gets progressively steeper the further down the hill you go from East 61st Avenue towards Marine Drive. It's really easy to notice when you use Google Street View to look at the situation. Because Victoria Drive intersects Marine Drive diagonally at a less-than-90 degree angle, articulated buses turning right from Victoria Drive southbound to Marine Drive westbound will encounter damage to their joints. A similar issue affects the 3 Main bus when they attempt to make the right turn from Main Street southbound to Marine Drive westbound, which means that in practice, all articulated buses have to go around the block (via 65th Avenue and Sophia Street) in order to make the turn safely.
  24. I think it's because most of the design is still derived from a typical suburban commuter coach... And thus quick boarding and unloading were seen as less important than rider accessibility and comfort.
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