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Millennium2002

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  1. Millennium2002

    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    This is more of a wiki edit, but can you append the CMBC page to include the 6 additional buses that were recently approved? For reference, see page 12 of the most recent board meeting: https://www.translink.ca/-/media/Documents/about_translink/governance_and_board/board_minutes_and_reports/2019/march/2019_22_03_Open_Board_Meeting_Report.pdf
  2. Wow. If the dates are true, that is one old report... I seem to recall that they deferred STC getting CNG fuel pumps until the recent 2018 order for New Flyer XN40s... And I think that, by now, with the price of diesel still remaining high compared to CNG, it's unlikely that PoCo will shut down its CNG operations. Yes, CNG buses do terrible on the Tri-Cities hills... but TransLink is always looking for maximum cost efficiencies. If the CNG buses end up being cheaper than diesel buses, then so be it.
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    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    True, but didn't the HEVs of 2018 get their paint and decals before delivery? Inb4 cheesy adwrap incoming...
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    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    Wait a minute. Why is it all blue... I thought we owned the electric buses outright? Or are they leased for the duration of the trial?
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Oddball: when 18386 accelerates hard, an air-horn-like sound can be heard at the rear... I'm not joking when I say this. It sounds quite amusing and annoying at the same time.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Shall we attribute this to a rounding error...?
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    Victoria Regional Transit System

    More of a general question: what does BC Transit's fleet maintenance and replacement schedule currently look like? I seem to recall some discussion here many years ago that they had wanted to move towards a 12-year heavy-duty cycle in line with US transit agencies following FTA rules to save on maintenance costs, but I forget if that is still the case. Part of the reason for me asking is because these DE40LFs were built in 2015... if they are following a shorter duty cycle, then yes it is likely that these buses are toast. But if not, they might be worthy contenders for conversion to straight diesels... At least, they would be better candidates than say the H40LFRs (which were reportedly designed for later conversion that never happened) or TransLink's 1998 C40LFs (most units being converted in 2009 after 10 years of CNG operation; last units retired at the start of 2019).
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    2019 Double-Decker bus Procurement

    Nah... That was a speculative joke that got carried over from the Battery Bus Trial thread... At the time, no one understood why the roof of it was painted blue like the recently delivered ExpressBuses. People were joking that someone in TransLink made a mistake and that they would have to re-brand it along the lines of ExpressBus and RapidBus to hide the mishap.
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Very interesting development. I personally don't mind having light grey on the roof, but I also remember being irritated at the fact they accidentally squished the space in which to apply fleet numbers on the 2018 NovaBus LFS HEVs due to the charcoal being painted up much higher than normal. Well if you look at it another way, most buses will now have a standard paint scheme going forward. The only thing telling them all apart will be decals.
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    2019 Double-Decker bus Procurement

    At least the ExpressBus branding is consistent... The BatteryBus and the RapidBus, on the other hand... In my opinion, not so much.
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    New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    This is off-topic, but the number of conventional buses in the West Vancouver fleet has certainly varied over time... Before the retirement of the Orions and the arrival of the NovaBuses in 2007: 951-959 = 9 961-968 = 8 921-929 = 9 981 = 1 912-914 = 3 990-998 = 9 Total = 39 Then before the retirement of the D40LFs: 701-706 = 6 712-714 = 3 801-803 = 3 901-909 = 9 951-959 = 9 961-968 = 8 981 = 1 990-998 = 9 Total = 48 The predicted fleet after the retirement of all D40LFs: 1201-1217 = 17 701- 706 = 6 901- 909 = 9 1601-1613 = 13 Total = 45 (Note: If we include the 2 remaining buses in the middle of the transferred CMBC XD40 range, then there will be 47 buses total.) So it seems like their fleet has grown despite the restructuring of some routes to Community Shuttles... At the moment, the oddballs in the West Vancouver fleet are the remaining D40LFs and both NovaBus fleets... maybe we'll see some NovaBuses transferred to CMBC if they do further route restructuring?
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    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    So this is what the charger looks like at 22nd Street Station. I couldn't help but chuckle at the fact that an XN40 was parked under it before I took the shot... Applying high voltages to CNG does not seem like a smart idea. I wonder what safety mechanisms will be in place to prevent that from happening.
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    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    Now I can imagine some poor design intern being hastily assigned the job of correcting the blue roof-line and turning it into some promotional branding that espouses the environmentally-friendly technology within... If only they could use the colour green... Oh wait... they already painted the RapidBuses green... right....
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    BC Transit - Chilliwack

    For that long of a run, a commuter coach with a lavatory would be nice. That or timed washroom breaks between the two termini. Having said that, on the numerous times that I've taken this bus towards Harrison Hot Springs and back, everyone on board (myself included) seemed to be well prepared for the long runs...
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    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    Nah... This just proves that TransLink's plan all along was to run it on the 340 and 410 express... (Just kidding!)
  16. Nice find there, @Express691. It would make going to Harrison Hot Springs a lot more convenient (No joke, I've done such a run a number of times now...) Something that I've wondered about is the fact that Abbotsford doesn't have any commuter service to Lougheed Station... I mean, the FVX doesn't quite compare to being one given the premium fare and lack of transfers to the local system. I guess the low demand on the 22 Aldergrove Connector doesn't justify it...? Not to mention it might make them look more like a suburban agency ripe for amalgamation...
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    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    Rumor has it that VTC has a space shortage, hence why HTC has taken over the route since its opening. Personally, I agree that VTC would be a better place to station these buses due to the notorious traffic jams that the Queensborough Bridge often experiences... but if there is no room, then VTC would have to transfer a different route (e.g. the 25 or 33) to BTC and then BTC would have to give up one or two of its routes to HTC. And the latter might be the most difficult part... as every other Burnaby route that is within proximity to HTC has already been transferred. The only candidate left that I can see is maybe the 130 from Metrotown...
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    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    I forget if this was asked already. I stumbled upon the latest updates re: Winnipeg Transit's battery bus trial and found that they are moving towards a top-down pantograph approach. I'm honestly curious as to why most agencies are moving towards this standard... To me, it would make more sense to have the moving parts on the bus so that if one bus breaks down, the charger can still be used. Now that the charger is making the contact, if it breaks down, then wouldn't that force all the other battery-electric buses out of service without an alternative charging method in place?
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    Collisions and Incidents thread

    Sorry for the speculation... But... Given that those buses are on their way out, maybe it's fate has been sealed, hence the lack of urgency...
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    2016 Skytrain Expansion

    From what I could tell, they might be using the ROW of the future Falcon Station for this expansion. I wonder how that will work if it is ever needed...
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    Vancouver Special Sightings

    @KINGSTER200, just letting you know that your images suddenly became inaccessible...
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    Victoria Regional Transit System

    Every system seems to do it differently... Vancouver - Single-line LED display with independent stop indicator integrated into one unit Montreal - Two-line LED display, separate stop indicator Denver, King County, and York Region - Single-line LED display, sometimes a separate stop indicator (depends on make or model of bus) Portland - Single-line LED display, separate stop indicator
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    2019 Garage Transfers

    I think it was said somewhere that we spend several million each year maintaining the trolleybus network. It's not a trivial amount by any means, but a whole fleet purchase of ~200+ trolleybuses costing a million or two each easily dwarfs that by several orders of magnitude. And this is the tricky part... Because some people might look at that without seeing the whole picture and jump to the conclusion "THE COST OF NEW TROLLEYS IS TOO DAMN HIGH". And this is where the demolitionists would come in; they'll try to argue that we'd save over the long run by tearing everything down (demolition usually being cheaper than building) and buying a more conventional fleet.
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    2019 Garage Transfers

    I sometimes question whether we should be replacing all of the trolleybuses at once, as it seems to enable messy public debates and recurring economic arguments for/against it. It'd give me peace of mind if we could somehow enshrine its continued existence in law or policy (e.g. historical status) like the recent movement to phase out fossil-fuel-only vehicles.
  25. Thanks for the update. I had a fantasy idea back when it was first announced that they were constructing a battery bus charger at Marpole Loop. Because only the 100 terminates there now, it's a very underutilized asset. The idea was to build something on top of the loop to generate property revenue for the system, like a hotel, office tower, or social / low-income housing complex. But when I walked past the loop about a month ago, I noticed the charger would be right in the middle of the lot, so I guess that rules out any chance of that happening for some time.
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