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Millennium2002

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  1. 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...
  2. @KINGSTER200, just letting you know that your images suddenly became inaccessible...
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. All fun and games until someone doesn't pay attention at the fuel pumps... Having said that, that would only be a concern if the bus somehow made its way out to Hamilton, PoCo or Surrey... Speaking of which... D'aww... a look at what could have been our Mark II SkyTrain: https://buzzer.translink.ca/2019/04/translink-20-the-secret-mark-ii-skytrain-cars/ (Courtesy of The Buzzer)
  8. There's the plight of the residents... then there's the struggle of the commuters. WHO WILL WIN!? But serious, that is why I suggest them as ideas. Maybe they'll work, maybe they won't. I hate to repeat myself, but again the bridge itself will continue to be a stumbling block. It took me a little bit of time to realize we're currently funneling 6 approach lanes into 3. That's... going to be a stretch in terms of traffic management, no matter how you look at it. I mean, we could replace the median with a counterflow system like what they're doing on the Alex Fraser Bridge... but that assumes traffic is heavily skewed depending on what day and time it is. Perhaps @DarkKeyo can confirm that for me if that is the case or not.
  9. Here are some ideas... Add a bus queue-jumper lane on Cassiar northbound that flies over to join the existing one on the northbound McGill Street ramp. In this way, buses from Hastings St are not stuck having to compete with the traffic on McGill. Route the buses on a residential street nearby and add a bus-only ramp to Cassiar / McGill so that they aren't on Hastings altogether. Extend merge lanes for both McGill and Cassiar ramps and add ramp meters with transit pre-emption before they meet the highway.
  10. I'm being picky here, but the ad-wrapping decals on these buses could have been done better... The white outlines make me cringe.
  11. Ahh... nothing dramatic from what I can see. Bummer. September is still many months away...
  12. I suppose it's a good start that they're working on the north half of the bridge already. As for the south half, what improvements were you thinking of, specifically? Are you saying that the merge lane heading north from Hastings should be extended? (Perhaps as a bus queue-jumper lane?) ADDENUM: Interesting tidbit - the 19 seasonal service is coming back on weekends, but will now run to a new terminus: Main Street (Science World) Station. I'm guessing a lot of people were surprised and confused at being dropped off in the middle of Downtown... Also, TransLink's Twitter department has teased about the impending schedule drop, but nothing new has been posted yet outside of the scheduler.
  13. As much as I like this idea, I don't think adding more buses to the bridge will help very much if an accident occurs. Ultimately, either the bridge has to be widened or some other solution (cough gondola or SkyTrain cough) should be found.
  14. Off topic I know, but yikes... I was wondering what was behind that loud popping sound. I also found it quite unusual to not hear anyone respond to it after it happened. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-bomb-squad-1.5085785
  15. I was trying to look up Mission council minutes and only saw a brief mention of it... If I recall correctly, the Fraser Valley - being a separate region of its own - doesn't participate in any of the taxes that are collected to fund TransLink... But of course, any losses or shortfalls that occur on a bus leaving regional borders has to be recouped somehow.... I do wonder if the change to the 749 will lower the cost of running this inter-regional connection. Instead of the 701 running non-stop to Mission, this new 749 route can now serve local Maple Ridge customers en route. And in addition to that, you can have one slightly fuller bus do the work of two lesser-used ones. (Conspiracy theory time: is TransLink secretly trying to help subsidize a link to Mission? Hmmmmm... But on a serious note, the regional boundaries are quite an artificial nuisance, so I personally wouldn't mind if TransLink tried to find some way of lowering the overall cost of getting outside cities connected to the region.)
  16. I find it quite ironic that you mention about the shuttles having stairs when the highway coaches (also with stairs) have been on the same route for forever... I've also looked at the latest 351 timetable which shows that only every other bus goes to Crescent Beach (apart from weekday rush hour periods): http://infomaps.translink.ca/Public_Timetables/149/tt351.pdf Finally we do not know what type of equipment will be implemented in practice. It may be shuttles, but it also may be a low-floor 40' conventional bus...
  17. What do you mean it's a "service cut"? It looks like they're maintaining the existing frequency... If you read the justification, they clearly state that there are not a lot of users on this portion of the route that continue onward to Vancouver; if the demand were there, I think they would have considered alternatives. In addition, more frequent buses / shuttles equals more operators and fuel required. The cost of switching between vehicle types is peanuts in comparison to the cost of operators and fuel - both of which end up being the biggest expenses that TransLink faces in its day-to-day operations. So your suggestion will end up costing TransLink a lot more than simply splitting the route in two.
  18. I think the reason they're avoiding that area is because 72nd Avenue and Newton Exchange are quite overcrowded as it is. I was down there the other day and all the buses were struggling to get out of the loop due to all the traffic. I'd argue in this specific case that - without better transit priority measures - it's not wise to have one central exchange handling all the traffic. Also, I'm being picky, but the 395 is nowhere near that area. I'm thinking you probably meant the 375. I've modified my post because the more I think about it the more I'm not sure where the 368 should terminate. Cloverdale is one option; South Surrey Park and Ride is another...
  19. I can't draw any maps right now, so you'll have to imagine what I am describing below... That route 80... peak hours only!? I'm sure a lot of people will want to use that... (rolls eyes). I'm definitely going to ask TransLink to broaden their scope here; see the plan linked in my signature for what I mean. Routes 337 and 338... I'm not sure about this. Route 501 passes close by, but bypasses that area because it takes Highway 1... Hmm... There's an opportunity here to implement an express bus from Central Surrey to Carvolth via Highway 1 The 501 could then be re-directed along 104th Avenue and the Golden Ears Connector The 337 could then be extended to Carvolth via 168th Street, Barnston Drive, and 96th Ave I'd advocate for the 368 to be extended to Cloverdale to facilitate better connections to other routes... I think they should re-organize the 322 at the same time that they implement the 368 to avoid duplicating service... I don't quite agree with the southern routing / terminus of the 404/405... 404 should go past Ironwood before the industrial park. Via Steveston, No 5 Road, Machrina Way, Horseshoe Way South to Horseshoe Place 405 then goes via No 5 Rd, Horseshoe Way North, Coppersmith Way, Horseshoe Way East to Horseshoe Place I pick Horseshoe Place as a terminus because holy moly, why do all the streets have the same name down there... ADDENUM 1 - Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Transit Area Plan Looks okay to me... I question the northern termini of the 719 and the 722 The 719 has no connections to other routes... The 722 is one giant uni-directional loop... The problem seems to be that the RapidBus to Maple Ridge only has a "future planned stop" for Meadowtown and no stop at Park Road Does it make sense for the 719 and 722 to terminate closer to 203rd Street in the interim? IMO, we could optimize the combination of routes to serve McClure Dr, 104th Ave, and 102th Ave...
  20. This wasn't that hard to find... http://lmgtfy.com/?q=yvr+incident+cmbc Which brings up... https://buzzer.translink.ca/2016/10/cmbc-to-the-rescue-literally/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/emergency-landing-vancouver-1.3820082 (linked to by post above) https://buzzer.translink.ca/2016/02/shelter-buses-and-last-weeks-fire-in-langley/ (linked to by post above)
  21. Actually this makes a lot of sense; they use the same Allison parallel-hybrid system.
  22. Question: have they started stringing wires for the Broadway SkyTrain re-routes? Walked to Granville and 12th and only saw pole bases in place.
  23. The CNG order isn't really specific to Victoria and should be in the general fleet discussion instead. But in any case, Mission, which is part of the Central Fraser Valley system, could use shorter buses. IIRC they had a fleet of Dennis Darts running around back when I last visited many years ago.
  24. Those are the old display boards for Kerrisdale, btw. The section in question this time is between Rupert Street and Joyce-Colligwood Station.
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