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  1. MCW Metrobus

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    No. They are going to have laser beams instead. If the driver senses an imminent threat, he or she can push a large red button on the side console which will trigger laser beams concealed inside the onboard security cameras, vapourizing the threat.
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    Vancouver Special Sightings

    You are probably right, especially because of the odd time that artics would show up on afternoon trippers on the 403 linegroup. Some of those trippers were either all C92, or started as C92s and then went to 403.
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    Vancouver Special Sightings

    That's because there wasn't. I never said that the bus was actually running the route!
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    Vancouver Special Sightings

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    Vancouver Special Sightings

    Well, I have a picture of 12020 at the South Terminal showing "C92 Bridgeport Stn"...
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    From what I recall, it's always been like that. When the first Luminator Horizon-equipped bus was delivered, which was 2101, the "SORRY / NOT IN SERVICE" was formatted exactly the same way it appears now, with the SORRY being bold. At that time, when a destination was entered, the text of the destination was the same size and font as the route number. The route number on the rear sign was also regular-face type, exactly the same as at the front, whereas now it is bold. In some cases, the formatting on the front sign meant that the destination was squeezed tight up against the route number, which was a little unsightly. One example of this was the 19, which appeared to show "19METROTOWN STN". The most well-known incarnation of Horizon sign programming first appeared when the production E40LFRs and C40LFRs began to arrive the following year, with bold-face rear route number, and smaller font face for the front destination text compared to the route number. I only ever saw a handful of C40LFRs with the original programming, but as the E40LFRs were delivered through late 2006 and mid 2007, it was a mixed bag of the original formatting and the update. The last bus that I remember seeing with the original programming was 2181. This bus spent many months in BTC overhaul undergoing repairs, and when it finally returned to service, not only was the sign still programmed as 2101 had been when it was delivered in 2005, but it also still had the original silver bike rack, whereas the rest of the entire LFR fleet had already been retrofitted with the offset bike racks that didn't cause the headlights to be blocked by a bike's tires when they were in use. Not to mention, it had an ad-wrap for an ad campaign that had long since been removed from all other buses that carried it. (The wrap was for the radio station 95 Crave, now and formerly Z95.3, and as I recall it had been applied to about 20 buses!) When 2101 was delivered, it had a sign code that read "TRANSLINK / TROLLEY PILOT BUS". The "TRANSLINK" was in bold face, and "TROLLEY PILOT BUS" in normal font, likely because it wouldn't have fit onto one sign exposure if it had been in bold face. (Which is probably also the reason why "TRAINING / VEHICLE" needs two exposures.)
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    2018 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    From the looks of it there are still a few D40LFs at VTC. 7171 was on an N8 block last night (technically that's an e-sighting). I don't see those going anywhere for the meantime, because I think RTC only needed to gain about 25 buses for the fall service changes.
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    2018 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    Additions to RTC as of this morning at 0700: 7354 7247 3289 7407 7190 7277 7413 7405 7439 3284 3287
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    2018 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    CURRENTLY IN RTC: 3289 3293 7397 7248 7311 3301 3290 7407 3296 3294 7342 7294 3295 I suspect these are short term stop gap measures until VTC receives enough new Novas to allow their older Novas to be transferred out, as the plan is.
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    P8087, last seen in service July 14th, is parked outside the shops at RTC, likely awaiting maintenance because over the past several months, multiple Poco D60LFs have been cycled through RTC for repairs, the most recent one being 8046 a few weeks ago.
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    2018 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    FML, looks like the chances of me getting a hot dog on Friday are becoming slimmer by the day. On another note: 8003 has reappeared outside the shops at RTC. I couldn't get close enough to see if it has a farebox, but I did see that it has had a fresh ad applied to the rear (the ICBC Drive Smart refresher test). I wonder if the goal is to have it ready to go by Labour Day.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    I can say that this rumour may have been the result of a misunderstanding and is probably not going to happen, at least not this year.
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    Collisions and Incidents thread

    Major police incident on Imperial near Central Park this afternoon around 1730. The road was blocked; 49s and 430s were detouring via Patterson, Rumble, Boundary. (The right turn from SB Patterson to WB Rumble was interesting.)
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    Vancouver: T-Comm "E-Sightings"

    Anybody notice 9202 on the 151...?
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    There are codes for destination signs that are only ever used for short-turn or special routings. The 49, for example, has several, including three that all mean essentially the same thing. Those three are as follows: 49 TO CAMBIE 49 LANGARA 49 LANGARA / 49TH STN There is also a sign for "49 TO 54TH & KERR", which was sometimes used as a short-turn before the routing through Champlain Heights was discontinued. This usually meant turning left from Tyne to 49th westbound, rather than turning right to head towards Metrotown. At least, that's how I did it anyway. There is a code for "49 49TH & MAPLE" which must at some point have been used for a Magee school special. (The same special still exists going the other way; there's a tripper that cuts in at West Boulevard heading eastbound, two sheets ago it would cut right in front of my run.) And, there is a code that simply proclaims "49 SPECIAL". No idea if that's still used or not.
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