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  1. Good as new! Well, the dimmer switch for the left side interior lights is faulty, and the cashbox alarm was triggered by going over a bump on 72nd and the op couldn't reach in behind to unplug it because his hands are too big, so it was beeping non-stop all the way from Scottsdale to Brighouse... But other than that, it's fine.
  2. I'm pretty sure the 555 frequency has also been reduced from every 10 minutes to every 12 minutes during peak hours. This reduces the total number of buses from 6 to 5.
  3. This is most likely what happened. When road changes are done involving garage-bound buses, typically T-Comm will just try to find whatever bus will be closest to the BO bus at the right time, no matter the type - as long as the bus is suitable for the run needing the bus change. A long time ago, when doing the 50 at about 1 am, I was asked to NIS from Keefer and Taylor (my final terminus before going NIS to VTC) to Pender and Seymour, to change with a #19 that had broken down. The trolley that had been on that run was not drivable, so the supervisor had to give me a ride back to the garage fr
  4. @Stormscapeis pretty much correct on this one. The same applies for regular service blocks that get short-turns for which no destination sign exists, although in this case it could be easier just to display the regular sign and then make an announcement a few stops before the short turn that the bus will go out of service at that location. One pertinent example of this: there is no destination sign code for "301 TO SCOTTSDALE", although this is the obvious location to short-turn 301s running late out of Richmond - or even out of Surrey, because there isn't really anywhere convenient to tu
  5. The easiest way to think of it is how New Flyer brands the ADL Enviro 200 as a "New Flyer MiDi" in North America. Mind you, that was before NFI acquired ADL, so it's probably only a matter of time before the Enviro 500 starts being branded as a "New Flyer DD45LF"... It was a Yaxing JS6830GHP, to be exact. I think the badging even appeared on the rear of the bus. Unfortunately I don't have any photos to confirm, I would have taken photos of 7130 from every angle when I saw it at the Squamish garage during the 2010 Olympics, but those photos were lost in a hard drive crash several
  6. There are at least a couple of dozen new Yaxings for BCT parked at Cullen in Port Kells. Numbers are in the low 4200s. I confirmed 4225, 4226 and 4230. Also, this morning three other Yaxings were spotted driving on Highway 17 near 104th Avenue eastbound. I didn't catch the number on the first one, but the other two were 4456 and 4457. Not sure where they were coming from or where they were headed.
  7. Run box said 13. I don't know offhand if it was a tripper though.
  8. I had a chance to try out the new bus simulator at CMBC Training last week. ...it essentially felt like a life-sized, 180-degree surround version of Midtown Madness. Complete with the physics realism. Even the map, "Safety City", bore some similarities to both Chicago and San Francisco! The only thing missing was the "Sleep with the fishes!" message that pops up when you end up in the water. (Don't ask...)
  9. T-Comm announced just after 11 am that a bus bridge was being set up between Columbia and 22nd Street Station. They didn't say why at the time. I don't know how long it was running for though.
  10. Those are known internally as the "Bingo Specials". If I remember right, they're blocks 97, 98 and 99 on the 022 line group.
  11. The Brighouse Bus Mall opened this morning as planned, with the 406 and 408 now stopping inside the loop. In the midst of the signage changes, the bus stop sign at the former Bay 7 (SB No. 3 Road FS Cook Road, beside Richmond Centre) was removed entirely, by mistake. The Brighouse Station timing point for the southbound 403 has been relocated upstream to Bay 5 (SB No. 3 Road FS Saba Road). That ought to make the AM 301 drivers happy...
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