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  1. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    That's recent, but the door was probably just from the parts they have in stock. That being said, however, 9281 now has matching door panels. A month or so ago, the driver that relieves me on Mondays and Tuesdays reported that the doors weren't closing properly. That was on a Friday. By Monday, one of the doors had been replaced. The kicker: it was the remaining original door that was replaced... with a single pane door from a 2001 V.
  2. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    T-Comm has not been showing assignment history or schedule adherence for the last couple of days, but one of the deckers was on a 354 yesterday afternoon. I spotted it pulling into South Surrey Park and Ride at approximately 1700.
  3. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    So, did anyone send you any pics ??? 1009 definitely did make it into service yesterday morning, at about 6:30 am I saw it coming up Highway 99 near the Highway 91 junction signed up as "351 Bridgeport Stn" as I was heading in the opposite direction to start my own 351 from 128th and Crescent Road. 1008 was being used for training in the morning, because when I got back to the yard just before 8, it was sitting in the wheelchair lift testing zone with an instructor on board. I don't know if there was any training scheduled for the afternoon though.
  4. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    Go wait at a street corner on one of the routes it's likely to be on, and hope for the best. Like we did ten plus years ago.
  5. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    That wrap though... Is that thing a BMO advertisement?! God help us all.
  6. Vancouver Special Sightings

    St. Georges has its own buses, but they only use them for charters. The regular school routes are contracted out to Thirdwave and AVISPA. I also confirmed that bus #200 was running the New West/49th route this morning. (I know the driver who has had that route since 2013.) There is another route that runs along 41st. It originates at Burnaby Village Museum and goes via Deer Lake, Moscrop, Joyce, 41st all the way to Dunbar.
  7. Vancouver Special Sightings

    Negative, that's a 56/84 passenger bus, in fact that particular bus happens to be the one I drove at Thirdwave on a regular basis during the spring and summer of 2011, when I worked there as a charter driver. I'm not a big fan of the Thomas C2. Of the conventional school buses that I've driven, the International/IC CE is by far and away my favourite. I find the visibility superior to that of the C2 and the dashboard layout is much more intuitive. I only ever drove a Blue Bird Vision once, and though I liked how it drove, I found the driver's area to be quite cramped. Not exactly ideal for tall people like me - I kept banging my right knee against the steering column.
  8. Vancouver Special Sightings

    That's the St. George's school bus...
  9. Who have you met?

    Until I broke it. Climate control kicked the bucket on the way back to Bridgeport so I changed it for 9258. (What a sloooooooooow bus...)
  10. Collisions and Incidents thread

    Someone said on another forum that the RV actually sideswiped the bus, presumably in an attempt to merge as the article said, which would account for both vehicles losing control and ending up in the ditch.
  11. Collisions and Incidents thread

    An Orion on the 351 was involved in an "off-road adventure" on Highway 99 this afternoon. From the information I have, the bus, along with an RV, went off the highway travelling north, probably a kilometre or two before the junction with Highway 91. It's possible the bus involved was R9251. It was definitely a silver-scheme 2001 Orion with large fleet numbers in the new font on the rear.
  12. Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    "A1 MESSAGE?" is not a PR message, rather it is an error message that appears when an invalid destination sign code is keyed into a Luminator sign controller. One thing I've noticed is that only with the Horizon signs does the error message actually appear on the exterior signs. With the older flipdots, the sign controller will display "A1 MESSAGE?" but the destination sign itself will not change.
  13. Vancouver Special Sightings

    I went that way on Friday morning. Doing a 410... ...with R16129.
  14. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    ...and on Saturday, every time I came into Bridgeport, every 620 I saw was an XDE60. Hmmmm....
  15. CMBC additions

    I don't believe that any demonstrator buses were ever numbered 1004-1006, but... in the late spring of 2011, three demonstrator buses that do not appear anywhere on the Wiki did run in active service: an Orion VII NG, a New Flyer Xcelsior and a Nova LFS artic. I don't remember how long they ran in service, but I do know that they didn't carry any CMBC fleet numbers. I suppose it's possible that these coaches were known internally as 1004, 1005 and 1006, but that's pure speculation. Edit: see here for photos of the aforementioned buses. The Xcelsior and the Orion VII NG ran in service for both CMBC and West Vancouver Municipal Transit, but I believe that the Nova LFS artic only ran for CMBC. According to David's descriptions on the page, the trial was in June and July of 2011. I myself only have photos of the LFS artic running on the 135/145 and the Orion VII running in West Van.