MCW Metrobus

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  1. 30 km/h on Highway 91 wouldn't be fun. But it would still be almost half as fast as the bus in front of me one night last month...
  2. Ha, they finally fixed it. It looks like today was its first day back in service since I broke it on April 12th. I'd been driving for less than half an hour when, while doing a 128, the whole bus gave a great lurch, CHECK TRANS light came on and it wouldn't go any faster than 30 km/h.
  3. Probably a training bus. I've seen a few of them on training runs recently.
  4. 8040 and 8075 are retired, sitting on track 1 at HTC.
  5. I noticed that about two weeks ago on a day that I was driving a school bus. It still didn't stop most cars from going through anyway.
  6. Those signs proposed by GORDOOM follow the standard used by the TTC, which is "[Route number] [primary road travelled] to [terminus]". I believe that this format should be adopted here, at least for routes that travel primarily along one major road. Before the old Flyer trolleys were retired, a number of them had rollsign exposures such as "Broadway to Boundary" or "41st to Crown". That standard could easily be applied to most of the routes in Vancouver (examples "100 Marine to Marpole", "10 Granville to Waterfront Stn", or "25 King Edward to UBC"), and even some routes in the suburbs (such as "128 8th Ave to Braid Stn", "403 Three Road to Bridgeport" or "375 152nd St to Guildford". Some routes employ a similar format but in reverse, such as "152 Coq Ctrl Stn via Austin", and the discontinued "154 Braid Stn via 8th Ave" (the predecessor to the 128), reflecting the fact that the route travels along a specific route for a significant time, but also services other streets and communities. Where this format runs into trouble, however, is with routes that do not travel on one road for any length of time, or which service many different communities. For an example of the former, take the 101. It's not a particularly long route, but going eastbound from 22nd Street Station it travels along 6th Avenue, 6th Street, 12th Avenue, 1st Street, 16th Avenue, Cumberland Street, Armstrong Avenue, Cariboo Road and Government Street before arriving at Lougheed Station. The majority of the service is in east Burnaby, but you're not very well going to call it the "101 East Burnaby", because that's far too vague, and the people getting on the bus in those side streets probably want to know which SkyTrain station the bus is going to. Then there's the 136. If, for example, the 136 leaving Lougheed serviced Production Station, went through Forest Grove, and then continued all the way down Underhill to terminate at Lake City Station, then the route could theoretically be called "136 Forest Grove to Lake City" and "136 Forest Grove to Lougheed" going the other way. The problem is, it doesn't do that. It carries on up Greystone Drive and services Halifax Street. That complicates things. The strict format that works for the straight-arrow routes in Vancouver does not work in the outlying communities with different service patterns.
  7. They've been moved, but to where is anybody's guess. Didn't see either of them in the shop either.
  8. I can't say that I am a fan of the HVAC control configuration on the Xcelsior buses. The Orions have a four-position dial that can be set to Off, Heat, A/C or Vent, plus a two-position toggle switch for the blower fan speed. None of that on any of the New Flyers (XDE60, XD40, XN40), it's just ON or OFF, with an automatic thermostat. I fully admit that a few times last summer, driving the 2012 XDE60s (on the 49 of course, not the 620, because I always requested a D60LF when I did the 620), I'd shut off the climate control and run with the windows open - not least of which because the A/C in those buses is so damn loud. Sadly that's not as feasible on any of the newer Xcelsiors because the 12000s were the only ones that were delivered with a full complement of windows that can be opened. All of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 model year Xcelsiors have only one pair of windows at the very back, plus another pair at the very front, that can be opened, so leaving the A/C off in the summer would turn the bus into an oven. Weather like we had yesterday plays havoc with the thermostat. I was driving 16005, and half the time I couldn't tell if the thermostat had selected the heat or the A/C. (If I had a choice, I'd have been running the A/C all day, but anybody who knows me at all knows that I like the inside of my bus fridgy cold.)
  9. Actually it stands for Bad Odour. It means the bus stinks.
  10. I wonder if 7176 and 7215 also went. Neither of them are in service right now...
  11. No, there is absolutely nothing special about an XN40 on the 555. Total waste of bandwidth right there.
  12. Well, it was recently announced that TransLink had come to a decision on the type of barrier to be installed on all future buses, and it wasn't that type. I think they decided on the sliding-type barrier that was retrofitted into 16101. (I know it was in one of the XD40s, and I'm pretty sure I rode on 16140 one night going home, and that was the larger pane swing-type barrier. I could barely hear the operator talking to me from only a few feet away.)
  13. At least on the outside of the buses...
  14. Those fareboxes needed to be replaced since, like, 2001. When they were first introduced.
  15. 8023 is at HTC. Farebox and TMAC are still in it, and it does have a new insurance decal (the fleet insurance expires on March 31st so new decals were applied yesterday to at least all active HTC buses). That said, I think it was towed in, because the access panel for tow air hookup on the front of the bus was open.