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  1. That's hardly new... I've said this before, and I'll say it again. Normal drivers take a shower and then go to work. Double decker drivers go to work and then take a shower.
  2. If you draw in the comparison to the TTC, an equivalent can be found in the routes that each service different sections of the same road, like the 36 Finch West and 39 Finch East, or the 52 Lawrence West and 54 Lawrence East. The problem is that there are no such cardinal direction designations for Kingsway, and so using East and West to tell apart the 19 and the 119 won't really be helpful. Many of the local routes in Richmond already have precedent to draw upon for route descriptions, as evidenced by the fact that the 408 now uses essentially the same route description that the 401 used before it was split in 2018. 401 One Road to Steveston / One Road to Brighouse Stn (406 follows this pattern, and so could the 402) 403 Three Road to Bridgeport Station / Three Road to Riverport 404 Four Road to Brighouse Stn / Four Road to Riverport 405 Five Road to Ironwood Industrial / Cambie to Knight & Marine (This one would require the bottom half of the stacked text to transition to "via Vulcan" during peak hours; the same also applies to the 407.) 407 Gilbert to Steveston / Bridgeport to Knight & Marine 410 is trickier. I feel like this one should break convention and be called "410 Queensborough Connector / to 22nd St Stn" because while it does provide local service along Cambie, I'd say the link to New West is more significant. Maybe even "410 Hwy 91 Q'boro Cnctr / to 22nd St Stn". The same goes for the 412. It seems pointless to call it "412 Russ Baker Way" because that's not the most important role the route plays. I'd actually be tempted to leave the primary route description as it is, calling it "412 Sea Island South / to YVR South Terminal".
  3. Someone got mad that this bus doesn't go to Aldergrove?!
  4. Speaking of seatbelts... did you happen to see if the driver's seat is equipped with the three-point seatbelt?
  5. 16107 looks to have been involved in a boo-boo. Some minor damage to the right rear corner.
  6. There is a possibility that 9204 is retired. I use the word "possibility" only because it is currently parked behind 9244 and 9251 at RTC, but over the past few months there have been other buses parked in the same spot, sometimes even Novas or artics, and those always returned to service. This time though, 9204 has been there for almost a week and hasn't moved, so I think that may be its final resting place. I'm surprised @dover5949hasn't already reported this.
  7. That's not what I've heard. I believe the plan is to assign some of the new XDE60s to VTC for that purpose. We'll see how long that lasts, because the last time there were diesel artics assigned to VTC, there was nowhere to park in the yard at night... (Notwithstanding that summer a few years ago when a handful of the new RapidBus artics were mixed in with the artic trolleys.)
  8. And don't forget about all the negative publicity flying around during the contract negotiations that almost resulted in a three-day shutdown of the bus network...
  9. I've done the 26 once, but that was in my first week on the job out of class, and furthermore that was before the routing through Champlain Heights was changed in conjunction with the re-routing of the 49 off of 54th Avenue, so I don't remember for sure if that turn from Arlington existed then. All I do remember is making a wrong turn into a cul-de-sac at Frontenac and Hurst and having to back out.
  10. 9668 was involved in what appeared to be a solo MVA at 49th and Arlington, today around 12:30 pm. I say "appeared to be" because I didn't see any other vehicle on the scene, but the bus had clearly been making the right turn onto 49th off Arlington, but somehow ended up climbing the curb onto the sidewalk, and the right side of the bus was wedged firmly against the light standard...
  11. An internal memo indicates that coach #19420 has been fitted with snow tires as a trial until February.
  12. Fixed. @Nathan Davidowiczperhaps you could re-insert your original thread titles into the post body, because they don't appear in this thread. The links to the original threads are still on the main forum page.
  13. ...and the next bus going to 22nd Street is usually running late, and already full by the time it gets to the Boundary stop, so now there's a few dozen angry people all crowded onto that tiny little bit of asphalt on the side of the road by the ditch.
  14. 9547 looking pretty fresh at Brighouse Station this morning. T-Comm data shows it was out of commission for a while prior to this past Saturday, but the dirt pattern on the back end suggested it had recently been through the wash rack.
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