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Michael Marriott

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  1. Michael Marriott

    Feature Photo Submissions

    During a rare winter storm in Vancouver, E40LFR 2220 lays over at 29th Ave Skytrain Station as a route 16.
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    Feature Photo Submissions

    Backdropped by snow capped mountains, Coast Mountain Bus Company 7446 arrives at Carvolth Exchange in Langley.
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    18515 was on the 562 today:
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    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    One thing I will say is Translink is not ignoring new technology. The E40LFR fleet did have the EPU batteries replaced a couple years ago, and when the BHA got a tour of VTC in 2017 it was mentioned that they considered upgrading to newer battery tech like the Seattle XT's have, but found it wasn't worth the extra cost since it would require more modifications to other components to properly integrate them. For the time being, Translink is committed to maintaining the existing trolley network, if there was some deep anti-trolley bias you wouldn't see things like the plan to put trolleys back on the 41, the 5/6 Yaletown extension and the budget to string up new wire to maintain trolley service on the 14, 16 and 17 during Broadway subway construction (the 37 buses will cover the 9 only, which uses 27 buses during the PM rush hour, plus spares and extras for padded running time during construction).
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    2018 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    Because transferring buses in numerical order would be a large amount of effort for absolutely no gain. The buses are parked in a random numerical order based on when their runs get back to the yard, when they come out of the shop and so on. When it's time to transfer a bus to another yard no one is going to rearrange the entire yard (and possibly change over a bus in service) just to ensure that the transferred buses are in order.
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    TTC Trolley Coach reminescing

    There were selectric switches on the TTC trolleys system, a few of the shots on Transit Toronto clearly show them: https://transit.toronto.on.ca/photos/images/004-annette-02.jpg
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    There was some communication issues with TCOMM today, so I doubt most of those were accurate. Buses were dropping in and out of the tracker; when I got off work at 5 pm I noticed there were only 100 E40LFR's showing in service, it then jumped to 122, then dropped to 91 within 5 minutes. There should have been about 150 in service then. When I checked the 3 I was on at Broadway, TCOMM showed it as still being at 14 Ave, with schedule adherence reporting based on the lagged GPS location.
  8. Michael Marriott

    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    That's assuming federal/provincial money would be able to follow the project if it was moved to another part of the region. I think that would be very unlikely given the number of ridings Surrey has, and its potential to determine the victor especially at the provincial level (in the last provincial election several Surrey ridings were very close, and if the vote totals had been slightly different it changed the outcome). It would be terrible optics if money that was promised for a Surrey project was moved to Vancouver, especially given the feeling that South of Fraser is short changed by Translink. The most likely scenario I see at this point is the money for LRT being moved to Skytrain, and the extension being designed to fit inside that budget. This would likely result in an extension to Fleetwood as the first part, and the rest of the line to Langley later.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    The extra units will be used for planned service improvements over the next year.
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    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    The D40's were not retired early, they were from 1991/92 and most were retired in 2009/2010 after 18-19 years of service. The C40's were from 1995 and lasted until 2011 so around 16 years. Slightly premature, but at the time the provincial government had ordered an audit of Translink, and one of the claims was that Translink had too high a spare ratio and it should be brought down. The desire to follow that edict, coupled with the shelving of planned service expansion due to the financial situation at the time meant the bus fleet was reduced in size, and the C40's, being the oldest buses and still being high floor, got the axe.
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    Collisions and Incidents thread

    Well, they did have all 19's start looping Downtown instead of having them go into Stanley Park. The reality is when incidents like this happen, especially when they happen in a high traffic, congested area like Georgia St/Lions Gate Bridge, the delays can happen so quickly that some buses can get stuck before anything can be done or anyone realises what's going on. This is one of the reasons a lot of the long routes are being split up. As for the 5/6, they are a special case. They are short routes, with no viable short turn locations. With the 19, short turning Downtown meant that service on Kingsway could be maintained. However, if you sent a 5/6 up Granville or Burrard to short turn, you would miss the majority of the route where most of the ridership is. You would wind up running empty buses just to get them on time, meeting a performance metric while providing worse service on the street. As well, even if the buses are bunched out one way, they may be getting broken up and spread out. For instance, if they are multiple 19's the first one might get short turned at Sloan, the second at Joyce with the third going to Metrotown. Spreading out the service eastbound would then result in an even longer gap past the short turn point(s).
  12. Went hiking above Buntzen Lake today, and coming back down the 182 was completely full. I got on at the stop at East Rd and Sunnyside Rd, along with several other hikers. At that point we had 23 people on board, so we wound up passing up a couple of people in the eastern part of Anymore, as well as several people on the Ravine Dr loop. n the summer, I have also seen the 179 leave people behind at Buntzen Lake due to the shuttle being full. It seems with the Evergreen Line, more people are using transit to go to Buntzen Lake and service has not kept up with demand. At this point, either the 182 needs 30 minute service 7 days a week or the 179 needs to be expanded to run year round and seven days a week.
  13. Michael Marriott

    Collisions and Incidents thread

    7115 never made it out yesterday (Friday). TComm last saw it at 1820 on Thursday, October 4.
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    West Vancouver established their own bus system in 1912. Since it was a public, municipally owned system from the start, there wasn't the need for BC Hydro to take over in 1962 when the BCER could no longer continue as a private enterprise. Since then, they have maintained some operational independence even as the system became more integrated with the rest of the Metro Vancouver network.
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    2018 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    Great, why don't you start writing your MLA for that. Now, to bring this back to reality, TRAMS could apply for grants from various cultural/historic funding sources, but they would be competing against other organizations around the province (or even country, since there are some federal grants avaliable to) for the limited amount of money. In addition, most of those grants are one time for specific projects, not blank cheques. Even ones for operations would need to be reapplied for every year. Also, if the bus went out on a regular basis, it would be given a specific schedule, not randomly assigned. After all, if the provincial government is giving TRAMS money, then part of the condition of receiving that money would be to actually have people experience the transit history. Having a heritage bus randomly assigned to different routes would not be conductive to that goal, and would only be there to give foamers bragging rights about something.