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  1. Michael Marriott

    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
  2. Michael Marriott

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Michael Marriott

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    The extra units will be used for planned service improvements over the next year.
  5. Michael Marriott

    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.
  6. Michael Marriott

    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).
  7. 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.
  8. Michael Marriott

    Collisions and Incidents thread

    7115 never made it out yesterday (Friday). TComm last saw it at 1820 on Thursday, October 4.
  9. Michael Marriott

    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.
  10. Michael Marriott

    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.
  11. Michael Marriott

    VIA Rail Canada

    They would have been on time into Vancouver on Monday, but Rocky Mountaineer got priority to go up the Grandview cut first, and it had to wait for the Amtrak Cascades to pull out as well. The new schedule has a lot of padding to deal with freight delays in the Vancouver area. #1 gets over 4 hours to get from Abbotsford to Vancouver, without waiting for other trains that would only take 90 minutes.
  12. Except, you really can't provide local service on that stretch of Lougheed Highway. There are a limited number of streets that actually meet the highway, most of which don't have pedestrian crossings that would be necessary for bus stops. Looking at google maps, the only streets that would work for a bus stop that don't have a proposed or future B-Line stop are 207 and 216 streets. Wasting service hours to extend the 595 to Haney Place for two unique stops is not a good use of resources; if there was demand for those stops they could be added to the B-Line. This whole idea of running the 595 to Haney Place keeps cropping up, but it will likely never happen. The 595 used to run to Haney Place, but it was cut back to Maple Meadows because there was not enough ridership to justify duplicating the 701. Between the 701, 791 and the new B-Line there is already more than enough service running down the corridor.
  13. Important context for the Seattle/New Flyer trolley situation. The rumor is that New Flyer doesn't want to build a one off order of 12 buses with several unique features (motors on both the centre and rear axles, as well as driver side doors for island platforms). That is just a rumor, other rumors say Seattle may have to pay significantly more than was budgeted. New Flyer would likely have little issue for a hypothetical 250 to 300 bus order for Vancouver.
  14. Michael Marriott

    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    Which is why this order has options for future years that Translink can exercise for extra buses.
  15. Michael Marriott

    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    It's been made clear in several posts that the 104 new Nova hybrids are the expansion buses. And there are more artics on order than there are D60LF's remaining in service, any attempt to claim that the D60LF's will survive the coming order is an attempt to impose your fantasy on reality.