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Michael Marriott

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  1. Random Photos - Vancouver and area

  2. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Well, 2253 managed to sneak out on the 9 for the PM rush hour. There were no lane closures or overhead modifications that would have impacted trolley operations; so there is no reason the 9's couldn't have had trolleys.
  3. Vancouver Special Sightings

    Movie bus, I saw it go by my workplace on Main St several times.
  4. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Likely the EB stop for the 9 will be moved to the other side of Commercial Dr in front of the Rio Theatre during this construction. The only full closure of Broadway is for the weekend of Sept 30/October 1, so there will certainly by diesels out those days. The rest of time is just single lane closures, which shouldn't impede trolley operations.
  5. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    In short, yes. The admins provide the hosting and tech support for this site, and as such do absolutely have the right to set rules and standards for use of the online space they provide free of charge. Following such rules is not an impediment to any freedom; if you do not care for the rules you are free to make your own forum or blog or chat group. I would strongly suggest you take a look at the Toronto section, where the first pinned thread is about posting etiquette. In particular this point: 2. Posts and replies are to be well thought out and intelligent. We will also not tolerate one word posts or posts of inane 'chatter' on the board. Examples: LOL, , I saw it too, that's nice, etc. Also, it is a very big stretch to go from people complaining about a one word reply to saying that there can be no discussion. There is absolutely room for discussion, but it needs to be actual discussion providing new information, a different perspective, historical background or something that provides actual new content. It is not short replies that involve people trying to pass off their reactions to news (in this case posting the word "ew" as a response to an observation) as something of substance. The nature a board of this type is such that it is not an immediate back and forth conversation between people.
  6. Vancouver Special Sightings

    Yes, but only on training duty. Today marks the first day VTC has put D40LF's on service runs since Hamilton opened.
  7. Vancouver: T-Comm "E-Sightings"

    Click on the tab for "Transit Alerts" which gives you planned detours. Typically, these do not show up in the "Current Conditions" tab. Clicking on that, you would see that the 5 and 6 had a double detour today, with the Celebration of Light disrupting the West End in the evening, and Robson being shut down for a Zombie Walk during the afternoon. And the 20 was detoured off of Commercial Dr today for the annual Dyke March.
  8. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Fireworks special; there would be extra buses on several routes to handle the crowds heading to and especially heading from Downtown Vancouver for the Celebration of Light. These buses would not be assigned to any one route, but would run unscheduled extra trips based on where they were needed.
  9. Quayside-Queensborough (New Westminster) Passenger Ferry

    New Westminster wanted to run the ferry with a longer span of service, but there were issues that prevented it. One of New West's councillors has a blog post about it: https://patrickjohnstone.ca/2017/07/ask-pat-q2q-ferry.html
  10. The report specifies that all the stats were taken between September and December, and does not include any of the post-Evergreen bus changes.
  11. The 17's even worse, since the directions have never been updated since the UBC portion was split off and given to the 14. A trip to Downtown is WB, while the Oak trip is EB, despite plenty of out of direction travel, and the two terminals are more or less in a straight line north and south. It was even worse the year Marine Dr Stn was closed, and a "WB" 17 Downtown would pull out of Marpole Loop, go east on Marine Dr, north on Oak, east on Broadway, north across the Cambie Bridge, then finally do a couple blocks of WB travel in Downtown to get to the library, ending farther east than it started on a WB trip. There are a couple of other routes where the direction assigned to each trip doesn't really line up with the direction the bus actually travels (the 335 and 351 come to mind, due to the looping nature of the route, and the 8 is EB/WB as well).
  12. BYD Battery Electric Bus Demo (2017)

    The BYD is running on the 41 today. I am currently on it heading east on 41 Ave through Kerrisdale. If you want to track it on TCOMM, it looks like it is shadowing 9508's block today.
  13. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    What future routes? The grid in that part of Vancouver is complete, and any added routes would wind up overlapping both existing bus routes and rapid transit. You would eliminate two stops, but add a stop that takes longer to access negating any time savings. Plain and simple, a bus loop at Olympic Village is an idea that doesn't make sense and would actually be detrimental to transit. The main idea behind extending the 9 is to provide a connection to a Skytrain from the east end of the route, as opposed to its current terminus underneath a highway at a McDonalds. Brentwood is usually mentioned as it is a major bus exchange and an anchor in its own right with the mall and redevelopment. Even just getting the 9 to Gilmore Station would be an improvement, allowing for easier access to the rest of the system for east Broadway riders. If there was a desire to run a bus parallel to the Millennium Line through Burnaby it would make more sense to have a dedicated shuttle as the 9 is already a very long route, and runs at much higher frequencies than such a service would warrant. Other than the cluster of redevelopment between Gilmore and Holdom, there is very little along Lougheed Highway through Burnaby. The highway is also very pedestrain unfriendly, with long stretches where there are no crossing lights; and most of the neighborhood housing is oriented away from the Highway. For your Edmonds-Lougheed proposal, that is similar to how the 112 used to look. When the M-Line first opened, it ran its current route from Edmonds to New West, then via Columbia St/North Rd to Lougheed. Low ridership along Columbia St resulted in the route being split at New West, with the east half becoming the C9 which has seen frequency cuts since.
  14. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    You seem to have a serious misunderstanding of how bus procurement works. Translink specs a bus a certain way, and New Flyer (or Nova or whoever) builds the bus to those specs. A manufacturer who refused to build to the specs would not get the tender; and if they tried to arbitrarily change it after the tender was awarded they would be opening themselves up to order cancellation or lawsuits for breach of contract.
  15. I specifically asked if convential peak runs of the 214 would be coming to West Van as well and was told would be. Granted, this information could wrong and/or change before September.