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  1. The R3 was included in order to ensure that every part of the region got some of the benefits of improved service. Strictly based on ridership the Scott Rd and Commercial-Victoria Rapidbuses should have been implemented before the R3 and even the R2. But when the 10 year plan was first was first proposed there was grumbling that Vancouver and Surrey were getting most of the investments. So, the Rapidbus routes selected for phase one were at least partially chosen to ensure political support from across the region. The R3 is actually interesting, since it is the first B-Line/Rapidbus since the original 99 to be entirely new service. The 96/R1 canibalised the 320 and 321 service hours, the R2 outright replaced the 239, the R4 replaced the 43 and took hours from the 41, the 95/R5 replaced the 135, the 97 took over the 147 and the 98 replaced the 400's Downtown express segments. Meanwhile, the 701 and 791 were unchanged by the R3 introduction. The best way to improve the R3 would be to invest in improved frequency on the Ridge Meadows shuttles. Even if your main trunk route is every 15 minutes until midnight, when the off peak frequency on the feeder routes ranges from every 45 to every 120 minutes, and they stop running at 6 or 9pm, it will be a struggle to attract ridership.
  2. CMBC XD40 16112 is seen at at the front of a line of Novas inside the bus loop at Richmond-Brighouse Station. Monday, October 19, 2020 was the opening day for this bus loop, over 11 years after the adjacent Skytrain Station opened.
  3. Pretty sure you were looking at tweets/alerts for Saturday, since there was no alert put out for the 99 today. It's very unlikely Translink would know about a protest with that precise a time in advance.
  4. The shortening of the 3 was unrelated to Canada Line construction, and came out of a proposal from the 2005 Vancouver/UBC Area Transit Plan. It was to free up service hours for other improvements in the plan, since boardings on the 3 were fairly low in Downtown. At the time, the 3's Downtown loop went all the way south to Davie St, and cutting back to Chinatown reduced peak bookout by 8 buses. But, people complained about the forced transfer at Main and Hastings, so as a compromise a new switch was added from WB Hastings to NB Seymour, and the 3 was given its current route to Waterfront only in December 2008 where it has remained (other than the attempt run it to Robson and interline the 3 and 20 from Sept 2009 to Sept 2010)
  5. Beneath a stormy evening sky, CN 2850 leads a train past BNSF 290 at Braid St in New Westminster:
  6. Bus "32" is out on the 7, it is actually 2132.
  7. Minor observation, but some of the trolley wire on Carrall St is usable again. Since the bike lane was put in in 2008, and the wire was never shifted for the new lane configuration, using the wire required trollrybuses to knock aside tree branches. Then, in 2014 a crane lift one weekend resulted in the WB wire from Columbia to Carrall beimg removed; when it went back up the switch from WB Hastings to SB Carrall was never reactivated, the left turn wire was missing a proper curve segment and had extra insulators installed to keep it unpowered. Earlier this year, the Carrall between Cordova and Hastings got shifted due to construction, moving it out of the trees. And a couple of weeks ago the switch on Hastings was reactivated, the curve segment finished, the turn wire powered and the wire on Carrall between Hastings and Pender moved out of the trees. The final block from Powell to Cordova still needs to be realigned. The biggest advantage to this is that you can now short turn a late 20 in Chinatown without having to drop poles.
  8. It is very unlikely that "31" and "32" were 2103 and 2228. The odds that two buses returned for only one day with misprogrammed TMacs, and then never made it out again (since none of the 4 numbers showed up again in the subsequent days) is infintessimly small. It is more likely that 2103 and 2228 are parked for long term issues, and 31 and 32 were buses that have actually made it out recently.
  9. I can't speak for the east, but there are no restrictions for out of province travelling to BC. As stated on the BC government website, out of province travelers are to follow the same advice as people travelling within BC; stay home if you're sick, maintain social distancing and avoid large crowds/keep groups small. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/phase-3
  10. ⁸https://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/covid-19-bus-priority-projects.aspx City of Vancouver has released a list of where they will implement bus lanes. The biggest one is that Granville St will get peak directional bus lanes from 16th Ave to Marine Dr. Main St will get daytime bus lanes from the Skytrain Station to 7th Ave SB, the corresponding NB lane will start at 4th Ave for most of the day and immediately after Kingsway in the AM rush hour. Peak direction bus lanes will extend along Kingsway to Fraser. There are various improvements along East 49th Ave mostly giving buses a priority lane as they approach major intersections. The Robson St plans have already been implemented, and more related to reallocating space for pedestrian space, with the transit changes being incidental to those.
  11. An observation about the new schedule for the 10. All but one of the buses that stay out in the evening are on blocks that start with the PM rush hour. This has the effect of making the 10 be all 40 footers at night, with the lone artic remaining from the daytime finishing at 2230.
  12. With the sunset partially obscured by a smoky haze, Novabus LFS 9692 on the 84 Express pulls New Flyer E40LFR 2167 on the 4 heading west on 4th Ave at Alma St in Vancouver.
  13. September 7, 2020 was the first day of operation for Double Decker buses on route 351 in Metro Vancouver. Here, two buses heading in opposite directions on the route meet in the bus loop at the South Surrey Park N Ride at the intersection of Highway 99 and King George Blvd.
  14. They are different buses; those photos of 871 were taken in Calgary.
  15. 175: I was at Coquitlam Central a couple weeks ago, and the 175 arrived with a full seated load. So, the route is likely brushing up against the capacity limit of a shuttle, meaning either more frequency or a conversion to big bus was needed. Keep in mind, the 175 was one of the routes that would have retained full weekday service had the May 18 cuts gone through. Given industrial jobs are less likely to allow for working from home, routes serving industrial areas have likely seen smaller losses of ridership. 183: Even though the big buses may not be needed elsewhere, there is still a savings in drivers wages from switching to shuttle. 562: This is some speculation, but given that the new stops will be on TWU's property, they may not allow use of the stops on Sunday.
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