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  1. Spotted another wrapped s200 passing on a CPR train today.
  2. I admit, the Series 8's aren't the best when it comes to sitting. The S200's are also under the department of strange seating, but this is what we deal with on a daily basis. The Series 8's have some improvements over the older series, but comfort is sacrificed. I've been on various other transit systems around the world now (Japan, US, most if not all of Canada's). The plastic bench seating is a common thing nowadays, but I'd wish they would switch the weird seats in the Series 8's with some sort of bench seating like in 2333. I don't know what made CT change to plastic benches, but I do wish for some padding at the very least. S200's nowadays are pretty much less buggy. The doors still need work, but they are significantly better than when they were delivered. These things take time to fix up, so I usually just let it slide. Who will build the Green Line LRVs? Who knows? All builders have their benefits and drawbacks (and some lawsuits here and there). I personally wouldn't mind change to Bombardier or someone else.
  3. I have to admit, Alstom Citadis looks pretty cool. Granted, if they ever do a bid for the new cars, I have a feeling Siemens might have customer advantage with the entire LRT fleet all Siemens and the relationship with the city. But change can happen.
  4. I didn't make it in time for the bus, and I sure wasn't gonna wait for a shuttle bus with the crowd there! I do believe it was a fire, and announcements did say so.
  5. Was at Anderson moments ago. Massive crowds and some buses being dispatched from Anderson for shuttle.
  6. I'm very interested in how they will be implementing the mobile app to work with the new TVMs. I have to say that the TVMs are pretty outdated, and I'd like to see some of the same features in the new TVMs like tap payment. Speaking of the mobile app, I hope the app will have support for the EFC in the future. From experience using other EFCs like Japan's Suica and Pasmo (I used and still have my Pasmo card!), I find it an excellent alternative to paying debit or buying monthly passes. One thing I would like to see in the new EFC is the ability to reload funds through the app. For Pasmo, reloading funds would be done via TVMs or in store (I believe online too, but I'm not too sure). I think the ability to reload funds through your phone and checking you balance would be a nice feature to have before you begin or during your journey, to avoid the moments when you lack money to pay a fare. In regards to how EFCs would work, I think a zone based system would need to be in place OR the countdown timer. A zone based service makes sense as you would be charged for when you are in a different zone. A timer would be more preferable (in our current proof of payment) system. Peace officers would scan (or tap) your card to see your last payments and when they were purchased. If you didnt pay within the 90 minute timeframe, you'd be either fined or pay the fare through your card (if you were traveling as the timer ran out).
  7. SMRT: With the JF18s arriving next year, we are facing a shortage of trains active right now. As it stands, there is a shortage of trains on the D line as F90s are refurbished. For this reason, we will be bring some F79s out of retirement into service once again. Currently, the JF18s will be added to displace MT-2 on the B line to the 1 and 2 lines which in turn will allow the retirement of the MT-1REs. Some F93s will be displaced as well to the D line but as it stands, it is on halt until the JF18s arrive. For this reason, F79s will be returning to service, mainly 0902-0909 will be operating on the D line as 2 4 car set replacements as F90s head to refurbishment from J-TREC through the MetroTech facility. These sets have been sitting in storage for a while now and have yet to be fully retired so the timing is excellent. The F90 refurbishment (reclassifying the F90s as F90Es) is still split between MetroTech and J-TREC. J-TREC is taking the first batch with MetroTech taking the other half. The cars will be receiving new technology seen in past refurbishments. F84E set #2023-2024 has returned to service after repairs have been completed. Cracking sounds and various maintenance has been done to ensure the extended lifespan of this set. F90 set #2093-2094, which was involved in the derailment along with 2097-2098 [which has been refurbished], has been deemed damaged beyond repair. as a result the set was cut in half. #2093 has been officially written off, with #2094 split with it's mate and sitting in storage. It is hoped that #2094 will be mated to another unit in the future, possibly an older unit. #2093 will be used for parts whilst the F90 fleet undergoes refurbishment. After all units are refurbished, the unit will be scrapped as the old components are far too old to be used anywhere in the fleet. With this last round of refurbishments, the fleet will be fully modernised with the F84E, F87E, F90E units completely overhauled and modern. The F93s were built in 2002 and are still fairly modern as a result. All units will be up to standards with ATS and ATC provisions ready. Lines will now begin overhaul to a newer controlled system. As it stands, the A line is CBTC active with the B line installed with CBTC and E line underway right now. The C and F lines already have ATC installed in 2016 and ATS will be installed this year. The D and G lines have yet to see any of these systems. Starting in June of 2017, the G line will be installed with ATC and ATS while the D line will receive the same treatment in August of 2017 as the F90s complete refurbishment. Once completed, all systems will be modern.
  8. Standard Gauge, 600 VDC light rail overhead lines. Overhead lines are compatible with trolleypoles. We would like to have two Tatra T3's for July of 2017. Both will be utilised for the tram line.
  9. SMRT: We are looking for any old streetcars from anywhere in the world. We are rebooting one of our old streetcar routes. Please see below: T1 - The first streetcar route: In 1971, STA (now SMRT) launched the first ever streetcar route. This route ran from the 8th Street Terminal to Jubilee. This route operated from 1971 - 1991 before it was closed due to lack of support. During this time, the route operated the following streetcars: 1971 PCC Streetcar: V001-V004: Retired and Scrapped (1991) 1976 US Standard LRV: V005-V007: Retired and Scrapped (1989) 1979 UTDC CLRV: V008-V010: Retired and Scrapped (1991) Recently the streetcar line that ever operated has been getting attention and council approved to restore the line as a historic streetcar line. In order to operate this line (known as the international line) we need streetcars from around the world.
  10. SMRT's buses built in 1997/1999 were the last buses built with Flipdots as we switched to LED in the 2000 order. The 1997 and 1999 buses are heading to refurbishment (yet again) and will have their flipdots replaced with LED signage. We generally take the opportunity to change out old components for old vehicles during refurbishment. The F84s, F87s, and F90s had rollsigns when they were delivered. The refurbs of the F87 and the F90 have LEDs (as it is more convenient) When the 1997s and the 1999s lost their glow, we installed LED strips of light in the signs (similarly to the Florescent tubes). The retired 1993s and 1994s also had this LED strip.
  11. Buses built prior to 2013 use Florescent Tubes . Newer buses come with LED lights. For our subway cars, refurbished units (F84E, F87E, F90E) have LED Tubes. F93, F93A, and MT-1RE units still have Florescent Tubes. We are in the process of retrofitting LED tubes to our F93 and F93A units (as the MT-1REs are due for retirement soon). From what I recall, the Siemens-Duewag U2s in Edmonton were refurbished with LED interior lights. I believe they were just simple LED replacements for Florescent.
  12. A demo of the MetroTech IGBT-VVVF MK10 Motors used in SMRT trains (MT-3). (Sound recording is actually a demo from my own recording when I visited Japan two years ago) Keikyu New 1000 Series.mp3
  13. Spotted 7858 on the 20 today. Looking sharp in its new livery!
  14. Being a long time user, I have had times where trains are running far behind schedule, trains stopped at stations, and delays in general. And I can speak for equipment that the trains aren't all that suited for winter. For example, today my train was held up at Southland because someone activated the ramp on one of the doors. For background info, I was on the SD 160, built around 1999/2001. Apparently, the ramp would not raise so the doors were stuck open (and during rush hour too). Aside from track and surroundings, our LRT cars also run into problems. I generally find that most cars, even our oldest U2s, still manage to operate in such cold weather. The usual delays during winter months are caused by either track issues or train issues, the latter being more common. There isn't really a huge problem with our current system (aside from 7th Ave), but trains are really the biggest cause of delays. I've been to Vancouver and seen the system first hand. It ultimately depends on how the system is managed when such sudden events occur. To answer your questions: 1. Winter is more common for delays, sometimes due to C-Train cars having issues. 2. I find the tracks outside downtown are usually fine. I haven't witnessed any trains overstopping platforms in the winter as all trains are equipped with sand dumps for the winter seasons to help with braking. Downtown tracks I'm not too sure on, but for the most part, they are fine. Until the bus gets stuck on them, then we have problems. 3. Cold and dry snow, rarely is it wet. The occasional Chinook will bring some relief, and then its back to cold and dry conditions again.
  15. Trains singletracking on the southbound track from fish-creek.