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  1. SMRT News We are working closely with Health officials to ensure the wellness of our guests and staff. As stated by Health Canada, the risk remains low and to that end, service will remain normal. All our buses, trams, and subway cars are undergoing significant cleaning and disinfecting during this time. Please be mindful of other guests and follow the recommended health guidelines outlined by Health Canada and Alberta Health Services. As conditions can change at anytime we will keep everyone notified of any changes to transit. Thank you for your cooperation during this time and as always, the safety of our guests and staff remain our #1 priority. On an unrelated note: We are rolling out new announcements to our entire system to improve communication with guests and those who are visually impaired. Here's how things will change: Buses Current [CAD]: "8th Street Terminal" | "Stop Requested. Please use the rear doors" New [CAD and External Speakers]: "8th Street Terminal. Transfer to subways and trams." | "Stop Request. Use rear doors" | "Route A100 to Rockaway" Trams Current: None, unless specified by tram drivers New [CAD]: Similar to buses Subways Current : "The Next Station is City Hall. The doors on the right side will open. Please change here for the B and E Lines" New: "Next stop: City Hall. Change for B and E Lines. Doors open on the right" Stations Current: chime "The next train approaching is for 8th Street. Please stand clear of the platform doors" OR "The next train approaching is for Evergreen. Please stand behind the platform edge" New: chime "Next train: A line to 8th Street. Please mind the platform doors" OR "Next train: F line to Evergreen. Please mind the platform edge"
  2. Hey all! From the Calgary board. I will be relocating to Edmonton for the next 4 months for work and was wondering some places to go spotting. Thanks a bunch!
  3. SMRT Buses and Area [SMRT] The RFP for the electric bus fleet has concluded, with New Flyer and Nova Bus both winning the contract. Both companies will provide 4 electric buses for trial before the rest of the fleet is announced. Thank you to all those who have participated in the RFP. [KGTS] Kennedy & Gregory Transportation System has announced a RFP for 30 CNG 40 foot buses. They can be any spec. Ends Jan 01, 2020. This will replace part of our existing diesel fleet. [SBL] Sunnyshore Bus Lines is announcing an RFP for 10 40 foot buses. They can be any spec. Ends Feb 01, 2020. This will replace the remaining high floor fleet.
  4. Hi from Calgary! Seeing a lot of miscommunication to passengers about delays. How does Transpo usually handle delays? Are they radioed to dispatch? From experience here (and someone from the Calgary board can clarify and correct me), problems are usually relayed to dispatch and other drivers near the problem train. Once word is received, announcements are made to passengers (manually for unplanned delays, we used to have automatic announcement for them, but switched back to manual). Calgary Transit also relays any significant delays via Twitter and updates on the situation (i.e. Problem solved, getting back on schedule). It's not always perfect 100% of the time however. It does take a bit of time for word to spread to other LRT operators and some are even unaware of the situation until they get held up at a station. As LRT has stated previously, it's a matter of getting into the flow of things and working out the bugs. Nothing ever is flawless the first time around. OC Transpo is pretty new to operating LRT, and there are numerous issues that need workarounds with the system that was built. There is never a clear cut solution to everything, but some recommendations can help discover a solution that fits. That is my 2 cents on this.
  5. (Was looking at records and found that I had an electric bus program RFP that ended in March oops) SMRT RFP A reminder that SMRT is looking for bus manufacturers to bid for the Electric Bus Pilot Program. Originally the RFP ended in March, but the city has reopened the RFP once again due to lack of interest (we've only received details from BYD). The reopening will be available until Oct. 31, 2019. After reviewing details and fleet information on the subway system, we have decided to retired the F84E fleet by the end of 2020. This was in part due to the fact that the F84E is the last fleet of trains without Air Conditioning and due to the nature of the D Line, which runs above ground for part of the line. Other details include: the cars are incompatible with the F97E, and F90E fleets, which were refurbished in the late 2010s, and despite the 2013 refurb performed, much of the systems on board are from the 1980s (mechanical parts such as doors and motors were given a refresh and not upgraded to IGBT technology like the F90 fleet) which are harder to come by. A farewell ceremony will be announced at a later date. On top of that, the MT-1RE fleet will be retired later this year to allow a common fleet on the C and F lines. A farewell charter will be held on November 30, 2019.
  6. 8191 made it all the way from Stoney to run the 12 this pm!
  7. It was out today again. Finally got the consist: 2205, 2219, 2206, 2207
  8. I can only remember that 2205 and 2207 were ends. I couldnt feel a bump.
  9. Im on board as of writing this. Seems that brakes are releasing about the same speed as the series 8s and 9s to me.
  10. All buses built from 2013 onwards have air conditioning. Used buses are a mixed bag. Older buses are not fitted with A/C. Most subway stations have A/C installed on the mezzanine level only. Stations with platform screen doors have newer A/C units installed on the platform [All A, B, E, and 3 lines]. Ground level and elevated stations have A/C install in station buildings. Bus hubs have A/C installed in the shelters. Almost all subway trains are fitted with A/C. Starting in 1987, A/C became standard. The only trains not fitted with A/C are the F84E fleet, which are due for replacement. SMRT does have water fountains at all subway stations.
  11. I assume Siemens does not offer the S70 anymore? If they still did, I'd bet on that being their offering.
  12. Seems to me that the refurbs look quite good (though Winter will take its toll on the floor 😂). It's what we expected, an SD-160 that has the tech of an S200. Now the real question is how it will fair when with the Series 8s.
  13. I wonder where in South Calgary? I'm guessing Anderson, since it was the original terminus when the system opened.
  14. City ends contract with Thales, escorts workers from LRT Job Site. https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/city-ends-contract-with-thales-escorts-workers-from-lrt-job-site
  15. So from what I can see, the stairs loop around?
  16. Station sign names at Anderson are being replaced (the side signs, not the platform signs).
  17. 2462 has arrived and is unwrapped at Haysboro (or rewrapped and unwrapped again?)
  18. MetroTech Systems Production of the MT-3 series has ended. We will no longer be offering it for purchase. In replacement, the M7 family will be fully available. The LFT Series 1 will be discontinued in favor of the LFT Series 3, offering the highest quality of product. We are excited to launch our brand new line of rail units, called the D-EU Family! The D-EU Family is an all new generation of Diesel Multiple Units (DMU) and Diesel Locomotives. Since 2010, we have been undergoing research and testing to provide improvements to the DMU and locomotive market. Through our R&D program and our collaborative work with Tri-Star to develop the IBES-RD1 engine, we have learned and tested various different configurations of engines to reduce carbon emissions from diesel engines. All DMUs and locomotives will come equipped with our new DieselDrive Series 1 engines. These engines have been rigorously tested and not only meets, but exceeds the EPA and European requirements. They are rated as EPA Tier 4 for Line-hauling units (including switch units) and European standards for locomotives. Starting with this family of units, all trains are custom specific for all contracts, meaning customers are not restricted to specific layouts for DMUs and locomotives (they are still subject to the manufacturer's platform for assembly, but exterior and interior specs are custom made). This will also be rolled out to the M7 family. (The LFT family will not be receiving this change, due to the nature and design of the trams) DE-MU (Diesel Efficient Multiple Unit) - Supports all safety systems, including CBTC and in-house DCTO. Perfect for clients who are looking to introduce a new DMU line or update their existing fleet. D-EL (Diesel Efficient Locomotive) - Supports all safety systems. Perfect for replacement of existing locomotives. All locomotives are suited for both shunting and pulling operations, but can be customized to fit a specific role. Please inquire for more details. D-EH (Diesel Efficient Hybrid) - Supports all safety systems. Similar to the smaller scale hybrid buses, these units are available as DMUs only. Please inquire within. All platforms are available for purchase starting today! Contact MetroTech systems for more details and a quotation.
  19. SMRT Bulletin SMRT is calling on all bus manufacturers for an opportunity. We are launching the Electric Bus Test Program (EBTP), where we will be testing various electric buses over the course of 1 year. The buses will be heavily tested along various routes around the city and varying conditions. Requirements to participate: Low Floor, Zero Emissions Bus running on battery power (no hybrid buses) Buses must meet safety standards expressed under Canadian Law Must provide one 40 foot (40') bus for testing; Any spec allowed. May provide one 30 foot (30'), 35 foot (35'), or 60 foot (60') bus for additional testing; Any spec allowed. Not required but we will accept as part of testing. Number of buses from each manufacturer must not exceed 2 buses. Each manufacturer will only provide one bus model. Registration opens today (February 12, 2019) and closes March 30, 2019. Closing date may change, depending on circumstances. Following our testing program, companies will have a chance to bid for a request for purchase to supply electric buses. RFP not guaranteed following program. Companies that wish to sign up, please contact our procurement department at corporateRFP@smrt.gov.ca [PM in real life]
  20. MCI has been awarded the contract for the new coaches. They will be the first CNG coaches in our fleet. 40 coaches have been ordered.
  21. Speaking of stations, any news about Anderson?
  22. Kennedy and Gregory Transportation System: RFP awarded to New Flyer for 20 XD40s. SMRT: The RFP for regional buses have been extended to January 31, 2019.
  23. Announcing the RFP that ended a few days ago: Sunnyshore Bus Lines (SBL): UTC: CN40XR [UTC TN-280 Engines; UTC T-1400 Transmissions; Luminator Spectrum Titan Signs] Sunnyshore Airport Authority (SAA): UTC: D60XR [UTC T-1330 Engines; Allison B500R6 transmissions (if not compatible, please contact); Luminator Spectrum Signs] UTC: DE40XR [Cummins B6.7 Engines; BAe Hybridrive transmissions; Luminator Spectrum Signs] Thanks to all who participated and offered. The Kennedy & Gregory Transportation System contract will end this Saturday.
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