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  1. The Vicinitys definitely do. https://twitter.com/BCTransit/status/1271193013549772801?s=20
  2. At this point every bus in Kelowna should have a shield. They were one of the first systems to have it done after Victoria
  3. We started handing out Riders Guides here again last week. We've had them printed though since March. Just before Covid became a problem. Cases are down. But one look at the US (plus some other countries) and you realize how quickly cases could explode here. The government is clearly trying to get ahead of that happening.
  4. Regardless of where the driver is, in the seat or outside the bus on layover, policy stays the same. That said I will get out my seat and help in rare cases. The last one was someone that was completely baffled by how the bike rack worked, and I didn't want to sit there for 10+ minutes while they figured it out. Even still, I didn't actually touch the bike rack, I just walked them through each step while standing outside the bus. It may seem extreme, but drivers get in trouble around this issue far too often. We're human, and drivers typically want to help out when someones in need. But all things considered, its not worth it.
  5. Policy dictates that conventional transit drivers are not allowed get out of their seats, regardless of the reason. Not only because a driver could be injured helping someone, but also because a passenger could be injured because of something the driver does while helping. HandyDART is obviously a different story as its a door to door service. However, here in Vernon for example, multiple drivers have had wheel chairs roll back on them while pushing someone up the ramp. Going back to lifts will slow down the process, but its necessary to minimize injuries.
  6. Money. An Eldorado AeroElite (International) costs significantly less then a Nova LFS. Its at least half from my understanding.
  7. Its really not that surprising. BC Transit as a whole seems to be moving away from using Arbocs for smaller systems/routes. Salmon Arm for example is planning on replacing their fleet of Arbocs with Vicinitys.
  8. Village Green Centre Exchange officially opened today. However service into VGC started yesterday. https://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/new-vernon-bus-exchange-drives-ahead-after-four-year-stall/ 9077 left Vernon on December 5th. 9075 remains in Vernon's yard and will most likely be scrapped as it was used as a parts source to keep 9077 running.
  9. The exchange has been 95% complete for the last month. All that's left are pavement markings and signage. Some roster news. - 9272 was involved in an accident near the Kelowna Airport while on Route 90. There was significant damage to the passenger side, and its currently being repaired at Prevost in Vancouver. In the mean time we've been sent 9308. https://globalnews.ca/news/6097314/minor-incident-bus-semi-highway-97-kelowna/ - 3016 was reactivated after receiving a new engine. I can assure you that not one person is happy with this development.
  10. It was on its way to Vernon. We're storing it and 9840 right now.
  11. It was being stored here in Vernon along with 2308, 2312 & 2463 up to last week. All four buses left together. I was told 2308 and 2312 were sent to the scrapper, but I'm not sure about 2313 & 2463.
  12. A site for Kelowna's new yard has been proposed: http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/news/article_5e010b98-969e-11e9-845d-2b69b9b620ac.html
  13. Vernon Transit enjoys stellar year: https://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/vernon-transit-enjoys-stellar-year/ Updates; - 3016 returned to the yard, but has had its license plates, radio and farebox removed. - 9075 & 9077 were sent in as replacements for 3016. 9077 will be activated, while 9075 will act as a parts bus. - Arbocs 2308, 2312, 2313 & 2463 have left Vernon. I can't speak for 2463, however the other three were sent to the scrapper.
  14. Route 60 & 61 are both being tweaked to serve new areas; https://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/bc-transit-incorporates-north-okanagan-route-changes/ A few fleet updates. 3016 has left Vernon. About a month ago the "bus" had a major engine failure. Repair would have cost a minimum of $25,000, a new engine would be closer to $40,000. As 3016 is only 1.5 years away from retirement, it was decided that it would be retired early. 3016 has been sent to another system with Aero Elites and will be used as a parts bus. It is currently unclear what will replace 3016, but I've been told it will not be another Aero Elite. Route 60 is currently using a 30' Vicinity in 3016's place. 8084 was transferred to Kamloops. Four Arbocs are currently being stored. 2308, 2312, 2313 & 2463.
  15. She runs great. The bus had lots of work done shortly before being moved to Vernon.
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