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  1. At least the traffic lights were modified to separate the pedestrians crossing N/S and the buses exiting the loop, but even then jaywalkers and inattentive people are still prevalent...
  2. Noticed that select ‘144 Metrotown Stn’ trips route via Nelson, Kingsway, Mckay, Central. Not sure how long this has been going on, but it caught my eye as I saw a 144 make a turn onto Kingsway.
  3. Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    There is a significant number of Compass entries and exits from SoF stations on the Expo. Now suppose that the Skybridge collapses, you have numerous Skytrain users having to resort to an alternate mode of crossing. Possibly a bus bridge, but many questions arise, such as the sustainability of this method. Many variables come into mind affecting the ease of operation of a major bus bridge, such as fleet capacity, personnel, timeliness, congestion on arterials/crossings during rush hour, etc. Let alone having the need to support an augmented amount of crossings with the current state of our road network (lol). Transit users may resort to alternate crossings such as the supposed bus bridge, 340 or the 555, though the two latter alternatives seem somewhat/too out of the way for a number of users to possibly consider. This could push users to drive instead, though numerous others have no other choice but to commute using public transit. However, with more travelers choosing to drive, this contributes to the already present congestion we see on a regular basis on the PMB, AFB, and the Pattullo. The Pattullo saw an average of 75,000 to 80,000 total crossings on a weekday- November 2016. The Alex Fraser saw an annual average of 115,829 crossings in 2016. And in September of 2017, the Port Mann saw 153,700 average crossings, up from 133,200 the month before, prior to toll removal. Maybe our crossings could handle more volume, although congested? Maybe the impact on travel times would not be too noticeable? Habits will change out of this hypothetical ordeal, with travelers changing their routines, employment, or mode of transportation. Data is beautiful, but this all boils down to many, many different factors. This only opens it up for further discussion- I cannot state with certainty that it will be business as usual with an inconvenience, or the opposite. There are a number of studies that come to mind when it comes to a collapse of a bridge- specifically the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge, where the DOT released material on the economic impact of the collapse. This leads to further contemplation if something were to happen in the Lower Mainland- with our region being connected by numerous crossings, how would we cope if we lost one? I appreciate your post, thanks for the read/research. Compass data (2016 TSPR). Pattullo Bridge (TransLink 2016), AFB (BCMoT 2016), PMB (TICorp 2017), Traffic Statistics. I-35W Bridge Collapse Impact (MnDOT).
  4. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    Fresh coat of paint too, saw it running the 125 this morning.
  5. Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    You can add ‘Happy Holidays’ and ‘Go Canucks Go’ while you’re at it... There are a number of PR messages to be displayed and I am certain he knows which ones are which lol.
  6. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Improvements towards the snow plan this year are currently being implemented. Just a summary: -Kevlar tire socks to be trialed on buses going up Burnaby Mountain. Tire chains will also be supplied if necessary. -Heating elements and cover boards to be installed on sections of third rail to prevent ice buildup on the SkyTrain. -The usual trolley de-icing and glycol trains will be running as well, along with the application of sand on the Canada Line.
  7. Vancouver: T-Comm "E-Sightings"

    I would assume as they are only replacing poles on the north side of Davie, counter clockwise service running on the south side is unaffected.
  8. Vancouver: T-Comm "E-Sightings"

    CMBC Pole Replacement at Davie St No other road closures to note.
  9. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    HTC had around 50-60 during its peak of D40LFs, if I recall correctly. They slowly started whittling them down with the introduction of the 16000's, whereas now it is simply the reshuffling of resources as needed/based on condition.
  10. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    9668 and 9669 have been at BTC for some time now.
  11. West Vancouver Blue Bus

    And vertical handlebars too! My gripe with the Aerotechs are the roof-only handlebars, leaving the standees to reach for seatbacks that people rest their heads on...
  12. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    7234 back in service, just passed me on W Pender running a 19.
  13. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Moronic behaviour does not justify the expedited retirement of the Mark I's. According to the Expo Line Upgrade Strategy PDF, the "basic rehabilitation" of the Mark I units leave them in a state of good repair until 2026. The odds of Mark I's going beyond 2026 are likely, given system upgrades such as the Broadway Extension and *maybe* RRT along Fraser Highway. Units from the Scott Road and KG extension have not undergone refurbishment, are presumably in better shape than the older units, and with the 35 year life expectancy of the Mark I's, it would be a waste to retire them early. NYC comes to mind. Although there are 10 prototype R211T open-gangway units being placed for order- but this is a discussion for another thread
  14. New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    Saw 7180 headed westbound on SE Marine Drive at Fraser around 12:45PM today. Possibly on the way to VTC?
  15. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Well, it is regular maintenance to keep the system in a state of good repair. Rail grinding does smooth down the worn running rail, corners especially, so maintenance done such as this is nothing to be surprised about.