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  1. Mountie

    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Something pertinent that I forgot to mention... Glad someone caught that, thanks. Was initially surprised, from my rear-view I assumed it was a BTC artic deadheading.
  2. Mountie

    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    R12024 passed me SB on Boundary and Lougheed ~10mins ago unwrapped from the RapidBus branding.
  3. Mountie

    Collisions and Incidents thread

    So that explains the cruiser with damage sitting in the detachment parking lot I saw the other day. A brief search yields this Burnaby Now article: https://www.burnabynow.com/news/five-sent-to-hospital-after-rcmp-vehicle-and-transit-bus-collide-in-burnaby-1.23431563
  4. Mountie

    Ad-wrap reports

    9799 for Lionel Lorence Realty if it hasn’t been mentioned already
  5. Mountie

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    18144 in service today.
  6. Mountie

    2018 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    7201 just passed me NB Seymour at Robson. Another transfer for fireworks I would assume.
  7. Mountie

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Glad to see the repositioning of seats in the rear. Judging by the picture, it resembles the seating arrangement on the older Flyers with the two seats facing towards the side. It appears that there are two JetSet Novas in the background too.
  8. Mountie

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    I understand your confusion. Upon seeing "chrome-like" I assumed it was in reference to the wheels instead. Upon delivery of the WVMT XD40's, their wheels had a particular lustre, wheels that did not compare to CMBC's Xcelsiors when they were delivered. It could also be different suppliers altogether. I do not believe CMBC has Alcoas, as it seems as if they are painted/primed over, and bears a resemblance to the light grey on the Sweep scheme we have, bearing a likeness- if not, perfect accuracy of Accuride's optional grey primer or topcoat they treat their wheels. Accuride also has an optional white primer or topcoat- possibly the wheels used on our older D40LF's. Alcoa by Arconic and Accuride are both wheel suppliers of NFI, so take my speculation with the finest grain of salt. I agree, polishing aluminum wheels is indeed extra work, looks like CMBC has gone via the "function over fashion" route instead.
  9. Mountie

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Yes they are shiny, aluminum Alcoa wheels with the mirror finish I believe.
  10. Mountie

    Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    I got a poster around the first week of December, and yes it was at Gilmore! IIRC they had the shower curtain up, covering the boxes of merch and had it set up as a sort of “backroom” As of now, I don’t think there is anything up in person. Though I do hope they host another pop-up store again, I would definitely have another look.
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. Mountie

    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).
  14. Mountie

    2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    Fresh coat of paint too, saw it running the 125 this morning.
  15. Mountie

    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.