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Rotidua

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  1. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    The problem is that you're being immature. It's either you start being mature, thinking before you post, and making your posts believable, or you refuse and let the problem grow to the point where an admin notices it. It's your choice. It's for your own good to shape up and not throw hissy fits left and right.
  2. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    I know what I'm thinking, and what I'm thinking is for you to start acting your age, thinking critically, and backing up what you say with evidence. To see you fight off criticism by throwing a tantrum is disappointing, especially when you're twisting people's words in the quotes.
  3. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    More than half of the entire fleet is Gillig. Check the wiki. This is somewhat of a gripe that I have with this user. The guy claims on an older post that he's 28 - 30 years old, yet his critical thinking and those jumbled thoughts of said posts are more suited to that of a 10 - 12 year old. I've yet to see anyone in their 20s or 30s that behaves like that.
  4. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    I expect info on the ex-700s to come from people associated with the Navy Exchange. Unless if that driver works for the Navy Exchange shuttle, your statement holds nothing of value. Please get a better sense of critical thinking.
  5. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    You do know that when I mentioned the TMCs, I'm talking about this one, right? Where does this bus driver that you rely info on work at anyways?
  6. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Nicely caught! Did you see any ex-700 TMCs still running for the Navy Exchange?
  7. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Sounds like Bus 242 hit a pedestrian yesterday. http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/38174133/city-bus-collides-with-pedestrian-in-liliha
  8. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    The Proterras are long gone already. It's been about a month and a half since its last run.
  9. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    While some of the 700s are moving in for the replacement of the 300s, the Kalihi facility has acquired its next electric bus for testing. An operator friend of mine told me that it arrived just a few days ago. He took a photo of the new bus, and sure enough, it's a BYD K9. Right now, the new drivers are being conditioned for its general test drive just like they went through training with the Proterra Catalyst BE40. So far, I'm hoping for four things from the BYDs. 1. Made in the California plant. 2. Altoona inspected and certified. 3. Minimal breakdown of the electric motor. 4. Adequate charge to last throughout the day. Given the dodgy yet slightly infamous reputation of BYD in the states, I'm not going to feel too good about TheBus placing a bid on these buses at this point in time.
  10. After reading almost all of the posts here, I feel compelled to share my experience of riding the Honolulu C&C's TheBus in Hawaii. These experiences mostly span back to when I attended Honolulu Community College, and most of these occurred on the Route 1. Somewhere in the autumn of 2013 (I started community college on this year), I think I had one female bus driver make a rude comment about how I was cheap to use the bus pass I got from the cc. This was upon boarding on one of the D60LFs that she operated on and showing her the pass. I brushed it off anyways. The operator looked like she was formerly homeless. Somewhere in the spring of 2014, I boarded onto a crowded DE60LFR and sat at the near end to do some Calculus I homework. This one lady who sat at the end was super-pissed (looked like some sort of break-up in a relationship) and threw her phone down to the ground out of anger. One guy tried to pick it up for her, but she yelled at him not to. Another guy to my right tried to look back to see what the commotion was all about, and was also yelled at. I ignored all of it, but it made me slightly pissed off when I got to the cc. Thinking about it, I felt like having me and a group of people throw her out of the bus by force if she didn't behave. In the fall of 2014, I got on a DE60LF (Route 1 again) from Hawaii Kai towards home. Upon going to the back of the bus, I sensed a foul odor of feces. Turns out that an elderly man crapped himself during his travels. The smell was so strong that it engulfed the 2nd half of the bus. I moved back to the first half - just before the bellows area - and stayed there for the rest of the ride. Even to where I was sitting, the smell is able to reach a small portion of the 1st half of the area. Also in that timeline, I was on Gillig Phantom #853 that was on Route A (eastbound for UH Manoa). As the bus was nearing Ala Moana, I sensed a smell of something deathly. A young adolescent girl crapped herself as she and her mother was about to get off, and the operator had to clean it off with the tissues he had. This is the most recent instance I have with poop on the bus, and hopefully it stays that way. The spring of 2015 was where I witnessed a cop's stun gun in action for the very first time - in person. I was on DE60LF #140 on Route 1L (eastbound for Hawaii Kai) when a middle-age guy rushed himself into the bus. Operator had to get up to check if the guy had any bus passes on him. The operator had to anchor the bus at the King Street + University Avenue bus stop. Half a minute later, two officers boarded onto the bus to interrogate him. The man was emotionally distraught, and switched to three different areas of the bus. All passengers (including me) got off. The guy put up a bit of a fight, trying to get the cops off of him. He did an uppercut to one of the officers in the chin, but said officer quickly recovered. To conclude the struggle, the other officer deployed the stun gun on him while the suspect tried to flee southbound on University Avenue. Another operator that was nearby to the current operator's run was notified about the incident, and had to fill in from his regular run on Kahala Mall service as the replacement service for the Hawaii Kai run. I don't think anything in my experience can top that one off. It remains the most memorable as a flashbulb memory. One day somewhere in the fall of 2015/spring of 2016, I witnessed an aftermath of a car accident while on my way home on the Route 1 eastbound. One of the vehicles involved was a taxi. The rear of the taxi was totalled and the rear bumper looked like it was shredded off. This happened near the intersection of King Street + Isenberg Street. Lastly in the spring of 2017, I was onboard Gillig Advantage #20 on Route 414 (now discontinued) in Kapolei for the sake of getting some footage. A drunk guy had to delay the bus for a few minutes because of typical drunk behavior. The operator and some passengers had to plead him to get off, and so he did. No either incidents after that. Granted that this took place around 4:30 p.m., I think it's a bit early for him to get wasted after happy hour. I will update this post if I miss something.
  11. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Holiday schedule due to today being Good Friday.
  12. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    As long as Proterra has those issues that I mentioned earlier fixed, as well has having both this and NovaBUS step up their build quality, then I'm fine with it. I haven't seen any other charging stations elsewhere on the island, so the Kalihi facility is the only likely location for charging. There are some roads here on the island that have some incline to them. If I can get a ride on the BE40, I would like to see how it performs on the H-2 Freeway, the Pali Highway, or the Likelike Highway. I would also like to see an XE40 on a test drive and make comparisons between the two in terms of ride and build quality. How much punishment can both of those take on Honolulu's condition-varied roads after a few weeks have past? It going to be interesting to find out.
  13. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    The Spring 2018 hard-copy Newsletter I got from a friend in OTS states that the bus company is looking into Proterra, BYD, New Flyer, and possibly Gillig for battery-electric buses. While I do like to see a LFSe prototype out onto the streets, I think the company's interest with NovaBUS is drained. That ADA non-compliance with the 2010 LFS models was a dissatisfactory moment OTS had with the bus maker. The same issue may happen again with the electric ones. http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/14643314/new-city-buses-need-ada-retrofitting Speaking of ADA compliance, I'm hearing word from the same friend of mine that the Proterra Catalyst BE40 demo isn't doing so well with the elderly. According to him, there are no vertical grab bars, and the horizontal ones are too high for shorter people to reach. The only means for stable footing is limited to the grab handles on the seat frames.
  14. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Proterras eh? When I looked at the Division of Purchasing website, they mentioned a request of interest for 40ft battery-electric buses. I assumed that they were just going to survey the different bus builders for the bid. Didn't expect them to be on test drives. I can't wait to see how they perform on these roads.
  15. Rotidua

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    The late 2013 Wikipedia article that I have as a bookmark lists the more recent Scanias as 501-595 in the historic fleet section.
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