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  1. 3711 is only a 2011 model... shouldn't be at retirement age yet, unless something catastrophic happened to it. The original artics should be replaced before the 40 foots, given that they're older. Artics also need costlier refurbs by the 12-year mark.
  2. There is no way to track the extra buses. Nextbus and the various apps can only track scheduled service; since 501 is scheduled to run (partially) with buses, those scheduled buses will continue to show, although they are not operating "on time" because they are running an extended distance from what their original schedules listed. This is most obvious with buses that are east of Broadview or on the detour between Bay and University; these buses will track as "0" direction or "off route" because they're not following the normal route/schedule, and the apps have no idea what to do with these b
  3. Why is this Canada-wide question posted in the GTA section? Natural Gas fuel has historically not been very popular in Canada. From the recent CTHF articles chronicling the history of CNG in Canada, there were two major periods: the first generation from the late 1980s through 1990s (most systems retired their CNG buses or converted them to diesel by the early 2000s), and the second generation which has been occurring from about the mid-2010s through now. Very few systems in Canada operated CNG outside of these periods; Hamilton and Vancouver were the only ones to operate CNG continuously
  4. 3751, 54, 55, 59 are the ones that have seen service over the past week or two according to Transsee. 3756, 57 were last in service during the last week of June, the rest haven't seen service for longer than that. However, I think 3758 is back on the testing circuit and therefore will not be tracking in revenue service (yet is functional).
  5. York Region Transit is also part of the CUTRIC trial; but their buses are wrapped in bright green and blue, and two of the XE40s are in the regular YRT livery without any advertising wrap. So the colours of thw wraps have nothing to do with CUTRIC or the trial, simply individual marketing decisions by each operator.
  6. I wouldn't call it deafening, but yes the one ride I got on a Proterra I did notice the panel vibrations. But it's not unusual and not manufacturer-specific, I noticed the same amount of squeaking coming from 1 year old New Flyers, and worse on some 3-4 year old Novas, and definitely on Orions as you mentioned.
  7. There's some extremely questionable and misleading info in that article, so I wouldn't take it at face value. However... it's possible that TTC put extra options into their XE40 contract. New Flyer was the first one to sign an expansion order with TTC once the eBus pilot was expanded from 30 to 60 buses; it is entirely possible that TTC put in up to 40 buses in case they were not able to come to terms with BYD or Proterra for extra buses, or if delivery timelines could not be met. For example, five units from the XE40 options were used when the BYD order was cut back to 10 units. However,
  8. Pretty confident they were delivered with them. TTC had been ordering subway cars with air conditioning since the mid-1970s, when the H5 cars were delivered.
  9. From the posts above, the last 5 cars to arrive back to TTC (4438, 4439, 4402, 4420, 4422) did not have anything shipped out after their arrival, which is a little strange because there's still many cars left to go through the rewelding program. Is TTC requiring that more cars be available for service in expectation of a service increase in September, or is there another reason fewer cars are going out for rewelding?
  10. I'm leaning towards that being an ex-Coach Atlantic bus. I have personally seen Badder 1715, and confirmed it was previously Coach Atlantic 1504; and three buses in that series are noted to have been sold to Badder (the other two's fleet numbers are currently unknown).
  11. I highly doubt that the stop will move, at least not in the near future. There's a number of different considerations that need to be taken into account when selecting a bus stop: Proximity to highway (less time navigating slower streets means faster trip, and less money you're paying the driver or wasting on fuel) Passenger amenities (indoor waiting area, washrooms, food for purchase, etc.) Ample parking for passenger pick-up/drop-off (including taxis, and now Uber/Lyft) Room to park/maneuver a full-sized coach through the property For some carriers, ability to
  12. Thank you for the info! Much appreciated. Definitely understand the photography thing, it's a common problem in many places... if drivers are giving you a hassle, definitely don't worry about the VINs. I'm sure they will be discovered by someone at some point.
  13. I'm not sure it has anything to do with that. Arboc tends to win the low-floor cutaway contracts, and the Ford chassis is not offered on their main models. The Girardin G5 comes on both chassis, but for what is currently a smaller subfleet, it would make sense to standardize the chassis with the larger fleet of Arbocs. Again, could just be that Girardin offered the GM/Chevrolet chassis rather than the Ford. It's a bit different now that BC Transit has moved to a "region"-based contractor system, where multiple systems in geographic proximity are bundled together under one operations contr
  14. So, just to confirm the new RideCK fleet based on the previous posts... 001-010 are Arbocs (conventional) 011-013 are Arbocs (paratransit, although 011 is "temporarily" acting in Conventional service?) 2 units, unknown #s are ProMasters 2 units, unknown #s are Enviro200s for future delivery? Approximately 2 Arbocs (one of which is former used unit C-150) are temporarily staying around from the previous contract Does that sound about right? Also, any VINs/license plates would be very useful.
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