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  1. Société de transport de Montréal

    STM will purchase 40 electric buses of 3 types: slow-charging, fast-charging and 30ft midibuses, also 2 electric paratransit vehicles. The 4 fast-charging buses will entirely electrify 36 Monk and the 4 midibuses will be put on 212 Sainte-Anne de Bellevue. http://www.stm.info/en/press/press-releases/2017/electrification--stm-picks-up-the-pace-and-looks-to-buy-40-electric-buses (didn't quite understand French yet...)
  2. BYD Battery Electric Bus Demo (2017)

    Mass Transit Mag article: http://www.masstransitmag.com/article/12353530/canada-sets-the-course-with-zero-emission-bus-demonstration-trial. Looks like we will get NFI and/or Novas with overhead pantographs as the charging method (I'll probably leave Vancouver by September 2018 though ). I've only been on 1007 once, and I think the bus itself is ok. Typical strong start-up of electric buses. Backside: other than the door issue, the interior looks kind of shabby and the exterior resembles D40LFR quite a lot. If I recall correctly, there is no stop buttons/strings on board (it's a Chinese thing). Battery: I'm not a fan of BYD mainly because of their battery technology and philosophy. They basically achieve high mileage by piling up batteries in a wardrobe in their buses, sacrificing passenger spaces. Their Lithium-iron-phosphate itself is fine, but technologies with higher energy densities are already available.
  3. World's Longest Transit Bus Route

    I think the longest one in Beijing is #898, with ~128 km and only 2 stops. Route #880 is ~120 km (being truncated from ~160 km a few years ago, I believe).
  4. Transit in Slovakia

    Skoda... For a Capacity L 5 doors seem to be fine, but 4 doors for a 12m is kinda too many... Maybe someday they will develop a bus that lifts the entire right-hand-side wall instead of using doors to ultimately boost their "vystup and nastup"...
  5. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    It's kinda weird to see 250 testing double deckers. Maybe they only test on 250A. I'm not a fan of luggage compartment, especially for a non-direct route. Even for 620 luggage racks sound better. For routes like 351, 555 the compartment might be left unused throughout the trip, wasting many space. I wonder if Translink will test other models, maybe a 2-door variant. I like those in Ottawa (but might be too high for 620).
  6. Transit in Slovakia

    Pekne! Vdaka vasim fotografiam ja mozem vidiet exoticke slovenske autobusy! (please forgive my grammar and lack of a keyboard ) Always glad to see the Tatras. I also wonder why SOR put so many doors on their buses...
  7. BYD Battery Electric Bus Demo (2017)

    It was on a 14 UBC when I saw it at UBC Trolley Loop this noon. It then went NIS after unloading and headed north without layover at the new (temporary) diesel loop. I missed the best chance to take a picture by maybe 30 seconds...
  8. BYD Battery Electric Bus Demo (2017)

    I think those in Winnipeg rely on overhead, static pantographs.
  9. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    I don't think the purpose of #49 is to provide direct and fast connection between Metrotown and UBC. I'll use Expo Line-99 for that purpose.
  10. Bus Lanes in Vancouver (Research)

    Yes if you have permission from the author.
  11. Bus Lanes in Vancouver (Research)

    There is a good collection of bus pictures in the CPTDB wiki, e.g. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Coast_Mountain_Bus_Company#Current_fleet_summary
  12. BYD Battery Electric Bus Demo (2017)

    Those were originally posted somewhere else and I guess an admin moved them here. I think the bus resembles NFI LFRs a lot; considering that Chinese manufactures hardly have innovations on the looks of buses, this is not news... From their website, I think this one is a 30-ft K7. http://www.byd.com/usa/bus/k7-electric-transit-bus/#specs
  13. Unique/Funny Bus Stop Names

    Kicking Horse Way on 150 White Pine Beach
  14. ~110 km/h on Line 320 of Halifax Transit. Very pleasant trip indeed!
  15. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    UBC Diesel Loop will be closed on March 6th. New loop will be partially open, where 49 and 99 will take 2 bays. http://transportation.ubc.ca/home-page/news-and-updates/ubc-bus-stop-relocations/