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  1. whistler

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    For anyone not paying attention to the bus spotting thread, it looks like at least 4601 is in Ottawa now, since it was spotted by a user on Ogilvie this AM.
  2. whistler

    OC Bus Spottings

    Nice catch! Did it seem like it was in service or just testing? I don’t see a route number on the back.
  3. whistler

    OC Bus Spottings

    5033 on 14 St Laurent > involved in a minor collision around 15:50 on Rideau just below the pedestrian bridge. A taxi in the curb/right side lane eastbound and decided to do a U-turn and didn’t notice the giant red bus in his mirror coming down the left lane (if he even looked). Minor damage to the bus front right side.
  4. whistler

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    Same feeling. I don’t dislike it, but the other one was really so good that it didn’t need to be changed. When the old stripe livery got replaced in the late 90s/early 2000s it was very stale. The current leaf livery still looked great. The new one looks good too but hard to say if I like it more or less than what we already have. Positive notes is that it matches the LRT a bit more and it looks close enough to the old leaf livery that the buses they don’t repaint won’t look too out of place. Interesting it still has the older style driver window.
  5. whistler

    GOA transit news, info etc

    Interesting... It looks like the bus definitely went off the road well before the shelter and it ended up hitting that “new” lane reduction sign (you can see the sign is properly mounted in OCTranspoMaster’s video but damaged and sideways in eclair14s video).
  6. whistler

    GOA transit news, info etc

    At the end of the day, millions of bus trips have passed that exact spot and NOT jumped the curb/hit the platform. I think it is reasonable to say that a bus in good mechanical order and being driven within its specified speed limits/parameters should never manage to jump the curb and hit the shelter. I think this one will boil down to an issue with the way the bus was being driven or possibly its mechanical condition, I don’t think the station design will play much into it since there is only so much you can do to the station, but driving a bus into it at full speed won’t be pretty regardless of what design choices were made. Unless they make the structure out of pillows it is going to be pretty hard to mitigate damage from driving a bus into it at high speed.
  7. Not sure what is more of a blast from the past... the old Orion, the old airport terminal, or the fact that an ad related to a cigarette company is on the bus.
  8. Yep... and its not like Daimler didn't have a reputation of buying companies and ruining/destroying them. They did the same thing to Sterling Trucks around the same time. They also ran Chrysler into the ground and tossed them aside.
  9. whistler

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    Very true... also I just noticed this pic on another thread here that shows a TTC Nova hybrid in their new livery and it does have red that extends over the roof (or "forehead") at the front of the bus, so those ones I saw on satellite could just be TTC units. Either way, now that its January, I guess that means we should be seeing the new OC Transpo Nova's in the flesh soon enough, since from the early announcement it sounded like they were expecting to take the first 2 units this month.
  10. whistler

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    I was looking at the satellite view of the Novabus factory using Google maps on my phone and there are at least 4 buses parked around their factory that look like they have that new OC Transpo livery (you can see the red extending over the roof on the front end of the bus). I have no idea when that satellite image was taken... but they only seem to be there on the Google maps PHONE app satellite view. When I looked at the same factory on satellite image using Google maps on a PC, it was a different image and only had all white buses and some STM buses (pretty crazy what you can see using the 3d image on Google maps for PC. Included what I saw on my phone... not sure for sure if they are OC buses but I can't think of any other systems with a red nose like that.
  11. whistler

    Are there transit systems you're jealous of?

    When I was a kid in Ottawa (90s) I was always jealous that STO had “futuristic” digital sign boards while OC Transpo stuck with roll boards for longer than most places.
  12. whistler

    GOA transit news, info etc

    Yep they were supposed to be getting Ford Escape Hybrids but Ford couldn't deliver enough of them so the Suzukis were second choice. What does the new livery look like btw?
  13. From the 401 posted on a friends facebook.
  14. whistler

    Orion VII NG Hybrid Deliveries

    Saw 5022 and and 5023 going east on the 417 near St Laurent today.
  15. whistler

    Need Help Getting A Picture

    Found one online, if anybody else is ever looking here it is:
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