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  1. The first post-Nova order to NFI was because Nova didn't bid. The second Nova was too busy to make delivery timelines. I'm not a Nova fan, nor an NFI fan - I don't actually care lol. But public procurement processes, Toronto or Vancouver, don't favour anything that's really been described here. What an agency likes is for the most part irrelevant. They set out requirements. The best responsive bid wins.
  2. Hold on that's some inaccurate bus history there. NFI built and delivered absolute junk to Vancouver about a decade and a bit ago. That's what led to several Nova orders. NFI buses were late, and delivered with broken steering mechanisms that necessitated the removal of entire sub fleets of buses and discontinuation of evening bike rack use for almost a year. Warranty issues weren't being honoured necessitating a lawsuit and frame rot on the D40LF necessitated early retirement of many vehicles. The cherry on top was when Vancouver, a massive system, had to borrow small community buses from BC Transit and hurriedly buy buses out of Washington state just to maintain basic service because of NFI issues. This information is admittedly two years old now but when I was last privy to detailed reports the Nova Hybrids, regular Novas, and 40 ft NFIs all had about the same reliability. The clear worst was the 60 foot NFI diesels. The idea that NFI had been fine for the last three decades is a transit fan falsehood.
  3. Take five seconds to check the source
  4. What do other cities with the same technology do for limited mobility users?
  5. Lots of services are in Gibsons, or Sechelt, but not both. The 90 isn't a "ferry" route strictly.
  6. How often does the Burrard Pacific Breeze sail? It may be mere coincidence but when I am in Vancouver it always seems to be the Beaver and the Otter II. But I'm not in Vancouver near enough to make any meaningful observations about use.
  7. My completely unsubstantiated opinion of the Pattullo Bridge is that whichever party wins the next Provincial election will fund it for the next election (so four to five years out). But that's obviously a complete speculative guess but it seems like a politically valuable move.
  8. My post was vaguer than it should have been. Sorry I meant non-SkyTrain/SeaBus items. There's still more money in that pot for Vancouver which could be used for all sorts of things which aren't necessarily defined yet, although are in the ten year plan
  9. That total operating allocation is what I based my comment on. I read Tom's posts he has erred in part. In FY 14/15 Via received $398 million total from the Feds. http://m.viarail.ca/sites/all/files/media/pdfs/About_VIA/our-company/annual-reports/2015/ViaRail_AnnualReport_2015_EN.pdf A quick glance at the federal budget shows similar amounts, albeit somewhat higher because money tends to be reannounced over again. Financial statements of the Crown Corporations themselves tend to me more accurate because their reporting needs to reflect the reality of what was done versus a plan no matter how well intentioned in the federal budget. I agree that more more money could be coming particularly from the infrastructure envelope which is vaguely allocated. But at this point the contents of your post are incorrect or misdirected. Additionally I made no suggestion in the slightest of "imploding". Devastating for growth. Finally, not withstanding inflationary corrections, it is the lowest outset allocation for O&M as far back as 2000 when Incould easily see numbers for. For sake of disclosure I actually spent several years in the federal government where I managed fairly large procurement. Nothing as sexy large passenger car fleet purchases, but I can read this stuff. Supplemental budget updates don't bring additional core spending unless an organization is in fairly serious trouble, or they bring authorization for capital spending requirements.
  10. It was a really nominal amount. Roughly 20% of the total under the worst year of the Conservatives. Other than the cuts of almost three decades ago I'd argue this is the most devastating budget Via Tail has seen. Figuratively keep the lights on and nothing else.
  11. I disagree with your assessment. The allocated amount would keep on par with mild inflation and allow almost no capital costs to be accrued. Even under Harper the Via allocation was about 75 - 100 million a year higher than announced yesterday.
  12. I hope I am reading the budget incorrectly - it is a bit more ambiguous than usual - but it looks like Via got no capital funding of significance in today's federal budget. In fact it seems like capital funding (buying new stuff) is reduced over the previous few years? For context Via is subsidized for the tune of roughly $280 million / year. That's $840 million in three years. Capital funding is sporadic but in the bad times is $90 million ish. So that's $270 million in three years. The total there is $1.1 billion and change. The budget allocation for '17 - '20 appears to be $867 million. Hmmm. From the budget plan, " CONNECTING COMMUNITIES BY RAIL AND WATER For nearly 40 years, VIA Rail Canada Inc. has connected passengers across Canada, and presently serves more than 400 communities on a 12,500-kilometre rail network. To ensure VIA Rail’s continued operations, Budget 2017 proposes to provide VIA Rail with $867.3 million over three years on a cash basis, starting in 2017–18, to support its operations and capital requirements."
  13. I don't think anything will be too specific until the Province also commits investment? I may be mistaken though.