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  1. The RapidBus plan, which is actually ten years old (if not more?) was refreshed today. I haven't had a chance for a deep dive, but nothing too exciting. The West Shore route continues the get-off-the-Highway and into Colwood diversion which, IMO, will continue to stunt growth from the main developing areas in Langford. But I'll take slow progress over none! Edit: forgot the link! https://www.bctransit.com/documents/1529712854568
  2. Got privatized quick, think it was an inside leak. Same as the official account post @Oc4526kindly posted - just up a few hours earlier!
  3. I can't take any credit for finding this: https://www.instagram.com/test111114332/ VIA's first Charger! I like the look. Hopefully we will see a more unified look to the fleet in the coming years - it's getting pretty rainbow-era-esque and the poor Canadian consist is a victim to too many ideas.
  4. Same for me; I was a sporadic rider, maybe four round trips a month before Covid-19. Since I've taken one trip where I couldn't figure out an alternative (that was reasonably priced), to the ferry terminal for my one trip to Vancouver in the last 14 months. Until and including March 10, 2020, I went to Vancouver about three times a month. Can't say I care much for these durastic albeit necessary changes in life.
  5. 9753 is now owned by the Transit Museum Society.
  6. My train nerd circle seems to be buzzing that the new WCE locomotive was purchased in January, but no idea what it was? Any random F59-varients hanging around Vancouver?
  7. It'll be presumably used and protect the fleet while rebuilds are happening. Almost asssuredly similar in cost to leasing for a long period, particularly right now with a high availability in the locomotive supply market. That was the plan from late 2019 anyways, which I stumbled earlier today upon Googling from a couple posts up where my memory erred. Even with six units from time to time they still needed Via to get them power. If I were WCE/TransLink I would be worried about the sustainability of Via as a back up, and WCE needs hear end power so can't rely on freight units (or need a
  8. I swear that refurb is a rehashed announcement, in fact, didn't it already go to RFP? Edit - my memory failed me. The previous contract was to define work need, which was done. But the refurb is a natural consequence of that.
  9. Dane


    Please, join me in foaming hard: https://youtu.be/TOZdzbDpftI
  10. I have no idea on unit number - maybe it's the one photographed above - but there's been a new decker there for a couple weeks. Hopefully they're on the road soon!
  11. Not that I've traveled in a while, for work or any purpose really... But, those check in terminals were my frequent flyer pro-timesaver to avoid lines in the airport! Rest in peace, mild convenience.
  12. I'm hopeful for them. While "normal" seems distant, I'm cautiously optimistic we have a normal-ish summer ahead for us. I think Wilson's business model is such that even without international tourism a reasonably vibrant local economy could keep them going.
  13. Hypothetically Vancouver should start the trolley replacement program next year, as in the bureaucratic part of the process with a Request for Proposals in 2023ish. I haven't been following too closely, but am making a semi-educated guess that the process will be delayed because the fleet now is generally underutilized and consequently "low mileage" (all things being equal, of course). That's going to be a hard choice about what to procure next. I think literally everyday the trolley is less likely, but definitely not out of the running. I think the biggest danger to the trolley p
  14. This of course isn't Edmonton a decade ago. The current discussion is not diesel vs trolley. Trolleys are like rail vehicles in their lack of flexibility, but of course, aren't actually rail vehicles and don't bring the type of high volume ridership that rail infrastructure brings. Communities develop around rail - we've seen this on all the SkyTrain/Canada Line routes. Trolleys conversely support neighborhoods, but don't build them. Flexibility is far more important for a bus. I'm not anti-trolley. But every passing year this argument that they're future proof become
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