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  1. I won't deny that they would work better here due to the terrain, and that the general populace don't care. I just wanted to get that off my chest. Having C40LFRs here wouldn't be the end of the world, and I'm sure it would work out well with parts commonality between them and our D40LFRs, and hey it would mean STC (mostly) would have the same livery for all vehicles. Would if I could. But i can't so i won't.
  2. As someone transits in Surrey almost every day, I don't want ANY more LFR model busses operating here. The seats are awful, they rattle more than a tool box, and the windows with their pinhole openings are gross and have mold growing in them.
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    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    Step 1:Order new buses. Step 2:Change livery colours to make a sub fleet for b-line routes, and go for new branding as well, because why not. Step 3:Cover said new bus in a full body ad wrap before its even out on the streets to differentiate from the rest of the fleet for the desired effect of having a noticeable "rapid route" Step 4:Profit?
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Maybe this isnt the right place, but could someone please explain all the Nova hate to me? I will admit, I don't really get many chances to ride them as I live and work within Surrey. But when I do, they ride just as well as any other bus ( I have ridden both hybrid and normal diesel novas).
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    Collisions and Incidents thread

    Saw 7403 Getting towed from King George Blvd at 104 Ave around 6:50 this morning.
  6. Call me weird, but I kinda like it. My only issue is with the "Rapid Bus" branding. We already use "Express bus", so why change it? While the colours are mostly different from the usual livery, at least it follows the same design.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Spotted 2 new Nova HEV's headed west bound on highway 1 between carvolth and 160th. Was unable to get numbers for them though sadly. I wull say they look really nice.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    S18114 spotted at Cummins in Port Kells.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Admittedly, I havent had much chance to ride any of our CNG(1 C40LFr, 2 XN40) busses as I both live and work in Surrey (and we're only just now getting them at STC), so I dont have the best of knowledge when it comes to how the roll is on them, but after taking the 335 for the past 4 years and with how there is extra weight at the top from the fuel tanks, I can only assume till I get the chance to actually take one on the 335.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    I'm a little surprised they are putting the XNs on the 335 Newton, as there is a particularly nasty corner @ 100 ave and 160 st. which causes even the d40lf/r's to lean quite impressively.
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    West Vancouver Blue Bus

    Saw 1205 and another WV xcelcior sitting at Cummins in Port Kells today.
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    Vancouver Special Sightings

    Been sitting there for a few weeks now. Would have grabbed a picture myself but all I have is a potato for a phone/camera.
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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    I look forward to such cost saving measures as single tracking down 104 except at stations,and to keep all 4 traffic lanes by shrinking the lanes down to the size of the ones on the pattullo bridge.
  14. No,it appears to be the Green Power EV550 Double decker that's at VTC.
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    New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    7196 should be at STC. I was riding it yesterday on a 335 in the afternoon. Which back one of the most entertaining trips ever as I saw a hobo knife fight around King George and 108 then as well.
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    Grande West Transportation

    Not going to lie, but I find the mental image of a 30' LFS absolutely hilarious.
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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    Sorry, I understand what you're getting at now. To which I will agree with that. I just want this election to be done so we can get to the part where we watch all the cool new stuff get built.
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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    Simply put, it's because its an election year. Up until this day they have been unwilling to budge from the 33% amount. But imagine that, they are putting up more funding mostlikely in the hopes to gain more votes.
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    Collisions and Incidents thread

    Saw S7492 being towed westbound on Fraser Highway.
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    Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    Has anyone seen or heard anything about the BYD demo bus that came to Vancouver?
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    http://buzzer.translink.ca/2016/10/say-hello-to-the-worlds-first-long-range-battery-e-bus/ Confirming that the BYD unit spotted is indeed here for demo'ing.
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    Vancouver looking at double deckers?

    Brought this topic up with my roommates father who is also a bus driver for CMBC, and he believes that while the general preference will be to use Artics where we can and just extend the pull outs where needed, however in areas where we won't be able to do that (parts of the North shore should it ever experience a population explosion) and the long range express routes. Another problem he mentioned could be height clearance between the top of a decker, and trolley wires. Even if there is sufficient clearance, they might not want to risk running them near any trolley routes due to the possibility (however remote it could be) of the wires hitting the vehicle.
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    2014(-2017) Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Not going to lie, at first I didn't like the idea of the new Xcelciors we were getting without the full roof fairings. But after thinking about it, and with special help from the pictures posted above. I'm quite happy with how they look. The diesel Xcelciors don't need the full fairings as they only have things they have on top of them is the front Hvac and air conditioning system, and the roof exits. Other than that it's a flat roof line, with nothing needing to be hidden. I can however see for the XNs and XDEs with all the extra bits up top why the roof fairings would be requested (and probably preferred) for them. Now, I think we should all take a step back from complaining and arguing over how these busses look. Not everyone is going to agree on what looks good, and that's fine, not everyone has the same tastes when it comes to design. Personally I like having a diverse fleet, as long as it's diverse by maker and not diverse by paint job for the same make and model ( I'm looking at you 12000 series, the Novas get a pass due to them all missing the charcoal).
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    Collisions and Incidents thread

    Saw S9221 sitting at Surrey Central exchange with some rags, and a bucket underneath the rear left side around 3pm. Saw it get towed around 6:15.
  25. Just saw one of the new 60' Xcelciors doing a 14 Hastings... On 108 Ave... In Surrey at around 7:00am. Pretty sure it's just doing a training run. Still kinda funny to see. Now I have never had a chance to see them or hear them that close before. I must admit I almost missed it, it's so quiet. Well atleast compared to the 7200 series D40LF I was on just before.