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  1. Shout out to the Orion V suburban buses too. They're pretty unusual to begin with and we might be the last big Orion V operator in Canada. For now, some 2001 units are still running (fun detroit diesel engine if youre into that) ...but that won't be for long. Youll want to go to Bridgeport Station on the Canada line to see them. There's normally a lot more of them out during peak hours, but route 601 is a good bet any time.
  2. The 44's been back since the beginning of the sheet - labour day. It's been quite useful for me!
  3. Question for the board, are there any trolley rectifier stations downtown other than the Haro one? Seems like a busy area for just one, although the old trolley wire map doesn't show any others. I conjecture there might be one around Howe and Davie as the supply cables (term ?) have connections that disappear into laneways near there. (@captaintrolley Maybe you would know)
  4. Issue was (at least partially) with the Haro rectifier station where Smithe becomes Haro, which was producing no power
  5. Hopefully this is the right spot; http://bctracker.ca has been updated to support 9 more BC Transit systems (previously just Victoria): We now have: Victoria, CFV, Chilliwack (includes 66 FVX), Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Comox Valley, Squamish, Whistler, Prince George and hopefully more eventually! Realtime tracking and bus history is available for those systems that support it. Thanks to @ThatBusGuy for all his hard work with the programming. Enjoy!
  6. I think this is a step in the right direction - whether it comes from stacking or alternating sign exposures, more routes need to get some better wayfinding beyond simply stating the eventual destination. 406 is a perfect example - if you're in steveston, you could take the... 401 Brighouse Stn, 402 Brighouse Stn, 406 Brighouse Stn or even the 407 Brighouse Stn. Nothing tells you where each bus will take you along the way! 406's new sign is much improved. Interesting to hear that this convention dates back to 1986. There's a few other spots where the current system is especially ridiculous (newton exchange im looking at you) and the 323 is another improvement there too. Not quite s o l d on the s p a c i n g yet though, the TTC does that, but the TTC does a lot of s t r a n g e things. Maybe it'll grow on me.
  7. I think its clear that battery busses will one day out compete the trolleybus as it is now, especially in terms of maintenance and new route cost. Eventually. Depot charging isn't good enough yet for our core vtc routes, afaik, so for now trolleys are the better bet there (because as TL says, the amount of quick charging infrastructure is infeasible - where as the wires already exist). But I bet the future will be depot charging. Battery busses are getting better and more popular. While there are a bunch of small benefits trolleys will always have forever, and I do love them, I think BEBs will just become too good one day. I know we all love them, but the wires and related is a lot to maintain - and the vehicles are pretty niche in North America. Unless something crazy happens and batteries become really hard to make, I guess. That is, unless we commit to keeping trolleys just for the uniqueness and historical value a la cable car. Maybe, I could see this on a route or two. But, I think trolleys will last for another generation of bus, personally. Especially if we commit to like 100% renewable energy or something, then we would want to keep trolleys as long as we need while replacing Diesel CNG and theoretically hybrids first. Then they might last a while yet.
  8. That's amazing - stuff like this is why i read the forum lol
  9. As I understand, 1. All skytrain cars can go anywhere on the system, but mk1 cars do have a timing out issue at a switch on the evergreen extension - I think it is near Coquitlam central but im not sure on the details. I'd be curious if anyone knows more about this! 2. Occasionally, all kinds of trains are spotted along the M line (non evergreen especially) for various reasons such as crew training. 2.5 During snowy weather when trains must all be manned, millennium line gets longer trains. This means you'll see 4 car mk2/mk2.5 trains and mk3 trains in regular service. There should be lots of pictures of this! 3. The De-icer train is made of specific mk1 cars, so during icy weather that train goes all about, NIS. I've personally seen it at burquitlam before. 4. Overnight, some skytrain cars are parked throughout the system in pocket tracks and tail tracks (such as king george) so that not every train must come directly from edmonds, but many still do. The reverse happens overnight and after morning peak where some trains terminate at edmonds. 5. The m-line can also stash trains at omc3, but I understand that some still do get sent up from edmonds every day (allows the mk2 trains to rotate through and get their maintenance done) 6. An expo train becoming a millennium (basically the old millennium route) can happen impromptu during delays and stuff, either in or out of service. It's not particularly common though. Correct me if I got anything wrong!
  10. Hey everyone, just announcing that BCTracker has moved to a new (more reasonable) URL: It is now: http://bctracker.ca/ The old links will still work for now (and should redirect you to the new link) Along with this, there are a bunch of improvements! Here are a few: - View active busses by model and by route - Maps added on the bus page - Proper mobile support! It's much nicer on your phone now. There's a lot more, and the layouts are generally cleaned up. I owe a lot of thanks to my friend @ThatBusGuy who has put a lot of time into the site with these changes. It is all a lot smoother now.
  11. Click the link in the post you quoted! (maybe I was too subtle) In any case, http://bctracker.bumblesquash.com/
  12. Again! Two new orders in in three days, wow. It should be updated now. Wiki has 1186 - 1202, I'll assume thats correct.
  13. Yes, I figured that was the case. Same is true for tcomm in Vancouver - the block codes in the data have no correspondence to the paddles at all. There's not much I can do about that, that data just isn't public I don't think.
  14. Lol yeah, "equivalent" isn't fair though. It's not nearly as slick (though you can browse schedules on it). I've been meaning to find time to make it look prettier but I've been busy lately...
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