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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...
  15. Alright, for those who are interested in an alternative to nextride, check this out http://bctracker.bumblesquash.com/ (bumblesquash is my usual internet username, I might move the site later if people like it) Its ugly, but it seems to work. It lets you browse victoria's blocks too, which might be a first. Still a major WIP, and there is a good chance some stuff might break from time to time. I hope to improve the history features eventually, but it has begun tracking the last assignments of each vehicle which means you can watch it for retirements and stuff... If I made it earlier, it would have caught a lot more of the flyers dying. (For bug reports and if it breaks and I didn't notice, dm me here) Good luck!
  16. I find the next bus map a lot more intuitive and easy to use than google maps' transit integration. Google maps has gotten better recently (highlights the route path and a realtime vehicle), but I still go to translink's site for the map view. Don't get me wrong, I think google maps/earth might literally be my favourite thing on the internet (and their trip planner is indispensable), but google maps setup for bus stops seems more clunky and often shows confusing information imo. Too much going on. Not to say nextbus is perfect; its old and buggy and I also wish it would show the next trip time within 24 hours on the map view. But I hope translink doesn't discontinue it anytime soon. Interesting - my theory as to why stops such as that one have been neatly maintained for so long is because of the ads on the bench. Bus or not, having the bench with an ad there must make money for translink/the advertiser, apparently enough to cover the cost of coming by to keep it clean and repaired every now and then.
  17. I mean, no. Cars are private and personal, totally on demand, and a break down happens far less often than a bus no-show. It would be hard to imagine a world where taking a car isn't faster than transit for most north americans/vancouverites, just because of how spread out our communities are. After major investment, even if fewer people *needed* them, cars would still be an upgrade. Transit would have to be so unobtainably good for that not to be the case. Theres still plenty of cars in europe and japan, etc. Certainly, it would not be convenient enough "99% of the time" for everyones' trips. Try making the trip from somewhere in south delta to somewhere in surrey (our fastest growing community) by transit, even in 20-30 years time, and then by car. It's just the nature of the way its set up, really. Having said that, You make good points about the benefit of more transit and less car usage, and yes, car usage is subsidized just like transit, perhaps even more. But this isn't as simple as you make it seem. We need better transit and more money for it, and yeah it'll help, but it won't replace personal vehicles any time soon outside of the innermost core of the city no matter what happens.
  18. Aside from the 41st and Oak trips, I've seen them do in service training extra trips on the 41 rarely over the last few years. Not on tcomm of course, not sure if this would count for revenue service. I've got a photo of one that turned the wrong way into dunbar loop... (going left from westbound 41st avenue)
  19. Thanks for the insightful response! I didn't know about that effect.
  20. My guess is a possible name for the burnaby mountain (SFU) gondola, which has been brought up a lot recently. Certainly nothing confirmed of course.
  21. You know, I've been using that feature for a while and I've never noticed that. Maybe I'm the only one... I guess it doesn't apply to that many stops.
  22. Rapidbus posts also spotted on wesbrook at thunderbird, ubc hospital, and ubc loop
  23. It ain't no D40LF sofa, but imo its comfier than nearly all of our fleet (including nosubs), so I'm glad for that.
  24. Although, its back out today. So far, its been assigned to an all day block but then swapped off before 1pm. We'll see about this time
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