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  1. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Did I miss the official announcement of the Nova order? "New Flyer (NFI) and Nova Bus 40’ bus contracts have been executed with delivery to occur beginning in mid-2018 and ending in mid-2019." EDIT: or is this for the battery-powered trial buses?
  2. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    Allison B500R https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Coast_Mountain_Bus_Company_1008-1009
  3. STM 21-2XX Retirement Watch

    When I took the 747 last month with a broken farebox, the driver just waved me on. Not sure what would have happened if an STM Inspector showed up though...
  4. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    I agree it's not as streamlined as the NFI Xcelsiors, but it is an improvement over the 3rd Gen ones in Vancouver.
  5. West Vancouver Blue Bus

    That's nice to hear, especially since the 4500/G5's feel exactly like you stated, makeshift boxes... especially on the White Rock hills D: rattling and shaking the whole time.
  6. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Montreal's STM uses their new 4th Gen LFS HEVs on Mont Royal, which is a fairly substantial hill. It seemed pretty zippy when I rode it but the area around the battery sure made a lot more noise than I thought it would.
  7. Do you mean the extra bus from 3 pm onwards (I seem to recall, like you suggest, that the September sheet was to add this bus) or was there another improvement planned?
  8. West Vancouver Blue Bus

    Shoot, I thought it was -501 to -505, but here's the link: https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/West_Vancouver_Municipal_Transit_17501-17505
  9. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    I don't love the Orion/Suburban livery either, but when I mention it to friends who have no idea about transit other than it's a bus v. SkyTrain, they immediately know the "yellow bus" is an Orion with better seats. Something to be said for that and distinguishing different levels of service.
  10. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Thanks for the info!
  11. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Good point; the other drivers seem much more dangerous than any bus driver I've ridden with, but I know in Montréal the buses are limited to 90km/h - is there a specific reason why CMBC buses aren't limited to 100km/h or is it just because speeds are generally higher in Vancouver/insurance isn't as big of an issue?
  12. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Whenever I've been on the 351 or 354 in the past month we've been in the left lane southbound from the tunnel to Massey Exchange. I love it, but it's quite funny (and probably somewhat dangerous?) to see a bus in the left lane and going over what I assume is 100km/h.
  13. Société de transport de Montréal

    Totally agree, especially given that Lionel-Groulx has both the Green and Orange lines for connections, it seems like a perfect place to turn the vast majority of buses.
  14. Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    I know, its just frustrating when we have bus loops that seamlessly blend into SkyTrain stations, such as Bridgeport and then have this second-rate design in Surrey. Not a fault of LRT but of the whole project imo. I would way rather have some sort of BRT where the regular buses can connect with BRT in the centre lane stations somehow, versus this design. Or maybe they could do a mixed-type station in the centre lanes - that would be nice to see and benefit connections.
  15. Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    Sorry about that - seems like the link is attached to a specific user. I've attached the Surrey LRT page on Translink's website now, which has a link to the new survey, which is available until July 7, 2017.