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  1. As a follow up to this, wrote into TransLink with these comments and got the following response: "We are aware of the scheduling misalignment for transfers between these two routes. This was a scheduling error, and we are currently making adjustments to address the issue. We will also be fully rewriting the schedule in January to account for any outstanding schedule misalignments that we are unable to address immediately." Seems like an important oversight, but at least they're addressing it I guess?
  2. Makes total sense (and to be clear I wasn't really meaning it as a critique of the driver). Hopefully will be addressed with refresher training...
  3. I know, but not as frequent as the XN40s, LFS Suburbans, Orion Vs and G5s
  4. A few thoughts from the 350/351 split: I was surprised how busy the 350 was. N=1, but using 40’ seems to have been a good choice. 351 driver was confused about the route, the fareboxes on the Enviro500s and had no A/C on the upper floor. Pax don’t know how to use the pushbars for the Enviro500 rear doors. They kept pushing the middle section instead of near the privacy dividers. Driver didn’t know either and just had them exit from front door. Transferring at WR Centre Bay 1 isn’t clear yet. TL should add announcements to transfer on the 351 and what bus to take to Crescent Beach. It’s weird seeing non-Suburban NOVAs in South Surrey 😂
  5. That's a fair point about the ccw/cw routing and one I didn't consider, so appreciate that! Agree (and should have made it clear that my comments were more directed long-term) -- I realize having buses needing to go in 4 directions makes bus loops on or off-loop a challenge but dedicated space for buses (even their own lane) would make the area a lot easier IMO.
  6. I kind of get why the 351 will remain there, though poor drivers being stuck in the middle of nowhere... but the bay only fits 1 bus so I wonder if they're going to expand it now for the 350 layover too? Speaks to a bigger issue, imo, of the layout of the WR Centre Exchange
  7. It is there (now at least): http://tcomm.bustrainferry.com/mobile/bus/8111
  8. Oh, not sure then... haven't been around the corridor in months due to COVID but thanks for the update!
  9. According to a post on the ELMTOT group, seems they were working on the wires near Oakridge (which would explain the need for diesels): https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10220817685205430&set=pcb.10220817692245606
  10. According to a post on the ELMTOT group, seems they were working on the wires near Oakridge (which would explain the need for diesels): https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10220817685205430&set=pcb.10220817692245606
  11. I, too, am interested in what comes out of these tactical changes. It seems like funding has been made available but the report is pretty vague. Good point re: land allocation during COVID by municipalities. Didn't think about that during my read through but serves as an important example to frame these changes against.
  12. The 2020 Bus Priority Rapid Response Assessment has been released and includes some important changes to try and improve the bus system: https://www.translink.ca/-/media/Documents/about_translink/governance_and_board/council_minutes_and_reports/2020/july/Agenda--Mayors-Council--PUBLIC-MTG--July-30.pdf EDIT: Specific examples as follows Location considerations for quick implementation of tactical changes: 49th Ave, Main St to Boundary St (Vancouver) Hastings Street, Burrard to Renfrew (Vancouver)1 Fraser Hwy, 96 Ave and 148 Ave (Surrey) Edmonds St, Griffiths St to Canada Way (Burnaby) Robson St, Thurlow to Burrard (Vancouver) Main St, Broadway to 12th Ave (Vancouver) East Broadway, east of Fraser to Commercial Drive (Vancouver) Location considerations for quick implementation of bus stop balancing: Route 2 (MacDonald / Downtown, Vancouver) Route 8 (Fraser / Downtown, Vancouver) Route 9 (Boundary / UBC, Vancouver) Route 106 (New Westminster Station / Edmonds Station, New Westminster & Burnaby)
  13. That's a nice change! That allays most if not all my concerns about the 351 changes basically 😃
  14. Shuttle 17518 has struck a pedestrian near White Rock Centre: https://www.surreynowleader.com/news/pedestrian-struck-by-bus-in-uptown-white-rock/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter http://tcomm.bustrainferry.com/mobile/bus/17518
  15. That's only on weekends. On weekdays most runs go to Crescent Beach... (except between 10:30am and 2:30pm). Of course, the only info I have on the changes is from the 2019 TSR -- no 350 timetable has been publicly released as far as I know.
  16. According to TransLink's 2019 TSR, frequency will be the same at peak but be halved off-peak : Basically correct, but see above re: frequency. I've always thought running double deckers on the 351 seemed like a waste, since frequency could be increased (or forcing the buses to run closer to schedule), but I didn't think about the train. That's a really important point. Similarly, I get running 1x Enviro500 every 15 minutes is probably more cost-efficient than a LFS Suburban/Orion V every 7.5 minutes or something. It's just a shame they didn't put more effort into addressing service to the SS/WR area when shortening the 351. Also, glad that they saw the community feedback and will be running 40' on the 350 blocks. My concern was always more to do with the shuttle lift, so I imagine ARBOC shuttles could remedy this and maintain (I guess increase now) frequency to the area if the 40' are too much.
  17. According to the Wiki, December 2017.
  18. At least they listened to the community's concerns about shuttle capacity/accessibility v. low-floor for the 350. Reducing frequency from 10mins to 20mins at peak is going to hurt, and isn't a 'slight' reduction. I realize capacity discipline is important and understand why they are reducing it, however. It will be interesting to see how they continue to cover Thrift. The 321 now only covers it right before ending the route, so if you board at say Thrift/Foster you have to wait 10-15 mins at the TD before the bus begins its route to Surrey Central. If the 351 continues this pattern I don't really agree with their point that it will continue to be served since the wait will be quite long. I guess I'll wait and see.
  19. 19302 being towed from 22nd St Stn around 9:30am this morning
  20. S9233 spotted out of service, with caution triangles and oil recovery towels down near WR Centre this morning. Seems like it didn’t complete its 394...
  21. Same with me on 413 today. Only displayed “Waterfront”.
  22. My worry is that the new 350 will be interlined with the 360, 361 and/or 362 which can be delayed relatively quickly as drivers (obviously) need breaks. Given that these routes run every 30 minutes, those delays can snow pile throughout the day. Again, I wish TransLink would provide more information on how the route would work, but I know that it's still up-in-the-air until the plan is approved.
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