Large Cat

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  1. Does anyone else think the section going through Chinatown and Gastown east of Waterfront is totally useless? Literally the only marginally useful part is for "thru-riders" who get on at Granville Island or on Granville and want to go a block further towards the DTES, or who live right on Water Street and don't want to walk two blocks to Hastings to catch a bus to the Skytrain (and Water St will be semi-pedestrianized soon anyways). But otherwise, it reproduces service already provided by a million buses as well as the Skytrain between Waterfront and Stadium. That portion of the route has very few riders, it's circuitous and nobody understands it, the operator takes recovery half way through it anyway (making it even more useless), and it should be cut. Move the recovery to Waterfront where there's a bathroom. Cool sighting: Charleson between Lamey's Mill and Moberly has been blocked off to cars, allowing only bikes and buses.
  2. Thank you for your post--obviously, I actually know next to nothing about air conditioners! Somehow I assumed the dehumidifier and air conditioning mechanisms were separate, but clearly they aren't. All I know is what makes my body sweat. What you're saying about cultural preferences is actually exactly what I'm saying--the 'other environments or seasons' I was referring to meant basically 'other contexts in Japan where it doesn't get as hot for whatever reason'. In these cases, indoor environments are, like you say, conditioned to meet the general preference for hotness and stickyness. I trust what you're saying about the way things are in Korea vs other Asian countries is true--makes me want to go to Hong Kong! Regarding the Canada Line, assuming what you're saying about air conditioners, do you think it's a fair bet to say the manufacturer installed a system that was insufficiently powerful? If so, do you think this is what SNC Lavalin wanted or was expecting? Is there any conceivable way to reconfigure it now to add power (or just to change settings) so that the cars are less humid, both when the A/C is running and when the heat is running? These are the questions that interest me, and I don't know the answers.
  3. Those are much better callsigns. One of the biggest questions drivers get all the time on any bus named "XX Downtown" is, "so where exactly do you GO downtown?"
  4. The interior of the Canada Line cars has signage from both Hyundai Rotem and Kinki Sharyou.
  5. This is to me the biggest problem, and the reason why I slightly prefer the new "on/off" setup--in fact, I almost would prefer there be no option to turn it off, IF issues with noise and incorrect temperature can be worked out. I've just been on too many buses where, unlike on MCW Metrobus' bus ;), the driver has no conception of how unbearably, even unsafely, hot it has become in the back. In these cases I have wanted the driver to be forced to use the tools at his/her disposal to relieve us all of the unnecessary suffering. And yes, it is, I would argue, in fact a kind of suffering. I only understood what felt "off" about the Canada Line's internal temperature system after going to Japan, coming back, and realizing that the Canada Line cars were manufactured in Japan (Kinki Sharyou, from Kansai region). In Japan, it's extremely freaking humid, and in any environment or season where this is not naturally the case, things are climate controlled so that the air remains humid and somewhat sticky, as this is what everyone is used to and what the majority prefers. I remember vividly arriving at Haneda this winter, and walking off the plane into extremely stuffy and hot air, but everyone was telling me "it's so cold in Japan right now, I hope you'll be alright!"...turns out, it's just how the air is kept indoors! Let me tell you, I couldn't wait to get outside in order to brave the "frigid" air. Anyway, this is just what they've done with the Canada Line HVAC system--it's moist as a sauna, so even when the "air con" is on, it's not really air conditioning, but temperature control only (air conditioning by definition dehumidifies the air, but in this case it isn't dehumidified). Dehumidification is what really stops us from sweating profusely from a minute's exercise, but it's exactly what the Canada Line either doesn't have, or doesn't have turned on. I'd like to find out if this can be changed, as I know I'm not the only one who finds it more than a little uncomfortable (although it would be interesting to get more objective statistics by polling people!).
  6. Awesome! When I first started reading about battery-electric buses and heard about their current ~1 hour ish between-charge times, I started thinking about which routes would be a good fit and "safe" with a short enough trip time to account for possible delays without losing charge. I ended up concluding that the 100 and the 130 would be excellent candidates, as they both have 30-40 minute one way trips and are currently serviced by diesel buses...and now, Desmond is suggesting using them on the 100 in the pilot! I think there was a discussion on the Winnipeg XE40 thread about how fast-charging stations would affect recovery times...from what I remember, it's worked out positively for operators in Winnipeg, as they HAVE to have an extra 10 minutes on top of ordinary turn around time, in order to guarantee the bus can be charged.
  7. Coming soon to a Broadway near you this summer...air conditioning on your packed B-Line! Drivers, please turn on your HVAC systems! Please don't turn them off!
  8. To TCOMM supervisors, has it started to mean Bad Operator?
  9. While I do favour this sort of idea for reducing overcrowding, I must say the new "multi use" sections on the Mark 3 cars haven't ended up being used as intended. Because of the railing, it's almost always a row of 5-6 able bodied passengers using the area to lean against the window. I think they'd move for someone using a mobility device, but often won't even be asked as the person with the device finds it less awkward just to remain near the doors (defeating the point). It also needs better signage if people with bikes are going to feel entitled to have dibs over that space (when it is legal for them to be on the trains, of course, and second dibs compared to people with mobility devices or strollers). On the Canada Line it works better, I think because not having the railings you can rest your butt on indicates to people it's more of a 'last resort' place to stand, rather than a place to go to right away. Of course, any sensible cyclist wouldn't try to go on when there are crush loads anyway, but the same can't be said for people with wheelchairs or strollers. In general we need more strap hangers and ceiling-mounted bars, as opposed to hand-level or butt-level apparatuses.
  10. The board meeting minutes also mentioned replacing all of the fareboxes on the buses within the next few years. Does this mean we might get compass fareboxes? Hoping.
  11. Yeah...can't say I like the sound of that.
  12. Seconded. The leg room is so bad that it's literally impossible to sit. I laugh at people who complain about airplane seats, compared to the Orions. I wouldn't mind standing, but the problem is it's not really acceptable to stand when there are seats available, because then you're blocking everyone trying to get out using the single aisle. It's really a terrible configuration.
  13. I would love to see this as an extension of the 66fx.
  14. Signs posted: 95 stop EB FS Willingdon moving to EB FS Rosser, to facilitate easier transfers. Effective April 3rd. Senior Safeway shoppers rejoice!