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  1. Large Cat

    Canada Line

    I don't know, but I've sent in complaints about it, and I've gotten an answer back saying that "the system on that train was inspected and it was discovered to be working according to specifications". No other explanation for the suffering. I can interpret that in two ways: 1) the A/C system is actually already more powerful, but they are intentionally not running it on a cool enough setting. 2) the A/C system was designed to work to the current operating specification (as a maximum) and cannot be made any cooler by changing settings. And now with this announcement, it is revealed that the best interpretation is probably the latter. That actually makes me somewhat less angry, because the terrible temperature/humidity in the trains is due to a single past decision, rather than a constantly recurring sin of negligence. But I'm glad it's something they'll address with new orders.
  2. Large Cat

    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    From a few specific instances I've seen over recent month-long periods, these signs are now being put in place when it is discovered that an error was made on a sign already put up, but the sign shop doesn't have time to print a correct one by the next day. They may be used for other things too, but that is the only occasion I've seen them so far.
  3. Large Cat

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    I was really hoping they would go with Charcoal for all new buses. Maybe it's just how hideous the current suburban livery is, but I really prefer having a consistent paint scheme across the fleet. We've been getting so close, but now new orders may screw it up. Maybe though the new suburban livery will be close enough to Charcoal to satisfy me.😏
  4. New Nightbus hub at Granville and Georgia (see details on Service Changes page) Basically, all outbound nightbuses are now stopping at Granville and Georgia, either WB (N9, N10, N17, N24) or EB (N8, N15, N19, N20, N22, N35, plus the inbound N24 Downtown). Here is an updated list of downtown termini for each nightbus. New termini are in bold; the other routes have the same terminus but an added stop and slightly modified routing. -- N8: WB Pender NS Howe N9: NB Seymour NS Dunsmuir (outbound routing of N9, N10, N17 is now via Seymour, Pender, Granville, Georgia, Howe--should lead to some interesting right turns onto Georgia, esp. when artics are involved ) N10: NB Seymour NS Dunsmuir N15: SB Howe NS Dunsmuir N17: NB Seymour NS Dunsmuir N19: SB Howe NS Dunsmuir N20: SB Howe NS Dunsmuir N22: EB Georgia NS Granville (this driver will be fielding a lot of questions LOL) N24: SB Howe NS Dunsmuir N35: WB Pender NS Howe -- Nowhere on the website is it mentioned that none of the nightbuses will stop at Granville and Georgia on inbound trips (except the N24 Downtown as before). People now have to walk a few blocks upon disembarking in some cases. For example, when transferring from the N9 Downtown, N10 Downtown, or N17 Downtown to any of the other nightbuses, one has to walk at least 2 blocks from Seymour and Dunsmuir to either Howe and Dunsmuir or Granville and Georgia. But this is the worst case, and it could largely be resolved by adding a stop at NB Seymour NS Georgia, now that Telus Garden is basically finished--they just have to move the wires over for the trolleys, with construction starting soon on the other side of the street for the new tower. I can also see N24 riders waiting on the wrong side, similar to inexperienced 240, 246, etc. riders during the day--there should really be an extra note on the EB stop informing/reminding riders that they need to cross the street for the N24 to North Van). Overall this change is a great decision and will absolutely make things easier for the majority of nightbus riders.
  5. Still hoping CMBC goes all low-floor ASAP.
  6. It would be cool if they could install a layover wire. Even more pressing is the need for more space than there is currently at the Dunsmuir and Georgia stop. They'll need probably 1/3 to 1/2 of the block down to Robson. 20's already skip the stops on Granville by turning onto Seymour NB when necessary (although this doesn't work after 9pm on fridays/weekends/holidays). Otherwise the short turning is mostly done at 54th or 41st (or Grandview Terminus if it's really bad).
  7. Small but satisfying improvements: -319 needs all the help it can get. Good choice. -20 layover pilot project, if it works, will be SUCH a relief. -Shuttle name changes are a good thing. -44 stop removals also good.
  8. http://www.nsnews.com/news/west-van-gives-257-blue-bus-run-to-translink-1.23328905
  9. I've often wondered what the efficient way to "include" all termini on the signs would be. Sometimes there are just too many, but it would be helpful if it listed all termini that are at least relatively common (i.e. not just for trippers), i.e. 9 Alma / 9 To Granville, or 9 Boundary / 9 Commercial-Broadway Station Obviously the nice new flat panel schedule info signs should solve the confusion for most people, but that's an added expense and not every bus stop has them. Side note: I noticed that even on the new signs for the 9, there is nothing indicating the 99 stops at any of its stops east of Commercial. But, the stop WB at Penticton now has a new flat panel with schedule information for the 99, even though the bus stop T-ID just above it only shows the 9 and N9. Understandably the 99's stopping procedures east of Commercial are sort of a "bonus" for passengers, but the inconsistency is funny.
  10. It seems the sign replacement is completely ad hoc...they never just do one whole route at a time, just bus stops individually. There are also some inconsistencies (see signs for the N9--every other new sign will say Coquitlam Central Station, but the other half of the new signs just say Coquitlam Station). Nevertheless, the new signs are beautiful!
  11. Large Cat

    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Morgan Freeman almost certainly attempted inappropriate all door boarding. He didn't understand the "stops".
  12. The 239 has to be cut. It would be the height of stupidity to run it along with the new B-Line. Literally the only stops that will be left without service are nothing stops like Cotton and Gladstone.
  13. This actually makes a lot of sense if the hours are really that even. The 257 does need an article on every trip, and NIS from BTC to Cambie and Dunsmuir is probably just as easy as it is from the West Van depot most of the time.
  14. It would be a good idea, in terms of NIS time and reliability, to do that before the 41 is converted to trolley service. Those 20 and 8 trippers have a long way to go to get back to the yard, and you certainly don't want them both lining up behind a single 41, after doing their useless NB 'to 41st' trip. It could also create a more reliable routing for 7, 14, and 16 runs going back to the yard from East Van--from Kingsway and Victoria to the bottom of the hill, and then straight west on Marine Drive.
  15. Cool. My hope is it will route via Kingsway/McKay on every SB trip. If both the 110 and 144 do this and load on Central, then the 119 can do the loop in the opposite direction by routing via Bonsor WB and via McKay EB.
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