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  1. bob32189

    Broadway SkyTrain Extension

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/cambie-street-businesses-canada-line-lawsuit-1.4812624 This is what happened as a result of the Canada Line being built as a cut-and-cover metro line They're probably going to build it using a bored tunnel for environmental reasons. As much as I would love to see Pacific Spirit Park from a passing train, I think environmental groups would protest against cutting down trees to build a metro line. Plus, there may be some laws I don't know about regarding parks I'm going to add an anecdote and say that a tunnel works for other areas as well, particularly W10th, which is a fairly narrow street with no room for an overhead pathway As much I would love to see the the bulk of the extension constructed in an elevated track, it's likely not going to happen
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    Vancouver Special Sightings

    I do realise that this is going outside the discourse of this thread, but I used to live in the UK where most of the busses are double-decker, and I can say from my own experience that no one cares about stairs on busses unless they have rather heavy luggage or shopping. I (and basically everyone else) would go straight to the top immediately upon entry to the bus because of the much greater multitude of seats on the upper deck, even with as much as a carry-on size suitcase. This is a good idea except for the fact that the majority of TL's articulated units are hybrids, which aren't suited for suburban runs. TL could of course order some XD60s or LFS Artics, but until that happens we should keep our eyes on the incoming double-deckers.
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    Vancouver Special Sightings

    TL has apparently said that they want to stop running the D60LFs with luggage racks on the 49. Therefore, they need to start running the forty-foot busses because apparently they still can't get it right 😪
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    Collisions and Incidents thread

    There were no vehicles near the bus aside from the emergency ones and the bus showed no signs of exterior damage. The driver also appeared to be looking at the floor in the front area of the bus, and the emergency crews did the same. I do not fully know what happened, but I don't think it was an accident with another vehicle
  5. https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/north-shore-b-line-west-vancouver-ambleside-bus-only-lanes-opposition Sadly the more transit-phobic side of the North Shore might not want that to happen, even though they desperately need better transit infrastructure there Fortunately for all of us they can just livery-wrap the RapidBus units into the plain charcoal sweep if no one likes them (although imo the green-blue colour scheme is still infinitely better than the "artistic" wraps that they have now)
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    Collisions and Incidents thread

    14043 stopped at Sperling stn with firetruck and two ambulances on the scene. Can't tell what happened but I'm guessing a passanger collapsed
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    If it's at Hamilton, then why are they using STC buses? Have the HTC 182XXs not arrived yet? Also this is probably off-topic but why are they saying it's going to take six years to fully install the wifi? I'm no networking expert but that sounds like a long time.
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    New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    There is no need to foam over any of the '96 buses, or even the '95s to a rather large extent I just find 7115 interesting because it was the oldest active bus when I got into transit geek-ery, and I'm surprised it lasted so long next to the other '95 buses I also don't expect 7176 to last longer than three months anyway While it would be nice to see TRAMS preserve 7115 or maybe 7112, it is clearly no big deal if both of them go to the scrap, imo
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    New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    The king is dead. Long live the king. (which I guess is 7176 for now)
  10. A big problem with LRTs in general (especially along busy corridors such as Hastings) is that the cost-to-benefit ratio is rather low compared to a skytrain. A 'somewhat improved travel time' at the cost of $1.65 billion (to use Surrey as an example) is not worth it in my opinion. Even if traffic lights are fully programmable this would still not be enough of a travel time improvement. With a skytrain there would also be no disruption to current Hastings traffic, outside of the standard delays that would occur during construction. While I agree that skytrains come with a larger opportunity cost, I feel that they are the only type of mass-transit infrastructure that has a justifiable cost-to-benefit ratio. LRTs are cheaper than skytrains, but they (in my opinion) will always be a sort of temporary solution in terms of how they improve transit. A much cheaper solution would is to build a full BRT. This has the same problems as LRTs (such as lights needing to be reprogrammed) but they provide more-or-less the same service pattern of LRTs at a fraction of a fraction of the cost. This way, you can also measure how busy the BRTs are and see if it's justifiable to put in a proper metro service of some sort. It's also easier to expand a near-capacity BRT than a near-capacity LRT.
  11. This would be phenomenally expensive, but maybe build a full metro line to Kootenay Loop (which then can turn southbound to Metrodown via Willingdon and Brentwood) and then cut the 95 to Kootenay Loop/SFU. That way there is no need to build a gondola (edited portion) - As far as the WCE goes, it all depends on CP rail, so we can see I guess
  12. I'm rather new to this forum (so pardon me if I'm repeating what others have said), but I don't really think a tram on Hastings would work, especially if it's going from tri-cities (and essentially replacing the 160 and parts of the 14). As stated earlier, a big problem on the 95 is traffic lights that are littered everywhere on Hastings. Even if it's fully grade-separated, a surface rail would probably still have to navigate through these traffic lights which means that travel would not be faster enough to justify the cost of building a tram system. Either that or I just don't know how trams work. A better solution would be to do as you say, which is expand the WCE (CP Rail allowing) or maybe extend the Millennium Line further east. For Hastings, a proper metro line would be the only practical solution in my opinion.
  13. I got an email from Translink today (after I complained about how slow the NovaBus hybrids were on the 144) and I got this reply/confirmation that Translink's new order of NFI XN40s will be operating out of Hamilton Transit Centre, so Burnaby/New Westminster bus watchers keep your eyes peeled.
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