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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Thinking about it a bit more, I wonder if any thought has been put into the psychological effects of the driver barriers. I can't imagine it is very pleasant to be trapped behind there all day, and for many drivers I've talked with, interacting with customers is an important part of the job to them. I took a particularly long trip on transit today, and I ended up having two great conversations, neither of which would have happened if the barriers were installed. Is this the end of saying "hello" and "thank you" to the bus driver?
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    Vancouver Special Sightings

    Really want to see a community shuttle run one trip on the 99 for april fools day
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    It looks like the plan is for all future orders to have them, so I would suppose so. I understand why it's necessary, but it's still a bit sad to see this. The barriers really impede interaction with the driver, and have that feeling of barred windows, or a jail cell.
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    Vancouver Special Sightings

    The thought of an artic on a community shuttle route is rather amusing
  5. At least with andrewjoystick's design, it wouldn't feel so un-natural to see that branding on other routes on occasion. Many of the D60LF today are painted in a B-Line livery and often used on non-B-Line routes. Imo the green livery would make that 100 times worse. I agree that it seems like a silly sacrifice to make from an operations standpoint for a little bit of branding. TransLink / CMBC have always seemed to me like they really have things together, at least compared with other transit agencies I know. Besides service expansion, I can't really think of much they could improve. TransLink's branding, and customer satisfaction with transit service in this region is amazing compared with most other places I've seen. Hopefully things will keep getting even better (but please no green buses).
  6. If they're considering that green monstrosity, a distinctive B-Line branding is clearly important to them. This design is a great compromise.
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    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    This is assuming 5-car MK II trains. It appears some platform extensions will be required, but only at some stations. The PDF I linked above has more details.
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    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    It appears the plan is to eventually upgrade the Expo line to its "maximum" capacity of 25,700 pphpd, from the last improvement to 16,000 pphpd in 2010. Looks like we're already getting close to the 16,000 pphpd capacity during peak hours along some parts of the line. I suppose you mean that Expo will likely reach 25,700 pphpd by 2050? https://www.translink.ca/~/media/documents/plans_and_projects/rapid_transit_projects/expo line upgrade strategy/expo line upgrade strategy project summary.ashx
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    Surrey Rapid Transit / Surrey Light rail

    "... if you build a streetcar instead of a good bus line, that money you spend above the cost of the bus line is not helping anyone get anywhere any faster." https://humantransit.org/2009/07/streetcars-an-inconvenient-truth.html
  10. For sure, but I think most people wouldn't look at that bus and immediately think "TransLink", from a branding point of view. Maybe the idea is to give the high frequency express buses more distinctive branding, to sell them as a different "higher quality" service (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_rapid_transit#Prominent_brand_or_identity)?
  11. I'm not sure if I'd recognize that as a TransLink bus if it pulled up at my stop. It's such a departure from all of the other liveries in service, which are at least some combination of the normal TransLink yellow / blue / white / gray colors. This also seems like it would make it more uncomfortable to use that coach on other routes / loan it to other depots?
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Has there been much discussion about them yet? I'm curious to know the general feeling. I've heard mixed reviews from the drivers I've talked with.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Hmm, so they are missing on the new LFSe that have been spotted at Prevost, etc..?
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Are all of the buses in these orders supposed to have a driver barrier pre-installed? I imagine this has been mentioned already but I couldn't find it
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    That makes sense, it just feels a bit strange seeing the bay number in place of "Cambie St" on the stop information display. Interesting that the terminus at Commercial-Broadway doesn't have a bay number. It's interesting that the "sorry" part is still in the "new" font. I guess it was a mistake? Another note about GTFS: The stop name as shown on the bus passenger information displays ("WB W 10 AVE FS SASAMAT ST") no longer appears in the GTFS data. Something similar to what was previously in the stop_desc field ("W 10 AVE @ SASAMAT ST") is now in the stop_name field ("Westbound W 10 Ave @ Sasamat St"), and the stop_desc field is now empty. There are similar types of changes to some of the other parts too. You can really tell they're using some new program / version.
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Some small things related to service changes today: The 99's EB/WB Cambie St. stops have been renamed to "Broadway-City Hall Station @ Bay 1" / "Broadway-City Hall Station @ Bay 4". The stop and route names in the GTFS data TransLink publishes are mixed-case now, instead of all uppercase. The trip headsigns are still all uppercase (as displayed on the buses). It looks like their GTFS-Realtime feed has also changed formats slightly. The "not in service" part of the "SORRY" "NOT IN SERVICE" signs appear to no longer be in bold face or something?
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    New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    Wow. Is this normal? You'd think it would be much easier just to retire it instead of another working D40LF. 7115 must really have some fans on the inside too.
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