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  1. I guess we will start seeing "99 UBC RAPIDBUS" on the headsigns now 😕
  2. So, the "blue ExpressBus" is the new suburban livery, and the "green RapidBus" is the new artic livery?
  3. It will be sad to see the Orions retired, although I imagine the 2009 ones still have quite a bit of time left. Is the idea to replace the 2001 ones with the Nova Suburban / double decker orders that are coming up?
  4. Spotted WVMT 996 going westbound on university blvd with a "special event" / "250 Vancouver" headsign. Also some other "special" WVMT buses at UBC over a weekend recently.
  5. Apparently T-Comm is running in "fallback mode" at the moment, which means request-to-talk is broken and everyone can hear each other. This also appears to be affecting the real-time bus position information, but not as much the real-time stop information. I imagine this is because they're doing maintenance on their opensky cellular system. I wonder what the backup system is, perhaps plain FM?
  6. Does this mean that the new blue / green livery will generally be seen on any routes that run artics (B-lines, non B-lines, etc..)? I guess we don't know what depots these are going to yet. Also can someone tell them to please stop with these terrible looking colors?
  7. I was wondering about that. I guess there's no way there is enough spare diesels to cover for the CNG buses. So, if the gas runs out... we just get a big (temporary) service cut? Also, does this mean every restaurant in Metro Vancouver will be closed? Fortis says one of the two pipelines is back online now, so hopefully that means no gas shortage, though. See https://www.fortisbc.com/NaturalGas/Alerts/Pages/Service-Alert.aspx
  8. So it looks like translink has approved a private operator to run an express bus between UBC and Surrey. "Surrey B-Shuttle" lol http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/surrey-b-shuttle-ubc-express-bus-route
  9. I rode 7115 for the first time a week ago after it ended up back at HTC. Glad I took the chance while I had it. It sounded in quite good shape then, better than most D40LF. According to T-Comm it was last seen at 6:20pm today, so I guess you saw it sometime between then and 7:30?
  10. You're expecting every one of the D40LF to be retired this year?
  11. The further rumor information wrt this is that the operators will keep their senority, with numbers maybe assigned based on the date they started employment. "Some of the CMBC guys won't be happy, but they'll deal with it"
  12. Some rumors from the rumor mill: CMBC is going to take over all of WVMT's routes in the next few years, leading to its complete elimination. The reason why the bus barriers are being installed is because the BC WCB demanded it, even though nobody actually wants them. This is also why all future buses will be delivered with air conditioning. [citation needed]
  13. Was this during one of those "modified service" things for maintainance?
  14. Looks like the maintenance equipment has been moved to the outbound track between Royal Oak and Metrotown, and the outbound trains are going around it through the pocket track right there. Also, the train I was on announced "This is a Millennium Line train to Production Way-University" at Patterson and Metrotown, which I thought was a bit amusing. I assume this was turned on this morning because of the single tracking, and the incorrect line announcement is an artifact from the old service pattern. And apologies for the double post.
  15. Most of my friends would never understand why I would take an hour 20 minute skytrain ride to see a specific type of bus.
  16. Interesting... is this from track work last night that they didn't get cleaned up in time?
  17. Yeah, the political goal of "zero emissions by 2050" (or something) is really pushing the battery buses right now. Zero means no diesel or CNG at all in the fleet, so that's what the plans are...
  18. Looking at page 17 of that pdf, trolley buses are way more expensive to buy than any of the other options. Is that just because they have such low production volumes compared with the diesels? The "adjusted" trolley bus metric is also interesting. That seems to imply that trolleybuses typically have a lot more service hours per day than the diesels?
  19. 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?
  20. Really want to see a community shuttle run one trip on the 99 for april fools day
  21. 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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