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  1. briguychau

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    When will the HTC order start coming in?
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    2019 Garage Transfers

    Perhaps BTC is swapping D60LFRs with PTC's D60LFs? Just a guess.
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    Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    I noticed this (already closed?) RFP today. https://service.ariba.com/Discovery.aw/ad/viewRFX?id=6110056 Does this mean that the Canada Line will get platform numbers, the new station name signs, and platform line diagrams, like the ones on the Expo/Millennium Lines?
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    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    All of them, or some of them? 39 might be too many for the 41st Ave RapidBus.
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    2001 Orion 5 Retirement

    That's probably the reason why double deckers were ordered as replacements for a large portion of the suburban fleet. There are definitely routes which don't require suburban buses, but can benefit from the increased capacity. Alternatively, the double deckers can increase capacity on constrained "non-suburban" routes, and the 40-foot "regular" buses serving those routes can then be used to replace a suburban Orion.
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    2001 Orion 5 Retirement

    It's been almost 10 years since the Canada Line opened. Lots of suburban routes have had service/frequency expansions since 2009. Except for a handful for spares and/or maintenance, pretty much every Orion is in use every day.
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    2001 Orion 5 Retirement

    So 23 Nova Suburban replacing 23 2001 Orion V, and 27+5 Enviro 500 replacing 51 2001 Orion V? CMBC had 74 2001 Orion V to replace, and I find it hard to believe they'd cut service frequency just because buses can hold almost double the capacity. There seems to be a planned 25 replacement double decker order for 2020, mentioned in both the Oct and Dec board meeting reports. The Dec report has a line in the 2019 budget for "2020 Conventional Bus Replacements" listing "Replacement of end-of-life 2001 Orion Highway coaches with 25 replacement buses", while the Oct report explicitly lists it as a replacement order with double deckers. The Dec report also lists in the budget, an entry for 2019: "Replacement of 27 end-of-life 40-foot high floor conventional buses with 27 double-decker low-floor buses", and that's the current order plus 5 expansion listed as part of another entry. I'm not sure if I'm mistaken but I'd think that the 23+27+25 = 75 buses are for replacing the 74 2001 Orion V, and the 5 double deckers are for expansion. The 9 2007/2008 Orion V would probably stay. By the end of 2020 there would be 23 Nova Suburbans, 57 double deckers, and 9 Orions.
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    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    It was mentioned on page 10
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    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Also it'd make no sense to put in the new B-Line infrastructure (tactile pads, bus shelters, etc) if the are going to be torn up in 3 years (like what they did with No. 3 Road -> Canada Line).
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    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    I mean I don't think we're 100% sure that the name will be scrapped, but I think it's likely that it will happen. (This probably shouldn't go here, but on well.) On the Buzzer someone asked about the numbering scheme and now the 9X block is running out, and they said that an announcement will happen early this year about that. Given that Kevin Desmond is from King Country Metro before, my suspicion is that the RapidBus routes will become letters, and the B-Line brand will live on with the 99 being rebranded the "B Line RapidBus". Do we know if these 47 will arrive by September? In any case though, it'll probably take more than 110 artics to run the 95, 96, 99, plus the 3 new routes.
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    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    Maybe they're wrapping 30 of them so that they can put them in rotation, and take out ~30 existing XDE60s (maybe 16201-16226?) and paint them green also? And by September they'll have 30 they can unwrap, 33 new (18031-18063), and ~30 repainted in green, for a total of ~90 green buses ready to go?
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    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    https://buzzer.translink.ca/2019/01/stunning-new-art-wrapped-buses-coming-to-a-bus-loop-near-you/ This explains the wrapping on 18001.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Where's 18162? Did something happen to it?
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    2018 SkyTrain Procurement

    429-432 in service. I'm on it. The interior destination sign has been updated to say "Next Station - Name. Terminus Station - Name." (Or in the case of next = terminus, "Next Station - Terminus Station - Name.")
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Sure I'll post it there too. Didn't see that. Whoops