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  1. Firebrand

    Community Shuttle Retirement/Storage Watch

    C40LF/C40LFR and D60LF for me D40LFRs in my case. I could care less on shuttles, unless it’s the S1300s, which I want them gone.
  2. Firebrand

    Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    Agreed. Keep in mind the key word is preliminary plan. This means they may change this and have the 555 operate out of HTC. However, if this doesn't happen, I would like to think that if they are going to operate the all-day blocks out of RTC, it will only be a temporary thing. I kinda overreacted reading your post @SkyTrain. If this plan is preliminary, they’ll gonna have to figure out very soon because the longer RTC runs the 555, the worse it will get. TL probably hasn’t thought of a double decker fleet when they were building HTC. But even if HTC gets the 555 at some point, then we run into another problem. It’s built near one of the worst chokepoints in the region with so few alternative routes to detour. RTC may not be better, but it still has 6 Rd, 5 Rd and possibly 4 Rd to get off of Richmond if the tunnel is closed. HTC only has Westminster Hwy, which has a level crossing mid-route. If any of the bridges are closed, then they’re stuck, or will suffer from massive deadheads due gridlock if they make it.
  3. Firebrand

    New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    Don’t expect 3344 to be out very soon. It could be another 4 months for all we know.
  4. Firebrand

    Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    What a brutal NIS. What a load of horsesh*t. Those massive deadheads will not look good on the costs on running the 555. By "eventually", you mean never, judging by what @SkyTrain posted.
  5. Firebrand

    Bus Network Redesign

    Why hasn't ETS put the terminus labels on the stops? Often times it's a coin toss of which direction I'll end up. Sure, you can check using your phone but there are some old school passengers who check the signs on the stops, or someone's phone is dead.
  6. TransLink should order more XD40s, especially for BTC when its '07 Novas start retiring.
  7. Firebrand

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    301 doesn't even have the demand for an FTN route, let alone a B-Line route. What they could do instead is add more late-night trips, especially on weekends, and make it a 30 minute service instead of hourly, then you'll check if it should be an FTN route or not. I do agree that it should truncate to Scottsdale, since KPU and Princess Margaret Secondary are already served by the 319.
  8. Firebrand

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Do I really need to repeat this?
  9. Firebrand

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Then fly a jet if you don't like to be stuck in traffic. EVERY bus is prone to this, no matter the technology type, unless they are completely separated from car traffic.
  10. Firebrand

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    You do know that the poles are raised automatically on the newer trolleys, right? You don't need extra staff to dewire/rewire the poles from/to the overhead.
  11. Firebrand

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    It's not just the rapidbus thing. Bus numbers are all weird despite a new system being set in place. XX500 is shuttle, XX700 is handydart etc. But everything else is numbered randomly. XX000 can be both artics and 40', XX400 can be both city and suburban, and so on... TransLink and consistency don't usually belong in the same sentence.
  12. Firebrand

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Exactly. They don't have to be restricted to wires, especially in NIMBY cities like Burnaby. The 19 could de-wire itself and run on batteries to Edmonds from Metrotown and back, and the wires can recharge the batteries when the poles reattach.
  13. Firebrand

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Those are just assumptions from the document I read on BEBs. As @martin607 said earlier, most of it is mostly on the projections of BEBs 7-8 years from now, but almost non-existent on the latest trolleybus technology; the comparisons are between the BEBs then vs the 2006-09 trolleybuses, not Seattle’s XT40s, which are battery-trolley hybrids that have the flexibility of diesels and efficiency of trollies. With these latest trollies, you could extend trolley routes like the 8, 16 and 20 to Marine Drive without having to erect wires. Those diesel orders defeat the purpose of TransLink’s Low Carbon Fleet strategy. They could’ve order (or plan to order) those same XT40s Seattle have, which, like I said, are very capable of off-wire routing. They typically have a range of 20km when not wired. Where does it say that? How did Seattle (and the Bay Area) got away with that with their older Škodas and Gilligs? If this was ETS they would never want the 41 to be a trolley route. They would’ve gotten rid of it. Or maybe I am still salty that Edmonton took a step backward by decommissioning its trolley network with diesels back in ‘09. I just don’t want the same thing happen here.
  14. Firebrand

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Denial won't change anything. If I were you, I would dig deeper and negotiate with management. They will not directly say it, but they'll hint it. But after what happened to the trollies at ETS, I can see it a mile away. They clearly want to get rid of them by using BEBs under the banner "clean energy of tomorrow". Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
  15. Firebrand

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    They were that desperate to get rid of them? The sheer incompetence of running its trolley network is astounding, and it may be a catalyst to what will happen here. TransLink is eerily heading into that direction, as they don’t even acknowledge the latest trolley bus technology, and just go with the propaganda approach (like giving out one-sided comparisons to the hypothetical BEBs a decade from now to TransLink’s mid-2000s trolley orders, not even to the most recent trolleys and BEBs) as ETS did. They don’t even look at Seattle’s XT40s, which have drastic improvements over their older trolleys. I think what @martin607 is most likely true; the political atmosphere in TransLink’s management has become more anti-trolley, and they’ll do anything they can to get rid of them. Hell, they even have a plan to order 37 diesels to replace some of the trolley fleet once the new TC in Marpole opens.
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