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  1. Firebrand

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    How is a trolleybus more efficient than a battery-electric or fuel cells? It's fixed route nature makes it very hard when dealing with car accidents, events or protests. The trolley network has been around for 70 years, and Vancouverites are accustomed to seeing trolley poles. This may end up controversial when they'll start bringing them down. Also, range anxiety is still a problem for drivers, due to the Li-Ion batteries having lower potential energy than a conventional diesel (add to the fact that BE buses are way heavier than diesels, so there's a lot of energy consumed just to move deadweight. Imagine driving a packed 20 bus). That problem is non-existent in trolleybuses; you just have to make sure the poles stay wired to the overhead.
  2. Firebrand

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    No XT40s, then? TL seems really keen on getting rid of its trolleys asap.
  3. Firebrand

    New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    Does anyone have pictures of 7115 heading to the scrapper?
  4. Firebrand

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Jesus! Was that pickup truck travelling at 120 km/h or something?
  5. Firebrand

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    ZF transmissions hinder the performance of the output power of the engine, which Allison transmissions don't suffer from (for diesels, at least). That's like an Audi S4 running on CVTs when it gets better performance using a 7-speed manual gearbox.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Just not the hybrid ones.
  7. Firebrand

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    TransLink seems to have a fetish for ZF transmissions.
  8. Firebrand

    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    So it's similar to a Prius, where the engine turns on to give more power to the motor instead of powering the drive axles themselves.
  9. Firebrand

    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    How does a smaller engine in the BÆ Novas have the benefit over the typical ones?
  10. Firebrand

    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    I think we all need to get the media involved in on this & make sure they understand how much money is just being wasted! There are a few comments in that link that really like the RapidBus branding. I find the new branding name to be very uninspired, and instead on enhancing the established B-Line branding, they're throwing it completely out of the window. I'm still irked by the green livery that TransLink picked for the new branding. It's a radically different choice of colors from the rest of the fleet.
  11. Firebrand

    2018 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    That's because the planned site is in an industrial neighborhood. If they do it near a residential neighborhood like where NVTC was, there'll be pitchforks and torches before they start building it.
  12. Firebrand

    2018 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    Or it could just end up buried to the ground by NIMBYs. If you try to even attempt that idea in the Lower Mainland, there'll be huge protests from these loudmouths. Look what happened to NVTC.
  13. Firebrand

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Instead of building a route from Deep Cove to Moody Centre, we should build a terminal from Ambleside to Waterfront. There's more demand on that route, and West Van riders have the option of riding the SeaBus, especially during rush hours. The 250 suffers from the two chokepoints at both ends of the Lion's Gate bridge.
  14. XDE5280 to be more precise. For perspective, it's the same distance walking from Nanaimo St to Hwy 1.
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    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    It's most likely they copied Seattle's RapidRide branding and put (vomit) green and blue livery instead of brown and red.
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