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    New Flyer D60LF Retirement / Storage watch

    That long? Five years ago would have been fifteen or sixteen years of service. I know they’ve been ridden hard and put away wet, but to say that they should have been retired no later than that... were they really that badly off that long ago?

    2019 Garage Transfers

    You can't buy trolleybuses off the shelf in North America, though. The effort and cost involved in designing and configuring a trolleybus, simply isn't worth it for a small order. Furthermore, having a fleet of a single type is nice in terms of economies of scale.
  3. ... seriously? Where's the time-out? Is it fixable?

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    One-for-one, I hope? If so, then I approve wholeheartedly. Given that one of the major constraints on CMBC’s ability to deliver increased service is its ability to recruit and retain drivers, upgrading overcrowded FTN routes to use artics is an easy fix.
  5. I'm casting another vote for the "Compass mobile validators only on buses" option. It would streamline passenger loading, reduce the dangers to operators arising from fare disputes, and reduce maintenance costs relating to the fare-collection system. A passenger who doesn't have a credit card (like yours truly), or even who doesn't have a bank account, can obtain and reload a Compass card using cash. (That said, I would advocate installing more CVMs away from SkyTrain stations, at bus exchanges, community centres, and the like, in part as a means of ensuring good access to the transit system for such individuals.)

    Vancouver Special Sightings

    All three liveries represented? (Strictly speaking, there was a fourth “ghost” livery, but there’s none of those left.)

    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    Not necessarily. An operator doesn’t need to stay with the same bus for his entire shift. Some transit systems have step-back crews on routes with tight headways, so operators can get breaks without making vehicles wait; why not do the same thing in reverse?

    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Some combination of that, and being shut down for a while for massive upgrades. If capacity on that corridor is limited now, imagine what it will be like by 2040.
  9. But TransLink had already made it clear that they wouldn’t operate the B-Line without priority improvements, that they’d terminate the B-Line at Park Royal instead.
  10. West Van halts B-Line at Park Royal I’m not going to comment on West Van council’s decision, because my response would get me banned from CPTDB. But this is why I think TransLink should have authority to do things like this on its own.

    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Surrey Central Station north stationhouse now open. Though you wouldn’t know it from the Buzzer blog...

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    I really think it will necessitate more artics. If nothing else, you could put artics on the existing #502 and be justified in doing so. That said, though, even if they don’t, a sub-fleet of 36 is still smaller than ideal - better to bring in more of an existing type, or send the D40LFRs away and make that sub-fleet larger.

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    How many CNG buses can Surrey support? IIRC Hamilton TC can only support about half of its fleet being CNG-fuelled. Another option might be to move the XD40s to Surrey, or alternatively to move the D40LFRs to Richmond.

    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    If that were the case, no division would be running the Novas. Operators don't get to pick and choose their equipment — they're expected to operate what they're given. That said, though, AIUI Surrey TC only has a couple dozen Flyers left. Why would they run such a small subfleet of Novas out of Surrey? Wouldn't economies of scale suggest that they should stay at Vancouver/Burnaby/Hamilton/Richmond? Also, won't Surrey need the room for more artics, for the coming upgrades to the #96 and improvements to Fraser Hwy. service?
  15. April and June sheets traditionally see seasonal decreases in service, as U-Pass ridership plummets and workers (including CMBC operators) take vacations. It makes sense to save most of the major service changes for September sheet, when so many people’s commuting patterns are changing anyway. (This year, of course, those changes will also include three new B-Line routes - 41st Avenue, Marine-Main, and Lougheed Highway - plus unspecified improvements on the Fraser Hwy. corridor.)