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  1. No, but Vossloh Kiepe (the manufacturer of the Xcelsior trolleybus' electrical systems) has such a system, which they call In-Motion Charging. I've said before that I think XTE40s using this system would be an ideal fit for us.
  2. With how much service they're adding over the next few years? I would be shocked to see any buses retired early. For that matter, what's the build quality like on TransLink's Orion Vs? From what I understand, the Orion Vs tended to be pretty solidly-built.
  3. I'm well aware of TransLink's hopes for the Enviro500, and I hope it works out. All I meant is that a route such as the #555 that spends its entire time on the highway and makes only very limited stops is where a double-decker really shines. Most of the tunnel buses provide local service for at least part of their runs, so the downside of a double-decker (longer dwell times at stops) is more pronounced. But they could just as easily not order any buses in that configuration. Hell, for all we know, Dennis is submitting a tender under the rubric of requesting approval for variance from the specs!
  4. From the "CMBC is not full of total morons" dept. Apart from maybe the #620, it's probably the most natural fit for double-deckers of all the routes on the network, even more so than the other tunnel buses. Who knows? Maybe the combination of more room for seated passengers and the attraction of double-deckers will help grow ridership?
  5. But that's much shorter stretches of wire, unlike the Canada Line where the entire overhead and its support poles had to be removed right from downtown to Marine.
  6. They've modified them a couple times (on the buses and on SkyTrain) and people still open windows. It's not about the signage, but rather about people who don't read and don't follow directions. The TTC had such a big problem with this that they actually bolted all the tip-in windows closed on their A/C-equipped buses, even knowing that this would mean BO'ing any bus without AC in the summer.
  7. Interesting... so most drivers don't like the Xcelsiors, then? And is that by comparison to the LFs/LFRs or even compared to the Novas?
  8. Dumb question: what would be the scrap value of a bus like that? If she's in that good shape, should someone buy her the way somebody did an old Fishbowl a few years back? I'd be half-tempted, if I could drive.
  9. Apart from the fact that the vehicles must operate on full ATO - human drivers tend to cause flat spots on the wheels through improper braking, as the TTC discovered - and thus the entire guideway must be fully grade-separated. And at that point you're more similar to a subway/el than to LRT. Bombardier even calls the system "Innovia Metro" now.
  10. I love how it says "it may" when the CoV's contract of sale with CP requires them to build it... but never underestimate the power of local politics. Mark my words: the only way streetcar/LRT will get built on Arbutus corridor is underground.
  11. All Nova? Not a single XDE60? That's unfortunate.
  12. Am I the only one who, whenever there's an update to this thread, is scared that it might be 7115 getting towed to the scrapyard?
  13. Keep in mind that TransLink has gone out of its way to talk about "rapid transit" on the Fraser Hwy. corridor on all the public-consultation documents. Clearly they consider LRT vs. Expo Line extension still up in the air.
  14. For highway driving, isn't that safer anyway? Isn't a vehicle incapable of matching the prevailing traffic speeds actually more of a safety risk? But is there anywhere on the trolleybus overhead network with a speed limit over 50 km/h?
  15. IIRC the trolleybuses are governed to 65 km/h.