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  1. @8010: There’s no specific route planned because, unlike the other services, there’s no natural corridor to serve. The Hastings/Forty-First/King George/Marine Drive Rapidbuses serve major corridors; while Lougheed is more about connecting Maple Ridge to the SkyTrain, the obvious natural corridors for that are either Lougheed Hwy. or the nearby Dewdney Trunk Rd (already well-served by the #701). The #430 OTOH exists to connect Richmond and Burnaby rather than to serve a specific corridor, and so it’s worth examining where makes the most sense to run it.
  2. There’s also the fact that trolleybuses don’t require the same quantities of heavy metals and rare earths for those massive batteries, and that the lower curb weight reduces wear and tear on the roads, which again reduces resource use.
  3. Except that AIUI the long-term plan is to move FTN routes away from a strict timetable and move to headway-based scheduling. That would mean less mid-trip dwell/recovery time and thus less opportunity to charge mid-trip.
  4. How does the Vicinity stack up against the Flyer Midi? Given the relationship between TransLink and Flyer, I could see the alternative being compelling.
  5. S7455 on the #314, still antlered. (We’re only half-way through Christmastide, after all.)
  6. It’s either that, or try to run the #R5 with all 40-footers. Any artic climbing Burnaby Mtn. right now will jack-knife on the way up.
  7. If Compass had been implemented province-wide from the start rather than just being a TransLink thing, this never would have been an issue. (Especially when one considers how much Victoria interfered in the Compass roll-out to begin with...)
  8. IIRC the Innovia brand was dead even before the Alstom acquisition. Future LIM light-metro trains will be an extension of the Movia Metro platform. In 2035, the original M-Line trains will be 33 years old. It’s possible that they’ll be replaced by higher-capacity trains in place of a major overhaul that would be needed at about that time.
  9. Two possible reasons: First, all of these trains are to be delivered as five-car consists, which is longer than anything that’s run on the system up until now. BCRTC will want some lead time to get ready. Second, having the order spread out like that gives TransLink a lot more freedom to exercise future options as needed, rather than being required to do so sooner. There’s another 400 cars’ worth of options running as far as 2035.
  10. This may sound like mere semantics, but IMO it’s a significant and long-overdue change. Most collisions are caused by negligence and/or recklessness on the part of one or both drivers; dismissing them as mere “accidents” glosses over this point and makes it harder (socially and politically) to hold drivers to account for their conduct behind the wheel.
  11. IMO now is the opportunity to expropriate some of the under-used land around Scott/72 and build a new Scottsdale Exchange at the intersection proper. The NE corner in particular is suitable, as I’m sure a new restaurant space could be built alongside the exchange, and ITMT it might be better to compensate the franchisee for a temporary shutdown than for him to continue trying to operate under pandemic restrictions.
  12. The LCFS report was based on pre-pandemic service expansion plans. Now that those plans have been deferred, bus procurements over the next few years are being reduced.
  13. And the ones at KG are currently non-functional.
  14. Way too early to discuss the details of bus service changes. That will probably start a year or so before opening.
  15. Do they have enough spares of the old modded version to outfit the LFR fleet? Or can they do a similarly-modded version of the new model?
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