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Everything posted by GORDOOM

  1. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    Why would they put buses into storage now? Wouldn't it be better to keep them active and reduce the stress on the rest of the D40LFs?
  2. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    I knew about the loaners during the trolley crisis, but I don't think the 2000s/2001s have ever been assigned to VTC before now. AIUI they went straight from Burnaby to the suburban garages.
  3. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    First Cummins D40LF at VTC, at least permanently?
  4. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Any update on when this is actually going to be announced? Or are the boys in Sapperton still banging out details with Flyer and/or Nova?
  5. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    @maege: My thought would be to combine the project with improvements to Highway 99 and the BNSF Crescent Beach bypass, and run Cascades HSR service to a station at YVR. You're a quick hop downtown, and it wouldbe ridiculously easy to have USCBP/CBSA services for multiple daily trains.
  6. Vancouver Special Sightings

    The #33 and #15/#50 were supposed to be LFS-only and as much as possiblehybrid-only; this was in response to community objections to the introduction of bus service on W 16th Ave. and the removal of trolleybus overhead from Cambie St. Of course, given that service is difficult enough to maintain at the best of times, D40LFs were frequently booked out on both routes.
  7. Vancouver Special Sightings

    I've ridden D40LFs on the #33 myself, back before VTC got rid of them. I meant, now that they've snuck back to VTC. "I thought we were rid of these old things!" (Never mind that these old things are probably still better than the LFS at actually providing service...)
  8. Random Photos - Vancouver and area

    If only... *sigh*
  9. New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    Has there ever been a C40LF assigned to VTC before this?
  10. Vancouver Special Sightings

    I will laugh so hard when I see the first #33 run by a D40LF.
  11. Vancouver Special Sightings

    OK, I guess I was wrong. I figured this wouldn't start happening until September sheet. Though it occurs to me... is this a scheduled run, or line training?
  12. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    How would this work, though, with the Nova LFS' tinted body panels? How would they redo the ExpressBus livery for that?
  13. General Subway/RT Discussion

    Couldn't you simply build a track connection between the Queen Subway and the B-D and run trains in and out of service that way? You'd have to plan the schedule out a bit more, and you'll want fairly generous storage tracks on the line, but it could work.
  14. Streetcar News

    The other possible answer would be: no matter whether or not co-operating with Bombardier to help them meet targets is good policy, it's terrible politics. The public want Bombardier's collective head on a pike, even though any outcome other than letting Bombardier deliver the streetcars will take longer.
  15. General Subway/RT Discussion

    But where's the fun in that?
  16. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    One would think...
  17. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    This is why I get so pissed off with Burnaby City Council. They were the ones who killed TransLink's plan for a new bus exchange surrounding the central/west entrances because they didn't want any link (even a bus-only one) between Central Blvd. and Beresford. And now they're also refusing to allow TransLink to do an on-street trolleybus loop, which means that TransLink is forced to keep the old loop (when the mall is desperate to buy it back for expansion) simply so the #19 can use it.
  18. New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    Now would that retire the coach, or would they possibly pull a tranny from a 96-98 coach with a bad frame?
  19. Translink fleet overhaul watch

    Remember the Fresh-o-Meter?
  20. Streetcar News

    And despite how frustrated everyone is with Bombardier, I think doing this might have actually made sense. I mean, they're actually getting their act together in terms of delivering on this order for the first time in years; given that fact, even if the revised targets are a bit of a stretch and even if they're going to fall a bit short, does it really make sense at this point to cancel the order and re-tender it? It might be more emotionally satisfying to do so, but Toronto needs streetcars and not emotional satisfaction. (Mind you, if decision-making on the TTC file were about transit needs and not emotional satisfaction, we'd be building the Queen Subway / DRL and not the B-D extension into Scarborough.) *stirring the pot*
  21. 2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    Any word on this order? @Brando737?
  22. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    But will TransLink really be retiring any of the Orion V Suburbans this early? The oldest of them is from 2000, and high-floors tend to be more durable than low-floors anyway. Are the Orion Vs already causing problems? I'd think it more likely that the "replacement" will be of life-extended D40LFs being used to provide additional service on suburban routes beyond what the Orion V fleet would allow. In that case, we could easily see the Nova LFS Suburbans going to Surrey TC, allowing those 16 Orion Vs to go to Richmond and PoCo. I would expect the Orion V replacement orders to start in a couple years, probably after the Enviro500 trial is over. As for the hybrids... honestly, they'd be best-suited to the very stop-and-go routes in Vancouver, even more so than a parallel hybrid would be. I'd expect to see those coaches end up at Vancouver TC, probably displacing the last straight-diesel coaches to Hamilton and a bunch of Allison hybrids to Surrey. Though if Silvertree TC opens, that will change things again. (I'm still grumpy. I didn't want more effing Novas. For one thing, their bastardized Sweep-R is ugly - they'd look better in white than grey, IMO. For another, hasn't TransLink had enough problems with the Novas they already have?)
  23. 2018 SkyTrain Procurement

    No, it's actually (# spares) / (# vehicles required for service). So in this case, (2 spare sets) / (18 sets peak requirement) = about 11%.
  24. Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    Wouldn't Allisons make more sense, then, being so much more common? Or are Voiths that much simpler to maintain as to make up for it?
  25. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    How much of the problem with the #319's speed and reliability is from those pull-ins, though? Would we be better off filling them in and having the bus just stop in the curb lane, even if we stay with 40-footers? Also, from a network-transparency perspective it would actually make more sense to cut stops from the #312 than from the #319 - that way you have the #319 providing local service the whole length of the corridor.