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Everything posted by GORDOOM

  1. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    Keep in mind that agencies can't customize the specs on demo units. At the same time, TransLink is bright enough to factor in things like engine and transmission options, cockpit layout, etc. that can be changed on an actual order.
  2. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    But why would they cover it in the first place? Or are they not going to bother to program the signs at all?
  3. Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    CMBC had to get rid of those PR messages when transit agencies started getting sued by professional sports teams/leagues for trademark infringement.
  4. Collisions and Incidents thread

    WTF is going on at Columbia Station lately? It's shut down again, this time due to a fire.
  5. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    At the same time, though, have the 1999 D40LFs ever been assigned anywhere other than Surrey, at least for more than a temporary loan?
  6. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    I think @buizel10 was talking about Arbutus and Broadway. As for whether a trolleybus loop there makes sense, that depends on two things: How long will Arbutus be the western terminus of the Millennium Line? If the extension to UBC starts pre-construction right away, then it might make more sense just to do an on-street loop for the few years until the extension is built. What's the eventual plan for the Arbutus trolleybus? Will it be replaced entirely with LRT, or dieselized when the LRT opens? Will it continue operating to downtown, or terminate at Broadway? How absolutely retarded would that be, needing to bring in buses to relieve a heavy-rail subway line so soon after it opens? What might be worth doing aside from that, though, would be restoring the old "tunnel buses" as rush-hour premium express buses, charging similar fares to the West Coast Express for one-seat trips to/from downtown.
  7. Streetcar News

    And meanwhile, the TTC is getting actual production quantities of streetcars from Bombardier now. (At last!) It may not be as fast as the "we'll finish by 2019, we swear!" schedule required, but it is a night-and-day improvement over the way things were two years ago. I've said it before and I say it again: given that fact, for the TTC to try and cut Bombardier off now would be letting populist desires overrule prudent decision-making. Better to continue with this contract, authorize the 60 additional option cars, and then work out compensation as a dollar figure later.
  8. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Don't forget that TransLink had absolutely zero part in Canada Line decision-making. That process was run start-to-finish by Gordon Campbell and Kevin Falcon (then Minister of Transportation). And it's not just the platforms that would need to be extended. In some cases, AIUI entire sections of the guideway would need to be rebuilt, and at that point you're talking about shutting down the line for a period of weeks or months.
  9. TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    OK, first of all, @cleowin, can you please get rid of the apostrophe in the thread title? The panda says no! Better idea: extend the #95 via Burrard to Arbutus station on the Millennium Line. This will provide service through the downtown rather than needing to transfer. But yes, there does need to be express service connecting the rump-#99 to downtown, or else the Canada Line from Waterfront to City Hall will only get more dysfunctional. My thought: Run the #4 along Great Northern Way to VCC-Clark Station, making the current #84 stops. (The Renfrew trolleybus will take over Powell service, once the overhead from Renfrew/Hastings to McGill Loop is completed.) Terminate the #84 at Arbutus or Granville Island Station, to maintain its purpose as a reliever to the #99. Reduce #44 service to rush-hour-only, and consider extending it to Park Royal Exchange to replace the #258. Weren't the two routes kept separate because of significantly-greater ridership on the #50, to the point where TransLink wants to separate them and run shuttles on the #15? As an alternative to running the #4 to VCC-Clark, you could extend the #50 to VCC-Clark (replacing the #84) and have the #15 terminate at Olympic Village. It wouldn't be as transparent of a route design, but it would eliminate the need either to dieselize the #4 or to extend trolleybus overhead east of the Granville Bridge. I'd keep the duplication of #9/#14 service west of Granville for the simple reason that ridership will be much higher west of Arbutus. But I absolutely agree that Hastings local service needs to go all the way to Kootenay (to connect with the #160) throughout the evening. Maybe save some service hours by having Renfrew service terminate northbound at McGill (rather than going downtown) when the #209 is running? For now, I think they should just increase frequency on the existing #33, especially on weekends. I've had pass-ups on that route on a Sunday before, believe it or not. You could totally justify 20-minute headways all day, and even FTN-level service might not be out of line. When the new Canada Line station is built, separate the #33 into two routes. The new #33 would run from 29th Ave. Station to Cambie, then turn south along Cambie to the new 33rd Ave. Station, then continue west along 33rd to Dunbar Loop or Crown Loop. I'm not sure exactly what I'd do with the eastern end of the 16th Ave. bus, though: Terminate it at King Edward Station? Terminate it at Olympic Village Station? Run it down Oak St. through BC Children's, and terminate it at 33rd Ave. Station? Run it downtown via Burrard or Cambie, to replace the #2 service to 16th and Trutch?
  10. Collisions and Incidents thread

    How much of the problem arises from the crossover being overused because every train uses it?
  11. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    V7405 doing a #15 this morning. Evidently not all the Flyers are gone yet from VTC. (It's very odd seeing and hearing a Cummins-powered Flyer in Vancouver. I feel like I'm in Surrey or something, and then I look around and get confused.)
  12. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Just boarded V2130 doing a #9 - first trolley working the #9 in quite a while. I guess the overhead under Broadway Station must be re-energized now? Edit: OK, so the section of overhead right under the guideway is de-energized, but the catenary itself is physically continuous, so coaches can proceed underneath on APU rather than needing pole-pullers.
  13. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    There's also IMHO something to be said about all-door boarding being part of the B-Line service standard. I know that I got thrown by it the first time I used the #96, so accustomed was I to practices on the #99.
  14. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    A good chunk of the CNGs are for Surrey, which AIUI will be CNG-ready by then. There's ten hybrids for West Van in there. Aside from that, I can only speculate.
  15. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    How did I miss the connection? Maybe I was just too eager to thumb my nose at the people living along Cambie and 16th Ave.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    First Cummins D40LF at VTC, at least permanently?
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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...)
  23. Random Photos - Vancouver and area

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

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

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