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Everything posted by GORDOOM

  1. I'd imagine the congestion from pedestrians crossing Central Blvd. is so bad that anything they can do to ease it is a necessity at this point.
  2. Nope. City of Burnaby won't allow CMBC to install overhead for a new turning loop for the Kingsway trolleybus. Unless CMBC dieselizes the #19 or terminates it at Joyce Station, the existing loop will need to remain in place. The original plan was for the bus loop to surround the centre and west entrances. The City of Burnaby won't allow a connection between Central Blvd. and Beresford, even a bus-only one. Oh, and they also won't allow the overhead walkway across Central Blvd. to be rebuilt, possibly because of their plans to have Metropolis at Metrotown go the way of all flesh.
  3. I prefer the idea of using #x9x, so as to preserve the geographic associations - e.g., re-number the King George B-Line to #396.
  4. CMBC E901/E902 Trolleys

    Not all the coaches were used in service in Mendoza. They bought more than double what they needed, as a source of spare parts.
  5. Wouldn't it make more sense to reserve #399 for a B-Line service on Highway 99?
  6. I hope it's shelved. Given how bad downtown traffic is at the best of times, it really makes more sense to run each of those routes completely separately from anything else. Shorter routes are more reliable.
  7. AIUI the ridership on the #15 is so low that there's discussion of having alternating #50 trips terminate at Olympic Village rather than continuing onto the #15.
  8. 2019 Double-Decker bus Procurement

    The master has spoken, all heed ye.
  9. Could you run the #129 to Kootenay Loop and the #133 to Hastings and Kensington or thereabouts?
  10. 2019 Community Shuttle Procurement

    24 seats. Unlimited number of standees. Driving a Vicinity (or a 30' NFI MiDi) AIUI only requires adding an air-brake certification.
  11. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    So Metropolis put crossing guards at the crossing of Central Blvd. between the mall and the Metrotown Station centre stationhouse. Props to them for doing this, but why do they need to? Why is the City not letting TransLink and Metropolis rebuild the overpass?
  12. 2019 Double-Decker bus Procurement

    But you guys in Toronto also use a lot more road salt than we do. At the same time, I hadn't realized that our first Orion Vs came in 2000 - I thought the first batch were 2002s for some reason. Between that and the fact that high-floors are politically undesirable, maybe they will all be gone by 2020? I wouldn't be surprised to see at least part of the fleet last longer, though.
  13. 2019 Double-Decker bus Procurement

    Just because that's what they're for on paper doesn't mean it's what will happen. But what kind of shape are the Orion Vs in, anyway? Theoretically, high-floors should stand up better than low-floors structurally, but it also depends on usage and initial build quality.
  14. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    Headlights? (Same reason the LFRs use that custom double bike rack.) Was it a standard double rack, or the custom one used on the LFRs?
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. Collisions and Incidents thread

    WTF is going on at Columbia Station lately? It's shut down again, this time due to a fire.
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. Collisions and Incidents thread

    How much of the problem arises from the crossover being overused because every train uses it?
  25. 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.)