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  1. 3 hours ago, Express691 said:

    Was trying to refer to duplication on the vancouver-phibbs exchange section. Can passengers just squeeze onto the 210 for the time being? Heard there's lots of space on that section that could use some cutting.

    Also seems a bit wasteful IMO to extend the 214 to burrard station (at least now) - this has been eluded to earlier in this thread by someone else.

    TL;DR - 210/211/214 between Phibbs and Downtown could benefit from re-organization

    Agreed. In my experience, the Phibbs - Vancouver section is usually fairly low ridership, especially outside of peak hours. It would probably make sense to cut the 211 and 214's Vancouver portions, especially the 211's off-peak service downtown.

  2. 19 minutes ago, Kennys bus drawings said:

    last day of the 2600s apparently, at least for now? I wonder if they'd actually come back, and to which base

    I guess we'll find out tomorrow - I'm hoping it gets pushed back some more, but maybe their time has finally come. I'm glad I got photos of a few of them today, but sadly I think my last ride on one was a month or so ago on the 75.

  3. 12 minutes ago, GoCanGo said:


    Not saying it makes sense. The government doesn't see transit operational services as a priority. They are either investing in upfront capital projects that can be visually seen or provide opportunities for photo-ops and announcements. Taxpayers are venomously against transit improvements as well, acting against their self-interest since traffic is projected to get worse as we add 1.2 million immigrants each year going forward.

    Translink pre-COVID was seen as this demonic evil entity that was leeching funds instead of one that maintains a road network and provides some of the best service in the continent. 


    Drives me crazy how ungrateful people are for transit. Translink is one of the best systems out there, yet people take every opportunity to attack it. If they don't want traffic to get worse, the only real option is for better transit, but people can't seem to connect the dots.

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  4. 31 minutes ago, Kennys bus drawings said:

    why are the 3 Gillig brt buses at east base inactive? or are they just not picking up on pantographapp for some reason

    I believe that they are inactive, since a lot of the Metro-operated Sound Transit routes are still suspended (or were deleted during the pandemic), so there isn't a need to use the entire fleet, and keeping an entire subfleet (namely, the only Gilligs operated by Metro for ST) inactive would save on maintenance costs.

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  5. 23 hours ago, Kennys bus drawings said:

    i think the wiki pages for all the metro bases should be updated cause they still show old routes and stuff

    You're absolutely right. I unfortunately have my hands full at the moment but if one of the other editors wants to take it on, that would be a good project.

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  6. 28 minutes ago, 8800GTX said:

    Hey are these here yet? I remember not too long ago that someone tweeted a pic of one of the new blue-top artics hanging out at a Bellingham gas station. I've been kind of connecting the dots re the upcoming January bus service changes (reductions) and quotes from CEO Kevin Quinn. If these are now arriving then it sounds like some routes will be switching from regular buses to artic buses in January 2022...

    Yikes, looks like Translink is pulling a King County Metro move here...

  7. 1 hour ago, Ninja Bus Fan said:

    Yes the transfer isn't that bad but you can shave off a lot of time if you had a route between Scottsdale and White Rock. It'll be a much more convenient route for people living in the North Delta area without having to make multiple transfers just to get on the 321. It doesn't have to be an all day route but it could just start out as a peak hour route to test the waters. If the demand is there then you can make it an all day service route. 


    Also is it possible to make your signature smaller ? Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't there a limit to how large a signature can be ? 

    You're right about the signature, it's gotten out of hand haha, I'll go and cut it down. 

    As for the route, in the world (or at least North America) we live in, transit funding is hard to come by. And the option in the case of the Scottsdale - White Rock route would basically just be to either have that route or keep frequencies on frequent core routes like the 319 and 321. Overall, if you just keep the frequencies, the trip for passengers will work out to be faster, since the overall total wait times will be lower. 

    That's the beauty of Translink, in my opinion, and also in my opinion why it's been so successful compared to other systems (even just King County Metro right across the border). Most trips are made on frequent, all-day routes with easy connections. And I do realize that isn't the case in many places, like Surrey and Maple Ridge, that have far fewer FTN services, but it's still a successful model and IMO should be kept and expanded rather than just duplicating services so people don't have to spend a couple minutes waiting at an exchange.

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  8. 16 hours ago, UprisingCanadian said:

    I believe that there should be a route that goes from Scottsdale (or even Scott Rd Stn) to White Rock. 


    I also think the 312 should get articulated service during school hours. I go to one of the schools along the route, and holy, is it dangerously overcrowded.

    I'm sorry, but the first one would probably just end up being a lot of route duplication, and it's not that difficult to get from Scott Road or Scottsdale to either Surrey Central or Newton Exchange to then catch the 321. 

    Also yes, lots of routes are overcrowded, but Translink doesn't exactly have extra artics, sadly.

  9. On 11/27/2021 at 12:30 PM, nname said:

    Well, some of the cuts aren't really as bad as it seems.  With capacity available, would it really matter that much to an average rider when a bus now comes every 6min instead of 4min?  Even though that's a gigantic 30% cut in service.

    Maybe going from 12 to 15min will hurt a bit, but seems like all but 2 the cuts are on routes that runs every 12min or better.  None of the route dropped below FTN service level, and none of the route have service span reduced.

    The riders might not notice the frequency change very much, but they will definitely notice the capacity decrease and the resultant overcrowding.

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  10. On 11/19/2021 at 4:52 PM, Kennys bus drawings said:

    weird question, does anyone have a picture of a rapid ride xde60 6246 running the new route 79 on the 12th of november? I could've sworn I saw a picture of that somewhere but now i can't seem to find it anywhere.

    I think I might have seen it somewhere on Instagram? Not sure where else it would've been other than here or Instagram haha

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  11. 18 minutes ago, A. Wong said:

    Thanks for letting me know. I've fixed the problem and any images that had that error should load successfully after a page refresh.

    If there are any that don't generate properly, just let me know with a link and I can look into it further.

    Off the bat, King County Metro route 187 ‘Federal Way TC / Twin Lakes’ - CPTDB Wiki isn't working.

    Still showing the same error for the route map under "route diagram"

  12. 10 hours ago, bnsf27 said:

    I wonder what Pierce Transit will do for the Gig Harbor trolley next year. They got new ARBOC trolleys, but took them out of service due to accessibility complaints, according to what the driver said on the last time I rode the route. They used C30LFs on the route this year, but I doubt they'll keep them around.

    I was surprised to find out that they went with ARBOC rather than Gillig for the trolleys, as they've been ordering Gilligs for their standard bus fleet for the last 10 years

    Yeah, for once it seems like Gillig may have been the best option here, especially with the C30LFs being past their due dates.

  13. 4 hours ago, jay8g said:

    I kind of figured that would happen since the 75 switched its through-route to the 45. I feel like it makes sense, since the 31/32 are entirely south of the 45 (apart from a little bit in the U District).


    A few other thoughts on day 1 of the service change:

    • The 2600s might finally be done. This service change seems to be an overall reduction, so that wouldn't surprise me, especially since Metro wanted to retire them with the 2020 fall service change.
    • I'm not convinced that the new NE 45th St routing for the 31/32 is a good idea. They don't seem to have scheduled enough time for that section, at least on weekends -- basically all of the 31/32s have been running late all day.
    • It's strange to see North Base running 60-footers on the route 20, which seems unlikely to be a high-volume route. This seems to be kind of normal for North Base -- they did the same thing with new low-volume routes during the U Link service change. I imagine that will change soon enough.
    • Other than switching the 31/32 with the 45, it doesn't look like there were any other base changes (at least for routes that run on Saturdays). I was kind of surprised by that, since this is such a major service change.

    I also saw a 60-footer on the 347, which was pretty strange. I guess the North Base is still figuring out what to do about the excess artics it has since the 41 is no more.

  14. I was recently in Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Chelan, and got some photos of various Link transit buses. I couldn't find a topic for Link Transit in the forums here, so I do apologize if I have accidentally made a duplicate. A couple notes and questions I have from my time out there:

    1. The 2016-17 BYDs appear to have been fully sent back. Can anyone confirm this?
    2. Most of the Gilligs (other than the new suburban BRTs) appear to have been retired. I only saw one during about an hour and a half at Columbia Station on a weekday, and they don't seem to be appearing on the tracker much at all. If anyone has a list of which ones are still active, that would be very helpful.
    3. There are a lot of Ford cutaway shuttle buses that are not listed on the wiki. These are part of the regular transit fleet, and operate on many of the local Wenatchee services, as well as the D in Leavenworth and some of the low-demand suburban routes. I've attached a couple photos of these buses that I took during my time out there. If anyone could help identify them, and provide any additional information on Link's fleet of them so that I can add them to the roster, that would be great. These buses appear to be numbered in the 500s and the 1600s.

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  15. Hey everyone,

    I was recently in Port Townsend and I saw some brand-new Gillig Low Floor buses on Jefferson Transit. My best guess is that 514 and 515 are new 29-footers, and 516 and 517 are new 35-footers. (And on a side note, they all have incredibly uncomfortable hard plastic seats, in start contrast to the cushy seats in the rest of the fleet). However, I can't find any info about these buses, and I'm not sure where to start, as I'd like to add them to the wiki.

    If anyone has any information or suggestions as to where to look, I'd appreciate it.


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