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  1. 4am - 3am is basically 24 hours, wow. I know I can probably find this somewhere, but what is the span of 351 service between White Rock and Bridgeport? I'm assuming something similar otherwise having such long-running 350 services wouldn't make too much sense imo.
  2. I believe the 41 uses between 6 and 8 buses at any given time, while the 9 can apparently use well over 20 during peak hours. Because of this, there aren't enough diesels to cover the route, meaning that a few D40LFs need to be brought back from the dead in order to fill in the gaps. Now, I'm not completely certain that this is the reason, but it's the best one I've heard so far.
  3. Wish I could ride that right about now. I've spotted it a few times at VTC so a ride would be cool
  4. Now if they'd just add one or two downtown, where lots of people bike, there's a high risk of bike theft, and high transit use...
  5. Probably to reduce delays on the 351 and simplify the service so when you're at White Rock you can always just get on a specific route to get to either Bridgeport or Crescent Beach. From what I've heard the frequency will remain FTN on the 351 and the 350 will be every 30 or something. Not completely sure, though.
  6. Not much of a surprise, given the circumstances. My ride on it today was very empty.
  7. 7426 is on the 2 all day. Seems like they've brought a few D40LFs out of retirement / training for some reason, since we had two out on routes yesterday and one already today.
  8. I'm pretty sure it's not the 9, given the D40LFs were retired for good. However, I still have no idea why it is there. Apparently the driver said something about not being able to drive trolleys and getting instead of a Nova. I doubt that VTC is out of Novas (they never seem to be LOL), so I really don't know.
  9. Here it is at UBC. What a beauty ;)
  10. Kind of sad that the only option is moving backwards in time. I personally think it might be time to switch to card / phone only. So then, people would be able to pay with credit card, mobile payment or compass card.
  11. Drivers, transit police, etc. There are people, they just have to do it as part of their jobs to help the public stay safe. It's not like it would be difficult to enforce; people are either wearing the mask (properly) or they aren't. Studies are showing that blocking seats on buses does just about zero to stop the spread. On the other hand, enforcing masks is the most effective thing there is. In Taiwan, for example, masks are mandatory and while trains are packed, it has an incredibly low infection rate.
  12. I could see the 41 trolleys being a long-term change during the construction at least since with the 9s operating novas I think there will still be an excess of buses even with the 41 being all trolley, from what I've heard.
  13. Just looking on Pantograph today, and I noticed a couple things. First, a bunch of trolley routes are diesel right now. I'm not in the city at the moment, so it could be construction downtown, but does anyone know the cause? The 44 has also been operating with 40-footers instead of the 60s. Second, I've seen quite a few regular XDE60s on RapidRide routes, especially today and yesterday. This is mainly F line but the A as well (and I'm sure others I didn't notice). There was also a RapidRide on the 7 on Saturday I believe. Anyone have an explanation for the elevated concentration of regular 60-footers on RapidRide these past few days?
  14. A couple weeks ago I saw this at VTC. Does anyone know when this is from or why it's there? I'm assuming it's a practice bus stop for training, but I could be wrong. The stop number is at Cap U and the routes were all Cap U routes, so I imagine this was simply taken from Cap U when they built a new stop at some point. However, I'm still wondering what it's doing at VTC.
  15. Yes, exactly. And then the overcrowding means that the healthcare workers get sick and then we're all screwed
  16. I'm not quite sure why transit can't "change itself overnight". Sure, not literally overnight, but at the end of the day, the decision to cut service and then actually cutting service don't have to take very long at all. For example, airlines adapted quite quickly, and were cutting service before it became a crisis in North America. Sure, transit isn't impacted in the same way, but it still was impacted similarly once COVID-19 became a global crisis. For example, commuter routes to places like UBC which have been closed down completely could have been terminated far earlier. Definitely the 4, 14, 9, 99 and some other local routes are important to maintain, but Translink could have been much quicker at temporarily eliminating the 44, 258, 480 and others. Yes, Translink might not receive enough funding. However, in my opinion the best strategy would be to protect future investments, such as the Broadway subway extension, new RapidBus routes, and others. If they don't cover the shortfall, it's highly unlikely that the government is going to let them just sit there and die. However, if they put off projects, the price goes up, and the projects are at more and more risk of being canceled or reduced in some way. Long-term, demand will recover, and Translink needs to be ready for that with an on-time and properly built expansion to the system.
  17. I really hope that does happen, but I also hope that the "order" includes some $$ as well otherwise it's just an order for disaster.
  18. I believe all the future planned cuts are still going to happen... unfortunately. Haven't heard anything about them being canceled. The province may be reopening, but that doesn't mean Translink is getting more money, and financial problems won't go away instantly. Not to mention, if this reopening is too soon and we see another spike, they'd just have to cut service again to stay alive. So I'd say with the current financial mess, the cuts are really the only move they can make. I agree that there should have been a faster reaction. However, I also don't feel like Translink was all that much slower than other transit agencies from what I've seen. Not saying that's a good thing, just that it seems they were going with status quo.
  19. It's been successful by the standards of an AC subsidiary. They've still had massive reorganization of operations at several points - such as when they cut all Vancouver flights with the exception of LAS and MAX replacement flights. Overall, Transat has existed longer and is more successful. Additionally, it has better brand recognition, and has a good reputation from years of flying, while Rouge is still a relatively new player (for an airline). With Rouge losing all of their long-haul aircraft, and AC likely not in a position to order new aircraft anytime soon, not to mention a massive reduction in demand for long-distance leisure travel when this is all over, Rouge will be left with no ability for long-haul flying. Meanwhile, Transat still has all its A330s. It doesn't make much sense, in my view, to have two low-cost subsidiaries (assuming the Transat purchase fully goes through). Therefore, why keep the one that can only operate shorter flights, when you can keep the one with better reputation, better fleet, and better positioning in the market for future operations?
  20. I honestly feel like at this point Rouge is going to be folded into Transat. Since there's no more 767-A330 conflict, and Transat also operates the A320 family, there really isn't a fleet conflict anymore. My best guess is that they'll just become Transat, and Rouge will be yet another failed AC low-cost experiment
  21. I was very surprised by the Rouge 767 retirement. Surprised for the A319 as well, but that was going to happen at some point, so I'm not as surprised, as they're really just accelerating the inevitable. I do wonder what will happen to Rouge after this is all over, though. My theories are that they'll either be folded into Transat or will turn into something more like Sunwing, operating just narrow-body flights.
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