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  1. Calgary Transit

    Here's the document discussing why they chose not to refurbishing the U2's. TLDR: refurbishing would have costed $2.2 million/car to upgrade them to modern standards (security cameras, air conditioning, wheelchair ramps, etc) and would only extend their lifespans by 10 years. The S200's costed $3.6 million and would last 30+ years. U2 Fleet Refurbishment or Replacement.pdf
  2. The SD160s costed $4-4.5 million-ish in the early 2000s because of the weak Canadian dollar. Conclusions can't really be drawn with these numbers without context.
  3. CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    How come the operator steps are different on each end. Is there a reason for the asymmetry?
  4. Onestop Screens

    Shaw sold Global to Corus. Global's partnership with Pattison is nationwide from Vancouver to Halifax.
  5. CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    I noticed the cars that are decalled at the factory have "www" in the website address whereas the ones decalled here is just "calgarytransit.com" which seems to be the new city standard. It must be an oversight since no one else has mentioned it.
  6. Green Line LRT

    This document suggests it will be a simple connection like Edmonton: http://agendaminutes.calgary.ca/sirepub/cache/2/bsh2lekwhifv1n3sngmfij2s/56422207072017021457715.PDF I watched the last 2 council meetings on Green Line and both Mac Logan and Fabiola MacIntyre were very reluctant to talk about anything that would indicate scope creep. I don't recall the point about a 2018 tendering timeline, however Mac Logan made it very clear that it would be more expensive build the tunnel in 2 phases. The tunnel portion from 7 Ave north to 16 Ave is estimated at $800 million as part of phase 1 but could be dramatically more if they built this portion later. If bids come in lower or additional funding becomes available in the next 9 years, they would use it to build more of the line. However none of this is known right now.
  7. CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    The buzzing during braking is higher pitched, and to me, more annoying than the SDs. I was disappointed it hasn't gone away. The buzz is very noticeable in Nick B's video and others that have been posted on YouTube. What I don't understand is why you never hear this in videos of low floor S70s. Is the sound something they can't dampen out because of the high floor configuration?
  8. CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    I rode today's last train from downtown to Somerset. The new door closing tones are much nicer than the harsh beeps of the SDs. I guess they couldn't remove the buzz when braking but the reduced HVAC noise is welcome. During my ride on 2401, the station announcements were too loud almost to the point of being distorted.
  9. CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    For those who haven't seen it, Siemens has updated their Trusted Partner promo video with new footage of the S200 in motion.
  10. CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    In addition, the 2 destination signs on the side are probably more useful since they are visible from any spot on the platform when the train is stopped.
  11. CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    I'm not a fan of the white on the roofline. It's disjointed and looks like an afterthought. They could have put the city logo on the black where 2401's wordmark currently is and it would have looked fine. My guess is it's against the corporate branding rules to have the logo on a black background - which is silly. They wrote the guidelines, they are allowed to tweak it.
  12. Green Line LRT

    The flooding issue was touched on during Druh Farrell's Green Line presentation a few months ago. Vancouver's Canada Line goes underneath False Creek so its technically feasible to tunnel under water.
  13. CTrain - S200 (series 9) cars

    From the videos posted online, the car seems a lot quieter on the inside and outside when idle, which is very welcome. I was hoping the door closing beeps would be less harsh and more like Salt Lake's S70 door chime. Does anyone know if the braking chopper buzz is still there? I'm curious what the technical reasons why they couldn't use low profile resistors instead of the ones that are protruding above the roofline. There seems to be space on the roof to accommodate them.
  14. Refurbished SD160 Tracking list

    I'm by no means an expert, but would it make sense for the Series 5/6/7 to be compatible with the Series 9? That would allow the option to upgrade the Series 8 later and unify the SD/S200 fleet
  15. Calgary Transit CTrain Service Disruptions

    I'm not sure if you are trying to be humorous but those comments were not constructive. If this is the/your attitude towards passengers, that too isn't right.