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  1. Beaumont Transit

    It looks like 6950's windows can't open so I assume it has A/C?
  2. I did the 49 yesterday on the first day of the new Metrotown stop/route. I picked up the PA and announced that this bus no longer goes into the loop and stops on the road every time I arrived at Metrotown. The driver who I relieved was bitter because he argued with the passengers that he does not go into the loop and stops on the road. I just used the PA to announce it and I had no issues with anyone. Besides I love hearing my voice over the PA
  3. Vancouver: T-Comm "E-Sightings"

    Yeah I saw that during sign up and I almost signed that shift knowing I would have a D40LF or XD40 on the 351/601.
  4. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    Well we will find out tomorrow or Monday. I would think all will go to RTC since they were transferred for the 49 in the first place.
  5. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    2012 XDE60 at RTC covering tracks 14,15,16. I didn't see all units but I saw 12025, 12007 ,12006 ,12017,12024,12009,12013. 12008 parked near the south doors
  6. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    8010 and 8021 is at RTC also with R prefixes! 2012 XDE60 are returning to RTC. Not sure about the 3 15000's at VTC. Just have to wait and see.
  7. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    Lots of Burnaby D60LF's at RTC now. I saw 8014, 8018, 8020, 8023, 8026, 8032, 8041, 8045 and probably a few more I cant remember all units. All of them have R prefixes so I assume they are transfers for the service boost on the 49. And 12008 is at RTC.
  8. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    Are you sure it's super lo height ones? This one I saw just said "low height" on the left side. They were showing it off to the operators here at RTC all week.
  9. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Look what I found parked near the south doors at RTC this morning (August 20 2017) It has a California licence plate at the rear.
  10. Vancouver Special Sightings

    Yep! I was driving 8043 on the fireworks special and I was supposed to swap with an N10 at 02:16 No 3rd/ Anderson but the supervisor cancelled it because Downtown crowds was not busy. All N10's were supposed to be artics, in the end 8064 was the only bus swapped with an N10.
  11. Yes the XDE60's are going back to RTC I confirmed it with my Operations supervisor the other day. I saw 12002 at RTC a few days ago. Probably repair/maintenance because it was a service man driving.
  12. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    That high number D60LF is P8094. Several D40LF here at RTC (I can't remember all) but 7181 is there with an N prefix.
  13. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    I drive the XD40's at RTC quite often and yes..the ZF transmission are jerky on acceleration and the retarder too. It hesitates when you first accelerate, then it suddenly goes into next gear and makes a sudden unnecessary jerking motion before speeding up. I find when I hold the pedal at 3/4 way down it accelerates smoothly without the jerking motion... I learned that from the training instructors at Edmonton Transit during my days at ETS hehe....
  14. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Although I stand neutral on opinions and avoid arrangements with others. Yes; any speed can be dangerous if its not close to or with traffic flow, we call that impeding traffic and believe it or not it's a ticket-able offense especially if your in the left lane not letting others pass. Police call that "Loitering in the left lane". As a rule of thumb I generally drive at a speed that allows me to see as far as I can and make split second decisions without having to hammer the brakes or hitting something. I believe keeping a good space cushion from the vehicle in front of you is very important in avoiding hammering the brakes or in worst case rear ending them. And yes the Orion's can go over 100km/h, some are so smooth that you don't even notice your over 100km/h, I occasionally catch myself doing 110km/h easily!
  15. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Interesting, I generally avoid eye contact with people (culture and social reasons) but I smile and greet and yes I agree people are generally nicer and thank you on the way out. Some even wave when leaving through the rear doors. But I also notice there are more complainers here in the Lower Mainland, I've had several people complain about my driving calling me slow when I'm driving exactly the speed limit and refuse to run Yellow lights. My favorite is on hwy 99, I hold it exactly at 90 Km/h and 80 km/h around the George Massey Tunnel and I get passed by my very own co-workers either I'm the 351 and I get passed by a 601 or I'm doing 601 and a 351 passes me.