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Everything posted by Phillip

  1. Yes right on. I did the 41 today and the wires along 41st Ave is sagging quite a bit, I saw several 41's and NIS trolleys dewired today. I kept my speed down and had no issues.
  2. I wonder how the personal driver AC units that ETS installed on all their non AC buses is working out? Sure would be useful here.
  3. I had a trolley on a Monday during the extreme heatwave at the end of June when it reached 40C. I brought a thermometer to record the temp, it reached 45C in the driver seat. Everything was hot, my water bottle, everything in my backpack.
  4. Today when I started my shift all 41s were trolleys. Several trolleys got replacement buses because of EPU issues, the 41 was running on EPU both directions at Oakridge. By the time my shift was finished there were only three trolleys on the 41 and about four diesels.
  5. Putting out as many air conditioned buses as possible, No a/c for me as I got a trolley on the 41 today.....
  6. So we're going to start managing the trolleys like Edmonton Transit?
  7. 32 doesn't really need to exist and they been trying to eliminate the 480 for quite some time. 340 is going to Richmond
  8. The 41s are diesels because their prioritizing air conditioned buses, there's nothing along the 41 route that requires taking trolleys off so it's obvious. I'm driving 18329 on the 41 today and it's nice! Yesterday I had 2165 on the 41 and it was very uncomfortable as I work a straight afternoon piece. Correct
  9. I saw 19014 on the 99 a few days ago.
  10. Yes! 311 could use deckers. I think when the 25 additional deckers are in service they will be more frequently used on those routes. It's just that 57 deckers is more than enough to cover the 301, 351, 620, 555. But 32 deckers is not enough hence why highway coaches still appear on those routes.
  11. I think it's because of the additional 25 double deckers coming they will have an excess number of double deckers, and they can't run them on the 354 and 601 so they need a place to use them. The 601 doesn't really need highway buses, regular conventional buses will work because it serves local stops in Ladner and Tsawwassen. The only time it's on the highway is on 17A and 99.
  12. Yep, also position the bus in the number 2 lane so they do not go over the curb and hit the pole, I've seen an artic trolley do that on that turn already.
  13. They are rerouting the SB 3's to turn right from SB Main st to WB Marine Dr, They will not loop around 65 ave, Sophia st and Marine dr. It's only a temporary reroute for construction.
  14. Likely just a swap from a previous trolley bus. Probably a mechanical issue and they pulled a garage bound bus to replace the trolley.
  15. Yep, that was the block behind me just now. now it's going to be the block ahead of me for the second half of my shift.
  16. I see a lot of drivers who dewire in the intersection and clear the intersection before stopping. That's dangerous practice, if a pole gets stuck with the wires it could pull something down. I come to a complete stop wherever I am and I first go outside and look at my poles to ensure they are down before moving the bus out of the way. Most pedestrians and traffic are impatient and are not nice to the bus so I don't mind inconveniencing them and block them
  17. 41 ave and Dunbar st sounds like crap going through the overhead, several 41 drivers asked me for advice for not dewiring, I only go 10 km/h both EB and WB. Also the WB power switch, when an NIS trolley turning WB to SB into the loop powers that switch, but dewires before clearing that switch screws the 41 going straight. The EB power switch at Granville St sometimes doesn't reset on the left wire, so a 41 going straight the left pole will make friends with the right pole before dewiring. I dewired on both locations several times, I did my part and reported it.
  18. That's likely the case, I always listen to my poles when they pass through a power switch and I look at my ropes out the rear window to confirm I'm on the correct wires. The worst spots on the 41 route is the WB Dunbar st power switch and EB Granville St power switch.
  19. Yes, more and more charging stations are being installed. I passed several along hwy 1 at rest stops and at gas stations and parking lots, almost every town I pass has one. Driving between Vancouver and Edmonton is doable with an electric car nowadays. But that's still a ways away for me, I'm going to run my Civic as long as it will live. I will only replace it when it dies or I'm involved in a major collision and the car is a write off...
  20. My Honda Civic is manual transmission and I decided this will be my last because my next vehicle will be electric. My Civic ONLY has 238,000 km and a new clutch last winter, still has lots of life given how reliable they are
  21. You could say the same thing for the 99B line, why isn't that trolley when it's under wire the whole time? Excuse me, WAS under wire the whole route, not now with the Broadway construction.
  22. Given that this is only theory and hypothetical talk I won't go much further in this discussion. Have a nice day
  23. The only issue with having the R4 trolleys is that the 41 would be causing delays to them unless they remove timepoints along the 41 or install layover wire, even then the 41 would still be holding them up making local stops. The timepoints along the 41 route are Fraser st, Oak st and Granville st both directions.
  24. The problem that I had with the Nova was the ZF transmission, the retarder brake is way too aggressive and jerky. The 2018 Nova's in Vancouver are a lot better, much improved with the BAE system. The article says that those battery electric Nova's can do about 350 km to 450 km and can charge in 5 minutes at a charging station. I think something is wrong because that seems a bit much for a fast charging battery bus. The Proterras in Edmonton are slow charging and they do about 350 km on a charge.
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