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  1. They've done relatively well in Edmonton? That's news to me. They've had their fair share of teething issues and ETS still doesn't run them on weekends. For quite some time they were peak hours only this year. Of course, that's not to say that some of that could be ETS's own mismanagement.
  2. I spy bright green hoods of EPCOR line trucks. I guess that means CT is still contracting with EPCOR for certain services. ENMAX did the OCS on ETS's SLRT extension to HSS, but, that ended up being the one and only time ENMAX worked on Edmonton's LRT.
  3. I once had a request from a customer to manually charge them more for a $24.98 item so they would meet the $25 threshold. The thing is, to spend those points you need to be using them in a Loblaw store, which generally means you're continuing to patronize Loblaw's and not going somewhere else. Mission accomplished. It's entirely possible that some people will take advantage of a stack of offers like yours, and then not patronize Loblaw other than to use their points, but that is not all that common.
  4. While I haven't researched it, I don't believe the battery system in a hydrogen bus is much greater than a standard hybrid, so not as many batteries as an electric bus. Very simplistic, but the diagrams for fuel cell and hybrid buses on New Flyer's website show 2 battery icons, and for an electric bus 5. It actually seems like at least some of the components aren't too heavy. 260kg for the fuel cell package and 37.5 kg for a full load of hydrogen (plus weight of tanks). Although it's not an apples to apples comparison and specifically applies to Edmonton's specs... Proterra (with no diesel heater installed) 43,600 lb GVW New Flyer XHE40- 43,570 lb GVW New Flyer XE40- 44,400 lb GVW Obviously the electric buses could be affected by the amount of batteries and I didn't read through the relevant Altoona reports (yet) to see what the capacity was for the 2 electric buses. Theoretically, I don't see hydrogen buses being any more reliable than an electric. You have the relatively simplicity of a electric power train, but you're installing the power generation onto the bus. With an electric bus, this is off board. And if a battery charger dies, you move to the next one. None the less, I am cautiously optimistic towards the hydrogen fuel cell. They could be the answer for those runs that require longer running than electrics can do right now. They also seem to have significantly more range than an artic battery bus can manage. New Flyer claims an equivalent battery energy of up to 1030 kWh with a hydrogen artic, while a battery electric artic is 525 kWh, which New Flyer say is good for around 153 miles.
  5. Developing blue hydrogen is a large part of the reason why this funding even existed. The Provincial Government is trying to get into the hydrogen business to diversify and prolong the relevance of fossil fuel industries. The initial report to Council about this purchase did bash electric buses to a degree, including their garage infrastructure, so things haven't changed since the trolleys it seems. ETS has also at times referred to the buses as "hydrogen battery" buses, and indeed had that phrasing was on decals recently applied to the buses although the "battery" was removed in a very short timeframe before the buses were on display this past weekend. Of course, with no detection systems for hydrogen leaks in any garages, these 2 buses have sat outside since being delivered. While ETS had the 2 CNG buses they had 1 or 2 bays at their heavy repair Paterson facility equipped with CNG detectors to allow maintenance and storage of the two buses. I can only imagine ETS will end up doing the same for their hydrogen bus. I would love to see well to wheel emissions between the electric and blue hydrogen buses in Alberta, given that most coal electricity generation has transitioned to natural gas.
  6. The hydrogen should be local, but will be blue. CP also has a 3 unit hydrogen locomotive fleet being built. They plan to produce green hydrogen in Calgary using solar panels on their HQ, and blue in Edmonton. I would imagine the Edmonton fueling infrastructure might be shared with the bus and truck test fueling site.
  7. I would hope that companies in the business of supplying home and building supplies would have had the foresight to realize that once the world reopened, sales would drop. Home Depot, however, wasn't the only one to apparently not see that coming. It is unfortunate that you would seem to be stuck in this situation and I am sympathetic, however I do have counter points. Raising prices with inflation currently is probably not a good look. First, it could further reduce demand for products and materials if consumers decide that now increasing prices on products and materials has priced them out of completing projects for now, further reducing sales and leading to additional job reductions. Second, if one company increases prices to keep staff employed, but another company doesn't, that gives the leaner company a price advantage, leading a further drop in sales at the one trying to keep staff employed through higher prices. Rules for returns- I am unfamiliar the policies in your industry, but, I have my doubts that any changes will do much to give additional hours to staff. Becoming stingy with a return policy just gains you a reputation that could, again, drive customers elsewhere if they're easier to deal with. Discounting- Depends upon the context. Again, unfamiliar with myself, but, in general you sometimes gotta take a lose to move product that isn't moving. It's not good for the balance sheet to have product sitting around and not moving. If it is the context of volume discounts, then the question again is does your competitor still offer the same? Loss Prevention- Very frustrating. I've seen everything within my company from heavy use of a loss prevention, to a period when we had virtually none. We've evolved since then the ugly days of virtually no loss prevention. Since then technology, and now even environmental design have been employed. I'd be curious how much shrink is budgeted vs. what is actually occurring. I remember being shocked when I read through my first P&L and learned that the shrink line included loss from theft. I think even if a company understood that they would be unlikely to see the same sales from last year, what are they to do? They need to schedule to needs of the business. There's no point in paying employees to just be there if the customers aren't there. That's not good business sense. They also can't just start letting people go for no reason to reduce the head count as sales drop. Unfortunately, that's where the reduced hours become an incentive for some people to quit and go find somewhere else where they can get more hours, which then allows more hours for everyone else. It's a harsh way of doing it, but, I would imagine that's the way it would play out in a lot of retail environments.
  8. Good luck. Arguably, using it for PR work is a commercial use.
  9. Well, not quite the FrontRunner's, but, PWT purchased the same basic Ford Transit/ Micro Bird used for the 200's On Demand buses for Edmonton and numbered them immediately after the Edmonton buses. I didn't have long so I'll go back for better pics later... the all white bus is likely 231 (license plate is one lower than 232's). 11-202 was running route 10.
  10. What sort of bullshit is this? Why post identical photos? Remember: someone is paying for this board to exist. The least you can do is not spam it with duplicate photos and waste the space they pay for.
  11. So, an update is in order. VLSE LRT opening delayed due to cracking at 3 piers on the elevated section. Root cause not determined yet, but the hope is they can perform a fix over replacement. No set opening date. Unfortunately for TransEd, this time they cannot blame their usual scapegoat, the piece of concrete in the river. Of course, this is just the latest in a long line of concrete issues. The 510x is replaced by the 73 on September 4 following a much closer alignment, stopping at most LRT stops except Strathern and Quarter's, although there is a near by stop Strathern. The 511 will provide Owl service with am expanded number of bus stops over the 73. The 73 numbering falls in line with other LRT contingency service.
  12. My deepest sympathies for your loss, even if temporary. It's never easy to lose your reliable caffeine source.
  13. They certainly exist. How many are on the internet is another thing. I strongly recommend joining the Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation. Their publication, The Bulletin, just had an article or two with lots of info and photos on CCF/ Brill. Now, I'm sure you've already searched the internet, but in case you missed it: https://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~wyatt/alltime/pics/selkirk.html
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