M. Parsons

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  1. You're suggesting they didn't have the technology to build a roof 30 years ago?
  2. I think linking this post here might be useful. It certainly does convey how a lot of us feel when people make posts like the one above.
  3. Strathcona County Transit 2005 Nova Bus LFS departing Downtown Edmonton as a route 401 on 100 St. The bus has been wrapped in a Canada 150 wrap based upon material by the CUTA and CTHF highlighting the evolution of public transit technology.
  4. Might have a concrete date for the the System to Service change: Monday November 14, 2016 "Eddie provided an overview of ETS’ new organizational structure, which was announced internally by the Deputy City Manager on November 14, 2016 and in effect from the date it was announced." Source: https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/documents/transit/ETSAB_FINAL_Minutes_2016_Nov-28.pdf
  5. I would imagine that's the plan. As of November the proposed numbers were: 2017- 42 2018- 43 2019- 60 2020- 60 Beyond that TBD.
  6. ETS has awarded New Flyer the tender for 40' buses.
  7. So far they only don't offer a paantograph. The financial component of the tender is so small that if BYD wants to win this they'd best start figuring out how to deliver what ETS wants even if they have to bid higher because of some R&D work. Again, I wouldn't be surprised if this spec could become a standard requirement as fleet sizes grow anyways.
  8. Spec sheet. I'm still working on some permanent way of putting some of my collection on the internet. Thanks to Captain Trolley as this originally came from her collection. Enjoy! OrionIII-SpecSheet.pdf
  9. I think I'll stick this here. I'm still working on some permanent way of putting some of my collection on the internet. Thanks to Captain Trolley as this originally came from her collection. Enjoy! Flyer-SpecSheet-Web-20170706WMa.pdf
  10. No, they don't want fast charge. They want depot charging with a pantograph. The specs for charging time are inline with BYD's plug in buses. BYD should be fine as long as they can develop an overhead charging system, In the scoring system, pricing is only 5% of the scoring. In terms of points in the scoring system, the pantograph requirement is worth 132 points, pricing 56 points, and a plug in bus 12 points. BYD offering the absolute best pricing and a plug in hybrid would earn them 68 points but leave the 132 points for a the pantograph requirement on the table. This could become an industry wide standard feature if ETS forces the issues. It makes a lot of sense for larger fleets. Overhead charger so that all the driver has to do is flip a switch at the garage when under the charging unit to start charging. No manual work plugging in buses, no cranes with arms attached to maneuver around cables etc. Quicker, simpler, and less chance of injury,
  11. Tender issued: - 40', 5 buses, 7 charging stations for 2018 delivery - additional order of 20-25 buses and 35-40 charging stations in 2018 if initial phase successful - requires central charging in bus parking area of depot, pantograph based overhead system preferred due to speed, ease and safety... minimal driver interaction (I guess, not physically having to plug a bus in vs. flipping a switching to connect to the overhead charger). I gather that not offering in depot pantograph charging could be a deal breaker as far as the evaluation goes. At this point it seems ETS isn't planning to install on street chargers, but, if the buses are pantograph recharging, that possibility at least exists for the future. - operating range at full GVWR an auxiliary loads on a CBD driving cycle will be a minimum of 250 km with the battery starting at 90% and ending at 15% Despite pantograph charging strongly preferred, nothing about on street charging.
  12. Your original post clearly referenced just the Metro line. Regardless, you then supplied 3 examples over a 7 year period dating back to 2010. One was a suicide (which I'm sure happens on the Skytrain too). The other 2 were pedestrian incidents as well. I guess unless you want to classify a bike as a vehicle. Too be sure, MVA vs. LRT collisions do happen in Edmonton. I'm aware of two minor vehicle collisons on the Capital Line in the last 10 years, as well as 4 or 5 wire down incidents and 2-3 longer duration signalling issues on the Metro line. Back to my main point, if you're going to reference other cities, make sure you have your facts straight.
  13. Please don't take Edmonton out of context. Issues with the signalling system and the resulting speed reductions and use of fall back systems to get the LRT line running were a large cause of the issues.The intersections involved in the traffic issues also had unique road layouts which certainly contributed to matters. Kingsway/ 111 Ave: https://www.google.ca/maps/@53.5577438,-113.5023766,367m/data=!3m1!1e3 Princess Elizabeth/ 106 St: https://www.google.ca/maps/@53.5658766,-113.5040038,218m/data=!3m1!1e3 Looking at where the Surrey LRT could run I don't quite see the same road layouts. It seems the Surrey LRT is also following a bit of a different concept as well than Edmonton's Metro Line which uses traditional grade crossings to give full priority to LRT. Finally, you say "not to mention crashes that will block the intersections". What crashes? This is just fear mongering. You make it sounds like it's on ongoing issue when I'm not aware of any to date, nearly 2 years after the line opened.
  14. OK, lots wrong with this post. First, what does battery-electric bus testing have anything to do with this bus purchase? You seem to be suggesting they should keep spending money on diesel-electric hybrids because they're partially electric? Second, you seem to make an assumption that they are unsatisfied with the Allison hybrid product from past orders? Anything to back that up? As for just "asking" for the BAE series hybrid... you make it sound to easy! Who knows, maybe New Flyer did include that option with the tender response? I would imagine that the buses are needed, otherwise they wouldn't have been tendered. The electric bus test won't start until at least 2018 by the sounds of it. A good year of testing, and then write a report... Maybe have that done by Q1 2020? You're suggesting they shouldn't ordered buses until then? That would mean a Q1 2021 delivery? There's XE60's already on order from US agencies. Lets get back to this "weird decision" comment. I would like introduce you to Occam's razor. If we're going to make an assumptions about this bus purchase, I'm going to go with Brampton didn't want to spend the extra money on hybrid diesel buses. I think that that is the simplest reason. The Canadian dollar is in the toilet relative to the US dollar which has caused buses to become a lot more expensive here. You'd really need to be able to justify that extra expenditure on the hybrid. Also, I can't help but wonder if costs such as battery replacement are starting to hit Brampton, given their first hybrids were 2010's. Anyways, here is a great article on the costs behind hybrid buses: http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/10/hybrid_buses_aaata.html If I were a taxpayer in Brampton I wouldn't want Brampton Transit to be spending extra money on buses that will cost more in the long run! Not a fiscally wise decision.