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  1. M. Parsons

    Transit in the Media

    I believe there's another ad or two ETS did like that. Based off of the Midtrafik ads.
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    Grande Prairie

    Very similar to your experience for St. Albert, however, while the bus had excellent "get up and go" I found it felt sluggish at higher speeds on a commuter run. The first 2 BYD demos Edmonton had actually had differences with their motors. One had a higher top end, but, reduced battery capacity, the other had a lower top end but better battery capacity. I don't recall the New Flyer's feeling sluggish. I found some of the fit and finish on the St. Albert BYD's to be not as good a New Flyer. In general, and I don't know how to describe this, but I find that any battery electric bus just feels "heavy". And that's purely from a passenger perspective. I found that quite apparent with the 35' BYD's, and I'm very curious how I would feel about the 30' buses! The BBC trolleybuses in particular always felt so light. I have my reservations about BYD, but, I'm quite proud to see all of these electric buses (and even alternate fuels in general) coming to public transit in Alberta.
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    2016 Edmonton and Area spotting and news

    Probably not considering no one has spotted it in service... Given it's the last bus in the order, I would hazard a guess it's just some contractual details involving the accepting the last bus in the order and ETS just making sure everything is acceptable for the entire fleet before signing off on the bus.
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    LA Transit - Lethbridge, Alberta

    Suggesting BYD is very presumptuous at this point without a tender issued yet.
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    CTrain - U2 cars

    What happened with 601 is a Hannover group expressed interest and the ERRS generously said yes, get it shipped and it's yours. There was a lot of interest locally in the car and it was very useful. The ERRS never wanted it gone. The biggest challenge for the ERRS would be space to store the car.
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    Sounds like overkill... a circle route, main line, plus on demand? They're only buying 3 buses and it seems this would be 3 buses plus at least 1 spare... The fact that they're only tendering for 8 passengers buses (at a minimum mind you) probably means that they don't have high expectations initially and so are scaling service to expected demand. Certainly, I think a fixed route service is a better, but at least on demand gets the service started. Build up the ridership, and the do something more permanent in the future. How much does OnIt cover Okotoks as it is with their existing routes?
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    Random Photos - Calgary and Area

    Currently working on some negative scanning along with the slide scanning. Two from my first trip to Calgary in August 2000. A 1930-1939 series Thomas Vista. Those were neat. Not necessarily a new image on the internet as this was among the first photos I scanned a very long time ago, but, it was vastly better than that scan probably from 17-18 years ago and made from a print (second generation source rather than a first generation source like a negative).
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    CTrain - U2 cars Retirement Watch

    2 left for now.... And good bye 2064.
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    Better than dead through. https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/death-of-man-found-near-commonwealth-stadium-cold-weather-related-police https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/central-lrt-station-to-open-as-warming-station-tuesday-night I think you're probably mixing up different groups of people. Chances are the person "jamming to music all day" is not going to be the person that needs to sleep in a warm transit facility when it's below -30 outside...
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    Let's ask ourselves this question: Are malls enough of a trip generator for transit agencies to place a transit centre there, or is it more so the fact that a shopping mall is more than likely to be in a central location relative to surrounding communities which is also makes it convenient for transit? In the case of suburban transit centres, their job is usually to facilitate transfers between routes, in particular getting local riders onto main line services to such destinations as employment centers and schools. Certainly, a shopping mall is going to receive an amount of extra traffic by having a bus terminal or a form of high order transit located near by. But I wonder though, in the case of Sherway Gardens, would a streetcar or subway line generate enough extra traffic to the mall that Sherway Garden's would be willing to foot a portion of the bill to route the subway or streetcar line there? No? Well then I guess taxpayers shouldn't foot that bill either then, and instead put the line where it is truly needed and makes sense.
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    ETS Photos

    Soooo elaborating on this topic..... These are the additional heaters added in during refurb. And the circular heater/ blower but mounted on inward facing seat. In behind it is presumably an original style heater. I'm not sure if the circular heater/ blowers are original or not. They've certainly been around for as long as I remember. The particular mounting set up for the heater was changed when the car was refurbed. The plate on them looks pretty retro and seems to come from a German vendor. More than anyone probably wanted to known on Edmonton's U2 details
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    ETS History

    Until May 15, 2014
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    ETS History

    2001 was retired in around 1998-1999 with 2010 acquired in 1997. My first encounter with 2010 was September 1999, but, I believe 2001 was gone quite sometime before. Really suspect it was 1998. I never did see 2001 in person with ETS (that I recall) but do remember seeing (of all things) 2001 being used as a prop (ie someone standing nexxt to it) for something to do with fire extinguishers on the 6:00 news. Why that was at DLM is beyond me, but, it was.
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    CTrain - U2 cars Retirement Watch

    2064, 2066, and 2080 have all been hauled down to E track near 66 St (Edmonton!). I'm guessing it's scrapping time, but, I guess we'll see. Not sure if they went as a 3 car train (presumably hauled by 2010) or if they were taken down one by one. When I Iast saw 2066 a week and a half ago it was still on shop trucks, so I'm kind of a surprised to see in that time they've hauled it back into the shops and fitted it with proper trucks.
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    ETS Photos

    A heater. There's also a square version of it.