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M. Parsons

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  1. 8041 was delivered today, complete with white LED signs, so, it seems ETS is moving to white from amber.
  2. But parts supply problems for BYD operators existed before the pandemic.
  3. Clearly, the conductor rail systems that are a component of overhead catenary systems are completely different than the 3rd rail being discussed.
  4. Oh hell yeah! I remember December 1992! Riding into Union Station on GO Transit from Scarborough. Near Christmas with my Grand Mother. Using the underground pedway. Don't remember the specific building, but I sure remember visiting her floor of the offices of CIBC... Looking out the window an wondering: "Why the hell are trolleybuses from Edmonton down there?" At the time I honestly thought that just meant any trolleybus, in any City looked like Edmonton's BBC's. My exposure to trolley buses at this point was Edmonton and Toronto, so, I think you can forgive my assumption!
  5. As one of the webmasters of Barp, it would preferable that you just linked back to the original image instead of uploading it separately to this board. It's small, the but for the person who supplies the hosting for this board, it means they don't lose storage and bandwidth to an image this is already hosted on the internet. Thanks.
  6. ETS's are not necessarily older. I'd have to look at some slides in my collection to try to narrow down when, but the original mirrors on Edmonton's cars were more of an oval compared to the mirrors that were retrofitted that are a rectangle with rounded corners. They did use the original mount and arm.
  7. We'll what comes of this. Clearly ETS hasn't taken it seriously. https://globalnews.ca/news/8544152/edmonton-bus-blind-sports-review/?utm_source=%40GlobalEdmonton&utm_medium=Twitter
  8. That link has a second Tweet that says service will run as usual.
  9. Do you really think a nicely restored vehicle like that is going to get scrapped?? Why even make a stupid post like that?
  10. Clearly you haven't looked beyond Winnipeg? Like, 300 km north to Edmonton where electric buses have run as long as 15 hours on a single charge and only have deport recharging?
  11. That's a pretty minor downside. How about, where do you realistically get the close to, if not more than, $200 million to replace fare and advertising revenues? Where does the funding (capital and operating) come from for all of the new service created by free transit?
  12. You are perhaps jumping to conclusions. Wait for the TTC's final report. Edmonton's Proterra's have had some teething issues which did look pretty grim at times. Right now there's about 5 MIA buses. That is a SIGNIFICANT improvement from 1 year ago. Longest block we are aware of was 15 hours long. There might have even been a 16 hour block, so, as they've learned more about the buses the utilization has improved. I would imagine the same thing will play out with the TTC with improvements over the first report.
  13. What profit? Virtually all transit service nation wide operates at a loss and is subsidized by taxpayers. There is no profit to be made in transit.
  14. Mine usually don't last long enough to make it to the fridge.
  15. Google the EMD F125 and see how that has gone.
  16. Hyundai Rotem has been selected as the LRV vendor for the WVL LRT.
  17. Carrying on with this topic. Start up in the Edmonton - Calgary corridor The Canada Bus has also been granted access to Southgate and Kingsway Transit Centre's. Finally with some overcast, went and got a few pics today.
  18. The PM block also tracked Wednesday. It did not track Tuesday, but, there were also no 570 blocks scheduled on Tuesday, although there are for Monday, Wednesday-Friday. There is internal ETS intel that refers to the route starting operation October 18th, but then Devon says October 25th. Methinks there was a miscommunication somewhere. Apps are now showing a warning that although the 570 is showing as a trip option, it doesn't start until October 25th. That warning wasn't there on Tuesday when I checked. The 570 blocks where scheduled today as well, but nothing tracked and I was around Southgate at 18:00 and spotted nothing. It seems Ferrier some how let this 570 escape into the wild for 2 days when it shouldn't have. Beaumont Transit's end goal seems to be to get into Mill Woods Transit Centre, probably to align with the VLSE LRT opening. Beaumont Transit might have had the option of going to Southgate, but that could have upset timing to allow 2 buses to maintain a 30 minute frequency. Sure, Devon could just run to Heritage Valley, but then their riders need to transfer to the 700X before being able to get anywhere else on Transit. Arguably, that could save some time and allow a more logical service. On the other hand, it does mean the Devon riders are able to avoid 1 transfer. The midday trip should be later in the day, around noon. And given that ETS has to deadhead a bus from Ferrier to Devon, and then from the Airport back to Ferrier, it really wouldn't have taken much to run the bus in service from Edmonton to Devon, and then from the Outlet Mall to Edmonton. Edit: Figured I'd better check garages. AM and mid-norning trip are Mitchell runs, PM trip is Ferrier, so mid-morning in service from Edmonton doesn't work unless ETS could move the trip to Ferrier.
  19. I didn't realize that was who was doing the work on the TTC. In Edmonton, Alstom came in to supply a fixed block system to replace the Thales CBTC which was taking forever and not meeting specs (although it sounds like ETS kept moving the goalposts)
  20. Devon is going ahead with a transit service between Devon, the Edmonton International Airport, and Southgate to be operated by ETS in advance of the EMTSC. Approved yesterday (Monday): "That Council accepts the General Manager of Planning and Infrastructure and the Edmonton Transit Service’s (ETS) presentation on Interim Sub Regional Transit Service for Devon and that Administration is to proceed with the route to Southgate Mall and Edmonton International Airport (EIA) as directed." It sounds like the contracts were ready to go, or very close to, so this service should be starting in a relatively short time frame. Fares sound like they will be free, so, while I would initially suspect a Vicinity would be used, "free" might cause enough demand for a 40' bus. https://devon.ca/Services/Projects-Initiatives/Devon-Transit
  21. I actually believe a little bit that you're not duplicate accounts of Mr. Vancouver Foam or Spadina. Although I do wonder if the two YYC accounts are actually one person. Both accounts warn that they are noobs. Answer me this. Why the hell would a pair of self proclaimed noobs decide to BOTH got involved in a controversial topic in a region that they are not from? Seems like a good idea to head back into the Calgary section and not get involved in shit like this.
  22. 8018 was in the blue outside at Andrews, presumably dropped off today, later joined by 8020 in the regular blue after being dropped off by Big Rig Towing out of Calgary.
  23. 8017 is parked in the corner of the Andrews lot in blue.
  24. Good luck with that. Curbside will probably become standard for most big box retailers.
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