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M. Parsons

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 8017 is parked in the corner of the Andrews lot in blue.
  8. Good luck with that. Curbside will probably become standard for most big box retailers.
  9. 8012 and 8014 are in the blue, parked in the corner of the lot at Andrews where dead buses get dumped. 8008 is on the south road.
  10. Who dreamt up that steaming pile of a rumor? I heard someone had some false information on Facebook. Anyways, no, still ETS operated, including into next signup starting on Sunday.
  11. Turns out it was in the Western Canada section which is easily overlooked. Saskatchewan and Manitoba rate their own sub forums, yet the rest of Alberta doesn't. Checking what run yesterday afternoon, Proterra's did definitely show up at Northgate, Belvedere and quite a few through Clareview, with one on a loop every 30 minutes from 15:15-17:40, so they were out there.
  12. They've been exercised here and there. All 3 took a trip with the Spruce Grove units to Andrews for shield installation, and I would occasionally see one moving around Centennial. Shield installation happened before Beaumont tendered for a contractor, so, I'm not sure if ETS ended up pulling those out as well before PWT took over the operation.
  13. You didn't research ahead of time? These are the questions you ask days/ weeks/ months in advance. Belvedere and Clareview have also seen their share of electric bus runs. Don't expect to see much midday. A lot of the longer runs start from 14:00-15:00 and run into the evening. Off peak, it is easier to find a Proterra in the evening rather than midday.
  14. All white livery Proterra's are MIA or in the blue livery. There is no best route to find Proterra's on. They can show anywhere, anytime for the most part due to interlines, although with Andrews running the majority, they do tend to show up in North and Northeast a bit more than other areas.
  15. Beaumont 6950 arriving at Heritage Valley this morning. It doesn't look like the Trapeze Smart Bus equipment is installed, nor an ETS farebox. There is an Arc reader installed.
  16. Alstom/ Bomarbardier did make the short list for Valley Line West LRV procurement, so, there is no specific "need" at all for the Flexity out of Edmonton.
  17. Beaumont Transit resumes service on August 23, 2021, running to Heritage Valley as an interim measure until they eventually move to Mill Woods Transit Centre. I believe the contractor is now PWT, although, I cannot confirm that 100%. On Demand is being investigated for local service.
  18. 8006 has reentered service without the white livery. There is what looks like caulking around a rear body panel which wasn't present on 8008. Did check the VIN plate on the bus and that checks out as expected. November 2019 build date, CAT40DP for the model, VIN as expected. Registration papers list the bus model as E2 MAX and body colour as blue. Very curious if that was always listed as blue, or if the white livery buses were listed as white on the reg papers.
  19. That sounds like what has been used on embedded sections of Edmonton's SE Valley Line LRT.
  20. Not likely. Overland reorganized after the demise of the ELF, becoming technically named Overland Custom Coach (2007). Since that time they've just been a dealer for other vendors buses.
  21. Leduc is already providing a limited On Demand service in the afternoon peak, replacing the 2 and 4. With the Arboc's up for replacement, Leduc has decided to go the route of having PWT supply the buses for On Demand, using the Arboc's in the interim. I wouldn't be surprised to see the same FrontRunner's as PWT procured for ETS's service.
  22. Followed up by 2 more thunderstorms.
  23. Surely if the buses were leased this would have been noted in the report on the progress of the green bus initiative, and additionally federal PTIF funding was used which I think precludes these being leased buses. A brief synopsis of ETS's Proterra operations to date: Edmonton has generally been running their Proterra fleet somewhat reliably as of late after a period of minimal operations that extended from late Fall 2020 - early 2021, after what seemed like a good start with the first 20 buses. 8 buses out of Centennial Garage, 32 out of Andrews. As of this week all of Andrews buses were in daily operation except for a group of 4 consecutive buses, #8008-8011, with one being MIA since November 2020. Centennial meanwhile has had a hell of a time keeping even 2-3 of their buses operational, with 3 buses in particular being down for 2-3 months now. All MIA buses are from the first group of 20, #8000-8019 which were early-mid 2020 built buses. Nothing official at this point, but, it seems there are some issues with the earlier buses, although the later built buses seems to be doing ok at this point.
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