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  1. They said no to the bus depot and no to the Costco so I don't think the city even gave anyone a say in the sewage plant lol.
  2. The electric buses will not have designated blocks on the 100 which is why all ops at HTC will be trained on them, with priority going to those who signed 100's as mentioned above. All 100 blocks have double digit recovery times to accommodate charging. I would assume at first they will be on trippers then onto longer runs.
  3. STC will also no longer be using Orion's on the 503, it'll be artics and standard 40 footers so STC will have no Orion's at the start of September sheet.
  4. The 340 moving to HTC is likely the reason they are able to have earlier starts EB. HTC will be getting 18000's and/or 19000's as the 43 will be converted to RapidBus in January. Confirmed by service design when I spoke to them when they were at BTC on a road show. Any depot that will service RapidBus routes will have the 18000's and/or 19000's for the service along with regular artics for any other artic routes they serve. I have no confirmation on this, but they may send all 12000's to BTC and bring the 8100 hybrids to RTC. I spoke to the Bookout guy at BTC a while ago and he was trying to get that done because it just make sense for the routes. For the 503, there are two groups of blocks for the 503 linegroup. Lower block numbers will be 40 footers going to Aldergrove and higher block numbers will be artics for the trips to Langley. Source is the block reports I have for the September sheet. So if you get a 40 footer, it's going to Aldergrove and if your on an artic then it's only going to Langley at least that's the plan.
  5. Or driver barrier installs. That's happening slowly on all Xcelsiors pre 2018.
  6. From what I've heard, they will have 15 minute layovers at each end, 10 minutes for charging and 4 minutes for the computer on the bus to do it's thing (don't know the details at what it'll be doing) and 1 minute buffer I guess. I would assume they will have four blocks specifically for the BEB's and of course signable for any op wishing to do the work. Not sure if they will be all day or just trippers to begin with.
  7. There is a new route planned between river district and marine drive stn and will travel along marine for a portion of the route. It will likely be a shuttle to start, but that may cause issues with those who need to go to river district as people along marine will likely use it unless they make it pick up only EB, WB wouldn't really matter. Or they will go straight to conventional to assist the 100.
  8. What they probably did was compare the schedules to find out which buses could share a bay without interfering to much with eachother. I've also noticed allot of 84 ops will layover in thier bay so that helps with layover space. Once the loop is completely finished I think there might be a few spots for buses to layover in the middle of the loop at least that's what the design showed.
  9. Saw this on the employee site a few weeks ago. It mentioned the test would start with 67 expansion buses at HTC. Made me think the new artics would run out of HTC for the test period.
  10. From what I've heard MTC will be its own depot so I'm not sure how that will work for trolley routes needing wireless buses either for long term or short term. There will be a 2 year gap between MTC opening and the earliest retirement time for the current trolley's and I highly doubt they would replace them before they reach 20 years of service.
  11. VTC will be the trolley depot while MTC will be the non trolley depot. I wouldn't be surprised if the 9600's at VTC get replaced with battery buses.
  12. They could also give PTC some more XN40's and send some/all C40LFR's to STC.
  13. I don't think any of the be B-Line's will launch in September. The last board meeting mentioned November at the earliest due to construction delays. The only route I know of for sure that HTC is getting in September is the 43 with only 18000 and/or 19000's. Plans could still change, but it sounds like a done deal at this point. The 340 and 130 to HTC have been talked about since it opened so who knows about those.
  14. Could have been a number of reasons. Without knowing the situation and it only being one bus my guess is either to take multiple students to the hospital instead of various ambulances, used for the injured to be in one central location for attention etc. Other uses for buses in emergencies can be shelter, blockade, transport of needed personal to an incident etc.
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