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    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    They are repaving the entire loop over the next few weeks.
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    2018/2019 Community Shuttle Procurement

    I think your on to something here. They don't typically put a bus out for service until it's completely ready in all aspects unless there is a reason for it. I'm going to guess your on the right track of them installing what CMBC has on thier buses. Translink is on a mission to improve customer image all over the system and this could be a part of it.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    I believe it is a continuous order. Maybe it's been arranged to have the delivery of the rest of the XN's held off a bit while the artics are being delivered as well as the XE's shortly (according to planned delivery). So many buses coming in right now that it wouldn't surprise me especially if New Flyer has the room. Or maybe a break in manufacturing for the order.
  4. Did anyone read the new release for why they made the changes? I agree the B-Line is established and doesn't need to change, but they did a study on colours and what kind of reactions they got from people. I'm not saying I agree with it, but there is some science and research to all of this.
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    Transit in Vancouver: Questions and Answers

    This doesn't make sense at all. Not only will the NIS time be expensive and long, like @Large Cat mentioned, but ops needing to get to/from RTC for relief at Lougheed would take to long and would also cost allot in travel time. Not to mention the fact that the 410 isn't always the most reliable route. The walk between HTC and 22nd is doable if need be and only takes about 20-30 minutes. I don't think the union would approve this either. Although still not a reliable option, having all day runs from PTC and trippers from RTC would make the most sense, but PTC can't handle double deckers without modification to the maintenance buildings, wash rack and fuel island. During the testing phase, they had to send the double deckers to RTC every night to be serviced. They designed and built HTC to be able to handle any bus currently in the fleet and to be able to handle the possibility of double deckers as they wanted it to be a future proof depot. The most logical plan would be to move the 555 entirely to HTC. NIS time would be much better compared to RTC and Lougheed is already a relief point for HTC although it's not used for regular indexes at this time. Getting a bus change from HTC would also be much more reliable than RTC.
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    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    Currently they are making allot of changes to improve how things are done and I believe they can make a sub fleet work. The other thing to consider is there are much much more resources now compared to when the B-Line first launched so that needs to be taken into consideration. Also, basically every non trolley artic route in the system is express/quick service as of September, so this is how I can see all the various services being broken down: Rapid Bus (44 145 143 257 and so on) Rapid Bus B-Line (91 92 95 96 97 99)(just what I assume the numbers will be) Express Bus (Suburban routes) Normal bus service
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    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    With allot of people moving out to the valley and the SkyTrain going out to langley, they should implement some sort of express bus to Abbotsford from Langley center along Fraser Hwy. Abbotsford airport is also wanting to expand much more and they need more reliable transit. Here's my idea. 503 to Aldergrove for local service as it is now east of Langley B-Line from Langley to Abbotsford airport with very limited stops (ie busier 503 stops) along 503 portion. Continues along Fraser Hwy with standard B-Line stop spacing. There would be lots of politics involved and I don't know if BC transit wants to give up any of thier work even though Translink is "entitled" to move into that territory. The need for major demand and expansion of transit within Metro Vancouver was the driving factor for BC Transit not wanting to deal with it was why Translink was created in the first place. Hopefully this will happen again with the Fraser Valley, but then again, BC transit is putting allot of resources into that area so I don't know what the limit might be until they just give up. In my opinion the demand is there for an overlap of transit agency's similar to Seattle. The SkyTrain out to Langley will likely create more demand.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    The instructors at CMBC that do the road tests are certified by ICBC as examiner's which is why only so many of them conduct the tests. I'm assuming you know that, but good to note it for the others on here.
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    West Vancouver Blue Bus

    I think Dane might be on the right track as to why it's happening now. Translink probably just decided to let it happen anyways since it was already setup, paid and ready to go. Even if West Van doesn't get the 257 back or any future artic routes, it doesn't hurt to have another artic maintenance bay to utilize. With the 91 planned to go to HTC, I doubt the North Shore B-Line will go to WVT at this point.
  10. I don't think anything like this would happen. The cost is way too much. I think Delta wanted to do this years ago, but decided not to due to the cost and Translink said they would not give up any resources it had already going into the area so the city would have to build a depot, purchase bus loop properties and buses.
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    West Vancouver Blue Bus

    That's the rumour that's been floating around for a while now. As far as I know, West Van doesn't have much control over how service is changed and/or implemented, most decisions come from Translink I believe. Also, they don't own any of thier buses now that the D40LF's are being retired. Have the RTC transferred XD40's got a crest yet? I saw a photo of one of them in service without the crest which surprised me.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    For me the back window is useless when backing up and probably is for most. We are taught to use our mirrors and it's easy to know where everything is after you've been driving for a while.
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    West Vancouver Blue Bus

    WVT getting upgrades for artic maintenance could be preparation for a CMBC takeover for all we know. There so much going on right now that it's hard to know what's true and what's just rumour. We will find out for sure in September what all the shuffling around will be.
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    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    Only thing I can think of is they reached out to local artists to design something for the temporary wraps. Either that or somebody had fun with random stuff on photoshop lol.
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    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    Yes. They will be sent to BTC when they are ready for service.
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