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Brando737

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  1. They could also give PTC some more XN40's and send some/all C40LFR's to STC.
  2. 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.
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    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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    2019 Double-Decker bus Procurement

    As per the Wiki page for Alexander Dennis, they started building buses in the US in 2008 and in Canada in 2015. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Dennis
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    New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    Yes. Some of the D40LF's are being kept only for training.
  6. If any of the new B-Line's don't start on September 2nd, they won't enter into service until the December or January sheet. That is unless they have a separate signup for a special sheet from November to the December sheet, but I doubt it unless they really want to. They definitely will not put the current routes they are replacing on the spareboard from September to November, not enough manpower. However, regardless of when the new B-Line's come into service, any route transfers needed for said B-Line's will likely be done for the September sheet. Also, the 18000's and 19000's will be sent to the depots running these new B-Line's so the rumours of HTC, assuming the 43/41st B-Line will go to HTC, getting the DE60LFR's are false.
  7. Likely being put on thier own to prevent issues on interlined routes. Also makes me wonder if this is also in preparation for the 301 and 340 leaving STC. 301 we know is likely to be at RTC in September and the 340 has been rumored to HTC for quite some time.
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    Vancouver Special Sightings

    In emergency situations such as this event, sometimes emergency personnel will ask Translink for some of thier buses to be used for people affected by said event for a place to sit and relax or simply for a central place for paramedics to tend to people with minor injuries. Spoke to the op of 8140, my relief earlier in the day and he said no one used his bus at all likely because it was a nice sunny day.
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    Vancouver Special Sightings

    They also used a few buses for shelter just in case. 8140 is the only one I know of, came off the 43.
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    TransLink Future - Dream's and Aspirations

    Maybe for right now the 404 should terminate at Ironwood, but once the 418 goes to riverport it may be a useful connection. I known the 403 will be there, but who knows. Could take some pressure off the 410 and the 418 will likely be quicker. Since this is a dream thread, maybe even have a route from riverport to Ladner exch if it might be needed.
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    2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    As per the board meeting minutes, the XN40's are delayed to prioritize delivery of the XDE60's which was Translink's request. I believe they are still coming just not as soon as originally planned.
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    Vancouver general sightings and notes

    I think it was mentioned in one of the board meetings last year that they are already looking into a complete farebox replacement.
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    2018/2019 Electric Bus Project

    This would be the more likely option with maybe two additional buses to be on the safe side. Most layovers during the rush is between 4-10 minutes with a bit more for the PM rush probably because they have more on the run than in the AM.
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    Collisions and Incidents thread

    I can confirm, but I won't go into detail.
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    2018 60' Articulated Bus Order

    XN60 won't happen as far as I know, not powerful enough for our needs from what I've heard. When the artic order was announced last year, it was noted that they were going to have a few XD60's including one with a newer engine than what the others would have come with. Considering that was decided to be a test of the new engine and they converted the entire order to XDE60, I doubt they will be going with XD60's either at this point. While the XD60's are cheaper, I believe they get some sort of climate credit for ordering the XDE's and the new BAE's fit into their plan of having a more fully electric fleet in the future if the decide to go that path.
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    2019 Garage Transfers

    it's not unusual for buses to be "out of place" on maintenance runs requiring lots of KM's or just simply a long drive to diagnose and/or make sure a repair is effective. I've seen VTC nova's on Hwy 99 heading towards White Rock before being driven by maintenance personnel and they've usually got the laptop with them monitoring things.
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    Collisions and Incidents thread

    Apparently the driver of the Mustang had a medical emergency and that's what caused the accident. That's all news 1130 said earlier today.
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    2019 Garage Transfers

    Heard this from an op today who heard it from a mechanic at BTC so grain of salt. Some of the transfers going on right now are temporary until September. For the September sheet, some of the 18000's will be sent to where they need to be for new B-Line's and BTC will get back some of what they've sent out. This does explain the random DE's being sent to PTC, but I do believe the D60LFR's will stay at PTC.
  19. Assuming the 41st B-Line will be operated out of HTC (not confirmed yet, but likely to happen), the 43 will remain at BTC until the end of the summer sheet. Maintenance will be able to take care of bus transfers over the labour day long weekend. As for why it seems to take a long time for things to get implemented is simply because it takes allot of time and work to get things going. To give some insight into timing, the September sheet is already being worked on and getting ready for final review and approval by the end of April. A sheet is usually finalized about four months before it actually goes into effect. Rarely can they add or change anything after the final approval time.
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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.
  23. 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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