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  1. https://www.iheartradio.ca/cfax-1070/news/langford-woman-injured-in-fall-on-bus-calls-on-bc-transit-to-improve-safety-1.13982527?fbclid=IwAR0wMRK3_ZmE_eXnRvTcTRROBQLKG4rH3aGcEnW5M4XUL5Ez_0b78E5WTc8
  2. The report said the bus was stopped, the lady got up to move downstairs, and then the driver stepped on the gas. The deckers aren't exactly McLaren's... they take a while to get up to speed. I am guessing the momentum of the bus going backwards made her lose balance and well... you know the rest.
  3. BC Transit is pleased to be proceeding with the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for our first 10 battery electric heavy-duty buses. https://www.bctransit.com/victoria/news?nid=1529710904788
  4. And they say the nutcases only come out at night Sadly, assaults can happen for any reason, at any time of the day, on any route. Kudos to the bus driver for putting the passenger in his place, and luckily it was a bus with a shield and camera. The vinyl shower curtain doesn't provide any protection for the driver.
  5. I'll bet it's similar to TriMet's simulation, aside from New Flyer parts instead of Gillig parts? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNKc-HjOBYk
  6. And that's probably just an Arboc. Honestly, I think the local Sooke service should be split between two buses - one doing the 63's, one doing the 64's, morning and afternoon seperately... that way, if there's a breakdown, all service isn't lost.
  7. Honestly, the local service in Sooke is a joke. The 61 is the real money-maker (if you want to call it that!) and it runs basically every hour, except during peak times. The 63 only runs twice in the day, twice in the afternoon, that's it, and Mon-Fri at that. When they had the Future Bus in Sooke a couple years back, I did put in a suggestion to have the local service increased - and have it run daily including the weekends. How do you expect people to take transit when the service is a joke? Granted, at least they are using larger buses now which seat 24 people instead of 20 and load wheelchairs easier (Vicinity Natural Gas). BEFORE Covid-19 happened, there has been the odd occurence where people have been passed up due to the Arboc having limited capacity. This is a new topic - hopefully it turns into a new post! I put in a suggestion to BC Transit - and they forwarded it to scheduling/planning. Right now, they are doing major construction on Millstream Rd/McCallum Dr. On a good day - it can take the bus an extra 5-10 minutes just to go half a KM, if that. 2 days ago - Friday - there was so much traffic, I got off the 57 on Treanor, walked, and still made it further than the bus. That was including waiting for traffic lights, etc. Anyways, I suggested that they have the 56 leaving the Langford Exchange drive down McCallum from Leigh Road - that way people at the exchange get a direct trip to Costco - no detouring through Thetis Heights/Millstream like they have to do now. The Florence Lake side could get service as it comes back from Thetis Heights after it does a 57, that way they aren't on the bus as long - they shouldn't have to wait for the bus to do a full loop around Thetis Heights just to get to the exchange. Also suggested that the service be increased to 40 minutes - I heard that the 52 will be changed in January and travelling down the back side of Bear Mountain to Leigh Road. I can only imagine the 52 would travel down Millstream towards Bear Mountain, then head back to the exchange along Leigh Road (towards Colwood). We'll see what happens in January.
  8. It appears that 9527 has not been active for about a month. So in that case CV92 is right, could have been a mechanic testing it out. Providing there is enough clearance, deckers can go anywhere that's public.
  9. Do you still have any Darts? 0233 in particular? What do you think of the Vicinity? We have 25 of the new little CNG's in Victoria. And does 1187 have the USB ports under the seats? Our 1186 does.
  10. CTB009 is up for auction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4DZk6oSInQ https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=786&acctid=10799
  11. Maybe someone added a bus stop in front of their house? Lol. There used to be a bus stop on the #11 route in Victoria (near the Uplands I believe) where somebody added a home-made bus stop sign and expected buses to pick them up. I think transit took it down though.
  12. Happy about the Arbocs finally being done (last one was out July 31st or so). Sad and glad the Darts are gone... they weren't great buses but they weren't horrible either. They served their purpose when they worked properly.
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