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Matt Dunlop

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  1. Bumping this old topic, how have the Vicinity's been doing? Must be nice in the summer now since they have A/C.
  2. BC Transit HAD Hydrogen buses in their fleet a while back (1000-1024, New Flyer H40LFR). It is not confirmed, but there may be Grande West Vicinity CNG and New Flyer XN40s coming to Victoria Regional Transit System and Campbell River Transit System.
  3. ETS may have been ordered to put the driver shields in from WCB. Over in Victoria, BC Transit has been ordered by WorkSafeBC to put in driver shields.
  4. From what I remember, the LFs have a couple fans on the dash and one in the drivers side corner, and the LFR's have an additional fan on the side window by the destination sign. They just push hot air. Also don't forget, the drivers shield will trap air in.
  5. Is the air-conditioner only for the driver? I'm just curious why it's above the drivers area and not in the middle of the roof like most.
  6. Word is that Victoria Regional Transit System will eventually purchase electric buses (not sure which brand) for VTC garage, and CNG buses (New Flyer and Grande West) for LTC Langford garage.
  7. Speaking of 8101, it blew a hose on Stornoway this morning on the #52 run. There was a long trail of antifreeze coming from Stornoway to Wishart.
  8. Pass up?? I've never heard of that before at Swartz Bay. The 70 always fills up, standees and seated passengers, and luggage, but the 72 is rarely more than half full since nobody wants to take the "scenic route" to Downtown. Once this NextRide system is 100%, transit will be able to tell how full the bus is, and hopefully plan better for it.
  9. BC Transit donated a Dennis Dart (9066) to a heavy duty mechanics school. https://ckpgtoday.ca/2019/05/29/cnc-trade-students-unwrapped-two-large-presents-aimed-at-benefitting-their-futures/?fbclid=IwAR1kDPm88VdS0FlATVBQgnQibDo3PrFaLxIgSeGecmca9ic0EM-7BIXtlbw
  10. Makes me wonder if the last three (Flyers) have NextRide installed, seeing as they're close to retirement.
  11. According to Transit55, it's been out today. https://transit55.ca/edmonton/bus/7109 Also, 4931 looks like it hasn't been out for 4 months.
  12. 8114 was in service today as a Route 39. Must have been transferred from Kamloops recently?
  13. In a bus conversion Facebook group, somebody bought one of Spruce Meadows' buses to camperize. The guy said there are two more for sale. So I'm not sure if Spuce Meadows bought something newer?
  14. OFF TOPIC: Regarding the 1998 D40LF refurbishments that BC Transit own, they were refurbished around 2011 actually. I have a collection of photos from an ex-driver who used to also deliver buses. 9889 was the ONLY 1998 D40LF to not get refurbished. Still has the vinyl seats. Oddly enough, the 1996 Flyers are still running, and they NEVER got refurbished.
  15. The one operator from BC Transit (Keith Yeo) is still driving for transit to this date.
  16. The DE40LFs were built in 2005. 9104 retired early due to an engine fire a couple years back. They were an oddball bunch anyways, but great buses none the less. Very quick and smooth due to having no shift points (CVT transmission). BCT decided that buses built 2009 and later would have a 12-year life as they won't be receiving a mid-life refit. Buses 2008 and older will last 20 years since they'll have a mid-life refit at some point (the 2008 deckers haven't had a refit yet, don't believe the 2008 Novas have either). The H40LFRs were sold off apparently. It's quite sad that the 2009 Novas are going to retire within the next 4 years. They've been workhorses.
  17. Anyone know if the deckers will have vents and reading lights upstairs like Victoria has?
  18. There are two hybrids in the dead row at LTC with their batteries removed. 9102 and 9103. Hopefully this doesn't mean EOL for these beauties.
  19. Interesting. TransLink puts less mileage on their "community shuttle" buses than Victoria does. Victoria's 2014 Arbocs have around 315-330k kilometers on the odometer. The 2013s have around 360,000 km.
  20. In Langford depot today, there was a big line-up of Arbocs: 2411, 2494, 2533, 2502, 2492, 2505, 2423, 2504 and 2490
  21. Today I saw: 8114 on Route 17 (on McKenzie) 9734 on Route 11 2409 deadheading on TCH Thought all three were retired.
  22. Interesting. It blocks the stop request sign on all of our 9333-9433 third gen Novas, as well as our older double deckers (Tridents). Seems after 9435 and newer there is a space above the stop request sign.
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