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Matt Dunlop

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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.
  13. I'm not 100% certain but I believe they have some varient of the B6.7 Cummins engine. Less horsepower than a truck but much more torquey. Don't forget some of our Vicinitys are diesel some are natural gas.
  14. I don't think they make the Vicinitys in US or Canada. They arrive in Aldergrove pre-built and probably just get decalled there and inspected. Vicinity's are not great buses but for what they are replacing, they're better. They accelerate slower than a cutaway given their weight, they get worse fuel mileage, but make it easier to load wheelchairs, mobility aids, and have 4 more seats (30-footers have 24 seats). Of course the drawback is the operator must have a Class 2 license, but that's not an issue for most agencies as they have moved all operators to Class 2.
  15. All of our "transit" Arbocs are retired now (scrapped, sold, or sent to other BC Transit systems). BC Transit is still buying more Arbocs (26-ft gasoline SOF bodied models) as well as G5's. As far as Victoria goes, Grande West Vicinity is the new community bus. High-floor for the win! Arbocs ride rough
  16. 2492 transferred from Victoria to Kelowna. Spotted on NextRide doing Route 25 East Boundary.
  17. Nanaimo should get CNG Vicinitys, but unfortunately I hear that BC Transit won't be buying from Grande West anymore.
  18. That's probably #762, which is privately owned by an ex-BC Transit/BC Hydro driver.
  19. New order of Arbocs must have appeared. 2723 is shown in this PR video, with Cranbrook's phone number on the side. White destination sign and CCTV cameras inside. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWEWmmakjlY&t=3s
  20. Ok. Wow! I haven't really looked at the times for the 43 in a while, but I swear it used to run once in the AM, and three times in the PM. I know the operator who does the morning one (it's tied into his 52 paddle) and I think the afternoon 43 is tied into a 53 paddle. I'd say the 43 is the least serviced route in transit then (for now). They added ONE trip next signup, but still, they used to have service every hour or so in Belmont Park. No wonder so many people drive to the base. I spoke to an operator today and he said the 52 should go towards Bear Mountain SKIPPING Royal Roads loop (straight down Sooke Rd) and then going back to Colwood Exchange, it should go down the back way of Bear Mountain towards Leigh Road (where nothing services), and then fully service Royal Roads (turning off Sooke Rd towards the exchange) May be a good idea for the future, as the 56/57 can service Millstream area. If the 52 turned off Sooke Rd and fully services Royal Roads University one way, it would increase service for those people, and only miss ONE STOP (Sooke Rd at Aldeane in front of Royal Roads Cafe/Maxwells Barber).
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