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That trip is only in service as far as Mitchell Island on the Knight St Bridge as it's a garage bound bus back to HTC. When RTC use to do the 430 that trip use to dead head from Metrotown to RTC Not in Service.

EB Garage bound 100's IIRC there is 1 trip around 1845 M-F & also the last 2 trips of the evening nightly are in service as far as EB S.E. Marine Drive at Ross. From there they go Not in Service over the Knight St Bridge to HTC

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8 hours ago, dover5949 said:

EB Garage bound 100's IIRC there is 1 trip around 1845 M-F & also the last 2 trips of the evening nightly are in service as far as EB S.E. Marine Drive at Ross. From there they go Not in Service over the Knight St Bridge to HTC

Any reason why those trips don't run #100 to Mitchell Island? If nothing else, it would provide a connection to #405/#407/#430.

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1 hour ago, GORDOOM said:

Any reason why those trips don't run #100 to Mitchell Island? If nothing else, it would provide a connection to #405/#407/#430.

That is something to take into consideration as well.

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2 hours ago, GORDOOM said:

Any reason why those trips don't run #100 to Mitchell Island? If nothing else, it would provide a connection to #405/#407/#430.

could that those three routes are finished for the night by then so no reason to run in service

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17 minutes ago, mira said:

could that those three routes are finished for the night by then so no reason to run in service

At 18:45? And the #430 in particular is planned for B-Line-level service at some point, so that connection will become even more important.

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16 hours ago, dover5949 said:

EB Garage bound 100's IIRC there is 1 trip around 1845 M-F & also the last 2 trips of the evening nightly are in service as far as EB S.E. Marine Drive at Ross. From there they go Not in Service over the Knight St Bridge to HTC

They recently modified those trips to terminate at Knight St itself and the bus continues NIS along Marine Dr to HTC.

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3 hours ago, Brando737 said:

They recently modified those trips to terminate at Knight St itself and the bus continues NIS along Marine Dr to HTC.

Unless things have changed on this sheet I use to see them head over the Knight St Bridge. I can't see why since they are destined for New West for the Queensbrough Bridge why can't these trips operate in service to 22nd Street Station?

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1 hour ago, dover5949 said:

Unless things have changed on this sheet I use to see them head over the Knight St Bridge. I can't see why since they are destined for New West for the Queensbrough Bridge why can't these trips operate in service to 22nd Street Station?

The change was made a few weeks before the end of the last sheet.  They didn't really need to change anything publicly, just an operational change and a minor change to our paddles for NIS.  These Knight St trips, to or from, are "added" service due to the 100 transferring to HTC.  The trips from Marpole to Knight St usually leave the loop a minute or two before a regular 100.

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11 hours ago, GORDOOM said:

At 18:45? And the #430 in particular is planned for B-Line-level service at some point, so that connection will become even more important.

if that happens then I agree but that some point may be far down the road

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3 hours ago, DanTheTransitFan! said:

Is there a height requirement to being a bus operator??

Yes, you must be able to see over the steering wheel and reach the pedals !!!  Otherwise no, not that I am aware of.  Merry Christmas !!!

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1 hour ago, NotQuite said:

you must be able to see over the steering wheel and reach the pedals

lol. Imagine u are 6 foot tall with one foot legs! :))

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On 12/25/2016 at 11:48 AM, NotQuite said:

Yes, you must be able to see over the steering wheel and reach the pedals !!!  Otherwise no, not that I am aware of.  Merry Christmas !!!

When I drove school bus, with certain types of flat nose buses, more so Blue Bird and International rear-engine buses than Thomas, being tall was something of a disadvantage. In order not to bang my knees against the dash or steering wheel, I had to sit so high that when stopped at a red light I'd have to duck my head to actually see the traffic signal...

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Does anybody know when the 311 Scottsdale/Bridgeport Stn. started getting Orion V?

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44 minutes ago, Dr. BusFreak said:

Does anybody know when the 311 Scottsdale/Bridgeport Stn. started getting Orion V?

New Express Buses Offer A Smoother Ride For Long Distance Travel on Highway 99 - TransLink media release, August 17, 2001.

"The new coaches will be used exclusively on the following routes connecting White Rock, South Surrey, and Delta with Downtown Vancouver: #311, #351, #352, #354, #601, #602, #603, and #604."

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I have another question. The 311 was previously operated by STC when the 311 used to go to Vancouver, so I'm wondering, does anybody know which coaches where delivered to STC to serve the 311?

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53 minutes ago, Dr. BusFreak said:

I have another question. The 311 was previously operated by STC when the 311 used to go to Vancouver, so I'm wondering, does anybody know which coaches where delivered to STC to serve the 311?

I might be wrong, but I don't think any units were delivered new to Surrey. However, 9218, 9219, and a handful of units 9258 and up eventually made their way to Surrey. 

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Something I noticed on the Novas, the turn signals don't synchronize with the indicators on the dashboard. Is there a reason for this?
 

Also, the turn signals on some Xcelsiors have a loud ticking sound while some don't make a sound at all. Is there like a volume switch for the turn signals?

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2 hours ago, TranslinkKid said:

Something I noticed on the Novas, the turn signals don't synchronize with the indicators on the dashboard. Is there a reason for this?

 

Also, the turn signals on some Xcelsiors have a loud ticking sound while some don't make a sound at all. Is there like a volume switch for the turn signals?

1. I don't think so, it's just the way it's designed.

2. I don't think that there is a switch, but it is true that some are quieter than others. I haven't come across any that are truly silent though.

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11 hours ago, TranslinkKid said:

Something I noticed on the Novas, the turn signals don't synchronize with the indicators on the dashboard. Is there a reason for this?

 

Also, the turn signals on some Xcelsiors have a loud ticking sound while some don't make a sound at all. Is there like a volume switch for the turn signals?

It's certainly true that some trolley buses are totally silent while the turn signals/4-ways are activated. Some, on the other hand, are extremely loud. I haven't driven any 2012 Xcelsiors where I noticed the signals were silent.

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16 hours ago, TranslinkKid said:

Something I noticed on the Novas, the turn signals don't synchronize with the indicators on the dashboard. Is there a reason for this?

 

Also, the turn signals on some Xcelsiors have a loud ticking sound while some don't make a sound at all. Is there like a volume switch for the turn signals?

Because Nova bus....No further explanation required LOL.

But if you have a really good eye for detail, the trolley turn single sounds actually synchronize with the Nova's exterior turn signals 

EDIT: Most trolley buses I meant

 

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I have 2 questions.

My first question is why did they change the font. What was the point, I think the old font is a lot more clear than than the new font. The new font looks a bit messy and hard to read at times.

My second question is about the bus numbers. Why did they change from 4 digit numbers to 5 digit numbers. The 2012 XDE60 marked the first buses with 5 digit numbers. I know it's not because they ran out of 4 digit numbers, because they could have numbered the 2012 XDE60 9001-9025, and the 2014 XN40 could have been numbered 7001-7045, also the 2016 XD40 could have been numbered 9300-9340. My point is there is lots of 4 digit numbers that still haven't been used yet they chose to go straight to the 5 digit numbers. Does anybody know why?

 

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8 minutes ago, Dr. BusFreak said:

I have 2 questions.

My first question is why did they change the font. What was the point, I think the old font is a lot more clear than than the new font. The new font looks a bit messy and hard to read at times.

My second question is about the bus numbers. Why did they change from 4 digit numbers to 5 digit numbers. The 2012 XDE60 marked the first buses with 5 digit numbers. I know it's not because they ran out of 4 digit numbers, because they could have numbered the 2012 XDE60 9001-9025, and the 2014 XN40 could have been numbered 7001-7045, also the 2016 XD40 could have been numbered 9300-9340. My point is there is lots of 4 digit numbers that still haven't been used yet they chose to go straight to the 5 digit numbers. Does anybody know why?

 

I can't answer regarding the new font, but they changed to 5 digit fleet numbers to use the first two digits indicate the year of the vehicle.  12*** indicates a 2012 vehicle and so forth.

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Does anybody know why TransLink is insisting to put XD40 on routes that are usually serviced by Orion V. I know that some Orion V routes interline with a 403 or a 480, but they're putting XD40 on blocks that don't even get close to interlining with a 403 or a 480. For example, R9279 was doing a 351, 601 block, and it broke down, so they got an XD40 as a replacement bus. Another example, they got an XD40 to do a 311, 603 block. Is RTC short of Orion V?

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42 minutes ago, Dr. BusFreak said:

Does anybody know why TransLink is insisting to put XD40 on routes that are usually serviced by Orion V. I know that some Orion V routes interline with a 403 or a 480, but they're putting XD40 on blocks that don't even get close to interlining with a 403 or a 480. For example, R9279 was doing a 351, 601 block, and it broke down, so they got an XD40 as a replacement bus. Another example, they got an XD40 to do a 311, 603 block. Is RTC short of Orion V?

Both Richmond & Surrey are short on Orions... Flyers constantly appear on lines 301 & 503 if even ONE of Surrey's is in the shop (and line 301 has Orions restricted to weekdays only due to stupid service "optimizations"). When it comes to a block on line 311 that does 2 AM trips only, one of which leaves at 07:05, I often see a 16100 Flyer on it despite not interlining with any local lines or line 480.

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