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BUS HISTORY ASSOCIATION 2017 Convention Vancouver, BC

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 Thursday, June 8 will be a very long day and will see the BHA travel via ferry to Vancouver Island. Transit systems in Nanaimo, Duncan and Victoria will be visited.  Friday, June 9 will see the BHA travel via the picturesque Sea to Sky highway to visit Squamish and Whistler. North and West Vancouver will also be visited on this day.  Friday evening will be the annual meeting of the BHA, followed by a slide show.  Saturday, June 10 will see the BHA travel aboard a restored TMS (Transit Museum Society) bus. A few Coast Mountain Bus Company garages will be visited along with Intercity properties in greater Vancouver.

 

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There will also be a pre-convention activity on Wednesday, June 7. Details to follow.

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For all people who are registered for the convention, we hope to send out an e-mail update sometime this weekend.

There has been one minor itinerary change to the rough itinerary that was provided in the registration document. The Vancouver day will now be on Friday, June 9 and we will be riding aboard TRAMS vehicles on this day. The Whistler/West Vancouver day will now be on Saturday, June 10. This change was needed as per the request of Coast Mountain Bus Company. CMBC requested that their garage tours be done on the Friday and not the Saturday.

Thursday, June 8 remains the Vancouver Island day. Right now it is looking like there will be 45-50 people at the convention.

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Just as a side-note to the above message, all of the TRAMS vehicles chartered will be diesel buses. TRAMS is still having some insurance issues with regards to the trolley buses and they are not available for charter.

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7 hours ago, Seashore_518203 said:

For all people who are registered for the convention, we hope to send out an e-mail update sometime this weekend.

There has been one minor itinerary change to the rough itinerary that was provided in the registration document. The Vancouver day will now be on Friday, June 9 and we will be riding aboard TRAMS vehicles on this day. The Whistler/West Vancouver day will now be on Saturday, June 10. This change was needed as per the request of Coast Mountain Bus Company. CMBC requested that their garage tours be done on the Friday and not the Saturday.

Thursday, June 8 remains the Vancouver Island day. Right now it is looking like there will be 45-50 people at the convention.

Thanks for the update. For visiting Whistler, fanning-wise that shouldn't be an issue as they run the same service level 7 days a week (and there could be more coaches on a Saturday than a Friday), and Squamish runs a similar service level on Saturday as it does weekdays (excluding one extra bus for route 4).

Just curious... is there an airport drop-off planned after the activities on Saturday?

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Finally got my registration in the mail.... Should be there by Wednesday I would hope!

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On 5/19/2017 at 5:51 PM, Articulated said:

Just curious... is there an airport drop-off planned after the activities on Saturday?

At this point, no there is not. It should be an earlier arrival back at the hotel, possibly around 5:00 PM. What we could do is arrange for a downtown Canada Line stop on the way back from Whistler for those who have an evening flight out of YVR.

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On 2017-03-22 at 3:31 PM, SMS said:

There will also be a pre-convention activity on Wednesday, June 7. Details to follow.

Anyone wishing to join the pre-convention activity needs to contact me via e-mail yulbuscharters *at* gmail -dot- com and not via PM please.

We plan to leave Templeton Station at 1 pm sharp and arrive at Lougheed Town Centre around 5 pm. The cost is $30 to join. S4276 will be our bus.

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If we got your email yesterday I'm assuming we are already on your list?

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That was a good pre-convention trip! Sadly I won't be attending any of the other trips. Nice meeting some of you today! 

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What an excellent convention. Thanks to Kevin, David, Mario, Rob and Chris for organizing the events of this weekend. For my first west coast trip, I really enjoyed myself and will definitely be coming back to the BC area again in the future.

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Yes, thank you very much for the work that went into to this convention. It's been a long time since I was on the West coast and it was a good chance to actually see the changes out there.

It was a pleasure to meet new people, and see familiar faces once again, although, I have to admit, I wasn't too good with remembering some of those faces at times!

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I was very happy to return to Vancouver after a seven year absence. Thanks to all those who came to the pre-convention activity. It was really great to see old friends and make new ones. I was impressed with the youngest enthusiasts here who were not only great collaborators but also very well informed with the comings and goings at TransLink. With the outstanding collaboration at TRAMS (Dale L., Rob C., and of course our volunteer drivers Dave L. and Chris C.), we had a great time visiting Airport Station (a remnant of 98 B-Line), Bridgeport Station, Ladner Exchange, and ultimately Carvolth Exchange all the way in Langley. A big surprise that I was not even aware of was our visit to Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society (FVHRS). I will definitely need to return to ride their tramway in the future.

Thanks also should go out to Kevin N., the BHA convention coordinator, for his openness in allowing this initiative to proceed. He informed me where he intended to bring TRAMS on Friday, so we were able to go in completely different directions.

I am pleased to report that this charter was profitable ($300) due to attendance above and beyond projections. TRAMS was kind enough to charge us the bare minimum for our five hour charter, plus 30 minute deadhead time at each end (total $600). On behalf of our participants, I donated $100 to FVHRS, bought dinner for our volunteer drivers ($20 each), and the rest of the profit was gratefully accepted by TRAMS ($160). Let's hope that we can see their trolleys operating under wire next time!!

Group photos are courtesy Chris C.!

Like James Bond, YUL Bus Charters will return to host a pre-convention activity for BHA in 2019! See you guys next time!

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What an awesome week on the west coast.  Thanks to everyone for your hard work in putting together an awesome event.  I need to allow myself more time to explore as the days were jam packed with awesome activities - there wasn't much time left in the evenings to head out (Not at bad thing at all!).

Next time i will register sooner so I can actually get a room at the convention hotel.

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Thanks to everyone who planned this convention, My first time in BC and I love it!. I will be returning for sure. Great to see everyone and new faces.

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1 hour ago, TheAverageJoe said:

My first time in BC and I love it!. I will be returning for sure.

BC does have a certain special allure that keeps people coming back for more. There's something for everyone there. I totally love it there.

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I can see why they say, "The West Coast is the Best Coast!"

It was nice to return and to see old faces and to meet some new ones as well! It's always great to meet more people who have the same thing in common as you do.
 

Thanks to all those who organized the convention activities, as well as the pre-convention charter! You all did an amazing job putting it all together!

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Time flies! It's been almost a week since the convention took place. Organizationally, it was a challenging event to put together, but everything fell into place and worked out in the end. Plus, it was a lot of fun! I'm glad everyone had a great time. It was awesome meeting new faces and seeing familiar ones. I hope to see you all at another event some time soon!

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