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45 minutes ago, Dr. BusFreak said:

I wonder if TransLink is going to eventually phase out the Orion V from the 301, then transfer the buses that served the 301 to RTC to help RTC with the 351 improvements, because if they did the service improvements now, the 351 will get 7 minute frequencies during rush hour, so RTC would be using approx. 45-47 buses. So in a nutshell, RTC would be way short of Orion V, so they get the 301 buses and transfer them to RTC so RTC won't be short of buses.

Maybe because the Orion Vs are not in production, they would get NovaBus suburbans. Anyone that quotes me, please move to Dream thread

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52 minutes ago, Dr. BusFreak said:

I wonder if TransLink is going to eventually phase out the Orion V from the 301, then transfer the buses that served the 301 to RTC to help RTC with the 351 improvements, because if they did the service improvements now, the 351 will get 7 minute frequencies during rush hour, so RTC would be using approx. 45-47 buses. So in a nutshell, RTC would be way short of Orion V, so they get the 301 buses and transfer them to RTC so RTC won't be short of buses.

For one, PCT is operating 12 Orions on line 555 where in previous sheets they were doing 10 orions same schedule same frequency. Im sure they can move 2 buses back to RTC.

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1 hour ago, Express691 said:

For one, PCT is operating 12 Orions on line 555 where in previous sheets they were doing 10 orions same schedule same frequency. Im sure they can move 2 buses back to RTC.

Well, the service improvements are coming in, so PCTC will need those extra two buses.. Or what they could do is transfer all PCTC Orion V to RTC, then the 555 will be served by XN40. The 555 is already served by some XN40, so why not make all 555 served by XN40. Reason is because XN40 can fit 17 more people than an Orion V, so it would make more sense for the 555 considering how busy it gets during rush hour. Something has got to give, either the 301, 503, or 555 because RTC will use 10-13 more buses than now and will be short of buses when improvements come in.

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I think the Orion V make sense for 35X, 555, 60X routes because they have long freeway portions along the route. But I think the suburban style seats but with two doors XD40 or XN40 make sense for 209, 210, 211, 301, 340 and 503 because they are long routes and most stay on local routes.

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On 1/7/2017 at 0:46 AM, Express691 said:

A- there is talk of increasing the 601 on weekends from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes - forget if this was mentioned on the 10 year transit plan or not.

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It is!

601 - "Add more trips on Saturdays and Sundays so service runs every 20 minutes from morning to early evening."

620 - "Add more trips on weekday PM peak and weekends, during hours when buses are very crowded."

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H14043 has a rear door glitch that causes the alarm to go off for no apparent reason; this happened twice coming down Burnaby Mountain Parkway. While the issue appears to be resolvable from flicking a few switches, this does appear to be a stubborn bug (it took a few tries to finally get the door to close).

EDIT: Check out the video I recorded on my toaster...

 

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15 minutes ago, Citaro said:

H14043 has a rear door glitch that causes the alarm to go off for no apparent reason; this happened twice coming down Burnaby Mountain Parkway. While the issue appears to be resolvable from flicking a few switches, this does appear to be a stubborn bug (it took a few tries to finally get the door to close).

And I thought that this was an "old bus" problem as I encountered the same problem with 7212 yesterday.

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1 hour ago, Express691 said:

And I thought that this was an "old bus" problem as I encountered the same problem with 7212 yesterday.

Rear door problems such as this usually require that the bus be taken out of service until the problem is resolved.

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I've been curious about run 13/106 (410, 430, C98) and I found this about it from an operator (Enviro500 who is no longer on here)

It's the leftover of the (403, 410, 480) AM run that existed some number of sheets back. The short turn to brighouse heading NB used to be a long run to UBC - Go north to Brighouse as a 410, run to Bridgeport as a 403, and then to UBC as a 480. It was the oddball run with the artic.

Now that it's interlined with all day 430s and morning C98s, no wonder it's always slammed down at (-10) when it transitions into its 430s. I was going to rely on it for school (KPU-R) - guess its back to the drawing boards for me. (301 is too squishy for my liking. I want my space)

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I took the Canada Line and saw train cars 101-201. On the side, 201 has very small numbers that is hard to read, but 101 has the regular size numbers. Interesting discrepancies. 

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1 hour ago, MCW Metrobus said:

Couldn't tell you why, but 7414 rolled into HTC tonight just before 22:00.

I have a suspicion that 7414 might be on loan to HTC due to the PCTC C40LFR shortage. I guess we'll find out tomorrow.

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6 hours ago, Dr. BusFreak said:

I have a suspicion that 7414 might be on loan to HTC due to the PCTC C40LFR shortage. I guess we'll find out tomorrow.

Which its not..

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9276 is back in service this morning for the first time since October. Got her on my 603. No signs of any refurbishment, which was already done a couple of years ago. However, she's certainly a bit cleaner than other buses!

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12 hours ago, ThatBusGuy said:

9276 is back in service this morning for the first time since October. Got her on my 603. No signs of any refurbishment, which was already done a couple of years ago. However, she's certainly a bit cleaner than other buses!

Seen it out in White Rock this evening & instead of the front destination sign displaying "White Rock Ctr" it just had "Rock" where as the side sign was displaying the proper sign of "White Rock Ctr"

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7 minutes ago, dover5949 said:

Seen it out in White Rock this evening & instead of the front destination sign displaying "White Rock Ctr" it just had "Rock" where as the side sign was displaying the proper sign of "White Rock Ctr"

the bus clearly wanted to rock on down to Electric Avenue

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1 hour ago, dover5949 said:

Seen it out in White Rock this evening & instead of the front destination sign displaying "White Rock Ctr" it just had "Rock" where as the side sign was displaying the proper sign of "White Rock Ctr"

It means that 9276 is feeling stiff like a rock, so it wants to stretch it's legs on highway 99.:P

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I took R9246 yesterday and it seems to have an engine problem. I hear some rubbing sound coming out of the engine. I wonder what it could be?

 

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