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3 hours ago, Busmanic92 said:

Around 5:30pm yesterday (my phone died so i don't have exact time) i saw i believe it was s15006 coming off the 640. My buddy that caught it at 5:38 (idk fleet number) going to ladner he saw another one on route. 

 

I don't know if it's a regular sighting now because of "full" buses (coronavirus) or just regular in general?

I’ve seen rapidbuses (18’ or 19000’s) on 640 at least half a dozen times, they were all at night around 9 pm so I didn’t catch the exact number of the buses.

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20 minutes ago, WillieTL said:

I’ve seen rapidbuses (18’ or 19000’s) on 640 at least half a dozen times, they were all at night around 9 pm so I didn’t catch the exact number of the buses.

def 18000's, Surrey doesn't have any 19000's rapidbuses for R1

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13 hours ago, Express691 said:

Surrey Central's north stationhouse is getting a Tim Hortons in the retail space.

Rupert Station is also getting a Tim Hortons

 

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On 5/23/2020 at 11:14 AM, 99.bline said:

Rupert Station is also getting a Tim Hortons

 

I don't recall Rupert Station with a retail space built into the station, unlike Surrey Central

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Over at 144 St & 64 Ave around 20 minutes ago i just saw an 18000 series (xde60) on the 342 heading towards Langley. 

 

For training? Idk. Because the 12:20 pm ish 342 was almost directly behind it! 

Also it's not showing on tcomm?

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2 hours ago, Busmanic92 said:

Over at 144 St & 64 Ave around 20 minutes ago i just saw an 18000 series (xde60) on the 342 heading towards Langley. 

 

For training? Idk. Because the 12:20 pm ish 342 was almost directly behind it! 

Also it's not showing on tcomm?

Aha! I knew I heard the sound of a BAE XDE60 decelerating into the stop at the end of my street (up the road from where you were) but didn't see it, so thanks for confirming that I wasn't hearing things! When I checked T-comm I noticed that the bus that was supposed to do the previously scheduled run was sitting in STC (broke down maybe?) so I think the artic was an overload trip to clear the line up at Newton from the missed departure.

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22 hours ago, Express691 said:

Thank God!

Not sure why Express691 gave me a confused emoji on this.  Pretty simple,  60 ft bus with only 25 people ain't sustainable, period.  Last I checked, Translink is bleeding quite a bit of money, they need all the revenue they can get in order to keep things running.

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2 minutes ago, 9924 said:

Who's gonna enforce that?

Drivers, transit police, etc. There are people, they just have to do it as part of their jobs to help the public stay safe. It's not like it would be difficult to enforce; people are either wearing the mask (properly) or they aren't.

Studies are showing that blocking seats on buses does just about zero to stop the spread. On the other hand, enforcing masks is the most effective thing there is. In Taiwan, for example, masks are mandatory and while trains are packed, it has an incredibly low infection rate.

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17 minutes ago, Zortan said:

Drivers, transit police, etc. There are people, they just have to do it as part of their jobs to help the public stay safe. It's not like it would be difficult to enforce; people are either wearing the mask (properly) or they aren't.

Studies are showing that blocking seats on buses does just about zero to stop the spread. On the other hand, enforcing masks is the most effective thing there is. In Taiwan, for example, masks are mandatory and while trains are packed, it has an incredibly low infection rate.

To my knowledge drivers are technically not allowed to do much enforcement on anything mainly for the safety of themselves and the passengers, and we definitely don't have enough transit security/police to monitor everything. However, I do agree that masks should be mandatory. Once the passenger volumes start going up my transit use is going down even more than what it's been the last couple months.

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Was there ever a reason why the first batch of L-drive Novas came with push-bars and sensors to open the rear doors? It could've been a mistake but I find it interesting that they are the only buses in the fleet that have that. After I found that out a couple years back I never touched the push-bars on those things ever again.

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5 hours ago, Zortan said:

Drivers, transit police, etc. There are people, they just have to do it as part of their jobs to help the public stay safe. It's not like it would be difficult to enforce; people are either wearing the mask (properly) or they aren't.

"Drivers":  Yeah, don't think so.

"Transit Police":  How many are out there?  You don't think they have more important things to do?

"Not be difficult to enforce":  You see all those buses that have barriers to protect the drivers from assault?  Do you understand why they're there?  If you think a driver is gonna risk getting assaulted because of someone not wearing a mask, think again.

Don't care what they're doing in Taiwan, we're not in Taiwan, we're in Canada and our Health Authority has not mandated the use of masks at this point, it is a choice.

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13 minutes ago, 9924 said:

Don't care what they're doing in Taiwan, we're not in Taiwan, we're in Canada and our Health Authority has not mandated the use of masks at this point, it is a choice.

And that is perhaps what is most unfortunate about the situation we're in right now. :P 

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17 hours ago, MCW Metrobus said:

And that is perhaps what is most unfortunate about the situation we're in right now. :P 

There are a lot of factors in Taiwan's success, mainly immediate passenger and port screening right after the very first case was reported in Wuhan and immediate quarantine for anyone showing any symptoms.

Physical distancing has worked quite well for us this far.  Maybe one day, down the road, we'll see mandatory masks, but thats not today.

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5 hours ago, 8010 said:

Was there ever a reason why the first batch of L-drive Novas came with push-bars and sensors to open the rear doors? It could've been a mistake but I find it interesting that they are the only buses in the fleet that have that. After I found that out a couple years back I never touched the push-bars on those things ever again.

As in a combination of push bars and those wave sensors?

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