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We have never had a strike in Kelowna, but it very well could happen.   On another note.  8038 was in the shop the other day to get it running again.  I have a feeling that a lack of equipment all o

Hey guys: I am going to try to stay up to date on things here, but I am pretty busy with things here in Kelowna.  We have been on strike against First Canada in Kelowna since November 10th, and it d

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On 8/1/2020 at 9:59 AM, Matt Dunlop said:

2538 Arboc HandyDART unit was T-Boned. Driver shaken up, lone passenger was unconscious. https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/306830/BC-Transit-investigating?fbclid=IwAR1ooS1OQI9a88J723nBh3nEV0focMXDdhT8-GBA71l5jllabuqilfsnHN8

I spent the evening with the driver.  They are ok.  And the passenger will be fine.  It was a nasty crash and we are glad that the driver and his passenger are OK.  The drive of the UHaul is being charged.

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3 hours ago, dzldriver said:

I spent the evening with the driver.  They are ok.  And the passenger will be fine.  It was a nasty crash and we are glad that the driver and his passenger are OK.  The drive of the UHaul is being charged.

Glad the driver and passenger are ok and that the other driver is getting charged. I'm sure the bus is DONE. 
Out of curiousity, are Kelowna's HandyDart drivers the same as Transit (First)? Only asking because Victoria Transit and HandyDart have different drivers. 

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6 hours ago, Matt Dunlop said:

Saw a news story regarding face coverings being required on Kelowna Transit buses and noticed 6017 has a driver shield. Do all of the "newer" 6000 series Novas have shields in Kelowna? 

At this point every bus in Kelowna should have a shield. They were one of the first systems to have it done after Victoria

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2 hours ago, InfiNorth said:

I've only ever ridden one bus with a proper driver door in Victoria, personally, and I use roughly one bus a day on average. They aren't that widespread yet here.

All the Vicinity's and XN40s (Natural Gas Flyers) have them. A few (around 10%) Nova's have them. I have seen 2 deckers (9501 and 9510) with them. I'd say about 40% of the fleet has driver doors. 

8 hours ago, Iron said:

At this point every bus in Kelowna should have a shield. They were one of the first systems to have it done after Victoria

I guess Novas for that matter. The Flyers (if Kelowna has any left) Arbocs and Vicinitys wouldn't. 

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4 hours ago, Matt Dunlop said:

All the Vicinity's and XN40s (Natural Gas Flyers) have them. A few (around 10%) Nova's have them. I have seen 2 deckers (9501 and 9510) with them. I'd say about 40% of the fleet has driver doors. 

I guess Novas for that matter. The Flyers (if Kelowna has any left) Arbocs and Vicinitys wouldn't. 

I've never been on a Vicinity or an XN40, weirdly enough, despite taking the bus for work this year and also riding for fun a bit in the months prior to lockdown. They just don't see service very often over in Gordon Head/Saanich. The only one I've been on with a door was an older Nova.

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On 8/10/2020 at 11:27 AM, Matt Dunlop said:

All the Vicinity's and XN40s (Natural Gas Flyers) have them. A few (around 10%) Nova's have them. I have seen 2 deckers (9501 and 9510) with them. I'd say about 40% of the fleet has driver doors. 

I guess Novas for that matter. The Flyers (if Kelowna has any left) Arbocs and Vicinitys wouldn't. 

The Vicinitys definitely do. https://twitter.com/BCTransit/status/1271193013549772801?s=20

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13 hours ago, Cathay 888 said:

Back to 2006, the first batch of Novabus LFS in Kelowna with the original headlights~~

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I remember riding those in Kamloops with the weird rear seating arrangement. I do have a certain love the blue-and-red colour scheme. Are there any Novas in BC Transit's fleet with the big headlights or did they all get upgraded? 

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20 minutes ago, InfiNorth said:

I remember riding those in Kamloops with the weird rear seating arrangement. I do have a certain love the blue-and-red colour scheme. Are there any Novas in BC Transit's fleet with the big headlights or did they all get upgraded? 

They were all upgraded fairly quickly. The only one with the original large headlights was West Vancouver 981 (ex BC Transit/CMBC 7298). It was sent to Prince Albert, SK about seven years ago.

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12 minutes ago, SidneyTransitfan said:

They were all upgraded fairly quickly. The only one with the original large headlights was West Vancouver 981 (ex BC Transit/CMBC 7298). It was sent to Prince Albert, SK about seven years ago.

Why do most of the Novas out east still have the old-style headlights? I know this isn't Kelowna related but I thought I'd ask since you clearly know what's up with these things. IS it just a case of the Novas out there being near end-of-life and it would be a waste of money to upgrade the headlights? 

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11 hours ago, InfiNorth said:

Why do most of the Novas out east still have the old-style headlights? I know this isn't Kelowna related but I thought I'd ask since you clearly know what's up with these things. IS it just a case of the Novas out there being near end-of-life and it would be a waste of money to upgrade the headlights? 

British Columbia is the only province (as yet) that has specific rules regarding headlights. They cannot be blocked by another object (ie a bicycle or rack) therefore BC Transit's units needed to be retrofitted with a different design of headlights to comply with this rule. This is why BC Transit's (and TransLink's) headlights on the Novas are different than in other provinces/states.

This was also why for the Community Shuttles, it was noted on riders guides that the bicycle rack was for daytime use only (as a bicycle tended to obstruct the headlights at night).

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That was the only reason they were changed. Bc transit was here in Kelowna looking at them as we were the first to get them and they had it sitting in front of the shop. I hopped on a lost property bike and rode up right in front of them and plunked it on the rack. The round headlights were almost completely blocked. Thus, bikes weren’t permitted after dark on them. They were retrofitted shortly after. 
I think out east they either don’t have racks or simply never allowed bikes after dark. 

And yes. Sidneytransitfan is right about community buses. People get angry with drivers all the time about it here. 

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1 hour ago, dzldriver said:

I think out east they either don’t have racks or simply never allowed bikes after dark.  

That is correct. When I was in Montreal last year, they made this hilariously big deal about a few select routes sometimes having bike racks... wow, welcome to the twenty-first century. On my cross-Canada trip, I had planned to bring a bike with me, but I opted not to because I discovered that British Columbia is the odd one out with its wide availability of bike racks. Okay, thanks, glad I have a much better understanding of this now! 

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