Coast Mountain Bus Company 3309-3358

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Coast Mountain Bus Company 3309–3358 are a set of 50 New Flyer Industries C40LFR units built in 2006.

The Cummins Westport C Gas Plus engines used on these buses were manufactured as part of a joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Lower Mainland-based Westport Innovations, which can cut nitrogen oxide emissions by 500,000 pounds over the lifespan of the buses.[1]

This order was originally made after then-Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell shot down an internal TransLink recommendation to purchase 107 diesel buses for a cheaper price and service/maintenance reliability despite CNG buses being more expensive.[2] There was also "fierce lobbying" by the compressed natural gas industry for TransLink to purchase more CNG buses[3] and Campbell argued that TransLink needed to abandon diesel to help the environment and to support local industries,[4] despite CNG buses emitting only slightly less carbon dioxide and would instead release more methane.

The base order for this batch was initially 73 with an option to increase up to 95 (which was exercised) with a delivery expected for mid-2006.[1]

Despite lobbying by the natural gas industry, TransLink overturned the decision to buy 95 C40LFR buses in March 2006 and this decision was led by Vancouver Coun. Peter Ladner and endorsed by Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan.[4] This decision was made after months of back-and-forth debates and controversies until TransLink's directors agreed to purchase the 95 units for $44 million in fall 2005.[5] Because of the sudden change, New Flyer was unable to completely cancel the order "without significant impact to the cost and schedule as the buses [were] too close to production line entry" and the order was instead revised to 50 C40LFRs and the remaining 45 C40LFRs yet to go into production were converted to a diesel order. Because diesel buses were at the time $64,000 cheaper and upgrades to CNG fuelling stations at Port Coquitlam Transit Centre was no longer required, the money saved allowed TransLink to buy 12 more diesel buses, resulting in the order of 57 D40LFR buses.[5]

Due to headlight visibility issues with bike racks, bikes were initially not allowed after sunset for a short period after these units were delivered. Almost immediately after the buses entered service in late 2006, the issue was noticed and was brought to New Flyer's attention. The provincial motor carrier commission recommended that New Flyer retrofit the headlights, but that would have been costly and time-consuming. New Flyer proposed that a different style of bike racks be used instead. The bike racks were replaced with a different style from late 2007 to early 2008.[6] In 2009, passenger voice-announcement and display systems by INIT were introduced. CCTV cameras were installed in 2011. Compass Card readers were gradually installed starting in late 2012 and through 2013.

In December 2016, several units suffered from cracked front axle beams during a period of heavy snowfall. This resulted in affected units being removed from service for repairs and prompted other garages to send in a contingency fleet for the time being. The failures prompted New Flyer to conduct an investigation, determining a manufacturing defect as the cause of the failures. As a result, a recall was issued for 1098 Low Floor buses from model years 2005–2007 which may have defective front axle beams.[7]

Unit(s) Engine Transmission Seating Destination Sign
3309–3311, 3313–3347, 3349–3355, 3357–3358 Cummins C Gas Plus 280 hp Allison World B400R5 5 speed 37 – USSC Aries Luminator Horizon
3312, 3348, 3356 Cummins Westport ISL-G

Details

Fleet Number Thumbnail Paint Date VIN License Plate Transit Centre Notes
3309 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3309-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) May 2006 2FYC5FP166C029768 DP 1495
(prev. 7508 KD)
Port Coquitlam
  • Rear-ended S417 at Coquitlam Central loop in September 2014
  • Refurbished in August 2019.
3310 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3310-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP176C030265 KP 4554
(prev. DP 1501, 8603 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in May 2018
3311 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3311-b.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) June 2006 2FYC5FP196C030266 PC 7391
(prev JC 7851, DJ 1557, 8548 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in January 2018
3312 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3312-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP106C030267 MC 7422
(prev DP 1544, 8637 KE)
Port Coquitlam
3313 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3313-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP126C030268 MV 8886
(prev DJ 1558, 8629 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in September 2018
3314 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3314-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) July 2006 2FYC5FP146C030269 KJ 1857
(prev DF 2801, 8563 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in January 2019
3315 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3315-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP106C030270 JM 4315
(prev DF 2802, 8562 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in June 2019
3316 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP126C030271 JC 7875
(prev DJ 1559, 8571 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in June 2019
3317 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3317-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP146C030272 LB 6276
(prev. DF 2819, 8602 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Struck a pedestrian in October 2015
  • Refurbished in July 2019
3318 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3318-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) July 2006 2FYC5FP166C030273 JC 7855
(prev BN 2239, 8572 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in May 2018.
3319 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3319-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP186C030274 LS 6450
(prev DF 2820, 8530 KE)
Port Coquitlam
3320 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP1X6C030275 LL 9724
(prev DF 2821, 8636 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in November 2020
3321 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP116C030276 ET 7820
(prev 8658 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in August 2020
3322 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3322-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP136C030277 LL 9656
(prev DF 2822, 8631 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in November 2019
3323 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3323-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) July 2006 2FYC5FP156C030278 JC 7850
(prev DF 2823, 8609 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in October 2019
3324 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3324-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP176C030279 MF 8569
(prev DP 1496, 8638 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in February 2019
3325 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3325-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP136C030280 NG 5665
(prev DP 1545, 8606 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
3326 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3326-b.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP156C030281 ET 7821
(prev 8604 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in September 2018
3327 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP176C030282 PG 8300
(prev LX 3604, DP 1546, 8632 KE)
Port Coquitlam
3328 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3328-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP196C030283 JC 7874
(prev DF 2824, 8605 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in March 2019
3329 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3329-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP106C030284 MV 8805
(prev DF 2825, 8702 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in November 2019
3330 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3330-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) August 2006 2FYC5FP126C030285 MV 8807
(prev DF 2826, 8660 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in July 2020
3331 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP146C030286 RC 5266
(prev ET 7822, 8703 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • CNG test unit for Testing The Power of Tomorrow (Phase II)
3332 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP166C030287 MS 7647
(prev DJ 1560, 8659 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • CNG test unit for Testing The Power of Tomorrow (Phase II)
  • Refurbished in April 2021
3333 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3333-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) August 2006 2FYC5FP186C030288 LL 9650
(prev DJ 1561, 8704 KE)
Port Coquitlam
3334 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3334-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP1X6C030289 PP 2520
(prev DJ 1562, 8633 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in May 2021
3335 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3335-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP166C030290 MK 6468
(prev DJ 1563, 8679 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in February 2020
3336 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3336-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP186C030291 MJ 3645
(prev DJ 1564, 8688 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Struck a pedestrian at Dunn Way & Maple Meadows Way in October 2015
  • Refurbished in November 2019
3337 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP1X6C030292 FA 3569
(prev 7900 KM)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in March 2019
3338 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP116C030293 DP 1500
(prev 8644 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in October 2018
3339 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3339-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) August 2006 2FYC5FP136C030294 JC 7876
(prev DP 1547, 7901 KM)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in May 2019
3340 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3340-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP156C030295 KJ 1858
(prev CT 1229, 8680 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in June 2020
3341 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3341-b.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) August 2006 2FYC5FP176C030296 LS 6405
(prev FA 3570, 8645 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
3342 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP196C030297 LS 6475
(prev FA 3571, 8643 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
3343 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3343-b.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP106C030298 NA 3232
(prev DW 1579, 8657 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in November 2018
3344 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP126C030299 MV 8829
(prev FA 3572, 8642 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Involved in a T-bone accident with a pickup truck with major damage at St Johns Street and Williams Ave on September 12, 2018 returned on March 5, 2019
3345 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3345-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP156C030300 PF 7759
(prev EP 9131, 7912 KM)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
3346 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP176C030301 LG 4793
(prev FA 3573 8682 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in April 2020
3347 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3347-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP196C030302 FA 3574
(prev. 8683 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
3348 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3348-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP106C030303 8690 KE Port Coquitlam
3349 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP126C030304 DP 1488
(prev 8681 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in September 2020
3350 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3350-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) August 2006 2FYC5FP146C030305 PF 7760
(prev FE 5150, 8705 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in November 2019
3351 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3351-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP166C030306 FE 5151
(prev 8689 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in April 2018
3352 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP186C030307 NA 3171
(prev DP 1497, 8691 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in September 2018
3353 Sweep-R (New Sweep) September 2006 2FYC5FP1X6C030308 LG 4794
(prev CT 1247, 7902 KM)
Port Coquitlam
  • Suffered an engine fire on December 1, 2008 and returned on December 20, 2010.
  • Refurbished in February 2020
3354 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP116C030309 MS 7616
(prev FE 5152, 8694 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in June 2017
3355 Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP186C030310 PE 1121
(prev DP 1498, 8695 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in May 2021
3356 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3356-b.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP1X6C030311 FE 5164
(prev. 8692 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Repowered with a Cummins Westport ISL-G engine in 2013
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in March 2019
3357 Coast Mountain Bus Company 3357-a.jpg Sweep-R (New Sweep) 2006 2FYC5FP116C030312 PG 8196
(prev DP 1499, 3785 LL, 8696 KE)
Port Coquitlam
  • Had front axle repaired in December 2016
  • Refurbished in August 2020
3358 Sweep-R (New Sweep) September 2006 2FYC5FP136C030313 DP 1467
(prev 7913 KM)
Port Coquitlam
  • Refurbished in May 2021

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jamieson, J. (2005, December 9). TransLink inks deal with local engine maker, The Province, retrieved 19-07-2021
  2. Maple Ridge News (2005, July 30). TransLink picks natural gas buses over diesel, Maple Ridge News, retrieved 19-07-2021
  3. Boei, W. (2006, October 6). Diesel wins over natural gas for TransLink's bus order, The Vancouver Sun, retrieved 19-07-2021
  4. 4.0 4.1 Boei, W. (2006, March 7). TransLink overturns earlier decision to buy only buses powered by natural gas, The Vancouver Sun, retrieved 19-07-2021
  5. 5.0 5.1 Maple Ridge News (2006, March 8). TransLink shifts back to diesel, Maple Ridge News, retrieved 19-07-2021
  6. Rossi, C. (2007, October 17). Bus company still working on bike rack problem; TransLink installing new racks that doesn't obstruct headlights, Vancouver Courier, retrieved 19-07-2021
  7. http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/tc/2017/62488r-eng.php
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