The site wasn’t really designed for day-to-day navigation, but more for transit enthusiasts who are looking to find specific buses (e.g., the double decker test buses we have on the streets right now, 1008 and 1009). In addition, I’ve also heard that bus drivers also use the site to locate their bus as it arrives to their pick up point.
I wish I took some time to polish up the site over Christmas, since it’s pretty much still running on the same code base (both in the user interface, and behind the scenes) as when I created it six years ago! Nevertheless, it’s cool that the site’s been found and mentioned by some local online media, and to spread some “transit geekery” out there.
About a month ago, I signed up for a car2go account. So far I’ve used it twice already and I’ve been pretty happy with the experience.
In the case I miss the last SkyTrain home, the car2go would be a cheaper option than taking a taxi, and more time-efficient than waiting for the Night Bus. (It’s roughly $10 for a 20-minute car2go trip from downtown to Richmond, versus a $35 taxi ride. The earliest Night Bus gets me home around 3am).
I share cars with my parents, so in the rare case that they need the cars, I wanted to have a backup just in case. Since there’s no significant monthly fee, it would not hurt to keep the account just for the times that I need to use it. (There is a $2 annual fee though, but that’s pretty reasonable).
It’s the only car-sharing service to service Richmond (albeit only at Kwantlen University, but I live close by).
car2go does not require you to return the car to its original location—it’s a one-way service, which is perfect for my night-time trips.
Coming from driving 20+ year old minivans, the Smart car was comparatively very zippy, and reminded me of driving a go-kart. The accelerating and braking were quite sensitive, but that was not too difficult to get used to.
In case you’re interested in joining, if you get a referral code from someone you know, you can signup for free. (Send me a direct message on Twitter @DennisTT if you don’t know anyone with car2go).
I can’t believe it’s September already. The weather is starting to become cool and wet, days are becoming shorter, marking the end of what has been an incredible summer (and year to date). It’s been a while since I’ve written here, so with the changing season I thought I’d share a bit of an update of 2016 so far.
This past Wednesday, TransLink started to put the newest batch of buses out onto the streets, in particular, Surrey streets. The transit enthusiast in me could not resist seeking out that new bus smell.
These buses are the same model as the previous set of articulated buses back in 2013. However, this new batch has the “charcoal top” livery instead of the light grey which I think looks much better and fitting with the rest of the fleet. Like the last batch, these buses are fully air-conditioned. (Recently, TransLink announced that all future bus orders will have air conditioning standard.) These will be great to ride in the summer!
Surrey hasn’t seen a new bus delivery in ages (better transit enthusiasts can quote the exact date); they’ve always been getting “hand-me-down” buses from other depots in the area. I guess it is a show of good faith for further development of transit in the South of Fraser area and the #96 B-Line corridor. Twelve of these new buses will serve the #96 B-Line while the remaining eleven in the order will be distributed to other articulated bus routes in the region.
Have you had a chance to ride the new buses? Leave your impressions in the comments!
This particular bus entered service in 1954 and was retired in 1984 when the second-generation Flyer trolleys entered into service. It has been restored and preserved by the Transit Museum Society (TRAMS).
The bus will be making a loop around Downtown Vancouver via:
Southbound Cambie (stopping at Hastings – Victory Square)
Westbound on Pender (no stops)
Southbound Burrard (stopping at SkyTrain station and Robson)
Eastbound Davie (stopping at Howe)
Northbound Seymour (stopping at Dunsmuir)
Eastbound Cordova (stopping at Waterfront Station)