Ottawa’s double-deckers present rare opportunity for Victoria
BC Transit could find itself the owner of three slightly-used double-deckers if test buses too tall for the Canadian capitol’s roadways are deemed the right fit for Victoria.
OC Transpo, Ottawa’s transit authority, has been testing Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deckers for several years and has refined the specifications for its ideal vehicle. Coincidentally test buses that no longer fit the bill for Ottawa could become an opportunity for Victoria to pick up used double-deckers on the cheap — a rarity in North America where the vast majority of buses are single-floored.
“We’re always looking for a good deal,” BC Transit’s Meribeth Burton responded when asked of the possibility of acquiring Ottawa’s test vehicles. “Of the buses OC Transpo has operated a small figure simply do not meet their requirements. But if they meet Victoria’s requirements this could be a great opportunity to buy buses at a discounted price.”
Although Burton would not comment on what BC Transit may be prepared to pay for each bus, a used Enviro500 would most certainly sell for well below the Enviro’s list price of nearly $1-million. Burton also maintained that while snapping up Ottawa’s buses would represent a significant savings compared to buying brand new inventory, BC Transit has not made any offers to-date nor does it have any funds currently committed to their acquisition.
OC Transpo reportedly has 75 double-deckers on order and will join Victoria, Kelowna and Toronto as the only jurisdictions in Canada operating two-floor transit vehicles.
Victoria was the first city in North America to integrate double-decker vehicles into its transit fleet back in 2001. VV
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Dylan LeblancMay 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm
Mike you should send that into BC Transit.
Reminds me of my days in Vancouver. Busses would regularly give a short double honk as they were approaching an intersection and were running the red light.
Mike K.May 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm
Could it be that some of the new drivers behind the wheel of our buses are used to driving in other cities where this sort of behaviour isn't frowned upon or just expected due to traffic volume?
This bus, btw, had no vehicle behind it. The driver had no reason not to stop and in fact the bus had pulled into the stop in front of Atlas Audio but immediately pulled back out (in other words, it was traveling at a slow rate of speed to begin with). There were no passengers waiting at that stop so either the driver just jumped the gun and pulled in or someone had rung the bell then asked to cancel the stop. In any event nothing about this incident suggested that the driver was forced to run the red.
History BuffMay 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm
Another thing taht buses do that pisses me off i swhen they merge into traffic from the curb.
Sure it is the law to yield them but only if you are behind them and can see their taillights and their turn signal on.
Too many of this idiots attempt to merge in to the side of cars and use Their bus as a huge weapon. They are arrogant.
the law about giving the bus the right of way when pulling away for the curb is only valid on streets with a speed limit of 60kmh or less but I see these cowboys pulling this merge crap on the highways too.
Last year I was driving a Prevost Highway coach up the Pat Bay at 90kmh with 53 people on board when a BC Transit bus pulled into the highway from a bus stop at Haliburton like he was the only one on the highway.
I considered shoving his deisel engine into the back of his head but decided that I wanted to get a tip from my passengers so I did an evasive lane change instead and got them to Whistler on time.
you should post that red light bus on BC Transit Facebook page or start a dedicated thread for Bc Transit driving infrations where poeple can post pics and vids there with such inormation as date time and bus unit number.
Public shaming should be the order of the day. But it only works if one includes teh above info so they can track down the operator.
Mike K.May 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm
You know, I assumed my camera would have recorded the number on the side of the bus but unfortunately the resolution is not good enough and the wide angle makes objects appear further than they are. I do have images of the ads on the driver side and rear of the bus which would narrow down the exact bus, I'm sure.
We can consider having a separate thread for BC Transit infractions but let's see how much traction this gets in this thread. Certainly we should make BC Transit aware of this but let's not start raising pitchforks just yet ;)
GregMay 21, 2013 at 10:14 am
Quote: You know, I assumed my camera would have recorded the number on the side of the bus but unfortunately the resolution is not good enough and the wide angle makes objects appear further than they are. I do have images of the ads on the driver side and rear of the bus which would narrow down the exact bus, I'm sure.
Haven't you ever watched an episode of "24" or "Hawaii Five-0"? Just zoom in and clean-up the image already.