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#7261 grantpalin

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 04:48 PM

The Metro Vancouver bus shutdown has been averted due to a late tentative agreement. [source]

 

Details of the agreement remain unknown until the union approves it.

Bus service in Metro Vancouver is returning to normal service Wednesday after a tentative deal was reached between the union representing thousands of transit workers and Coast Mountain Bus Company shortly after midnight, ending job action and narrowly averting a complete suspension of the region's bus system.

 

The agreement was reached just before 12:30 a.m. PT, after the previous midnight deadline was extended by the union.


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#7262 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 November 2019 - 06:23 AM

re:  16% take-up rate.

 

 

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#7263 Cats4Hire

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Posted 30 November 2019 - 06:42 PM

There sure is a lot of service alters for a Saturday. Also why is the 31 having a potential issue and it running after all just a little late 2 separate alerts lol https://www.bctransi...and-maps/alerts



#7264 Cats4Hire

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 01:36 PM

 

Starting December 9, 2019 Interurban Road will be closed between Wilkinson Road and North Road

Overnight Monday to Friday and Possibly Saturday/Sunday from 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
 
7 UVIC – no detour – major delays can be expected
 
8 Interurban – from Interurban, right Wilkinson, left West Saanich, left Markham, left Interurban to the Camosun Loop
 
8 Oak Bay – from Camosun Loop, right Interurban, right Markham, right West Saanich, right Wilkinson, left Interurban to regular route
 
9 UVIC – regular route to the Camosun Loop then right Interurban, right Markham, right West Saanich, right Wilkinson, left Interurban to regular route
 
9 Royal Oak – from Interurban, right Wilkinson, left West Saanich, left Markham, left Interurban to the Camosun Loop then right Interurban, right Markham, right West Saanich to Royal Oak Exchange
 
21 Interurban – from Interurban, right Wilkinson, left West Saanich, left Markham, left Interurban to the Camosun Loop
 
21 Downtown – from Camosun Loop, right Interurban, right Markham, right West Saanich, right Wilkinson, left Interurban to regular route
 
21 Interurban via Technology Park – will service the Technology Park loop in both directions
 
21 Interurban via Viaduct – will service the Camosun Loop in both directions
 
21N Interurban via Night Route – from Hastings at Wilkinson, left Wilkinson, left West Saanich, left Markham, left Interurban to the Camosun Loop then right Interurban, right Markham, right West Saanich, right Wilkinson, left Interurban to regular route
 
39 UVIC – from Wilkinson at Interurban, continue straight on Wilkinson, left West Saanich, left Markham, left Interurban to the Camosun Loop, then right Interurban to regular route
 
39 Westhills – regular route to the Camosun Loop then right Interurban, right Markham, right West Saanich, right Wilkinson to regular route
That's an unfortunate detour for 9 and 39. 
 
I just noticed it says "overnight". Isn't 21N the only thing running overnight? 21 is the only route in that area on weekends. Looking at the schedule everything else's last bus is past that point by 10 PM so maybe the last 8 of the day will get caught up but I don't like any 9 or 39 will.

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#7265 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 06:12 PM

“We contacted almost every transit agency in North America that uses Cents-a-Bill fareboxes, hoping they had some to spare,” Pinkerton said.

 

They had scoured eBay and other sites unsuccessfully when one of BC Transit’s own mechanics told them about a Facebook group dedicated to transit memorabilia and bus parts.

 

“We joined the group and called the moderator,” Pinkerton said. “[They] put us in contact with three vendors in California that, combined, had 28 fareboxes for sale.”

 

A small team of BC Transit employees flew to California, rented a U-Haul truck and purchased the fareboxes, Pinkerton said, adding it was a challenge getting the equipment back to Victoria. The team drove to the U-Haul full of fareboxes to the warehouse in Las Vegas of bus-building company Alexander Dennis, whose staff packaged them on pallets and shipped them.

 

“Four days later, our fareboxes arrived and we were able to have them service ready for about $2,500 each, including all the adventure costs to get them,” Pinkerton said.

 

Compared to the cost of purchasing new it saved almost $300,000.

 

 

https://www.vicnews....-in-california/

 

still seems to me they took an expensive route to get these.


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#7266 vortoozo

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 10:02 PM

 

 

still seems to me they took an expensive route to get these.

 

 

Seems like some money saving ingenuity to me.



#7267 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 03:33 AM

i mean the flights and the truck rental.



#7268 lanforod

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 09:08 AM

i mean the flights and the truck rental.

 

Far cheaper than commercial shipping, I bet.



#7269 shoeflack

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 09:36 AM

Government organization finds way to do something extremely smart and cost-effective, saving lots of taxpayer dollars, and someone still finds a way to complain about it.

 

Sometime you just can't win.  :badpc:


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#7270 sebberry

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 10:08 AM

The real question is why are fareboxes $13,000?  Why are transit systems across North America happily paying that?  So much for negotiating on behalf of the people.  


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#7271 Cats4Hire

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 10:09 AM

The real question is why are fareboxes $13,000?  Why are transit systems across North America happily paying that?  So much for negotiating on behalf of the people.  

if that's what everyone's charging and won't budge what are the Transit systems supposed to do? Have an ice cream bucket at the front of the bus to toss coins in as you get on?



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Posted 06 December 2019 - 10:23 AM

Raise parking rates and make transit free? :) 

 

Government entities refusing to negotiate lower costs is why costs are running out of control. 


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#7273 sebberry

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 10:25 AM

I can use Apple Pay to pay for air at the gas station.  Or a donut at Tim Hortons.  Just use a NFC payment pad on the bus and get rid of coins. 

 

*Sadly the advent of Apple Pay powered air machines at gas stations means we all have to pay for air now.


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#7274 Coreyburger

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 11:34 AM

The real question is why are fareboxes $13,000?  Why are transit systems across North America happily paying that?  So much for negotiating on behalf of the people.  

Captive audience. They are a specialized piece of equipment that only one group buys. You can't split the development cost across a huge number of units.



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Posted 06 December 2019 - 11:59 AM

You can't split the development cost across a huge number of units.

 

 

Partner with UVic's comp sci and robotics departments for a new system.  

 

What UVic student wouldn't want 'designed and developed new transit fare management system' on their CV?


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#7276 Cats4Hire

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 12:11 PM

Maybe they can also partner with UVic to design a system to power a bus off anything cheaper than diesel. That would save them having to buy that from a near monopoly too.

#7277 Mike K.

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 12:36 PM

There are heaps of vending machines that accept coins, credit cards, tap pay, and cash. What makes an entire vending machine cost $4,000 but a single fare box on a bus $13,000?


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#7278 grantpalin

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 12:36 PM

Metro Vancouver transit workers vote yes to new deal

https://vancouversun...agreement-today

 

Bus and SeaBus union approved (84.3%) the 3-year deal yesterday. With that issue out of the way, one day later...

 

SkyTrain workers issue 72-hour strike notice

https://vancouversun...r-strike-notice

The move from CUPE 7000, which represents 900 SkyTrain workers, follows four days of mediation and more than 40 days of bargaining with TransLink’s B.C. Rapid Transit Company.

 

The union said in a statement that no significant progress has been made on key issues, after four full days of mediation and more than 40 days of direct bargaining.



#7279 Nparker

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 12:38 PM

Why can't we just get something like this: https://vancouversun...r-your-keychain



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Posted 06 December 2019 - 02:33 PM

There are heaps of vending machines that accept coins, credit cards, tap pay, and cash. What makes an entire vending machine cost $4,000 but a single fare box on a bus $13,000?

 

Government organizations aren't exactly known for their negotiating abilities when tax dollars are 'limitless'


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