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Come take a look at the Nova LFX demonstration bus


New Nova bus TransLink is trying out

Some Buzzer readers have commented on the new Nova diesel LFX 60’ (18.3 meter) articulated bus that TransLink has been trying out around town. Thanks to David Lam for taking some great photos of it! Many of you have had the opportunity to ride the bus, which has been traveling on a number of different routes over the past few months.

If you haven’t had a chance to check-out the bus and want to, tomorrow, Friday, August 5th is the day! Here are the details:

  • Gateway SkyTrain Station – on the North side of 108th at the bus stop in front of the tower (East of the SkyTrain Station) – Friday, August 5th, 1:15-2:00 p.m. 12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Metrotown bus loop – Friday, August 5th, 2:30-3:15 p.m. 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Those of you who are into the technical side of transit, take a look at this pdf with all the specifics you need. Here’s a little something to wet your appetite:

Manufacturer: Nova
Type: LFX (60’ Artic)
Engine: Cummins ISL (2010)
Transmission: Allison B500R
Brakes: Disc
Axles: ZF
AC: Carrier


  • By Trevor Harrison, August 4, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    We we be able to ride the bus from Gateway to Metrotown? It’s been hard to get a ride on it due to not knowing where any of the new buses are.

  • By Maxwell, August 4, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

    yea, I hope we can ride it from gateway all the way to Metrotown as a demo since the last time it was on route 135/145 when not alot of people know it was out on the road.

  • By Trevor Harrison, August 4, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    Hey Rob, I got my D7000 body today so I am ready for tomorrow (and maybe even work for the buzzer doing photos and videos) actually seriously I would love to do that.

    Will you be there tomorrow Rob?

  • By ???, August 4, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    I’m not sure where to put this, but I’ll start here. Are there pictures of the new Nova bus interior?

    I have a big beef about the current bus seating arrangements in the back. There’s been talk here about people not liking the Mark 1 Bench seating that forces riders to face one another. Why do we have buses that flips the seats around to have people facing one another but CLOSER TOGETHER where legroom is compromized?

    Old buses would have bench seating above the rear wheels. I think we should return to that layout. This allows for more standing room and legroom. What do others think?

  • By Jacob, August 4, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

    SHouldn’t translink events calendar post this event?

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, August 5, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Trevor, Maxwell: I should know within the hour if you can ride the bus to Metrotown. Trevor, that’s great you got a new camera! Unfortunately, the Buzzer is a one man show at the moment. I will be at Metrotown with my camera. See ya there!

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, August 5, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    Hello again: Unfortunately, the bus isn’t taking passengers from Gateway to Metrotown :(

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, August 5, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    UPDATE! I was just told that both times have been moved up a half hour! I’ve updated the post with the new times, so please take note. I’ll see some of you at Metrotown at 2 p.m.

  • By Maxwell, August 5, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    I am sorry everyone, but I won’t be able to make it then since I already saw the pictures from the first demo then other people took.

  • By Alan, August 7, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    Does it still have the horribly designed seating of the other Nova Buses?

    The seats on top of the back wheel where you are directly facing the other person plus no leg space.

  • By Kelly, August 21, 2011 @ 4:05 am

    Why is Translink purchasing nova buses instead of the New Flyer Industries? My father was a New Flyer stock holder & if he was a healthy person, he would ask why too.

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, August 22, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    Hi Kelly: I asked Coast Mountain Bus Company your questions and received this responce:

    we procure buses in a fair and honest method in order to get the best value that we can for the public’s tax dollars. We evaluate buses based on price, appearance, local availability of parts/service/support, factors that impact the cost of maintaining a bus over its life (such as fuel consumption, build quality, quality of included components, anticipated overhaul costs, and the like), as well as appearance, passenger comfort, and other factors. New Flyer, Nova Bus, and Orion build good buses, but they all have their share of challenges. In the last five years, we’ve bought hundreds of Nova buses, and hundreds of New Flyer buses as well; we renewed the entire trolley fleet with New Flyer buses, and bought dozens of New Flyer articulated buses, as well as 50 diesel and 57 CNG 40-foot New Flyer buses.

  • By Kelly, August 22, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

    Thanks, Bob.

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