We continue to salt and sand bus loops and SkyTrain stations, but please use caution in these areas and remember to dress warmly in anticipation of potential delays.

Expect extra crowding on some routes To provide improved traction, many articulated buses have been switched with standard, 40 foot buses. This will mean some modified service, with increased crowding and the possibility of passups in some areas.

HandyDART is currently operating regular service.

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A look at the new TransLink buses entering service in Vancouver

Vancouver Transit Centre’s set to receive 104 of these new buses, built by Nova Bus.

Last week, the first of our new 40-foot hybrid buses, built by Nova Bus, went into service on route 25 UBC/Brentwood Station!

The buses have a diesel-electric hybrid drive system, which means they’ll have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption in our fleet (aside from our electric trolleybuses).

They also feature air conditioning and engines that stop at idle, as well as factory-installed protection barriers for operators — a standard feature on all new buses.

The bus is the first of 104 new buses that will go into service at Vancouver Transit Centre. As the buses go through the proper testing, we’ll be adding them to the fleet.

Coast Mountain Bus Company is also expecting 23 new 40-foot Nova highway coaches, which are currently undergoing pre-delivery inspections. These buses will go into service at Richmond Transit Centre.

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4 Comments

  • By Joe, A 12 for Transit, December 3, 2018 @ 11:02 pm

    Great to hear, love them Nova buses – roomy, clean and state of the art.

  • By Stephen Rees, January 27, 2019 @ 5:15 pm

    Are these replacement buses or expansion?

  • By Geoff F, January 29, 2019 @ 2:53 pm

    Rode these buses for the first time last night and this morning out to South Delta and into Bridgeport. The seating has shrunk on these buses from 60 down to 40-45 leaving a packed bus standing while scooting down Highway 99. This is a significant reduction in capacity and an increased risk of someone getting hurt due to a quick stop on the highway. There is a yellow handbar contraption between the front and back sections of the bus that people are banging their hips against as it constricts the passageway. Finally, there is a large amount of headroom drastically reduced due to the large storage area in these new buses. No one ever uses these storage areas – I suggest that they remove these and save some medical law suits. Sorry folks, I don’t like the new buses – love their intentions but we need an iteration or two on the objectives.

  • By Justin, February 15, 2019 @ 4:07 pm

    In addition to Geoff’s comment, the tap in compass receptacle at the front of the bus is so low everybody boarding has to bend over to tap in. Ditto the yellow handbars; they’re situated in a way that nobody can walk in a straight line from front to back of bus, they have to shimmy around the giant handlebars. Another point is that in the rear seating area there is a raised portion jutting out from under opposing seats which makes it awkward to sit for people of all heights. Aren’t these designs tested prior to being accepted and put into use?

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