Trolley Bus Problems

They were shiney and new with little stop request buttons at waist heigh, oooh! We had finally caught up to 1995 transit technology where buses are concerned and now the plug er.. cable has been pulled on our new fleet of trolley buses.

TransLink has confirmed 39 of the brand new trolley buses have been pulled from service because of power steering problems…

..diesel buses have been brought in to help on those routes affected. The new trolley buses are under warranty and mechanics are working on the problem [News1130]

The problem should be resolved within the next few days, but until then, that 7:45am bus that you’re used to catching at 7:56 will now be arriving around 8:12.

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3 Comments so far

  1. David Drucker (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

    Power steering issues aside, I’m kind of on the fence about these new buses.

    They are definitely shiny, new and modern, but has anybody else noticed that they seem to have fewer seats? The chances of getting one of the 5 or 6 solo seats on the left side of older ones has gone down to maybe 1 or 2 (not counting the seats for older folks in the front).

    Also, the near seclusion of the exit door behind a glass divider meant that the other evening a Crack-smoker crouched down and tried to light his pipe behind that area. Yuck.

    I also wonder about how long it will be before the attractive blue patterned fabric for the seats will start to look dingy and dirty.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love new transit systems, but these new vehicles seem like they were designed by people who didn’t really think the problem(s) and requirements through. Or even know about them.

  2. Rebecca (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

    The other day a driver was talking about the new buses – said they have 8 fewer seats at the front of the bus.

  3. james (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 12:22 am

    the new flyer low floor busses do have less seats than a high floor bus like the E902 trolleys. this is simply because there is no room under the bus for some equipment. i think the steering problems are a minor glitch and the seats (at least on edmonton’s diesel low floor busses) are vandalism resistant and easy to change when dirty.
    i’m very excited to hear edmonton will be testing one of the vancouver low floor trolleys and the operators are excited about power steering! none of our 1982 vintage BBC trolleys have power steering.

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