Excuse me, but is it not December and was it not this time last year we had a big snowfall to contend with? So why the problems with TransLink’s and West Coast Mountain Bus trolley fleet in the real first frost in December 2009? Unable to operate trolleybuses in the first heavy frost of the year demonstrates the sheer incompetence of the two organizations that run our regional transit system. When winter comes, all must be ready to ensure that Greater Vancouver’s public transit system operates without a hitch and transit customers are not inconvenienced; but of course with TransLink the customer always comes last.
Yesterdays fiasco in the first frost of the year must send shivers down the spine of VANOC, for if Vancouver’s bus system is crippled in a frost, what would a few cm of snow do to transit during the winter games? The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games must be the only Winter Olympic Games in history that the organizing committee pray that it doesn’t snow!
From News Radio 1130
Icy wires gives trolley buses trouble this morning
Many streets were lined with useless buses
Dean Recksiedler VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) | Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Huge problems for trolley buses this morning. Ice on the overhead wires is making it a tough go for the trolleys.
A de-icing crew was out overnight but they had problems with their vehicle so they couldn’t clear all the ice off. TransLink’s Drew Snider says they don’t really have an option of even replacing the trolley buses, “The issue of course, with this being the rush hour, our diesel buses are already committed to other parts of the city, so in some ways our service delivery people are working on how maybe they can take one diesel from a route and shift things around.”
Snider isn’t sure when things will return to normal.