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Translink’s new livery

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These new colours first appeared on the new trolleybuses, which I have seen in passing but yet to photograph. But I saw this and felt the need to comment.

Back in the BC Transit days, the guys at Burnaby could not resist adapting BC Transit’s livery by the addition of black window surrounds, which in my opinion did little to enhance the appearance of the vehicle. I think this new livery is a reversion to that style, and it is unfortunate. They have retained the swoops (which I thought looked dated when I first saw them on Hull buses back in the seventies!) but the overall impression – especially from the front is something dark and forbidding. I think transit vehicles need to look friendly and welcoming – perhaps the best example being the smiling face that greet passengers on this British train.

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Oddly enough, the livery is a variation on red white and blue and the yellow end is mandated for safety reasons – visibility for track workers. But the addition of a grille to improve the driver’s environment had a very pleasing effect.

One good thing about the bus at present it does not carry any adverts. I wonder how long that will last.

Written by Stephen Rees

November 1, 2006 at 10:44 am

Posted in personal thoughts

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  1. At leat its a vaguely new bus… What is the big lump on the roof? In our area the (Mercedes) busses don’t have a llivery. If they aren’t carrying adverts they are just plain white…


    November 3, 2006 at 12:03 am

  2. The big lump on the roof is for the gas bottles. CNG takes up a lot of space if it is going to last for an entire shift. This is a much better place for compressed gas than the first CNG buses BC Transit had here. They were high floor buses and put the bottles under the floor.
    For a while Translink had plain white buses: this was for buses ordered in the period of transition from BC Transit, before the new blue and yellow livery was decided on. Many are still in service in the old red, white and blue of BC Transit and the plain white ones did not get the blue stripes added either. In addition there are yellow buses for Express Bus (a designation which is largely meaningless but is used for longer distance suburban services) and two types of B Line livery (limited stop service on major corridors). And of course various advertising “vinyls” – which have now been limited to the body sides (not the front) and do not cover the windows.

    Photo links in this comment had to be removed as they no longer worked. See this more recent post for pictures.

    Stephen Rees

    November 3, 2006 at 8:42 am

  3. sentences do not begin with ‘and’. ‘Livery’ is not the correct term for paint schemes on Translink buses. Livery indicates which garage they work out of or what area. This application is not used for busses in Vancouver area. (so quit trying to show off and use the tem, paint scheme). On another note; Kevin Falcon is just a fool trying to do a professional’s job. This is not particularly his fault (although any person with integritty would turn down the position), governments in North America have this amazing habit of arbitrarily appointing people to ministry positions without qualifications. If they mess-up, the rule is to appoint them head of another ministry to save face, instead of just demoting the individual back to a reg member. This way they get to botch-up another ministry (cool, eh!). I have had the opportunity to tell Kevin to his face he doesn’t know what he’s doing and ought to listen to public feed- back a little more but the way he looked at me I don’t think he understands English. I tried French and he asked me when I had immigrated from Turkey.

    harold James

    November 5, 2006 at 8:54 am

  4. But words beginning a sentence do have a capital letter.

    I think the most lucid comment on this practice of starting sentences with a conjunction is in the film “Finding Forrester”. It is one of those rules that’s broken now and then, just for effect.

    I will continue to use the word livery. I have also been chided by a Canadian for the use of the word “scheme”, which (I was told) implies conspiracy or underhandedness! English, sir, is my native tongue: I have, out of deference to my North American audience, stopped using such terms as “petrol” (even though it is useful and has been used in this blog for that reason). But since everybody knows in this context what I am talking about I see no point at all in your instruction “quit trying to show off” which is, simply, rude.

    You should consider the possibility that Falcon may not be a fool, but a politician with an agenda.

    Stephen Rees

    November 5, 2006 at 12:04 pm

  5. You tell him, Stephen. I know this was years ago, but it just got me going!

    Of course you can begin a sentence with ‘And’ (or but or any other preposition) providing it is not overused and is for effect.

    AND while we’re at it, keep on using livery, scheme (which are both correct) and petrol. Anyone on this site understands to what you are referring.


    March 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm

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