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  1. Photos by MJofLakeland1 MTA Maryland 2008 New Flyer DE60LFR (Baltimore, MD) MTA Maryland 2013 New Flyer XDE40 (Baltimore, MD) with Orioles wrap MTA Maryland 2011 New Flyer XDE40 (Baltimore, MD) during sunset Photos by MJofLakeland1 MTA Maryland 1995 Flxible Metro E (Baltimore, MD)... One of the last Flxibles ever built; preserved MTA Maryland (formerly Mass Transit Administration) 1984 Grumman Flxible 870 (Baltimore, Maryland)... Ex- Mobility Command Unit; preserved Photos by MJofLakeland1 MTA Maryland 1995 Flxible Metro E (Baltimore, MD)... One of the last Flxibles ever built; preserved MTA Maryland (formerly Mass Transit Administration) 1984 Grumman Flxible 870 (Baltimore, Maryland)... Ex- Mobility Command Unit; preserved Photos by MJofLakeland1 MTA Maryland 2014 New Flyer XDE40 (Baltimore, MD) in Veteran's Day wrap MTA Maryland 2013 New Flyer XDE60 (Baltimore, MD) in Independence Day wrap
  2. Both photos by MJofLakeland1 MTA Maryland 2019 New Flyer XD40 (Baltimore, MD) upon arrival MTA Maryland 2011 New Flyer XDE40 (Baltimore, MD) during sunset
  3. Is Millenium Transit Services still around? This model design will never work. The Rapid Transit Series "RTS" is an old model, need to think of something else.
  4. Do the 2009 New Flyer L40LFRs run on the Route 72 frequently
  5. The current system has four existing bus routes operating every 10-15 minutes everyday. I have a proposal for four more bus routes. The Gold Route service is to serve the connecting Canton communities and 1st Mariner Bank employers to downtown. The Silver Route is to provide direct service for Greyhound Bus commuters to downtown. The Zoo Route connects tourists to the Maryland Zoo directly and as well the glorious Druid Lake and recreational park. Non-seasonal service will terminate at the MTA owned vacant Fulton Avenue bus loop. The Blue Route connects mainly BCPSS employees to Metro Subway in less than 10 minutes. Gold Route: Marketplace to Canton Crossing (1st Mariner Bank building) **President Street; Fleet Street; Boston Street ***Operation Intervals: 10 minutes (Connections): Harbor East Maritime Park Fells Point Baltimore Can Company Korean War Memorial Du Burns Arena Silver Route: Inner Harbor to Greyhound Bus Terminal **Light Street/Charles Street; Pratt/Lombard Streets; Russell Street ***Operation Intervals: 15 minutes (Connections): Trans America Building Convention Center 1st Mariner Arena Bromo Seltzer Tower Oriole Park at Camden Yards M&T Bank Stadium Holiday Inn (Haines Street) Zoo Route: Inner Harbor to Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (seasonal) / Druid Hill Park (7PM & Winter season) **Druid Lake Drive; Interstate 83 (Jones Falls Expressway); Mount Royal Avenue; Maryland Avenue; Liberty Place/Hopkins Place; Charles Street; Light Street ***Operation Intervals: 20 minutes (Connections): Druid Hill Park Maryland Institute College of Art University of Baltimore Enoch Pratt Free Library (Central Branch) Washington Monument Charles Center 1st Mariner Arena Trans America Building Blue Route: Baltimore City Public School System Headquarters (BCPSS) to State Center/Cultural Center Metro Subway Station **Preston/Biddle Streets; Charles/St. Paul Streets; North Avenue ***Operation Intervals: 15 minutes (Connections): Amtrak Penn Station Symphony Meyerhoff University of Baltimore 21st Regiment Armory Cultural Center State Office Complex Maryland Institute College of Art North Avenue (L) Station
  6. I would love to join a group of the best transit discussion website in the world!! I have proof of editing history from Wikipedia (free encyclopedia) under the alias MJofLakeland. I have an editing history on MTA Maryland and WMATA Metrobus as well other Maryland area transit pages. I have recently edited many Los Angeles area bus systems. I would be a great part to this group I always have detailed information of my uploads on YouTube-MJofLakeland1. I know the MTA Maryland and Charm City Circulator bus fleet and current status very, because I work as an intern for MTA Maryland and the Red Line project. That is mainly the reason to join, but I can also start other CPTDB Wiki transit pages of the state of Maryland. As I send this request to you'll, I would love to join the group and you will not regret it at all.
  7. If you live in the Baltimore & vicinity area, you know the Beltway (Interstate 695) is one of the most congested highways in the state of Maryland and believe me its not too far from the longest average travel time-per-mile in the United States. Their is delays at midday and peak hours every weekday. The immediate turns, awkward placement of off- and on-ramps, and most indecisive drivers is unbearable for even the most skilled drivers in the world. The State Highway Administration and state of Maryland has constructed and nearly due to open the new express lane on Interstate 95 from White Marsh to the Beltway; ironically. But an express lane on the Beltway is a project that can most benefit the city/county area and state definitely. Now what this have to do with the MTA Maryland? Well like Los Angeles's Interstate 10 and HOV lane from the El Monte/Foothills area to downtown LA and the Harbor Freeway from downtown to Artesia/Southern Southern LA, the LACMTA's "Silver Line" takes cars off the roads and decrease the travel time it took that rider to get there by car. Like the "Silver Line" bus rapid transit service, this routing will travel the Beltway from the northern loop (White Marsh) to the southern loop (Lansdowne). End-to-end basically Interstate 95 north of the "Fort McHenry Tunnel" and Interstate 95 south of it. Length of Express Lane service & BRT service: ----------------------------------------------------------- Miles - 28.46 Kilometers - 45.43 Stations are as follows (From north to south): ----------------------------------------------------------- JFK Memorial Highway Junction (I-95 & I-695 (north of tunnel) Interchange and future Park & Ride Lot) Overlea Belair Road Parkville Harford Road Cromwell Bridge Road Cromwell Bridge Road Towson Dulaney Valley Road (future Park & Ride Lot on "Goucher College" campus) Charles Street Charles Street Jones Falls Expressway Joppa Road Pikesville Reisterstown Road Old Court (connect to Metro Subway via walk bridge to platform) Milford Mill Liberty Road Security Boulevard Security Boulevard Baltimore National Pike U.S. Route 40 Catonsville Frederick Road UMBC Wilkens Avenue Arbutus Junction (I-95 & I-695 (south of tunnel) interchange and future Park & Ride Lot) U.S. Route 1/Lansdowne Station (new MARC station w/ overhead walkway over "Inner Loop" traffic to shopping center & platforms to "Camden Line") Harbor Tunnel Thruway Hollins Ferry Road
  8. Yeah sorry, I put diesel and diesel-electric hybrid in the same category as "DIESEL". I get your quote that more maintencance would be needed for natural gas buses. And yes that MTA Maryland and riders like me is pleased with the hybrids performance. The 2006 DE40LFRs haven't had many ultimate issues for a while now, and in fact the 2004-05 D40LFs been performing past their expectations. I believe the city is really happy of the hybrids lessening concerns and problems in motive transportation when service is at their fulliest potential unlike 8-10 years ago with the Flxibles (20 years of service).
  9. The MTA Maryland has long been a diesel fuel propelled organization like many others. But like Washington Metrobus, Ride-On, New York MTA, and Boston's MBTA they chose alternative sources to be environmentally friendly, save on fuel consumption, and price of cost-per-mile on buses. Like many who alternated diesel with CNG fuel has have success for the past years. I believe the MTA Maryland is choosing not to study that alternative because of the LNG project that fell through with the Flxible Metro D "LNG" model in the mid-1990s. We know now that liquefied gas can easily evaporate and not recommended for anyone who has no experience behind the helm. Since then natural gas has stepped-up to be efficient and properly handled, as well, more technological studies behind it. The MTA Maryland is ready to make the next big step with the Red Line project completion around 2019-21 and to propell Baltimore from the underdog position to the recognized household names. Alternative fuel source definitely stands out from the regulars and can prove efficient to the city.
  10. The Charm City Circulator or CCC is the newest system in the state of Maryland, since the Baltimore Department of Transportation established it in 2008. The first service did not begin until January 11, 2010, with the Orange Route going east-west from University of Maryland at Baltimore BioPark (west) to Hollins Market (east). The Purple Route began service on June 4, 2010, going north-south from Baltimore Penn Station (north) to Federal Hill (south). The Green Route began service on November 1, 2011, going east-west from Johns Hopkins Medical Center (east) to City Hall (west). On June 4, 2012, The Banner Route began service just in time for the 2012 Bicentennial Star Spangled Sailabration in celebration of the "War of 1812" and the writing of United States's national anthem. Service operate east-west from Inner Harbor (west) to Fort McHenry (east). In the Fall of 2011, the water taxi service, known as, the Water Taxi Harbor Connector began operation with two water routes on Patapsco River or "open bay" portion of the Inner Harbor and with one planned. The city of Baltimore's ridership downtown boomed with the system's "FREE" fare service and nearly 200,000 ridership in two years. The system has and will forever make a mark in downtown's transportation network and since it's success, more bus lines are planned that can reach outside of downtown Baltimore to connecting major tourist or transit points. The Zoo Route connecting downtown and Inner Harbor to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore in Druid Hill Park is a future plan for maybe Spring 2013, as well service corridors around Fells Point and Canton and the Westport/Greyhound Bus Terminal, which as well is possible for planning in 2013. The Charm City Circulator bus fleet contains 18 buses (31 buses) from three manufacturers: Designline Corporation (to be retired), Orion Industries, and Van Hool. Order Year/Manufacturer/Model/Fuel Propulsion/Fleet Series (Quantity) List: *2009 **Designline Corporation ***EcoSaver IV ****Hybrid *****0901-0913 (13) <<<To be retired >>> *2012 **Orion Industries ***VII (07.501) "3rd Generation" ****Hybrid *****1201-1213 (13) *2011 **Van Hool ***A300L ****Diesel *****1101-1105 (5) watch.htm (2012 Orion VII (07.501) "3rd Genration" #1211 on Purple Route in Banner Route paint scheme.) watch.htm watch.htm watch.htm watch.htm
  11. The reason New Flyer will win the contract is because, they bring more into their production like: reliability, guarantee performance, more custom designs, and recent orders. Needs to step-up with New Flyer Industries: *NABI - More customization of the Transit operator from it's standard design features. New bus model. Improve perfomance and reliability similar to New Flyer's Xcelsior model. *Gillig - Larger advance engineering and Gillig characteristic features, rather a set-up of pieces in the interior. *ElDorado - Axess model advance technology and engineering in the fuel consumption and reliability from other Manufacturer's models. Since Orion buses are not around any more, the (CNG) market has fully gone in favor of New Flyer since it's XN40 and XN60 "Articulated" models is gaining an increase in orders. NABI is a best second choice to Transit operators, like "LACMTA", who has a decade history of all NABI models running off natural gas fuel. In the near future, the NABI 45C Compobus may either be replaced with another 45-foot model which is more than likely Motor Coach Industries department for rural, highway, express service, and not only that, possibly a 40-foot model such as the D4005 model. The 45C Compobus has not changed rather the switch from a Detroit Diesel Series 50G engine to a Cummins Westport ISL-G engine. That switch was made long before by New Flyer with the variety of Caterpillar, Cummins, John Deere, and Detroit Diesel Series 50 and 60 engines respectfully. This statement is more towards NABI improving on it's basis and remodeling it's features to have a contract competition with New Flyer's already, highly successful Xcelsior model. And NABI is not even a consideration to the (Hybrid) market, which we all agree is not a gap between HybriDrive systems. And once again Orion was the only valuable competition to have a Transit agency increase "that it's not in favor of New Flyer Industries." Gillig is the only known prospect to increase odds of orders, because it's cheaper and meant only for small market transit agencies, but you actually get what you paid for in the customization and interior for a cheap price, but you can say it's reliable and guaranteed performance for a long time.
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