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  1. Portland TriMet

    That thing has been there for years, I think it may be gone now though. it was partially converted, they tried to sell it on Craigslist, and who knows what happened from there.
  2. Pierce Transit

    According to One Bus Away 271, 273-275, 277 All entered service today, and 276 was spotted in service yesterday for the Freedom Fair, as well as being in service today.
  3. King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    It was a demonstrator vehicle from 1974 from Bern, Switzerland. It served in Vancouver and Seattle prior to entering service in Bern. Apparently when it returned to Switzerland it caught fire in 1976, was rebuilt and finally retired in 2006 in Bern.
  4. King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    I have no idea, i'm not even sure how I managed to keep them after a couple of drive failures, but there they are!
  5. King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    I think these came from @northwesterner many moons ago now and I'm not sure where he found them, but here is 643's before and after shots. Kind of amazing they would go to some of the lengths a museum would take to restore trolleybuses to active service during the fuel crunch of the 70's.
  6. Sound Transit

    The last ST bus in Olympia. 2016 MCI D4500 #9305 on route 592 https://www.soundtransit.org/node/15993
  7. King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    I don't think 2420 even runs. it was looking in pretty sorry shape in 2014 when I first saw it being used as a tow trainer at SB, where it appears to have been retired for a few years prior, now it looks even worse. My guess she's a non runner and all they use her for is dragging around for tow training. in 2014 it was direty and even a bit rusty inside, I wonder what she looks like today.
  8. King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    That coach 622(1) started life out as 900, renumbered 640 in 1964, and finally 622(1) in 1971. It was wrecked post 1974. 622(2) started life out as 905, renumbered 643 in 1964, retired 1966 to ORHS, reacquired from the woods in Issaquah where it had a tree growing through it post 1974, rebuilt as 622(2) with the electrical controls from 622 (1) and served out its days until 1978 when it was retired for the system rebuild, and later preserved by MEHVA.
  9. Sound Transit

    The Original WSDOT bid documents refer to them as D4500s So its entirely possible they dropped the CT and CL suffix's when they went to the singular model. And this is coming from the cats meow original bid documents that ST based their purchase on.... https://wades.app.box.com/s/c582dh1e5ywfxjtn2o4yfxlpl071m75j/file/78351925519 https://wades.app.box.com/s/c582dh1e5ywfxjtn2o4yfxlpl071m75j/file/78322865259 My guess is that they dropped the suffix's when they went to the singular model.
  10. Portland TriMet

    King County Metro's union does something like this once a year where they take a Metro bus down to Olympia for the day with off duty operators and staff so they can speak with their representatives.
  11. Sound Transit

    Here is the mater contract for WA DES https://fortress.wa.gov/es/apps/ContractSearch/ContractSummary.aspx?c=09214 Here is the ST order https://www.soundtransit.org/sites/default/files/Motion M2016-03_0.pdf Neither make mention of exact vehicle model # however.
  12. Grays Harbor Transit

    They actually purchased #911, and it was renumbered 909. The renumbering happened in 2016, sometime in-between February and August as I have a shot of #65 with its original fleet numbers taken in early Feb.
  13. King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    The "A" pillar blind spot has been around for decades, I'm not sure of a fleet of coaches built from the 1980s onward that has not had some form of blind spot, either with the A pillar, or mirror, or both. My Orion has it, New Flyers have a similar situation with tall mirrors, not sure about phantom's but I think they too have the problem as metro refitted all the mirrors to the 6" square ones. Moral of the story is that yes there are accidents, yes some of them could be preventable, no matter which coach you have there's always going to be some issue, get over it, and move on. Instead of blaming the bus, or the poor operator, start looking at your schedule, is it realistic, and the recovery time allotted, look at better training for new employees, look at minimum time off in-between work days, look at separating pedestrian and vehicle "phases" of traffic lights, and adding more dedicated turn arrows along transit lines to reduce the possibility's of conflict, and move on. the bigger issue isn't so much of vehicle design, its the fact that your staff are rushed in their job because not enough time is allocated during the day, because traffic volumes are so high you don't get good clear opportunities to make turns, some turns are just bad period, and when you are rushed there are more accidents. That's my two cents.
  14. King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    I saw an unknown newflyer Xcelsior at the truck wash in Lakewood on Monday night. It was green in upper body color, but could not see the fleet number clearly, although it may have been 72XX
  15. Pierce Transit

    23 more CNG Gilligs are on their way for PT. This means the end of the line for the 8000s. https://www.piercetransit.org/file_viewer.php?id=3102
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