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  1. Yet the Flyer stop name lived on, when I first heard it was the generic name for a stop built on the ramps at a freeway interchange, such as Star Lake or K-D Road. I still use it to this day.
  2. I spotted an 8138(?) getting washed in Lakewood at the truck wash this morning on the way home from work. It had a green upper body.
  3. Yes there is only one stop shared by the 560 and 574. Where does the 124 stop at on the airport drive?
  4. And we care why? Used radios of all kinds are a dime a dozen on Ebay. Lots of reasons, usually the paint is cheap, the constant washing doesn't help, the road grit, grime, debris, of course tree branches, minor accidents, all don't help either.
  5. What are you talking about? As I recall, metro is down to 3 colors, RED for rapid Ride, Green and Purple for the fixed route buses. Teal was an original color, but when Rapid Ride started, there was an agreement made with the body shop to keep the number of colors to paint and stock down and Teal was dropped. Or so I heard anyway.
  6. XDE60s have fuel tanks whereas the XT 60s do not. This would also make for a somewhat different interior layout as well.
  7. The current transit silo's will be difficult to undo, but given time I'm sure they will slowly work themselves out. Pierce Transit seems to be focused on their pre-ST network as it best suits their ridership, Metro and ST have this interesting relationship where they are in the same room, but there is a line drawn down the middle of it and neither shall completely cross, and CT keeps their commuter service as that's just what they do. Sound Transit seems to be learning slowly how things should work, however the past 20 years of poor system and facility design will be with us for a long time. The only way this is going to get shaken up, is if an overhead umbrella agency comes in and starts dictating orders down to the agencies. I think a lot of $$$ could be saved by better use of existing facilities, which many would require small deviations of current service to do, along with consolidating and closing some that have constraints and no longer needed.
  8. Last I heard the Tunnel used a separate radio system to facilitate LINK and Metro operations in the Tunnel, and only the tunnel coaches are equipped for that. Plus add in the flashing strobes on the mirrors so they don't take anyone's head off pretty much excludes any non tunnel equipment from the tunnel. The Tunnel was originally built to accommodate diesel buses, but the trolley overhead was later added when the bredas were bought. It still had the high capacity exhaust fans until 2005. They may still be there, I don't know why you would want to remove a system like that.
  9. Actually way back when those things happened regularly. Ever ridden a Breda on diesel mode through the tunnel? the MANs were not exactly environmentally friendly at times either, of course the Breda's on diesel mode put out a little smoke as well. Gilligs, with more or less the same engine ran very regularly in the tunnel too. Did the D60s ever make it in the tunnel, or the old Flyers or AMGs for that matter? I have a picture of the D40LFs down there when they were new. <a data-flickr-embed="true" href=" " title="2003 New Flyer D40LF #3685"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8451838428_07abba6702.jpg" width="332" height="500" alt="2003 New Flyer D40LF #3685"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href=" " title="2003 New Flyer D40LF #3685"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8367/8450748317_d55ce7a893.jpg" width="500" height="331" alt="2003 New Flyer D40LF #3685"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  10. Spotted 8118 in Lakewood, Wa presumably heading to the truck wash prior to delivery to KCM this evening.
  11. A rebuild would probably bring everything except the car body up to PHI standards, as the "guts" are more or less the same, especially after upgrading to EPA tier III standards like the rest of the units. Engine/Traction motor rebuild, swap the HEP package out for the same Cat or Cummins the PHI's have, install a hotstart the same as the PHI's. I had forgotten about the GO and Metrolink PH's that are floating around.
  12. Quite possibly. Amtrak California already uses F59s so its possible "ours" could be reassigned down there. I'm thinking however the F59s assigned to the cascades service may get used to replace the cabbages which are even older. That is if they don't get sold to Sound Transit.
  13. I wouldn't say incompatible. The Chargers are owned by WSDOT, and Sound Transit has a contract with Amtrak, not WSDOT for spare motive power. Plus WSDOT only has enough chargers for their trains, and no extra for Sound Transit. When the chargers come online, the only Amtrak trains using Amtrak power will be the long distance trains, so Amtrak will most likely reduce the amount of motive power stationed at Seattle which may not leave any extra for Sound Transit. I wonder what kind of locomotive they will be getting.
  14. While not on topic, its interesting to note that metro was ahead of the curve, and in-between 1979 and 1985 when all the AMG Trolleys, flyers, and MANs were delivered metro became largely W/C Accessible, probably more so than other agencies at that point. A lot of newer buses built in the mid-late 70s that were delivered w/o lifts were quickly relegated to spend the rest of their days in tripper service at an early age. When the Breda's were purchased in 1990 it left very little non W/C accessible coaches left in service. With such a large fleet there were only 75 or so MAN SG220s which were retired in 1999, and a small number of Diesel AMGs all of which were gone by 1996.
  15. Interesting, wire on 3rd is gone presumably for tunnel construction. Is the walker/MLK/Plum turn back still around? I don't see the 91 wire shown as well. was it later on?
  16. They don't handle luggage at all on the Sound Transit MCI's in regular service. There was one time a few years ago when LINK was shut down, and they used the MCIs on a airport-downtown shuttle where the port of seattle did hire people to swing the bags, but that was the only time they have handled luggage.
  17. Its interesting how they did not announce that. Considering the major planning and capital costs required it wouldn't surprise me if the charging stations were still in the planning and budgetary stages. This would mean either the buses are delayed being delivered, or they cool their heels for a while before entering service.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. The last ST bus in Olympia. 2016 MCI D4500 #9305 on route 592 https://www.soundtransit.org/node/15993
  24. 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.
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