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  1. Straypuft

    Chinese fire truck in winnipeg?

    Check to see if there are any movies or tv shows being filmed in the area. They dont need to be Asian area based but this could just be for a single scene in the project.
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    Akron Metro RTA

    Barteges opened up today between High and Broadway, Not sure if its a temp thing until construction is complete, the Westbound side had its curb lane coned off, But buses are using the street inbound and outbound. The DASH is using it to get to S Main Northbound and other buses at least using it to get to S Main Southbound.(High St turns into South Main Southbound at Barteges while South Main 2 way to the north is the next street over.)
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    Akron Metro RTA

    A wild brand new police car appears! Akron Metro Transit Police Ford Police Interceptor Sedan by Raymond W, on Flickr
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    Emergency Vehicles

    Akron Metro RTA now has police cars, Operated by both Metro and Akron Police Department: Akron Metro Transit Police Ford Police Interceptor Sedan by Raymond W, on Flickr
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    Akron Metro RTA

    So the Transit center has 2 sides for buses, West Side Departures and East side Departures, These dont mean buses heading for the west side or east side, Just that one side is on the West and one side is on the East of the Transit Center, In the past for as long as the TC existed, East side departures exited out onto E Barteges and onto Broadway, Most buses that had to get to S Main st Northbound would then turn on Rosa Parks Drive(Red on below map). Current construction and future plans will not allow buses to turn left onto Rosa Parks Drive due to traffic merging from South Main before Barteges onto Broadway(orange on below map), Now These East Side Departures going to Rosa Parks Drive now need to stay on the TC property to go to the north exit driveway so they can travel onto Rosa Parks Drive.(Green on below map) There is a concrete center median preventing buses from safely making a left turn onto Rosa Parks Drive from Broadway. There was a single bus that took Barteges to S Main St Northbound, There is a chance that in the future all buses that use S Main St Northbound could take Barteges and bypass Rosa Parks Dr entirely but for the time being Barteges will be closed for the entirely of the Main St interchange construction.
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    Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

    Had a chance to ride on 3300 and 3500 series Gilligs over the weekend and noticed they have a monitor on them showing the security camera feed right behind the driver.
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    Akron Metro RTA

    The new Gilligs(as seen in my previous post above) Do not have windows that open, I am reminded of a time when this is a bad thing, Last Autumn I was on one of them, the weather was cool, not the type you would usually use air conditioning, But the bus was packed, even though the heat wasnt on, it was broiling in there and the driver didnt think the a/c needed to be turned on, But towards the back of the bus where I was on, it was just too warm in there and the windows couldnt be opened. I asked a bus driver about this recently and she told me it was to prevent the windows from being opened when the a/c was on. Why not create a lock system for these windows to prevent that? I swear this was possible, I am reminded of the mid-90's Flxibles in Cleveland to the north and how many of them the window lever thingies seemed locked, or maybe they were broke, who knows? From the look of it all you needed was some kind of allen wrench to lock it. I do admit this is a sleek look for the Gilligs, But there will be times when the a/c cannot be turned on after the bus ages over the course of a few years to to them breaking or something and we would need the ability to open the windows.
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    Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

    Yessir, back between 2006 and 2008 was when the first ones came in for the new at the time Health Line, They have steadily grew their artic fleet since then to put them on certain regular routes.
  9. Many moons ago when I was a young teen, I found out my babysitters husband had a few lightbars, One of which I remember was a Federal Signal Twinsonic. Until that day, I never realized anyone could own police car lights but at the time never thought I would have a chance to have my own lights. 2 years ago I was browsing local craigslist and found someone trying to get rid of a Fedsig Vector, The type NYPD and CHP use. The guy was selling his for $25, he had no way of knowing if it was in working condition, I jumped on it and picked it up the next day. Last year I expanded my collection to include 2 more Vectors(If you havent figured out by now, I like the Fedsig Vector) and a Fedsig Arjent: Got both Vectors for $75 total, only downside to them are the cables were cut very short when taken off the vehicle Last week I found on ebay my latest lightbar, a Whelen Liberty SXBBBB: The liberty SX is a nice lightbar, it has the ability to have its flash patterns programmed per pair of light modules and looks like it is the easiest to upgrade without having to take the whole bar apart, I plan on upgrading the alleys and takedowns to LED modules as the SX upgrades are easily available on the internets as well as change half of the bar to half red/half blue. Some videos: Does anyone else collect these? Post your photos and videos of your own stuff!
  10. For the sake of the topic, Lets say you are well traveled on buses in your town. Last night I had some kind of blonde moment, I intended on going to a fast food place with an easy walk home. Got to the transit center at a line up(buses depart at the same time) Wanted to catch the 2, got on the 1 right next to it. We made the first turn away from the transit center and that is when i had my oh fudge moment on realizing I got on the wrong bus. Luckily for me there was a same chain fast food place along that route(3 of them to be exact) Got to the first one, Unfortunately I couldnt walk home due to the distance and cold weather Got to the place with a 30 minute wait for the next return bus, 20 minutes of that time were spent on ordering and waiting for my food to be ready, 5 minutes spent on eating a sandwich and then got to the bus stop within 5 minutes of the bus arrival time. I had originally intended on going to a closer location so I could walk home from it within 15 minutes. It all worked out well, for the long waiting time at the fast food place, I got 2 coupons for some free Big Macs. Another time many moons ago, I was in high school, I was able to get half days if I were working in the evening, Got on a bus, one of 3 routes along that stretch of road, I only had bus fare for one non-express ride, but the bus I got on was an express, The driver let me on but wouldnt give me a transfer, This was in Cleveland, I got to public Square(The center of the city) I had to walk the distance from West 2nd St all the way to West 140th St(7 miles) on a hot Spring day.
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    PC Train Simulators

    There are other addons out there that arent sold on steam, there is stuff from https://www.justtrains.net/ and http://www.christrains.com/mainpage.html Even some freeware here and there. Some of which should be higher quality.
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    PC Train Simulators

    Dovetail Games is getting ready to release their third route for Train Sim World: This route is centered in the city of Leipzig Germany on the S-Bahn S2 route and features the DB BR 1442 ‘Talent 2. Hopefully DTG will be able to bring a North American city transit route to their TSW product, The DTG way of releasing routes usually follows: North America-UK-Germany. I see them doing Amtrak for their next North American Route.
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    Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

    Redoing the red line stations would mean throwing away all the money they put into it, stations rebuilt in the last 15 years would have to be rebuilt to have low platforms, not just platforms, but escalators and elevators. It could put the entire red line out of service for up to a year while they did all of that. RTA just doesnt have the money to do all of this on top of buying new LRV's, After the Public Square fiasco, I can see RTA being overlooked for federal funding for quite a few years. There might have been some talk about dual level rail cars a while back, but it couldnt work in the harsh winters of NE Ohio, sidewalk/road salt would just work its way into the mechanisms that raise and lower stairs and could cause many malfunctions.
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    Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

    I just had a terrible thought about the Blue and Green lines, With the Breda LRV's becoming too old, the Blue and Green lines could be turned into BRT routes with minimal "upgrading" of their respective routes, BRT would be cheaper than buying new trains, they would need to turn the tracks into roadways all the way to most likely East 55 Station either terminating there or taking to city streets to express to Tower City. I love city trains but Do not want to see anything like this happening. The Red line would most likely stay a train route with all the past decades work put into upgrading stations.
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    Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

    The 51's lines are to be renamed the MetroHealth Line and use new MetroHealth liveried Gilligs. http://www.riderta.com/news/sept-21-2017-rta-and-metrohealth-partner-rebrand-51-bus-line Brookpark Station also had some work on it finished this past summer, unfortuneatly there are no good photos of the new exterior, just renders. http://www.riderta.com/majorprojects/brookpark Not sure if they still use the pedestrian level crossing and ramp at the southern end of the platform.
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