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140 Southshore

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  1. Can this ( https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/File:Detroit_Department_of_Transportation_1412-b.jpg ) be renamed to Detroit Department of Transportation 1412-a.jpg? I accidentally goofed while naming it.
  2. I've gone on the tracker a few times (I do enjoy how it, like SMART's tracker, displays fleet numbers) and I've noticed that neither the Eldorados, the first-gen LFSes, the 8000-series LFSes nor the Orion VIs are trackable. Could this be because all of the aforementioned (except the 8000s of course) have been retired already?
  3. The last few units in this order will certainly not be in the 600 series since the DE40LFRs already occupy the lower end of that series.
  4. I'm surprised that even the 35-footers have been reactivated. If they decided to reactivate even one 29-footer, I'll be shocked. Also, I haven't ran across any D40LFs for a while, which leads me to believe they may once again be temporarily sidelined.
  5. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Detroit_Department_of_Transportation_1700-1727 should be renamed to Detroit Department of Transportation 1700-1728, since I spotted a 1728 on the 23 today.
  6. The recent snowstorms that pummeled the Detroit area resulted in these couple few: On Saturday, while driving to do some entertainment stuff in Detroit, I passed by two different (coincidentally) white cars that were stuck right in the middle of huge snowbanks. The first was on Northline Road west at the closed-for-construction ramp to northbound I-75, the second was on Dix Highway north at the traffic light with Gregory Street in Lincoln Park. Secondly, yesterday, while driving home from grabbing some things at Kroger Marketplace, approaching a residential intersection in the Taylor Park section of Wyandotte, I pulled up to a yield sign just as a city snowplow came by on the cross street and plowed a big snowbank almost right towards my windshield. Had I came by just a second later, the outcome would've been a lot worse.
  7. Looks like it's time for Transit Windsor to seriously consider articulated buses, since right across the river DDOT ended up getting a few as a result of overcrowding-leading-into-bypassing-stops problems of their own.
  8. Can attest to that... A couple years ago on my end I was at the Southland hub where I was supposed to board a SMART 125 to River Rouge to drop me off near my neighborhood, but when it arrived it for some reason displayed that it was to Metro Airport. Needless to say, I told the driver about it and then the interior display was messed up, repeating the same scrolling PR message.
  9. The new bus rapid transit service, Fast, began operations today, finally providing a badly-needed connection from Metro Airport to downtown Detroit. The service uses reallocated 2017 BRTs with free wi-fi. More information here: https://www.smartbus.org/About/News/ArtMID/707/ArticleID/271/SMART-Unveils-New-Service
  10. Here are some of the better ones from last night.
  11. Things are about to intensify in Royal Oak, as they are now studying the possibility of their own transit system. http://www.dailytribune.com/article/DT/20171115/NEWS/171119760
  12. I assume this refers to the new 1700-series XD40s... http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/11/08/ddot-adds-20-new-buses-add-20-annually/844235001/
  13. Expanded local service, new express routes, Wi-Fi and new buses coming soon to SMART. https://www.smartbus.org/About/News/ArtMID/707/ArticleID/252/Get-Ready
  14. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/File:M-1_Rail_288-a.jpg Detroit's Q-Line streetcar, the city's first full-scale streetcar service in 61 years, opened to the public on May 12th following three years of construction, using Brookville Liberty light-rail vehicles, one of which is shown here entering the Grand Boulevard Station. The service is free until Labor Day.
  15. I can't recall the last time I saw a non-North American or Mexican plate, but I still have plenty of examples of what has been mentioned here. Recently, while heading back from my up-north cottage back in June, I saw a Detroit taxi pulling into a rest area on I-75 near Clarkston, 30 miles northwest of Detroit. And regarding American and Canadian plates, I've seen plates from plenty of states and I believe I saw a Quebec one while visiting one of the main tourist destinations in the Detroit area a while back. Since a quarter of the Detroit area's population lives in Windsor and the surrounding area (and the fact that many residents of that area shop at many Detroit-area retail establishments), I see Ontario plates quite often. The next most-common out-of-state plates I see around here are from Ohio, which is only almost an hour-long drive away from Detroit proper and those residents, again, often visit Detroit-area attractions, although with the ongoing multi-year I-75 reconstruction resulting in an all-out closure of the southbound lanes for several miles, getting those people back to Ohio has gotten a bit more cumbersome.
  16. Here's another good source: http://legacy.mitn.info/scripts/surplusauctions/default.asp?public_Groupid=1077&agroupname=MITN&GroupAbbrev=MITN&pid=1&pto=%2Fdefault.asp SMART and Lake Erie Transit are the only agencies I know that use this, but there may be others.
  17. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/File:Suburban_Mobility_Authority_for_Regional_Transportation_3712-a.jpg The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation has placed into service the first of 80 buses slated to be delivered this year. They will retire the remaining 22301-series and 23301-series Gillig Low Floors.
  18. Well, if that routing change somehow does not go through, at least the Tunnel Bus already connects to the Q-Line at Congress and Woodward, so there's that. Speaking of Tunnel Bus routing changes, I'm sure it's already changed slightly due to the permanent closure to vehicular traffic of the southernmost block of Woodward for a pedestrian plaza, as many SMART routes have been rerouted around that too.
  19. The first 3700s are entering service, as one, 3704, is currently on the 460 at this moment.
  20. Earlier today I was riding the new Q-Line in Detroit and happened to notice WJBK Fox 2 reporter Ryan Ermanni wrapping up a segment for a report on the route's opening weekend success as it stopped at the Amsterdam Street station heading south. http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/254792904-story At around the 00:57 mark in the video in this link, you will even hear the very same cheers that I heard when the other passengers noticed Ermanni doing this report.
  21. This should be renamed to M-1 Rail QLINE to reflect the current official name of this service while retaining the name of it's operator.
  22. The Q-Line officially opens today with grand opening ceremonies extending throughout the entire weekend. Here is a complete list of the deals that are taking place in conjunction with the ceremonies. https://m-1rail.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/QLINE-Detroit-Grand-Opening-Schedule-5.9.17.pdf In addition, the main website has been completely redesigned and is now found here: https://qlinedetroit.com/ New features of the website include a streetcar tracker among other things.
  23. Detroit's new M-1 Rail streetcar service will begin service on May 12th, though several of it's Brookville Liberty vehicles, 291 pictured here, are currently undergoing testing in preparation. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/File:M-1_Rail_291-a.jpg
  24. Around a hundred of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation's early-2000's-model Gillig Low Floors, the oldest Wayne-based unit in active service photographed here, continue to operate into 2017 despite newer vehicles, currently numbering nearly a hundred, entering service over the past several years with nearly a hundred more on order for this year. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/File:Suburban_Mobility_Authority_for_Regional_Transportation_22319-b.jpg
  25. Veteran news anchor Carmen Harlan, spending 38 years with WDIV (Local 4) before retiring back in November, will provide the voice for the Q-Line's automated announcements. http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/04/18/carmen-harlan-onboard-voice-qline/100622710/
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