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  1. The new M125 on its first day of service:



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  2. Found these photos in a Guatemalan FB group. I can only make out 3##8. Very interesting to see a D60HF in a Transurbano livery. Also note the turnstile they installed.

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  3. 10 hours ago, MVTArider said:

    MTA Metro North 9710 and 9734/9735 spotted at the KMM plant in Lincoln, NE last week. I'm guessing these are M9As? Couldn't find any info. on this particular series.

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    These are still M8.

    Metro-North/CDOT is running M8 on the Shore Line East and will be removing the MBB coaches. Using electric trains for SLE has been in planning for years now, and these 9700s help augment the M8 pool. They are not dedicated specifically for this, but MNRR/CDOT have actually set aside other M8 for SLE. They needed to remove 3rd rail shoes from these SLE sets because there's a bridge that kept knocking the shoes off.

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  4. The Port Authority of Allegheny County will now be known as Pittsburgh Regional Transit:








    Our new name and brand are the result of a multi-year process that included research and collaboration with everyday riders across the region and an in-depth audit of the most forward-thinking transit agencies in the world.

    Why the change?
    Quite simply, the Pittsburgh region has evolved. The city is fast becoming a world leader in technologies that define the cutting edge. A clear, concise name for Pittsburgh's regional transit system was long overdue. It was time to put the old name and identity in the rear-view mirror and reinvent transit for Pittsburgh's future. The name PRT and its brand position are much more closely aligned with the region's current momentum and direction.

    Brand strategy
    The PRT brand reflects who we are and how the Pittsburgh region views us. It's not just expressed in our marketing and communications, but also in the hearts and minds of every PRT rider.

    What does this mean for riders?
    Firstly, you will start to see new schedules, brochures, website, and signage redesigned consistent with the PRT brand over the next year.Vehicles will be repainted under the new brand design guidelines over the next few years. But most importantly, this will not disrupt the services we provide or the fares charged for those services.



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    The new RFP is out for up to 1,729 buses.




    1,042 Standard 40-foot buses

    345 Articulated 60-foot buses

    342 Express coaches

    485 Electric low floor buses (460 for NYCT, 25 for MTA Bus)


    From a Facebook post:



    952 buses for NYCT

    155 CNG buses
    375 Standard 40-foot buses
    245 Articulated diesel 60-foot buses
    90 Articulated electric 60-foot buses
    92 Express coaches

    777 buses for MTA Bus
    289 Diesel buses
    25 Electric buses
    213 CNG buses
    250 Express coaches

    We will also be testing 10 more electric buses. 5 express buses (most likely D45 electrics) and 5 local buses (most likely to be LFS electrics)


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  6. https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/commuterregional/first-look-montreals-crrc-multilevels/


    Exo’s first two CRRC multilevels are on their way to Montreal. In the coming days, they will arrive at the Pointe-Saint-Charles maintenance center.


    First Look: Montreal’s CRRC Multilevels
    Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
    February 03, 2022

    Early this month, CRRC will deliver the first two of 44 multilevel railcars to exo, Montreal’s regional/commuter rail and bus system.

    The agency—officially known as Réseau de Transport Métropolitain, or RTM—placed a 24-car order with CRRC in 2017 and exercised an option for an additional 20 in 2019. Included are eight cab cars and 36 trailer cars. The total order is valued at nearly C$196 million; funding was provided by the government of Québec through the Programme d’aide gouvernementale au transport collectif des personnes (PAGTCP).

    The new multilevels, which can accommodate up to 147 seated riders, will modernize the exo fleet and run first on the exo2 Saint-Jérôme line. They “have been adapted to exo’s needs through a collaboration between the project team and the manufacturer, CRRC,” the agency reported. “This substantial order has also enabled a dozen Canadian suppliers, including eight from Quebec, to build and develop partnerships with CRRC. More than 28% of the content in the cars is local.”

    The first two multilevels will be delivered to exo’s Pointe-Saint-Charles maintenance center, where they will undergo “minor finishing work and assessment,” including complete mechanical safety checks and static tests. In the coming months, the cars will put through dynamic testing on the network as well as brake tests.

    Exo said it expects to receive 32 more cars over the course of the year. Those cars, plus the initial two, are slated to enter service in early 2023. The final 10 are “undergoing final adjustments to be accessible to passengers with reduced mobility,” exo said; they will be delivered at a later date, with service expected in 2024.

    Delivery had been scheduled to begin in June 2019, but was delayed “due mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as technical adjustments to the cars and increased local content,” exo reported.

    “Throughout the project, we’ve worked very closely with the supplier to design the cars,” said Michael Émond, Director, Maintenance and Rolling Stock Project Management at exo. “Our maintenance teams are in place to complete the necessary tests and assessment to put the cars into service. The result is very high-quality cars that are specifically designed to meet our needs, giving our customers an exceptional, state-of-the-art travel experience.”

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  7. On 1/25/2022 at 3:30 AM, OCTD 2039 said:

    Recently I made 3 different personal sandbox pages to test out new stuff for the CPTDB wiki: two Blue Bird VIN pages with the new format based on manufacturing plant to take advantage of some new method of obtaining VINs I just did and another for the 1992 New Flyer VIN page to decide whether or not anyone wants the old 1992 'N VINs' added to the current 2022 New Flyer VIN page (https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/New_Flyer_Industries_'N_VINs').

    I just found out another, more potent method of using the Blue Bird Vantage website (http://vantage.blue-bird.com/Portal/Unit-Dashboard.aspx) to obtain a lot of Blue Bird VINs in a matter of days; by entering a couple of number/letters on the search bar (minimum of 5, e.g. the first 5 digits of the body/chassis factory service number and at least 5 digits of the chassis ID), a list will be generated showing the results of that bus lookup with a limit of 500 entries - enough to get every single VIN for certain Blue Bird vehicle models. That research I did gave me some important info: the Q-Bus model was discontinued during the 2003 model year instead of 2001 and the Xcel 102 was introduced in mid-2002 for the 2003 model year instead of 2001. Here are some examples of obtaining VINs using that practice at the aforementioned website:

    FL4RE: All Ultra LF buses built in Fort Valley, GA

    WL4RE: All Ultra LF buses built at the Wanderlodge facility

    FL3RE: All Ultra LMB buses

    FQBRE: 1998-2003 Blue Bird Q-Bus VINs

    WM4RE: All Blue Bird Express buses

    FC4RE: Possibly all Blue Bird Xcel 102 buses

    F2156: Blue Bird Fort Valley, GA VINs F215600-F215699

    So, what do you think? Separating the old New Flyer VINs (1987-1992) from the new ones (2017-2022) are optional but splitting the old and the new Blue Bird letter/number VINs are mandatory as those pages can become huge enough to cause slowdowns on the wiki while editing. This newly discovered practice of getting Blue Bird VINs mean a much bigger opportunity to fill in a lot of important missing pieces of info from one notable school bus builder having a somewhat obscure presence in the transit bus industry.


    Wow, didn't know Blue Bird site that existed. It even tells you the original customer!

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  8. An update on the Interborough Express:



    Proud to announce that we’re moving forward with a huge New York City transit project: the new Interborough Express
    This line will connect Brooklyn and Queens, shaving time off commutes and making it easier to connect to subway lines across the route.









    MTA Interborough Express page:



    Here is a new MTA report:


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  9. Looks like Talgo has finally found that Nigerian Prince.

    The state of Wisconsin ordered 2 Talgo trainsets for an extension of the Hiawatha, but they were never used. Now the Government of Nigeria will purchase them for use on the new Lagos Blue Line commuter service.




    Talgo’s Wisconsin Trains Find Home In… Nigeria
    Intended for high-speed Midwest line, they'll be used on metro line in Lagos.
    By Jeramey Jannene - Jan 18th, 2022 07:01 am


    After more than a decade and a twisted legal saga, Talgo has found a buyer for its trainsets originally built for a high-speed rail line between Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and the Twin Cities.

    The Spanish train manufacturer will sell the two Milwaukee-made trains to the Nigerian government.

    In 2010, Governor-elect Scott Walker refused a $823 million federal grant to build the high-speed Hiawatha extension, but the state was still on the hook to pay for the trainsets ordered by Governor Jim Doyle. Rather than invest in a maintenance facility to put them into use on the existing line, Walker and the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature had the state default on the contract.

    Wisconsin ultimately settled with Talgo, a move that cost the state $59 million and allowed the manufacturer to maintain ownership of the equipment.

    Talgo’s USA CEO Antonio Perez told Urban Milwaukee in 2019 that he was seeking to sell the trainsets to Oregon and Washington or a coalition of Gulf Coast states. But those deals never came to fruition, nor did a rumored lease to a California agency or to Michigan. Amtrak, meanwhile, ordered new equipment that is expected to enter service in phases starting in 2024.

    But Talgo didn’t give up. In addition to its international business, it has landed two major rehabilitation contracts in the United States. It is restoring subway and commuter rail equipment from California at its Milwaukee plant in Century City.

    Now it’s selling the trainsets to a new Nigerian rail line serving the Lagos metro area. The 23-mile, 11-station line is the first in a city of 27 million.

    The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will join Perez and Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson in Milwaukee on Tuesday.

    According to a press release, the new line is expected to open in late 2022 with a capacity of 500,000 passengers per day. The Hiawatha Service between Milwaukee and Chicago, with seven daily roundtrips, has never served more than 883,000 passengers in an entire year.

    The two Series 8 trainsets Talgo will sell are 14-car trainsets with capacity for up to 420 seated passengers. It is unclear how the trainsets will be modified for use in Nigeria.

    Talgo made two additional Series 8 trainsets in Milwaukee for use on the Amtrak Cascades Service between Oregon, Washington and Vancouver, CA. Those trainsets remain in service.



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  10. 22 minutes ago, ORION said:

    Any pictures of them in service?

    From Academy's Instagram:



    This one from the Johns Hopkins University Transportation Services page:

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    New buses coming to popular Hopkins shuttle route, with transition to electric vehicles to follow
    The Homewood-Peabody-JHMI route will be serviced by a new fleet of buses beginning on Oct. 2, and a conversion to electric buses is expected to be completed by 2026

    Hub staff report / Published Sep 29, 2021
    Johns Hopkins University will introduce a new fleet of buses on its well-traveled Homewood-Peabody-JHMI shuttle route later this week, the first step in a multiyear plan to modernize the fleet and ultimately transition to electric buses.

    The new buses will be in service beginning Saturday, Oct. 2, as the university transitions to a new transportation service provider for the route, Academy Bus. Twelve new buses will be permanently assigned to the route. Half of the fleet is expected to be electric by 2024, with a full conversion to electric anticipated by 2026, dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting the university's broader sustainability goals.

    "We are excited to be on the leading edge as the entire industry slowly transitions to electric propulsion and to align with the university's commitment to sustainability," said Greg Smith, JHU's director of transportation services. "Electric buses will be quieter, more efficient, and better for our environment. We can't wait to get them on the road."

    The Homewood-Peabody-JHMI shuttle route connects the university's two primary campuses—Homewood in North Baltimore and the medical campus in East Baltimore—as well as the Peabody Institute in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood and residential neighborhoods in between where many Hopkins students, faculty, and staff live.

    The shuttle makes 13 stops on its route, which is serviced from 6 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. on weekdays and includes limited weekend service from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. The Homewood-Peabody-JHMI shuttle is the most frequented route among JHU's shuttle routes—prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, it carried an average of 5,500 passengers each weekday. Current ridership is about half that total.

    Earlier this month, Johns Hopkins Transportation Services announced temporary modifications to the Homewood-Peabody-JHMI shuttle service to address service interruptions caused both by mechanical issues due to the age of the current bus fleet and staffing issues with the current service provider. The university brought in additional buses on a temporary basis to ensure reliable, uninterrupted service.

    The new buses are currently being inspected and equipped with Transloc, cameras, passenger counters, and decals in preparation for their debut next month. A full complement of dispatchers and drivers are being hired and trained, and a new schedule has been posted to the Transportation Services website.

    Feedback can be sent to shuttles@jhu.edu.



    Conceptual designs of new Johns Hopkins shuttle buses

    New buses coming to popular Hopkins shuttle route, with transition to  electric vehicles to follow | Hub


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  11. On 6/15/2021 at 6:46 PM, H4 5600 said:

    Academy bus has taken over operations of the tri-rail shuttle between the lauderdale airport tri-rail station and the airport terminals. They have sent some 2017 nova LFS 4th gens from the 2141-2150 series down from new york for it, as they are no longer being used on the NYU shuttles.


    It looks like they also inherited Tri-Rail's own 2016 ElDorados. They are now 2912-2915.


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  12. 15 minutes ago, DCTransitFilms said:

    I'm still unsure why NJT ended up getting the 21300s though. I think it was because the additional 33 buses were added to the contract and those 33 are suppose to go to NJT but not sure? Also created that weird cutoff point where 21301-21302 are NJT, 21303-21306 are Academy, and 21307 and up are NJT.

    Yeah, they tacked them unto the 2021 range.

  13. 57 minutes ago, Len90 said:

    Anyone know why the last batch of D4500s that went to Academy (212xx) were not solid grey? They are white with the chrome panels and look as if they were originally supposed to go to someone else. 

    This is what is on the Wiki:



    Academy Bus was originally slated to receive buses 21277-21334, and in fact had some units delivered in silversides with white paint (including the rear upper panel), but at some point NJT cut Academy's allocation and claimed the remaining buses for themselves. Due to the difference in the changeover point from Academy to NJT between the Winnipeg and Pembina assembly plants, Academy has 21277-21300 and 21303-21306. New Jersey Transit has 21301-21302 and 21307-21334. The first of the NJT buses from this part of the order began running in revenue out of Oradell Garage on October 15, 2021. Academy is scheduled to get some of the 2022 cruiser allocation to make up for the difference.

  14. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-announces-plans-move-forward-major-new-expansion-transit-service-brooklyn-and


    Governor Hochul Announces Plans to Move Forward with Major New Expansion of Transit Service in Brooklyn and Queens: The Interborough Express


    Governor Directs MTA to Begin Environmental Review Process for Transformative New Transit Line  

    Would Serve More than 100,000 New Yorkers and Connect to Up to 17 Subway Lines and the Long Island Rail Road, Expanding Access to Jobs and Supporting Economic Development  

    Travel Time End-to-End Expected to be Less Than 40 Minutes  



    Governor Kathy Hochul today announced plans to move forward with the Interborough Express as part of her 2022 State of the State. Governor Hochul is directing the MTA to immediately begin the environmental review process for this transformative project, the first step in building this major infrastructure investment that would connect communities in Brooklyn and Queens to as many as 17 subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road.   

    "It's time to invest in the bold, cutting-edge infrastructure projects that will make a real difference in the lives of everyday New Yorkers," Governor Hochul said. "New Yorkers deserve reliable public transit that connects them from work to home and everywhere in between. The Interborough Express would be a transformational addition to Brooklyn and Queens, cutting down on travel time and helping neighborhoods and communities become cleaner, greener and more equitable."  

    "This project would smartly repurpose existing infrastructure to add mass transit and create access to jobs, education, and opportunity for so many residents of Queens and Brooklyn," said MTA Acting Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. "I applaud Governor Hochul's leadership, and we are enthusiastic to work with her, and Federal and State partners to advance the Interborough concept."  

    Governor Hochul will direct the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to begin the environmental review process for the Interborough Express. This historic project would use the existing right of way of the Bay Ridge Branch, which is a freight rail line that runs through Brooklyn and Queens, connecting the ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods of: Sunset Park, Borough Park, Kensington, Midwood, Flatbush, Flatlands, New Lots, Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick, Ridgewood, Middle Village, Maspeth, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights with several new stations in communities not currently served by rail transit.   

    If adopted, this new service would improve transit and job access to underserved communities along this corridor that is currently home to about 900,000 residents and 260,000 jobs, and with growth expected by at least 41,000 people and 15,000 jobs in the next 25 years. For many residents along this corridor, crossing from neighborhood to neighborhood is slow and tedious because existing subway lines are oriented towards Manhattan, even as many new work opportunities, schools, and services are located in the outer boroughs. The project would provide critical mobility, creating better links for travel to and from Manhattan as well as key connections among neighborhoods, across boroughs, and opening up new opportunities for reverse commuting into Nassau and Suffolk Counties.      

    Each day, more than 100,000 commuters make daily trips within or across Brooklyn and Queens, often relying on buses that get caught in traffic along a tangled and crowded street network. Results from this historic and necessary step could lead to a new service that would provide end-to-end travel time of less than 40 minutes, although most trips would be along shorter segments of the line. This would provide significant time savings for interborough Brooklyn and Queens trips compared with existing transit options.  

    In addition to transit service, the existing Bay Ridge Branch corridor can service cross harbor rail freight and would dramatically reduce truck congestion regionally and expand goods movement facilities, thereby fortifying supply chains still struggling to recover from the pandemic. Transportation planners believe that cross harbor rail freight and passenger service on the Interborough Express can work together in concert, which could be a game-changer for the region. To that end Governor Hochul is also directing the Port Authority to complete environmental review for the Cross Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel.



  15. The R32s will continue running:




    Official Statement from New York Transit Museum Director on the R-32 Retirement Runs

    After more than twenty months without a vintage train ride, the New York Transit Museum working closely with the MTA was proud and delighted to help bring forward an opportunity to return to the rails and to pay tribute to an iconic moment with the retirement of the R-32s.

    While the vast majority of riders and railfans enjoyed themselves this past Sunday, December 19th, unfortunately, the day was marred by acts of vandalism, aggression, foul language and generally unruly behavior. 

    Because we know people are traveling from places near and far to take part in these retirement runs - and further because we firmly believe that the acts, however egregious, of a few should not negatively impact the majority of riders, we are going forward with the scheduled runs for Sunday, December 26th, 2021. 

    Please note the following:

    • If at any time, for any reason the train crew deems it necessary to take the train out of service, they will do so immediately and all future retirement runs of the R32s will be canceled.
    • If you destroy something on a vintage train, you are not- in fact- a railfan- you are a vandal and a criminal and will be treated as such.  Accordingly, all acts of vandalism, harassment of train crew members and other inappropriate behavior, will be referred to the authorities for response, up to and including arrest and prosecution.

    To honor the legacy of the men and women who made it their life's work to preserve NYC transit history, and our colleagues who continue to keep this city moving, the New York Transit Museum has worked hard to be able to provide these experiences for nothing more than the swipe of a fare card.  And, if we can no longer ensure a safe and fun day for everyone, we will move to a system where all future vintage excursions are restricted and ticketed events. 

    We ask the many true railfans and subway enthusiasts in this community to join us in condemning this behavior and invite you to ride the rails on Sunday, and everyday, safely and respectfully.

    Thank you,

    Concetta Anne Bencivenga
    New York Transit Museum



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