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  1. More problems for the MTA regarding Bombardier's R179. A car actually detached from the rest of the train. https://gothamist.com/news/two-train-cars-suddenly-separate-chambers-street-station-prompting-mta-recall-r179-trains
  2. Took this video almost a month ago. I just walked around my neighborhood of Astoria taking some video.
  3. Hi, I need this one to be renamed: Transmetro (Guatemala) 083.jpg into Transmetro (Guatemala) 083-a.jpg
  4. Hi, I need the following to be renamed: Empresa Pública Metropolitana de Transporte de Pasajeros de Quito T007.jpg into Empresa Pública Metropolitana de Transporte de Pasajeros de Quito T007-a.jpg Empresa Pública Metropolitana de Transporte de Pasajeros de Quito T058.jpg into Empresa Pública Metropolitana de Transporte de Pasajeros de Quito T058-a.jpg
  5. QUITO Quito is home to a BRT system with 3 corridors. The city is narrow but long, and the corridors run in the center, east (oriental) and west (occidental). The trollebus corridor (Troncal Trolebus) is the oldest and uses a combination of the trolleybus and diesel articulated and biarticulated buses. Ecovia (Troncal Oriental) is the second one to have opened, and the third (Troncal Occidental) is run by private companies. Feeder lines run to terminals and some stations. All transit buses in Quito all under the Metrobus-Q brand but aside from the two city-control BRT lines, all other buses are privately owned by many cooperativas. The blue buses act as feeders to the BRT or as their own proper routes. Green buses are interparroquiales running between counties in the outskirts into the outer parts of the city. One thing I saw on this year I didn't see in 2016 were intraparroquiales, smaller buses that run in the Cumbaya county right next to Quito. These guys are painted white, with green on the bottom. There are two other color schemes, an all-red scheme, and a white with red. The white with red (ejecutivos) buses are special buses, but most of them are gone now. A site with maps of the routes is available here: https://callejero-ecuador.openalfa.com/quito/lineas-de-autobus The city and the privates have their own numbering systems and both are displayed. The big numbers on the sides of the blue and green buses is the city numbering, and a smaller one (recognizeable as being two digits, sometimes with a leading zero, usually at the front of the bus) is the companies own. The name of the private company is on the front of the bus (Paquisha, Trans Perifericos, Catar, Yaruqui, Flota Pichincha, Guadalajara, etc) and sometimes on the side. The trolleybuses (T001-T113) make up the first 113 of all city numbers (0001-0113). The all-red Marcopolos (D001-D042) have non-sequential city numbers (spread in the 1100-1300 range). The Caio Millennium II (A01-A80) have city numbers 2845 to at least 2923. I don't know yet the city numbers of the other two fleets (Mercedes-Benz O500M M01-M40 and the biarticulates V01-V80). The rest of the bus lines are run by private companies, which use a huge range of models and makes, too much to list......for now. The most common manufacturers are IMETAM, Imce, Miral, Picosa, Olimpica, Marielbus, Varma, and Zamora. A lot of units seem to have custom decals, and because the chassis is usually displayed on the bus, it has made it difficult to me to identify exactly what is what. The numbering isn't based on the model or year, but on the company. Each company has blocks dedicated to it and if an old bus is replaced, then the new bus takes the old number. Or there may be new blocks opened up later. All buses are high-floor buses. I did not see any exception to this. Buses that run on feeder lines or next to the BRT corridors usually have doors on both sides. BYD has been testing some models, unfortunately while I saw two units (one standard and one artic) I couldn't take good photos. The Quito Metro is also under construction, with an expected opening moving from 2019 to late 2020, but now with COVID-19 it may be pushed further down. The line will have 15 stations and will use 18 trains made up of 6 cars each. I've visited Quito twice now, so I'll be using photos from both trips. All the trolleybus pics I have in my possession except one were taken this year. CITY FLEET Mercedes-Benz O405G and O405GT (T001-T113) The first batch of 54 buses (01 to 54) came in 1995 and the second of 59 (55 to 113). They are dual-mode, since some sections have a change and are the only ones with right-side only boarding. All other artics have doors on both sides. A good number have been retired now (26) but the majority is still rolling, at least that's my general understanding (I have seen some sources saying that up to 60 were retired). There are plans to buy 70 new trolleybuses and 20 electric artics, which were supposed to be bought in 2019 but there are funding problems. IMG_5115 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5107 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5109 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5247 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5250 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5074 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5256 by GojiMet86, on Flickr Marcopolo Viale Volvo B10M (D001-D042) These guys run on the Ecovia corridor and were built in 2003. One thing I haven't understood yet is if the corridor opened in 2001, what was used in between? Anyway, there were 42 and 5 of them were retired some years back. IMG_4105 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4779 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4781 by GojiMet86, on Flickr Caio Millennium II Volvo B12M (A01-A80) These were built in 2011. IMG_4103 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4777 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4786 by GojiMet86, on Flickr Busscar Urbanuss Pluss Mercedes-Benz 0500M (M01-M40) There were built in 2015 and came with a special scheme. Now they are usually white with a blue or red line. IMG_4782 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4096 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5112 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5245 by GojiMet86, on Flickr Marcopolo Gran Viale Biarticulated Volvo B340M (V01-V80) These were built in 2016 and were the first biarticulateds in Quito. IMG_2834 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5114 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4783 by GojiMet86, on Flickr PRIVATE FLEET Busscar Urbanuss Pluss Scania L94IA (2759-2775?) IMG_2821 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_2586 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_2820 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5078 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3644 by GojiMet86, on Flickr Marcopolo Gran Viale Volvo B10M (2778?-2841?) IMG_5077 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_2823 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMETAM (VIP City, City Plus, City Mini, older unknown models) IMG_5081 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5230 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4986 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_2137 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_2678 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3582 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3655 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4075 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4144 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMCE (Silver, Silver City, Platinum, older unknown models) IMG_4988 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4097 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4537 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3980 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4002 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5163 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5097 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5224 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4984 by GojiMet86, on Flickr Miral (Milenium, Urban Plus, Enjoy, Quantum, older unknown models) IMG_3444 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5169 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5220 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5234 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4974 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4993 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5096 by GojiMet86, on Flickr Picosa IMG_5091 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4962 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5164 by GojiMet86, on Flickr Zamora IMG_2119 by GojiMet86, on Flickr Marielbus IMG_5172 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5176 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5227 by GojiMet86, on Flickr Other buses and models IMG_3397 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3401 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3388 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3391 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_2814 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_2526 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4095 by GojiMet86, on Flickr
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    New Siemens coaches for Amtrak in California. https://mobile.twitter.com/SiemensMobility/status/1233421787792277506
  7. IMG_4604 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4619 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4608 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4613 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4616 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4636 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4641 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4652 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4656 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4665 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4666 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4669 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4675 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4676 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4683 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4688 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4691 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4711 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4714 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4716 by GojiMet86, on Flickr
  8. Last run of the MTA's R42 model.
  9. Noticed on this sheet that Proterra changed their first three VIN digits (1M9) to 7JZ. That gave me pause when I was looking up some of PANYNJ's Proterras. The VIN looked funny, but I guess it's official. https://vpic.nhtsa.dot.gov/mid/home/displayfile/73a41851-e2d3-4a6f-b6dd-537c9c02329f
  10. https://new.mta.info/r42retirement
  11. Is there a reason why Medicine Hat Transit uses the 700 numbers? I noticed their new Grande West Vicinity buses are using numbers from very recently retired buses.
  12. Does anyone think Proterra will be building a 60-footer any time soon? ......Does anyone wish Proterra would build one? (slowly raises hand)
  13. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gojimet86/ My YouTube is still going strong. I have completely stopped with the photobucket account. I don't know the deal with Photobucket, I was fine with it until they put payment and limits. And then there's the ads. I am thinking of eventually uploading the PB photos into my Flickr... ...But Flickr has been going through some rough patches recently.
  14. Guess I won't have to go Germany for those DMUs. Those are one of my favorite European rolling stock.
  15. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/nyregion/andy-byford-resigns-mta.html
  16. Not too long I guess...... https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/01/21/business/21reuters-bombardier-nyctransit.html
  17. Some photos and videos from December: IMG_3434 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3435 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3437 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3442 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3443 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3447 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3499 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3509 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3541 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3547 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3551 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3556 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3562 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3563 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3581 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3610 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3612 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3618 by GojiMet86, on Flickr
  18. Found this other website: https://vincheck.info/free-license-plate-lookup/ I found some VINs that are still not available on vehiclehistory.com. EDIT: There's a limit to free look-ups.
  19. Really no idea, but the MTA is making slow progress on getting the R179 trains back. I believe each train has to be re-tested.
  20. I wish they had done that too, put them in the 1000-1699, or 2300 and up.
  21. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/nyregion/awkafina-subway-mta.html
  22. Could not help posting this here. This is a thread in the forums about photographers complaining of too many school buses https://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157712444783066/ From an objective point of view that is probably because the nature of bird photography requires specialised equipment and a degree of skill in terms of use of apertures and shutter speeds. Consequently the bird photos generally have attributes that will appeal to a wider audience, and not just those with an interest in ornithology. On the other hand many of the bus photos are just grab shots of passing vehicles. Even where there is the opportunity to more carefully compose the image, the result is almost always a record shot pure and simple, totally appropriate and adequate to fulfil the purposes of the bus enthusiast but pictorially of little interest to others, though some may contain elements that may be of social history value in years to come depending on setting and content. Also, as they are all yellow, they draw particular attention to the way that the current iteration of the Explore algorithm sometimes selects large numbers of photos by the same photographer on the same day. I challenge even the most contrary of commentators to come up with a convincing case why this particular tendency of the algorithm is either desirable or one that was an intentional outcome. Start visiting Explore regularly though and constant repetition of style and subject soon becomes obvious, it’s not just birds and buses. Posted 2 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply ) . . . Pictures from the Ghost Garden says: Oldt1mer - Keith: Not necessarily. I wonder many of those 5000 views are just the result of the photo being in Explore. There have been suggestions that this whole multi bus thing is a stunt but it is also possible that the photographers involved are just going about their bus spotting hobby and every so often the regular activity on their photos is picked up the flawed(?) algorithm and hey presto, multiple yellow buses in Explore. Many of the accounts involved have been posting multiple photos of buses day in day out for years and most don’t get Explored. They don’t appear interested in the fact that they get Explored. Are they really manipulating their way in?
  23. And the R42 is back in service, after all Bombardier R179 cars (300+) had to be taken out of service. https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/mta-pulls-nearly-300-brand-new-subway-cars-for-safety-reasons/2256699/ MTA Pulls Nearly 300 Brand New Subway Cars Over Door Problems There were two recent incidents that prompted concerns about passenger safety, but no injuries were reported By Andrew Siff • Published January 8, 2020 • Updated at 5:09 pm on January 8, 2020 The MTA said Wednesday it has pulled nearly 300 newly delivered subway cars for safety reasons effective immediately, citing an analysis of "two recent incidents" involving doors. No passengers were injured in either case. The problems with the Bombardier trains happened "over the holidays," possibly in late December and early January, one source familiar with the incidents tells News 4. Further details on exactly what transpired weren't immediately clear. In total, 298 cars were pulled from service overnight; the affected cars were on the A, C, J and Z lines. The MTA said all lines were operating at normal service levels Wednesday morning with the exception of the J and Z lines, where "headways have been increased by two minutes in between trains for the AM peak period, and skip-stop service suspended." In a statement, NYCT President Andy Byford said two recent incidents with the Bombardier R179 subway cars raised questions about "the reliable operation of a door mechanism" on the newly delivered cars. "Out of an abundance of caution, NYCT removed all R179 train cars from service overnight for thorough inspection and re-deployed other spare cars to continue service for this morning’s rush and ensure minimal impacts to customers," Byford said Wednesday. He added that updates would be provided "as they become available." New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer blasted the MTA in a statement shortly after the news, saying his office released an audit last month that showed how its contract with Bombardier was late -- three years behind schedule -- and cost taxpayers "millions" of additional dollars. Stringer said that audit showed layers of mismanagement in the MTA's oversight of the contract, repeat failures to meet contact deadlines, poor project management, technical breakdowns and structural defects that delayed cars being put into service. Other defects had cars yanked. "The New York City subway riders who foot the bill for the MTA’s $600 million contract with Bombardier were promised new, state-of-the-art train cars to help modernize our ailing transit system," Stringer said Wednesday. "Now, all the cars that were delivered so far have been pulled from service due to critical defects. It is completely unacceptable." News 4 has reached out to Bombardier for comment.
  24. I figure that's the case. Besides, I'm pretty sure they want to get as much publicity (okay, maybe not now with all the problems), but after that encounter I was a little wary of being stopped every time. The more individuals ignorant of policies, the higher the chance of getting stopped, even if it's allowed. Some woman at Lyon got pissed at me because she thought I was recording her (of course not). And then some guy at Long Branch GO station said threateningly that people don't like that sort of stuff (being photographed). All within a 3-day span, more trouble than I've experienced in NYC in a year. But that was all. The rest was all smooth sailing, especially after visiting the guys at Cornwall Transit. The complete opposite experience.
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