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  1. I'm just taking a wild guess here: could 7247 possibly assigned to Eric Stark? The reason I ask is that I know that there have been occasions through the years where drivers who have been involved in traumatic accidents involving death or severe injuries (...but not being their fault) or traumatic incidences (such as something that Mr. Stark went through), have been assigned different equipment to drive upon returning to work to make the transition easier. Sometimes it's difficult to start driving the same type of bus that was being driven at the time of the traumatic incident/accident. Does anybody know if this is the case? It's not the same route but, again, I'm sure he was offered a different route to drive on his transition back to work had he picked the route 75 again. eta: he evidently did not return to work on the 75 but says he doesn't have any hesitation working the route again. Does anybody know if he by chance picked or is driving the 65/67 (where I see 7247 assigned most often)?? Hero bus driver returns to work in Seattle Tracking of 7247 Tue 27 Aug: 32/75 (night run leaving base or what is known as a "relief" run) Wed 28 Aug: 32/75 (run block HERE) Thu 29 Aug: 373 (73) AM tripper + 65/67 PM night/"relief run" (run block HERE) Fri 30 Aug: 373 (73) AM tripper Sat 31 Aug: no observation or record of it being in service Sun 01 Sep: no observation or record of it being in service Mon 02 Sep (Sunday schedule): no observation or record of it being in service Tue 03 Sep: 373 (73) AM tripper + 32/75/31 PM "relief run"/night run (run block HERE) Wed 04 Sep: 301 (373) AM tripper Thu 05 Sep: no observation or record of it being in service Fri 06 Sep: no observation or record of it being in service Sat 07 Sep: no observation or record of it being in service Sun 08 Sep: no observation or record of it being in service Mon 09 Sep: AM tripper 373 (73) + PM V-tripper or road coach change on route (run block) 65/67/73/373 with coach 3476 finishing run block, last trip @ 3:14 AM Tue 10 Sep: run block with routes 331/345/348 with first trip starting at 10:43 AM and last trip starting at 6:50 PM Wed 11 Sep: 65/67 (run block HERE) Thu 12 Sep: 373 (73) AM tripper + 355 PM tripper-one round trip Fri 13 Sep: 373 (73) AM tripper + 65/67 PM "relief" run? (night run) ...run block HERE Sat 14 Sep: no observation or record of it being in service
  2. Yes, 7247 has been operating out of North for quite awhile now. I've been keeping an eye on the 7200s for the past few weeks and updating the Wiki each day and you are correct, recently South has been steadily adding 7200s coming from Bellevue to their fleet as Bellevue continues to increase their 7300/7400s. I too keep wondering if we'll see additional 7200s at North. I suspect so at some point. Currently, Bellevue now has less than a dozen 7200s when they once had them all. Bellevue has 8 (eight) 7200s as of 09/03/2019 ...7217, 7219, 7226, 7228, 7229, 7232, 7235, and 7236 Didn't somebody report once that the plan was for Bellevue to have just Gillig LFs and Proterras? I thought that strange at the time but it appears that's where things are headed if the current trend continues. Actually, it makes some sense from a standpoint of parts inventory, as has been discussed previously, as in that scenario Bellevue only needs to keep parts for the Gillig LFs and Proterras. Wasn't there a post further back, that I believe was posted by a Metro employee, that had the tentative base assignments going into 2020 range? I'll search for it when I have the time. Currently, Bellevue has a small number of 3700s that are used almost exclusively on the 236/238 (236/238/248 on weekends and occasionally the 249 on the weekends). The only other Bellevue route that does not use 40-footers is the 200 Issaquah shuttle. Wasn't there talk that the Issaquah shuttle will eventually be contracted to a private operator? Plus, as you can see in my post above which I update daily, the only Phantoms left in service are 3430, and the following four 30-footers 1104, 1114, 1127, and 1187. Two 1100s are used on the Issaquah shuttle and one is usually used on the 236/238, with one spare. I still don't understand why just one is being used on the 236/238. Does anybody know?
  3. True. But you know, of the dozens and dozens of times through the years that I've asked passengers to change buses when a coach change was required (sometimes coach changes are requested by the shop as the coach is scheduled for inspection, etc.) , I don't recall any passenger complaining to me about it or acting upset ...but yes, definitely an inconvenience. I'm sure management realized quickly that giving the Operator of the Year his/her exclusive use of their own coach where nobody else could drive it, was impractical. This would have been especially true during times of equipment shortages.
  4. That's the way I remember it decades ago ...the Operator of the Year would take their chosen coach out of the yard and go to the relief point and exchange passengers as would happen with a routine coach change; or if getting relieved could potentially take their chosen bus back to the barn, again, with a coach change being done at the relief point. The latter would happen if, say, the relief operator didn't want to drive the coach the Operator of the Year had chosen (if of a different fleet model than what would normally be assigned, etc.). In fact, when the program first started, I believe nobody else would be allowed to drive the coach and it was saved in the yard to exclusively be used by the Operator of the Year.
  5. Thanks for the confirmation, Taco. I find the comment about "needing to get all East Base operators trained on one coach" odd as East board operators are all trained on the 40' Phantoms used by ST. Plus, they must be brand new operators as the Phantoms have been around for over 22 years so I would guess that most KCM operators have been trained on that bus at one time or another.
  6. Well, to comment on my own question above, 3430 must not yet be retired. It is running today, Saturday 10 August 2019, on the 208 route (Issaquah - North Bend ...go HERE for OBA trip block listing) My guess is that the operator of the year who chose that bus to drive may have been on vacation for the last four weeks or so (?). There's no reason that they'd hold that coach for a month to do any type of repairs at this point, right? I suppose the week ahead will tell a story as it pertains to seeing 3430 back on those routes discussed earlier. The other oddity is that just "one" 1100 is being assigned daily to the 236/238 route during the week days. There is no reasonable explanation for this that I can see. A 40-footer could easily be assigned as they are on trippers on the 236/238. Next shake up or at whatever point the Phantoms are gone for good, I can see them assigning 3700s to the route 200 and a mix of 3700s and 7200 or Gillig LFs to the 236/238.
  7. After almost one month of inactivity, coach 3430 was observed today on the tracker/OBA making a round trip in the afternoon on the 240 route. Since another wiki editor had "unofficially" declared the 40-foot Phantoms retired by moving the entire listing to the "retired section" of the KCM wiki listings, awhile ago I had taken the freedom of making the notation that 3430 had in fact been retired as it was last observed in service back on July 10th. Since I don't have inside information as some of you do, was this trip today some kind of a "celebration run" to commemorate the ending of 22+ years of service for the full-sized Phantoms? Obviously, they are not short of buses to have made that trip at that time so I'm just guessing that perhaps there was some significance of running 3430 for maybe one last time? Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank both Atomic Taco and Kona404 for their technical tools that are helping me track the last days of the Phantoms. As I've previously stated, it's a nostalgic thing for me so I'm watching each day until they are in fact all through serving KCM.
  8. Complaint Box: Someone Really Dislikes the ‘Bus Turning’ Safety Announcements As was pointed out earlier in this thread, those "bus turning announcements" are ineffective, a waste of money, and furthermore, the concept itself is essentially blaming the pedestrian for not paying attention. Yes, pedestrians not paying attention when crossing the street may be a contributing factor in other types of pedestrian accidents. However, the "left turning bus striking a pedestrian" collision is a specific type of accident that can be directly attributed to the bus driver not being able to see the pedestrian when making a left turn because of their vision being blocked by the mounting position of the left mirror and an unnecessarily thick A-pillar. Automated bus turning announcements can be irritating to everybody ...pedestrians, residents, the bus driver, bus passengers, and the general public who are within earshot. It's noise pollution plain and simple. Trust me, an automated announcement would not have prevented ANY of the accidents chronicled in this thread as there is just not enough time for a pedestrian to get out of the way of a moving bus when the person driving the bus is not able to see the pedestrian crossing the street. Remember, just about all of the accidents listed in this thread were NOT the fault of the pedestrian. Just about all were in the crosswalk and had the traffic light --if there was one-- in their favor. A pedestrian has the right to feel relatively safe when crossing the street in a legal manner --specifically when crossing at an intersection with crosswalks and a green "walk" light. To have a transit bus come at them at a normal turning speed (even at 5 MPH), is not expected and leaves hardly any time to get out of the way. Again, I twice came within inches of mowing down a pedestrian when making a left turn driving a transit bus because I just didn't see the pedestrian even when "rocking-and-rolling." I can't say it too many times --there but for the grace of God go I. Why I was able to stop within inches of mowing down those pedestrians and other bus drivers involved in the incidences chronicled in this thread were not is something I will be reflecting about for the rest of my life.
  9. 7440 is on the 271 route this PM (07/25/2019) The current pattern seems to be that new units first go into service at South Base and then a week or two later are moved to Bellevue. That might explain why it was seen on the 116 route. It evidently has been operating out of South for the past few weeks and is now at Bellevue? It's interesting, however, that they are putting units from the 2nd batch into service before all the 7300s (and up to 7429) are in service. Are there updates to the 2nd batch that are significant enough for them to test one of the units by putting it into service before all the first batch are running?
  10. My comments above as they relate to my assumptions do not seem to be entirely consistent. Therefore, instead of just guessing and surmising, I'll post each day what my observations are as they relate to the remaining Phantoms. I'm doing this for my own curiosity but it may also help those who might be interested in taking last rides as we know their days are numbered. Since it appears we have an unlimited amount of time to edit posts, I will leave about the last two weeks of my observations showing before deleting them. At least we can see if there's a pattern to the sign-out. I'll start by pasting my rough observations for the past week or so. In the upcoming days I'll attempt to add the actual OBA run blocks for each observation which will show the trips that the run-series makes on the day of the observation. I definitely won't able to catch everything and probably will not be able to determine the OBA run-block for trippers or VTs. My tracker observations for 3430: Fri 21 Jun - route 271 PM tripper Sat 22 Jun - route 208 Sun 23 Jun - route 235 Mon 24 Jun - route 269 Tue 25 Jun - route 221 Wed 26 Jun - route 269 Thu 27 Jun - AM tripper, and 271 PM tripper (one trip-tripper) Fri 28 Jun - AM tripper My tracker observations for 1100s: 20 Jun 1100, 1114, 1118, 1125, 1127, 1129, 1131, 1143 21 Jun 1100, 1104, 1125, 1127, 1129, 1131, 1135, 1143, 1187 24 Jun 1100, 1105, 1125, 1127, 1129, 1156, 1187 25 Jun 1100, 1105, 1113, 1125, 1127, 1129, 1131, 1135, 1156, 1187 26 Jun 1100, 1104, 1105, 1113, 1118, 1125, 1127, 1129, 1131, 1135, 1156 27 Jun 1100, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1113, 1114, 1118, 1125, 1129, 1143, 1156 28 Jun 1104, 1105, 1113, 1114, 1118, 1125, 1127, 1129, 1131, 1135, 1187 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sat 29 Jun 3430 - no observation or record showing it bing signed out during the day 1187 - route 248 (236/238), OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Sun 30 Jun 3430 - tracker shows it was signed out for a short time in the AM but I wasn't able to catch the route 1104 - route 249, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 235, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1129 - route 249, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Mon 01 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day 1104 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1105 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1113 - out on AM tripper, not able to determine route 1114 - out on AM tripper, not able to determine route 1125 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1131 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1135 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1143 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1156 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Tue 02 Jul 3430 - route 221, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1113 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1125 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1129 - AM tripper, not able to determine route 1131 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1135 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1118, route 248, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE (most likely a coach change as 1118 was inserted in the block in the PM) Wed 03 Jul 3430 - route 269, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1105 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1113 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1125 - AM tripper, not able to determine route 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1129 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1131 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1135 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 236/238, OBA run block same as 1131 so possible coach change in the middle of the day Thu 04 Jul (Sunday schedule) no observation or record showing any 40' Phantom, including 3430, or any of the 1100s being signed out Fri 05 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day 1104 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1113 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1118 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - AM tripper, not able to determine route 1129 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Sat 06 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day 1105 - route 208, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Sun 07 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day 1129 - route 235, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Mon 08 Jul 3430 - AM tripper, not able to determine route 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1105 - AM tripper, not able to determine route 1113 - AM tripper, not able to determine route 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 245, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE (possible coach change during the mid-day) 1129 - AM tripper, not able to determine route Did not notice any 1100s on the 236/238 route during the "day base" service ....all trips observed were using 3700s Tue 09 Jul 3430 - route 245, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE (one-trip PM tripper on NB route 245) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1129 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Wed 10 Jul 3430 - route 269, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1129 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Thu 11 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - AM tripper, not able to determine route 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Fri 12 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Sat 13 Jul no observation or record showing any 40' Phantom, including 3430, or any of the 1100s being signed out Sun 14 Jul no observation or record showing any 40' Phantom, including 3430, or any of the 1100s being signed out Mon 15 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Tue 16 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1114 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Wed 17 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Thu 18 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Fri 19 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE (the other unit on the rt. 200 had coach 3707 today) Sat 20 Jul no observation or record showing any 40' Phantom, including 3430, or any of the 1100s being signed out Sun 21 Jul no observation or record showing any 40' Phantom, including 3430, or any of the 1100s being signed out Mon 22 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Tue 23 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Wed 24 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Thu 25 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Fri 26 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Sat 27 Jul no observation or record showing any Phantoms being signed out Sun 28 Jul no observation or record showing any Phantoms being signed out Mon 29 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Tue 30 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE (the other unit on the rt. 200 again had coach 3707 today) Wed 31 Jul 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Thu 01 Aug 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Fri 02 Aug 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Sat 03 Aug no observation or record showing any Phantoms being signed out Sun 04 Aug no observation or record showing any Phantoms being signed out Mon 05 Aug 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Tue 06 Aug 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Wed 07 Aug 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Thu 08 Aug 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day (nor any other 40' Phantoms) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Fri 09 Aug 3430 - OBA showed that it made one round trip on the 240 route in the afternoon (2:35 PM SB and 4:18 PM NB) 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Sat 10 Aug 3430 - route 208, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE no observation or record showing any 1100s (30' Phantoms) being signed out Sun 11 Aug 3430 - route 235, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE no observation or record showing any 1100s (30' Phantoms) being signed out Mon 12 Aug 3430 - route 269, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 236/238, OBA run Lock showing trips made ...go HERE Tue 13 Aug 3430 - route 221 OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run Lock showing trips made ...go HERE Wed 14 Aug 3430 - route 269, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run Lock showing trips made ...go HERE Thu 15 Aug 3430 - no observation or record showing it being signed out during the day 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 2nd unit on the route 200 didn't show up on the tracker during the several times I checked ...no other 1100s showed activity on the OBA other than 1104 and no other coach-type was observed during the day Fri 16 Aug 3430 - route 236/238, OBA run Lock showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - route 236/238, OBA run Lock showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Sat 17 Aug 3430 - route 208, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE no observation or record showing any 1100s (30' Phantoms) being signed out Sun 18 Aug 3430 - route 235, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE no observation or record showing any 1100s (30' Phantoms) being signed out Mon 19 Aug 3430 - no observation it being signed out during the day 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run Lock showing trips made ...go HERE Tue 20 Aug 3430 - route 221, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Wed 21 Aug 3430- no observation it being signed out during the day 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...g o HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Thu 22 Aug 3430 - no observation it being signed out during the day 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Fri 23 Aug 3430 - no observation it being signed out during the day 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run Lock showing trips made ...go HERE Sat 24 Aug 3430 - route 208, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE no observation or record showing any 1100s (30' Phantoms) being signed out Sun 25 Aug 3430 - route 235, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE*** no observation or record showing any 1100s (30' Phantoms) being signed out ***appeared that 3430 returned to barn in early afternoon --possible that relief driver did not want to drive it? ...no a/c? Mon 26 Aug 3430 - route 269, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Tue 27 Aug 3430 - route 221, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE *** 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE *** appeared that 3430 returned to barn in the late afternoon --possible that relief driver did not want to drive it? ...no a/c? Coach 7307 was replacement coach Wed 28 Aug 3430 - route 269, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE *** 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE *** appeared that 3430 returned to barn in the late afternoon --possible that relief driver did not want to drive it? ...no a/c? Coach 3716 was replacement coach Thu 29 Aug 3430 - no observation it being signed out during the day 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Fri 30 Aug 3430 - route 245 AM tripper, one trip NB 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Sat 31 Aug 3430 - route 208, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE *** no observation or record showing any 1100s (30' Phantoms) were signed out *** appeared that 3430 returned to barn in the early afternoon --possible that relief driver did not want to drive it? ...no a/c? or it is being used exclusive by the Operator of the Year. Coach 7346 was the replacement coach Sun 01 Sep 3430 - no observation it being signed out during the day 1114 - route 236/238/248, OBA run block last part, first part used coach 3718 until shortly after noon ...go HERE Mon 02 Sep (holiday, Sunday schedule) no observation or record showing any Phantoms being signed out Tue 03 Sep 3430 - route 221, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE (the other unit on the rt. 200 had coach 3716 today) 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Wed 04 Sep 3430 - route 269, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Thu 05 Sep 3430 - no observation it was signed out during the day 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Fri 06 Sep 3430 - route 271 AM tripper, one trip from U-Dist at 07:55 hrs to Eastgate 1104 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Sat 07 Sep 3430 - route 208, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE *** no observation or record showing any 1100s (30' Phantoms) were signed out *** First trip of the block made in the morning was with coach 7429, and last 2 trips of the block in the evening were made by coach 7419 (evidently, the Operator of the Year's run fit in between those AM and PM trips) Sun 08 Sep no observation or record showing any Phantoms being signed out Mon 09 Sep 3430 - route 269, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - AM tripper(?) - one SB trip route 236 and one NB trip route 238 1114 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Tue 10 Sep 3430 - route 221, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Wed 11 Sep 3430 - route 269, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Thu 12 Sep 3430 - route 226/241 AM tripper, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1127 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Fri 13 Sep 3430 - route 271 PM tripper, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1104 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1114 - route 236/238, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE 1187 - route 200, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE Sat 14 Sep 3430 - no observation or record showing it was signed out during the day 1104 - route 208, OBA run block showing trips made ...go HERE
  11. My haphazard "logging" concurs with yours as I'm keeping a close eye on 3430. It suggests that, in fact, it may be the Operators of the Year's coach as it appears he may have Thursday and Friday off* as 3430 the past couple of weeks has been solely assigned to trippers on Thursday and Friday and, from what I've been able to observe, on complete run series (out for more than 12 hrs) on the 269 on Mondays and Wednesdays and the 221 on Tuesday and as you point out, 208 on Saturday and 235 on Sunday. I've not observed any other 40' Phantoms on the tracker for about two weeks now. 1100s are still regularly assigned to the 200 shuttle and the 236/238 with a few random assignments on short trippers here and there on what appears as a "use as needed" basis. It seems like these fifteen: 1100, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1113, 1114, 1118, 1125, 1127, 1129, 1131, 1135, 1143, 1156, and 1187 (*or what was referred to in the old Seattle Transit days as "third in the block" ...although the "block system" was contractually done away with in late 1970s, Th/Fr off was the third block position in a pick.. When the union negotiated for "open pick" it did away with the old block system of picking)
  12. On June 24th, the NTSB released its "Final Report" in its entirety for anybody interested: Amtrak Passenger Train 501 Derailment DuPont, Washington December 18, 2017 - NTSB
  13. I guess that seems to be true then. It's also out today. For anybody wanting to take a last ride, keep an eye on the 208 on Saturday and 235 on Sunday and we'll see if that's a pattern through the summer as my hunch is that this may be the last 40' Phantom in operation ...unless they have a few others sitting at the base in case they might be needed in a pinch or possibly for parts. eta: For those looking for last rides on the Phantoms, 3430 also frequently shows up on the 269 and 221 routes during the weekdays. In addition, it now appears that the only two routes that the 30' 1100s are regularly assigned appear to be the 236/238 and the 200 Issaquah shuttle. The 236/238 have both 1100s and 3700s assigned. The 200 shuttle will occasionally have 3700s on one or both the runs that operate mid-day but probably call for 1100s on the sign-out.
  14. As a driver, my fondness for the Gillig Phantoms stems from the fact that the order was initially planned to be Orion V 's running on LNG. Of course, Gary Locke nixed that and we ended up with the Phantoms which I personally preferred. Being a traditionalist back then, I simply liked diesel for some strange reason. Not only did I not necessarily agree with the King County Council's decision that LNG would be better for the environment but actually disputed that fact that the benefits pertaining to emissions would be significantly better than using the "clean diesel" engines that the Gillig Phantoms would be equipped with once they arrived especially considering how much more the cost would be to use LNG. I can't remember the reasons why they chose LNG over CNG. Personally, I just didn't think it made much sense to spend what could have been almost a half-billion dollars for the LNG Orions including all the expensive infrastructure upgrades that would have to be done at each base. Obviously, Gary Locke didn't think so either and he nixed the LNG Orions in favor of the "clean diesel" Gillig Phantoms. As I mentioned in a previous post, I recall Gillig bringing a test coach up from California to the bases in order to demonstrate the diesel particulate filters. They put a clean white handkerchief over the exhaust opening and put the engine through various RPM and under-load simulations with the handkerchief being left over the exhaust pipe. They then removed the handkerchief and passed it around for those of us gathered to examine. There was hardly any soot or traces of dirt evident. In later tests, I seem to recall that "clean diesel" technology at the time showed it was actually a bit better environmentally than using LNG with similar filters ...I didn't quite understand those results but because of the significant savings using "clean diesel" compared to LNG, the difference either way was not worth making a fuss over. Gary Locke made the correct decision at that time in my opinion ...many, however, disagree. The political correct decision at the time was to use natural gas. The Metro mechanics I used to chat with all liked working on the Gilligs and felt that they were the best built and easiest to work on at that time of any bus made. In my observation, the Gilligs had many more features and seemed much more solidly built than a comparable Orion V that we may have ended up with. Natural gas announcement, Seattle Times: Metro To Convert To Natural-Gas Buses -- Switch Would Cost Agency $456 Million Gary Locke decision, Spokane Spokesman-Review: King County Will Buy 360 Buses To Replace Fleet _________________ Interesting news about 3260 having transmission troubles. 3430 is the only 40' Phantom I've observed in service the last three days. I wonder if that's now the coach that the Operator of the Year is driving? In Metro's announcement last year of Operator of the Year (three of them tied, evidently), they mentioned that the operator out of Bellevue was working the 246 weekdays and 235 on Sundays ...I thought it odd whenever I noticed 3260 out on Sunday and a few times I did observe it on the 246. I now see that 3430 is frequently on the 269. I wonder if that is the route he picked this shakeup?
  15. So, all those Gillig LFs that I observed operating out of South Base last week are now at Bellevue. It looks as if the pattern is that the new ones first go into service at South for a a week or so and then are moved to Bellevue. It's the first time I'm noticing 7344 and it's on a South Base route ...let's see if it too ends up at Bellevue eventually. Pertaining to 3260, I'm wondering if the Operator of the Year has now chosen --forced or otherwise-- coach 3430 as that is the only 40' Phantom that I've seen operating recently. I'll be watching this more closely this week as I find it interesting what they're doing as it pertains to these fleet assignments. Since those seven 40' Gillig LFs have moved from being in service at South to now operating out of Bellevue, as northwesterner says, it seems to me that on a one-for-one basis, all the 40' Phantoms have essentially now been replaced and there should be no need for any of the 40' Phantoms to be signed out (if there are in fact any left other than coach 3430). The 1100s I would suspect will be disappearing rapidly over the next few weeks or so.
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