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  1. roamer

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Hmm, okay, thanks. My memory must be much worse than I thought. I could have sworn that EB never had 3000s regularly assigned. I worked out of there regularly and never remember having any 3000s except for a few that may have been there for a few weeks to fill in ...seem to faintly remember possibly that happening.
  2. roamer

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    I don't remember the 3000s ever being at East Base and especially not on the 340. Are you pretty sure about that? And it's a little foggy but I don't recall the 3000s going to North Seattle (Mercer) either as they were coming in just as the second incarnation of the "new" Ryerson was opening around 1986-87. The original Ryerson was opened around 1979(?) and operated out of an old office of the Ryerson Steel building shortly after Metro acquired the property. I'm not sure if I have the timeline quite correct --and I welcome any correction-- but it was then in the early 80s that the original Ryerson was closed while the new base was being constructed and the old North Seattle Station was put back into operation temporarily and re-named Mercer Base and operated until the new Ryerson Base was completed around 1987 (?).
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    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    I found that article in the Times from KCM's GM Rob Gannon printed last Fall pertaining to future testing of battery buses planning to be done in the south county: "We are continuing to test new models. By the middle of next year, riders in South King County will ride on six battery buses from three different manufacturers, all with an extended range of 140 miles. In addition, we will roll out four 60-foot articulated buses from two manufacturers. We’ve chosen South King County as a focus area for the first big wave of battery-bus deployment because we know these communities face disproportionate air pollution and health impacts, and so we want to bring the benefits of zero emissions buses there first." With some all-electric buses, Metro Transit rides into the future Does anybody know where they are in that planning process? Are the charging stations already installed and at what locations? Any idea of what routes are being planned for the testing? From what Gannon was saying, I'm assuming that things should be almost ready to go as it pertains to testing process as he said "by the middle of next year" which is now. I don't keep up with all the other local transit blogs and forums so the reason for my ignorance on what's going on. Thanks.
  4. roamer

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Not sure what eastside route will be next to use the existing chargers but from that article that we all read from last Fall, the focus area for future experimentation and eventual deployment for the evolving use of battery buses --including the artics-- will be south county routes.
  5. roamer

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Ah, makes perfect sense. Ah, makes perfect sense. Wasn't keeping up with all the technological advancements. Like I say, things evolve while I'm not paying attention. I'd have to believe that with cameras being in the buses nowadays, it's no longer an issue of LEOs not being able to see inside the bus if windows are covered with a wrap.
  6. roamer

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Interesting PDF. Advertising wraps and such have made quite an evolution since they were first introduced decades ago. I remember when it was first tried --I'm going to say in the 90s sometime?-- there was a controversy pertaining to security issues. There was a driver at EB who was a reserve police officer and my recollection was that he started a campaign and petition to stop bus wraps because the wraps prevented police officers the ability to observe when outside the bus what might be taking place inside in the event of an incident. They experimented with keeping the windows uncovered in various way for awhile but I now see that it must not be that much of a concern to LEOs today. At any rate, that PDF should answer a lot of your questions, godan. Metro contracts with Intersection to administer the advertising. Going to the last page, it is evident that Metro (and ST) must approve the advertising content and ad copy itself. It looks as if Intersection must stay within certain predetermined guidelines but the decisions on where, how, and what method to use appear to be the decision of Intersection and not Metro. From what I've been told, the billboard ad plate frames are very easy to take and on and off so I think you are really stressing out over something that isn't really worth grinding gears about ..relax and take a toke. :p
  7. roamer

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Wow! Yeah. I wonder... You know, I wonder if that was one of the 4501 (not 4501 ...5301?) series that was left over from Metropolitan? From what I remember, it seemed there was one 40-footer fishbowl that had a manual transmission (but most of the manuals were 35-footers). There reason it struck something in my memory is that two or three of the fishbowls with manuals had shifters that would stick. I remember we had to get out and take a wheel block and hit the linkage in a certain spot to free up the shifter. We'd leave the engine compartment door loose like it's pictured in that Google street view image (HERE) as it was easier the next time to lift up the door and smack it when it happened again. That door being ajar is what jogged something. edited: no, disregard. The more I think about it, the bus I am remembering back on, I think, had an a/c unit on the back.
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    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    The video news clip seems to be working now. It's fascinating that he has so many. Lots of other interesting vehicles sitting around there. eta: I wonder what was going on with that red one? ...and it appears that maybe 3062(?) was going to be or had been used as a motorhome?
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    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Wasn't it discussed previously that Metro has no current plans on ordering more 30-footers? ...and they have evidently abandoned considering using anything smaller than 35-footers going forward? If that's the case, the 3700s will be used on anything that currently has an 1100 assigned and all other assignments where 3700s are being used will use 40-footers. That was the gist of what I gathered from that discussion from last year. I personally never could understand the use of vans on some of the "mainline" Metro routes (fixed routes that at times had somewhat regular heavy usage) when I worked there. The expense of maintaining the Champions which were being used in inappropriate circumstances as far as I was concerned, baffled me. The mechanics I talked with said that they were just not built to take that kind of usage. They may be fine for use on Dart-type service but to use them on fixed routes that could have easily used a 30 or 35 foot heavy duty coach never made sense to me.
  10. roamer

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    I will miss them too. When they were new, I was quite impressed with how comfortable they were to drive. They weren't the best handling coach but felt "cadillac'ish" as being kind of plush to drive. There was a heavy, safe feel to them in the driver's seat. To me, however, there is no comparison to the M.A.N. 2000 artics pertaining to handling. I always say that the M.A.N. artics handled like a sports car ...didn't have the power to make it a true "sports car" but that was one bus I really enjoyed driving. eta: plus, as I've mentioned quite a few times in the past, there's just something about a "normal" high-floor bus that just makes them seem "right." I'm not a fan of riding or driving low floors.
  11. roamer

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Since those ARBOCs are not owned nor operated by KCM, I have a question which will dovetail with this. Is Hopelink still running the 631 Burien and 630 Mercer Island service under contract? If so, how can we find out how many ARBOCs they are operating?
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