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  1. Yeah, I just randomly check the list of the new Gillig low floors on the wiki page to see which coaches that are new to me, i.e. those I've observed for the first time on OBA. I then update the wiki list to show that they are "active" and do so by observing what route they are operating when updating the base they are operating out of (Bellevue or South). Yes, the last seven or so to be put into service appear to be operating out of South Base. I have noticed these going into service out of South Base in the past week or two: 7337, 7342, 7343, 7347, 7349, 7424, and 7427. Aznichiro s
  2. I'm glad you have a tracking system in place. I am just randomly using the Metro tracking and OBA when I have the chance to observe mostly during the peak hours. Please keep us posted on when you notice that the 40' Phantoms are no longer running. I'm interested because it's a bit nostalgic to me. ' I'm pretty sure that they'll keep the 35' Phantoms (1100s) running for awhile longer as they are serving a more specific purpose than the 40-footers. The 1100s are not going to be replaced and there are not enough 35' XDE NFIs for a one-to-one replacement for the 1100s. As was disc
  3. I'm seeing that some of the new Gillig low-floors are now being used out of South Base. And a few of the 40' Phantoms are still in service at Bellevue. I'm not sure how many are left but several are still showing up on the tracker here and there.
  4. Some Transit agencies still have their left mirrors at potentially a driver's eye-height that blocks a lot of vision when making a left turn. The Gillig in this accident continues to sport a poor left mirror mounting position. Thankfully, this pedestrian has survived. Downtown Duluth bus-pedestrian crash ruled 'accident'
  5. For those not in the area, the NTSB released its official findings today ---from The News Tribune, Tacoma WA: Human error, safety oversights caused 2017 Amtrak derailment that killed 3 near DuPont KIRO TV evening newscast segment: NTSB presents findings on cause of fatal Amtrak derailment in DuPont
  6. Thank you for clarifying. Had I more closely scrutinized that flow chart, the answer would have been obvious. It's good to know that they at least now require a CDL of some type when initially, because their vans were smaller, there was no CDL necessary. That didn't make sense to me at the time.
  7. Speaking of Hopelink, Dart, etc. and contracted service, it was discussed previously that their drivers do not need a CDL (Commercial Driver License) because cutaway vans usually do not 1) exceed a 26,000 lb. GVWR weight rating and, 2) carry more than 16 passengers ("Types of vehicles that require a CDL" to drive from WA DOL) Therefore, we knew that the drivers they hired didn't require a CDL but also did not need any training as to the physical act of driving a "large" (26,000 lbs GVWR) vehicle that will usually have air brakes as their coaches were mostly cutaways until the acquisition
  8. Thanks Taco, yes, I don't doubt what you're saying at all. I guess my point is that artics nonetheless are being used on the 540 one way or the other and kind of disproves Border City Transit's premise --which I did agree as that's the way I remember it too so no disrespect to him-- that the 540 "requires 40-foot Sound Transit buses... the only route at EB that does! " Interesting about where the 540 terminal is today. That's where the 271 used to layover. The 540 used to layover at University and Pacific (HERE ...it is still marked for Metro use as of the Aug 2018 Google
  9. As I take a quick look at the tracker occasionally, I notice that the 40-footers are used on some trips on the 540, 541, and 542 ...and the 540 --to my surprise-- does actually use artics, especially in the morning. So I guess it turns out that it may not be the "misfit" we first thought. Before I retired, I remember driving 40-footers on just about all routes (even the busier routes of the 522, 545 and 554) with the exception of the 550. In fact, I'm pretty sure when ST service first started, there were substantially more 40-footers than there were artics --almost the opposite of t
  10. I may be answering my own question. I noticed that there were two 40-footers on the 541 this evening. I was able to capture one of them on the tracker. So I guess the 40-footers could be inserted on any route and trip that doesn't need the capacity of an artic. When I was working, 40-footers were even used on the 522.
  11. Okay, again my apologies to all for always showing such ignorance. Watching the tracker today, I now see where the 555/556 exclusively use artics. I was just thinking back on 15+ years ago when they were running 40-footers on all those trips. So I now see where the 540 is evidently the only ST East Base route that uses 40-footers ...hence the "misfit" moniker. So, once the 540 is gone from EB, and ichiro says that they will keep the 40-footers they have, what routes will they then be used on?
  12. Thanks for setting me straight. That makes sense. I now see how stupid ...and also ill informed what I am. And I didn't remember all the discussion on the bidding of routes. And I think you're right that the 577 may have been the first route but I believe that was a route initiated at PT. However, the 560 was the one that rubbed me the wrong way because it used to be run by KCM out of East Base but then all of a sudden (to me), PT was running it. What jay8g mentioned is interesting as that is what ST has been wanting to do for a long time. I remember that being discussed even when
  13. Some of what I'm going to say is conjecture too but mostly I'm asking questions. I believe the 555 and 556 that are peak-hour routes use 40-footers. There may be some trips on the 541 and 542 that may use 40-footers on some trips ...?? not sure. Is 9200 still in service at East Base? ...the older NFI low-floor hybrid. If so, that would still leave six 40-footers at East Base? As far as the agency that initiated the switch, I think it's ST that makes the decisions and not the other way around. It may be a collaborative effort where ST consults with the three loc
  14. KIRO will be running some type of exposé investigation on it during the 5:00 PM news ...something about fines from the state, etc.? I didn't catch all what it will be about . Thursday 21st on the 5:00 PM newscast. edited to add: To clarify, Metro is being fined by the state L&I --4:40 AM from KIRO: "King County Metro has been fined $20,100 by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries for safety issues related to employees working around high voltage, two years after a KIRO 7 investigation into employees getting shocked while working on
  15. Martin, thanks so much for posting those photos! It means a lot to me to see them as it does each time I peruse the collection of photos on your website. The one of 639 going through the intersection of 3rd and Pike is just fascinating. The Woolworth's! --the old traffic signal! --the type that hung over so many Seattle intersections ...such memories from that early/mid 70's era which was about the time I first started driving buses for Metro. You'll never know the feeling I had when seeing them this morning --thanks again! eta: btw, a retired co-worker
  16. Could they be part of the standby fleet of extra coaches used to bolster service because of the viaduct closure? I know there must be quite a few Phantoms in the bone-yard and their number increases daily as the 7300s are put in service at Bellevue.
  17. Oh man! ...yeah, that's exactly an example of what this thread is all about. Thanks for posting this, Vancouver. From the photos on the wiki page and the faint image on the video, it appears that Coast Mountain Bus Company still uses the dreaded 8" x 15" (~20 cm x 38 cm ?) mounted at a shorter driver's (or a taller driver who sits lower in the seat) eye-height. I've more-or-less considered this thread bone-yarded as fewer left-turn-pedestrian accidents by city transit buses have been occurring recently. I think the ATU has been focusing on this much more in recent years and pe
  18. Last month in the October 587 newsletter, I recall the Union President made mention that operators being spit on is almost the norm now and made a plea for management to continue experimenting with installing shields. He mentioned watching videos of drivers reacting to being spit on and then being disciplined for it. Even though most drivers seem to be against using shields, it sounds as if they do want to find one that can be used by those who want the protection but can be made to adjust for those who don't want that kind of obstruction between themselves and their regular passengers such
  19. There was a reason why the dual-mode Bredas in their original configuration could not be run on the wire outside of the tunnel or only could be run for short distances, correct? What was that reason? ...I can't seem to remember.
  20. v3112, pertaining to "pre-1998," I can't comment too much as at that time, I was mainly working on the eastside and wasn't paying too much attention to what was going on in the city. I will go back to the 70s when I first started working for Metro, and many of the STS routes were still in place with many unchanged, and recall what I remember about a couple of "interlined" (this is a term that I've never used but what we used to call "through routed") routes in the city at that time ...some lines were through-routed (or routed through downtown) with the same number and some were not --her
  21. Oh, very good! Yes, forgot about RBs. Right, that designation has been around for a long time too. A "relief B run" or what was/is known to the drivers as an "all-nighter." I believe the term "owl" is relatively new. I don't think STS used that term or at least I don't remember that term when I used to work all-nighters on the board. ETA: Now that I think about it some more, STS may have used the term "owl" ...my memory is not really clear on that but I do seem to remember an "owl" designation on the bottom of the STS transfers. anecdote: Working the Atlantic night boar
  22. In addition to the driver visibility issues, it seems to me that when they decided to remove the run number boxes, they also cited that they no longer served the purpose they once did. The run number display was mainly for the first-line supervisor's benefit. Before the extensive use of computers and other modern electronics used today, the only way the Seattle Transit System (and early Metro) street supervisors were able to tell the run number of a particular coach was by the display in the window. They didn't have immediate access to see exactly what coach was on each run. Back
  23. Sounds right. It was strictly a shuttle in the early 70s. The reason 39 sticks in my mind is --and I think I've told this story before-- is that road reliefs were made at Rainier and Genessee. Back then, we weren't paid to get back to the barn from a relief point. Therefore, you were off the payroll once being relieved and there was no such things as "relief cars" back then. We had to take a #7 into town and then transfer to a 6, 16, 3, or a 4 to get back to the North Seattle barn. Sometimes it would take 45 minutes or more on our own time to get back. I can remember an "old-timer"
  24. I think --not entirely sure-- that the 39 was the Seward Park shuttle.
  25. I'm glad you're challenging me to dig in and try to remember things. Not only is my health failing fast but it seems my memory and cognitive functions are slipping away even faster than the physical ailments piling up. As I've told many on the forum previously, it really is helpful for me to try and remember things and it's good therapy overall. I know my recollections are not always correct and I'm always eager for anybody to correct me. Also, I realize there are a few here who don't appreciate my posts and my musings about the past ...maybe because they are not always 100% correct? I'v
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