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  1. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    Here's a picture I came across of a SW LRT vehicle being delivered: https://flic.kr/p/2kEF8MJ
  2. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    End of an era for the D60 model. I wonder if there are any left operating in the US; nothing immediately comes to mind. Duluth has some electrics now, I wonder how those are working out. Chicago has two electrics and we are lucky if one of them makes it out on a given day. One route here (#66 Chicago Ave) will be electrified soon. It will be interesting to see if they do any winter/summer operational evaluation.
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    Metro Transit

    With this artic order, they've locked down buses over the next few years. I hope that the electric technology matures in the meantime so that future orders will be electric. I wonder what Metro Transit plans to do with the Heywood II garage. I don't know enough about operations to know if any garages are overcapacity, but it seems that a new garage suggests a significant expansion of service in coming years or a closure of a different garage.
  4. Given that Sears is now closed, it would make sense to move the mall stop by Macy's. I recall that the stop (at least in mid-late 2000s) was by Applebee's. The mall moved the stop by Macy's due to traffic a few years later. Shortly after that it was moved to the south entrance between JC Penney and Sears, and eventually banished to the parking lot. The mall is in pretty rough shape right now so I don't think traffic is a concern anymore, but most mall owners seem to want nothing to do with transit stops.
  5. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    Northtown Mall owner now suing Met Council for not vacating the transit center in Dec 2019. https://northmetrotv.com/news-headlines/northtown-mall-owners-suing-metro-transit-over-bus-station-location/ D Line construction contract awarded. https://m.startribune.com/met-council-committee-awards-contract-to-firm-to-build-d-line-bus-stops/600020911/?clmob=y&c=n
  6. There's some new schedules posted on MVTAs website for Saturday. They haven't posted a summary but I did notice: 442X is now hourly and stops on Cedar Grove Pkwy in front of the mall (but not at the transit station). 442Y is gone. 443 is gone. 447 is restructured to run from Apple Valley to Mystic Lake along CR 42, Hwy 13, and CR 21. Service is every half-hour, daily. I still would like to see the 444 increased to 30 minute service daily and with longer night hours. Also, would be great to have all trips extended to Savage P&R again. The new 447 ro
  7. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    Interesting to see the Metro Gilligs being shared to local routes from the Red Line. The Nova's racked up miles fast, probably because the Red Line probably averages 50-60 mph. Wonder if they are rotating the buses to even out mileage. Interesting note about the Blue Line night trips. I really hope they can get the light rail running until 12 or 1 am soon. Seems weird that Selby, Grand, Como, etc all have late night service but University doesn't.
  8. CTA ordering 600 40' diesel Nova buses. These will replace the remaining 2000-2002 Nova LFS and some of the 2006-2010 New Flyer D40LFs. The prototypes will arrive later this year will full production on the first 100 buses in early 2022. The remaining 500 buses are options. This could be CTAs last diesel order as they are planning electrification by 2040, but they will likely need to procure new artics soon to replace the current fleet. https://www.transitchicago.com/chicago-transit-board-approves-contract-to-purchase-new-clean-diesel-buses/
  9. I noticed today on the Megabus website that the only route with tickets for sale out of Chicago is Milwaukee-Madison-Minneapolis. I think recently they had a route to Atlanta and pre-pandemic they had routes to Detroit, Cleveland, and Dallas among others. They were also selling tickets on Windstar to Iowa and Nebraska and on Van Galder to Rockford and Madison. Hope it comes back after the pandemic is over!
  10. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    Looks like 149 options as well, for a total of 175. I'd imagine these are going to replace the 2008s? It will be interesting to see if the express routes come back with as much service as before the pandemic. They might be able to cut back the fleet size if service levels are more steady throughout the day.
  11. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    Wow. Hope this news story gets them to make a fix.
  12. Nice catches. I believe the Red Line is not making stops at the 140th and 147th high level platforms either. Weird to see a 40-footer on the 420. Also I did not know MVTA was doing ad wraps these days.
  13. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    I was in Minneapolis last week, but didn't get to ride any buses or even see many. Those "new" Red Line buses look so weird, hope the actual new ones come in soon! Good to hear about the artics being used on the local routes. I did see a few on the 68 when I was in the Robert St area. The return of the coach buses as well as the ability to use 40 foot buses on other low-ridership express routes probably frees up a large portion of the artics. The Network Next study will very likely impact the return of express routes. Over the past decade, park and ride usage has remained flat even though
  14. I've always thought the same. I've always though MVTA would do well to have some lines that followed the arterials without deviation and more limited stops. The AVTS-BTS route would be nice to have a couple extra stops, especially given that it is most likely using CR 42 to Nicollet. Nice find!
  15. The FTA produces the National Transit Database which is a large collection of statistics about US transit agencies. Of particular interest for this forum is the Revenue Vehicle Inventory. The 2019 version was just released and can be accessed at: https://www.transit.dot.gov/ntd/data-product/2019-annual-database-revenue-vehicle-inventory
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