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  1. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    The original RFP was for 19 electrics for MT and 22 diesels for MTS. Now it's 8 electrics for MT and 27 diesels for MTS. I think it's likely that the options are exercised, because the Gilligs are going to start to need replacement in the next few years. Pure speculation, but MT might also be delaying the bus contract in hopes of electric bus technology advancement or major price changes by the time that they need a big order.
  2. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    The bus RFP has been extended to 10/24.Revised to 35 buses and 149 options. New proposed delivery schedule: 5 diesels for MTS - Oct 1 2020 15 diesels for MTS - Mar 31 2021 5 diesels for MTS - Dec 31 2021 2 diesels for MTS - Aug 12 2022 1 electric for Metro Transit - Jan 29 2021 7 electrics for Metro Transit - Aug 1 2021
  3. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    Looks like it's still open until 10/10. New Flyer, Gillig, Nova, and Proterra all hold plans currently.
  4. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    Not sure if this has been posted yet, Met Council has a new bus RFP. 41 buses, with an option for 159, all 40-footers. 19 electrics in 2021 for MT. 20 diesels in 2021 for MTS, with 2 more in 2022.
  5. The last two were in sequential order, but that started not to work well when the decade rolled over.
  6. Thunder Bay is planning to restructure and simplify the bus network: https://www.thunderbay.ca/en/city-services/route-optimization-project.aspx
  7. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    There used to be mixed Metro Transit/contractor routes, but that doesn't occur anymore. Some previous examples: Rt. 25 Saturday service was operated by a contractor, while the weekday service was directly operated. Rt. 62 C branch was contractor operated, while the other branches were direct operations. Rt. 32 used to be a contract service, with the Edison HS extras directly operated. -- I take it all Phantoms and 3100 D60s are retired now?
  8. How realistic is it that the LA County bus agencies can have seamless fares (i.e. that a Culver City bus or a Santa Monica bus would have the same fares and fare rules as Metro)? It would be really nice if the schedules and routes could be better coordinated between agencies, but that seems to be a long shot as there are something like 30 different operators in the county. Something I found strange is how LA County funds shuttle routes in unincorporated areas, but these are completely separate from LACMTA. Isn't this a case of the county having two redundant departments?
  9. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    I believe part of the reason of purchasing the buses with the old style fronts is to differentiate the regular fleet from the BRT fleet. Metro Transit will launch their first BRT line (the A Line, along Snelling Ave) next fall.
  10. I saw a New Flyer Xcelsior in LA colors on the freeway up here in Minnesota. Something like #5627.
  11. 25 BYD buses coming to LACMTA?!?!? As in the Chinese carmaker? Also, looks like 6 gasoline-electric buses will be converted to "Zero Emissions Buses" http://media.metro.n...eratvcitem3.pdf Probably this model here http://www.byd.com/na/auto/ElectricBus.html
  12. I wonder when those LFX will arrive... It will be nice to see something new in the Twin Cities!
  13. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    I was on the 80 the other day, and I believe that it was 6010 that was repainted. It had "metrotransit.org" light blue letters, though, so it wasn't very visible. Noticed that the 721 had a D40LF on it the other day. I would imagine that ridership is up in the Brooklyn Park area because of the service improvements on the 723 and 724, as well as the addition of artics onto the 724 line.
  14. Is it still likely for the BRT project to be finished this year?
  15. I remember going down there back in 2006 and all I saw were some cutaways. They had pics of the Flxible Metro's in the bus schedules, but I didn't see those. Good to hear that they got Gillig BRT's, when I was down there someone told me that they were going to the more cutaway side of things.
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