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  1. I’m guessing it’s less about the experiment not going well and more about the shifting DSTT operations timeline. When the XDE60 coaches were ordered (around late 2014/early 2015) the plan was to keep buses in the tunnel until 2021. By the time the XDE60 coaches would enter service in 2016, the DE60LF coaches would be 12 years old, the age at which they can start to be retired. Also, the DE60LFR coaches appear to be somewhat temperamental. So in 2014/2015 it would have been logical to order new tunnel buses. But by late 2017 it was clear that buses would be out of the tu
  2. Yeah, the SF Examiner article had obtained MUNI's internal testing results that showed that the XT60 coaches did not meet agency’s own acceleration requirements for even moderately steep hills. They also gave the results from Vossloh Kiepe that shows that the buses passed the manufacturers tests. I guess the answer to if the buses failed the test comes down to who had the better testing and what biases the different testers may have had. I wholeheartedly agree with that, especially if a European manufacturer has a bus design that is ready to go and costs less than what New Flyer would
  3. Problem is, New Flyer would want to build a lot more than 13 coaches that use this axle if they went to the effort of re-engineering their bus around that ZF "electric portal axle"
  4. https://seattletransitblog.com/2018/08/22/procurement-woes-madison-brt/ https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/bus-vendor-issues-threaten-seattles-new-rapid-ride-line/814450589 Metro wants a 60-foot low-floor trolleybus that can handle Madison’s 19 percent grades and is built in America (to comply with federal funding rules). That bus does not exist today and the problem is in the propulsion. This should not be a surprise to Metro, in fact the agency knew about the problem in early 2016 when this SF Chronicle headline broke: “Muni’s brand new buses struggle
  5. If I recall correctly, Metro has very little interaction with the advertising. King County signed a contract with a company called Intersection that handles selling the space and their crews install/change the advertising collateral. Metro gets a cut of the revenue, but doesn’t spend much in the way of staff time managing the advertising. I’m sure there’s a reason why Intersection sells more bus wraps on East Campus routes (maybe because the buses spend more time in the most affluent areas of King County or they travel on freeways more). My point is, Intersection makes these decisions.
  6. The 2300s were obnoxiously noisy. I know a lot of bus fans cherish the sound of a loud bus, but I've never understood the appeal. Loud coaches make bad neighbors. I could hear them a block away deep inside my insulated office building. The complaints to Metro were numerous, and that made the agency consider the noise of the coaches when making route planning decisions in residential neighborhoods. That's not a good limitation to plan around. There was one thing I liked about the 2300s... those seats over the middle axle. It felt like you were riding on a throne, looking out over the city. I
  7. Ryerson just got the 8000's. Ryerson's last D60HF coaches (2300s) and the D60LF (high 2800s) coaches are being retired by brand new 8200's. Central just put a handful of brand new 8200's into service yesterday. Central is scheduled to get about 37 8200's that will displace the most problematic 2600's. Once the new Gillig Low Floors (7300s) go into service, that's supposed to trigger a shuffle of 40-footers: the 7300s will go to Bellevue, Bellevue will send its XDE40 coaches (7200s) to South, South will send most of its Orion VII coaches (7000s) to Central/Ryerson, and Ryerson will retire
  8. It took quite a bit of research... but I found who made that bus body. It’s a Starcraft Quest XL. It appears to no longer be in production. It also appears to have been primarily designed to be a school bus. The body is on a Ford F-59 “step van” stripped chassis.
  9. A preview of what passengers can expect in a few years when the 120 becomes the RapidRide H Line.
  10. 2018 will also see the purchase of 25 60-foot coaches... after that Sound Transit doesn't plan to buy another coach until 2021. It's strange to see Sound Transit go three years between coach purchases.
  11. Yet another reason why it was a terrible idea to buy new articulated buses with only two doors...
  12. https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7579645-hsr-bus-blind-spots-a-risk-to-pedestrians-union
  13. The rumors about KCM started to come out at about the same time that story first broke about 3 weeks ago...
  14. Rumor has it that King County Metro in Seattle has told New Flyer that it will no longer accept coaches from its new Anniston, AL plant (the former NABI plant). KCM is currently receiving 50 buses from the plant and they’ve been plagued with issues. If the rumor is true, it’s not good for New Flyer or for Anniston. KCM is a major New Flyer customer. In the last decade the agency has purchased nearly 700 coaches, has 100 currently being delivered and has outstanding orders for 135 coaches.
  15. Most people that live along a route served by a D60 would surely disagree with you. By the end of the next year, the D60 coaches will be gone. End of story.
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