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  1. hp2ena

    Metro Transit

    Next Thurs, the Women's Transportation Seminar is hosting a tour of the C-Line. They'll be meeting at 7th & Park at 4:15pm. It's $8, and you will get a free ride pass. Though I'm sure one can just get on at a later stop and follow/eavesdrop along. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=8auwhzcab&oeidk=a07egedc5rnafeef612&fbclid=IwAR1Jm1oU67uOFjlMLykQ_f_aY4YJutGU_afGUgjOXMATpdbo4d5gtux5WjA
  2. hp2ena

    Metro Transit

    MVTA is looking to order 11 Gillig buses through a Gillig contract with the Commonwealth of Virginia, presumably to replace the old Gillig LFs https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetings/Committees/Transportation-Committee/2019/June-24,-2019/0624_2019_160.aspx
  3. hp2ena

    Metro Transit

    Just went by Nicollet. 4 Phantoms in line, including 995. BTW, 814 still exists as the Southwest LRT promotional bus.
  4. hp2ena

    Metro Transit

    Here you go!
  5. hp2ena

    Metro Transit

    I have one, but need to upload it. If you're in the Bus Lounge FB group I put it there. All Phantoms are in reserve, they should be out for State Fair service soon though. Last I saw there were 4 at Nicollet, and there's also a sizable fleet stored at the Pig's Eye Metro Plant in St. Paul. I have one, but need to upload it. If you're in the Bus Lounge FB group I put it there. All Phantoms are in reserve, they should be out for State Fair service soon though. Last I saw there were 4 at Nicollet, and there's also a sizable fleet stored at the Pig's Eye Metro Plant in St. Paul. --- As an aside, there will be a presentation on NetworkNext, which is Metro Transit's initiative to restructure bus routes to accommodate aBRT https://metrocouncil.org/getdoc/a49cca01-5d3a-489a-96b3-c3dc5645d202/Agenda.aspx
  6. When are they running them? Surprised they are since classes at SCSU have wrapped. Do you or know anyone who has photos?
  7. I heard a rumor that St. Cloud is testing 3 Metro Transit D60s on their college routes?
  8. hp2ena

    Metro Transit

    Yes, Metro Transit does indeed have the last D60HFs ever built. They run mostly on the 850, 852, and 854 during the AM and PM rush hours (ride the 850 to Anoka and take Northstar back). Sometimes they'll make an appearance on the 724 and 760-series routes, and I have seen them on the 250 (to Blaine) and 270 (to Maplewood) before. You will also be able to see additional D60s in reserve at Heywood (near Target Field), South (by the airport, take the 515B), East (in St. Paul, take the 71), and the Metro Plant (by Pig's Eye, about a 20min bike ride on Kellogg). I believe the D60s will be retired or placed on reserve this year, but it's been delayed, so get it while you can. Ditto everything MVTARider said. Especially the XE60s on the C Line. The XE60s are super comfortable. I believe SWT is supposed to have their low-floor MCIs in service any day now. I'd check that out as well. But don't ride to Chanhassen or Chaska or you'll have a hard time getting back to the Cities proper. Also, if you're into historic streetcars, the Como-Harriet Line runs Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and the Excelsior Line (take the 645, then TransitLink from either Ridgedale or Wayzata) runs Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. https://trolleyride.org/ If you're looking for more advice, feel free to join the NUMTOT-Twin Cities group on Facebook. Some members work for Metro Transit and can help you from there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/132314470753371/
  9. FYI both 7031 and 9120 were not auctioned. The auction pages were pulled off and Muni is now working on a plan to figure out how the historic fleet looks like moving forward. Both of them are still at the auction yard in Sacramento, however.
  10. hp2ena

    Metro Transit

    Some photos from the opening
  11. hp2ena

    Metro Transit

    Rode the C-Line today. It was nice, however it was off schedule at times that when I was Downtown around 2pm, there were 3 of them bunched up. 8101, 8102, 8104, and 8105 are out today, as are 8701, 8703, 8704, 8705, and 8706. 3428 is out cosplaying as a C-Line artic. 3427 is also wrapped as such. The XE60s are very quiet. They sound just like the XTs that Muni and KCM have, but the engine noises are deeper. The announcements weren't working on the XE60s. They had cutout buses, posters, and stickers being passed out. They also have a puzzle activity at Brooklyn Center until 5. FYI the chargers at BCTC are not working today, so all the electrics will be pulling in early, around 6pm or so. Some parts for the chargers were delayed, so they won't be up and running until next week.
  12. hp2ena

    Metro Transit

    Is anyone going to the C-Line ceremony in the morning? Some fellow fans and I will be having breakfast at The Lowry Cafe nearby before then if anyone wishes to join us!
  13. Does anyone know what happened to 7031? There are reports that it was towed this morning at 2am and is possibly headed to auction
  14. hp2ena

    Metro Transit

    There will be an opportunity to see an XE60 At Move Minneapolis’ event this Wednesday from 11:30 to 1:30 https://www.facebook.com/events/387731541811734/?ti=icl
  15. hp2ena

    Metro Transit

    I saw one testing in April and did get a vid, however it was from the inside of another bus so no noise of the bus. If you're interested in riding one, they will make their debut on June 8. Penn and Lowry, 9:30am.
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