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      We are saddened by the loss of Winnipeg Transit driver Irvine (Jubal) Fraser who was attacked while on the job and unfortunately passed away.
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  1. Anybody have photos of the new Amaya GT seats in service? Is Amaya Torino VIP still offered?
  2. I'll believe it when I see it.
  3. English, please! Nobody know what's going to happen until it actually happens and nothing has happened yet. "Talk" means naught.
  4. What you are saying precisely proves my point that private transit should qualify just as well as public transit. That is why we must draw the line at type of vehicle instead, and thus disqualify OTRBs. I used to live in Germany.
  5. For the purpose of determining type of vehicle, we will use the official US legal definition of over-the-road-bus (aka OTRB, Reisebus, or motorcoach), as "a bus characterized by an elevated passenger deck located over a baggage compartment". Any route operated, even occasionally, by a vehicle fitting such a definition, even if the "baggage compartment" is fitted with CNG or hybrid equipment, is disqualified. Anything else counts, including cutaway shuttle routes, so long as it operates at least every weekday. The route does not have to be operated by a public agency. We have to count private operators because many countries have private transit operators. Because we have to count private operators, we cannot OTRBs, as that would qualify multi-day intercity routes. Scotland Stagecoach North East Route 10 is not operated by a public agency, but because its vehicles fit the definition of OTRB, it cannot be counted. I was going to nominate one of the Eastern Sierra Transit routes out here, but because their longest two routes do not operate at least every weekday, they have been disqualified. I am not sure whether tourist routes that operate only on weekends should qualify; what do you guys think about this in particular? I guess they should? What type of vehicle is the PostBus 960x Lienz - Innsbruck operated with? I only found a picture of a Setra.
  6. 3-4-3 is standard in Economy on the 777 now. Get an upgrade to Business Class or maybe Premium Economy. But I don't fly Air Canada anyway and I do agree that they do not deserve the "4-star rating" on Skytrax.
  7. China Airlines isn't putting the 744 on Europe flights, they're relegating them to intra-Asia and the two older PW4056-powered examples still in service are slated for retirement.
  8. It's an Irizar i6: http://www.irizar.com/usa/. Those pictures look to be taken at LAD.
  9. Sorry, but 15-20 passengers is less than 40% the 51-seat passenger capacity of a 102DL3.
  10. I will respond to your points one by one: I simply found the mileage of retired NJT D4500s, since NJT is the largest operator. I never claimed MCIs were not much more durable than transit buses on the same type of route. In fact, I did actually point out that 850k is a lot more than the transit requirement of 500k. Also, 1 million miles is not much more than 850k. Commuter service is not a close comparison to what Greyhound does. Highway running is very different from "more time idling in stop and go traffic, more brake usage, etc". It is like comparing a 737 to a A340. The warped lights I was talking about, I specifically mentioned they were on Prevost X3-45s, not new MCIs. The only relevance they have in the discussion is that they suggest Prevost is no better than MCI, which is why agencies order MCI due to the cheaper price. I know how Greyhound does maintenance and you are correct - they didn't have a part for #86284 in Denver so they sent it out. But that doesn't prove anything when Greyhound 102DL3s are in better condition than Greyhound D4505s. The ride quality is worse in new MCIs, no matter what driver is driving. They simply tilt more. But, I eat at McDonald's, so your mileage may vary. So, you personally prefer a vehicle (the X3-45) that has interior lights falling off. That is very revealing of yourself. I think I recognize you, but again, I eat at McDonald's. Just because MCI keeps "refining" the D4505 does not mean they keep improving it. Great features do not equal great quality. Even if they are improving it, my comparison to the 737 is still particularly valid here in the sense that Boeing keeps refining the 737 and customers keep buying it in huge numbers, despite it being a not-so-great and, indeed, obsolete aircraft. Your end point is basically the same point I've been trying to make. All the motorcoaches in production are similar (and bad) enough in quality that new MCIs looks OK compared to the rest. So, in the end, we agree more than we disagree. You said you "think" that "if you were to chose (sic) either the D or the Prevost X-series for a charter, commuter, or line-haul operation, you couldn't go wrong". You think, but are you sure? Would you be willing to sign a contract personally guaranteeing your statement? Yes or no?
  11. They have a 4-star rating on Skytrax despite 10-abreast on the 777 and 9-abreast on the 787. Really underrated?
  12. ...which is basically why Greyhound cut it. Greyhound doesn't have Sprinters.
  13. Well, I'm a 747-400 fan so...
  14. Here are some inspection videos of X3-45 #86127: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CnmvYa9Y2Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD4ypK1D8Cg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sniRT4830Wo
  15. Sorry to bump thread. Any more ideas?