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  1. Milwaukee County Transit System 4907 is retired. It had a mishap and the right front is damaged.
  2. Kenosha Streetcar 4615 Painted in the Johnstown orange and cream. Out on display at the Joseph McCarthy Transit Center and Streetcar Yard for the 2018 Kenosha Streetcar Appreciation Day. Still out of service at this time. NOTE: Glad to see it outside after spending 3 years inside the barn. Taken on Saturday September 15, 2018 via my cell phone. Can add to the Wiki. The Kenosha Streetcar Roster is now complete.
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    Valley Transit (Appleton, WI)

    Follow-up on the new buses Valley Transit 1701 & 1702 were spotted at the transit center on Tuesday August 21. Both photos taken via my cell phone. Very nice paint scheme on these buses. Welcome to add to the Wiki.
  4. Milwaukee County Transit System 4818 On N. 5th St. at W. St. Paul Ave. in Downtown Milwaukee. Assigned to Route 12 (Teutonia-Hampton) and on its way to Milwaukee's far north side. Taken on Friday August 17, 2018 via my cell phone. Can add to the Wiki As Sunday August 26, 2018. Fiebrantz Garage will be closed and Routes 6, 12, 42U, 49U, 63, 76, 143, 276 and the handful of runs on Route 67 will be shifted to Fond du Lac Garage. All buses and employees will be reassigned to Fond du Lac. This will forever leave 2 garages. Fond du Lac on the north side and Kinnickinnic on the south side. The reason is budget cuts. Milwaukee once had 7 bus garages (then Car Barns) before 1955. Fiebrantz Garage opened in 1930 and housed streetcars, trackless trolleys, gas & diesel buses and all were parked outside. In 1968, a garage was built and renovated in the late 1980's to bring it up to standards. Unknown what will happen to the garage after its closure.
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    Advertising buses

    Milwaukee County Transit System 5141 is fully wrapped for the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball. On E. Juneau Ave. between N. Jackson St. & N. Milwaukee St. Assigned to Route 15 (Holton-Kinnickinnic). Taken on Wednesday August 8, 2018 in the late afternoon. Too bad that I can't charter a transit bus for a few hours to get photos on nice backgrounds.
  6. Milwaukee County Transit System 5000 On W. Wisconsin Ave. at N. 6th St. in Downtown Milwaukee and assigned to Gold Line (Wisconsin Ave.) on its way to UWM. The 5000's were the last order of D40LF's for Milwaukee and delivered in early 2006. About 50 left in service. Taken on Wednesday August 8, 2018 via my cell phone. Can add to the Wiki.
  7. GO Transit (Oshkosh, WI) have new buses. GO Transit 1809 at the transit center. It's a 2018 New Flyer Xcelsior and guessing a hybrid. I'll get back to Oshkosh on later time. The older New Flyer buses are still hanging around. The Bus History Association were in Oshkosh to view the older New Flyer buses at the transit center 2 years ago. Taken on Saturday July 28, 2018 via my cell phone. Can add to the Wiki.
  8. Valley Transit (Appleton, WI) have new buses. Seen #1703 on Route 30 in Menasha (outside Appleton) on Saturday July 28. It's a New Flyer Xcelsior 40 foot bus. I'll get a photo along the way. I wouldn't be surprised if the Orion V's are all retired now. The Bus History Association were there to see one on display at the transit center 2 years ago.
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    Milwaukee County Bus Accident

    UPDATE (8/17/18): 5219 is out of service and no further details at this time. There is a YouTube video of the bus being towed. Search "MCTS Crash May 15".
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    Milwaukee County Bus Accident

    Here are two YouTube videos of the May 15 accident as it happened. The full screen is from WISN 12 News and the multiple views by MCTS WARNING: Very graphic video. Follow-up from MCTS Website Update on Investigation into Accident at 12th and Wisconsin July 27, 2018 Milwaukee, WI – The investigation into a May 15th bus accident at 12th and Wisconsin has wrapped up. The investigation shows that Calvert Campbell, the bus driver, failed to apply the brake and instead accidently accelerated through the intersection and into a Marquette University building. Five passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident. Campbell and three passengers reported injuries that were not life threatening. MCTS and an independent engineer performed an extensive review of the bus. They looked at bus brakes, the engine and service records and found everything was working properly. Jeff Peterson, the independent engineer from Skogen Engineering Group, found: “No mechanical defects were found during our inspection of the bus that pre-existed the accident.” Further evidence of the cause was discovered in surveillance video released by Marquette University. The video shows the bus drive through the intersection and into the building without the rear brake lights ever illuminating. Prior to this accident, Campbell, 59, drove for 12 years without any accidents. Campbell is being taken off the road for at least six months. During that time, he will be part of the team that cleans the buses at night and fills them up with fuel. He will not drive any routes or any buses in service. At the end of six months, he will be reevaluated.
  11. Kansas City Area Transit Authority 2322 In Downtown Milwaukee in a parking lot on W. Wisconsin Ave. between N. 4th St. & N. 5th St. I took this photo myself on 35mm slide on Monday May 5, 2003. APTA was in Milwaukee for a conference at the Midwest Center (now Wisconsin Center). I didn't attend the event at all. Can add to the Wiki.
  12. Milwaukee County Transit System New Flyer D40LF Buses 4320, 4636, 4701, 4706, 4707, 4708, 4710, 4711, 4729, 4736, 4737, 4739, 4741, 4743, 4747, 4814, 4815 & 4816 are disposed and off the property. 4305, 4616, 4638, 4702, 4713, 4717, 4719, 4728, 4730, 4731, 4733, 4745, 4749, 4809 & 4820 are retired and awaiting disposition. ☆UPDATE (8/17/18): 4305 is off the property to its unknown future. 4700, 4703, 4704, 4709, 4720, 4732, 4748, 4800, 4802, 4807 & 4812 haven't been seen on the road/tracker for quite some time. Likely stored inside at one of the garages. I'll find out more in the near future. ☆UPDATE (8/17/18): All retired from service and awaiting disposition. 4740, 4811 & 4824 at the shops with an unknown future. Can update the Wiki. Next update on the last weekend of September
  13. Can add #703 to the Wiki. It's Ex-Atlanta 703 and the bus is in orange. Not sure when Manitowoc acquired it. I acquired the slide recently and taken in April 1980. Also can add for Wausau's Metro Ride acquiring the former Ozaukee County Express #1000-1003. One of my correspondents showed me at photo of #1003 and never repainted in Metro Ride colors. Taken in Spring 2017. It was either in late 2014 or very early 2015 when these 4 were acquired. Been to Wausau only once (in 2011) and haven't been back since. Ozaukee County Express #1004 sat around until late 2015/early 2016. No idea where it went to? Milwaukee County Transit System ran the Ozaukee buses. All retired in June 2014. Milwaukee have been retiring more older D40LFs. I'll soon find out what's been disposed and added to storage.
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    Regrets in transit fanning

    *Milwaukee County Transit System Should of got photos of the 4500's at the Mill Road Transit Center in 2002-2004. Too busy getting photos of the Orion V's (3700-3816) in 2002-2003. *Belle Urban System (Racine) [now the Ryde] Didn't get photos of the GMC 4523's in 2002. Only on school trippers and hard to find at the end. *Kenosha Transit [now Kenosha Area Transit] Didn't get more photos of the RTS buses in 2002 & 2004. Didn't have the time and busy with other things. *Madison Metro Didn't go to Madison for a long period of time. This went from November 1989 to January 1999. Almost 10 years. Last visit to Madison was in October 1989 and the last time I would see the GMC 45's, 53's and RTS buses around Capitol Square. All routes were in letters. I was with my dad and 13 at the time. I was on a school trip as a guest. Returned to Madison in February 1999 and rode the Orion V's. Madison Metro went to route numbers around this point. *Sheboygan Transit [now Shore Line Metro] Went to Sheboygan once in Spring 1990. Never got to ride anything. One Saturday afternoon in Spring 1990, went to Sheboygan to see a relative for a party. Glad to see 3 types of transit buses around Downtown Sheboygan. I wanted to take a ride on a Flxible New-Look, GMC 4521 or 4523 and a GMC RTS. Never got to ride nothing at all and this party bored me out of my mind. My dad and I just wanted to go out for a walk by the lake. We both were stuck. This was a waste of Saturday. I was underage. *Wisconsin Coach Lines Never got to ride the GMC Buffalo buses and were retired in Spring 1993. Were mostly on the Racine/Kenosha runs at the end. I was underage to ride down that far on my own and didn't have much funds for a round-trip fare back then. *Nortran [now Pace Northwest] Got to see the GMC 5307's near O'Hare in the late 1980's. Never got to ride one. I was underage. *Chicago Transit Authority Got to see alot of the GMC 5307's in the 1980's. Never got to ride one. I was underage and the last time I would see the 5307s was in August 1993. I didn't go to Chicago from September 1993 to September 1997. The 5307s were retired in late 1995/early 1996. Would return to Chicago in October 1997 and been going there ever since. Should of got more photos of the 7300's (Ex-Seattle) artics in 2002 before the bike racks got installed in 2003. I didn't get down to Chicago very much from 2002 to 2004 due to cutbacks. *VIA (San Antonio) Got to see alot of GMC RTS buses in the 1980's. Never got a photo of one. I did get to ride a few with my relatives on my visit to San Antonio. The last time I would see the RTS buses was in late March 1989 and haven't been back since then. *Kerrville Bus Co. (Texas) Got to see number of MC-7's, MC-8's and MC-9's along I-35 between Dallas and San Antonio in the 1980's. I did get to ride Kerrville between San Antonio and Eagle Pass with my parents a few times. The next time I would see Kerrville Bus was in the early 1990's. It was on a charter assignment and visiting Milwaukee. I had the one and only photo and it got damaged by water. I should had never put none of my photos in the basement. *Greyhound Lines Inactive from August 1993 to April 1995. I should had never taken off 21 months at all. Returned in May 1995 after seeing the then Bus World Magazine at a book shop in Downtown Milwaukee. This was about a month before I graduated high school. I know the feeling on wanting to ride that bus while being young and underage. My #1 regret was not riding a GMC Buffalo on my own. I hope to ride one at least once in my life. There aren't very many left out there. Have a nice day☺️
  15. Here's a good way to promote public transportation. Go to https://mobile.twitter.com/RideMCTS/status/1013805283372617728/photo/1 or engine search *Twitter > RideMCTS. Every now and then, MCTS will put past photos of buses, streetcars and trackless trolleys on Twitter or Facebook. A number of bus shelters are getting a makeover with beautiful art. The Milwaukee "HOP" streetcar construction is complete. Testing is being in the early morning hours. I'll keep you updated on Opening Day. My cell phone photo of HOP 01 on display at the open house for the public to see it. A number of public transportation fans from my area and a few from the windy city were there to view and take video and photos. Photo taken on Friday June 8, 2018. Have a nice and safe 4th of July
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