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  1. 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☺️
  3. 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
  4. Milwaukee County Transit System 5232 On N. 5th St. between W. St. Paul Ave. & W. Clybourn St. under the Interstate 794 bridge. The south/east end layover for Route 12 (Teutonia-Hampton). Originally Route 12 was a streetcar line and replaced by GM diesel buses in Nov. 1951. Also, the original south/east end of the line was at the Lakefront (and then Chicago & North Western Depot*). HISTORY NOTE: *Chicago and North Western Lakefront Depot closed in May 1966 and all trains transferred to the Milwaukee Union Station (now Milwaukee Intermodal Station) at N. 5th St. & W. St. Paul Ave. Photo taken on Sunday July 1, 2018 via my cell phone. This is the day in 1975 when Milwaukee County takeover the bus system. Can add to the Wiki. I hope to capture 5000-series in the near future. Very hard to find, only assigned to weekdays and on trippers. Have a nice day to all transportation fans along your family and friends. *EarlyRun89
  5. Milwaukee County Transit System 5326 On W. St. Paul Ave. between N. 4th St. & N. 5th St. & the Route 57 (Walnut-N. 92nd) Layover. Taken on Sunday June 24, 2018 via my cell phone. Can add to the Wiki
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    Milwaukee County Transit System

    Milwaukee County Transit System is making service improvements Purple Line extended to IKEA in Oak Creek on June 3. The system is looking into improving the bus routes with better headways and connections in the near future. Fiebrantz Station/Garage will be closing at the end of the summer. This will move Routes 6, 12, 42U, 49U, 63, 67*, 76, 143, 276 & Red Line to Fond du Lac Station. As of June 3, Route 27 & Purple Line transferred from Fiebrantz to Kinnickinnic. That required to move 5430-5447 to Kinnickinnic and along with nearly 40 bus operators. MCTS will only have two garages. One on the south side and one on the north side. Hope to get an updated bus roster. NOTE: *Route shared between Fiebrantz & Fond du Lac.
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    VIA Metropolitan Transit

    I haven't been to San Antonio since early Spring 1989. I remember seeing GMC RTS buses on my last visit and I was only 13 at the time. I know that the RTS buses ran until the late 1990's/early 2000's. I have no idea what replace them?!
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    Milwaukee County Bus Accident

    Another video of the accident. From www.patch.com 32441926_133377117523545_6527967861736996864_n.mp4
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    Milwaukee County Bus Accident

    MCTS is continuing to investigate the cause of an accident. May 16, 2018 MCTS is continuing to investigate the cause of an accident on May 15th near 12th and Wisconsin Avenue. The Route 12 bus was heading southbound on 12th Street and accelerated as it turned left (eastbound) onto Wisconsin Avenue. The bus drove onto the sidewalk and hit a tree before hitting a building on the Marquette University campus. Five passengers were on the bus at the time of the crash. The driver and three passengers reported not life threating injuries. MCTS is working with investigators and also doing an internal investigation into the cause. So far we know: *Bus Equipment The bus had been on the road for 12 hours before the crash and drivers who drove it had not reported any issuesThe bus went through its annual Wisconsin Department of Transportation inspection in February. The bus had its 6,500 mile inspection on May 4th (MCTS buses are inspected every 6,500 miles) Neither of the recent inspections found any problems with the bus *Bus Operator The bus operator is a 59-year-old man. He has been driving with MCTS for 12 years. As is standard procedure with any accident, the driver goes through a medical test to rule out any medical issues. Source; www.ridemcts.com
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    Milwaukee County Bus Accident

    A YouTube Video from WTMJ Ch. 4 The Milwaukee Fire Department had their hands full dealing with a 4-alarm church fire a few blocks away and this accident on top of it. To make matters worse, the Milwaukee Police Department were very busy helping and directing traffic to detour around this accident and the church fire. Downtown Milwaukee is a total mess with streetcar project with some roads closed and along with other construction projects. I give the Milwaukee Fire & Police Departments credit for their services. No fatalities on this accident and the church fire. 5219 is out of service at this time with an unknown future. I'll keep you updated.
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    Milwaukee County Bus Accident

    Milwaukee County Bus Accident Happened at 12th & Wisconsin in the Marquette University area. Go to www.wisn.com for further details or engine search "Milwaukee County Bus Accident".
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