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  1. On 7/23/2021 at 2:10 PM, Jared Kam said:

    The windows were the dead giveaway. Certainly a good effort on TriMet's part to keep the branding consistent.


    On 7/22/2021 at 9:19 PM, Trimet101 said:

    Thats just the demo bus that got wrapped, We have not got are first bus yet

    Fyi, first 'actual' Nova has arrived as of last week

  2. 9 hours ago, kona404 said:

    The wiki is maintained by the community, so it’s possible its retirement status was changed and hadn’t been updated. Pantograph uses Metro’s real-time feeds, so barring an extremely unlikely data error where a vehicle is reporting a different vehicle’s ID (I’ve never heard of this, ever, for any agency), I would consider it a more accurate representation of a coach’s current status. 

    I am, however, slightly biased 😉

    It looks like the wiki has been updated, but I’ll comb through tomorrow to compare with the app and make any similar adjustments. 

    There were a bunch of 26/27/2800s that were 'retired' back in 2020, but then re-entered service because metro needed more buses on the road. I'm not fully aware of how all of that works, but that might have been the case for that bus, (and it it was) someone might have forgot to have changed the status for the bus. 


    Pantograph is a great way of seeing weather a bus is still in service or not.

  3. On 4/1/2021 at 6:51 PM, JAX Transit 2000 said:

    What about the NovaBus LFS Articulated order with the rear windows for Trimet 

    As Jared said - pilot bus is expected to arrive this fall, the rest will arrive next year

    Once all of these buses enter service, we'll see a way more diverse fleet in PDX

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  4. On 3/24/2021 at 3:28 PM, alexb320 said:

    I remember reading somewhere that a CCW conversion cost around $300k for a 40ft bus. No clue what the cost is for an artic.

    This is a 2007 model.

    According to the board documents that TriMet provided (here https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-09-18/Res%2019-09-77.pdf), it cost them just over 6 million dollars for work on 9 buses.


    The breakdown of buses include:

    5 Gillig Diesel Bus overhauls (3042-3046)

    3 Gillig BEB Conversions (3048-3050)

    and one Artic BEB Conversion (4101). 


    They probably spent a little more than the avg cost of all the buses to do the 60 foot overhaul. It looks like that would end up being in the 500,000 to 600,000 range. 

    On 3/26/2021 at 5:21 PM, alexb320 said:

    All of Valley Metros 2007 D60LFs are retired and I know that Transit Sales International purchased quite a few of them. Only four of the 2008s have been auctioned so far, that being two in February of this year and two this coming weekend.

    The one TriMet used probably came from Transitsales. BTW, the bus should have been obtained in late 2019/early 2020, which might narrow down which one it is.

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  5. On 3/7/2021 at 7:12 AM, JAX Transit 2000 said:

    Are these battery packs came off the retired 2001 New Flyer DE40LFs (2561-2562) 


    i345717.jpg 2562 was featured in Wendy and Lucy (2008) according to (IMCDB) Internet Movie Cars DATABASE website. Photo credit goes to their original owners. Used with Permission. 

    No, those buses have been long retired since 2012. The conversion work is not being done by TriMet, it is being done by CCW (Complete Coach Works: https://completecoach.com/), and they do not have those retired buses.


    CCW has their own stock of parts from New Flyer buses, so the that is probably where those are coming from.

    On 3/7/2021 at 3:12 PM, Trimet101 said:

    Thanks for the info, are these buses going to still have the same number?

    TriMet sent buses 3042-3046 to CCW (the same place in California) to undergo a diesel refurbishment. They came back to Portland in the new paint scheme, and refurbished interior. But, they have retained their original numbers while doing so. (BTW, if you wanted to know, only 3042 is in service. They are still working to get 43-46 in service. You can track the bus here http://www.rosecitytransit.org/systemmapper/single.php?vehicle=3042). The interior on the diesel refurbished buses give some major differences from the other 3000s. The interiors on the 3048-3050 are probably going to be similar to 3042-3046.


    I mention that because it leads me to believe that 3048-3050 will not be renumbered when they return to Portland and enter service as a BEB. 


    On 3/4/2021 at 8:04 PM, JAX Transit 2000 said:

    This looks very interesting 

    Are all units will be towed to the bus yard to Oregon for delivery 


  6. On 3/4/2021 at 11:23 PM, Trimet101 said:

    Dose anybody have any info on this by chance image0.png

    @Trimet101 This is TriMet coach 3050. It is a (now) BEB, which used to be a diesel bus from 2012 (when it was built) to 2019. It was removed from service and sent to CCW (complete coach works) in California in late 2019 to undergo a overhaul. They have since converted the bus from being a diesel bus to being an electrically powered bus. They also did a few other 'minor' things with the bus, such as repainting it into being in the new paint scheme. Buses 3048 and 3049 are also undergoing this overhaul. They are undergoing testing in California before returning to Portland in the coming months.


    You can read about it more in the resolution passed by TriMet's board of directors in 2019 (here):  https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-09-18/Res 19-09-77.pdf

  7. With the COVID pandemic, TriMet has decided to speed up the process on installing driver protective Barriers on the entire fleet. Before this decision was made, the barriers were only installed on 3500 series-and-newer buses.

    At the time of this posting, TriMet now has over 500 buses have barriers. This accounts for almost all of the Gilligs in the fleet (with the exception of the 30' Gilligs) have barriers installed. 

    As of this week they are starting to install barriers on the LFRs (2900s), as well. Since the installation process began in early July, they have equipped all 3000s, 3100s, 3200s, and 3300s with barriers.

    Expect one to arrive on your local bus, soon.

    In this video below you can see the installation of barriers on the Gillig Hybrid BRTs

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  8. On 7/23/2019 at 8:31 AM, alexb320 said:

    TriMet has started installing lights on top of their buses to help improve visibility very similar to what WMATA has on their buses.

    Zack Heistand on Flickr posted a picture of #3506 with these lights: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zheistand/48295927841/in/faves-78648329@N02/




    And (due to complaints) now these have came to an abrupt halt... https://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/2019/07/trimet-is-testing-out-bright-warning-lights-atop-dozens-of-buses-to-improve-visibility.html

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