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  1. Update for April, MCT has recieved 28 new 2020 Gillig BRT's. 14 are still awating assembly at Gillig. 3038-3063 are inservice, 3064 -3066 are awaiting fareboxes and DCU's, they may already have them. 3001-3024 are completely retired. 3025,3026 and 3036 are also retired. That's all the new news for the new buses and retirements. MCT has handled the COVID-19 epidemic real well, they have done Saturday schedule, have two drivers on each bus (one to drive and one to clean when the bus gets to the ending point), they rotate days on and off, and give the drivers Clorox wipes and sanitizer. The overnight mechanics who assign buses to the routes have been putting only the 29's and 40's out. A few Ford Turtle top's have been put out for the small areas and low riders. They have also been putting capacity signs on the front window of all buses, They have been limiting how many passengers can be on each bus. For example.. The 25 footer (Ford Turtle top's) are limited to 8 passengers, 29 footers are limited to 15 passengers, and ,the 40 footers are limited to 20 passengers. The 35 footers, 3501 and 3504 haven't been in service for over 3 weeks now, so no clue what the limit is for them. Also rumor has it that when we get new 40 footers in about 2 years the 35 footers are retiring for good with no replacement. They plan to only purchase 32 40 footers, but the budget says 39. I have been home for almost 18 days now, due to school being shut down and the IL Stay at Home order. Have a great day everyone!
  2. Wow! Yeah, MCT isn't buying 35 footers this coming up 40 footer order. They have been nothing but mechanical issues the past few years. Instead of buying 35's, they will order 4 more 40 footers. They have been putting the 35's on the 1 Riverbend , 1X Riverbend Express (Occasionaly), 17 Cougar Shuttle, and 18 Collinsville Regional on Saturday and Sunday's. On the weekend the 1 is ran by the 30 footers and the 17 is ran by whatever is on the 22, which 9/10 times it's a Ford Turtletop. Today, 3045 was on the 1. Usually they only put the 2010's and 2011's on Saturday's, but since we are so low on them they had to put a few new buses out today. Anyway, speaking of the Xcelsior, in 2016 MCT tested one. I was told that the mechanics hated it. I think they also don't get them, because the Gillig's are all the same to work on, and the fleet matches.
  3. Update: 3001-3009, 3016 and 3025 is retired. 3008 and 3025 were retired last night. 3025 was not supposed to be retired for a while, because it only had around 460,000 miles and it's a 2012. But the maintmance team decided to retire it. 3038-3047 are in service. These new buses have been having issues with the Clever Devices (DCU) that currently controls the sign. If the bus is on a bumpy or route that has high up railroad crossings the DCU disconnects. But it's new technology so it's expected. As of now MCT is on a 10 year/590k miles retirement policy. Now with the 40's it will be 11 to 12 years. No plans right now to replace them till at least late 2021 early 2022.
  4. I got the opportunity to ride 3038 on the #10 today! Also got some great pictures of it! Didn't have time to get pictures of the interior unfortunately.
  5. 3001 was retired on Tuesday, some kind of leak. 3041, 3042, 3043, and 3044 have also been delivered. Unknown unit was spotted about 4 hours from the garage.
  6. Hello buddy it’s John Bunker from the FB Groups 

    I have more photos to add to the community connector Bangor Maine roster of photos of there new 2019 Gillig Standard Low Floor 29’ Buses 1985-1989 

    for the thumbnail to the Roster if you don’t mind uploading them that will be awesome 



  7. hey Calib it’s John Bunker from the Groups on FB I am wondering if you wouldn’t mind editing the LRTAs roster for me I have photos of there buses I would like to have added to the Roster if you don’t mind doing them for me that would be awesome 



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      I also have a photo taken by me John A Bunker of LRTA’s BRT 1904 taken on 7-21-2019 at the Kennedy Center in Lowell that I would like to request to have added to the main thumbnail to the photo 


  8. I got the opportunity Thursday to ride the first new 29 footer 3038 and I will say it was a very very nice and smooth ride! These new buses feature, driver sheilds, all electronic gauge cluster (Execpt air gauge), White Luminator Horizon (Front, side, and rear signs), American Seating Prime+ seats with American Seating's new step railing, and the words "STOP" when the driver hits the breaks in the rear. 3038 currently has around 3k miles. 3039 arrived yesterday, and 3040 arrived the day before yesterday. 3016 was retired the day before yesterday due to mechanics tired of dealing with it. 3038 wasn't suppose to enter service till mid-late spring, but they retired 3016 and had a saftey inspection last week. Anyway, these pictures are no means good quality. But I wanted to share something with everyone here in the forms.
  9. Here is the interior of 3038 the first new 29 footer BRT to arrive to MCT's garage. And the new Prime+ seating. Picture courtesy of Madison County Transit (MCT) Facebook page.
  10. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/St._Louis_Metro
  11. Depends on where you pick your hotel. I would stay in Edwardsville-STL area and avoid Granite City/East St. Louis area though, hotels their are ratty.
  12. You can take our Madison County Transit, 1X, 5, 14X, or 16X to St. Louis from Madison County. Or Metrolink into Missouri. And I do too.
  13. The first of 42 new 29 footer Gillig's. They are continueing the current number system. Sent to me by a delievery driver for Gillig. First buses should be here by end of next week.
  14. Thanks for the compliment! Anyway I am from Madison County, IL which boarders St. Louis, and St. Clair counties. Anyway Redbird Express is over for the season, but it was never cancelled. It was once due to a driver strike but it resumed later in the season. The Phantoms and the refurbished units run the Redbird Express.
  15. Wow! St. Clair County District did get some. Thanks for sharing the article. I have rode many SCCTD buses.
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