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  1. MVTArider

    Winnipeg Transit #901-910 tracking (D40i Invero)

    Are the rest still generally in service? Or are they relegated to spare duty?
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    Sioux City Transit (Sioux City, Iowa)

    1096: https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=257&acctid=3487 1344: https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=251&acctid=3487 That Orion II in the background of the 1344 ad is interesting too!
  3. MVTArider

    Flxible Metro

    Omaha might still be running a few, not sure. If they are it's only a matter of months until their replacements arrive.
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    Metro Transit

    According to those slips on the buses they'll be testing those through Spring on the A line. Hopefully I can catch one for a ride myself soon. I'll probably go check out the A line once I don't need rain boots and ice cleats just to get out to my local bus stop 😛
  5. MVTArider

    Duluth Transit Authority

    Was in Duluth for a quick visit last week. The Protatoes are indeed running. however they have been renumbered into the 18xx series, so that's why no 5xx appear on the tracker. I think they run them primarily on the peak period runs for now. Unfortunately I only ended up riding a couple Gilligs during my afternoon visit, but at least I got a decent pic of one: Edit: Also forgot to mention, both Gilligs I rode had these plastic bins for storing grocery/shopping bags attached at the front, pretty nice idea IMO.
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    TTS 2019 Fan Trips

    I'd like to visit Toronto this year, last visit was back in 2013, so I'll definitely keep the CLRV farewell in mind. I vaguely remember riding those as a child in the early 1990's during a family vacation to Toronto
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    2019 BHA Convention - Ottawa/Gatineau - June 6 to 8

    Would love to attend but unfortunately can't take much time off from work during that period, plus I really should invest some of my spare cash into home and auto maintenance this summer. I hope to see everyone at BHA 2020!
  8. MVTArider

    Future of Flickr

    https://flickr.kustomer.help/in-memoriam-flickr-accounts-HJA_AcTL4 It looks like Flickr now has a dedicated method of dealing with exactly this sort of situation. Also just want to say thanks again to you and Reese for donating to keep his account together
  9. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    I noticed they've put info slips on C Line bus testing in the info. racks on the buses. If they are going to that extent to get the word out they must be planning on running a lot of test runs. Exercising options for 8 XD60 for the D Line, also it notes that contract expires in March. I wonder if they'll do another RFP for artics soon? The 3200 D60 would be replaced in or after 2020 under the 14 year timeframe. With an 18 month lead time from contract award to delivery it would make sense.
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    Van Hool

    I don't follow the Van Hool motorcoach design changes very closely, can anyone tell if this C series unit has a 'refurb' front on it, or is this a brand new design change for 2018/2019 CX45? ABC makes reference to a C2045R on their site and specifically mentions a "new look front headlight cap", but no pics. Lorenz Bus Service 100033 by J. Mc., on Flickr Side note, LBS also has a similarly numbered unit which I assume is a CX45: Lorenz Bus Service 200030 by J. Mc., on Flickr
  11. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    ^ IIRC Stillwater used to have semi regular bus service 10-15 years ago. Transit service death spiral in action Some recent pics from DT SP: I finally had a chance to get a decent ride on one of the XD60 a couple weeks ago. Not sure how I've managed to avoid them for the past 4 years and get either a LF or D60 or D60LFR instead every time I've even tried to ride one. (granted I didn't make a huge point of riding one) Overall a pretty decent bus. I prefer the D60LFR though for quality, those seem like they have a better interior finish and sound more solid. Inside the XD60 just look a little shoddy around the edges with bulging or cracked paneling, exposed edge filler, etc. Maybe those who ride them more often have a better opinion but the LRVs just seem disgusting lately. For example I got on one yesterday and it reeked of cigarette smoke. There have been a lot of delays with the service as well lately from accidents, incidents, etc. I hope they can get some of the reliability and rider comfort stuff figured out when the Southwest and Bottineau extensions go through.
  12. MVTArider

    You know you're a transitfan when...

    Thankfully we aren't all like that as passengers! Transit operators here would probably have no clue I was a transit fan aside from seeing me taking pics of the vehicles or noticing one of my transit themed shirts. ---- You know you're a transit fan when you are happy to work an extra hour on the weekend because that means you get the bus home on the trip with an artic assigned on it.
  13. ^ The new overground units look nice! A bit old now, but I finally got around to posting a video compilation of London Underground clips from my March 2018 visit. TfL London Underground Trains
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    Metro Transit

    ^ I guess we'll have to wait and see how a new manager with no transit experience does Part of good managing is simply making sure you have people who know the subject and how to do their jobs though, so if there's a good focus on that it may work out. XE60 8700 was the subject of testing at NFI according to a recent post: https://www.metrotransit.org/electric-bus-put-to-the-test-in-st-cloud Sounds like it'll be hitting the streets simulating C Line runs in the near future as well! EDIT: forgot to mention, last I saw there are still some 31xx D60 at South, likely on standby status since they are/were parked outside. They appeared to still have the fare equipment.
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    Chicago Transit Authority

    Not sure, but I think they are due for a new contract for the next big order. So it would probably be whoever wins that contract. Presumably the winner would be NFI, Nova or Gillig if they are looking for 40' diesel and/or hybrid and awarding on price.