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  1. MVTArider

    Alexander Dennis

    Yes, historically there have been lots of chassis options across the pond even with the same body design, can be a bit confusing for us North American fans who are used to just make/model! Enviro 400 bodied on: Scania chassis: ADL (Dennis Trident) chassis: Volvo hybrid chassis: Enviro 300 bodied: Integral E30D chassis: MAN chassis: Scania chassis: From my understanding the Volvo chassis tends to be preferred by busfans for ride quality on Enviro and Wrightbus models over the others.
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    Winnipeg Transit 300-369 (2018 XD40)

    IMO if a white base livery is here to stay, they could still do a modernized orange decal band around the top of the bus. Perhaps something like orange background with the T logo and 'Winnipeg Transit' in creme color. Other systems, i.e. Metro Transit (MN), MATBUS, Thunder Bay, use this decal method and it seems to work well.
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    Mercedes-Benz Citaro discussion

    The Citaro has undergone a minor redesign, which is now offered on an electric version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQs508FeX7U
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    Gillig product discussion

    Update the standard body styling a bit, some rounded edges would probably make it less dull and boxy. Redesign the frame/window lines a bit so the windows in the low floor section are a little lower Tighten up or strengthen the interior assembly hardware so a typical unit doesn't rattle like a tin cup of change on rough roads (to be fair some of the rattling comes from the seats, equipment, and most low floor buses will inevitably have some rattling on rough roads, so I don't expect them to be silent) Extend the front overhang a few inches, imagine adding 3" of space to the front door width and driver compartment
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    Big No No'es

    Just. please. stop. seriously. http://mollytrolley.com/model_mini.cfm
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    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    my own opinions based on no facts: If NX is bidding I bet they're fighting hard too, I suspect they are trying to make inroads to the North American operations market. First I suspect has overextended themselves with low bids during the past few years and are probably looking to trim off low profit contracts while holding onto more lucrative ones. Locally in the Twin Cities they've lost a major chunk of Met Council regional route contracts, and some paratransit operations. (Not to mention the whole GLC cutback thing)
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    Duluth Transit Authority

    Finally! https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/traffic-and-construction/4493933-electric-buses-arrive-duluth Sounds like they will start entering regular service in October.
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    Nova Bus LFS (all models)

    The model is LFS Artic HEV, I doubt they'll come up with anything fancier for a name given they've called their low floor product the LFS for decades. I see they've done away with the LFX name for the 'BRT' styling as well. http://novabus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/lfs_artic_1-1-4.jpg
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    Metro Transit

    State Fair report! Due to driver shortages Metro Transit State Fair express service was trimmed slightly with later start times. A lot of the lines seemed to be running artics vs. 40'. A few D60 were seen, but it was generally D60LFR and XD60. On the regular routes, A Line and 84 were terribly backed up by the Fair traffic delay. Still they maintained a decent headway on the A line with an extra regular 40' bus or two filling in. Also of note, A line units are starting to carry ads on the exterior (again). For Lorenz Bus, I think this is the first year in 10 years of State Fair bus fanning that Lorenz has operated all of the State Fair park and ride lot shuttles entirely in house. There was no sign of any contracted coaches as in previous years. In addition Lorenz has majorly ramped up their transit bus fleet with more secondhand additions coming from IU, CATS, and Met Council. Of course the ex Houston and Johnson County D40LF, and older Phantoms were still a big portion of the operation. I didn't get any pics of the Johnson County units this year, but noted at least two of the three running.
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    Iowa Transit

    Thanks for the update! Any idea what the status of Bettendorf Transit is with new buses? I thought they were due to get a few MiDi units a couple years ago, but I only spotted a small cutaway. Granted I didn't check out the main transfer point of the system so they could of had something else running that day. I noticed they also cut the service back a lot compared to when I was there in 2011.
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    Gillig product discussion

    006 by Munidave on Flickr Here's a decent photo of the new headlight design variant that was posted on Flickr recently. The first photo I've personally seen of one. They really need to figure out a better design than this IMO. Obviously just going for parts commonality with the BRT cap. Even just replacing the existing chrome trimmed headlight fixtures with three holes would've looked better honestly.
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    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    I wonder if there would be an option of just buying X amount of ETB from NFI, then sending the same number of slightly used units to CCW to get rebuilt with proper propulsion. To pipe dream though I would love to see some Trollinos or Skoda/Iveco in the US for something different 😍 🚎
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    Photos on the CPTDB Wiki

    I'll admit I've never had any issue with different crop ratios affecting row height, I'm mainly focused on the info. But I would be supportive of standardizing to a couple required crop ratios or one if necessary. Not sure if allowing one ratio only would be best though, as some photos that crop well to a 16:9 may not be aesthetically crop-able to 4:3, or vice versa. So yeah, that's my opinion on the matter
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    Metro Transit

    Random updates: Metro Transit has trimmed down a a lot of trips to deal with a severe shortages of drivers: https://www.metrotransit.org/service-changes-beginning-july-31-will-improve-systemwide-reliability 17 new 40' diesel Gillig Low Floors and 3 new 40' Gillig BRT in ABRT scheme are on order for 2019. Also in the minutes it sounds like the XE60 for C Line service will be the guinea pigs for electric buses in the Metro Transit fleet. They will be evaluated and have bugs and issues worked out over the first couple of years of operation. Then if all goes well expect even more electric buses from Gillig and/or NFI in following orders. A different note in the meeting minutes also mentioned one of the Bombardier trains was due to surpass 1,000,000 miles of service last month. https://metrocouncil.org/getdoc/d4ffe51c-a20a-48cf-86d6-b91a51af07e3/Minutes.aspx The new 54M service from Mall of America to Maplewood Mall via downtown Saint Paul seems to be going well. I have yet to ride it out to Maplewood myself as it's been a busy summer. Unfortunately it is still a solid 40' bus operation on Weekdays and Saturdays, with artics only operated on Sundays. I had hoped and heard a rumor they would switch to artics on the M trips during the weekdays, but apparently not. The buses every 10 minutes on the main 54 line however do seem to help with crowding during the peak periods. Also speaking of MOA, the groundbreaking ceremony to start construction on the new transit center was held last week: https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/08/02/moa-transit-hub-renovation/ https://www.metrotransit.org/mall-of-america And some observations: I have seen Phantoms 1032 on the 54 and 1042 on the 7 in the past few weeks. Outside of South there are some 31xx D60 lined up along with ABRT wrapped 7109. I'm guessing all of them will be put in service during the State Fair. Operator barriers have been installed on the newest Gilligs, such as 8012, 1784, and the 179x from what I've seen. They are still collecting feedback and data on them.
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    MetroLINK Rock Island County IL

    Metro pics from the morning of June 12th: I was able to ride an XN40, a Proterra, and the Axess 40'. XN40 is a typical Xcelsior, decent ride. Proterra was nice and quiet. I though the Axess was a very solid bus for 10 years in service. It rattled less than the 2012 XN40. As for the system operation a lot of routes are 30-60 minute frequency, with 10 Red every 15 minutes. The two Proterra electrics are assigned to the 20, which goes from Moline Centre Station to Southpark Mall TC and the Airport. A few ElDorado EZ Rider II were seen on various feeder routes. I didn't seen any EZ Rider II Max, but I also didn't hang around the different transit centers for too long.