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  1. MVTArider

    Iowa Transit

    Thanks for the info. Well more LF is boring from a fan perspective, but from a practical viewpoint I'm glad they are finally getting some fresh equipment. Those RTS were awesome but they were certainly due to go. I'm sure the limited mobility riders will like not having to climb up the steps anymore. I remember seeing a couple of seniors taking a while to get on when I rode one a few years back.
  2. MVTArider

    Winnipeg and Artic Buses

    It is due to limited storage space that they pull the racks off during the winter season correct? Too bad they can't leave them on all buses year round. I imagine it's not a popular feature if getting a bus with one can be hit or miss depending on how quickly they get re-installed in the spring.
  3. MVTArider

    Buses for sale

    Wow, 6077 was one of the first units to be rebuilt and feature the new livery too. I guess it had a good maintenance life. Greyhound Lines 6077 by J. Mc., on Flickr
  4. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    Some items of interest in the latest TC agenda: 110 new FastFare fareboxes: https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetings/Committees/Transportation-Committee/2019/May-13,-2019/0513_2019_111.aspx Route 614 is officially being eliminated: https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetings/Committees/Transportation-Committee/2019/May-13,-2019/0513_2019_104-presentation.aspx ^ Link to what hp2ena mentioned about the C Line https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetings/Committees/Transportation-Committee/2019/May-13,-2019/Info-2-_-C-Line.aspx Also in the news Metro Transit is looking to drop the overnight service on Green Line between 2-4am for track maintenance. https://kstp.com/news/possible-changes-on-the-way-for-metro-transit-green-line/5344607/ Originally the service plan for Green Line was to run about 4am-12am with the 16 operating overnight trips into downtown Minneapolis to cover the gap. Perhaps they should revisit that.
  5. MVTArider

    BYD "E-Bus"

    To be fair though a chunk of the UK ones are only BYD propulsion/chassis with the bus body coming from ADL. IIRC some of the issues with BYD in NA were due to poor build quality of the bus. For range issues I suppose another factor could be lower average speeds in UK cities vs. NA cities. I.e. range is probably better plugging along at 20mph in London than at 45mph on a main access street in the US. Nonetheless though I agreed the technology seems to be a success over there, so I also have to wonder why some agencies seem to struggle with their electric buses (BYD or other).
  6. MVTArider

    Buses for sale

    M-B 0 309 minibus from 1972, looks like it might still be semi intact from transit use too given the livery is on: https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/hvo/d/hibbing-1972-mercedes-benz-0309/6878137936.html Anyone aware of how this may have been used? Fixed-route, demand-response? I'm not seeing any clear passenger entry door on the side so maybe the front door just has steps??
  7. MVTArider

    Iowa Transit

    Have they gotten new 40' buses to replace them? IIRC it was rumored they would be getting a couple XD40 at one point.
  8. MVTArider

    Iowa Transit

    A few more of Cedar Rapids Transit RTS are officially out of service, pulled 4/8/2019: 2922 (1TUMDT9A9NR828943) 2923 (1TUMDT9A2NR828945) 2924 (1TUMDT9A5NR828969)
  9. MVTArider

    Southwest Transit Discussion

    Finally got a couple shots of the current full lime top livery: They should be getting a couple of the new MCI D45 CRT LE as well IIRC.
  10. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    Yes that was the one I was remembering: https://metrocouncil.org/getdoc/d4ffe51c-a20a-48cf-86d6-b91a51af07e3/Minutes.aspx
  11. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    A little bus photo montage from my trip along the A Line from Saturday: And here's a short video I got riding on 8100: Metro Transit 8100 Ride by J. Mc., on Flickr I also saw a D60LFR on the A Line, not sure what that was about 🤔 From what I could tell 8100 and 8102 were the only other artics running, plus a bunch of the 8xxx BRT+. The XD60 are nice! We'll see when they show up, or pics are posted on FB or whatever, but the 2019 ABRT Gilligs for the A Line might also have the new flat front/BRT+ styling. There was some vague mention of that being an option in a past set of committee minutes.
  12. MVTArider

    Minnesota Valley Transit Authority

    A couple random updates: All D40LF are retired now, the large bus fleet is all Gillig and MCI, plus the Novas for the Red Line. MVTA is looking to integrate their new AVL system with the regional system, based on an item in the recent Transportation Committee agenda. I hope this means they'll be bringing back their real-time bus location maps. Those were very handy to check especially since most of the services is hourly. Apple Valley Transit station is getting a couple of floors added on the parking deck. Construction begins this summer I think. This will help alleviate current parking congestion there. EDIT: Nothing noteworthy, but here's a couple somewhat recent bus pics FWIW:
  13. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    Nice, they'll probably start service mid-May then. All new regular route buses will have the new fareboxes as well allegedly. Start/stop on a straight diesel will be different. I remember from a ride on one of the 734x units it shuddered every time it started and was sort of annoying. I hope it's been improved. I wonder how the drivers will respond to it... Personally I hate using the start/stop on vehicles at work except for a few models where it's seamless. Usually I just switch it off
  14. MVTArider

    Iowa Transit

    Apparently there is now an all day express bus service running between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. This was started 6 months ago as a way to help avoid traffic congestion due to a major interstate interchange rebuild. It is operated by Windstar Lines, utilizing Van Hool coaches, based on the website. Service is every 30 minutes peak and hourly throughout the day. Roundtrip fare is $7 and the journey is about an hour between the two areas. https://www.380express.com/index.php
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    Eau Claire Transit (Eau Claire, WI)

    Eau Claire is finally getting the ball rolling on a permanent mixed-use replacement for their 'temporary' downtown transfer center that was built in the 80's! http://wqow.com/news/top-stories/2019/04/09/city-of-eau-claire-now-accepting-transit-station-proposals/ Also the red stripe buses are G18D102N4 ex-Indiana University, 1999 units I believe. I suspect they simply replaced the 2001 29' Low Floors with 5 of them numbered in the same range. I was able to get pics of two when I was in Eau Claire a few weeks ago. Otherwise their newest buses age-wise are still the 2012 XDE35 from what I could tell. Their 2002 40' and 29' ones are still going as well. Thank goodness they bought Gilligs back then and didn't cheap out with some Bluebirds or something.