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  1. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    I agree the coaches and 60036-60039, 60044 make sense to be noted as the Metro Transit fleet. 60036-60039, 60044 were initially operated by Lorenz on the 62, 80, (weekend 25? maybe one other route?) before their contract ended in 2014. The buses were then transferred to Metro Transit for their increased vehicle needs due to the Green Line connecting service expansions. The interiors on them are different spec, with plastic seat backs and no plexiglass by the rear doors. Not sure about 275/288, but I recall the 467 was at one point 'contracted' to Metro Transit. IIRC First and Metro Transit bid on it and it was awarded to Metro Transit as the operating cost was lower. This may have had something to do with it serving Lakeville or the funding source at the time. Also; Zero-Emission Bus Transition Plan Final plan from the 1/24/22 Transportation Committee.
  2. IIRC that would've been Laidlaw. First acquired Laidlaw around 2007.
  3. A few more added: 4731: 2007 GILLIG LOW FLOOR TRANSIT BUS VIN: 15GGD211871078402 2WD 4943: 2009 GILLIG LOW FLOOR TRANSIT BUS VIN: 15GGD211591176869 2WD 4945: 2009 GILLIG LOW FLOOR TRANSIT BUS VIN: 15GGD211391176871 2WD 4947: 2009 GILLIG LOW FLOOR TRANSIT BUS VIN: 15GGD211791176873 2WD I would guess 4946 is either retired, or will retire with the next round. With these retirements only the 35' Gilligs (and perhaps 4946) remain from the basic white livery era.
  4. Most or all of the remaining 2007 Low Floors and a 2009 are being disposed of: 4730: 2007 GILLIG LOW FLOOR TRANSIT BUS VIN: 15GGD211671078401 2WD 4732: 2007 GILLIG LOW FLOOR TRANSIT BUS VIN: 15GGD211X71078403 2WD 4733: 2007 GILLIG LOW FLOOR TRANSIT BUS VIN: 15GGD211171078404 2WD 4734: 2007 GILLIG LOW FLOOR TRANSIT BUS VIN: 15GGD211371078405 2WD 4735: 2007 GILLIG LOW FLOOR TRANSIT BUS VIN: 15GGD211571078406 2WD 4736: 2007 GILLIG LOW FLOOR TRANSIT BUS VIN: 15GGD211771078407 2WD 4944: 2009 GILLIG LOW FLOOR TRANSIT BUS VIN: 15GGD211191176870 2WD I also spotted a 35' Gillig on the 495 last week. I wonder if ridership on the 495 is down?
  5. At least it's just that and not something where service termination didn't get processed out so now there's an outstanding bill. I remember a news story about someone getting a ridiculously large bill from a cable company for a relative who had passed, IIRC they had closed the account and turned in all the equipment. But the provider didn't register that the service was off and so it kept getting autobilled to a canceled account. The charges were cancelled by the company of course once the news reporter brought it to their attention. I think the most insensitive thing we dealt with when my Mom passed was her former AVON saleslady. My Mom had told her flat out she wasn't going to be buying any more AVON stuff due to not being able to handle perfumes and scents after going through cancer treatments. But no, this lady kept dropping off catalogs at the door each month. Then after my Mom passed the catalogs still kept showing up. My Dad caught her dropping them off one time and told her what had happened and don't drop off any more catalogs, we aren't buying anything. Next month, sure enough there's the latest issue...
  6. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    Nice to see the 8700's coming back! C Line assignments have been all over, it would be nice to see it running with a consistent group of the ABRT spec units again. I'm guessing the Gilligs running on it may have been partly due to icy conditions. I noticed Orange had 3 8000's on it this morning.
  7. Are the Ft. Lauderdale Airport - Tri-Rail link Academy Novas also covered under the WMATC? https://www.broward.org/Airport/passengers/Transportation/Pages/PublicTransportation.aspx (Image from link above)
  8. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    Welp, that's it for the final D40LF to be operated in revenue service in the Twin Cities All will be auctioned on 12/11: 6046 6047 2608
  9. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    I'm not sure if they're supposed to be using the Plymouth buses for non-Plymouth transit uses. However in past years I have seen them used occasionally on training runs in St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Roseville, and once saw one working the DELTA employee shuttle.
  10. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    ^End of the standard floor era. Thank you Phantoms and D60s, it's been a wonderful ride. My very first photos for both types, taken in 2008. Wish I had gotten into photos a couple years earlier, but if you take pictures you still need to start sometime: The mileage on the shop queens 7290/7291 is like 1/3 -1/2 of the mileage on a lot of the 2012 73xx Gillig HEVs Also looking at mileage, the 71xx 2008 Gillig HEVs are getting up there! Thanks for sharing
  11. MVTA schedule changes effective today. Here is the new 425/Orange LINK schedule. every 30 minutes on weekdays. 6am-7pm so not useful for a late night trip but still fairly practical for accessing some key areas of Burnsville or BTS during the morning/midday/afternoon. https://www.mvta.com/cms-files/orange_link.pdf Now, how about the actual Orange LINKability? Well supposing one arrived at the southern terminus of the METRO Orange at 11:03, it would be a 21 minute wait for the next NB trip to BTS (quicker to walk) but Orange is every 15 during the weekday, so taking an earlier or later trip would just be a 5-6 minute wait for the NB BTS connection. 11:03 connecting to SB down towards Burnsville Center would be a 5-6 minute wait. Not bad.
  12. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    1228, 1319, 1402, 1703 along with BRT units 8001, 8002, 8004, 8009, 8014, 8015 on the A Line currently, while RED has 1656, 1669, 1704. Meanwhile BRT buses; 8000 on route 7, 8003 on the 5, 8005 on the 6, 8007 on 535, 8008 on 14, 8010 on the 515, 8013 on the 22. I'm no expert, but seems to me it would make more sense to put the 7 buses with fareboxes on the regular routes and the 7 BRT spec buses on the ABRT and BRT route... Must be some serious shortages going on at South with service/maintenance or available operators though if this is how buses are being assigned.
  13. Not sure what the squirrels in my neighborhood got into, but I've had to dispose of three dead ones from the yard so far. First one I found on the day they were sweeping the street, so I left it in the gutter to get wisked away with all the other crap that accumulates in the road over the summer. (Dog poop, leaves, gravel, trash, dead garter snakes, birds, etc.) Then the next day I found another that had likely fallen out of the tree in front. Waited a couple days then scooped that into a paper sak, and double-bagged that and put in the trash. Then the next day yet another! So scooped that corpse up and did the bag thing again. Yuck, I hope that's it. Though I half expect to find another tomorrow at this rate. A couple weeks ago I found a heavily chewed mouse or rat poison bait box in the backyard, so I'm guessing that had something to do with this. I'm just glad I found and disposed of that before the dog got into it Then as if finding dead squirrels scattered around the yard isn't already enough WTF, trying to find disposal info. on what to do with them was equally bad. Animal control specifically states do not call about wildlife for any reason unless it's a danger or inside your home (i.e. a raccoon gets in an open door or something). No info. at all regarding disposal of dead animals on the city trash page, just call your waste hauler. Okay, I am not spending 20 minutes on hold with a WM customer service center in Chicago, just to get an answer off whatever generic script is used for every other customer in the US. The County's disposal info page on what to do with says no animals of any sort in the trash, bring them to one of these facilities for disposal, and lists the waste-to-energy plant my trash gets taken to anyways and a landfill down in Burnsville. Okay I am NOT loading what are basically dead wild animals in my car and driving them somewhere with no clear instructions on if there's a special drop-off point or something. So into the trash bin they go. Bin gets dumped by a lift, and then everything is dumped into the burner pit and turned into ash at the waste plant, so probably sanitary enough.
  14. I'll post these here as an FYI; This one is a company I hadn't heard of before, initially I thought it was a TurtleTop product but it's actually a GM33 model from Grech Motors: The Driver Provider by J. Mc., on Flickr This one may be a bit more common, though they're sort of rare around where the Upper midwest where I am. TurtleTop Terra Transit model, perhaps a slightly older styling variant. TheParkingSpot 24 by J. Mc., on Flickr
  15. MVTArider

    Sun Tran

    For the electric buses, 4012 actually started running in revenue service the first week of October. Perhaps it wasn't showing on the tracker until this point? Sun Tran currently only has (or had) capacity to charge one unit at a time on a basic charger that was installed at their North Garage during the pilot electric bus demo. Four new Siemens charging stations capable of charging up to 8 buses simultaneously are/were still being installed. I think once those are connected and functioning then the rest of the EV fleet will be running regularly. Here are some pics I took of the electrics during the MBS' visit to Sun Tran's Ronstadt Transit Center and North Garage:
  16. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    ^ I know the feeling. Hopefully it pans out you can find something cool to ride when you're off. I have seen 6046/6047/2608 run on the weekend occasionally. 8012 and 8013 are currently on RED along with 1756. A Line has the usual 80xx plus 1751. C Line still seems to be a consistent jumble of D60LFR, original 81xx, a new 81xx or two and assorted 34xx whenever I check the trackers. Hope the XE60 can get back into action soon.
  17. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    3 new baby Gilligs will be ordered off a State of Washington contract for MTS, technically expansion units for the new 323 service but I'm sure they'll be appearing on any of the Schmitty contracted routes once in service. https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetings/Committees/Transportation-Committee/2021/November-8,-2021/1108_2021_283.aspx Also Q3 ridership is up, and a presentation on December 4th service changes/reductions: https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetings/Committees/Transportation-Committee/2021/November-8,-2021/Info-1-2021-Third-Quarter-Ridership-Report-with-20.aspx https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetings/Committees/Transportation-Committee/2021/November-8,-2021/Info-2-_-Service-Changes.aspx
  18. I found this buried in the News section on the MVTA site, not sure why it wasn't showing on the main page. I'll just quote the thing in case it gets shuffled around. Source (MVTA.com) I wouldn't be surprised if it gets 40 footers assigned. Would be cool if they specifically put the orange top Gilligs on it Edit: must've gone to Apple Valley as well (Image credit MVTA)
  19. Why, oh why, would you not just throw those in the trash? Hopefully this was a joke post, but if not this Craigslist post is definitely a SMH moment to me: What else might they try to give away? Perhaps they're planning to upgrade their toilet brush as well?
  20. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    December 4th service changes are posted: https://www.metrotransit.org/quarterly-service-changes-begin-saturday-dec-4 Orange schedule is available, RED will switch to every 30 minutes, A to every 12, C stays at every 10-15, but 19 will be suspended. We already saw reductions in service on Blue and Green earlier. 12, 16, 19, 84, 134, 223, 351, 355 suspended. More routes in the 500-700 range also suspended. 87 will reduce to every 30 minutes throughout the day vs. current peak period 20 minute service. However 87B service will operate down to 7th/Maynard-Sibley Plaza replacing the suspended 84 service along St. Paul Ave. 94 will begin stopping at Snelling Ave. (About dang time!) Some new routes will be added with others suspended in relation to the new Orange line service. No changes to routes 54 or 68.
  21. Should arrive in October could easily mean they'll actually arrive in November or December. They'll likely have a few weeks for PDI, infleet, training and troubleshooting with them too before they're placed in service. On a side note La Crosse MTU is supposed to be getting a couple Proterras this fall as well, and no sign of theirs either yet. May be some parts or logistics delays on Proterra's end. Hope they show up soon though!
  22. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    Noticed this little gem in the Sep. MVTA board minutes:
  23. I agree, the light blue scheme would look fantastic on these. A shame they decided to change it. Now IMO the gray/red/blue stripe scheme is a bit better than just plain white so at least it's something. Looking at your photo of 2003 though and playing armchair graphics consultant I have to wonder if these would also look sharper had they reversed the stripe order, and filled in the color more. Gray from the bottom of the stripe covering to the rear and blending with the grey skirt, and then a nice navy blue top, and perhaps a thicker red stripe? Edit: also nice photos, thanks for sharing
  24. How bad are the driver/operator shortages there? I noticed in the latest service changes it looks like Main MAX is trimmed down to 30 minute frequency now. I hope they can get some good candidates hired soon.
  25. MVTA is potentially getting 2 more Gillig 40' off contract 19P122 https://metrocouncil.org/getdoc/a695de35-2d0b-41cc-9830-f68a194458ab/BusinessItem.aspx Additionally the MVTA will be getting some CMAQ funding for an Orange Line feeder route project https://metrocouncil.org/getdoc/4e6ab4a2-e66a-412b-92ea-0407ab7fb049/BusinessItem.aspx ^Seems they're a bit behind the ball on this with the Orange Line opening coming up either in December* or March, but at least there's some sort of plan. Service reductions on select routes were implemented October 15th. Notably the 438 and rather redundant 442X have been replaced by the new Connect option and deferring to the Red Line. https://www.mvta.com/news/trip-reductions-take-effect-monday-on-several-routes/ Additionally some trips on express routes have been eliminated. I've also observed a few 2007 Low Floors still roaming about. *Edit: Orange line opens with 12/4 changes
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