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  1. I know Duluth Transit Authority runs one of their 'Streetcar' model trolley-esque buses. I don't know of any operators of their Urban bus model yet. I'm not seeing any mention of it being Altoona tested either, but that could just be in process. Considering their initial target market is probably smaller transit fleets looking to buy a few buses in a year, they'll certainly have their work cut out to get a piece of the heavy-duty transit bus market. Smaller orders are Gillig's bread and butter and ElDo has a fair share in some of those size orders as well. If it's a good product though and they can back it up with service and support I'm sure they'll get some business. EDIT: Also I think the Urban promo photos were taken in Wausau, WI.
  2. Been a while, here's a few current photos taken during the Fair: Also I've seen the Southwest Prime vans occasionally at the Airport and MOA. They have both small cutaways and RAM ProMaster vans for that service. The RAM vans have rear bumper mounted bike racks.
  3. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    Metro Transit is looking at whether to consolidate the north/south running local routes in downtown St. Paul onto Robert St. permanently once some street reconstruction projects wrap up. https://www.metrotransit.org/robert_minnesota_survey Personally I like the concept of getting everything onto one street if it means they also have better stops (NexTrip display/heated shelter/security) at the major transfer points. One thing I wonder about is if it might work better to have all NB going up Minnesota and SB coming down Robert. Might make for some better waiting areas with more space. Some trips on both LRT lines were cancelled Saturday evening due to operator shortages. https://kstp.com/minnesota-news/metro-transit-staff-shortage-causes-light-rail-cancellations/6234553/ A few more D60 shots from the last couple weeks. From randomly checking TransSee they seem to have returned to roost in their respective garages at the end of the State Fair. Perhaps a few were out on limited assignments, but I didn't notice anything. I'm going to guess this is the last time the 31xx operate before they get retired, but with how things have been I'll wait until they show up at auction before saying they're done for good. For MTS, D40LF 2608, 6046, 6047 have all been semi regularly showing up on local routes. The Nova has not been active since 8/6, so not sure if it's 'retired' or just waiting on a repair or something again.
  4. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    I wonder what was going on at South that would lead to needing to put those on regular route service? I would assume they weren't just randomly assigned while there were regular route 40' units ready to go. D60 have been running on the State Fair express Bloomington runs.
  5. I actually got up early, and STAYED up this morning, 5:30am. So after the usual shower/shave/get dressed/check weather/take the dog walkies/check the buses/piss one more time/check I have everything/dog has water/doors are locked?/leave morning process which always seems to take an annoyingly long time I was still catching a bus to downtown by 8am. Which in turn meant a productive morning of transitfanning on my day off. Usually, as I'm so used to my 2nd shift schedule, I'm lucky if I'm out of bed and out the door by noon.
  6. Port Authority is my guess. They seem to have a fondness for red buses lately.
  7. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    According to TransSee 3113 is on the C Line currently. Possibly the only time in its history that a high floor bus operates on this service. Also 3116 route 10, 3119 route 5.
  8. I'd be giving them some BS like, Oh, the tracker is down at the moment, last position was on highway X about 10 minutes ago. Yeah nasty customers are a PITA.
  9. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    8114 and 8115 appear to be working the C currently. If those are for the D line then what will be on Orange when that starts running in December (or March?) 8120+? Seems a bit odd to get buses now and mothball them for a year until service starts. (Though with the XE60 fleet being OOS it works well to drop them on the C in the interim) It would be hilarious if they quietly transfer Red to MTS in another year and contract it to First. I'm sure for posterity though they will continue to operate it. It also seems like this year MT is sort of promoting the suburban operator State Fair service a bit more with the location map and list vs. just mentioning they may have options. Or maybe it's just more noticeable now without all the regular MT sites listed. I'm curious to see if they might throw a few artics on the A Line during the Fair this year.
  10. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    A few photos of the D60 action plus 7291 from around lunchtime in downtown Minneapolis today. With the Farmer's Market on Nicollet Mall and Hennepin still under heavy construction, all buses are detoured onto 2nd and Marquette Avenues during the event. Metro Transit State Fair bus operations will be majorly curtailed this year due to the operator shortage. (LINK) Only 3 park & ride express services will be running. No other expresses or the 960. I do hope they'll be able to drop a few extra filler runs on the 3 and A line though. It does appear however that the State Fair funded free shuttle services will be largely similar to previous years. Given this news I have to wonder if the D60 are now out for their last hurrah before complete removal. Nice article!
  11. Curious, are there still specific routes the artics run on?
  12. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    During September and October Metro Transit will be lowering the regular fare to $1 to encourage ridership. https://www.metrotransit.org/DollarRides EDIT: also 7291 has been back in regular service lately. Seems to bounce between the 10 and 25 routes along with sister XDE40 7290.
  13. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    Maybe there is a good likelihood the D60 will be out and about during the Fair after all. 2608 was on the 30 today as well. Haven't seen 6047 in a while.
  14. Are you sure 4012 isn't actually them copying CATA, Bis-Man Transit, or Winnipeg Transit? It has their current paint scheme I agree that FA ST wrap looks hacked up, would probably be better if it had a smaller FAST centered in the 'lead' window and then Frequent Affordable Safe Transit centered in the next two frames. That aside the rest of it seems to fit the bus well for a wrap job. Nice to see SMART improving their fleet! Nice catch of 1961 as well. I'll admit I'm still not completely sold on the new DDOT scheme, but it does look nicer than the previous ones and is certainly more catching than plain white or just a measly stripe.
  15. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    With the majority of the 2008 11xx Gilligs and some of the 2010/2011 12xx ones as well noted as inactive, I'm guessing the chances of seeing any remaining Phantoms in service during the Fair are slim. Probably the same for the D60 unless they plan to run heavy on artics for additional space. Thanks for getting the update.
  16. Any updates on the Dubuque scene? I recall something about them possibly acquiring some used buses not long ago to replace unreliable jumbo cutaway units.
  17. Pfft. The Delta variant is already rampant here. The news keeps rambling on and on about how 99% of new cases are among unvaccinated individuals, misinformation is to blame for not having more people vaccinated, gotta break up the hesitancy, etc. So keep the border closed to fully vaccinated Canadians, sure... makes total sense. Way to follow the science officials.
  18. Two potential service re-design scenario draft plans have been posted on the MVTA website under a survey link. Scenario 1 - more direct, higher frequency, less coverage Scenario 2 - more coverage, less direct, less frequency From skimming through both plans my initial thoughts are that both seem like a step backwards in some ways. It seems like some of these proposed routes are just randomly doodled lines.
  19. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    A few recent news items: A crash between a Green Line train and a car left one person dead and another seriously injured: 1 Dead In St. Paul Light Rail Crash A preview of route changes (no schedules yet) for August 21st: more service returning Saturday, Aug. 21 8 Protatos will join the fleet in 2023: Metro Transit Awarded 4.2 Million for Electric Buses
  20. 9562 and I think 9561 were at NFI St. Cloud, MN this afternoon when I drove by. Looked like they along with another 6 units or so were all ready to go and just awaiting drivers. Those darn trees just keep growing bigger and bigger so spotting fleet numbers or getting any half decent pics from the road is getting difficult.
  21. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    Stopped by Starlite Transit Center for a little 705 action this morning. Also at least one of the new ABRT/Orange Line XD60 is almost done at NFI. No idea on a unit number, actually it looked like the graphics might not have been added to it yet. I think it was waiting to be pulled into one of the final finish bays. There may have been another unit as well but not sure. The other buses I saw were MTA XDE40 which also have yellow butts and blue noses, so kind of hard to tell them apart with the thick cover of greenery and how packed together everything was.
  22. When there's a tray of custard filled donuts/bismarcks with a vanilla creme filled donut/bismarck tag in front. If you don't have the vanilla creme filled ones today, just pull the tag out! I pretty much expect those 'creme' donuts to be custard filled in most of the supermarket bakery displays. Granted the custard filled ones at my local go-to supermarket are just as delicious as their creme ones, but there is a difference.
  23. So DTA is currently handling a multi-agency RFP for buses. 30, 35', 40' low floor and 45' coach. They also tacked on an addendum for one double-decker bus. I'm very interested to see what the outcome of this is when it finally gets awarded. (They've been delaying for months) Some of these partner agencies are historically loyal to Gillig, while others are loyal to NFI. The way it sounds contracts could ultimately be issued to NFI, MCI, ADL, and Gillig so everyone gets what they want while still meeting FTA regs for competitive bidding. The schedule doesn't seem to mention who specifically is looking for a double decker, but from those listed it's safe to assume it's MVTA or Southwest. https://www.duluthtransit.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Heavy-Duty-Buses-Request-for-Proposals.pdf https://www.duluthtransit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Bus-order-summary-2020-2025.r2.xlsx https://www.duluthtransit.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Double-Decker-Technical-Specifications.pdf
  24. Some retired MTU buses up for auction: 2001 Gillig Low Floor 1104 15GGB181X11072551 738,269 miles* 2002 Gillig Low Floor 1106 15GGB181221072271 770,555 miles* 2002 Gillig Low Floor 1107 15GGB181421072272 755,220 miles* 2002 Gillig Low Floor 1108 15GGB181621072273 711,839 miles* (scraped for parts) *Mileage may not be accurate The MTU did get some new buses a few years ago, clean diesel Gilligs. Additionally this news report from April 1st, 2021 mentions more clean diesel, 2 hybrids, and 2 electrics being added this fall; La Crosse Tribune Article
  25. MVTArider

    Metro Transit

    Agreed. Something similar to how the CTA has station attendants at most L stations would be good for the major stops such as Lake, Central, SPUD, Franklin, T1, MOA, etc. I think having a surge period of 6-12 months of heavy on-board presence, with a mix of ambassadors/attendants and MTPD officers, would help snuff out a lot of the undesirable behavior. The last time I was out at Target Field a few months ago they did have some contractor cleaners walking through each train that came in to remove any litter and quickly spot clean messes if able. That was in tandem with MTPD officers walking each train and making sure everyone was off as it went out of service for the operator's break. We'll see how they handle these issues. The current situation is certainly not a good image for what is supposed to be the best part of our transit system. They really need to get this figured out as well before adding even more to the LRT network with the Green Line extension and potentially the Blue Line extension.
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