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  1. The New Flyer XE60s are officially now in revenue service on the 70 Grand route. Here is a video riding on STL Metro's all-electric articulated bus.
  2. Here is a video I recorded when riding MCT's 2012 Gillig LF #4030. I have several more bus ride videos from all across the Midwest that I will be uploading, stay tuned.
  3. Is the Illinois side of Metro still running them Phantoms? I haven't seen Phantoms running here on the MO side for over a year.
  4. Here in St. Louis, Metro is getting over a dozen electric buses from both Gillig and New Flyer. Metro is currently accepting the Xcelsior XE60 artics. These will be used on their busiest route 70 Grand. They installed quick charging stations at transit centers at the end of the lines. Those artics don't need to be charged at the garage, however, the 4 Gillig Electric 40fts will be charged at the garage each night. Electric charging has been installed at the Brentwood garage. It'll be interesting to see which routes they get put on.
  5. Nice to see MCT finally offering day passes. I've rode MCT using my Metro day passes/monthly passes in the past. Now if MCT can also get onboard with the using the Gateway card.
  6. Here are some pictures from Metro of their new XDE60s. These New Flyers will be used on the 70 Grand route. Metro also has four Gillig 40ft electric buses coming in early 2021 as well. Those will run on other routes in the system. https://www.metrostlouis.org/nextstop/new-electric-buses-will-support-sustainable-mobility-options-for-the-st-louis-region/?fbclid=IwAR07IVuJqjUseiJjVXABIqJcduJocEw9vQv0pzIlTtywOmKyV47OVk0_8-A
  7. STL Metro is getting 14 New Flyer Xcelsior Charge electric artics. These will replace the ex-OC Transpo New Flyer D60LFs currently in use on the 70 Grand route. Thanks to James Roach for sending this link to me: https://www.newflyer.com/2020/09/metro-transit-selects-new-flyer-with-an-award-of-zero-emission-buses-and-charging-infrastructure-in-greater-st-louis-the-first-deployed-into-regular-permanent-service/
  8. Where are the best spots or Metro stations to fan for the WMATA D40LFs, C40LFRs and D40LFRs? I will be in DC next month and want to get some pics of those. As for the Orion VII, it looks like when I am in town those will not be found.
  9. Where in Philly can I fan for Nova LFSes, both the 40ft and artic? Outside which stations on the subway or transit centers can they be seen at?
  10. I remember when those 35 foot Gilligs were new and MCT was getting rid of the New Flyers. Now its interesting to see them getting rid of those 2010s and getting 2020s that are almost identical. I wish they would get the Xcelsior to replace the 40 footers, but only in my dreams.
  11. Meanwhile in Providenciales Turks and Caicos the buses/taxis are mostly Chevy Express/GMC Savana, Ford E-Series passenger vans, plus some Ford Transits. Also many hotels and resorts use Chevy Suburbans and Cadillac Escalades to shuttle guest from the airport.
  12. There are artics on the 70 Grand. You should see 3-4 D60LFs on that route on a weekday, but there will also be Gilligs doing the 70 as well. Weekends that route only uses 40ft Gilligs. Ridership in STL is steadily declining each year, but certain routes do well such as the 1 Gold and 2 Red do well because those routes travel to and from Washington University. A good place to watch buses is at Central West End outside the BJC campus near the Metrolink station there. You might be able to catch a Phantom at the CWE transit center during rush hour time. However, Phantoms are getting so rare now here.
  13. Sad to see the ETI era end in both Dayton and San Francisco this year. Luckily I was able to go to Dayton back in August to ride those ETIs for the last time. Cory please let us know when RTA's event for 9835 is held, it maybe something I would like to attend.
  14. The Gillig Phantoms, they're scarce now. I managed to see 2038 running the 70 Grand on Wednesday. I was surprised to see it as I haven't seen the Phantoms in a while. I even had a quick chat with the driver and he said it was his baby and loves driving it. Its sad to see the high floor era in St. Louis will soon be coming to an end. Also, Metro recently (September 30th) changed some routes and schedules under the program Metro Re-imagined. Metro is in the process of rebranding as STL Metro and as such introduced a new paint scheme for both buses and Metrolink trains. Here is a picture of a St. Louis Metro bus with the new design. Official roll out should be sometime in January 2020.
  15. There is an ex-KCATA (Now known as RideKC) 1993 TMC RTS being used as a party bus. I first seen this orange RTS back in 2011 at Oak Park Mall, but I also saw it again two weeks ago cruising the P&L district one Thursday evening. https://www.kcnighttrain.com/orange-party-bus-rental/
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