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  1. Is it just me, or did the 6800s and DE60LFAs wear down dramatically? They're noisy, perform like slugs, and in the case of the LFA's, have significant interior wear. The 6800s still have relatively fine interiors (most comfortable seats in the fleet), but the "new coach smell" seems to have lingered and left a stale aroma due to the non-opening windows.
  2. My initial statement of Metro performing "well" was a bit premature. After Emergency/Snow routing, it seems that a quarter of their coaches are now sidelined due to the weather. Many of them with rear axle damage from the chaining. And as assumed, the artics did not fare well in the snow.
  3. We've had the first significant accumulation of snow with the current fleet of coaches. Before, the Gillig Phantoms, Gillig Trolleys, D60s and DE60LFs took a bulk of the workload. Typically the high floors fared better and would see more service during this time. With the high floors mostly gone, it was mentioned that Metro had grounded over 100 artics. It looks like the XT60s were mostly out of service, while a mix of hybrids were still chained up and pressed into service. There were the typical reports of jackknifed coaches and artics that needed wreckers to be helped up hills. So far Metro has performed well given the conditions. The Orions and XT40s were also chained for service, but the D40s were out there with bare tires given the narrow wheel base.
  4. Problems with new electric trolley buses cause delayed commutes, safety problems: https://www.kiro7.com/news/investigates/problems-with-new-electric-buses-cause-delayed-commutes-safety-problems_/461067141 Fascinating video of the dewiring issues currently plaguing the XT coaches and the danger of "hot" coaches.
  5. Metro will be holding a pause in service on Friday to commemorate Operator Mark McLaughlin: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/buses-will-pause-friday-to-remember-metro-transit-driver-fatally-shot-in-1998-on-aurora-bridge/
  6. Several years ago, Metro experimented with a driver plexiglass shield as a response to a driver stabbing at a (Federal Way?) transit center. Ultimately the test was scrapped. Riding 7098, there is a driver shield installed. Is this a new move going forward or another test?
  7. If I recall correctly, MEHVA occasionally "exercises" their trolleys on wire to keep their electronics functional. I believe they may have neglected to do so with the Breda coach, which is why it's no longer functional in trolley mode.
  8. It was said previously that the 7300s were ordered with "classic" styling because the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) front and rear caps had slightly longer overhangs that made them prone to scraping on Seattle's hilly streets.
  9. I do recall seeing a rare 2300 on the 125 during peak afternoon hours before their retirement. The 120 would sometimes see a 2300 when the route was based out of Ryerson. After the move to Atlantic, the 120 would rarely see 2300/6800/6900/8200 during special event dates when 2600s were used for shuttles. There was also the rare use of a RapidRide coach or even a Gillig Phantom on this route as well.
  10. From what I've seen, it's typically DE60LFs running routes typically served by 60ft trolleys with Orion coaches sometimes thrown in. There have been occasions where I've seen XDE60 coaches on the 120, but usually on special event dates where DE60LFs are used elsewhere as shuttles.
  11. What's interesting is that during diesel weekends, you'll still see a stray XT40 running here and there, but diesels operating on all 60ft routes.
  12. WSDOT held an emergency drill in the SR-99 tunnel to simulate emergency situations: The drill featured a Gillig Phantom and MAN Americana owned by SPD and a Orion VII operated by King County.
  13. So not only were they heavy, cantankerous, and sluggish in diesel mode - they would also run dry on the operators? My deepest sympathies
  14. If I recall correctly, weren't the SG-310s tuned to city speeds compared to the fully capable SG-220 coaches?
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