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  1. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    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/
  2. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    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?
  3. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    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.
  4. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    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.
  5. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    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.
  6. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    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.
  7. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    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.
  8. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    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.
  9. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    So not only were they heavy, cantankerous, and sluggish in diesel mode - they would also run dry on the operators? My deepest sympathies
  10. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    If I recall correctly, weren't the SG-310s tuned to city speeds compared to the fully capable SG-220 coaches?
  11. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Snooping around the wiki, it was mentioned that Metro specified HybriDrive Series-ER for tunnel coach operation. Seeing as how they abandoned trying to operate their Xcelsior coaches in the tunnel relatively early on, I guess that experiment didn't go over too well.
  12. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    From what I recall, there was a workaround that allowed New Flyer to squeeze a little extra power out of the rear electric axle. Not a satisfactory solution for the performance woes, but it was all that could be offered by the manufacturer unless there was a high enough demand to manufacture a 60ft trolley with two powered axles. It was also rumored that New Flyer plans to discontinue manufacturing of XT coaches after fulfilling their current SF MUNI order, per the STB post - so unfortunately it looks like a pipe dream, alongside the failing streetcar project.
  13. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    It looks like the D60LFs were disposed of quickly. I'm holding out hope that somehow one of the D60s gets preserved by MEHVA.
  14. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Spotted a few D60s sitting around Ryerson's parking lot. Any idea what's going on with those coaches?
  15. anonymous guy

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    I found out the other day that the Bombardier T1 operated by TTC makes sounds similar to the Breda coaches in electric mode. After braking, the train makes that familiar "rumble" as it waits idle. As the train accelerates, you hear another familiar electric motor noise shared with the Breda: If the Breda used an electric propulsion system similar to the ones used on rail cars, it may explain why those coaches felt so powerful operating in electric mode. Makes sense since manufacturing rolling stock was the bread and butter of Breda.
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