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Atomic Taco

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  1. The DART vans used to have regular plates (or sometimes rideshare plates) so I assumed that to mean they were owned by Hopelink. These ones have XMT/C plates, so they're county-owned. I know I've seen route 630 and Trailhead direct on the tracker, so that also means they're reporting via the county-owned radio system. I find it hard to believe that the county would allow non-county (and non-union) employees to operate them. Might be time for me to make a trek down to South King County to see which lots each are parked in 🤔
  2. I thought DART routes were operated by Hopelink?
  3. Looks like Metro bought some Arboc Spirit of Liberty buses for Trailhead Direct service that may also run on shuttles during weekdays. Along with some Chevy cutaways looks like they're in the 460-470 range. I added stubs but need more information for the wiki if anyone has more info.
  4. There are a few exceptions for oddball routes, but routes are assigned to and operate out of a single base. The confusion may actually be around storage bases, which I believe is for (or at least predominantly for) peak trips. For example, a route that operates out of North that terminates in the CBD: there's not much reason to deadhead back to North just so another operator can grab the bus and deadhead it back downtown later that day. So they instead deadhead to Atlantic/Central (and maybe Ryerson; I'm not sure) and park there and operators hop on route 661 to get back home. Check out past Route/Base Cross Reference Lists and I've attached the list for this shakeup. Spoiler alert: the only changes were routes 125, C, D, and E. Route-Base Cross Reference Spring 2018.pdf
  5. Interesting; Metro stored some Orions there as well when they were first delivered.
  6. Just saw Proterra T462 testing in Pioneer Square. It's wrapped with the KCM and Proterra logos, with most of the surface area mentioning that it's battery powered.
  7. 9628 and one other DE60LF(R?) was also part of the platoon. Here's the video of 5034 and 6964:
  8. Article on STB today alludes that the 540 went to PT for base capacity issues, and not necessarily hourly rates https://seattletransitblog.com/2019/03/19/private-operators-for-some-520-routes/
  9. I'd be willing to bet most of those 540 artic trips are linked to something else. If you can find them active in OBA you can click the headsign link and view the "Incoming" and "Continues as" at the top/bottom of the list of stops for that trip. 540's west side layover is at NE 47th St & 11th Ave NE; previously it was on Memorial Way (which is currently used by 48, 271, and many CT routes, most of which are artics).
  10. I've also seen them on the 542, albeit when that was a new route.
  11. Actually, you were right, 560 was first. You also correctly predicted that 540 would eventually leave Metro. I can definitely understand where you're coming from. Metro has been on a hiring spree as of late, so cutting routes probably isn't the worst thing in the world; at best it means there are free operators which would mean fewer cancelled trips. It also possibly means less OT, which depending on your point of view, could be good or bad. Though even in down times, there may be more operators than work, and if some work shifts to another agency it could mean open positions at that other agency. And for someone living in North Pierce/South King, moving to another agency taking a $1/hr pay cut could be worth it if it means spending less time driving from home to Central Campus or East Base. I should also note my previous mention of First Transit and vehicle maintenance was nothing more than an uneducated guess, continuing to read back in this thread:
  12. 555 and 556 are still artic routes. 556 is going away soon; to be replaced by a bidirectional 555 and 554. I don't think it's so much as a dictatorship as it is negotiations. They're out to get the lowest rates possible but they're not going to be able to dictate, say, a $20/hour charge since there's no agency or private company that would be willing to work for that rate. I don't think there's anything stopping ST from negotiating directly with a private agency, and there were certainly musings of that previously with First Transit, effectively cutting out CT as a middleman. I don't know if FT is capable of doing the VM side of things, and since nothing has changed in almost 20 years I'd assume that's at least part of the reason for staying with CT. All Metro-operated ST routes are out of East. Was it route 560? I know 577 was reassigned to PT around that time too but can't remember which came first. I'm almost positive it's been discussed earlier in this thread It's not just vehicle operations that PT has underbid Metro on. When ST bought their first DE60LFRs they were assigned to Metro but PT did the vehicle acceptance.
  13. Short time lapse showing the chaining up of the XT40s and driving them through the yard
  14. 8 C40LFs up for sale: http://murphyauction.com/Auction/Details/6098#ctl00_PageContent_r_item_grid_ctl18_thumbnail
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