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  1. Retractable stairs will still require some sort of wheelchair accommodation. Dallas adapted a low floor center section, but what happens when someone enters at a low floor station and then has to exit at a high floor platform? It will be interesting to see what the manufacturers may come up with.
  2. So, where is STE Mexico City going to put all these new trolleybuses? I don't comprehend Spanish, so I turned on closed captioned and put the settings on auto translate English for the following video. From what I understand the construction of a new elevated trolleybus line is already underway,
  3. San Francisco's large order of high floor LRVs creates an opportunity for Cleveland when it comes time to replace the current Breda LRVs. This SF model will be catalogued for some time. There are alternatives to salt for melting snow and ice, so the stair mechanism might not pose a problem.
  4. There is one in Crimea, it is a trolleybus route that is 86km long. Someone made a documentary about it ( 52thetrolleybus ). One of the coaches was blown up by an artillery shell in January 2015. It was most likely Russian backed militias, but I wouldn't put it past the Koch brothers doing something like that either.
  5. The Post-Gazette article needs serious editing. Cummins does not make "electric engines". Especially ones that burn holes in pistons. I suspect the problem with hills is that a hybrid with an ISB 6.7 liter diesel gets overtaxed pushing a 40 foot transit bus up a steep grade. I think they should go to hybrid trolley coaches. Just my opinion, I'm not too biased.
  6. That theory doesn't hold up in heavily Trump supporting Indianapolis. Their transit referendum won easily. What I'd worry about is the politicians who believe that the future of transportation is driverless pod cars fueled by snake oil. Unfortunately Mr. Trump seems to listen to these people.
  7. DINA lists a trolleybus in their line, the Ridder E. I would imagine Mexico City would like to buy local. I mean, that would be like some Canadian system skipping over New Flyer to buy a Chinese Bus. Oh wait...
  8. More Gilligs for SMART. http://www.dailydetroit.com/2015/09/02/smart-gets-smart-spends-34-6-million-80-new-buses/
  9. I wasn't sure where to post this. I hope this is the right thread. Myrtle Beach is getting some units from Dallas DART. http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article24460561.html
  10. On my way to work this morning I passed a New Flyer XN-60 being delivered. This was on I-94 headed eastbound from Saint Paul, MN about 5 miles west from the Wisconsin border. The destination sign said HSR and the fleet number was 1424. I checked the WIKI, the colors matched those of Hamilton, ON.
  11. Maybe the larger facility is for building glider kits as well as completed units. Electric drivetrains are a buyers' market at the current time. Electric drivetrain companies want to get their hardware on the street for bragging rights. Some of the zero-emissions, compliance cars for California use drivetrains that are simply vendor kits installed in gliders. Smaller community or college fleets might want just a few electric coaches. If Gillig partners with the right vendors who do much of the engineering, and have drivetrains ready to install in gliders, then Gillig can offer the quick turna
  12. Most of the North American transit bus manufactures use Cummins motors for diesel and CNG. Nobody worries about Gillig falling behind with diesel technology because they don't make their own diesel motors. Gillig has had to engineer their product for the four Dayton trolleys, and being involved with the project they gained engineering knowledge. What they learned about battery storage and roof reinforcement can now be passed on to the next project, such as battery electric. All the fast charge, battery electric systems use proprietary technology for the charging system. Once a municipality bu
  13. My guess is hub motors along with traction control.
  14. This is going to seem like a really dumb question. What bus is at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN?
  15. Happy Anniversary MVTA! The suburban bus service celebrates 25 years with a website update. Here is a link to a just recently posted historical gallery. http://www.mvta.com/about/historical-gallery/
  16. That Capstone micro-turbine shows up in a lot of places. http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=34201
  17. Source: http://www.startribu.../225044932.html
  18. I posted a link on the Metro Transit thread for the Minneapolis- Saint Paul, MN Metropolitan Council's, youtube video, of the Red Line BRT. There are some shots of their Nova Bus units.
  19. The Red Line BRT opens June 22. Here's a video preview from the Metropolitan Council.
  20. Except for the few vehicles running around Montreal and Las Vegas, I don't know of any other Irisbus busses in North America. Fiat Industrial has been in the news lately because of the merging of the business units with CNH, which will result in being listed on Wall Street. Irisbus has been owned by Iveco for some time, but now they are changing the name. Here is their press release.
  21. Wrightbus uses the Siemens ELFA system. The system started out as the ISE Thundervolt. The name has been changed. Is that an improvement?
  22. I found this while looking for something else. I wish I could see it. It would be nice if they offered a left hand drive version. http://www.ballymena...apple-1-5096774 Note: These are Wrightbus media photos.
  23. They had the media event on December 10th. They wanted to wait until the weather was miserable.
  24. If a rail system that is built in Honolulu becomes a white elephant that system will be a loss for rail elsewhere. What rail advocates don't need are examples of failure for opponents to point to. Modes of transportation should be determined by geography and geometry and not political contests, unfortunately politics often decides such matters in the USA. I could not find a map of the entire Honolulu transit system online. If there are service updates needed for modernization and those go wanting while an expensive rail project soaks up resources that is a loss for public transit. I am not an
  25. The court has ruled portions of the Honolulu rail plan have got to go. http://www.hawaiirep...deral-court/123 It's too bad really, they could have gotten one helluva deal on some slightly used Rapid Transit Trains from Scarborough. Las Vegas has both a monorail and BRT. The bus lines are very successful and the monorail is a dud. The lesson the monorail provides is it needs to connect to places where people want to go.
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