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  1. MUNI has exterior cameras instead of mirrors on their newest Siemens LRVs. The operators are having a really hard time with them, the apeture of the camera does not have the same range as the human eye. When the sun is directly on the camera, the screens wash out completely, whereas with a mirror you can still see shadows contrasting against the light.
  2. I agree ... but that's not a metric (to my knowledge) that is tracked by the maintenance department.
  3. But the mileage they run, historically, has been relatively low at North Base compared to others. Many of the 40ft Gilligs, delivered new to North (3485-3529), and operated there without movement until about 2012, persisted in the last active fleets at Central and Bellevue ... and were seemingly overrepresented there. Meanwhile, the newer 1998 units, which ran a ton of miles at Central Base first, and then South Base, pretty much exited the fleet rather early.
  4. With a new Operator of the Year announced, word on the street is that 3430 has turned its last wheel...
  5. But that's not an equivalent swap of labor hours. The 3700s will stay at Bellevue to handle the routes that were previously 1100s... There's nothing quite like having the same coach, every day... I still can't believe they're letting him keep it and did say - hey we know it was your choice but sorry, it's gotta go.
  6. $1.19/mile is waaaaaay below market rate. Also, the UW has a blanket contract for charter bus services (non-athletic department) with specified rates.....
  7. This is simply a management problem. As in ... where are the middle managers that are supposed to be keeping an eye on this stuff? CMBC and Translink has suffered from these issues for years... literally whole batches of middle managers have turned over and these issues are not getting better. When I was in Vancouver a couple weekends ago for my first "Series 50 Free" visit, ever, I could not believe seeing the 40ft Novas out on the 20, while the diesel artics were interspersed on the 3. That's just bad management. And yes @MCW Metrobus I did see your comment below about yard space and do acknowledge that issue is a hinderance to the efficient bookout of coaches, but come on, there has to be a solution. Other agencies with jam packed yards manage to get around this problem and put the right equipment out every day on their assignments, why can't CMBC?
  8. @roamer @Atomic Taco At one point they were putting a decal on the side of the coach with the Operator of the Year's name. I have no idea if that driver's relief would keep the coach, or if it would go in with them as Roamer described. Here's a not that great busdude.com photo of coach 1138, brand new at the time, decaled for 1999 Operator of the Year Terry Christoe.
  9. For the last couple of years (since Central gave up their last Phantoms) the only operators qualified on 40ft Phantoms are those who pick Bellevue Base or East Base (for the ST units). Given half of the roster has a FT date of less than five years, there are potentially quite a few operators each shake up who need to be qualified. Of course, with just one coach ... the only concern is whether his relief is qualified or not. If not, they should just have the relief pull a different coach out of the base.
  10. If your max passengers carried is 3 ... this isn't going to be a big contributor to revenue.
  11. Did the owners give you permission to repost them?
  12. I'm shocked - shocked - that a Series 50 would fail in that manner. 😂
  13. Late 1980s. Legacy, terminal based, database systems are common at many corporations (including some very big ones). These become backbone IT systems, often time custom links are written to connect these databases with other software programs (accounting, payroll, supply chain, etc) which makes it really hard to migrate to something new because literally, the entire company runs on these systems. I had a professor in graduate school that once did these IT migrations for Fortune 500 companies. The costs were frequently upwards of $50 million to do the migration with a multiple year timeline to implement the changes. Betterez is still in the start-up phase. Five years from now, if their business model is not viable/scalable and they don't make it to an IPO, and instead close up shop, who will support the software?
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