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  1. University of Wyoming Roundup (Laramie, Wyoming)

    Well, when I was briefly a student there more than a decade ago, they had a fleet of BlueBird and Thomas transit-schoolies. Nice to see an actual bus or two there now, but I'm not sure the cutaways are an improvement. Route structure is basically the same with the addition of the Laramie Link route.
  2. Are they actually electronically governed or is that the most the traction motor can propel the coach given the rear differential gearing?
  3. University of Washington (Seattle)

    Those tiny wheels and tires. Ugh. The UW HSE does get some decent ridership. I was surprised when their own 30ft Gilligs were retired and replaced with hand-me-downs from King County Metro. Their own coaches were a little newer and certainly had been subjected to less wear over their lifespan. But the UW motor pool or whatever they call it maintains these things along side their fleet of cars, vans and service trucks. I suspect something like this is a little easier to maintain than a heavy diesel bus for mechanics that spend most of their time on Fords, Chevys, etc.
  4. Not that I'm aware of. The USSC Aries, is, IMHO the most comfortable shell seat out there. That is correct.
  5. Foam is expensive, and won't last the life of the coach. The shells seats don't have foam, so there is a huge cost savings. The USSC Aries are designed for a 102" wide coach; they won't fit in a cutaway.
  6. I'm surprised to see all this talk about fire standards. In the United States, vehicle seats are subject to regulations in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, or FMVSS. These same FVMSS standards govern everything from window glass to seat belt specifications. Basically any vehicle that is sold in the United States has to meet these standards. The corollary is that any vehicle sold in Canada, also meets these standards. So unless Canada has more stringent flammability standards for transit seats (fabric/foam/etc), this isn't an issue.
  7. General Motorcoach Spottings & Photos

    Spotted two Prince Albert Northern Prevosts on Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California this morning. Color me surprised...
  8. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    I was pretty confused by the reference to "hubcaps" earlier in the thread. You can get hubcabs for bus wheels, but they are very rarely seen in a transit application (and make walk around inspections very difficult). Now I see we are talking about the rims themselves. I haven't paid attention to rim differences the last few times I've been in Vancouver... a quick perusal of photos online shows that both CMBC and WVT have Alcoa rims on their Xcelsiors. Do we think that the two agencies are ordering a different polish on their rims (the aforementioned mirror finish), or could it be that WVT may be keeping up with the maintenance of the rims a little better than CMBC (which is what I'd guess). In one of the many cobwebs of my brain, I recall a couple of motorcoaches at the charter company I once managed came into our yard second hand with Alcoa rims. They looked awful, dirty and dull. I asked the shop if we should just swap them for steeles, which we kept painted. They said - no ... when the tires need to be changed on this bus they'll take them off, then send that set of Alcoas out to be polished, and then reinstall them (or use the set on a different bus). Presumably that is why Alcoas at most company, public or private/charter, look dull. You need to keep a couple of extra full sets of Alcoas around to swap onto your coaches so that they can be polished every few years. That's an extra level of attention to detail that goes beyond what needs to be done to get the coach out of the shop and back on the road.
  9. 2018 Standard 40' Bus Procurement

    Obviously that's possible... but considering they rode the D40LF platform for over twenty years, it seems unlikely. Unless there are serious fundamental problems with the Xcelsior that prompts a full redesign sooner. Hubcaps...?
  10. King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Correct. But Metro has decided it is best to return to operator controlled rear doors. I can't say I blame them.
  11. No heat on Greyhound Bus

    There are other reasons for "no heat" - typically if its just the hot water valve, the operator can turn it themselves.
  12. Greyhound in the news

    The reliability and durability of smaller buses is much worse than a full sized coach. I would not consider operating either a cutaway type vehicle or even a sprinter with a trailer on such a long, rugged route. Going to a smaller vehicle works okay when you can get a much smaller vehicle on a short route that is able to feed a trunk route... it's not so great on something like this.
  13. King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    I hear both Central and Ryerson are extremely short on 40ft diesels this weekend ... many coaches on the B/O line. Thus, 3333 is borrowed from Bellevue Base to operate on the 2. http://pugetsound.onebusaway.org/where/standard/vehicle-status.action?vehicleId=1_3333
  14. King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    No one marked the date so we all missed it ... January 20, 1978 was the last day of operation for the original trolley network. Forty years ago. The handful of remaining routes that survived the 1963 cutbacks and the even more egregious ones in the early 1970s were converted to diesel so the overhead could be renewed. Over the course of the next two years all the overhead was pulled down, replaced, and rehung, and all new substations were installed to support the "feederless" overhead system. Service resumed on two routes in 1979, with the remainder of the system coming back online in phases over the next year. Anyways - 40 years ago, the last Twin Coach pulled in (off of route 2, I believe) around 2AM to Jefferson Garage, ended 38 years of service for that equipment. As to the driver... she was very junior at the time, but now is top-five in full time seniority. It's hard to believe that the rapidly dwindling operators who started in the 1970s and are driving brand new equipment today, started their careers in vehicles built in 1940.
  15. King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    The 3200s and 2300s came with a rubbery rubber floor, and the 4100s had the sandpaper type floors. The 2600s ordered in 2004 went back to RCA rubber flooring due to large number of slips and falls on board with the other flooring types. However, either the institutional memory was too short, or aesthetics took precedence over safety (I'd bet on the former) and the sandpaper types floors returned a few years ago.
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