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  1. Route 44 owls are through-routed with route 48 and are operated with Central Base coaches and operators which come from routes 5, 40 & 60. Route 70 is dieselized because of Fairview Av Bridge reconstruction. Routes 2, 3, 7/49 and some 36s run with trolleys on weeknights.
  2. 9660 - 9677 have been delivered to Metro's South Training yard. 9660 is being outfitted now.
  3. The 1100s aren't finished. They are stored for now and will be around until September according to the current plan. 1187 went to East Base on Friday for shop work, probably tires. They towed 3680 away and then had to bring it back to North Base--they didn't drain the fuel tank.
  4. For several years now Metro has turned off several substations for weekend construction at 03:00 Saturday morning just about every weekend. Holidays were the usual exceptions. This shakeup the weekend run cards for routes 3 (4), 10, 12, 36 and 47 are written for pull out from Ryerson Base and include ten additional minutes of travel time. Route 1 and 2 coaches come from Central Base but pulling coaches out of Central doesn't require additional time. Metro is concerned about battery life and replacement cost (I have heard upwards of $40K for replacement). Operators are discouraged from using Energy Storage System operation and are penalized for unauthorized use. If they dewire they are required to put poles back up as soon as it is safe to do so.
  5. 3660 and 3680 are all that are left. 3667 is being drained of fluids as I write this and 3678 was towed away last weekend.
  6. 30' coaches have been parked until further notice because operation is rear door only (no rear door). There are all sorts of strange coach assignments right now, including artics on night local service and 9164 on trippers.
  7. B0108, B0110 and B0120 have been sold and are sitting in a lot on Bishop Rd in Chehalis, visible from I-5.
  8. Snow makes it a great day for strange equipment assignments. I've seen 17100s and 24400s going to the University District and 40 footers are on Swift, including 9159. Get your photos before it melts.
  9. No more 7300s & 7400s have been put in service since 7324 on December 27. No retired equipment has been brought back for viaduct extra service.
  10. There was no reason other than that their current draw was very high, and that multiple coaches operating too closely to each other at full throttle would overload substations. 5006 and 5018 made test runs on the 43 to Ballard in 1990 (only one at a time). Conversion to 4200s reduced their current draw. After blockages in which coaches gathered awaiting resumption of service operators were (and still are) warned to go easy on the throttle until coaches were separated by several blocks. I recall one occurrence on Rainier when after a blockage too many heavy-footed operators brought the local substation down and caused another delay, and I'm certain there have been others. The Pullman battery doesn't charge unless the traction motor turns so periodic exercise is critical. If any of you went on the Night Trolley Trip this year then you experienced a discharged-battery episode. Traction power and interior lights come from the poles but the other lights are fed from the battery. I'm not privy to why the Twin Coach failed that night, but its battery charges without having to move.
  11. As of 9/25 Atlantic Base has 47 2600s assigned. In addition to 37 weekday assignments on route 120 there are 44s and 70s. These have deadheads which aren't feasible in a trolley. On weekends Atlantic borrows some 2600s from Central, but Central doesn't have enough capacity to maintain 43 60' coaches required to dieselize Saturday service (26 on Sunday). Atlantic also borrows 42 40' coaches on Saturday & 40 on Sunday (from both Central & Ryerson). To share the maintenance load Atlantic needs to have its own assigned 2600s.
  12. 6225 is operating on the A line right now. 6222 is in Atlantic Yard. 1250 & 1251 are New Flyer XE60s. 1252 & 1253 are XE40s. They are known to have tested on the Queen Anne counterbalance. The problem with the 7300s involves a mirror mounting. I assume it is the center aisle mirror and supposedly operators are hitting their heads on it when getting in and out of the driver seat. 3 were at Bellevue Base on Wednesday and 3 more were supposed to be sent there this weekend, but Operations hasn't qualified anyone to drive them yet.
  13. My source didn't tell me. I'll try to find out.
  14. The Proterras have been out of service since 9/10 and for another 3 - 4 weeks while new charging stations are constructed at Eastgate P&R. I'm told that the 7300s won't go into service until issues with the operator stations are resolved.
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