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  1. coordinator47

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    6220 - 6241 exist. There is an order shown on the New Flyer Production List published last March by the Motor Bus Society for XDE60s 8300 - 8321. I assume that this order for standard coaches was converted to RapidRide specifications. The vehicle manuals haven't been posted to the Vehicle Maintenance website yet.
  2. coordinator47

    Sound Transit

    It's happening, albeit slowly. 9542 was retired in January; it had an engine failure in September and was not repaired.
  3. coordinator47

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    As far as fuel economy goes, recall that Allison refused to enable 6th gear on any King County or Sound Transit (9537 - 9552) Caterpillar-engined coaches. Early on I thought that it was a case of Metro stacking the deck in favor of their argument for hybrid coaches but I learned later from multiple sources in Maintenance that Maintenance wanted 6th gear and wasn't happy about it. Engine wear increased significantly, too. I have wondered whether Allison's refusal had any bearing on the decision to switch from E-drive to BAE hybrid drive for future purchases. I never heard from any operator that acceleration was an issue. While they may not have accelerated as fast as a hybrid they appeared to be adequate and on par with the 2300s.
  4. coordinator47

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    As a coordinator and from a mechanical standpoint the weak spots were hinge failure, suspension collapse, and engine faults. Hinge failure (throttle loss due to anti-jackknife device issues) was a bigger problem in their early years; sometimes an extended shutdown while holding down the hinge fail reset switch solved the problem. Sometimes one had to disable the door master switch to get the coach to move (30 MPH maximum) but the alarm that accompanied it was extremely obnoxious. Sometimes they wouldn't move at all. Suspension collapse was usually caused by leveling valves flipping over due to coaches hitting or driving over curbs (Metro's tendency to assign 2300s to routes such as the 27 which are too narrow and curvaceous didn't help). Occasionally debris on the roadway would be thrown up and hit the valves which weren't well protected. An engine fault light always meant the coach was done. 390K to 460K.
  5. coordinator47

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    There were about 8 3000s assigned to East Base (I think the numbers were 3067 - 3074) for one or two shakeups in 1990 - 91. I have a slide of 3073 dated 12/14/90 working the 230 with an unhappy operator--they were always late. They couldn't hold East Base schedules, which were tailored to 1600s. A full run on the 340 meant that one never got out of the seat. In addition to their leisurely acceleration they topped out at 54 MPH. There were a handful assigned to South Base for an even shorter period at about the same time, perhaps one or two months, and they were chased out of there for the same reason--too slow. One of my most miserable days as an operator was driving a 3000 on an AM 594 tripper from Tacoma. This was just after Metro converted from biased-ply tires to radials but they had not adjusted the toe-in and caster. I couldn't keep that coach in one lane--it followed every pavement seam out of its lane, at 54 MPH. The driver's seat didn't go back far enough, the seat bottom didn't tilt down to the rear at all and the dish steering wheel meant driving while doing splits. They were not a coach for long-legged operators.
  6. coordinator47

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    The only fast charging station is the one at Eastgate P&R. What I have heard is that there are supposed to be two more installed at Eastgate P&R, the next route will be the 221, and that a charging station is coming to Redmond TC. No more than 4 Proterras are in service at any given time. Because there isn't a working fast charger at Bellevue Base yet all coaches have to charge at Eastgate before returning to Bellevue Base.
  7. coordinator47

    Sound Transit

    Metro expects to receive 9569 -9583, 9587 - 9596, and 51214 -51218. 9571 has been received. 9587 is at East Base waiting to go into service, and 51214 (now numbered 9818) is in service. 51214 was renumbered 9818 because Metro doesn't use five-digit numbers. The 9500s are not changing numbers.
  8. coordinator47

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    2891 was hit broadside at the right rear axle by a vehicle fleeing from WSP on 1/6/16.
  9. coordinator47

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    The Safety Department has a cow whenever anything bigger than a 3700 runs on the 50 because larger coaches infringe upon the NB left turn lane on California Av when turning right from EB Admiral Wy.
  10. coordinator47

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Yes. Bellevue Base has very few spares right now. 1108 was all that was left for a yard change at pull out time.
  11. coordinator47

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    None of my contacts in Fleet Engineering gave me a reason. You'd have to ask Allison.
  12. coordinator47

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Lifetime mileages on the 2800s are mostly in the upper 300K with a few in the 400K up to 422K. Lifetime mileages on the 2600s are mostly in the 400K. A few are in the 500K up to 561K. North Base 2600s are in the 300K. The 2800s are on the way out because their fuel economy average is 2.8 MPG, lower than any other fleet type. The Ryerson Base 2300s in comparable service average 3.5 MPG. 2800s start running out of fuel at about 230 miles, or 15 hours of service. 6th gear is not enabled on their Allison B500 transmissions (Allison refused to enable 6th gear on any of the Caterpillar C9-engined coaches; it is not that Metro didn't want 6th gear). Because their drivetrains have to work harder they wear out faster. This information was derived from monthly coach inspection reports for January and February.
  13. coordinator47

    Sound Transit

    Bad news for Metro East Base operators--9530, 9531 and 9536 and their less-than-peppy Series 50 engines are being returned to service. 9530 is in the shop now and 9531 is waiting outside.
  14. coordinator47

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Coach 4511 started dropping its poles yesterday. The mechanics measured the test springs and found that they have stretched and no longer meet specifications. Bring on the next silver bullet.
  15. coordinator47

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Prior to the rebuilding of Market St there was a Slow Order sign hanging from a support wire EB at Greenwood Av because there was a dip in the intersection. Coaches would nose down into the intersection and then lose their poles when the back end dropped into the dip. I think the sign said 5 MPH and it was not published in "The Book."
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