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Everything posted by C40LFRZeke

  1. This video was so "rubbish" that I literally LOL'd for 5 minutes. I "liked" the vid simply because of the laugh I got from it. Who made that terrible video? Have they ever even SEEN an LA Metro bus?
  2. I heard Gillig was moving to a different plant further in-land. This could give Gillig the capacity to do larger orders. (If capacity was even a problem. Though I'd imagine production capacity would be a major reason to move)
  3. http://foothilltransit.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/08-28-2015-Agenda-Packet-2.pdf New livery for refurbished NABI 60 BRTs for Silver Streak in the board meeting agenda. I find it interesting that the 60 BRTs are already approaching 500,000 after only 8 years. Running 100% freeway express everyday must really put on the mileage.
  4. Press release from when Foothill ordered the 2100s(I think)http://www.newflyer.com/index/2013_10_18_foothills_transit_award 4th Paragraph. It's no secret to New Flyer that Foothill wants the 42-BRT. Although sexy, beyond the headlights there is little about the Xcelsior that is striking or distinctive. If Foothill wanted Xcelsiors, they would have bought those by now. Clearly the NABI BRT has a design that cant be replaced by an Xcelsior. Seems to me that there is still hope that New Flyer might keep around the NABI BRT, or at the very least Foothill might strike a deal with New Flyer for more BRTs.
  5. The downfall of NABI is disappointing to say the least. NABI was the only competitor that had the production and product portfolio(CNG, BRT models, and Artics) to keep New Flyer in check on all fronts.Gillig makes CNG buses, but they don't make Artics and won't bid on large orders. Nova waited way too long address the CNG market, which is a MUST in the large California market. New Flyer already has a monopoly on CNG Artics until Nova steps up their game. El Dorado even lost to gillig on LADOTs last bid, so they have no chance against a behemoth like New Flyer. I don't want a BYD bus. Looks like for non EVs, Californians are going to be stuck with Gillig and New Flyer for awhile.
  6. Is this(the 2300s) the final batch? Foothill will probably go back to the Gillig BRT Plus or XN40 to replace the remaining Orion Vs. I was really hoping they could replace everything but the 40-LFWs with BRTs before production ceased. Oh well. The Gillig BRT Plus would be closest in terms of design, but it looks a wannabe NABI BRT at this point. I'd much rather have the real thing. I wish I could petition New Flyer to keep around such an iconic looking bus. The average rider usually can't tell the difference between something like an Orion V or a 40-LFW. But even the most average, non-caring riders know what the NABI BRT looks like. Me: "have you seen Foothill's curvy new bus?" Average Rider: "Oh yea! Even LA has some of those." Me: "Does LA also have some of their older buses as well?" Average Rider: "No idea"
  7. http://www.nabusind.com/ On the NABI front page, if you click the third little circle which shows off the NABI 60 BRT, it's a rendering of an updated Foothill Silver Streak livery on a 2014 NABI 60 BRT. Is Foothill talking to NABI about possible new or refurbished 60 BRTs?
  8. There has to be a balance. Frequent service is always a plus, but you can't clog the road with buses. In an ideal scenario, I'd say fill up the road with buses, but in reality the road space is filled with cars, on street parking, and old/outdated road design and geometry. The 720 is now at 2 minute headways peak with 60 BRTs, at rush hour there is so many buses trying to stop Wilshire/Western that it often blocks Western Ave traffic. I don't understand the hate towards the 45C when that is the best bus they have, including the new Xcelsiors. Also, keep in mind, like the artics, the 45Cs only make up a portion of the fleet. For some of the busier local lines like the 210 the 45Cs are great. I feel on many routes, the extra seats are welcome. In fact, on mixed 45C/Standard 40ft routes, the 40 footers feel cramped.
  9. I think this was clearly a jab at the articulated buses, which if Art Leahy thinks he can run lines like the 720 on 40 foot buses, he is a moron in that respect. 40 foot buses would be a nightmare. Clearly there is a need for articulated buses if surrounding munis are buying them.
  10. I think those are important advantages, yes. I liked the larger size of the BYD and I wanted to see how well it performed in real-world use. However, going BYD is creating more drama than it is worth. Given how we've already seen how well the Proterra has been doing right here in So Cal, LBT might as well go the Proterra route. If the feds are paying for it anyway, the cost of the infrastructure should not be a problem. Not mention that it would be a perfect fit, since the passport is a relatively short circulator.
  11. As much as I liked the BYD demo bus, and the high hopes I had, honestly since the FTA is paying for it anyway LBT is just better off building the charging infrastructure and buying Proterras. A charging station could be placed at Pine & 10th or even better at the Queen Mary. The transit gallery would be ideal, but there is no room for it on Pine Ave.
  12. Beside Omnitrans and Montebello, the RTA CommuterLink livery is one best and most original of all the re-designs that TA's have done lately. It makes Gillig BRT Plus look great.
  13. Hopefully it's NABI 60 BRTs. Kinda getting tired of Gillig BRTs and Xcelsiors everywhere... Although to be honest, I really just want to see a 60-BRT in LBT colors more than anything.
  14. C40LFRZeke


    Actually, before caltrans was forced to switch to double whites(frankly, this only really applies to interstates. For state route freeways like CA-91 or CA 60, etc Caltrans could do whatever the heck they want), you will notice there is a white line to the left of the double yellow(like the sbX lanes in the picture.) For years, this is how caltrans got away with double yellow on HOV lanes, because technically the traffic inside the lane is to the left of a white line, not a double yellow. Frankly, I actually like the double yellow better as it makes the lane more visible. Omnitrans can get away with it, because this isn't a federally maintained highway so who cares?
  15. Indeed, I'm loving the 45Cs, they are absolutely superb. Why the Washington/fairfax hub still exists is beyond me. Ridership for both bus and the Expo Line would increase if there was a single hub at Culver City. Instead you either change buses or wait under a horrible looking concrete freeway overpass. The area around the station would serve allot more people than being a parking lot. IMO, they could have easily made a parking garage while turning the area directly adjacent to the station(The strip of parking spots next to station) into a transit center.
  16. That's the preemption to the new scheme Metro is applying to match the soon to be incoming brand new Kinki LRVs. http://thesource.met...s-in-the-works/ Since the cab ends of each LRV are just a yellow graphic on the new livery, they are preforming the bulk paint work by painting the gray first then they will go back and apply the new yellow graphic to ends of each LRV.
  17. I think I can guess the reason why.... [cough]LGBT[/cough] And yes, the rail project is still going forward so I have no clue what this article is talking about.
  18. Omnitrans converts from LNG to CNG as well.
  19. I don't get the hate over NABI's wheel covers. I think they look great with or without. Now Gillig's BRT covers are absolutely terrible, and New Flyer's are meh at best. NABI definitely wins the BRT design. At least the new scheme looks better on the actual bus. I still think they should have went with Mural design 1.
  20. Hopefully they spice up the Silver Streak design. Also, I'm curious to see how they will implement this on the Orion Vs and 40-LFWs. Will they do an omnitrans approach just update colors and keep the old design on the older buses or will they put the entire new livery on them? The Gilligs they will obviously not touch since those are about to be replaced. It would be great if unanimously Foothill announced that they just placed an order for an additional 150 BRTs and that all the Orion Vs would be gone as well.
  21. While the new liveries are welcome, every agency doing wave designs is already starting to get old. And goodness, the color green has been "in" for the past few years. Frankly, I actually like Foothill's stripes. It was simple and the different shades of blue stripes that also made up the foothill transit symbol looked great but wasn't tacky like many other agencies with stripes. I see why they never changed it for a quarter of a century. It's the best and most original stripe design by-far.
  22. Surprise, surprise. Foothill Gillig F1143 was broke down today on the 480 in Pomona. Hopefully NABI hurries up with those BRTs.
  23. Good riddance. Will they kill off some OVs as well or will the extra buses be used for extra/new service?
  24. Not like it matters much. The Orion Vs and remaining Gilligs need to go away all the same. I'm sorry, Foothill's OV's and Gilligs sound and run miserable. I see a poor F1300 series sitting in the middle of I-10 broken down almost every other time I go on that freeway. Either First Transit needs to step up maintenance or those OV's need to go. It's just bogging down service now. I try to avoid them whenever possible. Thankfully, that one time when the Metrolink train service wasn't running the entire morning(I think it was a nearly a year ago), the 699 bus(Which is traditionally an OV route) that pulled up at montclair was a brand new 42-BRT. I was spared the horror.
  25. Because it's the best bus Foothill has. The current BRT is a much better built bus compared to back in 2005. It's stylish(Riders love them, and they are highly distinguishable from other buses. Even the most average person can recognize that bus, but try to ask if they know what an Orion V looks like.), reliable(It's handled First Transit's deferred maintenance very well unlike the Orion Vs), and versatile(It can not only be used local or standard express routes, but because they look identical to the 60-BRTs, they can run on Silver Streak during off-peak/overflow while matching the BRT styling). Nice. I am pleased.
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