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So I got a few more shots to add to my growing 246 BSD run collection:

Last Thursday, it was a blue DE60LFR, which I unfortunately didn't get pictures of. I think that the blue DE60LFRs are some of the best-looking buses we have here and if one is back in the next few days I'll make sure to get a picture of it.

Last Friday, it was another DE60LF, but this time I watched it climb the hill, which was interesting as it's pretty steep. Here is a head-on shot while it was stopped:

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KCM New Flyer DE60LF #6850 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

And today it was another DE60LF:

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KCM New Flyer DE60LF #6821 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Also today, I went to the South Bellevue Park and Ride. My initial goal was to get shots of a D60LFR on 560, since after the route is transferred to Pierce Transit on Saturday there won't be artics anymore. I got to see 9808 on its way to Bellevue:

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Sound Transit New Flyer D60LFR #9808K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

One other thing that I wanted to do before the fall shake-up was to get pics of 9200, aka THE DE40LF. I was checking everyday on OneBusAway to see if it was in service, and all of last week it was in service the morning but went out of Service around noon, and then in the evening it was back. So today I wished that 9200 could be in service when I was at the P&R. According to data that I got before leaving it was not, but a coach change ended up happening at BTC and well, it was in service when I was there. It came down Bellevue way right after I had gotten a pic of the above D60LFR, and at first I thought it was one of PT's C40LFs in driver training, but, no, it was THE DE40LF! So I got to grab a few pics:

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Sound Transit New Flyer DE40LF #9200K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

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Sound Transit New Flyer DE40LF #9200K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

And the tape is gone:

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Sound Transit New Flyer DE40LF #9200K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

In between hybrid 550s I got to see a D60LF. Those buses look weird without the batteries on the roof and it's hard to imagine it was once the standard:

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Sound Transit New Flyer D60LF #9550K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Talking about hybrids, here are a few DE60LFs on 550.

9630 Turning in the park and ride:

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Sound Transit New Flyer DE60LF #9630K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Here is another turn, on 9635, which is panned:

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Sound Transit New Flyer DE60LF #9635K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Two DE60LFs passing just north of the Park and Ride:

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The 550 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Finally, here's a fully-panned DE60LFR running 550:

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Sound Transit New Flyer DE60LFR #9648K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

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One other thing that I wanted to do before the fall shake-up was to get pics of 9200, aka THE DE40LF. I was checking everyday on OneBusAway to see if it was in service, and all of last week it was in service the morning but went out of Service around noon, and then in the evening it was back. So today I wished that 9200 could be in service when I was at the P&R. According to data that I got before leaving it was not, but a coach change ended up happening at BTC and well, it was in service when I was there. It came down Bellevue way right after I had gotten a pic of the above D60LFR, and at first I thought it was one of PT's C40LFs in driver training, but, no, it was THE DE40LF! So I got to grab a few pics:

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Sound Transit New Flyer DE40LF #9200K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Very surprised to see this unit retains its run number box... this is the last Metro operated unit still equipped.

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A mess of Kitsap Transit buses at the Winslow ferry dock, awaiting the arrival of the ferry from Seattle. Kitsap Transit waits for the ferry to arrive and unload.

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One of the Kitsap Transit 2003 Phantoms. They have no rear door and nearly all seats are forward facing.

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Taken last Thursday, 9585 on 554 at Eastgate:

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Sound Transit New Flyer D60LFR #9585K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

And the rest taken on Friday:

9547 is one of the few Wi-Fi buses out there (excluding Rapid Ride):

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Wi-Fi Bus (ST D60LF) by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

214 passing 218 on I-90:

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214 and 218 on I-90 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Three ST Buses at Eastgate (2-554s and 1-556)

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Sound Transit at Eastgate by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

At a point no buses came in about seven minutes, then all at once a 216, 211 and 212 showed up and in the minute following that rush another 212 came. Perhaps Metro needs to time its buses better:

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Three Metro buses at Eastgate Freeway Station by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Westbound lane waiting for the 554 to DT Seattle - about 30/35 people. Needless to say with the Issaquah people already on the bus when it leaves Eastgate nearly all seats are taken if its not SRO.

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554 Lineup at Eastgate Freeway Station by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

My best panned bus that day: a 40' Phantom:

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KCM Gillig Phantom 40' #3561 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Since 215 doesn't stop at Issaquah TC anymore, some trips now have Orions instead of artics:

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KCM Orion VII #7089 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

DE60LF on 216. It had only been a week since the fall shakeup yet bad habits were back with about a dozen people getting off at Eastgate with each 216 coming in. Weird that people still go in the tunnel to take 216 when on 2nd the combination between 210, 212, 215 and 554 has higher frequency and can provide them with a seat.

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KCM New Flyer DE60LF #6820 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

217, one of the less-photographed runs out there:

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KCM New Flyer DE60LF #6845 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

210 making the right turn onto 142nd:

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KCM New Flyer DE60LF #6849 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Another 824:

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KCM New Flyer DE60LFR #6899 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

989, a once-in-the-day run between Eastgate and Lakeside School:

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KCM New Flyer DE60LFR #6995 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

A DE60LF on 554 complete with the sunstars on the lights and the Seattle skyline and Olympic mountains in the background:

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Sound Transit New Flyer DE60LF #9634K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

And finally, from Monday, a DE60LFR on 210 Making the turn at Allen Road and 146th:

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KCM New Flyer DE60LFR #6899 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

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Poor guy doesn't like being photographed!

I'm pretty sure he was kidding. After dropping off his passengers at Bays 1/2 he came back up on 142 displaying "to terminal" and while he was waiting at the light he opened the front door since I was standing there and asked if I was taking pictures for a school project or anything similar in a friendly tone. When I told him I was just a transit fan he laughed.

So i don't think he mined at all. Plus with my polarizer on to darken the blue sky at maximum the level of reflections on most windshields is enough to hide the operator and passengers,

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Some pictures from last friday, on a classical 8-ferries trip that I do from time to time:

We'll start by the most Interesting, so here's 8032 on 590 in DT Seattle:

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Sound Transit Gillig Phantom 40' #8032P by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

6085 on RR-C approaching Fauntleroy:

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KCM New Flyer DE60LFR #6085 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

CT D40i on 2nd:

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Community Transit New Flyer D40i #25405 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Fauntleroy RR Stop:

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Fauntleroy Rapid Ride Stop by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Enviro 500 on 2nd:

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Community Transit Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 #10808 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

7199, the last Orion VII KCM got:

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KCM Orion VII #7199 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Interior of 6994:

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KCM New Flyer DE60LFR #6994 Interior by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

A nice perspective of 4110 making the turn from First to Marion running a 12:

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KCM Gillig Phantom 40' ETB #4110 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

3197 on the Sealth:

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KCM Gillig Phantom 35 '#3197 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Mason Transit in Bremerton:

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Mason County Transit #441 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Kitsap Transit 35' Advantage in Bremerton:

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Kitsap Transit Gillig 35' Low Floor #755 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

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Hey, ferries are transit, since they carry thousands of foot passengers everyday across the sound. They also accept ORCA cards (lol).

Here's a very particular photo of a ferry. Yes, that is Lake Union from Gas Works park, and on the Lake is the MV Kennewick en-route to Lake Union Drydock for dockside repairs. That's from yesterday, and the Kennewick is staying in the lake for an entire month, if you want to see it.

[Photo by my mother, since I personally wasn't able to make it out there because of school]

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MV Kennewick en-route to LUDD - Washington State Ferries by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

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Alright, some pictures from last weekend and yesterday:

Artics have started to run on 535 on Saturdays as well. Here's 51218 heading to layover on 10th:

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Sound Transit New Flyer D60LFR #51218C by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

BTC shelter and sign, captured like this thanks to the fisheye borrowed from my photography teacher:

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Bellevue Transit Center by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

LFA laying over at BTC:

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KCM New Flyer DE60LFA #6017 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

The day after that (Saturday I went for a Seattle trip which took me on 554, Link and 550. Here's the 554 I was on, a 12-year old D60LF. Needless to say the punch strips confused me:

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Sound Transit New Flyer D60LF #9534K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Panned Link entering IDS northbound:

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Sound Transit Kinki Sharyo LF LRV #154 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

DE60LFR laying over near the Bellevue library:

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Sound Transit New Flyer DE60LFR #9639K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

The rest from yesterday at BTC:

Gillig Advantage on 567:

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Sound Transit Gillig Advantage #9215P by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Same route, but different bus! C40LF now:

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Sound Transit New Flyer C40LF #9403P by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

6077 laying over:

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KCM New Flyer DE60LFR #6077 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

6019 (LFA) about to turn from 108th to BTC:

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KCM New Flyer DE60LFA #6019 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

556 turning into BTC:

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Sound Transit New Flyer D60LF #9548K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

One of ST's CT D60LFR OOS heading to 10th:

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Sound Transit New Flyer D60LFR #9557C by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Artic on 532:

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Sound Transit New Flyer D60LFR #9593C by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

After getting a friend from RR-B I took 550 to MI, but we ended up waiting 20+ minutes. When the bus came up it was pretty obvious that the ST coach supposed to cover the run broke down and that KCM had to deploy a bus from EB to cover the run. Also because the bus was late it got full (all seats taken and 5+ standees by the time we got to SBPR.

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KCM New Flyer DE60LFR #6916 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

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Community Transit's new 30' Gillig buses have entered service - looking pretty sharp sporting their BRT front end. They appear to be numbered from 13600 to 13629.

13600 at Lynnwood TC (front)

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13600 at Lynnwood TC (rear left)

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13600 at Lynnwood TC (rear right)

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13608 at Mountlake Terrace TC

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They could've put new trolley poles on the MANs - on the busdude.com site, he has pictures of a MAN testing out the KIEPE ELEKTRIK poles before they used them on the Gillig Trolleys (http://www.busdude.c.../KCM_4000_3.jpg). The KIEPE ELEKTRIK poles seem much longer and much more able to hold onto the catenary lines. They aren't completely faultless though (from the King County Metro wiki):

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are these trolleys or diesels ?

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originally built with a 6v92TA/ZF 4HP590 for diesel power, and a Fuji Traction motor with AEG Westinghouse control system in 1990/91, from 2004-2007 they had the diesel drive train removed and were modified to run only on electric power. During the conversion to 4200 series coaches they also received modified interiors, Luminator Horizon head signs and Kiepie poles replacing the original Ohio brass poles

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Sounder 909 arriving King Street Station

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2682-the coach that ended up with bullet holes after police shot the man who was running from police after shooting a Metro driver on another coach on 8/12/13 (http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Metro-bus-driver-shot-in-downtown-Seattle-police-shoot-suspect-219273481.html)

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9119C and 9073K on the 3rd Ave re-route during the Westlake Tree lighting.

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Pierce Transit 8032 on 2nd Ave, route 592

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Alright, some pictures from last week. On Friday I went to see a UW Basketball game at Alaska Arena and got a few shots of UW Station construction. These are not the best quality as I wasn't able to take my tripod out so I had to shoot in high ISOs. I like the "behind this wall is [...] branding.

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Behind this wall is the World by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

On Wednesday I attended a lecture at Bellevue High School then instead of coming back home for half an hour before my french class on MI I took the 550 over to MI then the 203 to the french school, including a bit of transit fanning on the way. Needless to say there were a lot of __60LFR out that day on both 550 and 554.

Public art at the MI P&R:

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Public Art at Mercer Island by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

Looking into the future...this is where the MI Light Rail station is going to be, in the median/express lanes of I-90:

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Site of future Mercer Island Link Station by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

On top of LFRs 554 sure had some interesting stuff running, like one of the older D60LFs. Notice how the bus still says it has wi-fi.

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ST New Flyer D60LF #9531K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

554 also ran a KCM artic because of a breakdown or something. Neat to see once again.

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KCM New Flyer DE60LFR #6887 by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

And 9651, the last of ST's DE60LFRs (for now)

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ST New Flyer DE60LFR #9651K by SolDuc Photography, on Flickr

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haven't taken pictures of new buses for a long time

a week ago, I stopped by Lynnwood and took a look at CT's new Gillig BRT30s.

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