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Looks like more Neoplans are leaving the fleet!!! :P

http://kenporterauctions.com/vehicle_listi...p?auctionid=242

The Thomas Tl960, Bluebirds, Gillig Phantoms, New Flyer D40LF, and some ElDorado Cutaways are also being auctioned!!! :P

! This post got edited on Saturday May 4, 2011 at 11:55 PM !

What's the story on lot 467?

Looks like a NABI 40LFW #7320 that was cut in half.

http://kenporterauctions.com/vehicle_listi...s.asp?id=114345

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The Silver NABI 45C-LFW's are now exclusive to the Silver Line as of today. They're also (among other lines) sporting new headsign information for the Silver Line (using white to say "Silver Line" and Blue/Purple for destination -- purple is unreadable though..) Seems like they finally figured out how to program the color signs correctly :(

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How have the new schedules impacted riders? It would be interesting to see some observations if possible!

Also, I saw that the service councils started discussing December changes at the June meetings. I wonder if there will be more cuts...

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How have the new schedules impacted riders? It would be interesting to see some observations if possible!

Also, I saw that the service councils started discussing December changes at the June meetings. I wonder if there will be more cuts...

The new schedules are always tweaked versions of the previous ones. For example, an old one may say that a bus will arrive at timepoint a at 3:00pm. The new one is adjusted so it comes at 3:05. It's a pain in the neck to transfer with these new schedules.

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Was out in the hollywood area today and noticed quite a few changes in buses since the June shake-up.

- Line 210 had no neoplans running on it today. I noticed mostly 5200 series New Flyers on that line as well as a 5300 New Flyer and a 40 ft NABI. The 5200s appeared to be out of division 5 and the rest were division 18 unless those buses were reassigned. I guess division 5 now handles some of the line 210 runs.

- Line 4 had a 5000 series New Flyer out of division 7. I guess division 7 will now handle some of the line 4 runs. Previously line 4 was all division 6 and 10.

- I noticed an 8100 series bus out of division 6 on line 33 ...on a Saturday. I thought division 6 didn't operate on Saturdays.

- Line 207 is using a mix of local and rapid 60ft NABIs. In fact, it appears that most of the 60ft NABIs on the 207 line are in rapid colors. Wonder if they'll have to repaint a lot of those 60ft NABIs into the local scheme.

- The Silver line looks nice with those ex-902 line 8300s painted in silver. It would be even better if they would repaint some of the 8300s in orange that still are dedicated to the silver line.

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Does anyone know if more neoplans have been retired since the June service changes? I ask this because I've barely seen any in service...maybe just a couple. Line 210 used to use neoplans exclusively and line 4 uses them heavily at night, but in the past week I've seen mostly 40ft NABIs on these lines. This evening I noticed fleet #7211 operating on line 4. That bus was assigned to division 15, so that must mean the June service changes resulted in buses being reassigned to different divisions. I know division 9 houses 7200-7209 and 7210-7214 were assigned to division 15. Now I'll have to see if 7212-7214 show up on line 4 or on some line assigned to division 10.

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Does anyone know if more neoplans have been retired since the June service changes? I ask this because I've barely seen any in service...maybe just a couple. Line 210 used to use neoplans exclusively and line 4 uses them heavily at night, but in the past week I've seen mostly 40ft NABIs on these lines. This evening I noticed fleet #7211 operating on line 4. That bus was assigned to division 15, so that must mean the June service changes resulted in buses being reassigned to different divisions. I know division 9 houses 7200-7209 and 7210-7214 were assigned to division 15. Now I'll have to see if 7212-7214 show up on line 4 or on some line assigned to division 10.

Yes! I've noticed that too! Yesterday I passes by Division 12 (storage yard) and there were a lot of 6300-6600 series Neoplans. From what I saw most of them came from Division 10 and/or 18. I also saw Neoplan #6506 which had some of the front parts removed. Im not sure if these Neoplans are retired for sure, but my guess is that they're retired and are waiting to be auctioned. I passed by Division 18 just for curiosity and I saw that there were several Neoplans against a fence in the back, probably meaning that those buses would be towed to Division 12. There are still some Neoplans working and running normally at Division 10 and 18, but they'll be rare to find!

Yesterday around 6:30pm I did see 2 Neoplans running on Line 4!! :lol:

And yeah! there has been some buses reassigned to different divisions like for example some of Division 5 New Flyer C40HFs got sent to Division 18. Something else i've seen changed is that Line 28 started using the 6700's series Neoplans.

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Yes! I've noticed that too! Yesterday I passes by Division 12 (storage yard) and there were a lot of 6300-6600 series Neoplans. From what I saw most of them came from Division 10 and/or 18. I also saw Neoplan #6506 which had some of the front parts removed. Im not sure if these Neoplans are retired for sure, but my guess is that they're retired and are waiting to be auctioned. I passed by Division 18 just for curiosity and I saw that there were several Neoplans against a fence in the back, probably meaning that those buses would be towed to Division 12. There are still some Neoplans working and running normally at Division 10 and 18, but they'll be rare to find!

That's just crazy in my eyes to see such new buses being retired. And Calgary still has buses from 1977-82 in service as of today: http://www.busdrawings.com/Transit/alberta...-1999ct1140.jpg

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That's just crazy in my eyes to see such new buses being retired. And Calgary still has buses from 1977-82 in service as of today: http://www.busdrawings.com/Transit/alberta...-1999ct1140.jpg

It's also a waste that Metro destroyed/disabled the engines on the Main Fleet 1998 New Flyer D40LF units when they put them up for auction, effectively making them only good for scrap...

My own observations since the service changes:

-Express Line 450 is now using Local livery NABI 45C-Metro's based out of Division 18. I haven't seen any Express livery New Flyer C40LF units as of late.

-Division 15 NABI 40-LFW units have been running on Lines 2 and 4, I don't know which Division they belong to now, my guess would be 7 or 10...

-Division 3 is now running their 6300-6500 Series units more often on the 251/252 routes than the 6700 Series units that have dominated the Soto Street corridor.

Will have more next time I'm out and about. :)

And unrelated, here's a video I took onboard NABI 40-LFW #7540 with the German MAN E2876 Natural Gas test engine running on Line 620.

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It's also a waste that Metro destroyed/disabled the engines on the Main Fleet 1998 New Flyer D40LF units when they put them up for auction, effectively making them only good for scrap...

My own observations since the service changes:

-Express Line 450 is now using Local livery NABI 45C-Metro's based out of Division 18. I haven't seen any Express livery New Flyer C40LF units as of late.

-Division 15 NABI 40-LFW units have been running on Lines 2 and 4, I don't know which Division they belong to now, my guess would be 7 or 10...

-Division 3 is now running their 6300-6500 Series units more often on the 251/252 routes than the 6700 Series units that have dominated the Soto Street corridor.

Will have more next time I'm out and about. :P

And unrelated, here's a video I took onboard NABI 40-LFW #7540 with the German MAN E2876 Natural Gas test engine running on Line 620.

I'm still spotting buses on lines they're usually not on and still VERY few neoplans running anywhere unless it's out of division 3.

-Lines 210 and 212 are running a lot of NABI 40-LFWs. I spotted #7641 on line 212 the other day.

-Line 4 is running a lot of NABI 40-LFWs with fleet numbers not usually seen on that line. I saw 7049 and 7050 running on line 4. Just a few months back I saw 7050 on line 156, a division 15 line.

I'm also noticing hardly any, if any, 8100 series buses, although I did spot 8457 on line 2 the other day. My question is where are all the new 8100-8400 series buses? There's sure not many in central L.A. They must all be assigned to SFV-15 since division 10 just got a whole bunch of division 15s NABI 40-LFWs.

-Line 207 is running the NABI 60 footers, but they're almost all in the rapid colors. Still wondering if they plan to repaint some of those. Obviously they have too many in rapid colors with the discontinuation of so many rapid lines.

-Also spotted 6586 running on line 84, out of division 3.

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I am seeing rapid buses used a lot more often on local routes. In the first couple of days after the service changes, D8 was running a few (at least the three I saw) 40-LFWs in rapid colors on the 161. The 161 had been a route where one was most likely to encounter the remaining 40Cs, but I haven't seen one on it in awhile. Metro's ongoing affinity for running 40-foot buses on the 161 seems has something to do with lower demand and a few difficult turns in Agoura Hills (though 45Cs are still most common).

Also, there was a D15 45C in rapid colors running on the 164 today. I never thought I'd encounter that, especially on a weekday. I think there was at least one rapid colored 45C on each of a couple of SFV local routes last weekend based on what I saw on the Nextbus map, but I didn't see any in person.

Let me also say that I welcome the exchange of the 40-LFWs for 45Cs at D15. A number of routes in the SFV had have their headways optimized to the higher capacity of the 45Cs which dominate the sector, but the 45Cs have not always been deployed to those routes.

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I've seen bus 7215 from division 15 on Venice and Wilshire lately. Do you think ghat it belongs to Division 10?
:P There is no 7215 (not since the 80s when 1973 Flxible New Look 7215 retired). The 2000 NABI 40-LFW order was 7000-7214.

A.) FYBklyn1959 got it, no such thing as #7215. Perhaps you mistook it for a different numbered unit?

B.) It would help if you told us which route the bus in question was on, that way we could narrow it down to which divisions operate that line so we could be more likely to give a proper answer, and help with everyone's observations

:D

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7501 on the 268 line is usual. 7501 has been a D9 bus for quite a while and I believe line 268 operates out of D9

-I noticed 7600 (formerly of D9) operating on line 4...also, it has a freshly placed 10 sticker on the front windshield

- 7601 is also newly operating out of D10 on line 4. This bus was formerly of D9, then D18, and now it belongs to D10. I wonder if more of the lower 7600s are at D10 now.

- Also noticed these ex-D15 buses running on line 4: 7073, 7736

- When I drive by the D10 yard, it's solid 7000-7900 NABIs with just a few neoplans left. There are also quite a lot of NABI 60 footers in rapid livery.

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6757 was on 264/7 :)

Congratulations, you've spotted one of Division 9's oddball buses :D

Last time I spotted that unit, it was out of service from Line 686/687 in Pasadena

7501 on the 268 line is usual. 7501 has been a D9 bus for quite a while and I believe line 268 operates out of D9

-I noticed 7600 (formerly of D9) operating on line 4...also, it has a freshly placed 10 sticker on the front windshield

- 7601 is also newly operating out of D10 on line 4. This bus was formerly of D9, then D18, and now it belongs to D10. I wonder if more of the lower 7600s are at D10 now

Adding to that, #7615, the other NABI 40-LFW unit equipped with a test MAN E2876 Natural Gas engine, is frequently spotted on Line 4. Good luck to anybody who wants to hunt it.

Also, Division 3 is still running their 1997/1998 Neoplans strong, I spotted quite a few on Line 251 while handling business in LA over the past few days, though I haven't spotted any 6300 series units for the past few days....

And finally, for "Carmageddon Weekend" (the closure of the I-405 freeway this weekend for those who've been living under a rock :P), Metro is increasing service on ALL Metro Rail Lines and is offering free service for the Metro Red, Purple, and Orange Lines. As for bus service:

Metro is offering free service on the following bus lines-

2, 4/704, 20/720, 33/733, 150, 152, 155, 158, 161, 183, 224, 230, 233/761, 234, 236, 240, 242/243, 244, 245, and 656.

Additionally, Metro is also increasing service on the following bus lines-

2, 96, 150, 155, 156, 158, 161, 167, 183, 218, 222, 236, 242/243, 244, 245, 704, 720, and 761.

Full info here:

http://thesource.metro.net/2011/07/15/tran...and-other-tips/

Line 761 is not affected by the 405 closure in that it will still be traveling up and down the Sepulveda Pass on Sepulveda Boulevard instead of the I-405. Since Sepulveda is closed off to all traffic except local residents (hopefully), it's expected travel times will be improved dramatically during the closure.

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Also, Division 3 is still running their 1997/1998 Neoplans strong, I spotted quite a few on Line 251 while handling business in LA over the past few days, though I haven't spotted any 6300 series units for the past few days....

Yup, I spotted a few of Division's 3 Neoplans operating on Line 251 today. And I also saw that #6321 was operating on Line 251 today, so I guess theres one 6300 series unit thats still surviving!! Adding to that I did see a a lot of Neoplans operating on Line 4 today and spotted two on line 20. :)

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