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16 hours ago, Trimet101 said:

Thats just the demo bus that got wrapped, We have not got are first bus yet

The windows were the dead giveaway. Certainly a good effort on TriMet's part to keep the branding consistent.

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For no reason in particular, here are some pics of late-life TriMet Flxibles.

These snaps date to 2012 -- by then, TriMet had been trying to retire the Flxibles for years. At the time of these photos, I'd guess about 40 Flxs were still active, including a few 1900-series 30-foot units.

My next visit to PDX was in 2014. On that trip, I spotted only one Flxible from a distance (could not get a photo). They were history not long after.

A reference pic of 1838 as she prepares for an outbound trip:

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A few blocks over, 1837 positions for an outbound trip of its own. Though the sign says Center Garage, I believe the bus was on its way from the garage into service. Also, I remember hearing that Flxibles were only at Merlo at this point -- so the sign may or may not be relevant:

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Then, 1801 scurries through Downtown en route to its outbound trip. Plenty of evidence that these buses were detailed to shorter, peak-period pieces to/from Downtown -- as opposed to long, all-day blocks that, generally, were/are in revenue service when spotted Downtown:

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At 6th & Jefferson SW, 1749 shows us how it's done. This pose reminds me of happy moments driving Flxibles -- decisively "ripping away" from the curb was one of my favorite moves!

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An anonymous Flx picks up a customer Downtown, before setting off into the sunset -- literally and figuratively:

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Enjoy. These buses were troopers. Used heavily for the first 15 years of their life... and still in decent shape past age 20+. They faded slowly over time -- from the most dominant bus in the fleet, to a secondary role, to an occasional sighting, 'til there were only a few left, then finally, all gone.

They seem pretty much forgotten by now -- imagine seeing one restored in a newer TriMet paint scheme!

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On 7/23/2021 at 2:10 PM, Jared Kam said:

The windows were the dead giveaway. Certainly a good effort on TriMet's part to keep the branding consistent.

 

On 7/22/2021 at 9:19 PM, Trimet101 said:

Thats just the demo bus that got wrapped, We have not got are first bus yet

Fyi, first 'actual' Nova has arrived as of last week

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