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On 11/4/2023 at 11:21 PM, Er1ckRailfan6119 said:

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On 11/6/2023 at 11:33 PM, Er1ckRailfan6119 said:

Shepherd 60fts!

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Geez, the photos on some of the newer Metrobuses have new destination signs with poor visibility unlike its older counterparts. I tried to take some on some VA routes, but due to the same result, I deleted them.

Also, why did you take a photo of a Ride On bus here?

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A friend told me there's a ex WMATA D40LFR that's at the Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy in Laurel. Likely the school owns it now for training purposes. Don't know number or when it was acquired.

Also I figured out the allocations for the 4700s. They are the following:

Landover: 4701-4715

Andrews Federal Center: 4716-4730

Shepherd Parkway: 4731-4745

Southern Avenue: 4746-4755

Montgomery: 4756-4770

Cinder Bed: 4771-4780

Western: 4781-4795

The only units that still need to be activated are 4747, 4754, 4759, 4760, 4773, 4777, 4785, and 4790-4795.

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1 hour ago, DCTransitFilms said:

A friend told me there's a ex WMATA D40LFR that's at the Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy in Laurel. Likely the school owns it now for training purposes. Don't know number or when it was acquired.

Also I figured out the allocations for the 4700s. They are the following:

Landover: 4701-4715

Andrews Federal Center: 4716-4730

Shepherd Parkway: 4731-4745

Southern Avenue: 4746-4755

Montgomery: 4756-4770

Cinder Bed: 4771-4780

Western: 4781-4795

The only units that still need to be activated are 4747, 4754, 4759, 4760, 4773, 4777, 4785, and 4790-4795.

Take this with a grain of salt, but according to a WMATA bus operator in fb, WMATA MIGHT be planning to purchase additional XD40s in the near future (aka #4800s). Currently, I see no evidence of this outside of his statement, but I'll be certainly keeping an eye out for this.

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1 hour ago, New Yorker 2001 said:

Take this with a grain of salt, but according to a WMATA bus operator in fb, WMATA MIGHT be planning to purchase additional XD40s in the near future (aka #4800s). Currently, I see no evidence of this outside of his statement, but I'll be certainly keeping an eye out for this.

Wouldn't be surprised. But I'd be laughing at the foamers who'd get mad over them 🌚

Also weren't we supposed to get hybrids?

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NEWS ALERT: Several protesters had disrupted Metrorail service at Union Station earlier tonight due to a peaceful Pro-Palestinian rally to end cease-fire in Gaza. The demonstration began at 4:30PM and lasted until 8PM. During that time, demonstrators held up signs such as "Stand with Palestine," "Free all Palestinian political prisoners," and "End all U.S. aid to Israel." They even placed their hands on the Union Station walls and the Metrorail sign using red, white, and green paint; a few of them were arrested for defacing property. As a result, Red Line trains bypassed Union Station; however, after the protest is over, service to the station has resumed.

https://wtop.com/dc/2023/11/dcs-union-station-blocked-off-metro-service-disrupted-due-to-protest-calling-for-cease-fire-in-gaza/

https://www.fox5dc.com/news/demand-for-ceasefire-in-gaza-echoes-through-dc-at-union-station-rally

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28 minutes ago, Er1ckRailfan6119 said:

6152 and 4729!

Thanks for sharing.

I especially like that pic of 6152. The untrained eye could easily believe that bus in brand new. Thanks to WMATA's excellent bus maintenance program, it'd be hard to fathom that the bus is 17 years old.

Yet another occasion to appreciate that Cinder Bed is (now) an in-house operation. They're able to carefully distribute miles on older buses across the system, thus keeping those older buses in good condition -- and filling holes where newer buses duck out for preventative maintenance.

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1 hour ago, Metrobus1A said:

Well folks, I picked and I’ll be returning to Montgomery!

My routes will be the K9, S2, 70, Y2/Y8.

Nice! Did you get "bumped" or you wanted to go to Montgomery?

Your day sure will go fast on such busy routes. And you'll probably be driving a lot of artics!

 

1 hour ago, Metrobus1A said:

we will have the K9 this upcoming pick instead of Bladensburg.

Makes sense. I always wonder why so many routes "default" to Bladensburg -- only to move to a Maryland division within a few picks.

Enjoy. You're making me miss the road!

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Just for fun... an S2 moment from the history books: a southbound trip starting at 16th St & Kennedy St NW. When Northern was running the route, multiple morning pieces pulled out to this bus stop and started in service; those pieces cycled short trips on the inner part of the route. I see a few comparable trips in the current schedule, starting at Sheridan or Buchanan (...encouragement that ridership is returning!) This was prime territory for Northern's Neoplan artics, as 5311 eagerly demonstrates:

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On 12/1/2023 at 2:40 PM, Border City Transit said:

Nice! Did you get "bumped" or you wanted to go to Montgomery?

Your day sure will go fast on such busy routes. And you'll probably be driving a lot of artics!

 

Makes sense. I always wonder why so many routes "default" to Bladensburg -- only to move to a Maryland division within a few picks.

Enjoy. You're making me miss the road!

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Even though I have enough seniority to stay at Four Mile, I wanted to go back, so I picked out. And yes, artics are one of my favorite buses to operate!

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On 12/1/2023 at 2:40 PM, Border City Transit said:

Nice! Did you get "bumped" or you wanted to go to Montgomery?

Your day sure will go fast on such busy routes. And you'll probably be driving a lot of artics!

 

Makes sense. I always wonder why so many routes "default" to Bladensburg -- only to move to a Maryland division within a few picks.

Enjoy. You're making me miss the road!

._._.

Just for fun... an S2 moment from the history books: a southbound trip starting at 16th St & Kennedy St NW. When Northern was running the route, multiple morning pieces pulled out to this bus stop and started in service; those pieces cycled short trips on the inner part of the route. I see a few comparable trips in the current schedule, starting at Sheridan or Buchanan (...encouragement that ridership is returning!) This was prime territory for Northern's Neoplan artics, as 5311 eagerly demonstrates:

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I miss those 2002 Neoplan AN460s. The #5300s were the best artics in WMATA honestly before the XD60s came along.

On 11/30/2023 at 1:36 PM, DCTransitFilms said:

Hearing those D40LFRs don't got much longer. A lot haven't been out as of late.

I think Cinder Bed still uses a couple during rush-hours, but outside of them, I think they are basically just about gone now.

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