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  1. The Valley Metro Light Rail's ridership has exceeded expectations. I was thinking, if I could expand it, how would I do it? Here is my dream light rail network for the Phoenix metro area: Red Line - Existing route plus north/west extension to Metrocenter Mall and east extension to Power Road and Superstition Springs Center. Serves Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa. Blue Line - Existing route (including Downtown Mesa extension) plus planned Capitol/I-10 West extension and an additional extension west on I-10 and north on Loop 101 to Westgate. Serves Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa. Green Line - The planned Tempe Streetcar. Silver Line - Baseline and Central Avenue up Central to Indian School Road, east on Indian School Road, north on SR 51, east on Shea Blvd, and north on Tatum to Paradise Valley Mall. Serves Phoenix including the northeastern part of the city. Orange Line - From Arrowhead Towne Center, east on Bell Road, south on 59th Avenue, east on Glendale Avenue, south on Central Avenue, east on Loop 202, south to Sky Harbor Airport, east on Broadway, south on McClintock, and east on Chandler Blvd to Chandler Fashion Center. Serves Glendale, Peoria, Phoenix, Tempe, and Chandler. Pink Line - Chandler Blvd and 48th Street, east on Chandler Blvd/Williams Field Road to Power Road, and north on Power Road to Superstition Springs Center. Serves Phoenix (Ahwatukee), Chandler, Gilbert, and Mesa. Brown Line - Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright south to Chandler Blvd, and east on Chandler Blvd to Chandler Fashion Center. Serves Scottsdale, Tempe, and Chandler. Purple Line - 75th Avenue and Baseline to Power Road via Baseline, and north on Power Road to Superstition Springs Center. Serves Phoenix (Laveen), Tempe, Mesa, and Gilbert. Gold Line - Downtown Phoenix from US Airways Center/Chase Field, east via existing alignment, south on Dobson Road, east on Southern Avenue, and south on Gilbert Road to Queen Creek Road. Serves Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler. For efficient use of rail equipment, at Chandler Fashion Center Orange Line trains would leave as the Brown Line and vice-versa. Similarly, at Superstition Springs Center Pink Line trains would leave as the Purple Line and vice-versa.
  2. If anyone wears a specific color more than any other, what color do you wear the most? I almost always wear pink, since it reminds me of smooth jazz. Real Men Wear Pink!
  3. The lines will remain separate, however, this doesn't preclude New Flyer from making a few changes in NABI's products for commonality with other New Flyer products. New Flyer has a strong relationship with MAN and it would make financial sense to stick with a single axle supplier across the board instead of using two different suppliers for New Flyer and NABI. As for model numbers, even though NABI will be a separate division, I just think it makes sense to indicate the fuel type in the model number as New Flyer has always done.
  4. I wonder though, will NABI switch to MAN axles instead of Meritor for parts commonality with New Flyer's lineup? Also, I wonder if the model numbers will change. Perhaps the model numbers will indicate the fuel type, i.e. D40LFW, C40LFW, DE40LFW, and so on.
  5. I wonder if this will eventually lead to Volvo/Prevost buying out Gillig, where Gillig will operate as a subsidiary of Nova Bus. A deal could work out, as it would give Nova a 30-foot and 35-foot model, as well as a lower cost 40-foot model (similar to how the LFW will be marketed by New Flyer).
  6. I wonder if we will see a Volvo/Prevost buyout of Gillig in order for them to better compete against NFI. That would create a virtual duopoly between New Flyer/NABI and Nova Bus/Gillig, unless ElDorado gets huge orders for the Axess.
  7. As for manufacturer, I actually would like to see the MTA give CAF a try. CAF is only one of four manufacturers who have manufacturing facilities in New York (the others being Bombardier, Kawasaki, and Alstom), and considering the MTA has a preference for such manufacturers, CAF should consider bidding on the R211 contract.
  8. Considering that the MTA seems to have a preference for builders with NY factories when it comes to subway car orders, of the four, who do you think should get the R211 contract - Bombardier, Kawasaki, Alstom, or CAF? I was happy to see Bombardier win the R179 contract instead of Kawasaki/ALSKAW, since Bombardier hasn't won an order from the MTA since the R142. However, I think for the R211, the MTA should give CAF a chance for a nice change.
  9. 7th Avenue - Red Star Lexington Avenue - Green Square ( would be a square inside a diamond). Flushing - Purple Heart ( would be a heart inside a diamond) 6th Avenue - Orange Octagon 8th Avenue - Blue Triangle Broadway - Yellow Circle Nassau Street - Brown Hexagon Canarsie - Light Gray Pentagon Crosstown - Lime Green Downward-pointing Triangle Shuttles - Dark Gray Heptagon
  10. ... what letter/number and color would it be? I personally would make a pink (X) line. How about everyone here?
  11. Next year in 2013, it will officially be 10 years since the retirement of the Redbirds. I remember riding them each time I rode on the when I visited NYC. The is the line I have ridden on more than any other line. To pay tribute to them after 10 years without them, I personally came up with an interesting idea: introduce red wraps for select IRT trains. The red wraps should placed on select trains that serve lines traditionally served by the Redbirds - the , , , , and . So, how does anyone like this idea? The R142/R142As would look beautiful in red.
  12. I was wondering, during the 1980s when the MTA was rebuilding the IRT cars into the Redbirds, all of them were retrofitted with air conditioning, except for the R33 WF. Is there any particular reason why the R33 WFs were not retrofitted? I would like to know. EDIT: Mods, please fix the title.
  13. Actually, Alstom and Kawasaki did a joint bid as ALSKAW for the R179, but lost to Bombardier. However, had ALSKAW been awarded the contract, I don't know if this would have meant both companies would build the cars or if it only meant that Kawasaki would build the cars and Alstom would provide propulsion. Still, I would really like to see MTA try something different, as long as it isn't AnsaldoBreda. As I said earlier, the MTA has a preference for manufacturers with New York operations, so other than Bombardier, Alstom, or Kawasaki, the only other manufacturer with a manufacturing facility in New York would be Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF).
  14. Kawasaki doesn't sell its own propulsions in the United States. The MITRAC propulsion for the R142As and R143s were chosen before Bombardier bought AdTranz, so I'm not sure if Kawasaki would use a propulsion from one of its chief competitors for the new R188s. Kawasaki and Alstom seem to have a good relationship, so perhaps they could choose Alstom propulsion. Siemens is another possibility as well.
  15. And prior to the R142As arriving, the 6 wasn't even all R62As; there were R29s and R36s operating on the line as well, and the UES riders didn't complain about them. The only lines that did not have any Redbirds were the 1, 3, and 9.

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