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  1. The New Flyers can go 5+ miles on battery (Paragon-made lithium iron-phosphate). Some drivers just push the button to auto pull-down the poles when de-wiring and go on battery to next stop (or to last stop) before manually putting poles back up. The new trolleys are excellent. They still don't use them on the weekend because there's lots of construction (hi-rises and such) that requires the overhead to be shut down. All the XT60s are delivered and Bredas should be retiring by month's end. Still some XT40s left to deliver, so Gilligs probably got a month or two left.
  2. Yup. Whatever advantage parallel had for higher speeds isn't really there anymore. Out here, the new BAE E-series buses handle highways and hills better than the Allisons from 2011-2013. Once they're up to speed the engine idles (and does so very silently) and the bus cruises with ease. Maybe Allison has some new updates for their system that'll make it worth the MTA's time.
  3. I see the MTA is going for Allison hybrids. Any reason for leaving BAE? King County Metro out here got XDE60s with the BAE E-series hybrid system and they are spectacular. They cruise at highway speeds with the engine idling and in general are much quieter and smoother than anything BAE or Allison previously put out. Great pull, too, handle some of the crazy hills out here as well as the XT40s and XT60s. Metro stuck with Allison for over a decade (except the Orions, obviously) before going BAE with their latest orders of XDE35/40/60s.
  4. I seriously doubt people are going to be riding the bus to use the damn wifi. At that point getting a damn cheapo DSL or the slowest cable internet package becomes cost effective.
  5. Those are very much likely (I'm about 99.9% certain on this) hooked up to fiber lines and are in no way a comparison to flaky cell-signal based wi-fi that gets put on buses.
  6. It's still a waste of money, because Wi-Fi equipment is still Wi-Fi equipment that costs money and becomes obsolete overnight, and is still reliant on cell towers for service. The MTA then also has to pay the cell network for said service. The year is 2016 and everyone and their grandmother has a cell phone already hooked up to the same networks the buses would use for Wi-Fi.
  7. Sound Transit out here in the Puget Sound area used to install wi-fi on their buses. They have since discovered it's a gigantic waste of time and money, since the equipment is obsolete within a year or two and nobody uses it anyways. They will not be putting wi-fi on any new buses.
  8. Like the paint scheme and info screens. Hate the Wi-Fi and USB ports. What a pissing waste of money. The Cuomo indictments can't come soon enough. Anyways, I guess I'll see the new paint scheme when I visit over the summer.
  9. Yeah, Metro does go all out for hybrids and electric powertrains, which I do appreciate. But like you said, their RapidRide coaches are in bad shape (and the 2013 ones are the worst ones!). They get used the most and show just how badly built those LFRs are. They otherwise use the standard branded LFRs as little as possible, which says it all, really. The Bellevue LFRs spend a lot of their time in the lots waiting for peak service runs, so they can avoid heavy usage that way. I'm hoping those new XDE60s do better, since I am a fan of that BAE E-Series propulsion system. I did notice more swaying on the XDE60 than the DE60LFR, which is annoying. Since I don't want to hijack this, I'll bring this back to NYC: The MTA shaker test really is a good thing, and I credit them for doing that third-party shaker test. Sure as hell saved the MTA for the LFRs. Now I wonder who the 75-bus hybrid test order will go to, since NFI and Nova both offer the BAE E-series these days. By the time that order goes out, both manufacturers may be prepping new platforms.
  10. Random thought: Having been in Seattle the past eight months I see now why the New Flyer LFR platform failed the MTA's shaker test and they went with LFs for the CNG order few years ago. King County Metro's LFR artics are hot garbage and the older LF artics they have are in better shape. The LFRs are rattly as all f**k and could not be of worse build quality. Complete piss they are. Visiting NYC this week I am reminded of the vastly superior build quality on the Nova artics; night and day.
  11. That happened all the bloody time when I took the F home during PM rush hours while working in Queens for the first half of this year. Jay to Church (with stop at 7 Av obviously) express runs were frequent as hell, and probably still are considering it's a long route that can get delayed by the time it gets to Jay.
  12. Really between McDonald and Ocean Avenue it's a mess of double parking and traffic. The folks living in the mansions on Quentin and the general Midwood area would burn alive any MTA or DOT official who dares even think such a thing.
  13. You're right. I remember Orion started going with rooftop AC's because their back space was almost entirely taken up with the exhaust treatment system. Well, some development will have to be made by vendors with the AC and exhaust treatment systems to try and fit all of it.
  14. With those central park overpasses the MTA will eventually need NFI or Nova to give them some 40-footers with AC installed in the rear and any and all roof fairings removed. That being said, it'll likely be NFI's XD40, since the Nova can't just lose that large rear hump. From what I understood, the LFS's rear hump is used for engine cooling and whatnot and is part of the overall engineering of the bus. NFI can just install the AC in the back and get rid of the fairings around where top-mounted AC would be, and Nova would have to redesign. The XD40 without the fairings is probably somewhere around 114 or 115 inches, which should let it fit under those overpasses. Either that or Nova produces an all-electric model that doesn't need the rear hump and lets them have a flat roof with the AC in the rear window space.

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