Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

2010 Gillig BRT

2010 Gillig BRT Metro Transit Bus #1211 parked at MJ Ruter Garage parking lot.

Without Ads

With Ads. They did not waste time putting ads on this bus. I took the above pictures the day before.
I noticed that the 2010 Gilligs BRT have 3 side turn signals. One on each side of the front wheel well. Also, looks like they recycled the bike rakes from the old buses.

Man Attacked on Bus

Good Samaritan attacked trying to stop assault



Charges come in Good Samaritan beating

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Boy's Near-Miss Playing Chicken With Train

Shocking footage of school boy playing chicken with high speed passenger train



Union Depot Project



Updated animation and 3D modeling of Ramsey County's Union Depot renovation project in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, by the project team. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2010. Operations are scheduled to begin in fall 2012. The Depot will serve as a transit hub for the East Metro region, accommodating Amtrak, Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, Metro Transit buses and light rail, as well as future commuter and high speed rail lines.

Minneapolis Transit History Tour

Phil Epstein, a former Twin Cities Rapid Transit (TCRT) bus driver, will lead a tour of historic sites related to transit on Saturday, August 7 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Epstein’s detailed knowledge of over a century of mass transit in the Twin Cities, ranging from streetcars to buses to light rail is p...henomenal. During the 1950’s Epstein drove the first generation of TCRT General Motor’s buses, purchased by the company following the demise of the Twin Cities’ streetcar system. A longtime labor activist, Phil later served as president of AFSCME Local 99 at the Minneapolis Central Library, retiring in 2002.

Participants will ride on board TCRT Bus No. 1303, one of several now owned and operated by the Minnesota Transportation Museum, where Epstein is a volunteer. An active MTC driver will operate No. 1303, with Epstein as the color commentator. The tour is sponsored by the Minnesota Transportation Museum and will visit sites in downtown South Minneapolis, including the MTC’s Nicollet Garage and the Como-Harriet streetcar line.TO JOIN THE TOUR:

Parking will be available on 5th Street North on the east side of the street from 6th Ave North to 10th Ave North. Tour Bus 1303 will load on the west side of 5th St N. near 10th Ave, in the Warehouse District.

DIRECTIONS:

To reach the site, go west on Washington Avenue N from Hennepin Ave. Turn left at 10th Ave N and proceed 3 blocks to 5th Ave N. (Twins play at Cleveland that day.)

COST:

The cost is $10 per person, whatever age, cash at the bus.

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED..

The tour will last about two hours.

For more information call the Museum’s Classic Bus Division at 651 228 0263, or Phil Epstein at 612 360 7575.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Los Angeles Metro Blue Line 20 Year Anniversary

This You Tube Video Documents the grand opening of the Los Angeles Metro Blue Line on July 14, 1990




Monday, July 12, 2010

Speeding up Routes with Technology

St. Paul buses to add tech to speed up late routes
by Dan Olson, Minnesota Public Radio
July 8, 2010



St. Paul, Minn. — Some St. Paul bus routes will have new technology next year to help buses stay on schedule.

Bus drivers running late on their route will be able to make a red light change faster or hold a green light longer. Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons says the signal technology is successful on a route in Minneapolis.

"We have found that our experiment of this technology on Central avenue in Minneapolis north of downtown has been quite favorable in terms of improving the reliability of the bus service, about a 15 percent time savings in this market based on the use of transit signal priority."

Gibbons says installation of the technology begins next year for some buses on Snelling Avenue and on West Seventh Street in St. Paul. The technology is paid for by a $1.2 million federal grant.

There will also be less guesswork for some riders as to when their Metro Transit bus arrives. Beginning next year, Metro Transit will put up more signs that tell riders when the next bus is arriving at the bus stop.

"Variable message signs that count down the arrival time of the bus for the customer who is standing there waiting, gives them assurance that the bus is en route," Gibbons said. "In addition to having the information by sign it's also available today on cell phones and mobile devices and computers."

Gibbons says the electronic signs are similar to the ones on two busways in downtown Minneapolis.

Retired Driver Dies in Fire

Retired Metro Transit Driver Dies in Minneapolis House Fire
Cluttered conditions make rescue difficult

Teen Steals Bus

Metro Bus Stolen By D.C. Teen



AP Report:

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fire Trucks in Coon Rapids Lions'/Firemen's 4th of July Celebration Parade

Fire trucks from Andover and Coon Rapids Fire Department in Coon Rapids Lions'/Firemen's 4th of July Celebration Parade on July 1, 2010

Mirror

Metro Transit is in the process of lowering the driver side mirror on all of Gillig BRT. This is being done in response of driver complaints. Also, Metro Transit are testing LED turn signals on the mirrors on some of the Gillig BRT.


video

(Sorry not the greatest of video. This was taken with my cell phone)

Friday, July 2, 2010

C.R.A.S.H.

Metro Transit Police C.R.A.S.H. (Crash Reconstruction and Crime Scene Handling) Unit. Parked at Brooklyn Center Transit Center

Shooters Caught

The suspects in Bus Shooting were caught by Metro Police.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

10 Years

July will mark 10 year of driving transit bus. I started in July of 2000 driving for Waukesha Metro Transit. In March of 2008, I started driving for Metro Transit in Twin Cities.