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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Good news for Tri-Met bus drivers

The new hybrid buses coming on line for Tri-Met this month "have quiet electric motors, with components that last longer and require less maintenance." With less engine noise, the drivers will be able to sleep more soundly.

Comments (16)

Anyone know how an electric Bus makes heat for the passengers?

Anyone know how an electric Bus makes heat for the passengers?

Umm... With a heater...

Heat pump?

"The new hybrid buses coming on line for Tri-Met this month "have quiet electric motors, with components that last longer and require less maintenance." With less engine noise, the drivers will be able to sleep more soundly."

*rimshot*

You working with Bill McDonald to produce material for Leno?

...and all the more effective in surprising unsuspecting innocent pedestrians

yeah, what ranz said. They used to talk about having the trains make artificial noise so as not to sneak up on us old folks.

Anyone know how an electric Bus makes heat for the passengers?

Maybe the new buses are climate controlled. Whatever it is outside, it is inside.

My 1st thought as well RANZ!
Target practice!

PDXLifer,
Thanks for the shout-out. I'm still reeling from Nonny Mouse's hurtful comment about marketing my sense of humor, implying I was making the whole thing up.

Meanwhile, it's almost exactly 20 years to the day since it started. The night before my first joke sold, Dateline interviewed Nancy Kerrigan and Jeffrey Dahmer on the same show. Remember Nancy? She had the big teeth and turned out to be somewhat of an ice princess, trash-talking under her breath even as she waved to the fans at Disney World.

Jeffrey, of course, was luring young men back to his apartment, where he'd ultimately kill them and then eat them with more body parts stored for later in his freezer. I sensed it was an interesting duo for a one-hour interview show: "Let's see...how do we balance out the figure skater? How about a homicidal maniac cannibal?"

The band - led by musical legend Branford Marsalis - played and then Jay came out and said, "Did you see Dateline last night? They interviewed both Nancy Kerrigan and Jeffrey Dahmer. I couldn't help thinking thank God Jeffrey didn't have Nancy's teeth - he could have done a lot more damage."

The crowd's reaction was pandemonium. The image of this mean, prissy figure-skating type using her giant teeth to rip human flesh, charged them up and there was a big buzz afterwards. It was a reaction I'd rarely get with any of my jokes. In fact, it's very rare that anyone's joke causes pandemonium. I had one during the OJ trial, but that's another story.

Anyway, I came home from my night shift in banquets at the Portland Hilton, and my girlfriend told me she thought she had heard my joke on TV. I played back the tape and I was in show business.

That was around 20 years ago next week. In addition, I just saw a website that listed the Top 50 Jokes of 2012, and one of my jokes was #6.

No funnybone, Nonny? I've got your bone right here for you.

Bill McDonald, I can't find the website that listed the Top 50 Jokes of 2012.

This technology makes a big difference for people that live along bus lines where the buses stop at red light.

The difference in start up noise is remarkable.

I suspect such heavy battery laden buses will also prove to be pavement busters or do they tow diesel powered generators.

Actually hybrid buses are proven to have lower ongoing maintenance expense (fewer parts, no mechanical transmission, lower brake wear), 20-25% better fuel economy, far lower emissions...

There's a reason Seattle has over 300 hybrid buses; New York City has many more. Vancouver, BC has been at the forefront of alternative methods of propulsion including gasoline-electric hybrid buses, electric trolleybuses, diesel-electric hybrid buses, and hydrogen fuel-cell buses.

Portland likes to pat itself on the back and proclaim how great it is for transit because we have light rail and streetcars, but when it comes to buses, we might as well be in Mexico or Cuba.

And TriMet is ignoring - it has had two hybrid buses (vehicles 2561 and 2562) since the mid-1990s. Where are THOSE buses?

I like how Trimet blames its deteriorating bus fleet on the rescission.

Hey Bill! This is Portland after all. More like three degrees of separation! ; o )

Erik H. wrote: And TriMet is ignoring - it has had two hybrid buses (vehicles 2561 and 2562) since the mid-1990s. Where are THOSE buses?

They were garage queens, and when they available for dispatch, they didn't actually save any money (per-mile or per-passenger) over the normal diesel coaches.

The thing I hated about them most was the jerky starts and stops (especially starts). This is inhospitable to passengers, especially standees. I don't miss them at all.

I don't know if they are still in the fleet, or not. I hope the new one is better -- but so far it sounds like the same happy-talk routine they fed us ten years ago.


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