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  1. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Here's a collage of all the fixed route designs in the system. Which one is your favorite?
  2. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Nope
  3. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    1600 - 1604, they went into service in July. 1544, 45, 46 have been retired and 1547 will be retired soon.
  4. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Several vehicles were transferred out of Tempe due to service adjustments as of the 10/27/14 bid: 6453 to Mesa 6454 to Mesa 6455 to Valutrans 6456 to Valutrans 6457 to Valutrans 6648 to Mesa 6649 to Mesa 6650 to Mesa
  5. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    19C is operated by First Transit West. There are 25 NABI buses at the West garage (all of the active 6000s and 6100s). The ElDorados for 19C are at the West; the ones for DASH are South. It may seem that the West garage isn't the correct geographic choice for this route, but First Transit is a much cheaper contract than Transdev, so Phoenix assigns the maximum amount of service to First Transit. The new 30' ElDorados on the procurement are for DASH. 19C will go away when the Northwest Extension Phase I opens, so no replacement buses are being contemplated for that service.
  6. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Route 28 operates from the South Garage.
  7. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    The Orbit fleet consists of the following vehicles: 1521, 1529, 1544-1547, 1551-1584.
  8. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    On several blocks, routes 108, 156, and 184 are interlined with one another - for example, a westbound 108 becomes an eastbound 156 at 48th St. & Chandler Blvd. which becomes a northbound 184 at ASU East. This happens throughout the day and makes for more efficient use of pay time and equipment. Also 104/112 are interlined at the south end, and Earth/Mars are interlined at Tempe Transportation Center. There are other random interlines that are used to craft more optimal workdays and to remove articulated buses from service after PM Peak. Here are the trip counts per garage for Tempe/Mesa: Weekday 30 Mesa 44 - Tempe 35 40 Mesa 63 - Tempe 4 45 Mesa 12 - Tempe 96 48 Mesa 0 - Tempe 78 56 Mesa 0 - Tempe 102 61 Mesa 41 - Tempe 69 62 Mesa 0 - Tempe 79 65 Mesa 0 - Tempe 68 66 Mesa 0 - Tempe 67 72 Mesa 0 - Tempe 105 77 Mesa 2 - Tempe 77 81 Mesa 1 - Tempe 101 96 Mesa 19 - Tempe 69 104 Mesa 56 - Tempe 6 108 Mesa 51 - Tempe 25 112 Mesa 58 - Tempe 7 120 Mesa 47 - Tempe 0 128 Mesa 52 - Tempe 0 136 Mesa 59 - Tempe 0 156 Mesa 43 - Tempe 23 184 Mesa 70 - Tempe 10 511 Mesa 0 - Tempe 8 514 Mesa 0 - Tempe 4 520 Mesa 0 - Tempe 4 521 Mesa 0 - Tempe 8 522 Mesa 0 - Tempe 8 531 Mesa 2 - Tempe 10 533 Mesa 12 - Tempe 0 535 Mesa 10 - Tempe 0 541 Mesa 0 - Tempe 8 542 Mesa 2 - Tempe 10 AzAv Link Mesa 60 - Tempe 0 Buzz Mesa 0 - Tempe 29 Earth Mesa 0 - Tempe 130 Flash Mesa 0 - Tempe 228 Jupiter Mesa 0 - Tempe 128 Main Link Mesa 90 - Tempe 0 Mars Mesa 0 - Tempe 129 Mercury Mesa 0 - Tempe 175 Venus Mesa 0 - Tempe 128 Total Mesa 794 - Tempe 2024 Saturday 30 Mesa 29 - Tempe 49 40 Mesa 26 - Tempe 38 45 Mesa 43 - Tempe 34 48 Mesa 0 - Tempe 78 56 Mesa 0 - Tempe 77 61 Mesa 21 - Tempe 56 62 Mesa 0 - Tempe 78 65 Mesa 0 - Tempe 40 66 Mesa 0 - Tempe 40 72 Mesa 0 - Tempe 78 77 Mesa 0 - Tempe 77 81 Mesa 5 - Tempe 35 96 Mesa 0 - Tempe 68 104 Mesa 0 - Tempe 32 108 Mesa 13 - Tempe 25 112 Mesa 15 - Tempe 16 120 Mesa 0 - Tempe 24 128 Mesa 28 - Tempe 0 136 Mesa 44 - Tempe 0 156 Mesa 38 - Tempe 18 184 Mesa 32 - Tempe 0 AzAv Link Mesa 31 - Tempe 0 Buzz Mesa 0 - Tempe 15 Earth Mesa 0 - Tempe 114 Jupiter Mesa 0 - Tempe 113 Mars Mesa 0 - Tempe 113 Mercury Mesa 0 - Tempe 112 Venus Mesa 0 - Tempe 112 Total Mesa 325 - Tempe 1442 Sunday 30 Mesa 0 - Tempe 34 40 Mesa 64 - Tempe 0 45 Mesa 0 - Tempe 66 48 Mesa 0 - Tempe 71 56 Mesa 0 - Tempe 68 61 Mesa 36 - Tempe 32 62 Mesa 0 - Tempe 69 65 Mesa 0 - Tempe 36 66 Mesa 0 - Tempe 36 72 Mesa 0 - Tempe 70 77 Mesa 0 - Tempe 69 81 Mesa 0 - Tempe 35 96 Mesa 0 - Tempe 68 108 Mesa 0 - Tempe 34 112 Mesa 0 - Tempe 28 156 Mesa 24 - Tempe 23 184 Mesa 32 - Tempe 0 AzAv Link Mesa 27 - Tempe 0 Earth Mesa 0 - Tempe 46 Jupiter Mesa 0 - Tempe 46 Mars Mesa 0 - Tempe 46 Mercury Mesa 0 - Tempe 46 Venus Mesa 0 - Tempe 46 Total Mesa 183 - Tempe 969
  9. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Actually just a matter of fueling facility logistics. The decision to go with CNG buses was a relatively recent one, so there was not time or money to upgrade all of the divisions' fuel systems before the buses arrived. All of the Phoenix divisions had small CNG systems capable of fueling cars, so all were in need of upgrades to handle a large CNG bus fleet. The West division has a newer, easily expandable CNG system so that was done first. The North division is being renovated and the CNG expansion is part of that work. The South division CNG project will be completed last. All three have significant LNG infrastructure which will continue to be used to store the LNG which will be used to produce CNG.
  10. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    The Phoenix pilot bus, fleet #5001, was delivered a couple weeks ago to the West garage. This order is equipped with Allison transmissions.
  11. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Here is the breakdown of trips by garage for the First Transit East Valley service: (info is for weekdays only) Route 30/Mesa Trips 39/Tempe Trips 40 Route 40/Mesa Trips 67/Tempe Trips 0 Route 45/Mesa Trips 19/Tempe Trips 86 Route 48/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 78 Route 56/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 102 Route 61/Mesa Trips 37/Tempe Trips 71 Route 62/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 78 Route 65/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 68 Route 66/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 67 Route 72/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 105 Route 77/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 79 Route 81/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 102 Route 96/Mesa Trips 3/Tempe Trips 85 Route 104/Mesa Trips 2/Tempe Trips 60 Route 108/Mesa Trips 29/Tempe Trips 47 Route 112/Mesa Trips 65/Tempe Trips 0 Route 120/Mesa Trips 47/Tempe Trips 0 Route 128/Mesa Trips 52/Tempe Trips 0 Route 136/Mesa Trips 59/Tempe Trips 0 Route 156/Mesa Trips 37/Tempe Trips 29 Route 184/Mesa Trips 80/Tempe Trips 0 Route 511/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 8 Route 514/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 4 Route 520/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 4 Route 521/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 8 Route 522/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 8 Route 531/Mesa Trips 2/Tempe Trips 10 Route 533/Mesa Trips 12/Tempe Trips 0 Route 535/Mesa Trips 10/Tempe Trips 0 Route 541/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 8 Route 542/Mesa Trips 2/Tempe Trips 10 Route AZ Ave Link/Mesa Trips 60/Tempe Trips 0 Route Main St. Link/Mesa Trips 90/Tempe Trips 0 Route Buzz/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 29 Route FLASH Back/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 67 Route FLASH Forward/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 96 Route Flash McAllister/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 65 Route Earth/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 130 Route Jupiter/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 128 Route Mars/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 129 Route Mercury/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 175 Route Venus/Mesa Trips 0/Tempe Trips 128 Route Total/Mesa Trips 712/Tempe Trips 2104
  12. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    The contract was not awarded due to a still-unresolved protest from one of the vendors. It will be coming back up for discussion at the January Board Meeting.
  13. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Tempe has 6 NABI 40LFW in service on local routes: (1998): 6168, 6177, (2002): 6378, 6379, 6380, 6381. And 9 NABI 35 LFW in service on FLASH routes: (1998): 6182, 6184, 6185, 6186, 6187, 6189, (1999): 6195, 6198, 6198. All RPTA NABIs at Tempe are retired but 7 have not yet been sold and remain at the Tempe facility: 6157, 6158, 6160, 6161, 6246, 6247, 6252. All of those were removed from service between Oct. 2011 and Jan. 2012.
  14. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    The fueling issue was related to the John Deere engines in those buses. The JD engine requires fuel that has a slight amount of lubricity (oil). The fuel at the Tempe facility is liquid natural gas, which is held at extremely low temperatures, and therefore has to be VERY pure because any impurities would freeze and damage the fuel system. So, when CNG is produced from LNG at Tempe, it is almost completely free of oil. The Mesa facility uses natural gas from a utility pipeline and compresses it - the fuel picks up trace amounts of impurities (dirt, oil) in the pipeline and during the compression process. The resulting fuel at the Mesa facility contains enough oil to work with the JD engines. Cummins engines (used in the 6600 series) can take fuel that is completely pure as well as the fuel that contains some oil. The LNG storage and dispensing system was added to the Mesa facility in 2004 when RPTA took over operation of the facility. At that time, all RPTA buses (that came from 44th St.) were LNG and diesel. Mesa's small fleet contained all CNG buses, and those buses were operated by RPTA starting at the time of the takeover. There were somewhere around 40 LNG buses that came to the Mesa facility from the 44th St. facility, including 35 & 40-foot NABIs and 30-foot ElDorado EZRiders. Also, 10-15 additional LNG NABIs were on loan to RPTA from the City of Phoenix for a couple of years until the 2006 New Flyers entered service. The Tempe facility was originally constructed in 2007 with CNG capability. It has been expanded recently in order to support an increased number of CNG buses.
  15. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    The 20 C40LFR RPTA Express buses are silver from nose to tail, similar to 6667-6668. They feature a single (front) door, front door ramp, flush glass windows, overhead luggage racks (only extending from rear of the wheelchair seating area to the rear step), and high-back, reclining seats. Fleet numbers 6714-6733.
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