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  1. All of them - most notably the AN460s. p.s. You don't have to keep posting links. I know all about that page.
  2. Every last one of those models are retired, BTW. I already had my fair share of riding those bus models.
  3. Call it a BREAKING NEWS kind of thing but - the 4th Gen NovaBus LFS CNG buses that were ordered by METRO are now arriving here in Houston. Attached are photos that I received just now of one of them (had to do some resizing to my liking) but here they are. Fleet # info: 2050-2069 (original order of 20 LFS CNGs); 2070-2079 (10 option buses that METRO did exercise on - meaning - METRO went on ahead and purchased 10 more LFS CNGs). Engine/Transmission info: Cummins Westport Model L9N 280/Allison B400R xFE. Enjoy the photos! Other bus news is that METRO is yet again exercising an option to purchase another 10 MCI D4500CT Commuter Coaches - which will look identical to - well - see photos of 5255 (see here for more info). I'll ask in regards to the whereabouts of the demo MCI D45 CRT LE Commuter Coach and see if it's still here for testing. Answer will come at a later time.
  4. All of Houston METRO's express routes are classified as local routes and as such may see MCIs operating on them - depending on what routes will see an MCI on it. For example, the 151 - Westpark Express will most likely see an MCI on that route but the 137 - Northshore Express will not.
  5. MCIs running on routes that are classified as "local" routes has been done for a while, for as long as I can remember, of course and will continue to do so. That will never change. Not too concerned about the D40LFs, however, there are 56 buses left in the 3200-3535 series 2001 models.
  6. I'm back with some news from Houston METRO. The 4th Gen LFSAs have been sidelined due to some sort or "rear end" issue but will return to service soon - once whatever is going on is resolved. In their place are several 2001 MCI D4500s that were supposed to retired but will go back on the front lines until the 4th Gen LFSAs go back in service. All of the 53xx series MCI D4500CTs are currently in service. The "demo" MCI D45 CRT LE coach is still here - no word on who has it and what routes the coach will run on. METRO recently celebrated going 10 million miles with the 50 NABI 40-LFW Gen 3 CNGs that are currently in service.. While on the topic of CNGs, METRO is exercising the option of getting 10 more 4th Gen LFS CNGs from NovaBus - bringing the total to 30 of those units that'll come soon. That's all from me - for now.
  7. Back in my "comfort" zone now - here's a few noteworthy updates that I want to share: The next group of MCI D4500CTs are now coming in. The fleet numbers are 5300-5354 and they'll all go to bus facilities that have the oldest MCIs there - specifically the Northwest and West Bus Operating Facilites. This is to retire the 2001 MCI D4500 coaches. Before you ask, they look exactly the same as the first group (see photos I posted from METRO of 5255). A "demo" New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE is here for testing. Don't know how long this bus will be here and unlike the Proterra bus, this one will be of the plug-in type - not of the version where you charge the bus from above. Starting next month (will be here for a few months I was told), METRO will get their chance to try out the MCI D45 CRT LE coach. That's all for now.
  8. Just something I wanted to share - and to let folks know I'm still around. Houston METRO State of Bus Technologies Enjoy!
  9. Not trying to jump the gun here with certain specs but I predict ours WILL have a rear window as this option is already evident on our 3rd and 4th Gen LFS and LFSA diesels.
  10. That's cool. We'll have to wait until at least the end of THIS year but meh - it's worth the wait and great that METRO is wanting to deal with some more CNG vehicles.
  11. Just a quick update as to what's going on that I''m seeing/hearing about at Houston METRO when it comes to the bus fleet. The first group of 45 new MCI D4500CTs (I already posted photos of what they look like) have all arrived and I believe just about all of those should be in service by now. The order of 100 NFI Xcelsior XD40s is still ongoing at this time. Call it a breaking news kind of thing: We're getting more CNG buses - this time from NovaBus. Click here to see what I'm talking about in regards to how they won the bid. It's action #9 and when you click on the "Meeting Packet," it's pages 66-71. This comes from the Public Safety, Customer Service and Operations Committee Mtg. held yesterday (1/22/2018). So for those whose hometown transit agency has the NovsBus LFS CNG model in their fleet, you might wanna go on ahead and welcome Houston METRO to the club. Check this out, also. This comes from the Capital and Strategic Planning Committee Mtg. held earlier today (1/23/2018). Enjoy! p.s. Of course, you can click on everything else you see for your viewing pleasure - not just what I'm talking about.
  12. The photos. This particular unit is one of 15 that'll go to the Fallbrook Bus Operating Facility. Another 30 will go to the West Bus Operating Facility. This will then complete the order of the first group of 45 of these beauties. Enjoy!
  13. Back to reality now..... Even though photos are forthcoming from METRO, I've already seen - with my very own eyes - the newest MCIs that are coming. The first group will be numbered 5255-5299. The only thing different that I see from the new ones from what METRO already has is the return of the rear route # display. Don't know why they did that but meh - it is what it is.
  14. To each his own - meaning - I will, at this time, disagree with only the following: Rear route number displays - on the basis of people who may be already at the stop like they're supposed to at the time they are supposed to be there. Another reason for my dislike of rear route number displays is - unlike some other transit agencies - it only displays the route number. Sure - they can try and have a rear route display that can show everything like some other agencies but why? Makes no sense, IMO. Oh and that practice of not having a rear route display has been going on since the Orions came in - starting with the 3657-3676 NG hybrids. For this particular bus model, what you see in the photos are fine as is. It's not important where it is and/or where they felt to put things or even how it looks on the bus - rather - it's important that it's there and it's readable to most - if not all. Rear cameras are most highly important because anything can happen back there and if it does, it needs to be recorded accordingly. You failed to make note that 2401 was a PILOT bus (still is) and changes were already made so it'll look like the rest of the production buses (i.e.: 2406). On a much more brighter note, I will totally agree with you in that there's ZERO ads (unless the bus has to be wrapped) on the exterior of the bus. Any ads are on the inside of the bus. End result: It's not about the looks that count. Being able to perform well (these new buses) - that's what really counts.
  15. Nice catch and good you was able to ride it. I believe I was this exact same bus running the exact same route yesterday as it was leaving the Wheeler TC.
  16. On page 26 of the brochure, you'll be able to see what all variants will be available and when those will start production. For example, a battery-electric variant of this exact model - called the D45 CRTe LE - will start production in the year 2020.
  17. As always, here's photos of one of the 100 XD40s METRO is getting. Enjoy! p.s. Before anybody asks, these photos were obviously taken just after the bus was delivered (hence the license plate). Also (just learned) that these photos were of the PILOT bus as the bike rack was changed to the Sportworks Apex 2 bike rack.
  18. When it comes to replacing buses with new ones, only the oldest models will go and it may also depend on which garages will need new buses.
  19. The only D40LF buses METRO has left are of the 3200-3535 range (149 active, 5 retired/pending disposal, 7 used as training buses only). As I said, only four of the six BOFs will get their fair share of the XD40 buses: West will get 2400-2429 (30) Hiram Clarke will get 2430-2456 (27) Northwest will get 2457-2489 (33) Kashmere will get 2490-2499 (10) Don't know if they'll completely wipe out the remaining D40LFs but right now, only worry about the oldest buses that needs to go. I don't believe in rumors so we'll just have to wait until I get any updates info in regards to other buses and where they'll end up due to all these new buses coming in. For the new MCI D4500CTs, the first group of 45 coaches (delivery-wise) are starting to come in. Once those 45 arrive, Fallbrook will get 5255-5269 (15) West will get 5270--5299 (30)
  20. I personally think METRO does NOT need to add luggage racks due to these buses needing to be available to operate other routes other than the 102 to/from IAH (if need be). That route is labeled a local route so no special amenities are needed. As for the interior, I see no big deal with it being the same as the other new local buses. I'm not too concerned about that - just needing to be able to get from point A to point B. For the XD40s METRO is getting: The delivery is currently underway. 100 of those buses have been ordered and the fleet #s are 2400-2499. Four out of the six garages will get their fair share of the XD40s with West Garage getting the first batch. Like some other transit agencies getting similar XD40s (if they have wanted that option), ours will also have a rear window - just like all of the NovaBus models we have (3rd Gen LFSA and 4th Gen LFS/LFSA). FYI, we're also getting 139 new MCI D4500CT clean diesel commuter coaches with one already assigned to a garage. The order will come in groups and the first 45 will come in and be in revenue service soon.
  21. Welcome to the CPTDB. Unfortunately, there's already a thread on Houston METRO here. You can go there to talk about anything - even about new buses. To answer your question, though - they'll go to whatever garages is getting rid of their oldest D40LF buses. This may or may not mean there's gonna be bus moves coming soon.
  22. Yes, I am fine. Thanks for your concern.
  23. Everything is almost back to normal. They may have lost several buses - including two 4th Gen LFSAs (NovaBus fans should grab some tissues after seeing this) but they should still have enough buses to run services to routes that are restored as of this post. Click here for the latest for what's active and what's not.
  24. Not too concerned about where the buses are assigned to. They go where METRO puts them - either so the BOFs can have more buses than needed or to replace the oldest buses that each garage has. The Nova contract did not include any options. Now that NFI is able to build a bus METRO wants, they won out because their bid price was lower than NovaBus. Again, not too concerned about where the buses go. They'll go where they are needed.
  25. According to one of those last group of slide pages, it did say somewhere that they'll deal with other manufacturers and see how their electric buses hold up here before making any final decisions as to whether or not to even pursue having electric buses as a part of the fleet. Speaking of y'alls Proterras, what will happen to them? You have until at least next year (if not longer) to try and catch as many D40LFs as you can before the first of the XD40s arrive. As far as when the last of them will be phased out, don't know BUT they may keep a few or so for training purposes.
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