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    San Diego MTS

    MTS Board has unanimously approved new fare changes to be sent off to the SANDAG Transporation Committee. Keep all the fares the same but lower Youth 1 way fares to match SDM (Senior/Disabled/Medicare) (Youth passes match SDM) Rollout the PRONTO fare system to replace Compass and Compass Cloud. Institute Fare capping with free transfers on 1 way fares for up to 2 hours with a PRONTO card (No transfers for cash riders) It appears that NCTD will likely approve the changes as well then it is off to SANDAG.
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    San Diego MTS

    I saw some on instagram under the user losangelesbussales and they wanted 20k for them. They also had 6 in stock but they may have sold some already. I bet a shuttle operator might buy them for their transportation needs. There will be 26 XN60 buses from 1801-1826 to replace the NABI but not sure if they really need all of them as the 50 and 150 routes that use the NABI BRT will be discontinued (due to Mid Coast trolley, pending board approval).
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    Van Hool

    Morristown is so that they can compete with Buy America contracts and maybe build some of the coaches in the US for NA.
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    San Diego MTS

    None of them are being preserved as some have been spotted at JJ Kane Auctioneers (Ken Porter). They are for sale to authorized dealers and not retail buyers. They tend to be non runners as MTS likes to screw around with them so they cannot run right (might be a CARB rule). I do expect them to be sold to dealers which can resell them for those who need a motorcoach without a bathroom. Maybe someone might buy one to make a nice RV as they are actually based on the Wanderlodge platform which is a nice RV. MTS is not 100 percent CNG and Electric as they do have some cutaways that run on LPG
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    San Diego MTS

    MTS did not repaint the Blue Birds AFAIK. I live near the terminus of the 290 route and have seen a lot of them and they were wrapped. Some they did not even bother to wrap and still have their original livery. Some of them have had their wrap partially removed for some reason. I don't know why but it happens. The wiki is wrong about the in service date for the new MCI's as they actually started service in January but February 1 is technically when they went into service.
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    San Diego MTS

    Yes their policy is to not use any Diesel engines so they had to move over to CNG for the MCI's. Plus the MCI is the only CNG motor coach available. Engine is a Cummins ISX12N with an Engine brake and an Allison B500. MTS is also transitioning to ZEB so these will be replaced with ZEB's when they are due for replacement. Bike racks are underneath the bus in the luggage compartments.
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    San Diego MTS

    They are from 2007 and were originally purchased by Transdev, then MTS purchased them for 100,000 per bus which is not a bad deal for an older coach. I believe the model saw some success as a luxury RV but Blue Bird got out of the market and abandoned the factory. I know the Department of Homeland Security had some but I think it is the end of the line for that bus as MTS got rid of the Diesel facilities at the El Cajon facility (all Blue Birds have to be fueled using a Diesel tanker). In regards for the Trolley, SD Trolley did order 25 LRV + 22 option to replace the SD100. 5000's are no
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    San Diego MTS

    MCI buses have gone into revenue service and the plan is start retiring the Blue Bird Buses next month. I believe the MCI's are 8531-8554 as MTS seems to like to start fleets with the number one and not continue on with an existing number.
  9. NCTD has ordered 37 buses at the June board meeting. This is in addition to 20 Xcelsior CNG buses. This should bring the total to 57 CNG buses and would have driver barriers and the new boarding camera. NCTD is also planning to purchase 16 ZEB (6 Electric, 8 FCEV) buses from unknown vendors to help test out the technology as they will have to comply with CARB mandates. NCTD will have a deficit of 5 buses after all these procurements are done, but efficiencies will allow them to not have to replace them.
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    San Diego MTS

    San Diego MTS has just purchased 24 MCI CNG commuter coaches to replace the Blue Bird Express coaches on Rapid Express routes 280 and 290.
  11. Yes that is temporary boost in capacity for the fair. They took the wraps off. NCTD is slowly trying to improve its fleet, but they just do not have the funding.
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    San Diego MTS

    8351 and others is to replace 2005 C40LF buses that came from South bay despite them temporarily reallocating those buses to in house (408-412). Infact, East County has 2741 which is formerly 407 an in house bus. They even have some 2300 series Gillig's from South Bay. 66 40' buses which includes 51 Gillig CNG's (8201-8213 and 8301-8338). Not a bad little operation, but it is not open on Sundays, but maybe some day it will be. South bay and Copley park cutaway/paratransit do all the Sunday operations for them.
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    San Diego MTS

    MTS has been reprogramming their destination signs to be simpler and more user friendly by not having the flashing graphics. LRV's will keep their flashing signs, but it does look weird.
  14. One MTS contracted division is getting buses starting at 2781 but only 6 of them have been budgeted in the board. Rest of the money is going to an unknown vendor for FY19 for Commuter Coaches.
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    San Diego MTS

    Correct for the most part. Only 24 Diesel Commuter buses remain, but there are 31 LPG mini buses and 9 cutaways that are gasoline (6 Copley Park and 3 Rural East County buses). Along with a bunch of Paratransit cutaways operated out of Copley Park (don't know the exact number). 30' El Dorado are Ez Rider II. I ride East County a lot and its mostly Gillig but on a rare occasion I have spotted C40LF that were transferred over from South Bay division/Kearny Mesa Division.
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