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    Van Hool

    Maybe Van Hool will make a clean sheet design for the US or even use this plant to build more of their motorcoaches (a product they seem to do the best). I could see a version of the A360 working ok in the US as LE buses seemed to be the preferred design. A trolley bus could be used on routes with dedicated ROW's like LA Orange line for example.
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    San Diego MTS

    408 = 2706, 409 = 2710, 410 = 2713, 411 = 2714, 412 = 2721. This is from my own investigating on the 400's that have been reallocated from South Bay to KMD. Note that 408 was never originally assigned to in house as it was a contract operated bus from the get go.
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    Gillig product discussion

    This was originally designed for Santa Clara VTA, but apparently, any Gillig customer can buy it and you dont need BRT styling as you could buy a Diesel bus with this front end and no roof decorations.
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    Gillig product discussion

    You can order this front end on any Gillig bus for that matter whether it is CNG, Diesel, hybrid, etc.
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    San Diego MTS

    Correct, all D40LF are gone and the only diesel buses in the fleet are the Blue Bird OTR commuter coaches which are fueled by a tanker truck as East County can no longer natively fuel diesel buses. Also some 2300's are at ECBMF as route 27, 921 and 928 are now being operated by that division instead of South Bay. Edit: However, South Bay is still operating 928 on Sundays as East County division is closed on Sunday.
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    San Diego MTS

    11 TBA artics for Route 925 which will be Zero Emission and 6 40' Xcelsior charge with 480kwh battery with 225 miles of range, though they could get one with even more range if they liked them enough. Xcelsior order is still ongoing.
  7. It appears that San Diego MTS is negotiating with New Flyer to buy 6 Xcelsior charge buses for a trial to see how the technology will work for them. This is alongside getting a grant for 11 Electric artics for use on Route 925.
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    Cutaway Chassis/Cab Discussion

    http://gmauthority.com/blog/2018/03/2019-silverado-medium-duty-trucks-revealed/ New Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD series truck. This is a little more akin to the old Kodiak/Topkick truck, but no GMC version is to be made. This new truck uses a pickup cab, but a traditional tilt hood and a Duramax diesel with Allison transmission. I definitely think there will be a gasoline/CNG/LPG version for fleets who are in jurisdictions that are not friendly to Diesel, but can be cheaper once you have the infrastructure in. Right now these are being depicted as a truck, but I am confident that the cutaway bus companies have their eye on this truck and will make buses off of it thanks to a new easy to upfit chassis.
  9. Old news, but the 30 buses are to probably add capacity to route 7, 150, 201, and 202. This order is to replace the NABI buses and those 20 options could be used to replace the Blue Bird buses used on the Rapid Express Commuter service over I-15 and 163.
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    Deleted Photos

    I have noticed on the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System wiki page, that someone is deleting my OWN photos on certain buses. For buses 408-412, should it be a separate listing, or should I have integrated it into 401-407.
  11. OM417 is just a rebranded DD13.
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    Zack "Busdude" Willhoite

    An official memorial is on February 4 at the Pullayup Fair with buses there to honor his legacy. No need to wear formal funeral wear as his wife insists you wear clothes as he would remember you by. This is in addition to the January 14 memorial at LA Union Station. No word on what time it will start and what not but if you can make it then this is another option if you cannot make it to LA Union station.
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    San Diego MTS

    A few South Bay C40LF's have been reunited at KMD due to a bus shortage. This is for new service changes and what not. These were formerly 2700's that are mostly going to be replaced with 2100's and the 7400's. I still need to get the Wiki fixed for the new buses. Also, the GE35LFR's are now at KMD in the retired pile, due to them being a POS. This is all temporary but it is good if you like C gas CNG buses for in house. 400's will stay until the new Gillig and Electric bus orders get fulfilled.
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    Cutaway Chassis/Cab Discussion

    http://www.yellowbullet.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2367362&highlight=windsor Someone on a Foxbody Mustang group and YellowBullet might have spilled the beans on 7X. Could this be a pushrod after all or a OHC engine. Hard to tell though. There are also rumors of a 5.8L version and both versions would have DI and also offer port injection. Some even think it is a Powerstroke gas engine or something like that. Who knows for sure what engine this is going to be, or even some abandoned design.
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    Zack "Busdude" Willhoite

    Correct on Kevin Cartwright. Forgot to mention that. He wants people to find photos of Zack.
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