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  1. UPDATE: All 28xx to 17xx have the new fairboxes. Don't know about the 27xx units yet. Also got a Bus load of info from user CotaBus in the form of a link to COTA on Public Surplus and now I can dump a lot of info about select units and when they were auctioned off as well as some additional info for some units after 2 hours of digging through closed auctions. COTA's Auction policy states that if a winning bidder doesn't pick up the item they won by the deadline, said item remains the property of COTA. (Hence why several buses are auctioned mutiple times by COTA) 1981 Grummans 8128 was auctioned off on 10/27/2003. 8137 was auctioned off on 10/27/2003 but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re-auctioned and sold on 12/5/2003. 8128 & 8137 were repainted to the Livery the newer flxibles had at an unknown time. 1984 Flxible Metro (40ft) 8409 was auctioned off on 10/27/2003 but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 12/5/2003 but again the buyer didn't pickup the bus. The bus was finally auctioned off on 3/12/2004 as a non driver-able unit 8410 was auctioned off on 10/27/2003 but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004 as a non driver-able unit 8418 was auctioned off on 10/27/2003. 8421 was retired in November 2001 and sat parked at the COTA facility until it was auctioned off on 12/5/2003. It is mislabeled on Public Surplus as a 1991 flxible. 1986 GMC RTS (40ft) 8513 was auctioned off on 10/27/2003 but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004. 8515 was retired in January 2002 ans sat at the COTA yard until it was auctioned off on 12/5/2003 but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004. 8522 was auctioned off on 10/27/2003 but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004 as a non driver-able unit 1986 GMC RTS (35ft) 8610 was auctioned off on 10/27/2003 8611 was auctioned off on 10/27/2003 8612 was auctioned off on 10/27/2003 8617 was auctioned off on 10/27/2003 8622 was auctioned off on 10/27/2003 1991 Flxible Metro 9101 was auctioned off on 12/5/2003 with a bad transmission but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004. "Engine smokes" was also noted in the first auction 9104 was retired in June 2003 and auctioned off on 12/5/2003 but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004.. "Coolant in oil" was noted in the first auction 9105 was auctioned off on 12/5/2003 with a bad engine but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004. 9106 was auctioned off on 3/12/2004. 9107 was auctioned off on 12/5/2003 with a transmission leak but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004."No Power, runs slow" was also noted in the first auction. 9110 was auctioned off on 12/5/2003 in poor condition but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004.. "Low power, Engine smokes" was also noted on the first auction. 9111 was auctioned off on 3/12/2004. 9112 was auctioned off on 3/12/2004 9114 was auctioned off on 12/5/2003 in poor condition but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004.. "Low power, Engine smokes" was also noted in the first auction. 9115 was auctioned off on 12/5/2003 with a bad transmission but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004. "engine smokes" was also noted in the first auction. 9118 was auctioned off on 3/12/2004. 9119 was auctioned off on 3/12/2004. 9121 was auctioned off on 12/5/2003 with a bad transmission but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004. 9123 was retired in may 2003 and auctioned off on 12/5/2003 in good condition (compared to all the other 1991 units auctioned off) but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004 in fair condition 9122 was auctioned off on 12/5/2003 as a non running unit with a Bad Engine blower 9127 became a parts bus and was stripped of most parts before being auctinoed off on 3/12/2004 9131 was auctioned off on 3/12/2004 9134 was auctioned off on 3/12/2004 9138 was auctioned off on 12/5/2003 with a bad engine but the buyer didn't pick up the bus. The bus was re auctioned and sold again on 3/12/2004. 9139 was auctioned off on 3/12/2004 9140 was auctioned off on 3/12/2004 1993 Flxible Metro (35ft) 9303 was auctioned off on 7/10/2009. Vin: 1GF5CCUK3PD104398 9307 was auctioned off on 7/10/2009. VIN: 1GF5CCUK1PD104402 9312 was auctioned off on 7/10/2009. VIN 1GF5CCUK0PD104407 9313 became a parts bus before being auctioned off on 7/10/2009. VIN 1GF5CCUK2PD104408 9319 became a parts bus before being auctioned off on 7/10/2009. VIN 1GF5CCUK8PD104414 1993 Flxible metro (40ft) 9329 was auctioned off on 7/10/2009 VIN: 1GF5ACUK3PD104357 9330 was auctioned off on 7/10/1009 VIN: 1GF5ACUK5PD104358 9353 was auctioned off on 7/10/1009 VIN: 1GF5ACUK0PD104381 1995 Flxible metro (35ft) 9515 & 1 other unit became parts buses. What was left of both buses was auctioned off on 2/25/2008 as scrap. VINS were listed on this auction as 1GF5CCVK6SD106556 & 1GF5CCVKXSD106561 but I have no way to determine which VIN was 9515's. 1995 Flxible Metro (40ft) 9528 Caught fire and was destroyed. the remains were auctioned off on 3/12/2004 9536 was auctioned off on 7/10/2009. VIN for 9536: 1GF5CCUK1PD104402 9541 became a parts bus and was auctioned off on 7/10/2009 with no engine & transmission. VIN for 9541: 1GF5ACUK6SD106127 COTA Mainstream 1994 Ford Cutaway 1xx. Known unit: 163 - auctioned off on 10/27/2003 1996 Ford Cutaway 1xx. Known units: 173, 175 - auctioned off on 10/27/2003 1997 Ford Cutaway 1xx. Known unit: 177 - auctioned off on 10/27/2003 1998 Ford Cutaway 1xx. Known Unit: 195 - auctioned off on 7/10/2009. VIN for 195: 1FDWE3OF7WHA95048 1999 Ford Cutaway 1xx. Known units: 196 - auctioned off on 12/5/2003 2002 Ford Cutaway 2xx-3xx. Known units: 228, 311 - 228 and one non running unknown unit were auctioned off on 6/27/2008. 228's VIN: 1FDXE45F62HA04803, Non runner's VIN 1FDXE45F62HA04803. 311 was Auctioned off on 7/10/2009. 311's VIN: 1FDXE45F72HB75365 Wow! That was a lot of info. EDIT: forgot the link, OOPS! https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/list/past?orgid=12617
  2. Small tidbit of info to add: all 12XX units have new Fairboxes, Random CNG buses from 13XX-17XX have the new fairbox from what I have been told but I can only confirm the 12xx Units having them at this time.
  3. Update: Bus 1611 has a special wrap on the side to honor veterans for veterans day. Several 27xx Gilligs have been given wifi and put back into service according to a couple of drivers. 2721, 2727, 2718, 2724, 2706, 2711, and 2716 are active again. 2704 and 2730 are active as training buses. Random CNG buses (13xx - 17xx) currently have new fair boxes. All active buses will have new fair boxes by the end of the year. Buses branded for the Cmax will go into service januaray 2018 Cota has placed orders for new buses starting in 2018 to 20??
  4. Paperbus Thread

    That reminds me i never did finish the 2004-2005 COTA NFI
  5. Paperbus Thread

    These look nice but as @Kashiwazaki and @HoustonMETROFan have said, you need to properly credit your sources otherwise your going to get in a lot of trouble. If the bus says "Made by [Creator name]" then leave that as it is on the blank bus(s) Same rule applies if modifications were made to a blank bus before you found it. Also do not structurally modify a bus (I.e. Making a 40ft bus a 35ft or 30ft bus) as i remember someone saying that was a big taboo.
  6. Saw 2730 on the number 2 last week. As far as the WiFi is concerned I know random 10xx-17xx units have the WiFi routers now. Random CNG buses appear to have had more security cameras (or door sensors?) installed. I'm not sure what this box is though. (see photo). Cota is also going to get new fair boxes in the near future.
  7. Small note I forgot to mention in last post. Bus 1211 has a special livery for being the Home of the 2015 APTA international Bus rodeo grand champions. the photo that is lower quality is one I took. The photo that is ins higher quality is just a reference to the full message. Still waiting on COTA auction...
  8. I saw 2710 2717 and 2721 downtown yesterday a few weeks ago a truck scraped across side of 1330 no damage the bus continue on route a lawnmower scraped across the side

  9. Miscellaneous info (mostly accident info and some info for the RTS) GMC RTS: 8521 was used for a fire fighting training exercise in the early 2000s and abandoned at ???. (RIP) Evidence: 21 units had their wheel chair lifts reconditioned/overhauled in 2000 (These units may have been rehabbed but i cant confirm anything yet, i also don't know which units were overhauled) 1 unit was restored and reconditioned in 2000 as a prototype (for the other 21 units?? I need more info) Evidence: http://www.midwestbus.com/customer_list.pdf (top of page 3) Last units retired Sometime in 2008. Evidence: https://www.flickr.com/photos/allenarena/2399413487 2001 New Flyer D40LF: 2155 was rear ended by a garbage truck prior to retirement. 2008 Gillig Advantage: 2810 was rear ended in 2016, unknown when the bus returned to service. 2012 Gillig Advantage: 1213 was involved in an accident in ????, bus returned to service on ???? Evidence: http://www.10tv.com/article/police-searching-driver-who-fled-foot-after-crashing-cota-bus 1215 was involved in a fatal accident in ????, the bus was not damaged and returned to service on ???? 1221 was involved in a fatal accident in 2016, the bus was not damaged and returned to service on ????
  10. June Update. After some bus observations I now know what the 17xx Gilligs are. 1701-1706 are 30ft gilligs 1707-1713 are 35ft Gilligs 27xx Gilligs - 2714, 2715, 2723 were active on various crosstowns as of last week. 2505 - some back parts of 2505 were used as replacement parts for 2806. The front and rear doors of 2505 were given to 2721. I'm trying to verify some info on the GMC RTS buses...
  11. Final may Update 1415 is now confirmed as a total loss. The bus will likely have any salvageable parts removed and eventually be auctioned off. Bus 2501 somehow managed to get a training run after the TSR service changes and from what I am told may stay active as a training bus for a little longer. 2713 was briefly put back into service and was spotted on 5/20/17. Not sure if that bus is is still active now or not. Several 27xx Units are now in the contingency fleet. I will not post again until after the COTA auction.
  12. May Update Number 2 Bus 1415 is out of service after a bad accident on the interstate. The driver was hurt but there were no passengers on at the time of the crash. Based on the damage to the bus which I saw on the news I think 1415 may be out of service for good. Bus 1423 is back in service as of 5/15/17 COTA auction is coming up soon...
  13. May Update #1 all the 2004/2005 Gilligs and 2005 New Flyers are now inactive due to major service changes that took effect May 1st. Most if not all the 2007 Gilligs are now inactive due to major service changes that took effect May 1st. A few are being used as training buses. 2730 was spotted yesterday as a training unit. 2017 Gilligs Numbers are 1701-1713 with 1704 being one of the 30ft Buses Also does anyone have the VINS for the 2016 & 2017 Gilligs as well as the 2003 & 2004 New Flyer D40LFs?
  14. More information after looking over new cota tsr routes (and getting side tracked) all remaining 2005 Gillig Advantages, the remaining 2 New flyer D40LF, and all 2007 Gillig advantage units are to be retired by September 2017 the 2007 Gilligs are likely being retired without replacements as a result of COTA's TSR changes which will reduce the number of peek hour (express) routes. Evidence http://www.cota.com/COTA/media/PDF/SRTP/2017-2021-SRTP-Draft-IV.pdf (page 108) New buses coming for this year. 13 new Gillig CNG buses are being ordered this year and will be in a mixture of 35ft and 30ft units that will be delivered by April 30th 13 additional buses will be delivered by September 30th for the new CMAX route and will branded with the Cmax livery (see previous post with the CMax pic) Evidence http://www.cota.com/COTA/media/PDF/SRTP/2017-2021-SRTP-Draft-IV.pdf (page 111)
  15. Late march info 2501 is back in service primarily as a training bus. Occasionally the bus is used on express routes. 1007-1009 have been repainted with the current livery. 1423 is out of service after an accident. http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/gallery/columbus-police-cruiser-and-cota-bus-involved-in-crash#photo-2
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