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  1. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Proterras eh? When I looked at the Division of Purchasing website, they mentioned a request of interest for 40ft battery-electric buses. I assumed that they were just going to survey the different bus builders for the bid. Didn't expect them to be on test drives. I can't wait to see how they perform on these roads.
  2. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    The late 2013 Wikipedia article that I have as a bookmark lists the more recent Scanias as 501-595 in the historic fleet section.
  3. Maui Bus (Maui County. Hawaii)

    Did you spot MB301 anywhere on your trip?
  4. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    For CPTDB Wiki Editor Detroit Diesel 6V92TA, this is going to be fantastic news for you. >< I am unable to see that Facebook post, but I decided to survey the North Shore area, and sure enough (near complete miss), I found it! I took a closer look and a photo of this relic from the 1980s, but I didn't bother to go closer since it is on private property and all. After 2.5 years, this is the result of what it looks like. Based on its current condition, it has seen better days. There's no specific fleet number present (no license plate and fleet number stickers). I'm not sure if it's wise to tell where the specific location is for this, so I'll just say that I found it somewhere in Kahalu'u. Later on, I made comparisons between the former 500-series Scanias and the former 800-series Scanias based on existing photos of the two. Below are the two images as examples. Fair enough, the specific unit mentioned in the Wiki is an ex-500 Scania. While comparing differences in window configurations was a no-go, the differences in head-sign design was the giveaway. The 1st batch of 1987 Scanias had them small, while the 2nd batch of 1988* Scanias had them big to accommodate for better view of the routes from afar. I can imagine that complaints were made about the head-sign size on the 87s. Also in Kahalu'u, I spotted a decommissioned Handi-Van in the same area, but it's on a different site. No pictures, sorry. *: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=TheBus_(Honolulu)&oldid=584647412#Fleet *While the CPTDB Wiki mentions the 500-series Scanias being 1985 models. This old revision of the Wikipedia article for TheBus says them being 1988 models.
  5. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Yeah, I'm not sure why the newer buses aren't out yet. My best guess is that they're in the garage collecting dust while waiting for furnishings. Even if that's the case for OTS to run short of buses, it makes me question on where the majority of the 1998 Gilligs went off to. I know those Phantoms aren't good for the elderly, at least they're adequate enough to fill in that quota (yeah I think I'm going to get a thrashing by Williamv for this). Plus, they still run fine. As for the 20-series Gillig shorties, only 20-23 are present in service. I'll need an opportunity to snapshot a bus builder plate to determine the year and the engine from the VINs.
  6. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    How I see it, it's going to be around the start of next year. The rest of this year might see a period of stagnant activity in the fleet. For all I know, OTS is milking the mileage out of the old buses (even though the old Gilligs start their runs in the afternoon/evening). I almost forgot to mention that somewhere in 2018-2019, you might get some 40' battery-electric buses. Currently it's in the evaluation phase in the C&C's Division of Purchasing website.
  7. Own any bus

    For me, I always dream of owning the shorties. For my list... Gillig Phantom 30' TMC RTS-08 35' A vintage model Chance RT-52 Chance Opus 29' Gillig Spirit 29' Neoplan AN430
  8. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Occasional server maintenance? I'm still waiting on those pictures. How do I know that those exist even though I haven't seen them anywhere on O'ahu? In fact, has anyone else seen them running anywhere? We'd love to know.
  9. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Just to chip in, 774-784 had the regular Cummins M11 coupled with the Allison B400R. Units 785-795 had the Detroit Diesel Series 50 also coupled with the Allison B400R. I'm not seeing the info for 774-784 in the retired fleet roster, probably due to a shoddy edit. Just for the sake of confirmation: https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=Gillig_Phantom_'T_VINs'#T1087763
  10. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Meanwhile, on the Big Island... http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hele-bus-stolen-woman-kids-uninjured-after-collision http://khon2.com/2017/08/06/hawaii-county-bus-stolen-involved-in-crash/ 342 got hijacked from the Hele-On Bus yard. The only damage I can see in this is the small portion of the front-right wheel well.
  11. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    As a heads-up, there's a few more Kalihi Phantoms that are being decommissioned and mothballed for second-life service. Oahu Transit Services donated 7 units to the struggling Hele-On Bus company. More of those donations may be underway en route for the Big Island. http://bigislandnow.com/2017/06/30/honolulu-donates-buses-to-big-island/ For context behind the struggle: http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/bus-woes-escalate-almost-half-hele-bus-fleet-broken-down & http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2017/04/26/video-hele-on-headaches-mass-transit-head-steps-down/ Here are the pictures taken by the Star-Advertiser... In addition, I've been monitoring the 1997 and 1998 Phantoms to see which ones are active and MiA. Here's my speculations. Missing in Action: 320, 331, 340, 351, 352, 354-356, 358, 360, 361, 364, 365. Eliminated: 308, [341-347 (see pic above)], 353. The ones that aren't listed on either of the two should be active. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As for the 70-series New Flyers, bid proposal number 916906A on the Honolulu Division of Purchasing may signal the coming of 880-889 (New Flyer XD60 units). I heard from one of my operator friend that when those get pulled out of service and mothballed, they're going to be shipped to a transit company in the mainland. As nice as that sounds, I can't really confirm it to be true.
  12. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    I can understand being defensive about the idea, but there's no need for such a sour reaction. I might as well give it a shot to see if there's any 1996 Phantoms running out there on my free time (just in case).
  13. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    For me, I can't rely on the HEA 100% of the time. For example, some of the 1997 and 1998 Phantoms I'm searching for are still out there, but have non-working GPS signals as of late. I might make it an assignment to watch for some 700-series on the roads here. If I find none of them running, then I just wasted my time.
  14. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    I feel that I can only trust the vehicle specs from the OTS administration at this point, as it is standard procedure to buy new buses to get rid of the oldest ones in the fleet. I can only take the subject of the 700-series coming back with multiple grains of salt. It sounds like absolute nonsense. That is where I currently stand, but I might change my mind if someone here can take a picture of the bus boneyard (time-stamp preferred) that shows the remaining 700-series in all its glory. For God's sakes, I was aiming for those two. Ehhh, guess I'll have to make do without those. Any chance you could take pictures of the two I underlined?
  15. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Are you Wvankirk on Wikipedia? If so, glad to see you still around. About a year ago, I have Wikipedia's article on TheBus bookmarked before the information on the current and historic fleets was eliminated, possibly due to personal observations being unreliable as a source. It's way better than that Gutenberg article I mentioned way earlier in the thread. Not sure why I haven't discovered this yet when I was getting the gist of bus-fanning here. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=TheBus_(Honolulu)&oldid=584647412#Fleet For me, it's a bit of a fuzzy memory. I did see a quad-digit Phantom back when I was a kid for the first time (around the Mayor Wright housing area). I wish I saw it for the second time back in the past, but I was an unfortunate shut-in back then. I would guess that the NHHTC were rated for 300 or 350 horsepower on those. Seeing as though that OTS favored Allison transmissions back then, I would also guess that they coupled those NH pancakes with the HT-740. This may be a bit of a repost, but I have one account of the Crown Ikarus 286s being terrible buses to operate on. I heard a few stories of those units from a friend - a current operator in his late 50s - who has experience of using those. I'll get to that later on.
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