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  1. Rotidua

    Hele-On

    Once again, major kudos to you for uncovering information about the city bus fleets on the neighbor islands. It's a dream for me to go to the Big Island, but one of my worries of being there is being stranded in the middle of nowhere with limited bus service. I dug into their heavy duty fleet with the provided info. Their 2000 model Gillig Phantom Suburbans are 40-footers (designation D) equipped with the Detroit Diesel Series 50 (designation 20), which is either with an original or an EGR system. Their 2005 model Gillig Phantom Suburbans are 37-footers (designation C) equipped with Cummins ISL with EPA 2004 certification (designation 29). Since you didn't provide a VIN on the 2007 Gillig Phantom Suburbans, I'm not too sure if it is still a 37-footer, or if it bounced back up to being a 40-footer, or what their engines are. Everything else after that is up towards speculation on what their transmissions are. Their 2010 model MCI D4000CLs have the Cummins ISM with EPA 2007 certification, rated at 410 hp. Lastly, their 2014 model ElDorado XHFs are 36-footers (designation E, conventional flooring) equipped with the Cummins ISL9 with a possible EPA 2013 certification (designation CL). With no VINs listed for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 model MCIs, I can only imagine them being equipped with the Cummins ISX11.9. Once again, their transmissions are unknown. As for their historic fleet, I did recall seeing a photo of an ex-OTS 1993 TMC RTS-08 40-footer, rebranded with the Hele-On logo and maintaining the same OTS livery. It was posted by the NorCalBusFans group on their J-Album gallery, but said gallery expired along with all of the pictures. In addition, they didn't reupload those photos of interest to their Flickr account as of yet.
  2. Sounds like it was related to the recent mayors' summit on electric buses. Had a high school friend - who's an automotive fan - break the news to me about this, as he saw those get unloaded from the Nimitz pier a few days ago. With this being another BYD product (the K11), this one is not making me all that happy about the demo. Instead, it's giving me some raised eyebrows on how well it's going to perform here.
  3. The Opus is a medium-duty bus after all. Compared to the typical heavy-duty Gilligs, New Flyers, and what-not, those coaches should have a life expectancy of about 10 - 12 years or more. It's a shame that 33 retired since that one was my favorite.
  4. That's a negative for the shorties on my end, but I did manage to see this in person.
  5. Yeah, I saw that too, but in person. I couldn't take a picture of it because I already boarded an express bus towards home. Gahhhhhh.
  6. The newbie Axess BRTs should have the Cummins L9 coupled with the Allison B400R, no doubt about it.
  7. Voith 864.6 DIWA.6 system.
  8. Just as long as those buses don't come from BYD, then it's a-OK with me.
  9. Eyyy, nice job on the documentation. Nice to know that the EZ-Rider II's have the Cummins ISB while the Axxess' have the Cummins ISL. Kind of a shame that the only Enviro500 the city bus operated was retired for a third life on the Big Island (considering that it's used - in early mornings - for commuting hotel workers and g-men).
  10. Seems as though some of the Xcelsior lines are suffering with a bit of a flaw in the backdoors. Sounds like the new ones made the backdoor problem a bit worse as 870-879 also have it, but to the extent of those reopening once or twice as it closes.
  11. Correction: At nearly 13 years old. This is a 2006 model after all. Also, it's no wonder that I've seen Bill 77 pop up for the second time now. The price for almost everything here is going up for the sake of covering the cost of the rail system (currently $8.3 billion). Smh. The DIWA.6 eh? Can't wait.
  12. Now that's a whole new dimension of scatterbrain right there. Looks like someone isn't paying attention at all. Looks like that kind of damage is fixable to a stretch. I can't really see an absolute need to just end its life at Campbell Industrial Park. It'll be a treat to see that unit roll out from Pearl City - on day one - with a rebuilt face. This makes me wonder if New Flyer's warranty service is able to cover a whole unit replacement in the case of significant damage post-accident wise.
  13. I'm positive that it's a personal life issue, most likely moving on from bring a bus and elevator fan to a normal man with a career. While the move is understandable, it's quite disappointing to have all the videos deleted as I wanted to look back on some of his older ones.
  14. Reminds me of a recent happening on Taiwan's MRT on the Tamsui/Xinyi line, the only difference is that the one who spilled it ran off towards the nearest stop with embarrassment while the riders stared on. What a coincidence.
  15. Somewhere in April of this year, one of the demonstration models made its debut in Hawaii, starting with Honolulu county. It was tested on some routes featuring various running environments in a span of a month. After that, it was shipped over to the counties of Maui, Hawaii (the Big Island), and Kaua'i (timeline respective) during the summer, then shipped back to BYD. I believe that a purchase for a K9M model was made for the purpose of shuttle duty for the Honolulu/Daniel K. Inouye Airport, which is appropriate for its range. I made a very short video about it. Least to say, the ride didn't leave me with any good impressions (suspicion of quality control, what with it being Made in China). The mention of numerous mechanical and technological flaws recorded by Cali's Long Beach Transit and Albuquerque's Rapid Transit reinforces that suspicion. To add to the range issue, I'll refer to this post.
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