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  1. Amtrak is ok but I'm hoping for more brightline type services to be expanded
  2. It's sad that there's only one engine company dominating the public transportation market. I think it would be nice if other engine companies chipped in. Hopefully Detroit Diesel will enter the public transportation market.
  3. Well aside from only one engine manufactor, diesel buses are starting to have tough competitions with the electric model. I'm a little frustrated with California's new tough regulations on forcing agencies to buy electric buses. It makes no sense because transit agencies should decide on thier own what kind of buses it should be powered by and let's not forget that even though electric buses may be cleaner, they're still being charged by dirty types of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas.
  4. I could see the DD5 be a competition with the B6.7 and DD8 compete with the L9. I don't like California's new strict regulations on making zero-emissions or electric style buses. It violates the market of choice between hybrid, electirc or diesel powered buses. Governments shouldn't tell us how the engine should be powered by, instead it should be decided by the transit agencies whether or not to purchase clean electric buses or dirty powerful diesel buses. That's not saying I'm all for deregulation as I do think there needs to be emission regulations on cars since the car is a one person vehicle while buses can handle 60 people. Just my persepective on society.
  5. While the company still supports the series 50, they are no longer making new ones instead they have decided to make new engines including the DD5, DD8, DD13 and DD15. DD13 and 15's are used in those big motorcoach buses while the DD5 is used in Thomas Built Buses. What I'm hoping for is that the company will open it's market to manufactors like Gillig and New Flyer so that there's competiton with Cummins
  6. I would like to see gillig extend their engine options to more than just Cummins. That way transit operators can decide which engine will fit their needs.
  7. Here in Ann Arbor, AATA has one bus currently in service that is powered by a DDS-50 EGR engine. Sadly, all the rest in Ann Arbor’s fleet is powered by Cummins. DDOT and SMART have some run by DDS-50EGR but eventually all buses will only be powered by Cummins.
  8. I really do hope Detroit Diesel goes back into the Transit Market. I have nothing wrong with Cummins but I agree with Bus-medic. They do have a monopoly over the transit market. I'm sure southeast Michigan transit agencies would love to have Detroit Diesel engines in their buses to show off their support for buying things made in Detroit. Plus it's time bus manufactures and agencies look at other companies to provide bus engines. #Made in Detroit
  9. AATA Switched to Cummins engines in 2007 with their first order of Hybrid Buses. In 2008 six of seven 2000 Gillig low floor buses were repowered with ISL engines. They originally carried Detroit Diesel Series 40E engines but they must have died so they had to replace them with ISL engines. Bus #398 is the only one still powered with a Detroit Diesel Series 40E engine. The same can be said about SMART. According to baul104 luigi he says the 2002/2003 Gillig SMART buses were repowered with ISL engines either in 2004 or 2005.
  10. I don't mind Cummins as being one of the suppliers to the coach/bus market but it seems like they have a monopoly over the market and I think it should be split up to have another engine company supply engines to bus manufacters.
  11. So after reading the PDF, it seems they only sold the electronic version to coach/bus manufacters. I am amazed but not surprised. Somehow when I was looking on Gillig's website: http://web.archive.org/web/20011021134537/ it showed it was only selling the electronic version. Even though the had two different liter engines, I can conclude that both engines sound exactly the same.
  12. Ok transit/vehicle experts. I'm trying to figure out the difference between a Detroit Diesel Series 40 engine and a Detroit Diesel Series 40E engine. What I know so far is the 7.6 liter engine is the 40E and the 8.7 liter engine is the regular series 40. Do both engines sound the same or does one sound different than the other?
  13. If I knew who was stealing my photos Online I would report it immediately to the FCC. I would also report it to the proper authorities. In fact sometimes If it's a photo that's really personal to me and It's been stolen I would make the person serve life in prison.
  14. I heard that Detroit Diesel made two versions of the series 40. The normal series 40 and electronic series 40E. However I found out Detroit only sold the electronic 40 engine to coach/bus manufacturers.
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