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  1. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    When I was at the North yard, we had no trouble fueling the artics. There were 4 of the new artic Rapids there when I left. Finding room for them was the main concern. It was so crowded, we were having to park buses along the back wall, even behind the wash rack. That was back in February though.
  2. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Just from experience, the Gilligs go through a lot of coolant. We have to fill the coolant tanks every night. The New Flyers don't.
  3. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Have they been delivered yet? If they come to the south garage I'll keep an eye out for them. If they go to the north garage, I might go and have a look.
  4. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    At the South Garage, we're up to 5240 for the Gilligs, and 8101 with the new diesel artics. The CNG artics are Rapid buses. Dunno about the new 40 footers though. Possibly more like the 5000 series New Flyers to stretch out North Yards fleet? Or they could be new Rapids. I've been told the current Rapid fleet is being kept because some companies rent them out for shuttle service (They were used for the NCAA Final Four shuttles when it was in town).
  5. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    My guess is they'll keep a few buses as spares in case the Sky Train ever goes down, or pull in city buses like they do when the light rail goes down.
  6. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    That would be nice. Every week we get three to four new buses but no new people that clean or fuel them so our work day gets 20 minutes longer every week.
  7. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    We are up to 5239 as of yesterday. Now if only someone would talk them into slowing down on buying new buses, and maybe hire more people to clean and fuel them. As it is we can't keep up and have buses going out late because of waiting to be fueled.
  8. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    I always get those two mixed up.
  9. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Might be a typo in the system.
  10. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    8003 isn't one of ours. Everything below 8051 is gone now from both garages. Unless it was a Total Transit bus deadheading.
  11. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Hmm. We were really short staffed last night. Didn't get finished fueling until 8am (supposed to finish at 5:30am) They might have sent an artic or two out because the usual bus wasn't ready.
  12. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Supposedly there is, as well as a list of the different types of buses ranges. But I think they're still trying to figure out the range for the new Gilligs.
  13. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Probably ran out of gas. They're testing the range on the new buses to see how far they can push them. We've had a few get towed back to the yard the past week or so with empty tanks. Scary thing is, a couple days ago, the guy in charge of scheduling the buses said "They should be good for 600 miles. They made the drive from California on one tank." And I'm thinking "That's all highway. There's a reason when you buy a car they give the mpg in city and highway. City mpg is usually half to 3/4 of highway. Lots and lots of stop and go, and idling with the A/C on."
  14. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Some are. Sunnylope Transit center is one, Metro Center is another. There's also a holding area at Central and Camelback, and I believe in a bus bay at Highland and 16th Street.
  15. Azbusguy

    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    It depends. Usually, there are extra board drivers in spare buses stationed at holding areas throughout the city. When a bus overheats and breaks down, they'll send a "radio helper" from a holding area to take over the route, and send a mechanic to see if he can get the broken down bus back on the road again. If it has to be towed, depending on where on the route the radio helper is, and the route, they'll either have the radio helper continue the route until they meet up with the dead bus, then swap buses with the original driver, or send out another extra board driver with a new bus to swap out. In that case, the radio helper keeps going to the end of the route, then either returns to the holding area, or back to the garage.
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