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  1. transit addict 327

    CapMetro (Austin, TX)

    A friend of mine who works for Cap Metro informed me of new buses on order for next year. They have ordered 24 Gillig 35' buses (fleet number 2801-2824), most likely in the BRT style like the previous orders. They will replace the remaining 18 2003 D35LF's still in service and 6 2001 Gillig Advantages (not sure which ones yet). Also on order are 28 MCI D4500 commuter coaches (fleet number 9401-9428) to replace the 2001 Gillig suburban buses. Both are expected to be delivered around May/June of 2019. Also of note, 2103 (2007 DE40LFR, the last remaining hybrid) is getting repainted into the electric blue local bus livery. They also just finished testing a Proterra Catalyst E2 bus for 2 weeks in August, and are expected to test 2 other electric buses in September, one from New Flyer and the other from BYD.
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    transit addict 327 Blog

    Just uploaded 19 photos of Capital Metro. https://www.flickr.com/photos/transitaddict327/ And here is a blog post I did on September 1 talking about the bus fleet changes. https://transitaddict327.com/2018/09/01/via-update/
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    transit addict 327 Blog

    Added 26 photos on Flickr of my recent trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. https://www.flickr.com/photos/transitaddict327/ Also did a blog piece recapping the trip. https://transitaddict327.com/2018/08/16/dallas-fort-worth-trip-recap/
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    Dallas DART

    Here is a pic I took yesterday downtown of the new Proterra Catalyst BE35 FC electric buses that recently went into service on the 722 D-Link Shuttle. These are 35 foot buses, which apparently sport a slightly different look from the 40 footers. While I think they look weird, they are fast and super quiet.
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    VIA Metropolitan Transit

    The retirement of the NABI's has begun. 5 have been painted white and placed in the graveyard. It seems like they are doing a bus every day. The NABI's were removed from service last week. They won't run on any route again.
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    transit addict 327 Blog

    Here's a short piece on the recent changes to the bus fleet. https://transitaddict327.com/2018/07/03/bus-fleet-update-7-2-18/
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    VIA Metropolitan Transit

    Update on the bus fleet: 44 new Nova's will be delivered this year, only 16 have been delivered so far and are in service. The Nova contract was NOT cancelled, somebody apparently started that rumor to get everyone's hopes up. The 47 remaining 2001 NABI 40-LFW's were placed into storage last Friday, meaning they will never see service again. They are awaiting final preparations for retirement.
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    VIA Metropolitan Transit

    Sad news..... the next batch of new buses (# in batch unknown at this point) are rolling in, and they are unfortunately Nova's. Buses 693 and 696 have been delivered so far. Now I'm trying to figure out why VIA is receiving more Nova's when they [supposedly] cancelled the order. This also means that the days are numbered for the remaining 2001 NABI's still in service.
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    transit addict 327 Blog

    Just added 47 photos total to my Flickr page, 12 on the Nova's and 35 on the 2001 NABI's, some of which have been retired.
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    transit addict 327 Blog

    Added a new blog entry about last week's bus observations. https://transitaddict327.com/2018/04/11/via-bus-observations-week-of-4-1-18/ Also added 14 photos to Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/transitaddict327/
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    VIA Metropolitan Transit

    Rumor has it that the 3 Proterra electric buses will not enter revenue service again, and that they will sit in the bus yard until they reach the eligible retirement requirement of 12 years. Apparently they don't hold a charge very well and die mid-route. VIA is also looking to purchase 7 more electric buses to replace the trolley's in the next year or two. Also of note, the remaining 230 CNG bus contract is still up in the air. From what I've heard, Gillig and New Flyer are being considered.
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    transit addict 327 Blog

    Added two entries this week discussing my thoughts on different buses in the fleet. https://transitaddict327.com/2018/02/24/specialty-bus-training-day-1-hybrids/ https://transitaddict327.com/2018/02/25/specialty-bus-training-day-2-nabi-cng/
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    transit addict 327 Blog

    Latest entry on the blog. https://transitaddict327.com/2018/02/14/are-xcelsiors-the-future-of-via/
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    VIA Metropolitan Transit

    I would hope they go with Xcelsior. Hopefully VIA has learned to never put all your money into a bus company they have never dealt with before. To me this means they will not go Gillig, and that leaves New Flyer as the winner. The first half of the fleet that was here for last summer faired pretty well in the heat. For whatever reasons there are other problems with these buses. I have noticed LOTS of screws coming undone all over the bus (inside and out). Frequent breakdowns include low air, steering problems (wobbly steering wheel above speeds of 30 MPH), door issues, check engine lights, and LOTS of rattling inside the bus because hoses and air lines are coming loose from their securement. In fact, VIA had to send 2 buses out to a Cummins shop because the mechanical issues were hard for our maintenance team to figure out (and the maintenance team does a great job of solving any breakdown with buses). The final straw was during the "ice storm" a couple of weeks ago when NONE of the buses would start. I was told that the NABI and Xcelsior CNG buses started with no issues, but the Nova's were the issue. On top of that, a majority of the drivers hate the Nova's (myself included). Some of the features are ok, however overall I don't think it was designed well. Glares on the windshield are harsh and there are a few blind spots with the corners and driver's window. On top of that, in order to kneel the bus the parking brake has to be set and transmission placed into neutral. This is the worst feature that all drivers hate the most. This is not an issue with the NABI's and New Flyer's. Also of note, the Nova's frequently bottom out at certain driveways and dips. Again, not an issue with the NABI's and New Flyer's. In fact, there is only 1 bus route (515 Southcross) that the Nova's are not allowed on because of a steep grade by railroad tracks. Only New Flyer's are allowed.
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    VIA Metropolitan Transit

    Found out today that VIA has cancelled the remaining 230 buses from Nova Bus. So now the remaining older NABI's and D40LF's will remain on the streets longer until VIA awards another company for more CNG buses (hopefully New Flyer).
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