transit addict 327

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  • Location San Antonio, TX
  • Interests Buses, transit, and photography.
  1. As of yesterday, all 2003 New Flyer D40LFs were retired from service. However we still have 1999 NABI's still running. Weird. Also the complete first batch of 135 NOVAs (421-555) are in service already. The second batch of 135 (unknown fleet numbers) are starting to be delivered.
  2. That would make sense, seeing that all of the Opus' had all kinds of different parts missing (lights, exhaust system, etc.). Google Maps last drove by in Nov 2016 and they already had 9. When I was there this past week I only counted 7. I did also see one of their Opus' front end covered in a tarp (severe head on crash I'm guessing) and another had a fire in the engine compartment. Not sure if they looked like they would be rebuilding them from the CCRTA spares. As for the XD35's I only counted 6.
  3. That's exactly correct
  4. The next batch of Nova's are being delivered. 7 artics and 8 40-footers will join the fleet to increase MetroRAPID to every 10 minutes during the weekdays, 15 minutes on weekends, and 20 minutes for late-night service. Service will now end later on Thursday's, Friday's and Saturday's until 2:30 am, and until midnight on Sunday's. These service changes are approved for this August.
  5. Waco Transit has a few ex-CCRTA Optima Opus' sitting in the yard. Also, they appear to be receiving 2017 XD35 Xcelsiors, not yet in service.
  6. New buses are finally rolling out. Also, half of the bus fleet will be replaced by this summer. Time to bid farewell to the NABI's and some of the D40LF's.
  7. My guess would be soon, like within the next year maybe. Not sure about the 2001 express Gilligs though, as they got repainted last year. Why bother spending money on repainting them when they would retire them soon? They might stick around for another couple of years.
  8. Out of 217 NABI's, around 80 or so were rebuilt with the stimulus funds. However not all of the rebuilt buses got repainted into the silver paint scheme with the different colored waves.
  9. Finally saw one of the new Nova's on the street today, it was operating as a training bus downtown. From what I can see, there has to be at least 20-40 buses in the yard, all have license plates and are ready for service. However all drivers now have to be trained to operate the new buses, so it still might be a while before they go into service.
  10. So far they have been sitting in the yard collecting dust for several months now. I did see one of them do a school run 2 weeks ago, but it was only in active service for an hour tops. They used to run on the downtown circulator routes before the June 2016 service changes eliminated one of the routes it ran on. As for the future of the buses, I don't have the slightest clue.
  11. Seems like electric buses in Houston is a dead end. It didn't lead to anything here in San Antonio. As for the D40LF's, about when do you think the last of them will be phased out? I want to plan a trip soon to catch them before they're gone for good.
  12. CMTA now taking delivery of new rail vehicles from Switzerland.
  13. I would like to become a wiki editor. I keep up with information to my home transit system VIA and take photos of buses whenever and wherever I can. I usually stick to major Texas agencies, which some info needs to be updated.
  14. VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio TX VIA Metropolitan Transit Nova Bus 421 CNG by Ben, on Flickr, a 2016 Nova Bus LFS CNG, currently on order to replace the diesel fleet with CNG. 409 11 (1) VIVA Culture-Botanical Garden by Ben, on Flickr, a 2016 New Flyer Xcelsior XN40.
  15. Does anyone know of a transit agency with the oldest running LFW's still in service? It would be cool to compare with VIA's 1999 models that turn 18 this year and are finally being phased out.