transit addict 327

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About transit addict 327

  • Birthday 01/23/1989

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  • Website URL https://www.flickr.com/photos/64166410@N03/

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  • Gender Male
  • Location San Antonio, TX
  • Interests Buses, transit, and photography.
  1. 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. https://ngtnews.com/via-metro-transit-begins-cng-bus-fleet-conversion
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. CMTA now taking delivery of new rail vehicles from Switzerland. https://capmetroblog.com/2017/03/22/our-new-trains-have-arrived/
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. EasyMile electric shuttle on display at UT Austin during SXSW. http://easymile.com/demo-sxsw-festival-2017-university-texas-austin/ Self Driving Demo Capital Metro by Fred Reutzel, on Flickr
  12. So far I've only seen the pilot bus at the event this past Saturday when it was on display. It's not yet in service. Riders and drivers who saw the bus said they like the wider front door, the information displays, and the brightness. However they complained about the seating layout, how small the bus seems compared to others, how ugly the front looks, how small the wheelchair securement area is, and driver controls. Personally I don't like Nova's at all. I will admit that some of them do look stylish, like the ones Capital Metro has in Austin. But it's just something about the overall layout/design about the bus that throws me off. I honestly would've been happier if VIA bought more Xcelsiors, or even Gillig for that matter.
  13. This is the new livery for VIA to match the new logo introduced back in early 2014. So far only one 2010 DE40LFR, four 2010 NABI CNG's and three 2008 D40LF's have been repainted to this new livery.
  14. The pilot bus has finally arrived. So far, it's mixed reviews from drivers and passengers.
  15. Would this mean that Capital Metro retired these 3 buses and sold them to Fort Worth? Seems odd that The T would have diesel busses since they run a CNG fleet.