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Williamv

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  1. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    On route 20 today.
  2. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    The HEA showed no 300s in service during this morning’s rush period. Could some 700s be running with no GPS? Or is it just because of the holiday schedule?
  3. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Sill quite a few 300s running during rush periods. Only 4 new 600s have gone into service since 2016. Absolutely correct about needing new articulated buses. It’s taking forever to replace the 70s, and it will be time to retire the early 100s soon. Running 40-foot buses on busy express routes benefits nobody. I also wish OTS was not so secretive about future purchases and plans. Most transit agencies proudly announce fleet upgrades as early as possible. The last I heard, rail will require a small expansion of the bus fleet to serve all the stations.
  4. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    First they had better think about replacing the 300s and 40s from 1997-98.
  5. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Hopefully we’ll see a New Flyer electric bus soon.
  6. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Good to see the roster section of the CPTDB wiki has been updated. However, it still lists 38 and 39 as being retired. Both were in service this week on route 503. In the Retired section, the 1985 order from Saab-Scania consisted of units 800-846. Not quite as sure of the 1987 units. 501-585? 501-594? 501-595? Gillig buses 774-784 from 1996 are still missing from the list. And there was no Gillig series 981-1004 in 1984.
  7. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Interesting that OTS put only four new buses (674-677) on the road in 2017. Especially since we have 21-year old vehicles (the lower 300s) still in service. The CPTDB wiki also lists 678-698 as part of our fleet. Have these buses been ordered, manufactured or delivered? In any case, this may be our last order of 40-foot diesel buses as the Division of Purchasing website lists a Request for Interest for 40-foot all electric transit buses: RFI-DTS-1157909.
  8. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    185-194 and 870-879 are diesel buses.
  9. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Bus #677 was decorated for the annual City Lights Parade. Maybe next year it will be one of the new electric buses.
  10. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    For those who haven’t heard, route 2 will offer 24/7 service starting Sunday. Until now, the only buses running all night were on route 40.
  11. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Buses 142-150 are diesel, not hybrids.
  12. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    I have no problem with OTS running buses from the last century if nothing else is available. And I have no intention of giving Rotidua or anybody else a thrashing. But the fact remains that the newer buses are far superior, both ecologically and in passenger comfort. And if new buses are here, OTS is doing riders a disservice by keeping them on the sidelines. The only information we have that buses 678-689 and 24-27 even exist is from a post in this forum in September, 2016, stating they were parked at the Pearl City garage. A driver did tell me there are eight 29-foot buses, but I have learned that drivers are not as interested in this stuff as we are and are not necessarily a reliable source. In most cities, new bus purchases are proudly announced, but both OTS and Gillig like to be secretive for some reason. Hopefully there really are some new buses ready to go into service. That would mean I will no longer have to let a 300 go by and wait for a low floor bus. And maybe I can soon stop dreading a mid-day 800 on long, busy routes such as A, C, 52 and 55. With enough new buses, the 800s could be used primarily for rush hour service, as the 300s are now.
  13. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    So does anyone have information on when we might see some more new buses out on the streets?
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