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  1. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Still no GPS during the Monday morning rush hour. Obviously unacceptable. Also, the Windward Route Redesign is supposed to be announced before the end of the month. Maybe that will give us something new to talk about.
  2. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    No new buses, no new orders, so not much to talk about.
  3. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Does anyone have any news about buses?
  4. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    CNG is compressed natural gas. The pilot project starting in September at Honolulu airport will include CNG buses as well as electric buses. Older buses are expensive to operate because they require more maintenance. http://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2018/08/03/governor-ige-announces-consolidated-rental-car-shuttle-pilot-at-daniel-k-inouye-international-airport-to-begin-september-1/
  5. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Buses due for immediate replacement: 40-49 70-79 Remaining 300s Remaining 30s Buses due for replacement soon: Earliest 800s (803-835, assuming 801-802 will last for awhile after refurbish) Hopefully, the city will make a decision soon on new electric or CNG vehicles. The longer old buses remain in service, the more it costs to keep them running.
  6. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    The city’s purchasing website lists a bid for “removal and transport of corpses.” But still nothing about new buses for next year. Isn’t transport of living people just as important as transport of dead people?
  7. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Note that Rotidua’s TMC photo also shows the front of Saab/Scania #574. As I have pointed out before, 501-594 were delivered in 1987-1988. The first Saab-Scania batch, 800-846, came in 1985. Information in the wiki is incorrect.
  8. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    1. The cleaning woman must have kicked the plug out again June 22 because the HEA system was down during the morning rush hour. Seriously, I understand that the main job of OTS is to run buses, not to maintain an online schedule. But if we’re going to have this system, let’s keep it running, because people depend on it. Don’t know whether it’s training, staffing or inattention, but the system is down far too often. When I lived in Chicago, which runs nearly 2,000 buses, I can’t think of a single day when the system was unavailable. And why is there still a message on the HEA saying buses may not have real time information for a couple of days after June 3? 2. Are there really 20 new 700s, or are there only 8? Obviously there will be more eventually, but each day it gets harder to consider additional new buses as part of the same batch. Reminds me of last year when we were told the 600s would go up to 698 but they stopped at 677. 3. Does anyone know what’s wrong with #703? I haven’t seen it on the HEA for a couple of weeks (not that I can trust the HEA). 4. In checking the city’s purchasing website, I note that there is no mention of new buses for 2019. Normally requests for proposals, if not firm orders, would be posted by now. OTS is running 21–year-old buses, many others are nearing retirement age, and all the manufacturers have large backlogs. So whether we are getting electric buses or more diesels, it is probably not a good idea to delay.
  9. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    According to the HEA, #242 is back in service today on route 4.
  10. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Rode on #704 today. Driver told me operators are struggling with the 700s because controls have been moved from in front to the left of the driver’s seat.
  11. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    A welcoming entrance to #705.
  12. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    If we have 20 new buses and they are virtually the same as the last batch, why are they not out on the streets? It doesn’t take weeks to prepare new buses for revenue service. I like OTS, but it makes me crazy every time we have new buses gathering dust in the yard while old, polluting buses try to reach some artificial mileage goal or whatever. Not good for riders or the environment. And while I’m venting, it looks like the GPS system is mostly down today. So I’ll ask again: does the cleaning woman kick the plug out overnight, or is someone just not paying attention?
  13. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

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    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

  15. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    On route 20 today.
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