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  1. Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    As of 2/15/18 all Nova Bus RTSs have been retired after being replaced by BRTs recently bought from Lynx. Those units showed up on Transloc after being put in service around late October. Their last day was on the 14th. I expected them to be retired, but not so soon... Photos by El Guajiro.
  2. Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    The final 2018 Gillig delivered. Photo by El Guajiro. With these units finally in, I expect them to enter service very soon and begin retirement of the older buses.
  3. Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    According to El Guajiro, after these buses start service, buses from 2000-01 will be retired. So either the ex-lynx, ex-palm tran, phantoms bought directly from Gillig, and Novas are up for retirement. My hunch is that the ex units that were not wrapped with the new livery will be retired first. Here’s our discussion on it. https://www.flickr.com/photos/chacajaba/38931871634/
  4. Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    1801, 1802, 1803, 1804, & 1805. Five more deliveries to go. All photo taken by El Guajiro.
  5. Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    That makes total sense as those buses aren't serviced on long routes and only stay within the campus area. In addition, RTS already expanded on the biodiesel program back in 2010 which has shown to be a success and maintained the status quo on reducing emissions.
  6. Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    Here is a photo taken by El Guajiro on Flickr. Back to convo we had on Flickr, I wonder if RTS will purchase more hybrids in the near future.
  7. Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    Indeed. I believe it'll be helpful in reducing the strain on heavy ridership routes. Also, the preview for the spring 2018 schedule has been released featuring a new bus that should be entering service very soon. I wonder if it’ll have same power train or a new one. http://go-rts.com/schedule-spring/pdf/entire-schedule-spring.pdf
  8. Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    In April 2018, RTS will launch the city's first self-driving shuttle named Gainesville Autonomous Transit Shuttle (GAToRS). This will be an extension to the existing service & local residents will be able to ride free of charge. The cost will cover the vehicle and it's three years of operation. In addition, the contract is funded by FDOT and is worth up to 2.7 million. It'll be interesting to see how this project will work out in the coming months. RTS will be the first to have an autonomous shuttles in Florida. Rest of the news can be seen here: http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171210/self-driving-shuttle-coming-to-gainesville-in-april
  9. Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    While I was on my way to class, 2577 once again showed up unexpectedly as I haven’t seen it since late August. Fortunately I was able to get some photos and a short video of it before it disappeared. In addition, the city of Gainesville has made a partnership with Pure Energy Solar for a six month pilot program to bring solar charging stations at various locations such as Depot Park, City Hall, Fred Cone Park, Butler Plaza, Possum Creek Park, Westside Park, Helyx Bridge, the Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station and the Dwight H. Hunter Northeast Pool. Here's an article concerning the matter: http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171003/gainesville-tests-solar-charging-stations-for-cellphones
  10. Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    I saw that it was located inside the shop so that could likely be the case. The BRTs so far have been used as training buses around the city and run well (tried to get footage of them running, but the buses manage to disappear as quickly as they came lol). The only thing they don't have are cameras equipped on them yet. They could hit the road sooner than expected at this point.
  11. Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    While I was checking Transloc, I saw that 504 is running on Later Gator D. This is strange because that coach along with 501, 505, & 509 were retired this February.
  12. Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    Here are some photos I took of buses with the new livery design: Here are some photos I took of buses with the new livery design:
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