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  1. Orion6025

    NJ TRANSIT (New Jersey Transit)

    You're correct in everything you said, at least factually. What I will say though is that MTS and Designline has practically no market share. That said with agencies trying to standardize onto one bus model (Look at MBTA, SF Muni, WMATA, etc) and New Flyer aggressively low balling bids all over the place (Even below Gillig), any new manufacturer is going to have issues establishing its footing. Hell Van Hool has made very little headways into the north american market. Part of that is likely because their delivery time frame is a little too far off because of their facility issues but they landed Quebec City and that's it I think? FWIW Van Hool tried for this NJT contract, and their buses would fit into the current 156/158/159 gates unlike the Xcelsiors, but they still lost. --- Does Neo still build transit buses in Europe even? A lot of their models seem to have gone out of production somewhere in the 2009-2013 range anyway.
  2. Orion6025

    WMATA Washington

    I can't find a DASH topic so I suppose this will do. Photos have been posted of a recently delivered 35 ft Xcel (Idk if it';s an XD35, XE35, or XDE35...) numbered (19)515. It's got a rear window, those white signs like the 2015 WMATA XDE60s, and fabric(?) white seats. ------- It's an XD35
  3. Orion6025

    NJ TRANSIT (New Jersey Transit)

    I never heard anything about them returning. Frankly I'd be surprised if they tried their hand in the US market again. NFI and Gillig have the USA tight in their grip with Eldo and Nova cruising along in the background. With Alexander Dennis covering the double decker market (+ the Enviro200), the Protatoes, NFI, and BYD covering the electric market, and Van Hool trying to re-enter the US market, there's not much market left lol. Part of why Neoplan pulled out IIRC was because of difficulty landing orders, and if they returned now, it's not like selling buses would be any easier
  4. Orion6025

    NJ TRANSIT (New Jersey Transit)

    Yes No
  5. Orion6025

    Last bus ride of 2018. And First of 2019

    2015 XD40 xcelsior 7457 for 2018, then a 2009 Orion 7 NG HEV 4038 for 2019
  6. How many Nova RTS does Texas A&M still have? I'm only aware of (at least) 4 that have been sold to nearby Brazos Transit District (109, 209, 213, 215; there are photos of 215 in the Brazos TRansit District livery on their FB page...)
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    Are the new XD60s replacing the 2004 DE60LF or are they for expansion?
  8. Orion6025

    Bee Line - Westchester County NY

    Yes, see the wiki. There's another one that's been scrapped but I haven't noted that there yet
  9. Orion6025

    MTA NYCT Subway/Bus discussion

    Yeah they've needed to go for a few years now LOL. Only thing going for them frankly is that they didn't road call too much. However when you only do those Q102 shuttles and spend more time sitting in queensboro plaza than actually moving, it's kinda hard to strain the bus lmao
  10. Orion6025

    MTA NYCT Subway/Bus discussion

    9307 and 9348 are retired, the era of the 1996 rts is over in NYC. The last one to run was 9307, pulling in for the last time to LaGuardia depot on jan 8, 2019 at 10:11 AM. It was hella fun while it lasted
  11. Orion6025

    Dallas DART

    Are any NABI 416s still running? I assume all are retired but I heard rumors that a few survived the latest round of commuter XN40s... Is this true or are they truly all gone?
  12. Orion6025

    MTA NYCT Subway/Bus discussion

    None officially that i know of. They're known for being less reliable than the allisons so the original intention was to reitre all those early but they're still around soooo.. most RTS retirements are on hold because the TA needs to build up the L train shuttle fleet and any RTS retirements right now may solely be for temporary storage till the L shuttle begins, so the ZFs will probably be around for a little while
  13. Orion6025

    Nassau Inter-County Express

    Never heard of it, then again i don't follow nassau county news closely
  14. Orion6025

    Nassau Inter-County Express

    Yeah, I anticipate RVC being reopened someday. They'll need the space if Let's Go ever gets launched. If not RVC (because of the luxury condos going up in the area), then somewhere else. as for nearby bus routes the n15 and n16 area nearest (a block or two east iirc). Thr n4 is nearby also (you need to walk a few blocks north)
  15. Orion6025

    IndyGo (Indianapolis)

    So a followup on Indygo: This past week I saw up to 1814 in service, meaning at least 14 2018 Gillig Low Floor BRT (diesel) buses. I don't know if they're replacing anything or if they're for the recent service expansion, because the 1997 New Flyer D40LF buses are still in service... (At least 9791 is, only 9791 and 9799 seem to run based on comments, posts, and photos on the Indygo FB page, as well as sightings from busfans). That said I didn't (care to) fan downtown to see if the 1999 Nova LFS are still around so IF the Gilligs replaced anything, it was likely those.