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Chris.A

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    MTA NYCT Subway/Bus discussion

    Those units are getting transferred to the Manhattan division and are to be unwrapped. The 2009-2010 Orion VII Next Generation hybrids as a whole are leaving SI to go to Manhattan depots to replace the 2004 Orion VII OG hybrids. The only Orion VIIs that will remain on the Island (for now) will be the EPA10 2011-2012 Orion VII 3G clean diesels : #7000-7089.
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    WMATA Washington

    BTW, DASH bus 2007 Gillig Phantom #103 is back in service! Saw it parked at NOVA starting an AT6 run yesterday.
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    WMATA Washington

    Which makes you wonder about the future of some area services like TAGS. You think they'll eventually move back to cutaway buses or will could they get XD40s or something? Those EPA10 Orion VII hybrids will probably go back to the inner city depot(s) eventually. As far as the 8000 series go, due to the ongoing trade wars with China at the moment, I kinda doubt that they'll go with CRRC for variety of reasons. Probably another Alstom order in the works tbh. Lastly on the upcoming XD40 order, from a parts and maintenance standpoint, sending the first batch of XD40s to West Ox wouldn't be that far fetched considering that the Fairfax Connector side of the depot already have a bunch of them and they probably do joint maintenance work to keep costs of staff down. I think they could easily get them.
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    Miami-Dade Transit Discussion

    So I guess their New Flyer contract is almost up?
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    MTA NYCT Subway/Bus discussion

    I guess, but it was only 10 buses. Remember that they were going to repower the MTA bus Company Orion 7s (both OG and NG) to diesels as well. Only #3563 was ever converted. BTW, #3753 and #3773 to Spring Creek depot. Are they short on C40LFs again? Also about 102 2004 Orion VII OG hybrids remain from the former 125 units. Have any LFS's been given the +SBS+ wrap yet?
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    WMATA Washington

    #2628, #2633, and #2665 (first blue WMATA bus besides the C40LFRs) are all still active on NOVA routes this morning. Meanwhile Orion V #2200 is still in service on the 80 and 2010 DE42LFA hybrids #6597 and #6599 are both working the 26A.
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    MTA NYCT Subway/Bus discussion

    Couple of NYCTA news, 1, 1999 Novabus RTS #5227 has also been preserved for a NJ Transit society, so that's yet ANOTHER RTS saved from the scrap heap. 2, 2010 Orion VII NG hybrid #4603 had apparently had an engine fire while working (I believe) the B46 at Broadway junction. Sounds like a small fire, (similar to #4002's and #1707's (CNG NG) fires) hopefully it gets repaired soon enough. Funny thing about the Orion 6 buses is that at one point back in 2006-2007, there was talk over converting those buses to diesel (ala TTC's 1998 Orion VI CNGs that failed and were retired 8 years after their introduction) and sending them to Staten Island to run with the Orion V buses (at the time, just before the first wave of NG hybrids started arriving in summer '08). I guess that plan got scrapped and/or cancelled in some fashion.
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    Centro (Central New York RTA)

    Is it active? If so, it's probably is not only the last Orion V CNG in the state of New York, but the entire east coast. As you know, NICE bus retired all of theirs.
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    WMATA Washington

    Ok, this doesn't make any sense. West Ox just lost 10 more DE42LFAs (#6578-6587 are all now at Sheppard's Parkway depot). Why do they keep losing buses but are not getting anything in return? Right now, they lost (besides the 10 already mentioned) about 30 other DE42LFAs in the last 5 months and 2 XDE40s. How are they even making score right now, for they have less buses than even Cinder Bed depot (only 72 metrobuses left). I only hope they give us (Northern Virginia Metrobus division, particularly West Ox depot) some 2000 Orion Vs (about 25) so that when these buses get retired in a few months, we end up getting the 25 new XD40s for the depot. WMATA always seems to take buses away from NOVA, and rarely give them anything in return (and when they do, it's peanuts).
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    Centro (Central New York RTA)

    Are there any Orion 5 CNGs left up there?
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    WMATA Washington

    Forgot to mention this, but #2959 Bladensburg depot< FMR. Spotted it on the 28A the other day while going to see "Endgame" (great movie btw).
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    Fairfax Connector

    I thought I heard rumors years ago that Veolia did at one time managed Fairfax Connector buses, but I always thought that it was just that.. a rumor. As for DASH bus, I'm shocked about that. I been down here in the DMV since 2005 and it's only know that I learn of this. I suppose that explains why PRTC Omniride just gave DASH most of their Phantom buses (also first transit).
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    WMATA Washington

    I was trying to bring this over from the Fairfax Connector page, but basically Transdev is going to be running the Connector service starting this summer. Who knows how that's all going to play out...
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    Fairfax Connector

    Then common sense takes a backset. Why can't the county operate their own bus service? Alexandria owns and operates DASH bus afterall.
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    WMATA Washington

    I'm going to put this announcement here as well. Apparently,
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    Fairfax Connector

    Ok, so it seems we have some BIG Fairfax Connector news! This is a few weeks old (April 25th), but it has been announced over at the Transit magazine that Transdev (that's right, TRANSDEV!) is going to be assuming Fairfax Connector operations starting July 1 later this summer, replacing MV transportation (who I think have done a wonderful job with the bus system, not sure why the county is not renewing their contract. Starting to remind me of the whole MTA Long Island bus fiasco from earlier in the decade). TBH, it doesn't surprise me THAT much considering that Transdev had already recently had been contracted by WMATA to operate Metrobus service out of the nearby Cinder Bed bus depot. Considering that buses out of that garage are starting to see breakdowns more than other metrobus depots, I fear that Fairfax Connector could also be hit with the same problems that are hitting NICE bus and now parts of WMATA. I am honestly shocked that the county would select them. Wonder who they will bid on next.. (PRTC and Arlington Transit are the next likely candidates IMO). Any thoughts?
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    WMATA Washington

    #2621 is still active (as of yesterday) and was deadheading on I-495 yesterday afternoon.
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    MUNI (San Francisco, CA)

    Damn already?!?
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    WMATA Washington

    #2623 is still active. Saw it working the 7A at Pentagon while waiting for the 22A (which was a no show btw) late Saturday afternoon. Forgot how lousy most bus routes are in Northern VA on Weekends.
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    MTA NYCT Subway/Bus discussion

    You know they would do that. lol MTA is very scrap happy.
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    MTA NYCT Subway/Bus discussion

    Don't be surprised if they eventually scarp it an replace it when an Orion VII hybrid.
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    WMATA Washington

    Don't know about the Metro Orion Vs (I doubt it), but a few DASH bus Orion Vs were on regular routes like the AT2 and AT5. #2634 and #2635 are both still in service. On the 25B and 16A respectively.
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    WMATA Washington

    So, this past Weekend I fanned the blueline subway shuttle. DASH was providing the shuttle buses for the blue and WMATA sent their buses for the yellow ( Sheppard's Parkway, Northern, and Four Mile Run depots). Metro provided XDE40s, DE42LFAs, Orion VII OG CNGs, and XN40s. DASH provided XD35s, Gillig Advantage hybrids (both 35 and 40ft units), and Ex-Bee Lines Neoplan AN460 artics (of which, I rode #610).
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    MTA NYCT Subway/Bus discussion

    So there's talk of scrapping 1991 TMC RTS #8319 (MetroCard bus) in recent days. I really hope that's not true, cause that's the last NYCTA TMC RTS left in existents (that we know of). They need to preserve that bus as well (plus it's a repower too). I miss the repowered RTS's.
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