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  1. 1 hour ago, Articulated said:

    Service is still reduced due to COVID-19, and the 1495 bus peak requirement (from the latest Service Summary) does not take into account the Run As Directed (RAD) buses, which are basically spares with a couple dozen on the road at any given time.

    An increased spare ratio was also an initiative by the previous CEO (Andy Byford, being from New York you've probably heard of him) which dramatically increased the spare ratio; this allowed more ability for bus repairs and preventative maintenance to occur, reduced the frequency of on-road breakdowns, and reduced the frequency of paid operators sitting at the garage, waiting for serviceable buses. The high spare ratio has continued on, even with the mass replacement of many of the most problematic buses.

    Yeah, he was basically forced out by our shitty ass governor. Great man.

    As a side note, it's very interesting that you guys kept all your 2006 Orion 7.501 OG hybrids in service after all these years until recently. We retired about half of ours so far. Only about 50 or so NYCTA units and about 180 MTA bus Company units remain in service.

    The 2007s are right behind them, and now we are also retiring many of our 2009 Orion 7.501 NG CNGs (NICE bus) and hybrids (NYCTA).

  2. 1 hour ago, Articulated said:

    Not sure how much better yours is.

    TTC does not typically retire buses on a 1:1 ratio with new arrivals. After new buses arrive, they will usually keep the older buses running until they experience a major component failure that's no longer worth fixing, which is what they're doing now with the hybrid VIIs and VII NGs.

    As well, TTC's bus fleet is so large that some early retirements can just come out of the spare ratio without negatively affecting service too much. The spare ratio is also very generous at the moment (fleet size of 2085 with a peak requirement of 1495 generates a 28.3% spare ratio) giving plenty of flexibility to allow for some early retirements. If retirements get too bad, past practice is that TTC will just reduce service levels to accommodate the ability to run service.

    So nearly a surplus of 600 buses? But then again, you guys did retire alot of your OGs and NGs early compared to us, (New York).

  3. 2021 Gillig Advantage BRT CNG #2009 has now entered service as of Friday on the n24. Those Gillig CNGs sure love the n24 for some reason....

    #2001 has also entered service on Friday. No sign of #2004 or #2008 yet though.

    So is #2010 apparently. For now, #2011 is the highest unit in service. It's assumed that up to #2015-2020 has been delivered.

  4. On 7/27/2021 at 8:48 PM, Len90 said:

    With all of these moves is Charleston one of the last depot where the entire fleet is still all white with the blue stripe? They don't have any Cuomo I ❤️ NY buses there. 

    Actually there are a few depots left with no "new scheme" buses:

    Yonkers in bronx (will see new Prevosts)

    Casey Stengel, LGA (will see new Prevost), and Spring Creek (will see new Prevost) in Queens

    Charleston in Staten Island

    Negative with Casey Stengel depot. They have the 2016-2017 XD60s in the upper 5900s and 6000s/6100s.

  5. Spotted a non-REX branded DE42LFA hybrid working the REX line yesterday. IIRC, it was #6320.

    Also, the Green Line subway shuttle buses were only Xcelsior and LFA buses. No LFRs or anything else.

  6. 2021 Gillig Advantage BRT CNG #2005 has finally entered service. No sign of #2001 or #2004 just yet. Also missing is #2008-2010. These units are on Property though. 

    Also got word that RVC depot had finally gotten rid of their remaining 2004 Orion V CNG buses. Even though the Orion V CNGs retired over 2 years ago, #1673 and the other remaining #1600s were being held there for storage. But they are now presumed scrapped (or at Cedar Creek, aka NICE's Eastchester scrap). It is also assumed that more #1700s are in the process of being retired, though which specific units remain undetermined for now.

  7. FFC should just use their option orders to buy new Xcelsiors.

    1 minute ago, DCTransitFilms said:

    honestly not sure tho. nobody seen other buses they got

    I saw one about a week ago, but wasn't able to see the number.

  8. 1 minute ago, DCTransitFilms said:

    Kinda think its 6. The 12 units I believe are 3082-3087 and those 6 LFAs.

    No, they were saying they were buying additional 12 metro buses. That was long after the 3Gs came.

  9. 22 minutes ago, DCTransitFilms said:

    Seems like the next set of XD40s are going to Southern Avenue. 4541 is currently on the D6 (D6 was recently moved back to Southern Ave during the weekdays). Not sure what else they're getting though.

    If true, probably going to knockout the remaining D40LFRs over there. Might be around 30 units, but we're probably going to need to play the wait and see game..

  10. 27 minutes ago, NYC2MTL said:

    Charleston has about 18 of those left..

    2695, 2696, 2698, 2699 are all at Charleston from Meredith Avenue. I'm expecting 2697 and the 2700's that Meredith has in possession to transfer to Charleston in a matter of days. 

    I guess the MTA want to kill as many caterpillar powered MCIs as possible since they no longer make transit bus engines. That's just my guess.

  11. 1 hour ago, Articulated said:

    Why is this Canada-wide question posted in the GTA section?

    Natural Gas fuel has historically not been very popular in Canada. From the recent CTHF articles chronicling the history of CNG in Canada, there were two major periods: the first generation from the late 1980s through 1990s (most systems retired their CNG buses or converted them to diesel by the early 2000s), and the second generation which has been occurring from about the mid-2010s through now. Very few systems in Canada operated CNG outside of these periods; Hamilton and Vancouver were the only ones to operate CNG continuously between these periods. As well, neither of those periods correspond with the Orion VII's production era, which was from 2001 to 2012.


  12. 1 hour ago, Articulated said:

    3751, 54, 55, 59 are the ones that have seen service over the past week or two according to Transsee.

    3756, 57 were last in service during the last week of June, the rest haven't seen service for longer than that. However, I think 3758 is back on the testing circuit and therefore will not be tracking in revenue service (yet is functional).

    So I guess TTC will be going with XE40s from here on out?

  13. 6 minutes ago, DCTransitFilms said:

    We really don't have a shortage because the 2021 XD40s are entering service and there are D40LFR reserves everywhere. As for Metrorail, I don't got an exact timeline on the 6000s rn but most are at Brentwood, Shady Grove, and Greenbelt rn. 8000s not sure yet tho.

    I know, it just feels as though we do for some reason.

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  14. 2 hours ago, DCTransitFilms said:


    Those LFAs can stay around for like a few more years. Cinder Bed ones might be replaced in 2022-2023 due to the damage they already suffered.



    Only time will tell. We are gonna get a huge swap this September but I don't know whats being moved or whats going where yet.


    It could be a possibility the 4600s and 4700s can go to Virginia. If anything the 4600s will go to Cinder Bed first probably.

    idk why, but somehow, it feels like we have a bus shortage on our hands. Maybe because the 2005/2006 DE40LFs and DE40LFRs pulled an Orion VI and retired suddenly? 

    As for Metrorail news, any updates as to what the 8000s series cars will have in terms of advancements over the 7000s series? And what about those dare 6000 series cars, they been gone for nearly a year?

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