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  1. I've never heard that at all. Note that for the RAPID artics, the I-17 and SR-51 RAPID routes are based at the North garage.
  2. The 2006 C40LFRs were retrofitted, however, the 2008 C40LFRs were not. The 2009+ RPTA/Tempe C40LFRs came with the system from the factory as far as I know.
  3. As far as I know Phoenix did not do the retrofit. I'm not sure if such retrofit was available for the Phoenix fleet, since I do believe Phoenix continued to specify R22 for its HVAC systems until the 2014 C40LFRs, while RPTA/Tempe has specified R407C since the 2006 C40LFRs.
  4. And Phoenix didn't place any orders between the 2008 D60LFs and the 2014 C40LFRs. There was that cancelled ElDorado Axess order; I wonder what refrigerant those would have used for their HVAC systems.
  5. Note that while RPTA/Tempe has specified R407C refrigerant for its bus HVAC systems since the 2006 C40LFRs, I do believe Phoenix continued to specify R22 until the 2014 C40LFRs. Note that the Sky Harbor Axess buses use R134a refigerant for their HVAC systems.
  6. Looks like Valley Metro has just released their proposed October service changes, and here are some of their most interesting changes: A new route (140) on Ray Road will be added between 48th Street and Gilbert Road in Ahwatukee, Chandler, and Gilbert. A sixth Orbit route (Saturn) is being added to serve South Tempe. A second Avondale Zoom route is being added to serve northern Avondale. Route 83 is being extended into Glendale and Peoria up to Arrowhead Mall, with 30 minute frequency on weekdays, and hourly frequency on weekends and holidays.
  7. The City of Phoenix Transit Department (operating under the Valley Metro name) operates some 1999 NABI 40-LFW LNG buses (which are also being phased out).
  8. Phoenix has just started receiving its 2017 Gilligs FYI. They are CNG like the 2016s, with no external differences.
  9. In the fashion world, there are two major seasons - Spring and Fall, with Summer and Winter being mid-cycle subsets of the former two, respectively. Which do you prefer? I personally prefer spring fashion, and anyone can take a wild guess why. This year I have bought a few shirts from IZOD's Spring 2017 collection in a shade of pink known as Fairy Tale.
  10. Note that Phoenix prior to ordering the 2014 New Flyer C40LFRs did put out an RFP for diesel and LNG buses. Only New Flyer submitted a bid and the bid was too high and was thus rejected, thus the city hired a fuel consultant, leading to the switch to CNG.
  11. Note that the RPTA was also planning on getting 52 additional Gilligs in FY 2018 as well (presumably to replace the 2006 New Flyer C40LFRs), and remember that Gillig generally doesn't publicly announce orders unlike New Flyer. Now one thing to wonder is once these Gilligs arrive, I wonder if the RPTA will send the 2008 C40LFRs back to the Mesa yard. Considering that the RPTA's current Gillig fleet is based at the Tempe yard and is a rather small fleet, it might make sense to keep all the Gilligs at Tempe to keep maintenance costs down. LNG is going the way of the dodo bird. Tempe's 2010 L40LFRs will probably be the last LNG buses produced for any U.S. transit agency. I presume Tempe purchased these as an experiment whether future bus purchases should be CNG or LNG, since it already operated some of the RPTA's 2008 New Flyer C40LFRs at the time these were ordered. All of Tempe's 40-foot bus purchases ever since have been for CNG buses. Note that the CNG at the Tempe yard as well as all of the Phoenix yards is actually produced from LNG. This is the reason why the 2006 New Flyer C40LFRs cannot be fueled at Tempe, since their John Deere engines require CNG from a utility (which only the Mesa yard has), which contain some impurities.
  12. I presume these are for the NABI 60-BRT replacement, and the previous RFP did state that 10 artics were expected in FY 2018 for the RPTA, so I think this was part of the previous contract. The 11 options may be for service expansion or to upgauge capacity on some routes. I wonder which manufacturers bid for the most recent RFP. I expect New Flyer, Gillig, and ElDorado probably did, but what about Nova Bus who was totally absent from the previous RFP?
  13. Looks like Houston METRO has awarded New Flyer an order for 100 XD40s: https://newflyer.com/rss/798-houston-awards-new-flyer-a-contract-for-100-xcelsior®-buses I wonder if they will be stainless steel.
  14. Looks like Houston METRO has awarded New Flyer an order for 100 XD40s: https://newflyer.com/rss/798-houston-awards-new-flyer-a-contract-for-100-xcelsior®-buses I wonder if they will be stainless steel.
  15. Really? I presumed that 6714-6733 were exclusively based at Tempe. I know this was the case initially when unification first started, unless some of these buses have been moved back to Mesa since then. If any of those buses are back at Mesa, are there any Tempe runs on the 535? What about the 533? I know 520, 521, and 541 are entirely out of Tempe. I think the 531 and 542 are mostly out of Tempe except for one or two trips out of Mesa on each route, and I do believe that the Mesa trips on these routes are almost always an artic.