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  1. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    So, does anyone know if the 112 still has any trips out of Tempe? I haven't seen any Tempe-based buses on that route in a while. I know it used to be split in the past, but I have only seen Mesa-based buses operating that route recently. That is one of the two local routes that regularly get ex-LINK D40LFAs, the other being the 40. Also, what about the 40?
  2. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    FYI, I just got an email from the City of Phoenix Public Transit Department; additional Gillig buses are still planned; they said they will be delivered in early to mid 2018.
  3. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    I wonder, are there still any buses out of Tempe on the 112? I haven't seen a Tempe-based bus on that route in a while now. I know it used to be split in the past, but I have only seen Mesa-based buses on that route recently. That is one of the two local routes that regularly get the ex-LINK D40LFAs, the other being the 40.
  4. Cummins

    Interestingly, the only buses in the Valley Metro RPTA fleet with ZF EcoLife are the 2016 Gillig Low Floors. With the 2018 Gillig LFs and New Flyer XN60s, they switched to Voith.
  5. Colored lights for holidays other than Christmas

    No, a black light is a purple-looking light that causes things to fluoresce. There are actually two types of black lights - the bug zapper type black lights (known simply as "black light" or BL) and the deeper party-style black lights known as "black light blue" or BLB (which is counterintuitively named since this type actually looks less blue and more purple than BL style bulbs). The bulbs I am using are BLB.
  6. I have discussed this on other forums before, but I think it is worth sharing here. I was wondering, have you ever considered putting up colored lights for holidays other than Christmas? While we put up Red and Green light bulbs in our light fixtures for Christmas, we do different color combinations for other major holidays. Here is what we do for the other major holidays: Valentine's Day - Red and Pink St. Patrick's Day - Green (sometimes skipped if Easter falls on an early date) Easter - Yellow and Pink Fourth of July - Red, White, and Blue Halloween - Orange and Black Thanksgiving - Orange, Red, and Yellow (last year we did just Orange and Red, but this year we decided to incorporate Yellow into the mix) Do you use colored lights for major holidays besides Christmas?
  7. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Interesting. If the D40LFs are replaced by Gilligs, I wonder if those Gilligs will be diesel or CNG.
  8. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    I actually wonder if Phoenix still plans on taking delivery of additional Gilligs to replace the remaining 2001 NABI 40-LFW buses, or have those replacement plans been shifted to the new contract with New Flyer. Considering that new Gillig buses are currently arriving for the RPTA but not for Phoenix makes me wonder what is going on with the remaining Gilligs for Phoenix.
  9. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    As far as I know the green C40LFRs were never officially assigned to Mesa unless that has recently changed; the only green buses that are assigned to Mesa are some of the DE60LFRs. I do believe the 140 is split as are most of the major east-west routes. I actually wonder if all the 2009 C40LFRs were moved to Tempe, since in my previous post I saw 6663 on the Mill/Kyrene, and I also saw 6661 recently on the Mill/Kyrene as well.
  10. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    I recently saw 6663 (a 2009 New Flyer C40LFR) on the Mill/Kyrene. It had Mesa sign programming. Have the rest of the 2009 C40LFRs been moved to Tempe, or is the Mill/Kyrene now split? Doubt it would be split considering it wouldn't make geographic sense due to long deadheads from Mesa. I think the N/S routes that are split are 81-Hayden/McClintock, 96-Dobson, 104-Alma School, 112-Country Club/Arizona, and 184-Power (the latter due to being interlined with the 156-Chandler/Williams Field).
  11. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    The RPTA Gilligs are now entering service. 6760-6762 will be in Tempe, while the rest will be in Mesa.
  12. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Looks like Valley Metro has recently posted their proposed April changes. What is interesting is that there is a proposal to extend Route 32 into Tempe. It has been a while since a Phoenix-operated route served a significant portion of a Southeast Valley city, the only Phoenix-operated routes that serve a portion of Tempe are Routes 1 and 52 (which only barely enter Tempe near the Phoenix-Tempe border; the I-10 East Rapid goes through Tempe but has no stops in Tempe). Also, it looks like there is a proposal to re-designate the GL as an Express route in terms of fare alongside an increase in frequency, making it the Grand Avenue Express. Also, there is a proposal to combine Routes 51 and 251, but eliminating the section on Baseline.
  13. Gillig product discussion

    As far as I know Nova doesn't even offer the LFS artic in CNG. Remember that the challenge of designing a CNG artic is that they require running a flexible fuel line through the accordion, since the CNG tanks won't fit entirely on the rear section of the roof. This was why New Flyer was initially reluctant to produce a CNG artic, which left the entire market to NABI (and prior to that, Neoplan).
  14. Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    Thanks. I didn't know that Transdev-Phoenix splits routes between garages, although it makes operational sense on certain routes, considering that First Transit in the East Valley does it with most of their east-west routes out of both Mesa and Tempe, with a few north-south and express routes also split (unless it has changed since then, I think the north-south and express routes that are split include 81, 96, 104, 112, 184, 531, and 542 - I know for a fact the 184 is split since it is interlined with the 156, although 81 and 96 only have a small number of buses from Mesa and 104 and 112 only have a small number of buses from Tempe).
  15. Gillig product discussion

    I wonder, which TAs have the mid-width slide-glide rear doors on their Gillig Low Floors or BRTs? It seems to be a rarely ordered option except if the TA is very picky about its bid specs. Even for Valley Metro Gillig specified the wide plug rear doors to accommodate the rear wheelchair ramps although I am pretty sure it would have fit just fine with the mid-width since it is similar in width to New Flyer's standard size rear doors.