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  1. I thought the previous group were the expansion buses. I think the original plan was to take XD40s this year to replace the 2007 D40LFs. As for the express routes, there are still the 2012 silver RPTA C40LFRs which as far as I know do not have a replacement schedule. Since these are in a full suburban layout, they are unsuitable for local routes.
  2. So it looks like they are taking deliveries of XN40s instead of XD40s, and they are replacing the 2008 C40LFRs since it looks like these are over at Tempe. I think the 2007 D40LFRs over at Glendale will be replaced by the new MCI D45 CRT LE coaches, but what will replace the D40LFRs at Mesa which are used almost exclusively on local routes? I know they don't really have to be replaced by diesel buses at Mesa since Mesa has full CNG fueling capability.
  3. The RPTA and the City of Tempe will be replacing all Starcraft cutaways on the Orbit with new 29-32' low floor buses. The RFP is up. Looking at the sign-in sheet, I see Gillig, Schetky Bus and Van Sales (which I think is representing ElDorado National), and Creative Bus Sales (which I think is representing ARBOC even though they also sell ElDorado).
  4. I recall Orbit Earth and Mars being interlined; I'm not sure if that is still the case or not.
  5. Looks like ElDorado buses are now on the Orbit Mars. They were previously only on the Jupiter and the Mercury.
  6. I wonder, does Starcraft still offer GM chassis options on its cutaways? Practically every new Starcraft light duty cutaways I see nowadays are Ford-based, while the medium-duty cutaways are International-based.
  7. I wonder, are there still any New Flyer DE60LFRs in Mesa? Every one I seen recently had Tempe sign programming. I think the reason for putting a few in Mesa originally was due to an uneven fleet age of artics between Tempe and Mesa when Mesa had the NABI 60-BRTs, which I think in their final years were less reliable than the other artics in the East Valley fleet. With the NABI 60-BRTs gone and Mesa now having New Flyer XN60s, I'm guessing having the DE60LFRs in Mesa is no longer necessary.
  8. Just a little updates in the East Valley, it appears the New Flyer XN40s have pretty much completely replaced the Tempe-based Gilligs on the 72-Scottsdale/Rurral and 81-Hayden/McClintock. Now I often see the Tempe-based Gilligs on the 77-Baseline and 96-Dobson.
  9. I think as of the April schedule changes, all 2009 RPTA New Flyer C40LFRs are now at Tempe, except the two silver-painted ones.
  10. Looks like the 77 Baseline extension won't happen this October for now. However, in Mesa, Saturday frequency is being expanded in Mesa and Sunday service is being added in Mesa. Also, Sunday service is being added to the Mesa portions of the 104 Alma School and 136 Gilbert Road.
  11. Looking at some recent Valley Metro documents, the Peoria POGO will in fact be operated by Total Transit/ValuTrans, not First Transit as previously suggested by an online news article. This makes sense, since even the Tempe yard is a long distance from northern Peoria.
  12. Apparently, the new XN40s for service expansion is to accommodate proposed service changes in October of this year. The 77 Baseline is proposed to be extended to Gilbert Road. Service expansions are planned on the 104 and 128. Either the 81 or the 96 is proposed to be routed to serve the Price Corridor. Since the 77 will probably get more Mesa-based buses if the extension is approved plus the additional buses needed on the 128, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the trips on the 104 are shifted to Tempe. Alternatively, they could move the 2009 C40LFRs back to Mesa.
  13. Actually, with the delivery of the XN60s and the retirement of the 60-BRTs, the Mesa-based D60LFAs can often be found on local routes now, chiefly the 61-Southern and possibly the 45-Broadway, with the XN60s mostly operating the express routes. Also, all 2016 Gilligs and two 2017 Gilligs are at Tempe.
  14. Unfortunately, we still don't know who was awarded the West Valley RPTA operations. I know it was supposed to be awarded today, but I wonder if there was a delay or potentially an award protest.
  15. BTW, most likely we will know in two days who gets the new West Valley RPTA contract. The scheduled award date is supposed to be December 20. The contract is for five base years and five option years.
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