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  1. The AN440LF's will be replaced by the current order of 194 XDE40's that are entering service now (# 1925-2118). To date, none of the Neoplans have been pulled off the road yet because the MBTA fleet has been short due to the ongoing rebuild of the 2008-09 D40LF's at Midwest Bus. That program is winding down now, and as additional new XDE40's enter service at Charlestown Garage it will allow the older D40LF's there to begin to be transferred out to begin to retire the Neoplans.
  2. So, given the news that OC Transpo is reaching out to other operators for loaned buses, are the remaining serviceable hybrids safe for now?
  3. Gillig and NovaBus are certainly conservative, but I think New Flyer hasn't exactly been standing still - they are the one builder that has attempted not once but twice since the 1990's to introduce a brand new design (first the Invero and then the Xcelsior), and they were an early adopter of both CNG and hybrid-battery propulsion. They also took a chance introducing the MiDi bus to the North American market and under their ownership MCI has introduced a new commuter coach in the D45 CRT LE. You also see numerous operators taking a chance right now with BYD and Proterra coaches.
  4. Oh, thanks - I didn't click on the link in the number series, I was just looking at the main TCAT roster page on the Wiki.
  5. I've never heard of a transit agency removing bike racks for the winter season. They don't do so here in Syracuse and we get a lot of snow here!
  6. Interesting. What color scheme is it in? Given BC Transit's track record with used buses, I can't imagine they will repaint it anytime soon.
  7. The CNYRTA board will vote on Friday 10/25 on a contract with Gillig for 15 new buses for 2021 delivery - the order will consist of seven 40-foot CNG buses, one 40-foot diesel bus, four 35-foot diesel buses and three 29-foot diesel buses. These will replace the 2008 and 2009 Gilligs in the fleet. This will also be the final order from the Gillig five-year procurement contract awarded in 2015, with a future five-year bus contract set to be undertaken in 2020. This contract should only be for 35-foot and 40-foot buses as there will not be a need for any more 29-foot buses until 2029 at the earliest, so New Flyer may have a good shot with this contract - I for one would love to see what an Xcelsior would look like in the Centro scheme! This contract will cover the upcoming replacement of the 1000-series, 1100-series and 1200-series Orion VII's in the middle of the next decade so that will be a good-sized order.
  8. Yes, that's the yard I was referring to. There were several Xcelsiors parked closest to the street including 1909 with no license plates yet.
  9. I spent a few hours in Ithaca yesterday to check out the new buses. 1901 was on the 32 all day (not trackable) and 1905 was on the 82 (trackable). 1906 (trackable) came off a morning rush hour run around 10:00 a.m. and returned later in the day to do a trip on the 43. I didn't get to ride any of them unfortunately but they look nice - I like Xcelsiors with the back window! They look good in the TCAT colors. All three of the Champion Defender buses were out at various times on routes to the outlying areas but as noted above none of these are trackable. Interesting low-cost solution to TCAT's bus shortage problems. 2506 was out on the 82 and now has advertisements covering all of the side windows - it's almost as if they are trying to make its dark-blue CAT scheme seem like it's part of a wrap! I drove past the garage and spotted both 2501 and 212 parked in the side yard. It was disappointing to see some TCAT buses exhibiting various dents and dings - even one of the 1800's had right-rear damage and it's bumper partially pulled away. In the past, I don't recall seeing buses on TCAT looking ragged like that, even when they were running the old Orion I's in their final years.
  10. New 35-foot Gilligs 1920 and 1921 have entered service on the Centro of Oneida division, so far spotted on Utica routes only. I haven't seen 2720 or 2721 on the tracker since the new buses entered service.
  11. Passed through Watertown on I-81 yesterday afternoon - I got off the Arsenal St. exit for a brief stop and spotted 1880 doing the Mall route, so it's definitely the spare bus.
  12. RailBus63

    NFTA-Metro

    Auction link is here - https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/cnyrta,ny/list/current?orgid=310492
  13. RailBus63

    NFTA-Metro

    With CNYRTA having retired their 2007 Gillig hybrids at the 12-year mark, and the buses having various issues as noted on the auction pages, how is NFTA doing with their 2006 and 2007 model hybrids? Is the plan to retire these only after the various 2000 to 2005 model buses are off the road? I'm not sure what capital repairs NFTA has done that maybe Centro didn't do - Centro never was sold on hybrids after this one lone order so it's possible they did just enough to keep them on the road until they passed the 12-year FTA milestone and could get rid of them, whereas NFTA obviously made a much bigger commitment to hybrids before getting the CNG bug.
  14. There will be many people who will now have a shorter walk, if they work in the Rideau St. side of the centre, the office district north of Albert St., etc. Whether the number of people whose commutes will now be improved offset those like yourself who now have to walk farther is unknown (I'm sure it was analyzed, just not sure if any of the planning studies were released to the public).
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