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  1. RailBus63


    Interesting - wonder why NFI did not submit a bid. Maybe because it's only 10 buses?
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    Bee Line - Westchester County NY

    Surprised to see that we don't have a don't already have a thread for one of the major transit providers in the New York City metropolitan area. A few recent news items: County announces new five-year contract with Liberty Lines to operate the Bee Line system: https://www.lohud.com/story/news/transit/2018/08/27/bee-line-new-contract-liberty-lines/1108680002/ 78 New Flyer hybrid Xcelsior buses being delivered: https://mamaroneck.dailyvoice.com/news/westchester-adds-78-diesel-electric-buses/742355/. These will replace the 2002-03 Neoplan AN460 articulated buses.
  3. RailBus63


    Erie Canal Harbor station to be renamed "Buffalo Creek Casino at Canalside". https://buffalonews.com/2018/10/04/new-name-on-metro-rail-buffalo-creek-casino-at-canalside/ Getting this money to refresh the station is nice, but it's going to be confusing if they put that entire name on the destination signs.
  4. RailBus63


    https://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2018/09/25/nfta-to-upgrade-bus-fleet-with-federal-funding.html NFTA to receive $11 million from the Federal Transit Administration to purchase new CNG buses.
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-s-2-1-billion-lrt-system-delayed-again-all-aboard-in-2019-1.4087050 Do folks here assume the Orion VII's be staying until the LRT is operational, or is there any way OC Transpo can 'manage' without them?
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    Centro (Central New York RTA)

    They definitely should subsidize the State Fair park & ride fares more. At minimum, there should be a family fare or similar cap on what a group pays. The ridership has grown in recent years probably due to bad traffic jams getting to the fairgrounds, plus the convenience of getting dropped off right at the gate. The big drop was with the retirement of the 9900's - 78 buses were only replaced by 56 new Orion VII's, plus eventually the six buses they picked up cheap from Orion's going-out-of-business sale. Some of this gap is now being filled by the contingency fleet buses, which are officially being retained due to possible new services being started when the Interstate 81 replacement project begins.
  7. RailBus63

    Centro (Central New York RTA)

    Not sure exactly how many, but it consists of 1996-2001 MCI cruisers and some of the 2005 D40LF's. The remaining C40LF's have not operated since earlier in the year and did not come out for State Fair service this year. Regarding State Fair service, the new routes operated by CDTA, NFTA and RGRTA were not at capacity this year so I doubt we'll see any other state transit agencies get involved for the foreseeable future.
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    Centro (Central New York RTA)

    The new 1800's are finally entering revenue service - 1803 is in service in Oswego today. It will be interesting to see if the D40LF's that are being displaced in Oswego and Auburn are added to the contingency fleet.
  9. RailBus63

    Gillig product discussion

    I assume they will eventually offer a roof-mounted A/C, as this seems to be where the industry is slowly headed.
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    CitiBus (Watertown, NY)

    The new 35-foot bus will be an ElDorado - due for delivery next April along with four 17-passenger vehicles: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/watertown-plans-citibus-fleet-replacement-20180908
  11. RailBus63

    Greyhound in the news

    To be fair to Greyhound, many trucks have been trapped along I-5 by the fire with no way of escape. Some trucks had to be abandoned and were destroyed by the fire. Just because 'other companies' got buses around the fire doesn't mean Greyhound is lying.
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    Gillig product discussion

    That is obviously a Photoshop, since the buses are not scheduled for delivery until 2020. It's entirely possible that the actual buses could have standard headlights or even a BRT front.
  13. RailBus63


    The NFTA Nova's that I spotted in Syracuse in New York State Fair shuttle service were 1804, 1805, 1810 and 1814. Not sure if there were any others.
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    Centro (Central New York RTA)

    Centro's newest Gilligs have been delivered and are in service on the State Fair parking lot shuttles. The surprise is that they are 40-foot diesels, not CNG's as originally mentioned in the CNYRTA board meeting minutes. Number series appears to be 1800-1809.
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    Gillig product discussion

    I wouldn't be surprised if Gillig is working on a major update or replacement for the Low Floor design, which is now two decades old. I always thought that if they were going to offer an articulated bus, it would be a newer design.