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  1. I heard from another source that LCTA did indeed renumber their fleet in this fashion.
  2. Wow - if ties and ballcaps elicit such strong responses, what would a discussion of summer shorts bring? There's nothing wrong IMO with polo shirts being part of a transit uniform - they are widely accepted in the business world for sales representation and customer service at all levels, not just fast food. And why the hate on ballcaps? I wear one all the time in my personal life and enjoy the opportunity to include one as part of my uniform. Outside of the MTA in NYC, I can't remember the last time I saw a transit operator wearing a badge, let alone a peaked cap. The bigger issue is employees who lack the self-respect to wear a uniform properly, but given the ongoing operator shortages in the industry I don't see transit agencies cracking down on this unless the sloppiness is at an extreme level. Ties have probably fallen by the wayside in public transit because a proper tie is a safety hazard (strangulation or crash risk if someone grabs it).
  3. 682, 684, 2905, 2906, 2908, 1004, 1010, 1012 and 1017 up for auction.
  4. Keep in mind, if NFI thought Mississauga was 'in the bag' and never felt competition, their bid price would likely be higher. Knowing that MiWay will not hesitate to award a bid to a competitor keeps bidders honest and not complacent.
  5. There is a small fleet of new Type 9 trolleys for the opening of the Green Line extension to Union Square and Medford. The older Type 7 and Type 8 cars remain in service. Are you referring to the Neoplan trackless trolley buses? Those are in storage at Everett Shops.
  6. To be clear, 5852 is an ex-SEPTA bus, apparently owned by someone in Tennessee.
  7. Why spend money to watch over junk buses? Just have the local police make a few extra patrols.
  8. Update - 2903 is now up for auction.
  9. Be glad you have those preserved, it's better than most other transit agencies.
  10. All of the 40-foot 2900's are retired. Not sure if 2903 has been auctioned off yet.
  11. Some of the 2005 New Flyers and 2008 Gilligs lasted beyond 12 years. And Orion V #9977 lasted 20 years!
  12. Seven buses up for auction on Public Surplus - Gilligs 2801, 2900, 2901 and 2904, MCI 683 and Orions 1000 and 1007.
  13. I did a quick Google search but did not find any Westchester County documents regarding bus procurement contracts - some agencies will show who bid on the order, prices, etc. I would expect that Gillig did bid on this Bee Line contract, especially since they could have offered either a 29-foot or 35-foot model to replace the baby Orions. As to why they weren't chosen, agencies typically score bids on various factors and NFI may have scored better based on current experience, longer history of offering a battery-electric bus, etc. Hard to know without seeing the actual documents.
  14. The series appears to be 2210-2217. The 40-foot single-door diesels are 2250-2254 and the four 35-footers for Utica are numbered 2220-2223.
  15. I'm not familiar with Akron, but I can speak to a couple of things generally from a bus operator's perspective: Some buses are slower than others, even from the same model and series. During the hot weather season, the air conditioning draws power from the engine, slowing the bus's speed down somewhat. Some schedules are padded with extra time, or traffic conditions may result in the bus running ahead of schedule, so often it does not make sense to drive the route as fast as possible because then you will have to wait out extra time at a stop further down the line. As far as changing lanes - few other motorists are willing to extend any courtesy to a bus, so we have to find the safest opportunity to make our lane change, even if it 'sooner' than it may appear to be from someone else's perspective.
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