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  1. The simple answer is - because they had no choice, because there wasn't money back then to buy replacement buses sooner. Now they apparently have funding to buy all those LFS and Xcelsior buses to retire the NG's. If that funding wasn't available, then the MTA would have no choice but to keep these buses going.
  2. They are likely retiring the worst-performing buses based on maintenance history. Those newer buses being retired likely have a greater history of road calls and/or unavailability while the older ones still surviving are probably good performers. Makes a lot of sense to do it this way than to slavishly stick to retiring buses strictly based on chronological age.
  3. New York City Transit has pulled their entire fleet of new Nova LFS hybrids out of service due to an issue with a rear door opening while a bus was in motion. I'm not familiar with the design of those doors on their newer buses, but I'm assuming that there are other agencies operating LFS's with that same door design. Just curious if anyone has heard of similar problems elsewhere.
  4. It works both ways - Gillig very purposely over the years avoided bidding on orders from the MTA and certain other larger agencies. Perhaps that stance has changed.
  5. There is a zero percent chance of the MTA coming back in and taking over the Nassau bus system.
  6. The Massachusetts example involved the guard personnel picking up school kids in smaller vehicles (10 passengers or less) to cover an acute shortage of school bus drivers. Transit agencies in those same cities (notably Lawrence, which is MVRTA) have been canceling runs as well but are not receiving help. The same shortages are happening on the school bus side in New York state. I do not see Governor Hochul sending drivers to Centro or any other transit authority to help pick up suburban riders when school kids are going without rides. Just my opinion.
  7. That article was speculation masquerading as news.
  8. 13 more buses up for auction: 2500 2505 2506 2507 2508 2509 2511 2518 2519 2523 2527 2532 2721 I believe all of these buses last operated in 2019.
  9. I world be very surprised if RTS isn't facing the same driver shortages that seemingly every other TA is dealing with. This is an industry-wide problem affecting almost every agency and employer for bus and truck drivers. The need to run a network of school services for one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon certainly doesn't help, especially when schools sometimes have half-days which would make a mess of any attempt to use those operators to run regular service in between the school runs. I'm also surprised to see that RTS requires new bus operator candidates to have a CDL already and isn't offering paid training to candidates with CDL permits like most other transit agencies.
  10. One of the news articles mentioned that NYCT may be able to qualify to get emergency funding to replace the destroyed buses. Given that they are currently receiving new local and express buses, it shouldn't be an issue to just hold aside the best 30 of the buses that were planned for retirement to replace the damaged ones for the time being.
  11. From what I've read, the flooding was not from seawater but from sewage and likely storm drains being overwhelmed by the record-breaking rainfall. There have been a lot of places that are flooding in these storms that never had these issues in the past.
  12. Orion VII #1210 severely damaged after being struck by a van that had run a red light attempting to escape the police. Details in the linked article. https://www.syracuse.com/crime/2021/09/geddes-police-had-been-chasing-van-for-speeding-before-it-crashed-into-centro-bus.html
  13. The three 29-foot Gillig BRT's (2810-2812) are now up for auction after being replaced by the new 2100's. https://m.publicsurplus.com/sms/cnyrta,ny/list/current?slth=&sma=&orgid=310492&sorg=&ctxnId=323827381&page=0&sortBy=id
  14. RailBus63

    NFTA-Metro

    To steer this back to NFTA - let's see how much money is devoted to additional service along with the route changes. The low-hanging fruit (7, 29, 54) were cut off, but otherwise the existing network is still in place. NFTA does a decent job of headways on major routes but there are plenty of examples of routes on irregular headways (especially on weekends). The 1, 2 and 15 all have oddball headways on Saturdays - perhaps they should focus on only one or two routes through this area on 30-minute headways or better. And the 44, 46, 47, 48 and 49 are coverage routes with irregular headways, just like suburban routes in other cities.
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