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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To be clear, 5852 is an ex-SEPTA bus, apparently owned by someone in Tennessee.
  4. Why spend money to watch over junk buses? Just have the local police make a few extra patrols.
  5. Update - 2903 is now up for auction.
  6. Be glad you have those preserved, it's better than most other transit agencies.
  7. All of the 40-foot 2900's are retired. Not sure if 2903 has been auctioned off yet.
  8. Some of the 2005 New Flyers and 2008 Gilligs lasted beyond 12 years. And Orion V #9977 lasted 20 years!
  9. Seven buses up for auction on Public Surplus - Gilligs 2801, 2900, 2901 and 2904, MCI 683 and Orions 1000 and 1007.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 2210 and 2211 are now in service on the Oswego division.
  14. NovaBus is absolutely a competitor for orders from major transit agencies, but less so for small and mid-sized agencies which buy some or all of their buses in 30-foot and 35-foot lengths.
  15. Like the new name, but not loving that new logo and paint scheme.
  16. I spotted a new 35-foot Gillig BRT bus last evening heading east near Syracuse on the New York Thruway. It did not have any logos or markings but it was painted in the colors of the Cape Cod RTA so I presume it is a new bus for this agency.
  17. There is now a photo of 2230 on Centro's Facebook page, so the number series for the CNG's appears to be 2230-2247.
  18. Nice catch. Should be interesting to see how the number series shakes out for the entire order, given the multiple size and powertrain configurations. The clock is ticking on 1000-1017 and good thing - those buses have served well but they are beat.
  19. RailBus63

    NFTA-Metro

    Nice! If NFTA's past repainting history is any indication, perhaps we'll see Nova LFS's and maybe even some Gilligs repainted into this new scheme.
  20. According to the meeting minutes from the February 25th board meeting, the build for next order of new buses from Gillig was scheduled to begin on March 11th. This will be 18 40-foot CNG buses and 8 40-foot diesel buses for Syracuse, 4 35-foot diesels for Utica and 5 40-foot diesels with highback seats to begin replacing the MCI's, with delivery expected between late March and May. This will likely mean the end for the 2800's, 2900's and 1000's and the oldest MCI's (likely 2009 model buses 682-686), although it is always possible that some will end up as reserve fleet buses.
  21. I'm not sure, do those operators bid on work that could run out of either depot? On the MBTA, the Cabot and Albany St. garages also comprise a single rating station with a common pool of operators. Albany St. operates weekdays only and it's routes like the 57 Watertown-Kenmore are run on evenings and weekends with Cabot buses.
  22. Charlestown Garage is essentially two garages in one, with operators assigned to one of two districts (also known as 'rating stations' in MBTA terminology). The 'Charlestown' district comprises the routes which operated out of the original Charlestown Garage plus the Fellsway Garage routes and some routes from the defunct Eagle Street garage like the 111. The 'Somerville' district (also known as the Bennett St., rating station) comprises the routes which operated out of the closed Somerville garage plus the North Cambridge trackless routes. The only change going forward is that operators will pull Xcelsior hybrids in and out of Charlestown instead of Neoplan TT's from North Cambridge.
  23. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Neoplan model AN440 LF/ETB trackless trolley #4104 and Neoplan model DMA LF dual-mode bus #1105 on a fantrip at Waverley Square in Belmont on February 19, 2022. The last day of operation for the MBTA trolley coaches will be on Saturday March 12th, bringing to an end 86 years of trackless trolley service in the Boston area. Photo by Jim Devlin.
  24. The 4100's are low-mileage buses thanks to reduced vehicle requirements (no more 72 Huron or 77A North Cambridge service), minimal use on weekends, and construction-related dieselization of trolley routes during their lifetime. They do appear to be in great shape - 4104 was used two weeks ago on a fantrip and looked and rode great. They could easily have another 5 to 10 years of service with proper maintenance.
  25. Not so fast. The trackless trolleys are still running Monday through Saturday on routes 71, 73 and 77A, but only until March 12th.
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