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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


    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.
  15. Pretty damning article here about the issues that SEPTA in Philadelphia has had with their Proterra electric buses, which were pulled off the road in February 2020 and are not likely to return anytime soon: WHYY.org - SEPTA’s cracking battery buses raise questions about the future of electric transit
  16. RailBus63


    The Centro redesign two decades ago and the resulting suburban direct routes were based on public input, same as this NFTA redesign. Riders told Centro in the public meetings that they wanted to be abele to travel between major trip generators without having to go through downtown. This all sounds great in theory, but designing routes that people would actually use is difficult, especially when funding limitations result in 60 minute or longer headways. You keep bringing up the Syrculator bus, but to my knowledge Centro is receiving funding to operate that route - it is not taking away a bus from a city neighborhood. If Centro didn't operate it, the business group would contract it out to another operator. I don't think Centro's network is missing large areas of transit-dependent riders - I think the issue is the opposite, in that they are running too many variations trying to cover as many areas as possible. In Eastwood there are the 21 Sunnycrest and 58 Parkhill routes paralleling the James St corridor. On the south side the 54 Midland and 72 East Colvin parallel the South Salina corridor. If Centro had the funding to operate 15-20 minute headways all day long on James and South Salina, most riders on those parallel routes would likely walk 10 minutes instead of waiting 80 minutes for the one closer to them. The BRT plan wisely straightens out the South Salina, North Salina and James routes and this principle should be applied to other areas of the city. All of that is dependent on funding that will allow frequent service that will help push back against the backlash in discontinuing duplicative routes and allow a few important variations to be run without taking service away from the key corridors.
  17. RailBus63


    The issue, as always, is funding. The NFTA changes make sense but they are certainly not the type of redesign that has been done in other cities. Let's see how many additional buses actually end up on the streets of Buffalo. Centro redesigned its system in the early 2000's. Several 'direct' routes between major points were introduced which did not go downtown, but they were all gone by 2009 due to low ridership and funding losses. Centro is planning on rolling out its BRT project in the next few years - hopefully the funding will be available not only for frequent service on those routes but for greater frequency on the rest of the network as well.
  18. MCI's 669, 670, 671 (1996 buses) and 681 (2001) are being auctioned off.
  19. Those 2009 buses being retired now are probably less reliable than the 2008 buses, or it could be buses that need a costly repair.
  20. The lease on the five XE40 electric buses may have ended in June - 0011-0015 are all now off the property and are parked at Northeast Bus Rebuilders (source is a post on NYC Transit Forums). The Proterra buses are still operating in Brooklyn.
  21. Regarding the R211's - one thing I just realized that I overlooked is the fact that the R46/SI R44 cars are 75-feet long and the replacement R211 cars are 60-feet long, so those 1,015 new cars in 5-car consists will exactly replace the 4-car consists of older cars.
  22. According to this document, the plan is for 1,015 cars for fleet replacement and 597 cars 'for Second Avenue Subway and future service growth'. As you noted, the R46 and SI R44 fleets total only around 810 cars, so that leaves 205 or so other cars that are theoretically being replaced. That could be the number to get the fleet and spare ratios back to where they should be after the remaining R32 and R42 cars were sidelined. Given the long timeframe for Second Ave. phase 2 construction as well as ridership losses from Covid and uncertainty of if and when those riders return, they could well decide to retire the R68 and R68A fleets with those 800 or so cars also.
  23. WMATA in Washington DC and Centro in Rome NY still operate the Orion VII NG/EPA10 07.503.
  24. New Flyer likes to tweak its designs, but they keep the basic models in production for quite some time. The HF series was in production for two decades (1987 to 2006). The LF series began production in 1991, received a minor front style modification in 1995 and was in production to 2010, and really to 2013 when you consider that the LFR series was essentially an LF with different front and rear ends. The Invero just never took off with most customers and NFI wisely moved on.
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