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  1. Rock Region Metro (Little Rock, Arkansas)

    How about bus 2403? By the way, they are probably replaced by the seven 1700-series Gillig BRT CNG's of unknown length (probably 35ft.?)
  2. Memphis Area Transit Authority bus operations

    A few more tidbits from this year's spottings: MATA has implemented 2 more express routes in August. Its express routes are numbered by adding a trailing 0 to the closest all-day route equivalent. (The first express route there, route 400 Wolfchase Express is renumbered from the express trip of route 40 Wolfchase). Illustrated here is 40ft. Gillig Low Floor hybrid 4011 on route 280 Airways Express pictured at the aptly-named Airways Transit Center in southern Memphis and 2010 diesel sister bus 422 on route 340 Walnut Grove Express pictured at Agricenter International in East Memphis. The rest of this post covers various 29ft. Gillig Low Floor's that have started off as MATAplus (paratransit) buses and since moved on to fixed route use. (Being of heavy-duty designs and equipped with destination signs have made their transition to fixed route buses much easier than typical paratransit vehicles, with or without addition of bike racks) Hybrid bus 2007 new in 2009, a one-time route 47 Shelby Farms bus is pictured near the northern end of line of route 45 Appling Farms that is brand new in August 2017. Meanwhile, I've finally pictured a green 29ft. hybrid in the form of bus 2004 new in 2007. It is on route 47 Shelby Farms and pictured at Agricenter International. Finally, diesel bus 3007 new in 2009 is pictured at Midtown Memphis on pilot route 31 Firestone. It is not retrofitted with a bike rack, and the route partially restores an eliminated section of the old route 31 Crosstown. Absent further new buses or new routes in horizon, this will be my final MATA post for a while, until at least the restart of the Trolley service.
  3. Hey! Connect Transit is from Bloomington, Illinois!
  4. Maui Bus (Maui County. Hawaii)

    No. It seems to be confined to commuter duties.
  5. Oxford University Transit (Oxford,Mississippi)

    The invasion of the Navy Blue livery continues! As a result of the fall network revisions, Oxford University has introduced 2 Ole Miss campus circulator services, aptly named Rebel Red and Rebel Blue. They are operated by dual-door Freightliner/Glaval Apollo buses displaced from the Brown Park & Ride route (renamed Bronze and converted to heavy-duty buses, more on that later). Illustrated here are buses 1420 on the Rebel Red and 1423 on the Rebel Blue, both pictured at the Ole Miss campus. Remarkably, all dual-door Apollo's except 1424 (which I did't spot during my last visit) are now wrapped in navy blue. All second-hand heavy-duty buses are now in navy blue as well. This means the end of Foothill Transit and Charlotte CATS base liveries there. Illustrated here are ex-CATS Novabus LFS 2017 newly deployed to the Gold Park & Ride route (no doubt due to its popularity) pictured at the Observatory Transit Hub and sister bus 2018 on the Bronze pictured at the old Oxford Mall. Meanwhile, ex-CATS baby Gillig BRT 1529 is pictured at the same location as bus 2017. It is now used on the Hathorn Express (the renamed Yellow Express, the previous assignment for bus 1529). Finally, ex-Foothill Transit Gillig Low Floor 40ft. 1st gen bus 2016 is pictured on the Yellow route at Jackson Avenue, Oxford. The latest gems of Oxford University Transit are two 2017 Gillig Low Floor 40ft. buses with frameless windows. They are the first buses to feature the navy blue livery from new, and are exclusively used on the Bronze route. Both buses 1730 and 1731are pictured at the old Oxford Mall. There is also an unknown bus 1726 that is seen on the Blue route at times. I'd like to eventually figure out what make it is as well. Once again, here is the link to my OUT gallery: Oxford University Transit
  6. Maui Bus (Maui County. Hawaii)

    Maui Bus is a partnership between Maui County and statewide coach operator Roberts Hawaii, It operates 3 types of fixed routes: Islanders, Villagers and Loops. The Islander routes are longer-distance routes that connect smaller communities to major transit hubs (Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului and Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina). An exception is the route 25 Ka'anapali Islander mid-day supplemental route between Wharf Cinema Center and Whaler's Village. The 2700-series of 40ft. Eldorado Axcess buses in trolley wraps are only used in 2 of these routes, route 10 Kihei Islander and route 20 Lahaina Islander, illustrated by buses 2706 and 2703 respectively (both taken at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center). They are tied with route 28 West Maui Islander as the routes with longest running time (up to 2 hours per trip) in the system. 35ft. EZ-Rider II bus 22 is pictured at the Wharf Cinema Center on the latter route. Newer 35ft. Axcess in the MB400-series are the staple on the 2 other Islander routes, route 35 Haiku Islander and route 40 Upcountry Islander, as illustrated by bus MB407 on the latter route at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. The Villager routes are either small community locals like route 23 (Lahaina Villager, illustrated by EZ-Rider II bus 24 at the Lahaina tourist district) or connectors between various small communities like route 15 (Kihei Villager, illustrated by EZ-Rider II bus 27 taken at Maalaea /Harbor Village) and route 39 (Kula Villager, illustrated by Axcess MB405 taken near Kulamalu Town Center) Finally, the Loop routes serves the relatively urbanized portion of Maui County like Kahului and Wailuku, They are always served with 35ft. ElDorado National buses like EZ-Rider buses 26 on route 2 (Wailuku Loop reverse) and 30 on route 6 (Kahului Loop reverse), while Axcess MB402 is spotted on route 5 (Kahului Loop). All are pictured at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. There is also a route 1 (Wailuku Loop) Operationally, Maui Bus is dominated by ElDorado National low floor buses. The 2007 Axcess 40ft. buses in trolley wraps numbered in the 2700-series are the oldest buses in its fleet. It also has a dozen 35ft. EZ-Rider II's numbered 21-32 and about ten Axcess 35ft. buses numbered in the MB400-series. They also have a few large Ford cutaways numbered in the MB500 series, but they seem to be last-resort buses for the Villager routes only; and all buses I've spotted and traveled on during my visit are Eldorado National's. Here is the link to my Maui Bus gallery: Maui Bus (Maui County Hawaii)
  7. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Here's finally my photo chronicle of my October sightings at Oahu TheBus's territory: TheBus operates an impressive diversity of New Flyer artics. In fact, it operates all available body styles/propulsion combinations except the LFA-series,the CNG XN60, XT60 Trolleybus, the electric XE60 and fuel-cell electric XHE60. Bus 75 is a D60LF new in 2000, making it a 17-years old bus. It is spotted in the Waikiki area of Honolulu. Meanwhile, the 2002 sister buses wear two different liveries. Bus 102 wears the short-lived rainbow livery and is spotted at Waipahu Transit Center. Bus 111 carries fleet livery and is spotted at the Waikiki area as well. Bus 127 is new in 2003 and is from the final batch of D60LF's. It is my ride from Kapolei Transit Center to Waianae Transit Center, and is pictured at the former location. Bus 135 is a 2004 DE60LF and is spotted at Kalihi Transit Center adjacent to Kalihi bus division. Moving on to the LFR artics, bus 149 is a 2007 D60LFR and is spotted near Waianae Transit Center. Bus 160 is a 2009 DE60LFR with normal roof enclosures. It is the final bus of its batch and is a pilot bus for silver LED destination signs that had become standard in buses starting from the 2012 Gillig numbered 230 and up, including all Xcelsior artics. It is spotted on a commuter route near Alapai Transit Center in downtown Honolulu. Finally, bus 172 is a 2010 sister bus of 160, except that it carries Seattle style streamlined roof enclosures. It is spotted at Kalihi Transit Center. The 161-180 batch of buses seemed to be largely confined to the 1/1L and 2/2L group of routes. TheBus's Xcelsior artics comes in 2 propulsion types in 3 batches. The first 4, buses 181-184 are XDE60 hybrids and lack driver side destination signs. Bus 183 is spotted at the Waikiki area. The other 20 buses 185-194 and 870-879 are XD60 diesels and carry driver side destination signs. Bus 193 is spotted at Kalihi Transit Center and bus 875 is spotted at Waikiki. To sum it up, the stretch of S. Beretania Street between Alapai street and Richards Street (near the Hawaii State Capitol) is the best place to spot artics, as all 6 all-day artic routes (1, 2, 42, A, C and E), plus 4 weekdays only routes (1L and 2L, and some commuter routes 81 and 91 trips) all serve there. The Waikiki area (routes 2/2L, 42 and E), Kalihi Transit Center (routes 1/1L, 2/2L and A) and Waipahu Transit center (routes 42, A and E) are also decent places to spot them as well. Turning to the other spectrum of its fleet, its below-40ft. buses comes in 4 varieties and 5 sub-fleets. The oldest of them are the ten 1998 Gillig Phantom 30ft. buses in the 40-series, as illustrated by bus 48 spotted at Kalihi Transit Center on a peaks-only route. It has examples of the 2001 Optima Opus 30ft. buses in the 30-series remaining in service as well, as exemplified by bus 32 on another peaks-only route near the Pearlridge Shopping Cetnter. These and the Phantoms are TheBus's only 2-door below-40ft. buses. Surprisingly, new sister buses 25-29 new in 2002 and equpiied with orange LED headsigns were retired ahead of the dot-matrix sign equipped 30-series. The Opus fleet is the only below-40ft. fleet to carry the rainbow livery. Onto the below-40ft. Gillig Low Floor's, the 20-series 29ft. buses are the rarest of all, and are normally used on the 410-series Kapolei locals only. Illustrated here is bus 23 pictured at Kapolei Transit Center, the highest numbered of such buses delivered so far and the only one I've spotted. They are the newest buses in the below-40ft. buses and are the only ones featuring frameless windows and driver side destination signs. There are 2 different batches of 35ft. sister buses. The 50-series of 2010 buses feature orange LED signs, as illustrated by bus 51 at Kalihi Transit Center, while bus 64 pictured at Kapolei Transit Center is from the 2012 batch numbered in the 60-series. They feature silver LED signs. Remarkably, all below-40ft. Gillig Low Floor's are single-door buses. Finally, I'm showcasing the 40ft. buses forming the backbone of TheBus's fleet. It has Gillig Phantoms dating between 1997 and 2003. 20-years old bus 326 belongs to the oldest overall batch of buses in its fleet and is seen at Kalihi Transit Center. Bus 363 is a 19-years old sister bus spotted outside Alapai Transit Center on a commuter route. Manwhile, 2000 bus 802 was selected as a pilot bus for a since-cancelled refurbishment program. It features the current version of silver LED signs and is taken in downtown Honolulu. Bus 814 is its non-refurbished sister bus and is pictured near Waianae Transit Center. 2002 bus 840 and 2003 bus 868 both carry the Rainbow livery and are pictured at Mililani Transit Center and Kalihi Transit Center respectively. Bus 868 is also the agency's final Gillig Phantom. On to the 40ft. diesel fleet, bus 501 pictured at the Ala Moana Center area is the first of the 55 Gillig Low Floor's dating from 2003-04 and is now the agency's oldest Gillig Low Floor. These 55 buses are the only 40ft. low-floor buses featuring the rainbow livery. The agency then went 6 years without purchasing any new 40ft. diesel buses. Then comes the Novabus LFS interlude in 2010, as illustrated by bus 214 pictured at Waipahu Transit Center. It reverted to Gillig Low Floor's from 2012 onward, starting with bus 230 pictured at Haleiwa (North Shore of Oahu). It is my ride from Wahiawa Transit Center. The initial 50 buses are since joined by at least 15 buses of unknown vintage numbered 280 and up, as illustrated by bus 294 at Alapai Transit Center. The 600 series are broadly similar buses, with 2014 bus 622, 2015 bus 656 and 659 and 2016-17 bus 676 pictured at Waianae, Haleiwa, Ala Mona Center and Waipahu Transit Center respectively. Notably, buses 659 and 676 both feature driver side destination signs, and 676 also has frameless windows. Bus 656 is my ride from Haleiwa to Laie. Last but not least, buses numbered in the 900-series are 40ft. hybrid buses. The more numerous of those are the 40 DE40LFR's dating from 2006. They are the agency's only 40ft. New Flyer's, as illustrated by bus 910. Buses 950 and up are Gillig Low Floor/BAE hybrids with frameless windows and driver side destination signs. Illustrated here are first of the 2015 batch bus 950 and 2016 bus 958. All but bus 958 (at Ala Moana Center) are pictured at the Waikiki area, as routes 8, 13, 19 and 20 are the most common haunts of these 40ft. hybrids. Here is the link to my TheBus gallery: Oahu TheBus (Oahu County, Hawaii)
  8. The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Just to share a few observations from my October visit and raise a few queries here: Opus buses 38 and 39 remain active. So can wiki page editor correct this? By the way, the best bet to spot an Opus is on route 503 at the Mililani Transit Center 7 days a week. They are also used on peak route 71 at the Pearlridge area and may show up at the Kapolei Transit Center on a weekday on one of the 410-series of routes there (except 413). The single-door 29ft. Gillig Low Floor's in the 20-series chiefly serve routes 414 and 416 in Kapolei, but a swap with an Opus from route 71 is possible. They may also cameo on route 411, normally the province of 60-series of 35ft. sister buses. As for the single-door 35ft. versions, the 50-series buses with orange headsigns are mostly found on routes 14, 32(out of Kalihi Transit Center) and 70 (serving Kailua and Lanikai area of the northeastern coast). Their 60-series sister buses with silver headsigns are found on route 76 serving the Windward Coast, route 72 further south serving the Wahiawa Transit Center, Kapolei local route 411 and Mililani local routes 501 and 504. The 40-series of 30ft. Gillig Phantoms are found on route 15 out of Alapai Transit Center, as well as route 10 in the Kalihi area, route 14 and peak routes 16 (out of Kalihi Transit Center), 74, 234 and 235 (last 2 routes out of Kahala Mall). Among the 40ft. Gillig Low Floor's with silver headsigns, the 200 series seems to be found mostly on Southern Oahu routes, while the 600 series are mostly found on longer distance routes serving the Northern Shore (routes 52, 55 and 62) , the 400-series of Waianae locals and the 430-series of Waipahu locals. It seems that routes A, C, E, 1/1L , 2/2L, 42 and commuter routes 81, 91 and W1 are the only routes using artics. The Seattle style DE60LFR's numbered 161-180 seems to be confined to routes 1/1L and 2/2L groups. Finally, hybrid buses seems to be most common on routes serving the Waikiki area (routes 2/2L, 8, 13, 19 and 20). But they are also prominent on route 3. Now come the questions: What are the coverage areas for the Kalihi and Pearl City divisions? Which routes are assigned to each division? Are there any routes operated by both divisions? Which series of buses are assigned to each division? Which routes are the Nova bus LFS assigned to (I've spotted them on route 62 commuter route 102 and Waipahu local route 433, as well as rode on one on route 55)? Why are the 600-series of Gillig's found mostly on longer distance routes? What are the differences between the 200-series of Gillig's and the 600-series sister buses? Why are hybrid buses more common found in the Waikiki area? What other routes are the hybrid buses assigned to? Finally for now, are there any other routes outside those I've mentioned using artics? Hope that I can get some insiders insight on the above queries. Photo chronicle to follow.
  9. November 5 update (2 brand new galleries on transit agencies in Hawaii): Added 38 photos to Maui Bus (Maui County Hawaii) gallery. Highlight: All non-commuter routes use Eldarado National EZ-Rider or Axcess buses, including the 35ft. MB400-series with conventional fronts not mentioned in the agency's CPTDB wiki page. Added 171 photos to Oahu TheBus (Oahu County, Hawaii) gallery. Highlights: Elderly Gillig Phantoms, New Flyer D40LF artics and Optima Opus still in service, alongside brand new baby Gillig's in the 20-series (silver headsigns with side destination display) and nearly new Xcelsior artics (Both hybrid and diesel). Online-exclusive pictures of 1-door 35ft. Gillig Low Floor's in the 50-series (amber headsigns) and 60-series (silver headsigns), 40ft. Gillig Low Floor's numbered 280 and above, in the 600 series (including examples featuring side destination displays) and hybrids numbered 950 and above are also here!
  10. Hi! I just wonder why the the content boxes for reply, edit and create new topic functions are disabled in the desktop version, such that I am unable to add replies to my own posts or others, or to create new topics. Hope that administrators here can look into the issue. Thanks!
  11. Gillig product discussion

    For a couple of factors: 1. Artics are way more complex buses to build, and I don't believe Gillig has such expertise. 2. The market for artics among Gillig's core customer base of small to medium transit agencies are not really there. Those medium-large agencies buying Gillig for 40ft. buses tend to get New Flyers for artics (Like LYNX of Centrl Florida, Denver RTD, San Diego MTS and Port Authority Transit in Pittsburgh to name a few).
  12. September 16 Update (Likely to be my final September update): Added 15 photos to Memphis Area Transit Authority bus gallery. Highlights: 2 more 21700-series of 2017 Gillig Low Floor's pictured in service, including wrapped bus 21709. MATA is finally using 3-digit route numbers on its express routes, which are designated as Xyy0 in my gallery; where yy is the parent daytime route . For instance, route 340 Walnut Grove Express is derived from route 34 Walnut Grove, while route 400 Wolfchase Express is the route 40 Wolfchase express trip spun off to become its own route. However, route 280 Airways Express only vaguely follow the route 28 Holmes south of Airways Transit Center and shares the same southern end-of-line (IRS Service Center). Pictured all the weekdays only routes from the August 2017 service change, including pilot route 31 Firestone (segment of the old route 31 Crosstown). It is run with a 29ft. Gillig Low Floor diesel bus built to MATA Plus (paratransit) specification with no bike rack when I spotted the route yesterday. This is likely to be my last update on MATA's bus operations for a while unless further new routes come up in future service changes. Added 37 photos to Oxford University Transit (Oxford, Mississippi) gallery. Highlights: All secondhand heavy-duty buses I've spotted (including ex-Foothill Transit Gillig Low Floor's 2015-2016, ex-Charlotte NovaBus LFS's 2017-2018 and baby Gillig BRT 1529 from the same source) are now wrapped in navy blue. So the liveries from their former owners are apparently history there! (I did not see LFS bus 2019 yesterday). All dual-door Freightliner/Glaval Apollo medium-duty buses I've spotted are wrapped in navy blue as well (So formerly white 1420 and 1425 are now navy blue. I am unable to confirm the livery status of bus 1424, as I did not spot it in service yesterday) The new 40ft. Gillig Low Floor's are finally here, they are numbered 1730 and 1731. Both are deployed on the Bronze (formerly Brown) Park and Ride route from the old Oxford Mall. The campus circulator routes are there as well. They are called Rebel Red and Rebel Blue and use the Freightliner/Glaval Apollo's displaced from the Bronze route.
  13. Tiger Transit (Auburn University, Alabama)

    Nope! I visited on April 2015, during Auburn's term time. They've probably added a few more lines since then though.
  14. Omaha today.

    Hi! The only Xcelsior's Omaha has for now are XD35's!
  15. Rapid Transit System, operating as Rapid Ride is South Dakota's only other transit agency offering significant fixed route transit service. However, it is rather disappointing to see a city with a population of over 70,000 to subsist on cutaways for its daily service. By the way, I have missed the City View Trolley season by a couple days. As a result, I did not spot the trolley replica used on that service. IC Bus/Eldorado National Passport HD low floor cutaways with bonded windows are the mainstay at the agency, as illustrated by buses 116 and 713. At least 3 other similar buses exist (213, 216 and 313) However, GMC/Glaval high floor cutaway 209 with bonded windows is also spotted on fixed route use as well. Interestingly, its fixed routes are neither numbered, color-coded or named after the main street traveled/main destination but named after the 4 Presidents whose faces were carved onto Mount Rushmore nearby (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt) together with the sculptor behind the project, Gutzon Borglum. A sixth route was named after President Calvin Coolidge. (PS: Underlined names are used as the official route names). On the Tuesday of my return from Rapid City, a flight change allowed be to take the shot of bus 116 attached above and bus 81, an earlier GMC/Glaval cutaway with regular windows and no bike racks. It is used on a tripper route. Bonus pictures here are trolley replicas no. 151 and 155 operating in the tourist city of Deadwood, less than an hour away from Rapid City. Ironically, the trolley replica shuttle in Deadwood is the only transit service in the Dakotas to offer any Sunday or holiday service. Since this is a single-route service targeted towards tourists, there will be no dedicated album in my Flickr galley. This completes my photo chronicles of the transit agencies I've fanned in Nebraska and the Dakotas (plus an adjoining one in Iowa) Here is the link to my Rapid Ride gallery in Flickr: Rapid Ride (Rapid City, South Dakota)