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    Sarasota County Area Transit

    Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is one of the first transit agency outside South Florida I have fanned on, back in June 2005. Back then, I was still able to spot a handful of Orion buses in active service, like Orion I 9301 and Orion V 9406, Also attached here is a May 2006 shot of 9406 at the Venice Train Depot. All other pictures are taken at the downtown Sarasota station unless otherwise stated. Starting in 1997, the agency turned to Gillig Phantoms and remains loyal to the manufacturer ever since. Bus 9727 was built new with a dot matrix headsign when new and featured the previous SCAT logo. It was pictured in this configuration in Venice in May 2009. By May 2009, it was retrofitted with a LED headsign. It was pictured in North Port . Also pictured on the same day was bus 9729 featuring the current SCAT logo on a white base livery. Another picture is bus 9729 in white livery and fitted with dot matrix headsign, pictured in 2005. The next 13 similar buses ( eight 2001 buses and five 2002 buses) were inexplicably numbered with the year of delivery placed as the last two digits of a fleet number (as opposed to the 1991-97 buses and 2006 buses onward). They were both the first buses built new with LED headsigns and the final buses delivered in SCAT's previous white with yellow and orange stripes livery. Bus 3701 was the first of these and was pictured at Sarasota Square Mall in 2009. I have pictured bus 3801 in both yellow/orange stripe livery at Venice in 2006 and in its mostly white guise in downtown Bradenton (in neighboring Manatee County) in 2009. It and bus 4001 were operating a joint route with Manatee County Area Transit/MCAT (more on that agency in a upcoming post) between Sarasota and Palmetto (north of Bradenton). Bus 3801 is also one of the dozen (in fact all but one) of these 2001-02 buses sold to Jackson, Mississippi. On the other hand, I have also featured the only bus that was not included in this sale, 4201, on the same joint route in Bradenton in 2005. Finally, bus 4502 was pictured back in 2005 as well. In 2004, SCAT introduced its first five low-floor buses in the form of 35ft. Gillig Low Floor with fleet numbers ending with -04. They were SCAT's final buses to be numbered this way. All were delivered in overall white with only SCAT logo added. Bus 5004 was the first of them and was pictured in September 2008 carrying the current SCAT logo, Ironically, bus 5404 (the final bus of these), was pictured in 2005 carrying the previous SCAT logo. SCAT then introduced 10 Gillig BRT 35ft. hybrid buses in 2006 carrying an immensely eye-catching livery, as exemplified by bus 0605 spotted on a Sunday combination service in 2008 (Both its parent routes has since gained Sunday service). They were supplemented by a pair of conventional Low Floor buses featuring frameless windows. Bus 0611 was spotted on the last surviving combination route serving South County (Venice/North Port) in 2008, while bus 0612 was spotted on one of the parent routes for that combo service in 2009 outside the Westfield Southgate shopping center (Now Westfield Siesta Key), the same general area as where bus 0605 was pictured. The agency also operates 11 Chevy/Glaval cutaways on lower-ridership routes, chiefly the South County locals, as illustrated by cutaways 0614 pictured at Venice, 0616 in downtown Sarasota and 0619 in North Port, all in 2009. Apparently, cutaways from 0617 onward carry a newer frontal fascia. Finally, SCAT also operated an unknown number of trolley replicas acquired from MCAT for its route 18 to Longboat Key. One of those was T207 pictured in 2009. Also attached here was MCAT's 43150, which series I believe T207 came from. By now, SCAT's fleet is chiefly made of 2014-2017 Gillig Low Floor 35ft. buses, together with the 2011-built 29ft./35ft. BRT hybrid buses and a short-lived fleet of 40ft. BRT commuter buses. All these were delivered after I have moved to Mississippi for my current job. Here is my SCAT gallery: Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT)
  2. Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) is the neighboring agency of Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT), serving Bradenton and the county of the same name. During my four visits between 2005 and 2009, its operations were totally in the hands of 30ft. Gillig Phantoms outside the trolley replica routes. The oldest among them were the five 35240-series buses new in 1996, as illustrated by bus 35241 carrying a white-based livery 2 generations ago on a now-defunct route in 2006. They saw service as late as 2008, as depicted by bus 35245 carrying the immediate past generation of metallic blue livery on a Sundays-only beach bus service. Although there were two 35ft. sister buses in this series, I had never spotted either of them in service. They were followed by the 42720-series new in 2001-02, as illustrated by white 2001 bus 42723 (the first of four) and the sole 2002 bus 42726 in metallic blue, both pictured in downtown Bradenton in 2005. The 46400-series of 2004 buses are now the oldest buses in MCAT's fleet. Depicted here are bus 46448 (first of six and probably still active) on a joint route with SCAT and retired bus 46450, both pictured in 2009 at the DeSoto Square Mall transfer location (Since replaced by the DeSoto Station). Also featured is bus 46453 now serving with BAT Community Connector in Bangor, Maine. It was pictured in downtown Bradenton in 2005. MCAT's last ten Phantoms, the 50700-series new in 2007 are one of the final Phantoms and high-floor buses bought new by a major Florida transit agency (together with the 40ft. sister buses at Gainesville RTS). Depicted here are buses 50737 and 50746, the first and last of the batch. By my last visit in 2009, MCAT had just received its first three low-floor buses in the form of Gillig BRT Hybrid 40ft. buses in the 53590-series like 53591 and 53593 pictured while not yet in service. MCAT has also a long-standing tradition of operating trolley replicas on its Anna Maria Island trolley service, as depicted by buses 43150 and 43151 (likely to be new before 2006) and 2006 bus 48832. It had also branched out into providing bus to SCAT's route 18 to Longboat Key, as depicted by bus 48833. All were pictured in 2008. Interestingly, MCAT numbered its buses with only internal asset numbers that also double as their fleet numbers, instead of the more common delivery year-based numbering or bus type-based numbering. (Pasco County Public Transportation also uses asset numbers, but also uses informal fleet numbers for displays on buses; so does LakeXpress in Lake County, Florida -subject of a later thread) By now, MCAT's fleet is dominated by Gillig Low Floor's/BRT Hybrids carrying a lighter blue livery and totally new fleet names plus logo. The trolley replicas depicted above are also replaced with Gillig Trolley Replica's as well. Here is my MCAT gallery: Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT)
  3. Hernando THE Bus and Paco County Public Transportation (PCPT) are the transit agencies serving the two counties north of Tampa-Saint Petersburg metropolitan area of the same names in Florida. During my only visit to Hernando County, THE Bus has a fleet of Blue Bird CSFE 25ft. buses similar to the once-ubiquitous fleet in Miami Dade Transit like bus 36 pictured at the Spring Hill transfer point at the time and bus 35 pictured at Brooksville, the county seat. Since then, brand new and second-hand (from HART in Hillsborough County) Gillig Low Floor 29ft. buses has taken over the operations. The somewhat larger PCPT operation was historically dominated by buses built by Blue Bird. During my first visit to its operating territority, its fleet was dominated by the CS-series except for 3 Xcel 102's. The more numerous type was the 25ft. CSFE. The oldest buses from either late 1990's or early 2000's like buses 57 and 61 pictured at Port Richey and Dade City respectively were not equipped with front destination signs. Meanwhile, slightly newer bus 71 featured a school bus-type rear emergency exit arrangement. It was pictured in Port Richey as well. The CSFE fleet was tail-ended by 2002 buses like buses 39 and 45. Both were pictured in New Port Richey. Three 32ft. CSRE's new in 2002 were PCPT's largest buses at the time, as illustrated by buses 44 and 56 pictured at Port Richey and New Port Richey respectively. They were only used on route 19 travelling to Tarpon Springs in Pinellas County along US Highway 19. It was, and still is PCPT's most important bus route. Finally, the 30ft. Xcel 102's new in 2003 were illustrated by buses 84 and 85 pictured in Tarpon Springs and Port Richey respectively; with the latter picture taken in April 2009. By my second visit in April 2009, the Blue Bird Ultra LF's were partially taking over. They were illustrated by 35ft. buses 87 new in 2006 and 97 new in 2007, as well as 30ft. buses 91 and 94 new in 2007 and both pictured in New Port Richey. As of last year, survivors from these buses were the only Blue Bird's left in PCPT's fleet. PCPT's fllet is now dominated by 35ft. Eldorado National EZ-Rider II/EZ-Rider II BRT's and 40ft. Gillig Low Floor's (including 2 second-hand buses from HART), supplemented by a few 29ft. sister buses of the latter. Here are the links to my THE Bus and PCPT galleries: Hernando THE Bus Pasco County Public Transportation
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    Votran Update

    Hi! While I was residing in Florida, I had fanned on Votran on 2 occasions, in June 2006 and January 2009. During my 2006 trip, I had the pleasure to picture 2 different 1994 Flixible Metro "D" 35ft. buses. Bus 902 in fleet livery was pictured at the Daytona Beach Transfer Plaza (all Daytona Beach pictures were taken there except when noted), while wrapped bus 905 was pictured in New Smyrna Beach on a Southeast County (Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach and Port Orange) local. During my New Smyrna beach visit, I had also pictured Blue Bird CSFE buses 8641 and 8642 (similar to a once sizable fleet in Miami Dade Transit). They were the New Smyrna Beach local buses at that time. Votran operated 14 Novabus RTS 35ft. new in 1997 at one time as well, as depicted buses 1101 and 1105 pictured in Daytona Beach in 2006 and 2009 respectively. The agency then turned to Gillig's, the Florida staple brand of bus and never looked back. First came the 1999 Gillig Phantom pilot bus 1201, as depicted in the pictured taken at the Intermodal Transit Facility (ITF) in Daytona Beach. It was followed by 15 more 2000 sister buses like 1213 and 1214 taken at Daytona Beach and Port Orange respectively. The latter bus also pioneered the use of LED destination signs at the agency. Finally, Votran took delivered of 3 more similar buses in 2003 like bus 1301 taken at Daytona Beach. These were the agency's final high-floor buses. All the Phantoms illustrated here were pictured in 2009. In the same year, Votran also purchased its first low floor buses in form of 8 Gillig Low Floor 29ft. like buses 1404 and 1405 pictured in Orange City in 2009. When new, they were dedicated to the West Volusia County (DeLand, Deltona and Orange City) sub-network, but had since been moved east as they were substituted with 35ft. sister buses. Six 35ft. sister buses arrived in 2006, followed by nine more in 2008; as depicted by buses 1605, 1707 and 1709; all pictured in Daytona Beach. They are broadly similar buses, except that the 1700's are EPA-2007 buses. Bus 1709 is also its newest 35ft. buses I've pictured before I left Florida. Two more baby Gillig Low Floor's arrived in 2008, as illustrated by bus 1802. The pair were originally assigned to New Smyrna Beach locals, but were reassigned to the rest of the system after the local system was converted to flexible route operation. (A new heavy-duty route did eventually re-appear). Finally, Votran had also operated a beach trolley service using trolley replicas like 705 and 706 pictured at the Daytona Beach ITF. The service has since been eliminated at an unknown date. Here is my Votran gallery: Votran (Volusia County Florida)
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    Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    Hi! While I don't have as an extensive collection of Gainesville RTS pictures as some posters here, I do have a few pictures feature extinct sub-fleets: Bus 963 was a former Palm Tran 1995 Flixible Metro "E" 40ft. pictured in April 2009. These and pictures of Gillig Phantom 577 (more on that later) were the only pictures I've taken on RTS's extensive UF campus bus network Of the same vintage as bus 963 were buses 245 and 248. They were Gillig Phantoms spotted at the downtown Rosa Parks Transfer Station and the UF campus in April and August 2009 respectively. One of the most amazing facts for RTS was that it operated a fleet of 2001 Novabus RTS buses until last year. Bus 507 was pictured in June 2009 on one of the 400-series Sunday routes operated at the time, while bus 515 was the agency's final RTS bus pictured in August 2009. On the other hand, the agency's fleet of 27 Gillig Phantoms bought new between 2001 and 2007 is still staying strong. 2001 Bus 554 is pictured in June 2009 on another Sunday route duty. Meanwhile, 2005 buses 567 and 568 are pictured in June and August 2009 respectively. There are the final and first deliveries of their respective batches. Finally, buses 572 and 577 are the agency's final 2006 and 2007 Phantoms pictured in June 2009 and October 2008 respectively. Bus 577 is also the agency's final high-floor bus bought new. They are since supplemented by 20 similar buses purchased second-hand from LYNX. By the time of my fanning trips, the Gillig Low Floor invasion at the agency has begun n the earnest. Buses 0701, 0712, 0801 and 0804 are the first and final buses of the 2007-08 batches of 16 buses (12+4). All but 0712 (October 2008) were pictured in August 2009. They have pioneered the current livery carried by the buses bough new by the agency. There are since supplemented by 52 more similar EPA-2010 buses dating from every single year since 2010 through 2018 (no 2017 buses), 5 BRT hybrids (2 X 2012, 3 X 2013) and at least 11 ex-LYNX BRT diesel buses. Here is my Gainesville RTS gallery: Gainesville Regional Transit System
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    Bull Runner (University of South Florida)

    Hi! My only picture for a Bull Runner vehicle is retired Blue Bird Ultra LMB 4008. It was spotted on route D near the University Area Transit Center in Tampa. Bonus pictures here: University of Central Florida/UCF had also operated at least one Ultra LMB like the bus in the pictures attached here. The Bull Runner bus is featured in my Various Transit Vehicles in Tampa Bay gallery, while the UCF bus is under the University of Central Florida Shuttle gallery. By the way, I don't rule out opening up a UCF Shuttle thread as part of my upcoming mid-late 2000's Florida nostalgia posts.
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    Escambia County Area Transit (Pensacola, Florida)

    The Orion I's in my gallery are all pictured in August 2009.
  8. Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT), based at Pensacola, is Florida's westernmost transit agency. I had the chances to fan on the agency 3 times; in August 2009 on my way from Palm Beach County, Florida to my current job in Mississippi and during the Memorial Day weekends of 2011 and 2017. The oldest buses I have pictured were 1992 Orion I 30ft. buses with "hammerhead" fronts, as illustrated by bus 9209 pictured at the Pensacola Junior College/PJC (since renamed to Pensacola State College) transfer point. ECAT's next buses were 1996-99 Gillig Phantoms. The thirteen 1996 and 1998 buses were 30ft. variants, as depicted by buses 9619 (at ECAT's transit center-cum-garage in 2009), 9618 (at the downtown Pensacola transfer point in 2011) and 9825 (at downtown Pensacola in 2009). The five 1999 buses were 35ft. in length, as depicted by buses 9930 (near the ECAT transit center in 2009) and 9929 (at downtown Pensacola in 2011). They were ECAT's final 35ft. buses for now. 9930 was also ECAT's final Gillig Phantom. Then ECAT has gone through 7 years before buying further new buses. They are six 2006 Gillig Low Floor 29ft as depicted by buses 0635 carrying the then-current blue and yellow swoops (at the PJC transfer point in 2009) and 0633 (in an all-green livery at downtown Pensacola in 2017), The next six similar 2007 buses are illustrated by bus 0742 carrying the livery they were delivered in (near the ECAT transit center in 2009), the same bus in green livery with panther graphics (at downtown Pensacola in 2011), green bus 0739 with out panther graphics (same location and date as bus 0742 in green), all-white bus 0737 and the same bus featuring the latest ECAT logo (at downtown Pensacola in 2011 and 2017 respectively). The ten 2010 sister buses are ECAT's first EPA-2010 buses and the only buses delivered in the green livery when new. Examples depicted here are buses 1046 and 1052 (at downtown Pensacola in 2011 and 2017 respectively). Bus 1052 is also ECAT's final Gillig for now. ECAT then switched to Eldorado National EZ-Rider II BRT 30ft. buses in 2014-15, as illustrated by buses 1453 (ECAT's first Eldorado bus out of seven) and 1556 (the only 2015 bus of the batch). They are the first buses delivered new with the current ECAT logo, and are both pictured at downtown Pensacola in 2017. One final ECAT bus featured here is Chevy/Champion cutaway 1001 pictured at downtown Pensacola in 2011. Bonus pictures here are Trolley replica's 107 and 1967 on Pensacola Beach and University of West Florida trolley services respectively. Here is my ECAT gallery: Escambia County Area Transit And the trolley replica's are part of my miscellaneous Florida Panhandle transit vehicles gallery: Various Transit Vehicles in Florida Panhandle
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    Utah Transit Authority

    Here come's my long-awaited UTA photo journal! Without doubt, UTA's current flagship buses are the New Flyer XDE60's dedicated for the UVX (Utah Valley Express) BRT line between Provo and Orem. Illustrated here are buses 17103 (at Brigham Young University campus) and 17106 (at Provo Central station). Note the driver side doors and the wheel covers, both hallmarks for buses built to full BRT specification. UTA's other BRT line is the 3500 South MAX in Salt Lake County. It is operated with the agency's only buses not made domestically, the specially-branded 2008-09 Van Hool A330L's as depicted by buses 09103 and 09104 (both pictured at West Valley Central station). The other prestige in the agency is its fleet of MCI D4500/D4500CL commuter coaches. These coaches are new between 2002 and 2009 and are found on a host of longer-distance commuter routes throughout its operating territory, plus Fast Bus duties and morning-only route 2X in Salt Lake County. Illustrated here are the following: 2002 coach 0211 and 2004 coach 04004 spotted in downtown Salt Lake County on express routes to Ogden. 2004 Utah County coach 04008 spotted at Utah Valley University campus. Branded 2005 coach 05066 spotted at Salt Lake Central station on the PC-SLC Connect service to Park City. 2005 coach 05056 spotted in downtown Salt Lake City on Fast Bus duty. 2007 coach 07083 spotted at Salt Lake Central station on route 2X. On the diminutive side of the agency's fleet are various cutaways serving its Flex routes. Examples are 2011 Chevy 11203 (at Daybreak Parkway station), 2012 Chevy 12209 (at Draper station), 2015 Chevy 15210 (at Brigham City) and 2017 Ford E-Series 17202 (at Jordan Valley station). The agency's bus fleet is, however dominated by 40ft. Gillig BRT's. 2006 bus 06004 (at Farmington station) is one of the oldest of such buses. The next two batches of buses new in 2007 and 2009 are both split between Salt Lake and Utah counties, and contain 1-door suburban configured sub-fleets. Illustrated here are Salt Lake County regular buses 07011 (at University of Utah campus) and 09023 (at Salt Lake Central station), Utah County regular buses 07032 (at Provo Central station; note the unique route/destination font style and size) and 09027 (at Lehi station) and suburban buses 07044 (at downtown Salt Lake City) and 09055 (at Utah Valley University campus). UTA has EPA-2010 Gillig BRT diesel or hybrid buses purchased in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2017 (before last year's batch). Examples illustrated here are as the followings: 2010 diesel bus 10036 (at West Valley Central station) 2010 hybrid bus 10063 (at Orem Central station) 2012 diesel bus 12002 (at Murray Central station) 2012 hybrid bus 12043 (at southern Ogden) 2014 diesel bus 14001 (First of its batch at Clearfield station as an interim Clearfield-to-Layton Midtown Trolley bus before the Gillig Trolley Replica's are delivered) 2017 diesel buses 17004, 17022 and 17048 (at Ogden Central station, University of Utah campus on Fast Bus duty and downtown Salt Lake City respectively) The agency's Gillig BRT CNG's comes in 3 batches and 2 varieties, as illustrated by regular BRT bus 13001 (The agency's first CNG bus, at Salt Lake Central station), BRT plus bus 13044 (Final bus of its batch at University of Utah campus) and BRT Plus bus 15023 (at North Temple Bridge/Guadalupe station). All are 40ft. buses. Examples of the agency's 35ft. Gillig BRT fleet are Utah County bus 11001 (at Provo Central station on a temporary UVX feeder service), Salt Lake County bus 11022 (at West Valley Central station) and Davis/Weber County bus 17077 (at Ogden Central station). Note the alpine motifs on their sides, signifying their primary purposes as ski buses (routes 674, 675, 677, 880, 953, 972 and 994). The 1999 Gillig LF's are the only non-BRT Gillig's at the agency's fleet. Apparently, only 40ft. examples remain, as illustrated by buses 9937 and 9941. Both are spotted in downtown Salt Lake City on commuter duties to southern Davis County. Here is my UTA bus gallery: Utah Transit Authority Bus
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    Utah Transit Authority

    Now to the coverage of UTA's bus operations. Before posting the photo journal on my sightings, here is an analysis of its bus operations. UTA has 4 bus operating divisions: Central and Meadowbrook (Both in Salt Lake County), Davis/Weber County and Timpanogos (Utah County). Other than some MCI commuter coaches, New Flyer XDE60 artics dedicated for the UVX (Utah Valley Express) BRT service, the 1999 Gillig Low Floor's based at the Central division and a handful of 2018 Gillig Trolley Replica's for Davis/Weber County; UTA's bus fleet is dominated by various Gillig BRT buses. Its buses are divided into the following sub-fleets: Its 64 MCI D4500/D4500CL commuter coaches are divided into 5 series of 12 X 2002, 15 X 2004, 20 X 2005, 12 X 2007 and 5 X 2009 coaches. While I have no idea on where the 2009 coaches are used, apparently the 2005 and 2007 coachesare operated out of Salt Lake Central division. The Salt Lake County coaches are used on the morning only route 2X to the University of Utah, the 300-series of Fast Bus services, the 450-series of Intercity services to Toole County and routes 901/902 SLC-PC(Park City) Connect services. Meanwhile, the 2002 and some 2004 coaches are probably based at Davis/Weber County. These coaches operate some route 455 duties between the University of Utah and Weber State University, express routes 472 and 473 to Weber County. The remaining 2004 coaches are based at Utah County for commuter routes like 805, 811 (TRAX Connector) and 822. The 1999 Gillig LF 40ft. are used on Salt Lake County local routes as well as the route 460-series and 471 to southern Davis County alongside other transit-style Gillig BRT's. Apparently, they outlasted similar 2001 buses at 19 years old due to their Cummins engines compared to the Detroit Diesel in the 2001's. The era of Gillig BRT's in UTA use begin in 2006, and these 31 pioneer 40ft. BRT's are now Davis/Weber County buses. Thet are also UTA's only pre-EPA 2007 Gillig BRT's. Meanwhile, the next 34 EPA-2007 sister buses new in 2007 are split between Central and Utah County divisions . The fleet of 42 similar 2009 buses is split between Meadowbrook and Utah County divisions. There are 5 single-door suburban buses that follow each delivery. The 2007 buses are based at the Central garage chiefly for routes 500 (State Capitol Shuttle) and 516, while the 2009 sister buses are based at Utah County for longer-distance duties like routes 811 and 821 (stopping service to southern Utah County). Its next 40ft. Gillig BRT's are EPA-2010 buses new in 2010, with 37 diesel buses based at the Meadowbrook division and 20 hybrid buses based at Utah County. Then, there is a 31:9 diesel-hybrid split in the 2012 delivery, with all hybrid's going to Davis/Weber County and the diesels going to the Meadowbrook division again. They are followed by 20 more 2014 diesel buses at Davis/Weber County and 57 more 2017-2018 diesel buses split between the two Salt Lake County divisions and Davis/Weber County. Two 2013 Gillig BRT40ft. diesel buses are somehow outfitted as ski buses and based at Salt Lake County. UTA's other Gillig BRT sub-fleets are 47 CNG buses, consisting of ten 2013 regular BRT's and 37 BRT Plus buses (14 X 2013 and 23 X 2015). they are based at the Central division and are weekday only buses. Its 35ft. Gillig BRT's are all outfitted as ski buses with sliding middle doors. The oldest 9 of those are 2007 buses based at Salt Lake County. They are followed 30 EPA-2010 sister buses new in 2011. These are mostly based at the Meadowbrook division, but Utah County also operates a few. Finally, Davis/Weber County operates 5 and 7 similar 2016 and 2017 buses. I have spotted the 2011 and 2017 buses on regular route use during my September visit (well outside ski bus season). The agency's only non-Gillig, heavy-duty, non-articulated buses are 14 Van Hool A300L (10 X 2008 and 4 X 2009) buses. They are mostly dedicated on the 35M BRT route, but they can show up on other local routes operated out of the Meadowbrook division. The 17100-series of XDE60's are the agency's first articulated buses since the 1998 D60LF's. They are built to full BRT specifications with exits on both sides and wheel covers . Finally, the agency also operates a number of cutaways in the xx200-series for its Flex routes (where xx refers to the build year of the bus) starting with a F-prefix. I've spotted Flex route buses new in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017. All but the 2017's (Ford E-Series) are Chevy cutaways. Route wise, the regular Salt Lake County (numbered below 100, the 200's and 500's) are apparently divided among the two divisions as the following: Central division only - 2, 2X, 3, 6, 9, 11, 17, 21, 209, 500, 516, 519, 520 Meadowbrook division only - 33, 35, 35M, 39, 41, 45, 47, 54, 201, 213, 217, 218, 227, 223, 232, 240, 248, 509, 525 Joint Central/Meadowbrook operation - 200, 205, 220, 228 Obviously, all the 600's are Davis/Weber County routes and the 800's plus the UVX are Utah County routes. Finally, the Central division appears to share the operations of routes 455 and 470 (stopping Salt Lake City to Ogden bus service) with Davis/Weber County. Photo journal coming up next!
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    Utah Transit Authority

    Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is another transit agency in the Rockies offering surprisingly comprehensive intermodal transit service, offering local bus, commuter bus, streetcar, longer-distance light rail and heavy commuter rail service like Denver's RTD. It's only drawbacks are as the following: Near-total absence of Sunday transit service in Utah County (Provo/Orem) except the route 811 TRAX (UTA's speak for light rail) connector. I wonder if the Sunday ridership demand in that area is this low or it's more about funding issue (A hint for posters trying to respond to my query here: The Provo/Orem area is heavily Mormon/LDS, and I wonder if the LDS Church strongly discourage Sunday work/entertainment). Even the less populous Weber County (Ogden) has two local (routes 603 and 612) and one inter county (route 470 to Salt Lake City via Davis County) offering Sunday service. Lack of Sunday FrontRunner (commuter rail) service. In my opinion, UTA could have at least run Sunday trains on the Salt Lake County section; or all-stops in Salt Lake County then nonstop to Ogden to supplement the route 470 bus service while not depriving the latter of Davis County passengers. Within Salt Lake County, anything south of Sandy Civic Center Blue Line TRAX/South Jordan FrontRunner and west of 4800W Old Bingham Highway Red Line TRAX stations is served with only Flex bus routes (cutaways on deviated fixed routes), The TRAX lines are the only Sunday transit service west of Jordan Valley (West Jordan) Red Line and south of Fashion Place West (Murray) Blue Line TRAX stations (except the aformentioned route 811 bus feeding at the Kimballs Lane Blue Line TRAX station in Draper) Service is not 365/7 unlike RTD, with ski buses the only services operating during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year days. In my opinion, a metropolitan area like UTA's service area should have at least 363 days of regular bus and TRAX service (except Thanksgiving and Christmas days) By the way, I am going to showcase the agency's family of rail service first. The FrontRunner is UTA's commuter rail service utlizing MPI MP36PH-3C diesel locomotives pulling a combination of Bombardier BiLevel and Pullman Standard Comet I passenger cars. Locomotive 9 is one of the eleven 2007-08 originals and is pictured at the Orem Central Station, while locomotive 18 is one of the ten expansion units and is taken at the North Temple Bridge/Guadalupe Station. Similarly, cab cars 105 and 114 belong to the original and expansion batches respectively and are pictured at the same two locations. Finally, Comet I car 314 is pictured at the Orem Central Station as well. Onto the light rail/streetcar side, the Siemens SD100/SD160 high floor cars are used only on the Blue Line. SD100 car 1008B is a 1998 original. It and 2001 SD160 car 1028B are both pictured at the Central Pointe station. Meanwhile, 2003 SD160 car 1038B is pictured at the Salt Lake Central Station. They are followed by a massive 2010-12 order of Siemens S70 low floor cars. They are mostly used on the Green and Red lines, but car 1124B made a exceedingly rare cameo on the Blue Line and is pictured at the Sandy Civic Center station. Meanwhile, cars 1152 and 1174 are pictured at downtown Salt Lake City as part of Green Line sets. 1174 is also the final car built for TRAX use. Finally, car 1122B is pictured at the Central Pointe station on the Red Line. Apparently, the final 3 units of S70 cars are built for S-Line/streetcar use. Cars 1175A and 1177A are pictured at the Central Pointe and Fairmont stations respectively. Here is my UTA Rail gallery: Utah Transit Authority Rail
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    RTC of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas)

    Hop on my time machine back to the Las Vegas of 11 years ago! When I paid a visit to Las Vegas 11 years ago for an professional conference, RTC was still doing business as Citizens Area Transit (CAT), and I had pictured a variety of standard-issue high and low floor transit buses, as well as a double-decker and a novelty artic. All the buses pictured during that visit but the Deuce (double deck) bus 209 and possibly New Flyer D60LF 822 are now retired from service. Buses 408 (pictured at the South Strip Transfer Terminal/SSTT) and 474 (seen on non-revenue use near the now-closed Downtown Transportation Center/DTC),were two of the ninety 1992 New Flyer D40HF buses while bus bus 523 was one of six D60HF's new in 1996 taken at the northern end of line of the old MAX guided BRT line (more on that later). Back then, RTC had a way more diverse fleet even for conventional artics, as illustrated by bus 507, a 2001 Neoplan USA AN460LF pictured at the DTC, buses 559 and 568; 1997 and 1998 NABI 436's pictured at the same location as bus 523 and the SSTT respectively. One last conventional artic featured here is 2004 D60LF 822 pictured at the SSTT. If any buses of this batch still survive, they would be RTC's oldest active buses by now. Back to the non-articulated buses, bus 652 was a 1995 D40LF while bus 672 was a 2001 C40LF. Both were pictured at the former DTC. Meanwhile, buses 701 and 705 were 1999 NABI 40-LFW's. While the former was yet another bus pictured at the northern end of line of the MAX line, the latter bus was a repaint to the gold-based livery pioneered by the Deuce buses and pictured at the DTC. One last 40ft. bus featured here was bus 915, a 2006 DE40LFR pictured at the DTC. The 900-series buses were the first ones to carry the RTC fleet name. At the time, there were two flagship fleets of buses at RTC: The Deuce branded Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 double deckers as exemplified by bus 209 pictured at the SSTT and by now among the oldest active buses at RTC; and the 2003 Irisbus Civis optically guided hybrid BRT buses branded for the North Las Vegas Blvd MAX line like bus M08. Ironically, route 113 where NABI bus 701 was spotted running on has since completely replaced service the MAX line and caused these exceedingly rare buses to be retired at just 13 years old. One last bus type featured here was 1 of the 4 Eldorado National Transmark purchased for the City Ride service pictured at the DTC. Can anyone shed any light on the background on that service? Here is my RTC of Southern Nevada throwback gallery: RTC of Southern Nevada
  13. Cache Valley Transit District is the northernmost fixed route system in Utah. It serves the city of Logan and a few of the surrounding municipalities in Cache County, Utah, plus a commuter route to Preston Idaho. Its fixed route bus fleet is 100% Gillig LF 35ft. and 40ft. Bus 1143 is one of three 35ft. buses new in 2005, and they are now the agency's oldest buses. Meanwhile, bus 1145 is one of five early-2007 sister buses that follows. They features a revised rear but not the EPA-2007 style exhaust treatment system. Then comes five similar 2008 buses like bus 1153. They are the agency's only EPA-2007 buses. The agency's next new buses are the 1160-series of EPA-2010 buses, consisting of three each of 40ft. diesel buses like 1162 and 35ft. hybrid buses like 1163 and 1165. Bus 1165 is also the only bus of the group new in 2011. Inexplicably, the agency decided to number its next 40ft. buses in the 4000-series instead of the 1170-series. Bus 4005 is one of five new in 2015, while bus 4010 is one of the two buses delivered after the September 2017 release of the Short Range Transit Plan for the agency as replacements for two 2004-built 35ft. sister buses. Much of the fleet information for the agency can be found in page III-5 of that plan, and that should serve as an excellent basis for creating a CPTDB wiki page for the agency. Here is my Cache Valley Transit District gallery: Cache Valley Transit District
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    Park City Transit (Utah)

    Park City Transit serves the famous ski resort town in Utah of the same name. It has a fairly homogeneous fleet made up of mostly 35ft. Gillig LF's/BRT's with the exception of a Gillig LF 29ft. Trolley Replica and a dedicated fleet of Proterra Catalyst BE40's. Illustrated first is bus 1884, the sole Gillig LF 29ft. Trolley Replica in the fleet. It is the dedicated bus on the Main Street Trolley route. Among its Gillig LF/BRT 35ft. buses, bus 670 belongs to the oldest batch of 6 buses. They are believed to be of 2006/07 vintage, as they lack the EPA-2007 specification exhaust pipes. Meanwhile, bus 681 is the final bus of the 8-bus batch of similar EPA-2007 buses. The 2017-18 batch of Gillig BRT's are by far the biggest batch of buses for the agency at 15 buses. Buses 630 and 644 are coincidentally the first and (possibly) the final buses for the batch. The Proterra Catalyst BE40's, as exemplified by buses 691 and 695 are now the flagship buses for the agency. They are only used on the limited-stop route 10 between the Old Town and Kimball Junction transit centers branded as "Electric Express". The agency is believed to have taken delivery of seven BE35 sister buses, but they are probably not yet in service. Bonus pictures are Chevy cutaway 622 on an employee shuttle duty unofficially designated as the Tan Route/Main Street Express Link according to the agency's real-time bus tracking site and a Ford Transit van used on the Kimball Junction Circulator service. All pictures except those of bus 691 and the Transit van (at Kimball Junction Transit Center) are taken at the Old Town Transit Center. In absence of a CPTDB wiki page for the agency, I obtain the fleet number information from the Wikipedia page for Park City, Utah. While its section on Park City Transit's fleet may not be 100% accurate, it may nevertheless be used as a basis to create such a page at the CPTDB wiki. Here is my Park City Transit gallery: Park City Transit (Utah)
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    Mountain Line (Flagstaff, Arizona)

    Most routes have hourly frequency on Saturdays, but route 2 has 30 minute mid-day frequency, route 14 is every 30 minutes all-day, while route 4 has a rather odd 40-minute frequency. Route 10, where the artics are used, runs every 20 minutes on weekends; and yes, artics are also used on weekends too! I strongly recommend you consult the downloadable system guide at the agency's website before your trip.
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