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    WMATA Washington

    Here is my take on Alexandria DASH. Back in 2008-10, DASH was still a 100% 35ft. high-floor agency. 1999 Gillig Phantom bus 54 was the oldest bus I had pictured during either visit. Meanwhile, bus 103 from 2007 had proved to be the final high-floor bus bought new by the agency and has surprisingly been retired already. That batch of 4 buses were its only Phantoms fitted with LED headsigns. It had gone roughly 4 years without getting any new buses, until they got their first low-floor buses in 2011. During its high-floor era, DASH has a knack to dual source its buses and has built up a sizable fleet of 35ft. Orion V's. 2000 Bus 61 belongs to the oldest batch, and that batch of 10 buses were the only Orion V's fitted with dot-matrix headsigns. Meanwhile, bus 69 was the first of the 2002 batch of 8 buses and the first Orion V that were new with LED headsigns. 2004-05 buses 77 and 87 belonged to the largest batch of 14 buses, with the former being the first of the batch. Finally, 2007 bus 95 belongs to the final batch of 9 buses. All pictures (except bus 77 in March 2008) were taken in March 2010 at the King Street Metrorail (except bus 95 at the Van Dorn Street Metrorail), Here is my Alexandria DASH gallery: Alexandria DASH A bumper post on WMATA's bus operations back in 2008 is coming up in due course!
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    ART (Arlington Transit)

    Here is my take on ART. During my visits to its operating territory in 2008 and 2010, ART was still a relatively young system and the invasion of the NABI 35-LFW CNG buses had just begun in the earnest. Nearly new when first spotted in March 2008, the 2007 NABI 35-LFW Gen I's of the 5270-series are now the agency's oldest buses. They are exemplified by buses 5271, 5272 and 5279. The were supplemented by Gen II sister buses as exemplified by buses and 5253. I have missed the introduction of Gen II 31-LFW's by just a few months. Gen III 40-LFW's and New Flyer XN40's have since joined its heavy-duty fleet as well. On lower-ridership routes back then, 2 series of Ford E-Series/StarTrans Senator cutaways were used, as exemplified by 2002 CNG bus 5220 and 2006 non-CNG bus 5265. A few cutaways routes like route 42 served by bus 5220 and route 51 featured elsewhere in my gallery in the link below, have since been upgraded to NABI's. Other similar routes are served with Chevy/Arboc CNG cutaways. Does anyone know whant kind of engines were used for the 5260-series cutaways? All pictures attached here were taken in 2010 (except buses 5220 and 5279). While buses 5253 and 5271 wepe pictured at/near Shirlington Station, all other pictures were taken at/near the Ballston Metrorail. By now, ART is an 100% low-floor and 100% CNG agency. Here is my ART gallery: Arlington ART
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    Prince George's County Transit, MD

    Here is my take on Prince George The Bus back in March 2008. My visit to its operating area well pre-dated the 2010's wave of Gillig Low Floor's. Therefore, Gillig Phantom's were the agency's only true heavy-duty buses. 1996 bus 62898 was spotted at the New Carrollton Metrorail, and was among the oldest buses at the agency back then. Meanwhile, then year-old sister bus 63151 was spotted at the Southern Avenue Metrorail, and was the final high-floor bus bought new by it in 2007. Meanwhile, its other high-floor buses were oddball Thomas buses. Thirty-foot 1999 TL960 bus 62994 was spotted at the Morgan Blvd Metrorail, and the agency had 2 distinct batches of longer Saf-T-Liner HDX buses with school bus roots new in 2005-06. Bus 63090 spotted at the Branch Ave Metrorail belonged to the group of 14 buses that had LED headsigns and rear-mounted HVAC pod, while bus 63105 spotted at New Carrollton was one of eight buses that had roll-sign destination equipments and lacked HVAC pods. Rounding up its high-floor fleet were 2001 Goshen Presidential medium-duty bus 63051 spotted at the Suitland Metrorail, and cutaway 63000 used for Town of University Park Call-A-Bus service. Buses from Thomas-Dennis SLF230 family (North American version of the British-designed Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200 body combo) were the agency's only low-floor buses back then. They came in all 3 lengths and at least 7 distinct batches. Bus 53014 was one of the former Maryland Transit Administration (Metro Baltimore) 2001 SLF230 spotted at the College Park Metrorail. Meanwhile, 2000 bus 63005 spotted at the Addison Road Metrorail was one of the oldest such buses bough new by the agency; and bus 63028 spotted at College Park was a 2001 sister bus also bought new. The final SLF230's attached here were bus 63126 and 63131 of unknown vintage spotted at the Largo Town Center Metrorail and Greenbelt Metrorail respectively. Inexplicably, the former featured a roll-sign destination equipment. Rounding up the SLF230 family of buses in its fleet were 2002 SLF235 bus 63058 (1 of just 2) spotted at Addison Road and 2004 SLF232 bus 63077 spotted at the West Hyattsville Metrorail. By now, every single bus in my Flickr gallery below except the 2007 Phantom's and Thomas HDX's 63090 and 63096 are history. Here is my Prince George County The Bus gallery: Prince George County The Bus
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    Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    I afraid this has much to do North America (especially mid-size US agencies and below) has some of the most conservative transit agencies in terms of bus functionality over style. The prevalent mentality regarding public transit as a social obligation rather than a mean of achieving higher common good might also contribute to the persistence of such conservative bus designs approaching the 2020's. In fact, I bet the best Gillig will do discontinue the traditional front some point in the 2020s like Eldorado National has possibly done with the EZ-Rider II's and Axcess, as much of its customer base is this conservative.
  5. Bumper April 14th update: 15 new galleries featuring operators from Colorado 29 photos in Grand Valley Transit (Grand Junction, Colorado) gallery. (Highlight: Possibly the first online transit fan pictures on the agency) 97 photos in Roaring Fork Transportation Authority gallery. (Highlight: The nation's largest rural transit agency that operate the first rural BRT system in the US. Also has the most diverse fleet among the operators featured in this update) 27 photos in Snowmass Village Shuttle (Snowmass Village, Colorado). (Highlight: A highly seasonal system using a mix of cutaways and short-wheelbase transit buses) 25 photos in Rocky Mountain National Park Shuttle gallery (Highlight: A motley fleet of buses operating well outside their normal haunt) 11 photos in Avon Transit (Avon, Colorado) gallery. (Highlight: Smallest transit agency in Eagle County, Colorado with buses from just one manufacturer) 42 photos in Vail Transit (Vail, Colorado) gallery. (Highlight: Larger sister agency of Avon Transit, but again with buses from just one manufacturer) 33 photos in ECO Transit (Eagle County, Colorado) gallery. (Highlight: Countywide agency for Eagle County with buses exclusively of one basic model, mostly bought new bout with an interesting second-hand addition) 41 photos in Beaver Creek Resort (Beaver Creek, Colorado) gallery. (Highlight: Internal transit system for the resort of the same name featuring a mix of cutaways and transit-style buses, with a couple of sub-liveries for specific routes) 32 photos in Breckenridge Free Ride (Breckenridge, Colorado) gallery. (Highlight: A small system which has a relatively diverse fleet) 26 photos in Breckenridge Resort (Breckenridge, Colorado) gallery. (Highlight: Operations entirely in the hands of adapted school/activity buses, with a couple of surprises in livery) 12 photos in Keystone Resort (Keystone, Colorado) gallery. (Highlight: Operations entirely in the hands of adapted school/activity buses, including an unusual dual-door, normal control/front-engined example) 43 photos in Summit Stage (Summit County, Colorado) gallery (Hghlight: Countywide agency for Summit County that operates mostly a single variant of a single model, except a few short-wheelbase high-floor buses. They have an interesting second-hand sub-fleet) 26 photos in Copper Mountain (Summit County. Colorado) gallery (Highlight: The intra-resort transit system with the most eclectic transit bus fleet) 32 photos in Steamboat Springs Transit (Steamboat Springs, Colorado) gallery (Highlight: Possibly the first online transit fan pictures on this forgotten ski town agency) 48 photos in The Lift Winter Park Transit (Winter Park, Colorado) gallery (Highlight: Agency is the youngest fixed-route transit system in Colorado, and has the most colorful livery of all agencies featured in this update)u All operations utilizing transit-style buses will be showcased in future threads in the due course. Unusually, because of an upcoming series on the transit scene in the Colorado ski towns, including an intro piece, I'm holding off from revealing the manufacturers of the buses with these agencies until the threads showcasing these operations.
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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)
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  13. 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!