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  1. UPDATE: There is now a second transit agency in Summit County, Utah: High Valley Transit District, and 5 Gillig buses from Park City Transit (4 x 2016 BRT's 630-633, 1 of which is now numbered 16009, plus 2010 Low Flow bus 680) were transferred to that agency. These plus at least 1 second-hand New Flyer C40LF (numbered 08004 according to this image) forms the opening heavy-duty fleet there.
  2. So why did GM decide to hold on to the Express platform for roughly 26 years?
  3. Fairfax Connector still have theirs as well. Too bad that Albany Transit System in Georgia retired theirs after only 8-9 years of use and transitioned to a largely Gillig fleet.
  4. So what kind of buses are they?
  5. So what is the reason behind the poor sales of Gillig buses in NYC area?
  6. So why was it doubtful that Gillig would win this order?
  7. So what are the contracted routes?
  8. Why are you posting nothing but NABI buses? I'm curious if you are a die-hard fans of them.
  9. Are those trolleys from Gillig as well?
  10. They're selling 9-year old Gillig trolley replicas already?! Either they are replaced by newer sister buses or the trolley ridership there must be pretty hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  11. For my likely sole update for the first half of 2020: 6 pictures in CTA Chicago Bus gallery. 13 pictures in PACE Suburban Bus gallery (Highlight: Pictures taken at the Cumberland and Harlem Blue Line/O'Hare Branch CTA Stations on top of PULSE-branded Eldorado Axcess BRT's. A NABI 40-LFW is featured at the first location). 9 pictures in the Palm Tran gallery (Highlight: New additions are snapshots for much of the agency's 2010's fleet except the 2012 New Flyer D60LFR's and 2016 Gillig LF 29ft.). 8 pictures in the brand-new Marty-Martin County Transit gallery (Highlight: Gillig LF 29ft. buses from Florida's youngest fixed route transit agency). 14 pictures in the Treasure Coast Connector gallery (Highlight: The agency in St. Lucie County, Florida is now predominantly heavy-duty, featuring 29ft. and 40ft. Gillig LF's). 11 pictures in Goline IRT (Indian River County, Florida) gallery (Highlight: The one-time all-cutaway agency now operates 29ft. and 35ft. versions of the Gillig LF) Hopefully, once I am able to travel to the US again after both my professional license exam in Hong Kong and the improvement of the coronavirus situation, I will keep on bringing pictures from less covered corners of Florida and beyond. Narratives on Palm Tran and the Florida Treasure Coast (Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties) agencies will come in the due course.
  12. Designing and building articulated buses are way more complicated undertakings, and until recent breakthroughs with larger agencies like Valley Metro and San Diego MTS; typical Gillig customers have little need for such buses. It is apparently content with building what it knows the best: Buses that are 40ft. long and below.
  13. It's probably either due to a mindset similar to other mega-agencies (like CTA, LACMTA, MBTA, NYCMTA, SEPTA and WMATA) that Gillig buses can't stand the vigor of their operations; or Gillig does not want to deal with the bureaucratic red-tape at such agencies, which tend to require their buses to strictly adhere to certain unique requirements (The shaker test at NYCMTA comes to my mind).
  14. Buzz2kb

    BYD "E-Bus"

    A couple of thoughts: Yes, BYD's may be problematic buses; but why not give them more time to improve their products? As of the "unbearable Gillig buses" in your home area, I really think it's natural for most SF Bay area agencies to consider them as first choice buses; since Gillig is situated right at their background at Livermore. The Bay area is far from the only part of the country dominated by them. The states of Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania (outside SEPTA and State College, where New Flyer's dominate) and Washington (outside the Seattle metro area, where there is a significant New Flyer presence) are just a few examples. If you feel Gillig buses are unbearable, please feel free to explain why at the Gillig discussion thread. Any concrete evidence will be appreciated. Bottom line: You may be a New Flyer fanboy (You'll probably love the fleet policies at Muni and WMATA, since they buy nothing but New Flyer's of late; and you'll probably love wall-to-wall New Flyer's at CTA, LACMTA, MBTA, NYCMTA and SEPTA), but any criticisms on other brands in general should be strictly based on their operational merits instead of sweeping, politically-based conclusions. I really hope there will be an end to these emotionally-charged and borderline conspiracy-filled rants. No particular brand deserves to be singled out like this.
  15. Yep, the buses indeed don't carry any fleet numbers!
  16. University of Colorado Buff Bus is the campus shuttle for the University of Colorado Boulder campus. It has a really mixed bag of buses operating. While I was unable to pictured the New Flyer D60LF spotted back in March 2018, here attached are all the buses I have pictured during my Boulder visit: Bus 645VKH is a Gillig Phantom 40ft. of an unknown vintage. Bus 711FHT is a 2006 Novabus LFS, while 761REL is a 2007 sister bus. According to the CPTDB Wiki page for the service, they are buses number 11 and 61 respectively. Finally, bus 527UHD is a Novabus LFS Artic. Here is my University of Colorado Buff Bus gallery: University of Colorado Buff Bus
  17. Casper Area Transportation Coalition (CATC) operating in Wyoming's second largest city of Casper is the final transit system with more than 2 routes in that state I have fanned on. Just like the Cheyenne's Cheyenne Transit Program, the fixed route side (operating as The Bus) is a 6-route, 100% cutaway operation. The 4 core Casper routes are in the hands of large cutaways like Freightliner bus 75, Ford F-Series buses 85 and 86, plus facelifted Ford F-series bus 88. The agency has a couple of smaller Ford E-series cutaways like buses buses 77 and 78 used to connect the towns of Evansville and Mills with the Walmarts on the east and west sides of Casper respectively. They are funded and owned by the respective outlying towns. CATC is the paratransit arm of the agency which has the same name as the agency's acronym. The sole photo from that arm attached here is Ford E-series cutaway 91. Here is my CATC gallery: Casper Area Transportation Coalition
  18. According to this article, some of the new Gillig Low Floor 29 footers will be Illinois buses operated for St. Clair County Transit District.
  19. City of Loveland Transit (COLT) has recently revised and expanded its network to 5 routes. It also transitions from 3-digit to single-digit route numbers. The route 1/4 and 1/5 interlines are the ones that utilize heavy-duty buses. The same 2 Gillig Low Floor 35ft. buses spotted during my March 2018 visit are featured here again; only that both buses are now in partial fleet livery. Meanwhile, it has obtained some new Ford E-Series cutaways for routes 2 and 3. However, it persists with not equipping cutaways with any destination signs. Instead, it uses just attach small circular route plates on their passenger entry sides. Bus 8080 (on route 1), cutaways 8023 and 8025 are spotted at the North Transfer Point near a county food bank, while buses 8060 and 8080 (on route 4) are spotted at the South Transfer Point outside a Safeway grocery store. Once again, here is my COLT gallery: City of Loveland Transit/COLT (Loveland, Colorado)
  20. I have visited the city of Cheyenne, Wyoming again in October, and Cheyenne Transit Program (CTP) has revised its livery to one based on a purple front on its cutaways. It has also formally used the 4-digit 91xx-series as fleet numbers for them (Previously appearing on lower body panels, accompanied by 2-digit fleet numbers on the roofline). Large cutaway 9173 is the former 29, while small Chevy cutaway 9178 is the former 33. Low-floor Chevy cutaway 9175 is apparently a sister bus to the former 31. Finally, the agency has at least 4 newer small Chevy cutaways numbered 9182 and up, as depicted by bus 9183. All pictures were taken at/near the downtown parking garage/transfer site. Once again, here is my CTP gallery: Cheyenne Transit Program (Cheyenne, Wyoming)
  21. My turn for fanning reports on CTA: The bus side of CTA is a Novabus-New Flyer duopoly. Among the Novabus LFS buses, the oldest batch I could spot during my two stays in Chicago was that from 2001 like bus 6701, while the 2002 batch of identical buses is exemplified here by bus 6873. Newer generations of LFS buses are represented here by bus 8086 and 8253, both dating from the mid-2010's. New Flyer D40LF's are by far the most numerous buses in CTA's fleet, with 1030 buses delivered. They are represented here by 2005-06 bus 1008, 2007 bus 1514, 2008 buses 1677 and 1959 (which differs only in transmissions). CTA's artic fleet consists of 2 generations of New Flyer buses with 3 different body styles/propulsions. Bus 4020 and branded sister bus 4082 are 2008 DE60LF's. For the uninitiated, the J14 Jeffery Jump is a BRT-Lite line with the CTA. Meanwhile, bus 4161 is a 2009 sister bus that has seating differences only compared to the 2008 buses. The LFR style is represented by DE60LFR bus 4306 with Seattle-style roof fairings and D60LFR bus 4335. Both are new circa 2012-13. CTA also operates one of the most extensive urban heavy-rail systems in North America. Three types of trains are used nowadays. The oldest trains are 1981-87 Budd EMU's of the 2600 series like car 2685 on the Orange line and car 3152 on the Blue line. The 3200-series are 1992-94 Morrison-Knudsen EMU's. They are represented here by car 3300 on the Brown line. The newest trains for now are the 2008-14 Bombardier 5000-series EMU's. Illustrated here for the series are cars 5152, 5226, 5434 and 5673 on the Pink, Green, Purple and Red lines respectively. The Yellow line is the only one I have not pictured up to this day due to its nature of a short suburban shuttle. Here are my CTA bus and rail galleries: CTA Chicago Bus CTA Chicago Rail
  22. Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) has now been rebranded as Trinity Metro. Between the last days of The T and last March, the agency saw a large influx of Gillig Low Floor CNG buses in various guises. 2015 29ft. bus 1023 is among the first Gillig Low Floor CNG buses outfitted as a trolley replica. Meanwhile, 2015 40ft. suburban bus 1051 is 1 of 4 used exclusively on the North Texas Xpress jointly funded with Denton County Transit Authority (DCTA). Note the DCTA logo at the front end of the red waistband. They are joined by 4 batches of transit-style sister buses, like the pioneer transit-style Gillig Low Floor bus 1101 new in 2015, 2016 buses 1123 and 1167 (final bus with traditional windows) and 2018 buses 1805 and 1810 with frameless windows. Bus 1810 is also the agency's newest 40ft. bus for now. Trinity Metro has also introduced 6 New Flyer Xcelsior XN60 artics with frameless windows in 2018. They are dual-door unlike the NABI 60-BRT on route 89(The Spur) BRT-Lite service. They are used exclusively on route 2 and exemplified by buses 1864 and 1865. Meanwhile, NABI artic 1004 signed for route 89 is also illustrated here. Legacy buses from The T era include New Flyer C30LF bus 432 decorated as a trolley replica. A few of its sister buses are also retained for the TRE Link shuttle to the DFW airport and a Forest Hill local route. They are the last New Flyer LF-style buses in its fleet. Older 40ft. buses repainted in the current livery are exemplified by C40LFR buses 565 and 610, and NABI 40-LFW Gen II buses 582 and 586. Finally, TEXRail is a recently-launched commuter service operated by Stadler FLIRT DMU trains, like this one pictured at the Mercantile Center Station. Here is my Trinity Metro gallery: Trinity Metro (Fort Worth, Texas)
  23. During my visit in August, I have taken a whole bunch of pictures covering the new routes from the 2018 network revamp, new buses delivered and repaints occured after my 2016 visit. First up are the New Flyer repaints. D40LFR bus 2218 and D35LFR bus 2254, both 2009 buses, are spotted at the newly opened Westgate Transit Center situated beneath a highway segment. Meanwhile, D35LFR bus 2302 from the 2010 batch is also featured here as a repaint to the current livery. Since my 2016 visit, there is a steady stampede of Gillig BRT's into the agency's fleet. 2016 Buses 2502 and 2643 (Both pictured at Tech Ridge Park and Ride), plus 2017 bus 2714 on a University of Texas (UT) duty are 40ft. examples. Their 35ft. sister buses are exemplified by 2016 buses 2555 and 2653, 2017 bus 2752 on UT duty and 2018 bus 2801 on a Round Rock (Williamson County) duty. Note that the orange stripe on white UT livery is now history. Buses on UT duties simply display UT logos on their headsigns. Special mention must be made about the agency's effort in branching out to Austin's outer suburbs. Cutaway 1981 is an IC Bus used on an in-house Round Rock local, while Ford cutaway 2504 is operated by the Capital Area Rural Transit System(CARTS) but branded as GoGeo/Metrobus on a Georgetown (Williamson County) local. Finally, ElDorado National EZ-Rider II BRT bus 3202 is also sourced from CARTS but carries the current Capital Metro livery. It is spotted on a commuter route to Manor and Elgin. The agency has obtained 28 brand new MCI D4500 coaches like 9406 spotted in Round Rock. Also attached here is bus 5101, the first of the 2017 Novabus LFX artics. Finally, expansion train 201 for the Metrorail is also attached here. Once again, here is my Capital Metro gallery: Capital Metro (Austin, Texas)
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