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Buzz2kb

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  1. So looks like the near term future of New Orleans RTA is towards an 100% Xcelsior fleet. Am I right?
  2. Top be specific: Orion VII NG and 3G 40ft, Seattle-style New Flyer DE60LFR, XD40 and XD35 (Some 2022 examples of the former and all of the latter are in a revised livery) and probably a dwindling band of Orion VII NG 35ft on the bus side.
  3. I strongly doubt it. By the way, the agency has rebranded itself into Jefferson Parish Transit and has a totally new livery as well.
  4. The title only refers to the prevalence of RTS buses at the Texas A&M campus at the time I started the thread, and any general discussions on the Aggie Spirit fleet is welcome here. By the way, the 40ft. MTS-built derivatives are still active.
  5. I thought you are NFI fanboy judging by your frequent quoting of NFI press releases. Now I understand. Disclaimer: My transit fanning experience revolves pretty much around Gillig as I lived in Florida for 6 years and in the South for the rest of my 16-year sojourn in the US. And Gillig is the dominant heavy-duty bus brand in Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee (the 3 states I fanned the most) to say the least.
  6. I really wonder if you're a mouthpiece for NFI. Do you work for them or you simply love NFI buses? When I read your posts, I really get an impression that NFI is on a roll of late.
  7. 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.
  8. So why did GM decide to hold on to the Express platform for roughly 26 years?
  9. 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.
  10. So what kind of buses are they?
  11. So what is the reason behind the poor sales of Gillig buses in NYC area?
  12. So why was it doubtful that Gillig would win this order?
  13. So what are the contracted routes?
  14. Why are you posting nothing but NABI buses? I'm curious if you are a die-hard fans of them.
  15. Are those trolleys from Gillig as well?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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).
  20. 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.
  21. Yep, the buses indeed don't carry any fleet numbers!
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. According to this article, some of the new Gillig Low Floor 29 footers will be Illinois buses operated for St. Clair County Transit District.
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