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    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Computers, Photography, Buses, Biking, Gardening, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

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  1. What does LFR mean? I know that the LF stands for Low Floor, but what is the R? Does that mean Restyled?
  2. BUS 374

    CT Transit and ConnDOT

    When did this happen? Did it occur after the crash of the market at the end of 2008, or has it always been like that? Do you know what kind of infrastructure they have for their buses? Based on your post, it sounds like CTTransit doesn't have one, or they let their existing infrastructure crash. Please, fill me in some more on this subject.
  3. BUS 374

    They're Not Dead Yet!

    You're probably right, but I'll try anyway. I have made a few trips on the Opus buses: I wasn't too thrilled: they're noisey and they are rather bumpy. I've already got my sights locked on another bus in the AATA fleet: BUS 426. She's a Gillig Low Floor, a 35-footer, has the same engine model as 374--Cummins ISL--but has a more powerful engine to offset the weight of all the new emission standards equipment, rides nice and she's fast too, despite weighing nearly 10 tons. Bus 426 came with a group of five buses in 2004 (425-429). Out of the five, 426 is the fastest, both in speed and acceleration. I've given 426 the nickname of "Rocket." Heck, 426 saw me five times in one day. Funny how that works out. Here's what she looks like:
  4. BUS 374

    They're Not Dead Yet!

    That's a little something I wish I had. I hope to wheel and deal with the Pres of Midwest Bus. Right now, I can't buy 374, but for all I know, 374 will go to another transit operator and run another 5-10 years. Who knows? She might wind back up in Lansing with another $2000 price tag on her! A little wishful thinking, but it's clear to me: If there was no chance of me acquiring 374 down the line, I would never have found her.
  5. BUS 374

    They're Not Dead Yet!

    Nah. Just madly in love with this bus! I can say without hesitation that it all started off as a Love Story. Although, obessed because I have autsim, yeah, you can say too. Buses were a dormant obsession until college. I can hardly wait to see 374 again. Love to buy her, but Midwest Bus doesn't sell to private owners. A rebuilt bus would go for as little $70,000. I actually got a chance to talk to a few people at Midwest Bus.
  6. BUS 374

    They're Not Dead Yet!

    I got an update on the D35LFs once a part of the AATA Bus fleet: Midwest Bus of Owosso, Michigan bought 5 of the AATA buses from the auction back in September. They rebuild the old buses and sell them to tranist operators. I am keeping tabs on old AATA Bus 374, simply because she's my favorite bus. Here are a couple of pics that I took of 374:
  7. BUS 374

    They're Not Dead Yet!

    I had enough money to buy the bus, but it wasn't in the right spot. I went to the auction just to see who would buy 374. If I had the money in the right spot, like in my checking account, I would have registered to bid and I would have bought 374. Bus 374 has always been my favorite bus in the AATA system. I made more trips on 374 than any other bus, and yes, 374 saved my life one day. Back in October of 2007, I was trying to get from one side of town to the other in time to attend a Discover Scuba Diving session at Slauson Middle School. I was riding one of the AATA's new hybrid buses and it was late. I decided to hop off and ride my bike all the way to the Blake Transit Center. Seeing that time was against me, I decided to get to the bus stop outside the Courthouse on Huron Street. When I got within one city block of the Courthouse, my transfer bus--Route 9--was pulling away. I thought the day was ruined. I was stuck in Ann Arbor, in the cold, 7 miles from home and there was a lot of traffic out there. A minute later, another bus pulled to the stop. I looked up, and it was 374! Bus 374 saved the day! Saved me from the cold; saved me the long trip home, and 374 even saved the dive! If it had not been for 374, I wouldn't be scuba diving. That bus has also been an inspiration for my success in school. I can also state that if it hadn't been for 374, I would not have earned the 2 Associates' Degrees and the 2 Advanced Certificates from Washtenaw Community College. As you can see, Bus 374 has played a major part in my life. I could not stand to not know where she was, and out of all the times my friends, including the bus drivers, have asked me if I wanted to buy the bus, I gave it some serious thought, and I saw the potential in owning a bus. I've lived in Ann Arbor my whole life--all 21 years--and even though I've used the transit system for four and a half years, I have earned the reputation of a bus aficionado from the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority.
  8. BUS 374

    They're Not Dead Yet!

    I wish I could, but I was not prepared for this auction. To be perfectly honest, I don't know who bought Bus 374. I was on the opposite side of the auctioneer's truck. That was my stupid fault. You say Midwest Bus? Who are they? Where are they situated? I am rather curious because I am trying to find old 374. I go back 4 years with that bus, and 374 saved my life back in 2007.
  9. I have the pricetags for Buses 373-375 of the AATA at the MI Surplus Auction. I posted it on your thread of AATA D35LF buses.

  10. BUS 374

    They're Not Dead Yet!

    Buses 373 and 374 went for $2300. Bus 375 went for $2400. I didn't get a chance to stick around long enough to see how much the remaining three went for.