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  1. Jared Kam

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Read the article above. Sad to see one of these great buses retire early. I don't know that there's any other fleet that has been as well received by drivers.
  2. Jared Kam

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Is there any chance that these could be electric XE60's? I know TheBus has been eyeing electric buses for a bit...
  3. Jared Kam

    Denver RTD

    How have the BYD buses been holding up? Looks like they are all in service... Great pics - thanks for sharing!
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    Why not hybrid - guessing they would have enough in the budget for it given they had budgeted for all electric?
  5. Jared Kam

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Would be really nice to see some New Flyer 40 foot buses added to the fleet, though it seems like they're just dialing in their Gillig specs. The XE60 is now Altoona certified so I wouldn't be surprised if OTS goes that direction given their experience with New Flyer articulated buses.
  6. Jared Kam

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Must...change...subject...quickly... Hey, so 701-708 have the Vapor door controls with the kneel and ramp controls integrated to the door switch on the left. I know they also have printed words on the flooring. Are those literally the only 8 buses with that feature? Does 670-677 have them also? Also, has anyone seen the new articulated bus? Have they translated those features to the New Flyer spec as well? Has anyone received their Holo card in the mail yet? Have I asked enough questions yet? I'll be in the islands next week - hoping to see something new...it's been too long since OTS received buses, and the 800-series is the next fleet to retire after the 300's hanging on for dear life.
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    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Hey guys, I've been back on Oahu 24 hours and I have yet to see a 700-series Gillig - did I miss something? Are they still on the road? I know I've rode on one earlier this year...just curious if there's any news on that front. Still seem in need of articulated buses on the CityExpress and CountryExpress routes...
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    Community Transit

    They have a desperate need to replace their oldest buses as well, with many of them well past their FTA lifespan. By going to straight diesel they are going to be able to maximize capital dollars to decrease the age of their fleet more quickly. I'd say in 10 years they run the risk of seeming archaic compared to the rest of the state, but I'd say more power to them reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by the fleet by retiring less efficient buses and replacing them with more modern clean diesel buses.
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    Valley Metro (Phoenix)

    These are apparently diesel buses according to a Gillig Facebook group...not sure what the purpose is of those fairings. Think these came in with a new digital dashboard; gotta say, those are pretty sweet. And with the screen they can bring the turn signal and other warning lights back to the dash from that terrible warning light design above the windshield.
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    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    Saw 7338 going north on I-5 late last week...
  11. Jared Kam

    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    The Alcoa rims look particularly good on the dark blue paint scheme...are they going to add more vinyl advertising of the electric nature of that bus?
  12. Jared Kam

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Couldn't agree more to this - seems like they are always beta testing something or another. Can't imagine that's fueled by Gillig - we have had so many bus series here from Gillig over the past 7 years that are nearly exactly the same. TheBus has every operator seat available these days (USSC 9100ALX, Q91, Evolution, Recaro Ergo) - can't imagine that's particularly advantageous from a maintenance perspective... The newest 600 series buses also have these Vapor door controls. https://www.wabtec.com/products/4992/drivers-door-and-component-controller They definitely take getting used to, especially with only 25-30 buses in the entire fleet with them. However after they break in they are a little easier to use as the buttons are easier to press.
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    King County Metro - Seattle, Washington

    What's the mileage like on those D60LF's? Are they still good buses? I didn't think they were in too bad shape the last time I got into one...Metro just seems like they're in a huge rush to get the green fleet status. Meanwhile, here in Portland, we have 8 hybrids total...
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    CTran - Vancouver, Washington

    http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/sep/07/c-tran-federal-grant-new-buses/ Saw two of these hybrid Gilligs going up I-5 this morning - I think I saw bus #4029 but they definitely were in the 4000-series.
  15. Jared Kam

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    This is the same technology that is being used in Portland, Oregon through INIT - ours is called Hop Fastpass - wonder if this is goodbye for the Transitmaster system as INIT provides an all in one system for AVL, annunciator, and fare payment. One feature that is pretty cool with our Hop card is that if you use the card to pay fare twice in a day (we have 2.5 hour fares here) you'll automatically get a day pass and it'll cap your fare for the day, and if you use it enough and hit the amount of a monthly pass it will automatically cap your payment for the month and you'll have the rest of the month as a monthly pass. Hopefully they will incorporate this technology to make it more appealing to riders switching. Nice introduction of the 700's too - are they going to be out of Kalihi facility? Looks like they've landed on specs for Gilligs moving forward...look awful similar to the last batch of 600's...