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Jared Kam

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  1. Isn't TheBus now sticking to a four digit convention for fleet numbering? So the next Gillig 40' series would be 4101-41xx? Or are they just going to continue from 4017 with the next diesel buses?
  2. Curious how many buses are required for peak AM and PM schedules. Seems like there hasn't been an insertion of new buses (particularly 40') to coincide with the retirements, which leads me to believe that they currently have a surplus fleet that they have kept going for some time now. Sad to see those 800's go - they were quite the workhorses for TheBus. Hopefully the 6000's get up and running soon - it always seemed like there could never be enough 60' buses for all the routes that require them.
  3. They want this 24 hour route to run with continuous bus service with rapid charging at the end points. Hoping that they stick to their guns with Gillig as the other electric only manufacturers (BYD, Proterra) have had mixed results.
  4. I do wish that they would go with a mix of hybrid and full battery electric options, just due to the timeline. I don't know how TheBus was able to get so many 40' battery electric Gilligs, but there is a huge wait list for those buses at this point. Choosing hybrid technology (with updated technology, like the start/stop functionality) would save the environment significantly as they would be able to more quickly retire EPA97 emissions buses. It cannot be emphasized enough that the EXCELLENT maintenance of these buses has prolonged the life of their fleet, because the salt air is particularly challenging to these buses despite the more favorable weather conditions. It amazes me that the air conditioning systems on the entire fleet function as well as they do, because I can tell you there are many other newer fleets in other places that cannot compete with the performance of TheBus' fleet. TheBus is one of the last agencies still running Phantoms, and they have a clear mission for their Phantoms due to the added capacity provided by the seating configuration in the front. They utilize these buses on routes that can reach full seated load and full standing load factors. However, with the COVID seating restrictions for the seats near the operator over the wheel wells that benefit is greatly reduced at the current time. With the 300's (I truly cannot believe these are still on the road doing daily service) and the 68 800's being the last of the high floor buses I would be curious if TheBus would choose to go with a 60' bus as a replacement option for these Phantoms. With the number of 40' buses running on the A CityExpress! and C CountryExpress! I always have thought that TheBus would put additional 60' buses to good use. I would not be surprised if TheBus looks to lesser used manufacturers to procure buses at a faster pace, including NovaBus, Proterra (yuck), or BYD (double yuck). They procure buses about as intelligently as any agency in the country so my hope would be that they ensure that they have strict performance guarantees with either Proterra or BYD if they do choose to purchase from them. They did so much work in securing the Gillig bid (with driver test drives, performance testing, etc.) that I would be surprised if they chose one of the electric-only manufacturers. Those manufacturers may have improved, but they still seem inferior.
  5. Believe this was a loaner coach from Novabus. TriMet used it for clearance testing and driver familiarization while they awaited their actual first production unit.
  6. Any bets on how much of this will fill in the rail shortfall?
  7. I do think they look better with frameless windows. Wonder if this is a permanent change...
  8. Any updates on the battery electric buses' performance? Have they found any to be particularly advantageous? I certainly have guesses on their thoughts but I think MUNI and KC Metro are the only two agencies that seem to be doing head to head comparisons.
  9. Just wait and see... As for the electric buses, I know there were delays on electric charging infrastructure at Kalihi - have the rest of the chargers been installed and are they all working? Gotta imagine that they have some diesel buses on order as well - the 300-series bus I rode last week (321 on the 81 Express) was in better shape than some of the 500-series buses I was on. That being said, hard to believe, but the 200-series buses are now actually in the ripe age to perform mid-life rehabs. And those 2004 NFI 60-foot buses need to be sent to pasture - they are the most rickety and rattley things that are on the road.
  10. Any updates related to the emergency service reduction that might be going into effect? Heard that the sign up is complete and they are just waiting for the effective date. Sad times for TheBus - with the amount of federal monies being given to transit agencies it's a mystery why operations needs to be cut.
  11. This is common among agencies to reduce glare on the windshield. Nice to see them trying some different things - with the seats being blue that lighting looks pretty nice!
  12. Funny that the selection literally is New Flyer vs. New Flyer (AD) vs. New Flyer (MCI). Hope that Gillig rep has some game, or they could get left in the dust with ACT. Does anyone know, how has ACT's experiences with both Gillig and New Flyer been? Seems like they are sticking to their original plan (Gillig 40' (outside of the green buses); New Flyer everything else). Seeing as they don't really spec anything too special with any of their buses (hill holder, electronic dashboard, vapor controls, etc.) I can't imagine that there are any specific features that operators would particularly love one over the other.
  13. If I was a betting man, I would guess that the white one that was replaced when CCW refurbished the bus either was damaged or failed, and what they had on hand were amber ones from either retired buses or backstock that was on hand when orange LED signs were the current option. Again, just a guess.
  14. Would seem like they are going to run out of fleet numbers if they go with this convention. That would leave a maximum of 99 vehicles in each length... I could see if they went with 4001 designating 40 foot buses, 3001 designating a 35 foot bus, 2001 designating a 29 foot bus, and 6001 designation a 60 foot articulated bus. I suppose the short buses won't ever exceed 99 vehicles, but it seems like an odd way to go given the possibility that they are starting this convention now. Since we are on the subject, I honestly thought that the 800 series articulated buses were going to drop the 8 once buses 70-99 were retired...
  15. What happened to frameless windows?
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