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  1. Victoria Island CityLink will be delighted to have Kaguya New & Used Solutions be the sole manufacturer of our Setra and Volvo bus orders. Will you also be able to manufacture our Volvo buses from our transit order? (here: http://www.cptdb.ca/index.php?showtopic=7109&page=190&do=findComment&comment=704797) We will send you our specifications as soon as we finalize our New Vehicle Allocation Schedule for both our transit bus and commuter/long distance bus orders.
  2. Ugh, this whole month so far has been too long. [insert usual lateness apologies here.] New (read: massive) transit bus bid opportunity coming up for electric and trolley buses for Altamira Peninsula CityLink. More details to be released soon. Order announcement for Victoria Island CityLink Commuter/Long Distance bus order: -All vehicles are right hand drive. -All units are Diesel and will run on B5/B20/B100 Grade Biodiesel. -All vehicles conform to Euro VI emissions standards. -All units expected to begin delivery 1st quarter 2016. Order Category: 9.5 Meter/35 Foot Commuter Diesel bus, 245 units Awarded to: Setra, S412H MultiClass (245 units) Order Category: 12 Meter/40 Foot Commuter Diesel bus, 265 units Awarded to: Tri-Star, ML40-D Metroliner (145 units) Setra, S415H MultiClass (120 units) Order Category: 13.7 Meter/45 Foot Commuter Diesel bus, 105 units Awarded to: Tri-Star, CX4500 Chariot (55 units) Setra, S417H MultiClass (50 units) Order Category: 12 Meter/40 Foot Single Decker Long Distance Diesel bus, 160 units Awarded to: Volvo, 9700 (80 units) Setra, S515MD ComfortClass (80 units) Order Category: 13.7 Meter/45 Foot Single Decker Long Distance Diesel bus Order category cancelled due to order requirements regarding capacity being filled by orders from Double Decker category. Order Category: 13.7 Meter/45 Foot Double Decker Long Distance Diesel bus, 80 units Awarded to: Setra, S431DT Top Class (60 units) Tri-Star, EL4500 Elegance (20 units) Total units: 855 Amount by manufacturer: Setra: 555 units Tri-Star: 220 units Volvo: 80 units
  3. This is probably long overdue along with a few other things. I just simply haven't had the time to pick this back up for a multitude of reasons, today I found time since I've been in bed all day with a fever. Long Distance/Commuter bus order announcement will be tomorrow along with other long delayed announcements for Altamira Peninsula CityLink. It's all already typed out so there won't be any delay on that front. This order is massive, much more than the Altamira order earlier this summer, since the whole island's bus fleet is being replaced all at once. Order announcement for Victoria Island CityLink regular transit bus order: -Orders are listed from longest to shortest length except double deckers which are listed last. -All vehicles are right hand drive. -Diesel units will run on B5/B20/B100 Grade Biodiesel. CNG vehicles will run on Renewable Natural Gas. -All vehicles conform to Euro VI emissions standards. Specifications to be released tomorrow. -All units expected to begin delivery 1st quarter 2016. Order Category: 18 Meter/60 Foot CNG bus, 350 units Awarded to: Tri-Star, TS60-G Transitliner (225 units) MAN, Lion's City G Low Entry CNG (125 units) Order Category: 18 Meter/60 Foot Diesel bus, 80 units Awarded to: MAN, Lion's City G Low Entry (40 units) Tri-Star, TS60-D Transitliner (25 units) Mercedes-Benz, Citaro G Low Entry (15 units) Order Category: 12 Meter/40 Foot CNG bus, 355 units Awarded to: Tri-Star, TS40-G Transitliner (180 units) MAN, Lion's City Low Entry CNG (175 units) Order Category: 12 Meter/40 Foot Diesel bus, 350 units Awarded to: Mercedes-Benz, Citaro Low Entry (175 units) Volvo, B8RLE (75 units) Tri-Star, TS40-D Transitliner (50 units) MAN, Lion's City Low Entry (50 units) Order Category:12 Meter/40 Foot Diesel Hybrid bus, 400 units Awarded to: Tri-Star, TS40-DE Transitliner (175 units) Volvo, 7900H (175 units) MAN, Lion's City Low Entry Hybrid (50 units) Order Category: 10.5 Meter/35 Foot Diesel bus, 515 units Awarded to: Wrightbus, StreetLite 10.8 Meter variant (260 units) MAN, Lion's City M Low Entry (100 units) Mercedes-Benz, Citaro K Low Entry (100 units) Tri-Star TS35-D Transitliner (55 units) Order Category: 10.5 Meter/35 Foor Diesel Hybrid bus, 470 units Awarded to: Tri-Star, TS35-DE Transitliner (280 units) Alexander-Dennis, Enviro 200H 10.5 Meter variant (190 units) Order Category: 9 Meter/30 Foot CNG bus, 325 units Awarded to: Tri-Star, TS30-G Transitliner (325 units) Order Category: 9 Meter/30 Foot Diesel bus, 485 units Awarded to: Wrightbus, StreetLite 8.8 Meter variant (230 units) Wrightbus, StreetLite 9.5 Meter variant (40 units) Tri-Star, TS30-D Transitliner (115 units) Alexander-Dennis, Enviro 200 (100 units) Order Category: 9 Meter/30 Foot Diesel Hybrid bus, 210 units Awarded to: Alexander-Dennis, Enviro200H 9 Meter variant (190 units) Tri-Star TS30-DE Transitliner (20 units) Order Category: 10.5 Meter/35 Foot Double Decker Diesel bus, 285 units Awarded to: Alexander-Dennis, Enviro400 10.2 Meter variant (165 units) Volvo, B5TL (120 units) Order Category: 10.5 Meter/35 Foot Double Decker Diesel Hybrid bus, 590 units Awarded to: Alexander-Dennis, Enviro400H 10.2 Meter variant (310 units) Volvo, B5LH (280 units) Total order amount: 4,415 units. Amount by manufacturer: -Tri-Star, 1,450 units -Alexander-Dennis, 955 units -Volvo, 650 units -MAN, 540 units -Wrightbus, 530 units -Mercedes-Benz, 290 units
  4. Here are the Commuter/Long Distance Coach shortlists for the Victoria Island CityLink order. Like with the previous shortlists, the final orders will be announced August 10th, 2015. Some notes (which are somewhat the same from the transit order with new additions): -All units except double deckers are high floor entry buses/coaches. -All units are wheelchair accesible. Certain manufacturers/bus models have been disqualified from order categories for not meeting this requirement despite excellent product offerings. -These units will replace left-hand drive buses on loan from Altamira Peninsula CityLink as well as replacing right-hand drive buses dating back to the 1980s (British Leyland buses). -All buses are right hand drive and conform to Euro VI European emissions regulations as opposed to EPA North American emissions regulations used by Altamira Peninsula. -All units will run on B20 grade Biodiesel blend. -Order amounts yet to be determined. Manufacturers/models listed are among those being considered for orders. Units from multiple manufacturers may be ordered in the same category. Victoria Island CityLink Commuter/Long Distance Bus Order Shortlists 35 Foot/10.5 Meter Biodiesel Commuter bus This will be a direct award to Setra for the 10.8 Meter (35.4 Feet) S412H MultiClass as there are no other manufacturers/bus models that fit the requirements for this order category. 40 Foot/12 Meter Biodiesel Commuter bus Tri-Star ML40D Metroliner Tri-Star CX4000 Chariot Setra S415H MultiClass (12.2m) Scania OmniExpress 3.20 45 Foot/13.7 Meter Biodiesel Commuter bus Tri-Star CX4500 Chariot Setra S417H MultiClass (14m) Scania OmniExpress 3.20 40 Foot/12 Meter Biodiesel Long Distance Single Decker bus Tri-Star CX4000 Chariot Volvo 9700 (12.3m) Plaxton Elite (12.6m) Setra S515MD ComfortClass (12.3m) 45 Foot/13.7 Meter Biodiesel Long Distance Single Decker bus Tri-Star CX4500 Chariot Volvo 9700 (13.8m) Plaxton Elite (14m) 45 Foot/13.7m Biodiesel Double Decker Long Distance bus Tri-Star EL 4500 Elegance Van Hool TDX27 Astromega (14.1m) Setra S431DT TopClass (13.8m)
  5. Unfortunately, the double decker category of the Transit order is only for regular transit use short length Double Deckers between 30-35 feet (9-10.5 meters) akin to what is in service for the bus aspect of Transport for London.Not to worry though! There will be a second set of orders announced July 26th for Commuter and Long Distance coaches and Tri-Star's Elegance EL 4500 would be a perfect fit for the Long Distance Double Decker Coach category! PS: Are Tri-Star's engine offerings Euro VI emissions compliant? Won't affect the order, just curious.
  6. Three days late with this one. Sorry about that. Part of what stalled this a bit is that for Victoria Island, I wanted to go with European manufacturers. I just wasn't prepared for the HUGE variety of various manufacturers and models offered. I mostly stuck to what was offered for the United Kingdom bus market since Victoria Island is somewhat modelled geographically and organizationally after England, but I said F-it, let's include some mainland European manufacturers (I was particularly impressed with MAN offerings) and Tri-Star. I'll also be referencing this shortlist for the bus aspect of my 3rd region under development which is modelled after Scotland (both Lowlands and Highlands). More info on that will be released late this year/early next year. Some notes: -These units will replace left-hand drive buses on loan from Altamira Peninsula CityLink as well as replacing right-hand drive buses dating back to the 1980s (British Leyland buses). -All buses are right hand drive and conform to Euro VI emissions regulations as opposed to EPA emissions regulations used by Altamira Peninsula. -Order amounts yet to be determined. Manufacturers/models listed are among those being considered for orders. All orders will be announced August 10th, 2015. -Unless otherwise noted, all MAN bus models being considered are of the Low Entry variant offered with most MAN models (i.e. similar to Low Floor bus arrangement used in North America). They are noted with LE in the model name. Without further ado: Victoria Island CityLink Transit Bus Order Shortlists Order Category: CNG/RNG Transit buses Order Subcategory: 30 Foot/9 Meter CNG/RNG bus This will be a direct award to Tri-Star for the TS30G Transitliner as they are the only manufacturer who provides a product that can fit this category. Order Subcategory: 40 Foot/12 Meter CNG/RNG bus Tri-Star TS40G Transitliner MAN Lion's City LE CNG Order Subcategory: 60 Foot/18 Meter CNG/RNG bus Tri-Star TS60G Transitliner MAN Lion's City G LE CNG Order Category: Diesel Transit buses, all transit buses will be running on B20 grade Biodiesel blend Order Subcategory: 30 Foot/9 Meter Diesel bus Alexander-Dennis Enviro 200 (8.9m) Wrightbus StreetLite (8.8 m) Tri-Star TS30D Transitliner (9.1m) Order Subcategory: 35 Foot/10.5 Meter Diesel bus MAN Lion’s City M (10.5 m), true low floor design Wrightbus StreetLite (10.8 m) Mercedes-Benz Citaro K (10.5 m) Tri-Star TS35D Transitliner (10.6 m) Order Subcategory: 40 Foot/12 Meter Diesel bus MAN Lion’s City Volvo B8RLE (Wrightbus Body) (11.8 m) Mercedes-Benz Citaro LE Alexander-Dennis Enviro300 (11.8 m) Tri-Star TS40D Transitliner Order Subcategory: 60 Foot/18 Meter Diesel bus MAN Lion’s City G LE Mercedes-Benz Citaro G Tri-Star TS60D Transitliner Order Category: Diesel-Electric Hybrid Transit buses, all transit buses will be running on B20 grade Biodiesel blend Order Subcategory: 30 Foot/9 Meter Hybrid bus Alexander-Dennis Enviro200H (8.9m) Tri-Star TS30DE Transitliner (9.1 m) Order Subcategory: 35 Foot/10.5 Meter Hybrid bus Alexander-Dennis Enviro200H (10.8 m) Alexander-Dennis Envrio350H (11.5 m) Tri-Star TS35DE Transitliner Order Subcategory:40 Foot/12 Meter Hybrid bus Volvo 7900H MAN Lion’s City LE Hybrid Tri-Star TS40DE Transitliner Order Category: Double Decker transit buses, all transit buses will be running on B20 grade Biodiesel blend Alexander-Dennis Enviro400 (10.3 m) Alexander-Dennis Enviro400H Hybrid (10.2 m) Volvo B5TL (10.5 m) Volvo B5LH Hybrid (10.5 m) A separate order announcement will be made for right hand drive commuter and long distance coaches on July 26th.
  7. Altamira Peninsula CityLink wishes to purchase 80 1998 D40LF units from Furbyville. These units will be placed into Reserve Fleet service to accelerate retirement of the 1998 NovaBus RTS-06 units and to cover for 1997 Neoplan AN440 CNG units as they are being overhauled. We would like all units to have their liveries removed prior to being shipped. How soon can Furbyville begin to ship units?
  8. It's a conversion in the sense that the fuel supply will eventually convert from regular natural gas to sustainably sourced renewable natural gas. For newer CNG buses, equipment such as tanks and engines will remain the same until it is time for their major overhauls (which under CityLink occurs at the 6, 10, and 13 year marks) where they will be re-evaluated for usefulness. For some older units, CNG tank replacement was already necessary to extend service life to the standard CityLink life expectancy of 15-17 years. In some cases, it is also necessary to swap out the engines as well due to poor performance (like the Cummins C-Gas Plus) or due to how old the engine is. The RNG conversion program was the perfect excuse to accelerate the maintenance schedule to bring older buses back up to modern standards to take full advantage of the new fuel when it comes online. So in a sense, it's also a conversion in a more physical sense. All buses will recieve updated branding to let the public know of the cleaner fuel. Existing clean energy buses already carry the taglines: "Clean Fuel Powered- Clearing the Air" (CNG buses) "Biodiesel Fuel Powered- Clearing the Air" (Biodiesel buses) "Hybrid Energy Powered- Clearing the Air" (Hybrid buses) "Zero Emissions Electric Powered- Clearing the Air" (Electric buses) Those will be updated to say "Clean Renewable Fuel Powered- Clearing the Air" in the case of RNG and Biodiesel buses, "Clean Hybrid Technology Powered- Clearing the Air" for Hybrid buses, and "Renewable Energy Powered- Clearing the Air" for Electric buses. As for staff, as a bus comes into a maintenance shop, the bus number is entered into a computer and all relevant information is brought up on the screen. In addition some buses will be sporting an addition decal visible on both sides on the bus indicating the clean fuel. Also, a in-bus PR campaign will be launched to inform passengers of the type of bus they are riding with some quick facts. Also, both maintenance staff and bus operators are trained to recognize bus types and assosciated necessary knowledge by sight and by looking at the number range.
  9. Late order announcement, this is related to the next major CityLink project announcements (below) Victoria Island CityLink order announcement has been moved to tomorrow due to lack of time to type up anything decent related to it. Order Category: 40 Foot Diesel Transit Bus Order amount: 100 units Awarded to: -Tri-Star, ML40D Metroliner (100 units) -Ordered to cover for various Diesel units as they are converted for use with Biodiesel. -Will be assigned to different Divisions on a rotational basis. -Funded by a consortium of governments from San Dalton County, Oxford County, Richmond County, Acacia County, and Lucerne County. Additional funding provided by Altamira Peninsula Clean Air Transportation (CATRANS) grants. -Engine spec'd for B100 grade Pure Biodiesel as part of a demonstration/pilot bus order for Biodiesel buses. -General Specs: -Tri-Star IBES-D/MetroTech NBT01 (45 units) -Two Door Transit Configuration -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Vision seats with Q'Pod Wheelchair restraint system In addition, Tri-Star has been awarded a contract to supply 300 IBES-D, 50 IBES-D10, and 190 IBES-DE engines to repower buses to be compatible with B100 grade Pure Biodiesel. Work will be carried out in-house with the assistance of Tri-Star staff and/or at Tri-Star facilities at their discretion (and availability of space). Diesel/Diesel-Electric repowering work will be done between the start of August and late 2016. Tri-Star powertrain related repowering will move to the Acacia County facility when it is open. Total Tri-Star order now stands at 1,050 units plus 540 engines. In addition, CityLink will be announcing the repower contract for Renewable Natural Gas engines/powertrains on August 1st. Another clean energy project (and additional bus orders) will also be announced then. In addition, that is when all other Tri-Star demonstrations (that didn't end July 15th) are set to end and data results published from both demonstrations. CityLink Alternative Energy Source Conversion Program Biodiesel conversion program Diesel Buses Overview CityLink currently has approximately 4,500 buses that run on Diesel fuel in the Main and Reserve fleets in one form or another as of July 2015, of which: 1,570 are Diesel-Electric Hybrids and 330 are running on B20 grade Biodiesel blend which is 80% regular petroleum diesel and 20% renewable biodiesel. As for the remaining units, a good majority of them will be retired within the next 3 years with new bus purchases. CityLink has taken major steps to phase out the vast majority of Diesel-powered buses in the fleet. Despite these efforts, some problems will remain: a lot of diesel units will still remain with the CityLink fleet past 2018; CityLink cannot completely remove Diesel buses from the fleet due to the need of Diesel buses in certain areas to navigate difficult terrain where performance of hybrid and natural gas powered buses would suffer; while Diesel-Electric buses are fuel saving and more environmentally responsible than straight diesel, these units still rely on traditional diesel in order to power the engine which acts as an onboard electric generator; and the gradual rise of Diesel prices. Because of the increasing unsustainability of Petroleum-sourced Diesel as a fuel, CityLink hereby announces a transition to Biodiesel in the fleet. This program will be broken down into multiple phases (some concurrently) with the entire diesel-based fleet transitioned to Biodiesel by 2018. -230 existing 2011 Gillig Low Floor units already running on B20 Biodiesel. -100 existing 2011 New Flyer L40LFR buses converted to B20 Biodiesel in late 2014. -All units Diesel/Diesel-Electric hybrids converted to run on B20 Biodiesel by mid-2017. Phase 1: Diesel Engine Replacement/Conversion Program Outline & B100 Pure Biodiesel Demonstration 1.)Transition to B20 Biodiesel blend for use on all 2004 and newer Cummins/Tri-Star engine equipped Diesel units by September 2015. This will transition the vast majority of straight diesel running buses in the CityLink fleet. 2.) Transition to B5 Biodiesel blend for all other Diesel units by November 2015. 3.) Transition to B100 Pure Biodiesel for select units by January 2017. 4.) Retirement/engine replacement of all pre-2004 Diesel units by January 2017. 5.) B100 Pure Biodiesel fuel demonstration (4 components) a. 2009 NABI 416 CAT C9 engines replaced with B100 Biodiesel compatible Tri-Star IBES-D engines (125 units by June 2016 as Component BD1 of the B100 grade Biodiesel pilot/demonstration. b. 100 Tri-Star ML40D Metroliner units ordered (in addition to other Metroliner ML40G units already ordered) to cover for loss of units at individual service Divisions during engine replacement project and as Component BD2 of the B100 grade Biodiesel pilot/demonstration. c. Conversion/Repowering of existing Diesel units in Reserve Fleet as Component BD3 of the of the B100 grade Biodiesel pilot/demonstration. i. Acquisition of Lucerne County 1998/2001 New Flyer D40LF buses as reserve units for rest of CityLink fleet by accelerating bus replacement schedule. ii. Repower 1998/2001 D40LF buses (105 units) with B100 grade Biodiesel compatible Tri-Star IBES-D engines by December 2015. Once repowered, these will replace 50 1998 NovaBus RTS-06 units. 1. Remaining 70 1998 NovaBus RTS-06 units to be replaced by RNG program reserve fleet units. (See below) d. Repowering existing select older Diesel units in Main Fleet to B100 grade Biodiesel Compatible Tri-Star IBES-D/IBES-D10 engines as Component BD4 of the B100 grade Biodiesel pilot/demonstration. i. 2000 NovaBus RTS-06 (10 units) by January 2016. ii. 2001 Gillig Phantom (20 units) by January 2016. iii. 2002 Gillig Phantom (20 units) by January 2016. iv. 2007 MCI D4500CL (50 units) by June 2016. v. 2008 Gillig Phantom (20 units) by June 2016. Phase 2: Transition of Diesel-Electric buses to Bio-Diesel 1.) Transition to B5 grade Biodiesel blend for all Diesel-Electric buses by September 2015. 2.) Transition to B20 grade Biodiesel blend for all Diesel-Electric buses by June 2016. 3.) Transition select Diesel-Electric buses to B100 grade Pure Biodiesel by January 2017. a. All Tri-Star Diesel-Electric buses will transition to B100 with no additional repair work by June 2016. b. Older New Flyer 2005/2006 New Flyer DE40LF/LFR buses (40 units) will be repowered with new engines and new hybrid drive systems to accommodate B100 compatible diesel engines and to extend operational service life on these units. Work completed by June 2016. c. Older New Flyer 2007-2009 New Flyer DE40LF/LFR buses (150 units) will be repowered with new engines to accommodate B100 compatible diesel engines and to extend operational service life on these units. Work completed by January 2017. Phase 3: Transition remaining Diesel buses to B50 grade Biodiesel 1.) Retire all older non-repowered/non-Biodiesel pre-2004 diesel buses by January 2018. 2.) Replace engines on all remaining non-repowered diesel buses with engines that can accommodate Biodiesel of all grades by January 2018. These buses will eventually be able to transition to B100 grade Biodiesel without much additional repair work/preparation. Transition of CNG vehicles to Renewable Natural Gas Natural Gas Bus Overview CityLink currently has approximately 7,000 buses that run on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) fuel in the Main and Reserve fleets as of July 2015. CityLink had previously operated LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) vehicles in the Main Fleet. However in 2013, it was decided that fuel sources must be streamlined to cut down on resource costs and most LNG vehicles were prematurely retired and sold off to or exchanged with different agencies (such as Sierra Monrovia Area Regional Transit [sMART]). 20 LNG Powered units remain in Lucerne County operated by Division 15 and are fueled at a nearby Lucerne County government vehicle maintenance facility at no cost to CityLink. Despite the environmentally friendly diesel alternative fuel source in the form of CNG and while the CNG fuel market has not been volatile in recent years as much as the Diesel fuel market has, the extraction methods of Natural Gas have now been proven to be environmentally destructive and runs counter to the idea of the environmentally friendly nature of using Natural Gas in everyday operations. With this being the case, it has been determined by the Altamira Peninsula government to transition all CNG powered public vehicles to renewably sourced Natural Gas by 2020. For CityLink, this means transitioning all CNG powered buses to Compressed Renewable Natural Gas (CRNG or RNG). CityLink aims to transition all buses to RNG at all service Divisions by January 2017. The conversion program will be broken down to multiple phases (some concurrently). -100 Existing New Flyer L40LFR buses already converted to Compressed Renewable Natural Gas in early 2015. -9 Service Divisions already operating/ready to operate RNG alongside existing CNG. (See below for complete list) -All new orders to accommodate RNG as a fuel system, including Summer 2015 orders RNG Conversion Project/Natural Gas Bus Improvement Project Outline The start of the RNG conversion program provides an excellent opportunity to address maintenance issues with certain CNG buses, such as replacement of low performing/outdated CNG engines, replacement of expiring CNG fuel tanks, or conversion of existing buses of different fuel types to RNG. In addition, CityLink intends to bring RNG online at all Service Divisions by June 2017. For repowers, CityLink will be installing the Tri-Star IBES-G/IBES-G10 engine or Cummins Westport ISL-G/ISX12-G/ISB6.7-G engine and/or the Tri-Star MetroTech NBT01 Transmission. (A complete list of changes will be released to Maintenance Staff at all Service Divisions on August 1st, 2015). Phase 1: Replacement of CNG engines/components on select buses. 1.) Repower of 220 1997/1999 Neoplan AN440 units by February 2016. 2.) Repower/re-tanking of 60 2001 NABI 40-LFW units going into the Reserve Fleet by January 2016. Units to replace remaining 70 1998 NovaBus RTS-06 units not covered by the Biodiesel conversion project. 3.) Retanking of 510 2002-2006 Orion 05.501 CNG units equipped with Allison transmissions. 175 Commuter Orion units will be repowered as well. All work done by June 2016. 4.) Repower/retanking of 10 2003 Orion 05.501 CNG units equipped with Voith transmissions. 5.) Repower/Retanking of 330 2000-2005 New Flyer C40LF units. All work done by January 2017. 6.) Repower of 525 2006/2007 New Flyer C40LFR units. All work done by January 2017. 7.) Repower of 70 2006 NABI 40-LFW units. All work done by June 2016. 8.) Repower of 100 2011 MCI D4000CT CNG units. All work done by January 2017. 9.) Repower of 50 2011 MCI D4500CT CNG units. All work done by January 2017. 10.) Repower of 50 2007 ElDorado EZ-Rider II MAX units. All work done by January 2017. Phase 2: Equip All Service Divisions to Handle RNG Division 1: Equip by January 2016, RNG Online by June 2016. Division 2: Equip by January 2016, RNG Online by June 2016. Division 3: RNG Online and in use. Division 4: RNG Online and in use. Division 5: Equip by June 2016, RNG Online by January 2017. Division 6: Equip by January 2017, RNG Online by June 2017. Division 7: Equip by June 2016, RNG Online by January 2017. Division 8: Equip by June 2016, RNG Online by January 2017. Division 9: Equip by June 2016, RNG Online by January 2017. Division 10: Equip by January 2017, RNG Online by June 2017. Division 11: Equip by January 2017, RNG Online by June 2017. Division 12: RNG Online and in use. Division 13: Equip by January 2017, RNG Online by June 2017. Division 14: Equip by June 2016, RNG Online by January 2017. Division 15: RNG Online and in use. Division 16: RNG Equipped, yard not currently open. Division 17: RNG Equipped, yard not currently open. Division 18: RNG Equipped, RNG Online by January 2016. Division 19: RNG Equipped, RNG Online by January 2016. Division 20: RNG Equipped, RNG Online by January 2016. Phase 3: Conversion of select buses of other fuel types to RNG 1.) Repower/retanking of 20 2003 Gillig Phantom LNG units, conversion from Liquefied Natural Gas to Compressed Natural Gas via underfloor fuel tanks. All work done by January 2016. 2.) Conversion of 45 2009 NABI 42-BRT units from Gasoline-Electric Hybrids to CNG. All work done by June 2016. 3.) Conversion of 30 2005 New Flyer GE40LF units from Gasoline-Electric Hybrids to CNG. All work done by January 2017. It is anticipated that with this move to Biodiesel and Renewable Natural Gas that CityLink will be able to enhance its public profile of being environmentally responsible and meet anticipated emissions regulations well in advance for early compliance.
  10. Edit: Edits completed and are here: http://www.cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=Santa_Monica_Municipal_Bus_Lines_2901-2904
  11. A quick question for Tri-Star regarding Biodiesel: Can the IBES-D and IBES-DE engines support B100 grade biodiesel (100% biodiesel) or are they limited to B20 grade (80% petroleum diesel/20% biodiesel)?
  12. I'd like to request deletion of this photo: http://www.cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=File:Torrance_Transit_488-a.jpg I have since uploaded a new (better) photo of 488 and have modified existing wiki entries to point to the new image.
  13. Hi, I have a bit of a conundrum regarding older versus current pictures. I'm currently editing the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus wiki page, and I'm modifying part of the fleet page to reflect that the 2010 ElDorado EZ-Rider II BRT units have since been converted to CNG from hybrids and uploading a new photo of a post-CNG conversion unit. I understand that it would make no sense to keep an older "before" photo in the page's roster information as it is not current, but would it make sense to still keep a single "before" photo as a footnote in the respective fleet detail page alongside current photos? The idea is to at least show wiki readers what the units had looked like prior to such a conversion while still respecting the original photo's uploader. The old photo: http://www.cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=File:Santa_Monica_Municipal_Bus_Lines_2902-a.jpg The new photo: http://www.cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=File:Santa_Monica_Municipal_Bus_Lines_2902b.jpg I'm curious to hear thoughts and/or official protocol (if any) on this matter. Thanks!
  14. I know I said orders were supposed to be announced on July 15th, but things have come up over the weekend that will require my attention most of this week and I've chosen to annouce early rather than later. CityLink announcements regarding Clean Energy/Clean Fuel initiatives and Victoria Island CityLink orders will be pushed back to July 20th. In the mean time, here is the rest of the Summer 2015 order for Altamira Peninsula CityLink. 1,450 new buses on top of what was already announced. Order Category: 40 Foot Low Floor Diesel Transit Bus Order amount: 100 units Awarded to: -Tri-Star, Transitliner TS40D (40 units) -Will be assigned to Division 14 (North Lucerne County). -Funded by Lucerne County government. -General Specs: -Cummins ISL9/ZF EcoLife 6AP1400B -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Vision seats with Q'Pod wheelchair restraint system -New Flyer, Xcelsior XD40 (60 units) -Will be assigned to Division 15 (Southern Lucerne County). -Ordered to maintain existing fleet compatibility at Division 15. -Funded by Lucerne County government. -General Specs: -Cummins ISL9/ZF EcoLife 6AP1400B -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Vision seats with Q'Pod wheelchair restraint system -Reasoning: This order category was put in place at the request of Lucerne County which wishes to replace a multitude of older diesel buses, most of which were built before the year 2000. Diesel buses are a necessity owing to difficult route profiles where these buses will be assigned that CNG or Hybrid buses cannot provide without sacrificing performance. Gillig was considered for this order, but was not awarded any buses from this category due to lack of existing maintenance support for modern Low Floor BRT buses at both Divisions 14 and 15. Tri-Star units ordered in this category were selected due to the excellent performance statistics gathered during the demonstration. Order specifications have remained unchanged from the demonstration due to efforts to streamline maintenance at Division 14 regarding parts flow for existing Cummins ISL9 engines and ZF transmissions on Division 14 buses. New Flyer XD40 units were ordered in this category to maintain existing maintenance compatibility at Division 15. Unfortunately, Division 15 maintenance staff has indicated that they do not have the proper resources to accommodate a new type of bus/manufacturer. All new XD40 units will be replacing older New Flyer D40LF buses built before 2000 and will join existing XD40 and XDE40 buses. Order Category: 40 Foot Low Floor Diesel-Electric Hybrid Transit Bus Order amount: 120 units Awarded to: -Tri-Star, TS40DE Transitliner (75 units) -Ordered by City of San Dalton and Windsor City on behalf of CityLink to further evaluate Tri-Star Intellibus - Allison REVolution HE system/Tesla technology for future Tri-Star Diesel-Electric bus purchases/hybrid system replacements. Buses used will be a permanent demonstration/pilot bus order supported by the soon-to-open Acacia Tri-Star facility through their operational life expectancy. -Will be assigned to Divisions 1 (Central San Dalton) and 20 (Windsor City) -General Specs: -Tri-Star IBES-DE/Intellibus-Allison REVolution HE system -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Vision seats with Q'Pod wheelchair restraint system -Gillig, Low Floor BRT Plus HEV (45 units) -Will be assigned to Division 6 (San Marino County) -Ordered by San Marino County government to maintain fleet compatibility at Division 6. -General Specs: -Cummins ISB6.7/Voith DIWAhybrid -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Vision seats with Q'Pod wheelchair restraint system -Reasoning -New Flyer’s XDE40 bus model was considered for this order category, but ultimately not ordered due to most Divisions’ Diesel-Electric hybrid needs being met with existing DE40LF/DE40LFR/XDE40 units or Divisions transferring hybrids to other service areas. Order Category: 40 Foot Low Floor CNG Transit Bus Order amount: 800 units, increased from 655 units (450 firm/205 options) Awarded to: -New Flyer, Xcelsior XN40 (380 units) -Will be assigned to Divisions 2 (West/Midtown San Dalton), 5 (Northeast Acacia County), 8 (Eastern San Dalton County), 9 (Lakeshore Valley), 10 (Southeastern Acacia County), 15 (Southern Lucerne County), and 16 (Acacia Coast Cities) -Ordered to maintain fleet compatibility at Divisions assigned and to replace older buses past their useful service lives. -Partly funded by Altamira Peninsula Clean Air Transportation (CATRANS) grants. -General Specs: -Cummins Westport ISL-G/Allison Gen V B400R6 (135 units) -Cummins Westport ISL-G/ZF EcoLife 6AP1400B (245 units) -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Vision seats with Q'Pod wheelchair restraint system -Tri-Star, TS40G Transitliner (315 units) -Will be assigned to Divisions 1 (Central San Dalton), 5 (Northeast Acacia County), 7 (Oxford County), 9 (Lakeshore Valley), 13 (Richmond County), and 14 (Northern Lucerne County). -Funded by a consortium of governments from San Dalton County, Oxford County, Richmond County, Acacia County, and Lucerne County. Said consortium had also funded the Tri-Star demonstrations. Additional funding provided by Altamira Peninsula Clean Air Transportation (CATRANS) grants. -General Specs: -Tri-Star IBES-G/MetroTech NBT01 (205 units) -Cummins Westport ISL-G/Voith DIWA.5 D864.5 (50 units) -Cummins Westport ISL-G/ZF Ecolife 6AP1400B (60 units) -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Vision seats with Q'Pod wheelchair restraint system -Gillig, Low Floor BRT/Low Floor BRT Plus (105 units) -Will be assigned to Divisions 11 (Belmont City & Port), 19 (City of San Vicente), and 20 (Windsor City). -Funded by a consortium of the City and Port Authority of Belmont, City of San Vicente, and Windsor City. Additional funding provided by Altamira Peninsula Clean Air Transportation (CATRANS) grants. -Ordered to maintain fleet compatibility at Divisions assigned and to replace older buses past their useful service lives. -General Specs: -Gillig Low Floor BRT (80 units) -Gillig Low Floor BRT Plus (25 units) -Cummins Westport ISL-G/Voith DIWA.5 D864.5 (Low Floor BRT) -Cummins Westport ISL-G/ZF EcoLife 6AP1400B (Low Floor BRT Plus) -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Vision seats with Q'Pod wheelchair restraint system -Reasoning: -Order category was increased by 145 units to accommodate an accelerated bus replacement schedule for all service areas. -All three shortlisted manufacturers chosen for excellent product offerings. -New Flyer XN40 units ordered in this category were chosen to maintain fleet compatibility at Divisions assigned. In certain cases, some Division had expressed an inability to accommodate new Tri-Star units despite excellent performance statistics due to lack of resources available to accommodate a new type of bus/manufacturer. In these cases, CityLink will make progress by First Quarter 2016 to address this issue for future orders. -Tri-Star units ordered in this category were selected due to the excellent performance statistics gathered during the demonstration period. Some Divisions have requested changes from the intended powertrain in the order to accommodate maintenance needs for a streamlined parts flow for existing engine and transmission types at these Divisions. These changes are reflected in the General Specs. -Gillig units in this category were chosen by a consortium of Belmont City, City of San Vicente, and Windsor City. These local service areas expressed contentment with existing units in their fleets and wished to order more to complement the existing Gillig units. Order Category: 40 Foot CNG Commuter Bus Order amount: 305 units, originally 275 firm order units with 175 option units Please note that additional orders in this category may be announced in August 2015. Awarded to: -Tri-Star, ML40G Metroliner (155 units) -Ordered to replace many existing 40-Foot express buses past their useful service lives, with some dating back to 1987. Will also facilitate transfers of NABI 416 units between Divisions. -Will be assigned to Divisions 4 (Altamira City), 5 (Northeast Acacia County), 7 (Oxford County), 13 (Richmond County), and 14 (Northern Lucerne County). -Funded by a consortium of governments from San Dalton County, Oxford County, Richmond County, Acacia County, and Lucerne County. Said consortium had also funded the Tri-Star demonstrations. Additional funding provided by Altamira Peninsula Clean Air Transportation (CATRANS) grants. -General Specs: -Tri-Star IBES-G/MetroTech NBT01 (45 units) -Cummins Westport ISL-G/ZF EcoLife 6AP1400B (110 units) -One Door Suburban Configuration -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Model 2095 forward facing Reclining Seats -4One Mariella upholstered longitudinal seats with Q’Pod wheelchair restraint system -At seat USB Device Charging Ports -Gillig, Low Floor Commuter BRT Plus (105 units) -Will be assigned to Division 6 (San Marino County) -Ordered to accommodate conversion of existing Gillig 35-Foot commuter buses into regular transit use, and accommodate transfer of NABI 416 and Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 commuter buses from Division 6 to other Divisions to streamline the express fleet to one manufacturer/bus model. -Funded by the San Marino County government with additional funding provided by Altamira Peninsula Clean Air Transportation (CATRANS) grants. -General Specs: -Cummins Westport ISL-G/ZF EcoLife 6AP1400B -One Door Suburban Configuration -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Model 2095 forward facing Reclining Seats -4One Mariella upholstered longitudinal seats with Q’Pod wheelchair restraint system -At seat USB Device Charging Ports -Motor Coach Industries, D4000CT CNG (45 units) -Will be assigned to Divisions 3 (Northern San Dalton County) and 15 (Southern Lucerne County) -Ordered to replace the use of transit-based commuter buses that are being transferred to other Divisions or have reached the end of their useful service lives in areas requiring MCI commuter coaches. Also ordered to complement existing D4000CT units. -General Specs: -Cummins Westport ISX12-G/Allison Gen V B500R6 -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Model 2095 Reclining Seats -At seat USB Device Charging Ports -Reasoning -Due to a surplus in 40 Foot commuter buses in the form of the 2008 NABI 416 buses, the order amount was decreased to a total of 305 units from a maximum of 450. It is anticipated that the NABI 416 models will be removed from service soon as part of an upcoming conversion program to Biodiesel and RNG in the CityLink fleet. Therefore, additional orders in this category will be announced in the coming months to cover the loss of units while the NABI 416 commuter buses are out of service. -The Tri-Star CX4000 was strongly considered for this order, however due to all 40 Foot commuter motorcoach needs being met at all Divisions that use them, the need for new MCI D4000CT coaches at Divisions 3 and 15, and the needs of commuter buses in general being met by orders of Gilligs and other Tri-Star commuter oriented buses; the CX4000 was not ordered. The CX4000 coach will be heavily considered in future orders in this category. Order Category: 45 Foot CNG Commuter Bus Order amount: 50 units, 50 option units removed Awarded to: -Tri-Star, CX4500 Chariot (50 units) -Will be assigned to Division 9 (Lakeshore Valley). -Ordered to replace a large portion of Neoplan AN345/3 units that have reached the end of their useful service lives. -General Specs: -Tri-Star IBES-G10/MetroTech NBT01 -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Model 2095 Reclining Seats -At seat USB Device Charging Ports -Reasoning -The order amount was reduced to just the base order due to a surplus in 45 Foot motorcoaches in the CityLink fleet. -The Tri-Star CX4500 was selected for this order due to excellent performance statistics gathered in the demonstration period. Division 9 has indicated a desire to operate the CX4500 as opposed to the D4500CT as a result. -The Motor Coach Industries D4500CT CNG model was strongly considered for this order. However, there was no need for additional 45 Foot MCI motorcoaches at this time. In addition, weight issues have come to light in recent months regarding similar D4500CT CNG units operated by New Jersey Transit. Until such a time when the issue is rectified on future offerings, Motor Coach Industries has been discounted from future orders in this category. Such faults have not been identified in the D4000CT CNG model, so MCI will continue to be considered for the 40 Foot CNG commuter bus category. Order Category: High Capacity Commuter Bus Order amount: 75 units, 5 units removed from order Awarded to: -Tri-Star, ML60G Metroliner (50 units) -Will be assigned to Divisions 3 (Northern San Dalton County), 8 (Eastern San Dalton County), and 9 (Lakeshore Valley). -Ordered to replace Neoplan AN460 commuter units past the end of their useful service lives. -General Specs: -Tri-Star IBES-G10/MetroTech NBT01 -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -American Seating Model 2095 Reclining forward facing seats -4One Mariella upholstered longitudinal seats with Q’Pod wheelchair restraint system -Two Door Option -At seat USB Device Charging Ports -Alexander-Dennis Enviro 500 (25 units) -Will be assigned to Divisions 7 (Oxford County) and 8 (Eastern San Dalton County). -Ordered to replace Neoplan AN460 commuter units past the end of their useful service lives and to increase capacity on high demand commuter routes. -General Specs: -Cummins ISL9/ZF EcoLife 6AP1700B -TwinVision Smart Series White LED -Lazzerini GT3600 reclining seats in upper section -4One Mariella upholstered seats with Q’Pod wheelchair restraint system in lower section -At seat USB Device Charging Ports -Reasoning -5 units were removed from this order due to a small surplus in available Alexander-Dennis Enviro 500 units to meet some high capacity commuter service needs. So there you go, the order basically comes down to (pardon me if the math is wrong): Tri-Star, 950 units New Flyer, 540 units Gillig, 355 units ElDorado National, 150 units Motor Coach Industries, 45 units Alexander-Dennis, 25 units For a grand total of 2,065 buses ordered. 85 more than the 1,980 units we had intended to order. I'll make a small follow up post or two this week if I can to help clean up details, but yeah this is pretty much it. Note that one order category is still open due to an upcoming fuel/engine conversion project. That will be fully explained July 20th.
  15. Thank you for getting back to us on that. CityLink will announce details of the RNG project along with another 2 clean fuel/energy initiatives on July 15th in addition to the order announcements. Speaking of orders, CityLink would like to change specifications for select units in two orders: For 10 units in the TS30D order, CityLink would like to specify the Cummins ISL9/ZF EcoLife 6AP1200B powertrain. For 10 units in the TS35G order, CityLink would like to specify the Cummins Westport ISL-G/ZF EcoLife 6AP1400B powertrain. Specifications for all other units in these orders remain the same.
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