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  1. I agree. I know some were complaining that using the park & ride they paid $4 per person where just parking at the fair was just $4 for parking. Not sure if that was the actual parking rate but I get their point where it is cheaper and more convenient to park at the fair. Only downside was the traffic, which isn't the worst thing in the world. Be interesting this year though... I was impressed how organized they were last year.
  2. I could be wrong, but if the buses are operated by a contractor there usually is an "Operated by First Transit" or whatever contractor somewhere on the bus with a DOT number. The the license plates have state plates on them, which a contractor could still operate them. That would just show the City owned the buses. A lot of First Transit locations use the last four digits of the VIN number for the fleet number. It is possible CitiBus did the same thing.
  3. This year the State Fair is supposedly restructuring their park and rides to use existing Centro service. So as of now CDTA and NFTA will not be there to provide service. AFAIK RTS will still be present with about 4 buses.
  4. edison

    NFTA-Metro

    23 CNG buses due approximately in September. Note this is the last year of the bus contract so a new RFP should be going out toward the end of the year. As far as the 2000's, I would guess most are safe, but a few probably will be retired to keep the fleet age balanced.
  5. edison

    NFTA-Metro

    It was part of a update. Signs update periodically in the garage. Fareboxes update when the vaults get pulled. Unfortunately I only have pictures taken for Auctions International. Minus the 500's.
  6. edison

    NFTA-Metro

    I was told that one guy bought them all, and the plan was to convert them to diesel because they were such a headache as CNG's. Whether or not that happened, I have no idea. Anybody notice the past week that the destination sign fonts have changed? Seems like the wording is thinner. Saw the 4B Downtown, and the "Downtown" wasn't centered, it was really close to the 4B. Noticed a lot of buses that had the side sign display on the front, and the rear number on the side.
  7. edison

    NFTA-Metro

    It's funny because I always felt the 2000's were cleaner for some reason. Maybe the gray ceiling hides the dirt more? The older Gillig's seem nasty to me. The white ceilings are covered with black stuff, probably from the HVAC vents. Especially on the 2100-2500 which don't have much of an air filter. I have been in a couple 2000's and 1000 diesels recently, and noticed certain 1000's ride pretty awful. And others are tolerable. A lot of 2000's ride good regardless of their age. There are a couple rough ones though.
  8. Plus if I read it right, warranty work can be done at Cummins shops which most agencies are already accustomed to doing with their engines.
  9. An article from Gillig's website... GILLIG’s New Battery Electric Bus Previewed at Customer Showcase Metro Magazine's article which seems more detailed.
  10. edison

    UB Stampede

    They probably would spec it with a longitude seating arrangement. Counted 39 seats in both demos. Their 35' EZ Rider's hold 35 seated and 18 standing. So at least the 40-footers would be able to accommodate a bit more standees (plus four extra seats).
  11. edison

    UB Stampede

    Two other manufacturers (presumingly BYD and New Flyer) are expected to be coming sometime this spring too.
  12. edison

    UB Stampede

    Did the bus make any trips? I was told they did not want to get the bus registered for passenger pick up so they opted out of having it to a run.
  13. edison

    NFTA-Metro

    What is the reason for ridership dropping? Does ride sharing put a dent in public transportation ridership (Obviously, but by how much...)? One thing I have noticed in recent years, a big spike of everyday-commuters have retired from their jobs, no longer needing transportation. Doesn't seem like there is anything filling that void. Some of these items like an "enhanced website that is mobile-friendly" should be an easier task to accomplish. I would really look forward to limited stop service. I thought they were going to do that with the 5-Niagara. Maybe after the Niagara St. construction. Looks like they are starting work installing bulb-outs north of Hampshire.
  14. edison

    NFTA-Metro

    I believe only day passes and single trips can be purchased at this time.
  15. Other than the CTA bus you posted there, those vents are usually equipped on CNG models built 2017 and after. A few agencies that have those buses... HSR, Houston Metro, NFTA, San Antonio VIA.
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