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  1. Eh. With the increase in people using electronic payments, moving way back in time might just make the most sense. For instance, back when cash was still popular a manual fare box is unusable, and would suck up a lot of operator time. But now, since most will pay with cards, the minority few that still use cash are a lot less of a burden to serve with manual fare boxes. For instance, it would be a pain in the ass if you had a hundred passengers a day using cash, but if you only have a handful its not a big deal to count change and rip a transfer a dozen times a day. Plus, you don't have the maintenance costs of an electronic fare box to deal with. And for now, ditching cash altogether is untenable. There are still people who only carry cash, and many of these are the ones who rely on transit.
  2. 100 years of progress in one pic, nice.
  3. Was watching TV today and an ad for Dupixent came up. The opening shot featured a D40, (then switched to the interior of a Nova, lol) Took some screenshots, I think it might be 3155. Looks like its wearing a sweep scheme in green and black and the top stripe like West Van used to have (so if it is in fact 3155 I guess they restored the sweep scheme from the Valley Express design). The doors match 3155, the front doors have the horizontal bars halfway up and the rears have them near the bottom. ETA: looked at 911 film cars website, almost certainly 3155. The sweep livery and top stripe match the shape of the pics on their website. Plus its bus #532 both in the ad and on 911's site.
  4. Now that I think about it has anything even ended up at AMIX after the mass batch of D40s, D60s and Orion Is?
  5. Most buses have historically ended up at AMIX or ABC.
  6. This. Unless they get in a major wreck (like involving extensive frame damage, not just a corner pushed in) or it burns to the ground no LFR or newer bus is gonna be retired.
  7. I believe that they kind of peck at them with an excavator, shear or claw (depending on what that yard uses) until they end up as two pieces, which are then reduced in size in the same way until the whole bus is gone. The only buses that were crushed were the D40s, and those had their roofs punched in with excavators and then loaded onto a barge.
  8. These were Internationals with the Maxxforce (aka Maxxfarce) diesels. These ah... didn't have the best reputation, even in medium duty trucks. Damn near bankrupted International (and many of the companies that bought these trucks.)
  9. The used transit market is very soft. Not much demand for transit buses, because the only uses for them in private hands are as rental car shuttles. And most operators just buy new Gilligs. Pretty much every other use case is better served by a cutaway shuttle, school bus, or motor coach. Also, most used transits are pretty beat up and wore out.
  10. Pretty sure that the D40's were all driven in.
  11. That's a pretty big screwup. Guessing the shuttle was too far right in its lane and clipped the Xcelsior?
  12. What do you want it for? They are pretty expensive to maintain, register, and insure. Plus, most retired buses sold at auction are generally beat to hell.
  13. ??? The D60LF's would have been refurbed 8-10 years ago. All of them have been rebuilt around that time. At this point, they will all be retired pretty soon, as their replacements arrive.
  14. Maxxforce engines (especially those built in the early 2010's) have a pretty shitty reputation as far as reliability goes.
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