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    HART

    To be fair, 2427 was a workhorse and was in service almost up to the day she was sent to auction. Only reason she left had to do with the unique parts situation created by being the only hybrid in the fleet. Another round of buses is heading to auction: 2325, 2401-2412, 2415, 2417-2419, 2503, 2512
  2. They came from Gillig's backyard... Central Contra Costa Transit Authority. Remanufactured by Transit Sales International.
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    HART

    Updates: HART is no longer ordering 30ft/35ft vehicles. 40ft is the standard going forward. With the exception of 2106 and 2210, all 2001-2002 40ft vehicles have been retired from service. The two remaining units are being used for training and as contingency spares. 5 of the retired 40ft Gilligs from the 2100/2200 series are in the process of being transferred from HART to PCPT. 13 new 40ft CNG Gilligs are on their way for 2016. Unit numbers 1601-1613. These will replace the worst of the 2002 and 2003 30ft fleets.
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    New Flyer MiDi

    The market for heavier duty 30ft is shrinking for a variety of reasons. NFI knows this, highly doubt they'd put resources into a 30ft Xcelsior. As an example, most of the typically 30ft agencies in Florida are starting to switch over to 35/40ft for liability reasons. Beside the comfort factor of having more seats, less standing passengers usually means fewer falling injuries during accidents, one or two of which can cost an agency an entire new bus worth of funding if severe enough. The extra mass of a larger vehicle also helps reduce the impact of an accident... assuming it's not the operator's fault, which is usually the case. It's worth an extra $100k for a bigger bus if it prevents at least $100k in medical and legal costs over the lifetime of the vehicle.
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    HART

    New livery on the 2700-series Gillig Trolleys incoming. Going forward, they'll be referred to as "In-Towners" and will use an ice blue variant of the MetroRapid/Commuter Express color scheme. Old: New:
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    HART

    HART's CNG fleet has entered revenue service. Units in the 2100 and 2200 series are slowly being retired as they fail. 2111, 2112 and 2206 were the first to go. Also of note, HART has entered into a contract with RedCoach to allow the service to utilize Marion Transit Center in downtown Tampa. The MetroRapid island is a bit crowded these days... 2 MegaBus routes, 2 RedCoach routes, 2 PSTA commuter routes and HART's own MetroRapid BRT service all peer off of the same set of 4 bus bays. Article: http://tbo.com/news/business/redcoach-to-make-daily-stops-at-tampas-marion-transit-center-20150324/ Image source: @GoHART
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    HART

    Nope, this particular one was powered down at the time. The new units with the electric fan setup are indeed much quieter on the interior than the older vehicles, especially at idle. The noisiest thing now is the air conditioner, which white noises over the engine pretty well.
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    HART

    Mmhmm. Vehicle route assignments are randomized, so everyone has to be trained before they hit the road. Otherwise, a quarter of them are already prepped for service. Interior shots:
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    HART

    HART has received 8 of the 22 incoming 1500-series 2015 40ft CNG Gillig buses so far. The new vehicles are currently waiting on a few minor things like decals before hitting the road. 1502's in the below picture, plus I caught 1507 and 1508 coming down I-75 while heading up to USF this morning. Via @GoHART:
  10. A couple of random fleet pictures for today:
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    HART

    Quick fleet update: Units in the 2300, 2400 and 2500 series are in the process of receiving a minor overhaul consisting of new engines, transmissions and seat coverings, in order to extend service life to 15 years. Units 1501-1522 will be arriving in the next few months. These are 40ft CNG Gillig Low Floor buses (standard front/rear) and will replace the remaining 2100 series buses/the worst of the 2200 series fleet. As some of the 2200s being replaced are 30ft vehicles, several bus routes will begin running 40ft vehicles exclusively as new units become available. Units 4021-4029 will be arriving in late spring. These are 23ft Champion/Ford CNG cutaways with the same specs as 4001-4020 and will replace the remainder of the diesel cutaways (1929-1937).
  12. A couple of notes about that Starcraft: 1) The DPF system is EGR-based and does NOT use DEF. This means it can be used on the slower on-campus shuttle routes with minimal engine problems - just the occasional run on an off-campus route to clear the filter. 2) Due to the above, the vehicle is similar to CNG-powered units in terms of performance. Sluggish pickup unless you give it some serious gas. 3) Driving-wise, it's like a school bus. Not exactly a surprise, given the platform. ----------------------------------- USF is looking to pick up three used 2001 30ft Gillig Low Floor buses from a transit agency in the San Francisco bay area. These will likely be numbered 1533-1535 and retire the remainder of the Thomas-Dennis SLF200s (2262, 2263 and 2265). I'll pass along more information when I have it. Also, here's the new 40-foot Gillig wrap:
  13. 1432 is now in service. Given current fleet vehicle shortages, it will be wrapped... eventually. Current fleet status:
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    HART

    A couple of HART things for today: First, the first phase of the CNG van fleet transition is now complete. Vans 1910-1928 and 1950-1958 have all been retired. 9 more CNG vans are on order (4021-4029), which will replace 1929-1937 in the spring and mark the end of diesel van service. Second, let's talk December service changes. The scope of planned changes has been cut back quite a bit, with a majority of the previously planned changes bumped to March due to operator shortages. New Tampa service will have to wait for March. Here are the proposed changes that are in the process of being scheduled for December 7: - Route 6LTD will be renumbered Route 21LX - UATC to Downtown via Temple Terrace. This route follows the same alignment as the current Route 6LTD, except it will now use the Crosstown Connector to bypass the I-4/I-275 interchange during AM peak. All trips will travel northbound through the Marion Street Transitway, with the west express platform at Marion Transit Center being the last downtown stop in both directions. This also means that ridership will start showing up in reports again. - Route 10: Routing changed to eliminate delays associated with Westshore Blvd. Trips leaving Social Security Administration will turn south at O'Brien St instead of Westshore Blvd, with service now running bi-directional along Cypress Ave from O'Brien St to Westshore Blvd. - Route 25LX: PM trips rerouted to travel southbound on Culbreath Rd instead of northbound. This change allows buses to drop off next to Culbreath Park-N-Ride, eliminating the need for disembarking passengers to cross the street to get to the parking lot. - Route 31: All trips rerouted to service Amazon Distribution Center. - Route 37: Weekday midday service will be increased to every 30 minutes (improved from every 60 minutes). Trips will continue to alternate between short via Providence Rd/Brandon Main St and long via Brandon Regional Hospital/Oakfield Dr. - Route 571 (HARTFlex South County): All trips rerouted to service Amazon Distribution Center. Due to a shortage of operators available for expanded service, all other planned changes (Routes 12/15/16/51LX) have been delayed until March. Additional details and schedules will come out in late November, in advance of service changes.
  15. USF Bull Runner has placed an order for a 2014 32' Starcraft Freightliner AllStar XL (24 seats+2 ADA). This guy will be numbered 1432 and should arrive later this year, replacing unit 2233 as the primary accessible charter vehicle. 2233 will become a regular route bus on A/E. Yet another different type of vehicle...
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