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  1. Big CJ

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    I hope this gives you guys something to talk about without this thread going quiet. https://public.fotki.com/esbdave/us-transit/hawaii-transit-agencies/honolulu/
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    Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    Must of sucked to lose those two artics. Had they arrived, they would of lasted a little longer compared to their brief service life with Miami. Yeah ISL/L9 are the only engines availble unless you consider Volvo D13 or DD13s (Mercedez Benz engine with Detroit Diesel badge), but those are for motorcoach applications and I'm sure Gainesville has no routes that are good for motorcoaches as far as I know. As far as I know, all of Lynx's Phantoms from 1994-2005 used Thermo King. Lynx learned it's lesson after issues with Sutrak AC on the Orion IIs and Vs and they've never gotten anything else since then.
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    Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    Were these the buses in question that were wrecked? I wonder if this is the only time Gainesville ever bought buses from Miami?
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    Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    Did not know they purchased two MDT American Ikarus artics only for them to get in an accident. Then again that's Miami for you lol. Any idea on the exact units? It's too bad they didn't get them intact, cause they would of been of use to Gainesville. Buying used artics would probably make sense, but I'm not sure how Gainesville would do with handling old Series 50 engines which are on their way out as we know. They could get Neoplan artics from Bee-Line or NJT, but once again a few problems. One you have to consider parts for Neoplans will be tough to find (company has been gone for 12 years), two well Caterpillar or Series 60 engines aren't really tough to maintain but are new to Gainesville though, and the operation issues with artics as both of you have outlined is present. As for Lynx, they're strange in their own ways when it comes to bus retirements. Before they use to sell off the best performing buses and kept the poor performers (with exceptions like 381-394 which were all lemons to Lynx and they got retired after just 8 years two of which didn't make it to 8 years). You also have to consider that Lynx might end up retiring just 29ft and 35ft buses rather then 40ft buses, since they have stated they planned on keeping 40ft buses a little longer. Some of the 35ft buses look tired inside (cracked rear floors, worn out seats, body damage from vehicles on the outside) and others look good. Have not ridden a 29ft bus yet, but they're hardly used on most routes these days except for Link 6. Most of the time, the 29ft buses are in training service or driver shuttles from LCS to LOC. I caught two 29ft buses on the 436S not too long ago, much to my shock and everyone else.
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    Disney Transport general discussion

    I hope you're enjoying retirement and doing well for yourself. Disney hasn't placed an order for new buses for some time now, but as you know they have new monorails from Bombardier coming in. Everything else with other projects they're doing is happening.
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    Disney Transport general discussion

    I took this in the 2D view for Google Maps.
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    Disney Transport general discussion

    Since my curiosity irked today and just for old times sake, I decided to check out Disney's bus depot via Google Maps. From what I can see, they still have several RTS buses parked there. Their numbers have been marked off and the Disney logos removed. What their physical and mechanical condition is I have no clue, but they're still there. Why they're still, only the drivers and Disney themselves know.
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    Gainesville Regional Transit System, Florida

    Not sure when, but the New Flyers may arrive early the next year, just like the 2016 Gilligs did. As for which buses will retire, it really depends on which bus is performing poorly when it comes to MDBF (yeah Lynx has those as I've found that out several years ago). Has Gainesville given any consideration to articulated buses? I'll won't be surprised if the two NABiI artics end up surplus in the near future, since they are hardly seen nowadays.
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    Metro Transit

    I'm not sure if anyone knows about this, but here is a long gallery of bus shots posted by Esbdave during the MTC era in 1987 and a few shots taken in 1991. Most of the vintage shots (like 99% of them) were taken by Bob Hussey. I hope these pictures helps out the wiki to the fullest extant when it comes to the retired stuff. https://public.fotki.com/esbdave/us-transit/minnesota-transit-a/minneapolis/
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    New Orleans RTA

    I got something, but hear me out. By no means would I post anything from Wikipedia, but this information here appears to be legit as VINs are provided and they never interfered with any other Orion V with those VINs. I've also taken the time to check before making the edits. Some Coach USA Orion Vs link up with these same VINs too, so I've made edits in response to the information below. It also shows where those rejected Orion Vs went. What does everyone think? http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Talk:MTA_Regional_Bus_Operations_bus_fleet#/Green_Bus_Orions_were_NOT_from_WMATA!
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    LYNX (Central Florida Regional Transit Authority)

    Like the 10 existing buses that have been in service since 2016.
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    Disney Transport general discussion

    So pretty much the old Novas will be sticking around for a while I presume. At least that's one less thing Disney has to worry about. They're concentrating on the gondola lift and purchasing new monorails to replace the Mark VIs, dubbed the duct tape fleet lol.
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    LYNX (Central Florida Regional Transit Authority)

    No it doesn't. Keep in mind that Mr. Bernero isn't the only person that goes to these bus events.
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    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    I'm pretty sure they're using parts off of older buses to keep the existing ones on the road. If not that, I'm sure they can make due with what they have on hand. It's not really that serious.
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    LYNX (Central Florida Regional Transit Authority)

    Lynx had no hybrid buses in the 90s. They had CNG buses, but that was it. Click on those photos I posted and you'll find out.
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