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I am surprised no one here has covered Fort Worth Transportation Authority yet. This video, by Joshua Thurman (lilmanjt), covers both DART (Dallas) and the "T" (Fort Worth): As this video was originally filmed in September of 1999, then I cannot envision any of the Flxible Metros in Fort Worth as still operating to this day (except maybe a few of the last ones delivered - the 1995 Metro "E" CNG 40-foot buses numbered 514-527), given both the FTA-mandated 12-year/500,000-mile replacement schedule and the generally dry weather conditions throughout TX. Since that time, these buses have been supplanted or replaced by New Flyer C40LF's, C40LFR's or XC40 Excelsiors, or even Gillig Advantage CNG buses. Thank you, Ben Edge (ClassicBusFan81)
Could anyone familiar with the fleet of the "T" (meaning: Fort Worth Transportation Authority) confirm to me the powertrains of their Flxible Metros? From the video in the link I posted at the top, there are two 35' Flxible Metros (one of these is in the 750 series, I can see ID #765) using Cummins L10G (CNG) engines and ZF 4HP590 (V-drive) transmissions, whereas another 35' Flxible Metro (low 500 series) and a 40' Flxible (high 500 series) use the same Cummins L10G engines but with Voith D863.2-W7 (V-drive) transmissions. All the ones I observed in the video are 1992 models ("C" type, with HVAC on center of rooftop) except for the 40' long which is a 1995 "E" type model (with HVAC in rear of bus). List of the Flxible Metros (in chronological order) operated by the "T" (Fort Worth), from OMOT.org: 801-835 = 1986 Metro "A" 35096-6T with Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engine and Allison V730 transmission 701-733 = 1988 Metro "B" 35102-6T with Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engine and Allison V731 transmission 875-878 = 1990 Metro "B" 35102-6T with Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engine and Allison V731 transmission 881-883 = 1990 Metro "B" 35102-6C CNG with Cummins L10G engine and ZF 4HP590 (V-drive) transmission 884-892 = 1991 Metro "B" 35102-6C CNG with Cummins L10G engine and ZF 4HP590 (V-drive) transmission 751-769 = 1992 Metro "C" 35102-6C CNG with Cummins L10G engine and ZF 4HP590 (V-drive) transmission 501-513 = 1992 Metro "C" 35102-6C (not 40102-6C; if you watch the video and compare the length of unit #503 with that of #522, the 1995 model, you know what I mean) CNG with Cummins L10G engine and Voith D863.2-W7 transmission 514-527 = 1995 Metro "E" 40102-6C with Cummins L10G engine and Voith D863.2-W7 transmission (these were the only 40' long Flxible Metros purchased by Fort Worth's "T") (OMOT.org does not list 515-527 as being CNG-fueled but I watched the video and I noticed the CNG sticker is present on #522, so I proved the site wrong) Also, as you approach the most recent Flxible Metro deliveries on the OMOT lists, they are less detailed because of, as they point out, the obvious financial difficulties at Flxible. Anyway, if anyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth area could please help me out on the exact powertrains (and other information) of the Flxibles your city had ran, I would appreciate it. ~Ben