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  1. The OCTA and its articles are in a serious need for updates because the fleet info is incomplete particularly because there are shuttle buses used for OCTA ACCESS Service that are not in the fleet. I have lived in Orange County, California for almost my entire life and this is the bus system where I had my first bus rides in 2015! The following details that must be added to the OCTA and its articles are: The OCTA was established in 1991 from the Orange County Transit District OCTA units 8501-8599 are 2014-2015 Glaval Buses built on a Ford F-450 Chassis OCTA units 8601-8700 series are 201
  2. I’ve grown up in the Bay Area and nearly every part of it around me has its government run transit company operate Gillig buses except San Francisco’s Muni and the same thing goes for like Sacramento and Monterey but yeah I get the fact that the same transit companies use articulated buses from new flyer but I’m talking 40 foot buses so why is it that most california transit companies operate Gillig?
  3. I haven't been on here in awhile but here are a few updates going on with CAT: Retired Vehicles *0406 has been returned to Coach Crafters. *All 3000s have been retired except 3005, 3007, and 3027. Those 3 units along with ALL 0600s have been rehabbed by Coach Crafters USA. *1002T-1006T, 1110T-1115T, 1118T, 1122T-1123T (Paratransit Fleet) have been retired. New Bus Orders *Gillig 35' Advantages #1830-1849 (1846-1847 are 29' Gillig Trolley replicas branded for the DOT Express Shuttle) have been delivered and in a
  4. This content additions page includes the following info that is to be added to Los Angeles Metro Bus and Rail articles, the LACMTA diesel Orions, as well as the former SCRTD. The LACMTA articles are in need for a serious update as it lacks the Metro Rail fleet roster. The following info that needs to be added are: LACMTA units 5300-5414 VINs are to be linked to New Flyer's 2000 model C40LF 'Y' VINs article LACMTA units 5415-5522 VINs are to be linked to New Flyer's 2001 model C40LF '1' VINs article LACMTA units 7980-7999 have been retired as of September 2017, but they still remain in LA
  5. These are the latest additions that need to be updated on TARTA's wiki articles: - Units 3901-3913 (Ex-Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority 2300s) are 2003 New Flyer D40LF buses - Units 500-537 have Allison B300R 5-speed transmissions, Luminator Horizon signs, and American Seating 6468 seats - TARTA's 2001 Nova Bus LFS vehicles have Allison Transmission B400Rs, Luminator Horizon signs, and American Seating 6468 seats - The standard 2012 Gillig BRT diesels from TARTA have Allison Transmission B400Rs and Luminator Horizon signs - An upcoming order of 11 buses are to be delivered i
  6. Sept 8, 2014 The council approved buying four new fixed-route buses last week for just less than $400,000 each. They’ll use the same fuel as the rest of the fleet. The buses can carry twice as many passengers as the 1997 models they’re replacing. They’ll be used on some of the city’s busiest routes where buses are crowded at peak hours, transportation planner Sam Trebilcock said. The new buses are 35 feet, six feet longer than the old models, and with just five more seats but much more standing room, they can carry 87 people instead of 42. It will be a year until they’re ready for serv
  7. I live in Orlando, home of Lynx, and have been wondering for quite a while about a certain sound some of our Gilligs make. I have only specifically noticed it from our 2013-2014 35-foot hybrids, which I think are BAE. Others may do it too. You know the normal brief hissing sound of excess air being let out of the system? They do that. But they also make a sound of similar duration that, while similar to the hiss, has more of a tone to it for lack of a better word. It's sort of a high pitched noise that goes up in pitch as it progresses. It happens every so often, with no rhyme or reason. Kin
  8. Came across this while browsing Reddit: Pic I was immediately able to identify it as an early Advantage from the wheel arches, lack of steps, and low windows. However, it has seen heavy modification beyond the double deck conversion: it has a new front clip which takes some parts from a New Flyer LF and headlights from a Ford Econoline van I've obviously identified to all that this bus is an Advantage, but if I hadn't, could you tell what it was? Especially for those who rarely see Gilligs or have never seen one. I originally thought it was a heavily modified D40LF until I looked at the
  9. I've been doing a few trips after school to areas where Dumbarton Express runs. The service connects areas such as Palo Alto, Fremont, and Union City via the Dumbarton Bridge. At one point the majority of the fleet consisted of "piggy back ordered" 1992 Flxible Metro "C" 40102-6C Suburbans. Those are all retired, but now the fleet consists entirely of Gillig Phantoms (for now). If you haven't noticed, I've already started a wiki page for this service. http://www.cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=Dumbarton_Express 2002 Gillig Phantom C29D102N4 Suburbans: Ex-SamTrans 2003 Gillig Phantom C20D10
  10. Please let me know whether or not these TriMet Gillig Phantom VINs are correct. They are simpler (at least) to figure out than the Flxible Metro VIN codes. 1990 GILLIG PHANTOM 40102TBL10 (VEHICLE #s 1401-1463) (delivered 9-10/1990) (Cummins LTA10-270B engine / Voith D863.2 transmission) 1401: 15GCD1214L1083713 1402: 15GCD1216L1083714 1403: 15GCD1218L1083715 1404: 15GCD121XL1083716 1405: 15GCD1211L1083717 1406: 15GCD1213L1083718 1407: 15GCD1215L1083719 1408: 15GCD1211L1083720 1409: 15GCD1213L1083721 1410: 15GCD1215L1083722 1411: 15GCD1217L1083723 1412: 15GCD1219L1083724 1413: 15G
  11. Would anyone happen to know the exact VIN numbers for the Santa Barbara MTD Gillig Phantoms built in 1981 (units 242-256) and 1984 (units 257-276)? Units 242-256 are 1981 model 35/96T/6V92s while 257-276 are 1984 model 40TB/96/6V92s. ~Ben
  12. According to the September 1985 issue of Bus Ride magazine (most of their September issues were about reviews of the latest buses and thus devoted specifications of them), Gillig had been commissioned by Britain's Leyland Bus (which had wanted to get its product sold in the U.S.) to market and perform final assembly of their popular Olympian double-decker bus for the North American market, but the deal didn't get very far. ~Ben
  13. I note most of the rosters have the "generic" Gillig designations of "Phantom" for high floor and "Advantage" for low floor. Since figuring out Gillig "real" model designations is very easy from a VIN, such as "G27D102N4" for a 40-foot lowfloor, and tells what engine it has, why not use them when available? Here is how to decode: VIN is for Cyride (Ames IA) 0819: 15G - Gillig GD27 - G27D (lowfloor, (hifloor is "C"), 40 foot, (30 is A, 35 is B, 29 is E), ISM engine [need to look that up, but these numbers are the engine code! 30 is a hybrid]) Suffix N4 is air brakes, R2 is hydraulic (29-foo
  14. Were there any Orion I's produced from 1982 to 1986 (when specified with the Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engine and the Allison MT644, HT740 or HT747 transmission) that sounded closer to a Gillig Phantom built in those same years mentioned? They can be of any length (30' for 01.502 or 01.503, 35' for 01.506 or 01.507, and 40' for 01.508 or 01.509). ~Ben
  15. Does anyone have some recent information about Mendocino Transit's (a.k.a. MTA) bus fleet? They bought a couple 1982 Gillig Phantoms when they were brand new, but that is all the CPTDB Wiki has to offer. There are a couple pictures online featuring some of the fleet, which are Gillig Phantoms with roll signs (unknown manufacturing dates), Gillig Advantages, and Ford's. They are located in Ukiah, CA.
  16. Is there anyone out there who tried to use an 8V71N or 8V92TA engine in place of the 6V92TA in a 1981-1986 Gillig Phantom? The reason I'm asking this is because I know there actually were a few MCI MC-9 motorcoaches that used the 6V92TA engine originally and then later an 8V71N or 8V92TA is used as a replacement engine in those same coach(es). But what I want to know is if anyone tried to do the same thing in a Gillig Phantom. And if anyone has done this, I'd like to know whether or not such a wet dream as this has been successful. ~Ben
  17. Some new VINs for you... and of the least likely of all buses... the Gillig Phantom Transit Coach school buses. Let's see if you can identify which school district (in San Jose, CA) operated these Gilligs bearing these VINs. Source: http://www.heavytruckparts.net/search.php?qsearch=TRUE&ManufMake=ALLISON&Model=HT747&PartID=4000 15GAD0915G1030032 (1986 model; DD 6V92TA engine and Allison HT747 transmission) 15GAD0915H1030243 (1987 model; DD 6V92TA engine and Allison HT747 transmission) 15GAD0912H1030247 (1987 model; DD 6V92TA engine and Allison HT747 transmission) 15GAD0919H10
  18. New VINs to be added to these links: http://cptdb.ca/wiki...om_%27N_VINs%27 (Gillig Phantom "N" VINs) http://cptdb.ca/wiki...om_%27V_VINs%27 (Gillig Phantom "V" VINs) http://cptdb.ca/wiki...or_%272_VINs%27 (Gillig Low Floor "2" VINs) Here are some of those VINs, according to this source: http://torrance.gran...&meta_id=202991 445: 15GCD0919N1084620 446: 15GCD0910N1084621 449: 15GCD0916N1084624 451: 15GCD091XN1084626 455: 15GCD0911N1084630 457: 15GCD0915N1084632 459: 15GCD0919N1084634 460: 15GCD091XN1084710 463: 15GCD0911N1084725 464: 15GCD0913N1084726 468: 15GCD2016V1088018
  19. Here's the list of Gillig Phantoms operated by Fresno Area Express (FAX) that could use some validity. 9101-9112 Model: 40102TB6V92TAC Engine: Detroit Diesel 6V92TAC Transmission: Voith D863.2 9101: 15GCD0912M1083887 9102: 15GCD0914M1083888 9103: 15GCD0916M1083889 9104: 15GCD0912M1083890 9105: 15GCD0914M1083891 9106: 15GCD0916M1083892 9107: 15GCD0918M1083893 9108: 15GCD091XM1083894 9109: 15GCD0911M1083895 9110: 15GCD0913M1083896 9111: 15GCD0915M1083897 9112: 15GCD0917M1083898 For page: http://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=Gillig_Phantom_%27M_VINs%27 9301-9320 Model: 40102TBL
  20. Here is a VIN for one of the Gillig BRT buses for TriMet. 2012 Gillig G27D102N4 BRT (3001-3055) 3001: 15GGD271XC1181001 If anyone has more info on the VINs for the Gillig BRT buses for TriMet, you're welcome to post it. Stalwart23 (aka Nolan Kolmel)
  21. Would anyone happen to know all about the VIN system Gillig used for its buses since September 1, 1980? This includes the Phantom transit bus, the Phantom school bus (or "transit coach"), the older style "transit coach" (school bus, 1980-82 models), the Spirit midibus and the Advantage low-floor bus. 1ST DIGIT: COUNTRY OF ORIGIN 1 = United States of America 4 = same (incomplete vehicle) 2ND-3RD DIGITS: MANUFACTURER 5G = Gillig Corporation 6G = Gillig Corporation (incomplete vehicle) 4TH DIGIT: MODEL SERIES A = school bus (or "transit coach") B = utility bus C = Phantom, Spirit (transit bu
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