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I'm going to post this here since they have already been discussed and I don't think there is a need to make another page. But I was able to get some more information about Aries Charter Transportation Inc. out of Chicago. They operate a large fleet of second-hand Gillig LowFloor buses from mostly southern states as well as a bunch of coaches.

After looking at some pictures and Google Maps, I can say with 100% honesty that at least buses #133, 139, & 141-147 are definitely Ex-Broward County Transit buses from Florida. The rear taillights are a dead giveaway. Based on Google Maps and the roof numbers, these buses include old Broward #0002, 0003, 0008, 0017, 0026, 0105, & 0137.

Also, buses #126 and 166 are definitely Ex-Palm Tran buses from Florida as well. I know there are quite a few more from Palm Tran, but I can't confirm any of the other numbers.

Aries also purchased at least 5 2006/2007 Gillig LowFloor BRTs from Lynx in Florida as well numbered as #198, 199, 200, (& 202?) These include old Lynx #596, 621, 625, 632, & 636. You can see here on Google Street View #636 shortly after it arrived in Chicago. Google Maps

Another interesting find that I was able to get off Google Street View was what looked like an Ex-Houston Metro New Flyer D45S; seen here: Google Maps

There are also some more pictures of some of the Gillig buses posted on the Chicago Transit Forum: https://chitransit.org/topic/4111-aries-charter-new-bus-looks-like-a-gillig/

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On 9/27/2018 at 11:01 PM, alexb320 said:

I'm going to post this here since they have already been discussed and I don't think there is a need to make another page. But I was able to get some more information about Aries Charter Transportation Inc. out of Chicago. They operate a large fleet of second-hand Gillig LowFloor buses from mostly southern states as well as a bunch of coaches.

After looking at some pictures and Google Maps, I can say with 100% honesty that at least buses #133, 139, & 141-147 are definitely Ex-Broward County Transit buses from Florida. The rear taillights are a dead giveaway. Based on Google Maps and the roof numbers, these buses include old Broward #0002, 0003, 0008, 0017, 0026, 0105, & 0137.

Also, buses #126 and 166 are definitely Ex-Palm Tran buses from Florida as well. I know there are quite a few more from Palm Tran, but I can't confirm any of the other numbers.

Aries also purchased at least 5 2006/2007 Gillig LowFloor BRTs from Lynx in Florida as well numbered as #198, 199, 200, (& 202?) These include old Lynx #596, 621, 625, 632, & 636. You can see here on Google Street View #636 shortly after it arrived in Chicago. Google Maps

Another interesting find that I was able to get off Google Street View was what looked like an Ex-Houston Metro New Flyer D45S; seen here: Google Maps

There are also some more pictures of some of the Gillig buses posted on the Chicago Transit Forum: https://chitransit.org/topic/4111-aries-charter-new-bus-looks-like-a-gillig/

You did a really good job finding out where those buses went and who owned them originally. I also discovered a few more buses that went to Aires as well, via license plates. I got the serials from them. 129 is Ex-Palm Tran 029 and 163 is Ex-Palm Tran 9915. I also have VIN numbers for 142 and 144. I also can confirm there is indeed a 202 for the Ex-Lynx BRTs, as I had to really look closer to make sure for the images on the Chicago Transit Forum.

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Haven't posted on here for a while, but I just visited Chicago this past week and found a few of these Aries oddities out and about.

 

I found several at Cermak Auto Auction, not far at all from my parking place near the Purple Line. Inside were the following buses, all marked as out of service:

45257189011_167c7a6314_b.jpgAries Charter 139, 208, 144, 166 by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

139

45257186911_5d0d0fd1e2_b.jpgAries Charter 139, 208 by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

Unknown LF (license plate 16945)

143

45257185031_51cd407918_b.jpgAries Charter 143, 145 by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

144

44345732395_150aba9893_b.jpgAries Charter 144, 166 by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

145

45257182041_d61c6da147_b.jpgAries Charter 145, 143 by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

166

45257180411_0a60603624_b.jpgAries Charter 166 by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

Unknown LF (license plate 15487)

176

45257178211_087ee37c02_b.jpgAries Charter 176, 145 by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

206

31383125348_51d9052336_b.jpgAries Charter 206 (2) by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

31383122058_a4ae1ea006_b.jpgAries Charter 206 by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

208

Unknown LF (license plate 13213)

44345734635_7e8a0f084c_b.jpgAries Charter (2) by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

45257190471_9cc87ae117_b.jpgAries Charter (3) by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

 

...along with several Ford cutaways that I didn't bother taking photos of.

 

Also saw #200 and #201 on a route downtown - they are ex-LYNX #621 and #636, respectively.

44534740604_90888c3465_b.jpgAries Charter 200 ex-LYNX 621 (2) by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

31383126848_c6a6643d52_b.jpgAries Charter 201 ex-LYNX 636 by Cincinnati NKY Buses, on Flickr

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208 is Ex-656 from Lynx. It was auctioned off in 2017 missing it's ZF transmission. 166 came from Palm Tran and it's 1999. The serial number on the Gillig next to 166 is 15GGD2111X1070870, indicating it's also a 1999 Advantage from Palm Tran.

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