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The Sacramento Area is host to several transit systems that serve the city of surrounding areas. Here are just a few:

Roseville Transit operates 15 intercity routes in Placer County, California. One of those routes serve as a commuter express service. Perhaps in a ode to Los Angeles Metro, here is a Roseville Transit Gillig in very familiar colors in Downtown Sacramento:

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Here, an older Gillig Phantom serves the PM rush service, complete with roll sign:

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Perhaps the most interesting of these carriers is Elk Grove Transit (E-Tran) which runs two lines into Downtown. Among their fleet are second hand Flxible Metro E CNGs. Here is two photos of 95-373 before and after dropping off passengers:

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Also in Elk Grove’s fleet are Orion V & Orion VII CNGs. Two example of this is Orion VII 08-563 & 98-606 pictured on inbound AM & PM commuter service:

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Another transit system that has service into Sacramento is Yolobus, which operates through Yolo county, western Sacramento County, northeastern Solano County & Downtown Sacramento. Yolobus is the only system that provides service to the Sacramento International Airport and Cache Creek Casino Resort. Yolobus fleet consists of 50 CNG buses, mostly Orion Vs, Orion VII First Generation and Next Generation buses as well as a small batch of NABI 40LFW CNG Buses, and 10 paratransit vehicles.

Route 241 is a rush hour express route serving West Sacramento and entering into Downtown Sacramento. On this day, it is operated by an unknown Orion V, photographed at the entrance to the Westfield Downtown Shopping Plaza:

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Orion VII #729 is finishing up a run on Route 240 as it navigate traffic heading towards the State Capital building:

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Yolobus Orion VII NC #743 is photographed in the town of Davis, the home to the University of California at Davis on Route 42A, which starts in Davis before hitting Woodland, Sacramento International Airport, then Sacramento:

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Unitrans, the transit system for The University of California at Davis is a student operated system that serves several off campus communities and Downtown Davis. As the city of Davis does not operate their own system, Unitrans serves both students who fare is free and commuters whose fare is only a $1 to ride. The fleet is made up of recently delivered New Flyer C40LFRs, Orion V CNGs & three post World War II Double Deckers from Great Britain.

New Flyer C40LFR #4095 is seen leaving Memorial Union, the main Unitrans terminal on Route G serving several off campus apartments:

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A perfectly posed 4080 heads to the Silo Shields Terminal on the other side of Memorial Union on Route C:

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Before the New Flyers were placed in service, Unitrans ran a mostly Orion operation but now they are in the reserve fleet. Here is Orion V CNG #4173 on Route H leaving among a major student exodus from the campus:

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Videos:

Yolobus Orion VII CNG #732: Cummins C Gas Plus/ZF Ecomat Transmission

Unitrans New Flyer C40LFR #4083: Cummins ISL-G/Allison B400R Transmission

A Pair of Yolobus Orions in Downtown Sacramento:

Unitrans Double Decker & New Flyer:

AEC Regent Double Decker:

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Elk Grove system runs short of buses, rents vans

Elk Grove's much-hyped public transit system has been reduced to relying on hurriedly rented vans because so many buses are out of service.

The city rented nine vans on Wednesday night to roll out today in hopes of cobbling near-full service for a few weeks until more mainline buses can get back on the road.

"It's not a traditional service," city transit manager Tiffani Fink acknowledged.

The vans hold 15 passengers each and will run on some of e-tran's less busy routes. "Our goal is to have the routes running," Fink said. But she warned riders: Your ride this morning may look more like a commuter van pool.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/10/15/3105825/h...l#ixzz12TIMluXl

Given the lack of funding in many areas for transit system capital and operating expenses I guess it's not surprising. Still, :lol:

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Yuba-Sutter Transit is another transit agency in the area. It provides bus service to the cities Yuba City & Marysville in Sutter & Yuba Counties. Commuter service is also provided to downtown Sacramento.

I think they use Blue Birds & cutaway buses.

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I am wondering if Tom (Nabinut) has ever went to Merced County (between Fresno and Modesto) and checked out some of the buses there? Most buses there are Gillig Phantoms.

~Ben

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Bumping an old thread here, but the Unitrans roster on the CPTDB wiki needs some updating.

In early April, Unitrans received 3 New Flyer XN40 buses, 4006-4008, serials 5FYC8FB09EC044333, 5FYC8FB00EC044334 and 5FYC8FB02EC044335. A photo of 4006 is shown at the garage in mid-April.

Other roster updates:

  • 3852-3861, the Bluebird Xcel 102 CNG buses never did work out at Unitrans and were nothing but problems. They have since been sold, some of which went to E-tran in Elk Grove, CA.
  • all of the 35' Orion V CNG buses (3500 series) have been retired.
  • For the 4300 series (Orion V, 40') only 4344, 4347 to 4349 are active. All others have been retired and three more from this series will be retired when the XN40 buses enter service.
  • Only cutaways 2062 and 2070 are active. 2068 and 2069 have been retired.
  • For the older double deckers, RT 3123 is currently being converted to CNG operation and receiving a full refurbishment. It will eventually be put back on the road.

That is about it. I hope one of the current Wiki editors can do the updates. Feel free to use the photo of 4006 when doing so.

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Just noticed this post! Added/corrected.

Do you know if the last two digits in the fleet number are sequential or not? I'm trying to figure out how to arrange the list.

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Just noticed this post! Added/corrected.

Do you know if the last two digits in the fleet number are sequential or not? I'm trying to figure out how to arrange the list.

Yes, UNITRANS has always numbered their buses as "seating capacity" followed by "sequence number". Thus, if the next buses that they get have 35 seats, the numbers would be 3509 and up. Thanks for doing the Wiki updates.

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