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16 hours ago, Trimet101 said:

Thats just the demo bus that got wrapped, We have not got are first bus yet

The windows were the dead giveaway. Certainly a good effort on TriMet's part to keep the branding consistent.

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For no reason in particular, here are some pics of late-life TriMet Flxibles.

These snaps date to 2012 -- by then, TriMet had been trying to retire the Flxibles for years. At the time of these photos, I'd guess about 40 Flxs were still active, including a few 1900-series 30-foot units.

My next visit to PDX was in 2014. On that trip, I spotted only one Flxible from a distance (could not get a photo). They were history not long after.

A reference pic of 1838 as she prepares for an outbound trip:

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A few blocks over, 1837 positions for an outbound trip of its own. Though the sign says Center Garage, I believe the bus was on its way from the garage into service. Also, I remember hearing that Flxibles were only at Merlo at this point -- so the sign may or may not be relevant:

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Then, 1801 scurries through Downtown en route to its outbound trip. Plenty of evidence that these buses were detailed to shorter, peak-period pieces to/from Downtown -- as opposed to long, all-day blocks that, generally, were/are in revenue service when spotted Downtown:

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At 6th & Jefferson SW, 1749 shows us how it's done. This pose reminds me of happy moments driving Flxibles -- decisively "ripping away" from the curb was one of my favorite moves!

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An anonymous Flx picks up a customer Downtown, before setting off into the sunset -- literally and figuratively:

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Enjoy. These buses were troopers. Used heavily for the first 15 years of their life... and still in decent shape past age 20+. They faded slowly over time -- from the most dominant bus in the fleet, to a secondary role, to an occasional sighting, 'til there were only a few left, then finally, all gone.

They seem pretty much forgotten by now -- imagine seeing one restored in a newer TriMet paint scheme!

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On 7/23/2021 at 2:10 PM, Jared Kam said:

The windows were the dead giveaway. Certainly a good effort on TriMet's part to keep the branding consistent.

 

On 7/22/2021 at 9:19 PM, Trimet101 said:

Thats just the demo bus that got wrapped, We have not got are first bus yet

Fyi, first 'actual' Nova has arrived as of last week

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On 11/16/2021 at 6:08 PM, GojiMet86 said:

3048, 3049, and 3050 are being converted to battery-electric:

 

This bus looks very rare to me with the used CNG New Flyer rooftop  with the aftermarket ac rooftop unit. Did Complete Coach Works rebuild this electric version of the Gillig BRT Diesel Version for special occasions or President Joe Biden's infrastructure restoration package act? 

On 11/16/2021 at 1:43 PM, Quartzquiz said:

Look who's stopping over in Buffalo, NY on its way to its new home! (Credit goes to edison)

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Is this 2022 pre-production bus

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17 hours ago, Glennwood Road Ent. said:

This bus looks very rare to me with the used CNG New Flyer rooftop  with the aftermarket ac rooftop unit. Did Complete Coach Works rebuild this electric version of the Gillig BRT Diesel Version for special occasions or President Joe Biden's infrastructure restoration package act? 

Is this 2022 pre-production bus

Believe this was a loaner coach from Novabus. TriMet used it for clearance testing and driver familiarization while they awaited their actual first production unit.

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On 11/18/2021 at 5:44 PM, Jared Kam said:

Believe this was a loaner coach from Novabus. TriMet used it for clearance testing and driver familiarization while they awaited their actual first production unit.

Is this for the new BRT Project in Portland and are these the 2nd articulated buses for TriMet  for 40th anniversary in 2022 since the first 1982 Crown Ikarus 286 largest order with triple doors

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