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Capital Area Transit in Harrisburg, PA recently bought 6 used Ikarus 416 buses from SEPTA. Here is a shot of 9603 taken in Harrisburg last week.

Of the 6, two are in service (9603 and 9604). One other was in the paint booth last week and the fleet number is unknown. The other three (ex-SEPTA 5073, 5139 and one other) will only be used for parts.

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The NABI's first operated for SEPTA and then it is sented to CAT in Harrisburg later on. Great to see them continue to operate for another transit there. That NABI sure looks great in that dark blue color. What route are they mostly operated in?

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Capital Area Transit in Harrisburg, PA recently bought 6 used Ikarus 416 buses from SEPTA. Here is a shot of 9603 taken in Harrisburg last week.

Of the 6, two are in service (9603 and 9604). One other was in the paint booth last week and the fleet number is unknown. The other three (ex-SEPTA 5073, 5139 and one other) will only be used for parts.

Looks like they swapped out the front destination sign -- I wonder why...

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I was out at Philadephia on that day and got many videos of SEPTA and New Jersey Transit Buses as well as some private operated buses there too. Here's one of the many videos uploaded so far.

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More videos from my 10-16-2010 trip. Enjoy them.

Here are the two videos that are the most interesting video of the day:

A Stallion Bus Industyr Motorcoach and SEPTA's New Flyer DE40LF 1st generation is seen here

My 1st ride on New Jersey Transit's NABI 416 Transit in Southern Jersey

Come back this forum topic for more links to my new videos.

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In addition to this video, not only you will see only SEPTA and New Jersey Transit buses, you'll be able to witness other private shuttles that are for residents from the nearby condos as well as other motorcoaches like Martz and others. Check it out.

Various Center City Philadelphia Buses Afternoon Action 10-16-2010

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According to Philadelphia transit vehicles, van2006ko has reported SEPTA's contract with New Flyer next year, the 4th and final year will include the delivery 100 DE40LFR which will be assigned as bus #8460-8559 for the standard order and 8560-8579 are 20 additional buses shall SEPTA optioned to take more. This is what I learned of the latest DE40LFR report from PTV.

http://philadelphiatransitforums.cjb.net/topic/7207384/48/

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The two recent pictures were taken at DCCC and I set camera's picture quality from 3600 x 2xxx to 1024 x 768 so that the picture can fit here while keeping the picture quality high.

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The two recent pictures were taken at DCCC and I set camera's picture quality from 3600 x 2xxx to 1024 x 768 so that the picture can fit here while keeping the picture quality high.

http://www.philadelphiatransitvehicles.inf..._DSCN4404_1.JPG

http://www.philadelphiatransitvehicles.inf..._DSCN4403_1.JPG

For the best results, it's better for you to set the camera's resolution to the highest setting available, then resize the picture on your computer using an image-editing program.

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For the best results, it's better for you to set the camera's resolution to the highest setting available, then resize the picture on your computer using an image-editing program.

Thanks for the hint, I was just testing to see how it was. I now use the 3600 pixels the highest offer from my camera to get good picture of it.

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At present now, NJT is currently plan for its replacement of 1998 D4000 CNG in the future as said here

II. Project Information

a. This project will allow NJ TRANSIT to replace seventy-seven (77) MCI Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses that have reached the end of their useful life. Fifty (50) of these CNG buses are model year 1999 and were placed into revenue service between January 1999 and April 1999. These buses are eligible for replacement under FTA guidelines after 12 years or 500,000 miles. These buses have now utilized between 11.1 and 11.4 years of their useful life. All but two of the buses have over 500,000 miles of service life. The two with fewer miles have accumulated a life to date mileage of 425,000 miles and 477,000 miles. By the end of calendar year 2010, all of the 1999 model year buses will have over 500,000 miles. NJ TRANSIT also operates twenty-seven (27) model year 2000 MCI CNG buses manufactured and placed into service between July 2000 and August 2000. These buses are eligible for replacement under FTA guidelines after 12 years or 500,000 miles. This group of buses is now between 9.5 and 9.9 year old. The mileage of these buses is between 477,000 miles and 550,000 miles with 11 of the 27 buses under 500,000 miles. By the end of calendar year 2010, all of the 2000 model year buses will have over 500,000 miles.

It is important to note that NJ TRANSIT has already invested $9.5 million in the CNG fueling and service facility while the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has invested $3.5 in Bus Terminal improvements to accommodate the CNG fleet. Moreover, NJ TRANSIT anticipates $3 million in expenses over the life of these buses to operate and maintain dedicated CNG fueling and maintenance infrastructure. These infrastructure expenses would not be incurred by a similar sized diesel bus fleet. NJ TRANSIT is not including these expenses in our local share of the project.

c. Consistency with the proposer’s bus fleet management plan: The replacement of the forty-foot CNG cruiser fleet with new CNG cruiser buses is consistent with the Bus Fleet Management Plan. The plan states, “For future planning, 45’ cruisers may be purchased whenever the capacity is required and garage layout and boarding locations permit their use.” Also, the plan shows 160 cruisers being replaced by calendar year 2013 – (77 of these are the CNG cruisers). Howell Garage operates both 45’ and 40’ cruiser buses. Fleet management plan is attached.

Looks like the 45 ft will take their places. NJT will award them in April 2011 and expect the 1st one to arrive by the end of next year.

Looks like MCI could be building D4500CT for NJT again after NJT deemed those MCI CNG coaches are successful as said there

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/FTA%20775M%20...Application.pdf

http://www.njtransit.com/tm/tm_servlet.srv...on=NewRailBusTo

Also, notice on this page as their future fleet requirement.

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/NJ%20TRANSIT%...leet%20Plan.pdf

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Because of Govenor Chris Christie decision for final cancellation on the tunnel project due to underestimating the cost of it, the New Jersey Transit is now required to pay up $271 million to the FTA where that money was used to help fund the project.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jers...ail_tunnel.html

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At this time now according to the latest forum post for PTV, it is still unknown what kind of model of hybrids will be delivered in the fourth and final year of the 2007 order whether if it will be New Flyer DE40LFR or XDE40

http://forums.philadelphiatransitvehicles....pic/7207384/75/

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On 12-23-2010. I took a trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey. There are New Jersey Transit Buses there as well as the city's own Atlantic City Jitney Association (ACJA). The association operates 4 fixed routes and 4 shuttle routes between rail station and casinos, boardwalks. The shuttles route are operated on behalf of NJT for rail passengers; they were formally operated by NJT. The jitney operation are shared taxi type where passengers can board anywhere along the route where it is safe to do so.

ACJA operates a large fleet of older Champion Crusaders on all of the routes; those vehicles are being replaced. A small number of Blue Bird All American and their only Chevy Kodiak/Champion Challenger operate on Rail Shuttle Route between stations and casino and boardwalk. Their newest addition under delivery are the new CNG powered Ford E-450/Star Trans Candidate vehicles.

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