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The bus in that pic is a 40' not an artic. Maybe they were trying out the 40' version also.

I'm sure the bae HybriDrive has been absolutely (ahem) stellar.

Nvm, somehow I got it in my head that they were testing an artic.

No more drinking for you bub! All the while, I wish we WAS testing an artic, though.

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Got word Houston Metro has placed an order with Nova Bus for the supply of 70, diesel 60' articulated buses at a cost of around $680,000 per bus with options on additional vehicles.

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Got word Houston Metro has placed an order with Nova Bus for the supply of 70, diesel 60' articulated buses at a cost of around $680,000 per bus with options on additional vehicles.

Excellent news! We really do need artics again. Not all routes need them but some do.

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Article from the Houston Chronicle excerpted here, with the link below:

Metropolitan Transit Authority officials say the agency is on firmer financial footing than it has been in years. They plan to add shelters at 100 bus stops in the next year, replace aging buses with larger and smaller vehicles in some cases and rethink how the Houston area is served by bus. . .

Since 2005, overall ridership on Metro has fallen almost 16 percent, despite gains in rail ridership. In the same period, Metro's active fleet of buses has fallen by nearly 200, to 1,248, according to the agency.

Tuesday's referendum vote built on the 2003 vote, Greanias said. Voters approved extending the general mobility program to 2025, giving up to one-quarter of Metro's sales tax revenues to Houston, Harris County and 14 other municipalities for various transportation projects.

The referendum forbids Metro to spend any additional sales tax money it captures on rail, essentially forcing the agency to place more emphasis on buses.

Around the same time Metro placed the referendum in front of voters, officials also created a strategic planning committee. One of the committee's main tasks will be to determine how Metro's 1,300-square-mile area can best be served by buses, including how to tie them to the rail lines, said Metro board member Christof Spieler.

"Ultimately, it doesn't matter if it is steel wheels or rubber wheels, it is all transit and it needs to work for the rider," Spieler said. "What I would like to see is a better job of putting the whole network together."

And after years of Metro operating conventional 40-foot buses for all local routes, new 26-foot buses will come to Houston in the coming months. Those buses would operate routes that might not warrant a larger bus, but where transit service is still necessary, Greanias said.

Metro also is adding larger, 60-foot articulated buses like those on park and ride lines along local routes where the conventional buses are crowded, and it plans new bus shelters and automated systems to tell riders when the next bus will arrive at a stop.

http://www.chron.com...say-4028355.php

So this very thread informs me that the artics to be added are from Nova. Who is contracting to deliver the 26 foot buses?

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Who is contracting to deliver the 26 foot buses?

I'm guessing those are going to be cutaways of some sort. They're probably purchased via a local dealer.

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Thanks! Makes sense but its hard to get excited about cutaways. :( For some reason I was thinking that a Gillig or El Dorado might come in that size.

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I'm guessing those are going to be cutaways of some sort. They're probably purchased via a local dealer.

Yes, they are gonna be cutaways. I'll have to get back as the specific manufacturer.

EDIT: It's the ARBOC Spirit of Freedom and we're to be getting 40 of them. When will they arrive? That, I do not know. FYI, MV Transit will be the folks that'll operate THOSE vehicles.

Here's some good news about the NovaBus LFSA order deal: "Metro did execute a contract with NovaBus for 70 articulated buses to be delivered in Aug/Sept 2013."

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Edited by HoustonMETROFan

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Yes, they are gonna be cutaways. I'll have to get back as the specific manufacturer. EDIT: It's the ARBOC Spirit of Freedom and we're to be getting 40 of them. (snipped)

Thanks, METROFan. I believe that Arbocs are top of the line when it comes to cutaway design.

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You're welcome. They did have a demo here but it didn't have - how can I say this, "all the bells & whistles" that you may see if you were to search for pics of transit agencies that may already have similar models in revenue service.

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Does Houston METRO use the New Flyer Vikings on the 102-Bush IAH, or do they also use the D4500s as well?

Both as Fallbrook Garage (on weekdays) has both types of coaches in their fleet They also have the D4500CT and D4500CTH as well as the NFI Vikings.

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A METRO representative tells CultureMap that the first route receiving the new (articulated) buses will be the 163 Fondren, followed by the 02 Bellaire and the 65 Bissonnet. Other high-ridership routes include the 04 Beechnut and the 68 Brays Bayou.

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/city_life/05-21-13-metro-loves-big-buses-more-massive-accordion-buses-are-taking-over-houstons-streets/

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That S70 looks so sexy. Love those new headlights.

FYI, several of them are already in service as of me typing this message. They'll be in the 200 series range, BTW.

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A METRO representative tells CultureMap that the first route receiving the new (articulated) buses will be the 163 Fondren, followed by the 02 Bellaire and the 65 Bissonnet. Other high-ridership routes include the 04 Beechnut and the 68 Brays Bayou.

http://houston.cultu...ustons-streets/

You can also find out about that and more here (as far as what all routes will get the artics): http://www.ridemetro...ne082513_en.pdf

Also, check this out:

Request Board authorization for the President & CEO to execute and deliver a contract with NABI to purchase 265 replacement transit buses consisting of 40 clean diesel low floor transit buses to be delivered in FY2014, 45 clean diesel low floor transit buses and 80 CNG low floor transit buses to be delivered in FY2015 and for 100 CNG replacement low floor transit buses to be delivered in FY2016 for a not to exceed three year amount of $126,400,232.

That came from here: http://ridemetro.gra...22-24b3144c4264

Edited by HoustonMETROFan

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I'm surprised that Houston Metro is going to award NABI the 40ft bus contract...first of all this contract was put out for bid twice...a contact I know who works for a transit bus manufacturer told me that NABI was the low bidder in the first bid, but was disqualified...secondly, the closing date for the second bid was July 26th...I don't understand why the Metro didn't use a two or three month evaluation before deciding to award the contract...I assume they made had first hand info that New Flyer was going to acquire NABI, because that may have been the main reason why NABI was disqualified in the first bis

I meant to say in my last sentence that NABI's financial situation probably led to their disqualication.

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More NABI in Texas. I'm assuming these will be LFW?

PS It is curious about that earlier disqualification

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More NABI in Texas. I'm assuming these will be LFW?

PS It is curious about that earlier disqualification

Good question. I'm hoping that they'll be the LFW style. I'm curious as well about the disqualification piece but nevertheless, I'm just wanting to see THIS go through. It'll be about time to see some other 40' bus besides Orions and New Flyers. :)

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Variety in the fleet is great for bus spotters everywhere! It will be fun to see what differences there will be between these NABIs and the new ones in Dallas.

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