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Also a Madison County Transit Employee and Friend, told me that MCT has ordered 42 new 29 (30") footer transit buses. The buses will be Gillig's. Have no other information. These 42 new buses will wipe out the current fleet of 3001-3037.  Replacement is predicted to start in Fall 2020, When the 2010s are 10 years old. And I would imagine that they will replace the ones with high mileage, most mechanical issues first. No word on the 35's (3501-3504), or the 40's (4001-4035) yet. But I would imagine it wouldn't be too long.   Also the ACT Runabout buses are expected to be replaced by the end of this year. These are 2013 Chevy Turtletops.   They are also in the process of replacing the approximately 22 Driver Relief cars, which are 2016 Ford Focus's (525-543) with 2019 Ford Fusion's (560-577). As well as the Road Supervisor's (TSM's) vans from 2016 Dodge Caravans (518-522) to 2019 Dodge Caravans (549-554). All vehicles will be auctioned off eventually. 

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September 2019 update, MCT has released the 2020-2024 Fiscal Budget, on that Budget in 2020 there buying 42 new 30 Footer Gillig Buses there supposed to buy 9+4+9+10+5 and add 5 to the fleet, as of now there are only 37 30 footers, (3001-3037) Total to replace all 37 30 footers is $20,254,300. Then the Paratransit buses 161-189 are slated to all be replaced by the end of 2020 with the total of 29 new units, $3,461,900.  Nothing planned for 2021 besides new ridefinders vans $226.000, road supervisor vehicles $100,000, and maintmance vehicles ($200,000). In 2022 all 35, 40 footers (4001-4035) are slated to be replaced and adding 5 new 40 footer Gillig buses totaling ($24,670,500) for 39 40 footers.  This money comes from MCT's local county and fare money, as well as many FTA and CMAQ grants.  That's what's in store for the next 4 years,  Now moving on to current and past information...   ACT (Paratransit) 179 and 180 were both retired, 179 was totalled in an Accident, and 180 was retired for ??. 190 and 191, both 2020 Ford Turtletop Oddessys will replace them.  

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The first of 42 new 29 footer Gillig's. They are continueing the current number system. Sent to me by a delievery driver for Gillig. First buses should be here by end of next week.

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19 minutes ago, cschnur15 said:

The first of 42 new 29 footer Gillig's. They are continueing the current number system. Sent to me by a delievery driver for Gillig. First buses should be here by end of next week.

Thanks.

MCT's green-and-black is a cool, unusual paint scheme -- one of the few that actually makes a Gillig look decent. Though I still miss their New Flyers!

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Here is the interior of 3038 the first new 29 footer BRT to arrive to MCT's garage. And the new Prime+ seating. Picture courtesy of Madison County Transit (MCT) Facebook page.

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Those solid seats are getting popular. Metro Transit is converting all the light-rail seats to hard panels instead of upholstered panels as well. Not as comfy, but it does make for a cheaper to maintain and cleaner seat.

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I got the opportunity Thursday to ride the first new 29 footer 3038 and I will say it was a very very nice and smooth ride!   These new buses feature, driver sheilds, all electronic gauge cluster (Execpt air gauge), White Luminator Horizon (Front, side, and rear signs), American Seating Prime+ seats with American Seating's new step railing, and the words "STOP" when the driver hits the breaks in the rear. 3038 currently has around 3k miles. 3039 arrived yesterday, and 3040 arrived the day before yesterday. 3016 was retired the day before yesterday due to mechanics tired of dealing with it.      3038 wasn't suppose to enter service till mid-late spring, but they retired 3016 and had a saftey inspection last week.

 

 

Anyway, these pictures are no means good quality. But I wanted to share something with everyone here in the forms. 

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3001 was retired on Tuesday, some kind of leak. 3041, 3042, 3043, and 3044 have also been delivered.  Unknown unit was spotted about 4 hours from the garage. 

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I got the opportunity to ride 3038 on the #10 today!  Also got some great pictures of it! Didn't have time to get pictures of the interior unfortunately.    1210891818_MCT3038DSF1.thumb.jpg.22fee3db74a94201d8f93cbd5bd3318f.jpg

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Update: 3001-3009, 3016 and 3025 is retired.   3008 and 3025 were retired last night.  3025 was not supposed to be retired for a while, because it only had around 460,000 miles and it's a 2012. But the maintmance team decided to retire it. 3038-3047 are in service.   These new buses have been having issues with the Clever Devices (DCU) that currently controls the sign. If the bus is on a bumpy or route that has high up railroad crossings the DCU disconnects. But it's new technology so it's expected.    As of now MCT is on a 10 year/590k miles retirement policy.  Now with the 40's it will be 11 to 12 years. No plans right now to replace them till at least late 2021 early 2022. 

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I remember when those 35 foot Gilligs were new and MCT was getting rid of the New Flyers. Now its interesting to see them getting rid of those 2010s and getting 2020s that are almost identical. I wish they would get the Xcelsior to replace the 40 footers, but only in my dreams.

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Wow! Yeah, MCT isn't buying 35 footers this coming up 40 footer order. They have been nothing but mechanical issues the past few years. Instead of buying 35's, they will order 4 more 40 footers.  They have been putting the 35's on the 1 Riverbend , 1X Riverbend Express (Occasionaly), 17 Cougar Shuttle, and 18 Collinsville Regional on Saturday and Sunday's.  On the weekend the 1 is ran by the 30 footers and the 17 is ran by whatever is on the 22, which 9/10 times it's a Ford Turtletop. Today, 3045 was on the 1. Usually they only put the 2010's and 2011's on Saturday's, but since we are so low on them they had to put a few new buses out today.   Anyway, speaking of the Xcelsior, in 2016 MCT tested one. I was told that the mechanics hated it. I think they also don't get them, because the Gillig's are all the same to work on, and the fleet matches. 

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