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SporTran to get 2011 New Flyer CNG Buses

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6 hours ago, Buslover2015 said:

Where you hear this news about Sportran getting  New Electric  buses? its  been awhile since I been on here .

Its from a Proterra press release.

http://www.proterra.com/fta-low-no-grant-winners-to-purchase-39-proterra-electric-transit-buses/

Looks like SporTran is getting the Fast Charge type of electric bus. So they will have a fast charger somewhere on the route, probably at the depot/terminal. Proterra basically invented that type of electric bus.

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On 8/18/2016 at 8:46 PM, MAX BRT said:

Its from a Proterra press release.

http://www.proterra.com/fta-low-no-grant-winners-to-purchase-39-proterra-electric-transit-buses/

Looks like SporTran is getting the Fast Charge type of electric bus. So they will have a fast charger somewhere on the route, probably at the depot/terminal. Proterra basically invented that type of electric bus.

Cant wait to see how they will look

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On 8/3/2016 at 4:52 PM, RTS6v71 said:

As of right now all secondhand Gilligs 134, 141-143 are still in service including weekends and some night service. Bus 602 has been repainted Orange. That's all I have for now.

142-143 now 

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From what I heard from SporTran all the remaining buses 441, though I haven't seen it  lately may have already been retired,501-506,601-602,604-608 & 610 will be replaced with 8 new buses  currently in production possibly will be numbered 251-258 later this year.

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So who is making the new buses.  Are these the Proterra electric buses previously mentioned?  Meanwhile, what happened to Gillig's 603 & 609? And how about buses 142 & 143? Thanks!

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On 7/12/2015 at 8:45 PM, Buzz2kb said:

Hi! I have finally spotted ALL five XN40's last Friday. According to my observations on www.sportranbus.com tracking site, these buses (numbered 151-155) are weekday and daytime buses only. As a Sportran first, they display route numbers at the front destination display instead of just the route name, and carry rear route number display.

As for the color of these buses, 151 is orange; 152 is lavender; 153 is blue; 154 is green and 155 is plum. All five were taken near Sportran's downtown terminal.

During the same spotting trip, I've managed to spotted three other colored Gillig LF's; lavender 503 and blue 505 (40-ft buses new to them) and blue former St. Cloud 35-ft.141. These leaves 2nd-hand 143 and possibly 504 as the only colored Gillig LF's I haven't pictured.

Finally, I have also found why C35LFR 106 was kept white lat time round. It turned out to be the overall ad. bus for Sportran's real time arrival system. No fleet numbers on either shot, but I was able to confirm its ID through the www.sportranbus.com tracking site.

Here attached are the iages for 503, 505 and 116 on top of XN40's 151-155.

Just two more questions for now:

1. What color are buses 143 and 504?

2. As Sportran will replace Gillig LF's 431-442 and possibly 501-506 in the near future, how many more CNG buses are they gong to order, and will they be more XN40's and/or XN35's; or Gillig will make a hard play with its CNG LF's? Thanks!

Hope that you will enjoy my latest spottings!

You were right the remaining Gillig LF's 441,501-506, 601-602,604-608, & 610 are set to be parted out later this year.611 will remain because it is an electric bus.Although  the 600 series are less than  10 years old they have used up thier FTA milage  span.8 newer buses looks like they will be built simular if not electric buses possibly numbered 251-258 are on there way and went into production as last week 

6 hours ago, Buzz2kb said:

So who is making the new buses.  Are these the Proterra electric buses previously mentioned?  Meanwhile, what happened to Gillig's 603 & 609? And how about buses 142 & 143? Thanks!

New Flyer Plant in Anniston, Alabama.Bus 603 was involved in a wreck a few months ago and based on the damage,you can say its pretty much done.Even though the 600s series are not that old, they are 2008 models and the models no longer in production from what i heard.As far as bus 609 it too shared a same fate however its fate ended much simular to 507 caught fire and is done. AS far as 142 and 143  from what  i know they will be kept haven't heard anything yet as far as them getting rid of them.

12 minutes ago, Buslover2015 said:

You were right the remaining Gillig LF's 441,501-506, 601-602,604-608, & 610 are set to be parted out later this year.611 will remain because it is an electric bus.Although  the 600 series are less than  10 years old they have used up thier FTA milage  span.8 newer buses looks like they will be built simular if not electric buses possibly numbered 251-258 are on there way and went into production as last week 

New Flyer Plant in Anniston, Alabama.Bus 603 was involved in a wreck a few months ago and based on the damage,you can say its pretty much done.Even though the 600s series are not that old, they are 2008 models and the models no longer in production from what i heard.As far as bus 609 it too shared a same fate however its fate ended much simular to 507 caught fire and is done. AS far as 142 and 143  from what  i know they will be kept haven't heard anything yet as far as them getting rid of them.

 

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5 hours ago, Buslover2015 said:

New Flyer Plant in Anniston, Alabama.Bus 603 was involved in a wreck a few months ago and based on the damage,you can say its pretty much done.Even though the 600s series are not that old, they are 2008 models and the models no longer in production from what i heard.As far as bus 609 it too shared a same fate however its fate ended much simular to 507 caught fire and is done. AS far as 142 and 143  from what  i know they will be kept haven't heard anything yet as far as them getting rid of them.

 

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Wait!  The Gillig Low Floor is still in production!  Just to the latest EPA emission standards though.  By the way, are the new Xcelsior's XD40's, XDE40's or XN40's or even XE40's?  Thanks!

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On 6/15/2017 at 5:13 PM, Buzz2kb said:

Wait!  The Gillig Low Floor is still in production!  Just to the latest EPA emission standards though.  By the way, are the new Xcelsior's XD40's, XDE40's or XN40's or even XE40's?  Thanks!

Yes The Gillig Low Floor is still in Production i was was just saying as far as 2008 models because  bus 603 was involved in a wreck and SporTran was not  going to bother getting it repaired.BTW 134,142-143 is still around at the moment.I believe   the newest  Xcelsiors will look simular to 151-155 if not different

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21 minutes ago, Buslover2015 said:

I believe   the newest  Xcelsiors will look simular to 151-155 if not different

So do you mean that they are XN40's (CNG buses)?

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This just Came in from SporTran.Here is an update on the  newer  2017 New Flyer Buses.Unsure when  or what they will be numbered possibly  251-258 maybe. They are set to be shipped here in Shreveport by the end of  JULY.

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new details on  2008 Gilligs 35 ft LF buses 601-602,604-608,610.Reason why these will be replaced later this year possibly after next month is because they have used up their milage per FTA Standards

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New report from KTBS highlights service increases and new buses at Sportran!

"Sportran will have a fleet of 50 buses and 33 of them will be brand new. Five of the new buses will be all electric. (Proterra electric buses)

"We're first in the state and first in the region to have these type buses and operate them," said Washington. (Washington is the CEO)

Source: https://www.ktbs.com/community/sportran-getting-new-all-electric-buses/article_60c23a14-999d-11e7-82b9-bbb30ac015e6.html

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Its been awhile since I last made a post on here but I been informed that the first set of CNG buses will phase out sometime next year although they are 2010/2011 models they are set to use thier lifespan in milage  next year.Those units are 101-105, & 111-119

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