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On 1/19/2018 at 10:34 AM, alexb320 said:

Broward is going back to Gillig? Is this because of funding issues?

Yes Newflyer has a backlog and Broward County Transit need Buses badly they also piggybacked on those Gilligs and MCI buses 

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On 1/19/2018 at 10:15 AM, FYBklyn1959 said:

I wonder what happened to 0509 that it is up for auction.  Wreck?  Technically, it is eligible for retirement at 12 years of age, but AFAIK, BCt isn't retiring the 0500 series yet.

0509 was damaged in an accident.

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On 3/19/2017 at 10:57 PM, H4 5600 said:

Alright, next time im here ill have to take the 56 into hawaiian and find one of those signs. I remember a long time ago, maybe 2008 or so, there was still an orange sign on an access road to the broward blvd tri rail. IIRC, it said county bus on it, but i really dont remember. Its probably gone by now.

And cypress creek had normal signs as of last year, they were the new style (ugly) blue ones.

As for gilligs, not as many were out today. 0312 was on 11 (its been on 40 alot recently) and another 03 was on 19. As for all the gilligs i rode, i would say 0322 was in the best shape and 0312 was in the worst shape.

Unfortunately, the 56 does not go to Hawaiian Gardens any more. Now the 81 goes to Hawaiian Gardens.  

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I drove by the Mass Transit Division in Pompano Beach this past weekend while I was passing through to Miami. I was able to spot quite a few 2002 & 2003 Gilligs that were retired. I also spotted 0722 and at least (3) of the 2006 D60LFR sitting with the retired Gilligs in various states of disrepair. I took a few pictures, but you can't make much of the details out through the fence.

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it seems like they have just started putting the nabi BRT's on random routes, instead of the same few routes they usually go on. 55 has one today. I have never seen or tracked one on the 55 before. 

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On 11/19/2018 at 12:54 PM, alexb320 said:

 I also spotted least (3) of the 2006 D60LFR sitting with the retired Gilligs in various states of disrepair. 

I believe 0603 is the only D60LFR currently active. When i was down in fort lauderdale in august, it was the only one that came out all week, and it didnt seem to come out very much. I have also been watching the tracker recently and 0603 is the only one that has been out at all. Its on the 72 today.

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There is a gillig on the 72 today. Not a common sighting, usually the 72 is all artics. Whenever a 40ft is used, it usually seems to be a nabi.

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Here is my photo journal on Broward County Transit (BCT), serving Florida's second most-populous county of the same name.  During my first spotting trips in 2005, high-floor buses were already a dwindling species in BCT's fleet.  Flixible Metro buses 9208 and 9303 were among the last buses of their kind, tailending BCT's 12-year long relationship with the Grumman Flixible 870/Flixible Metro.  Meanwhile, Gillig Phantom bus 9612 was one of the last high-floor, heavy-duty buses bought by BCT (excluding the recent MCI commuter coaches).

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BCT was a relatively early user of low-floor buses among Florida transit agencies, and New Flyer D40LF buses 9715 and 9736 in the 1990's honeycomb livery, together with all white sister bus 9728 were among the agency's first low-floor buses.  They were also BCT's ony non-articulated New Flyers so far.

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BCT went on purchasing 161 Gillig Low Floor's  (The staple non-articulated bus for Florida then and now) between 1999 and 2003,  Buses featuring the original front were exemplified by buses 9926, 0020 and 0118 in the honeycomb livery, all-white bus 0028 and the same bus, plus buses 9912 and 0140 featuring the white-based version of the Breeze livery.  Finally, bus 0141 -the final bus of the bunch- is also featured here.  The 2001 deliveries pioneered the use of LED headsigns at BCT.

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Before switching to NABI's, purchased 55 further Gillig Low Floor's with the current regular front, like buses 0202 and 0308 in honeycomb livery, all-white bus 0325 (BCT's last Gillig until the 2018 BRT's) and buses 0216 and 0311 in the white Breeze livery.

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In 2005 and 2007, BCT introduced two batches of NABI 40-LFW Gen I's buses for a total of 73 buses.  The 2005 buses were BCT's final buses delivered new in the honeycomb livery.  They also lack roof-mounted HVAC pods, which became standard on all of its subsequent 40-LFW's.  Featured here are bus 0502 in the honeycomb livery, all-white bus 0525 (final bus of batch), buses 0513, 0701 and 0730 in the white Breeze livery, plus buses 0745 and 0748 (final Gen I bus) in the silver Breeze livery (pioneered by last 7 buses of its batch and then reserved for limited-stop "Breeze duties")

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BCT then obtained 42 Gen II buses in 2008 (12 hybrid buses and 30 diesel buses).  They are exemplified here by specially wrapped hybrid bus 0801, hybrid bus 0811 and diesel bus 0816 in the white Breeze livery, plus diesel bus 0838 in the silver Breeze livery (then reserved for the same duties as buses 0742-0748).  The silver Breeze livery became BCT's standard livery from 2009 deliveries onward to this day.  The 0800's were the only Gen II buses I've ever spotted.

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BCT introduced 6 New Flyer D60LFR's in 2006 for the 441 Breeze duty.  They pioneered the Breeze livery and were the agency's first articulated buses.  They were also the only such buses I've ever spotted before I left Florida in 2009.

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Last but not least, BCT once operated a few Ford E-Series/ElDorado National Aerotech cutaways in the M0790 series on low-ridership routes.  They are illustrated here by buses M0797 and M0798 in the white Breeze livery.

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Sorry for finishing the narrative part of my response late, and here is my BCT gallery:

Broward County Transit

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9 hours ago, Mitsubishi Fuso 6512 said:

Is this taken in late 2000s

although im not the person who posted those, it looks like they are based on what buses and paint schemes are in those pictures.

Also, you got some very nice shots @Buzz2kb. There arent that many pics around of the older BCT buses.

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