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Hi busfans, I have a blog about my experiences as a bus operator for Broward County Transit. I post a fair amount of bus and bus-related photos there. BusTropical

I absolutely do not understand BCT's new paint scheme on their Gilligs. Looks straight out of 1990... like it started as TriMet's "new" scheme -- until an intern in Livermore spent 15 minutes 'adjusti

i was able to fan BCT for a few days in early march, finally uploaded my pics now. Here is what i noticed. Some 02/03 gilligs are still running on weekdays, not many seem to be out on weekends an

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20 hours ago, Mitsubishi Fuso 6512 said:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsufEtVIlDo&feature=youtu.be

Broward County Transit 2019 Gilligs (20XXX series) are now in revenue service from last week. They featured the new 2019 paint scheme and front roof fairing that looks similar to Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority buses. 

Are they repainting the other buses 18 and earlier or is this just for new buses?

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i was able to fan BCT for a few days in early march, finally uploaded my pics now. Here is what i noticed.

Some 02/03 gilligs are still running on weekdays, not many seem to be out on weekends anymore. They are hard to find outside of rush hours. I was able to get a pic of 0215 on the 30. IMG_20200412_233727_301.thumb.jpg.f7bde30b3a56677f7664cb203104559a.jpg

The new gilligs are also running, i did see a few although i didnt get a chance to ride one. I didnt notice any out on weekends, they seem to only be out on weekdays for now. Here is a pic of 20032 at the terminal.

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And a pic of nabi 1157 on the 72 at sawgrass.

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On 4/12/2020 at 11:52 PM, H4 5600 said:

i was able to fan BCT for a few days in early march, finally uploaded my pics now. Here is what i noticed.

Some 02/03 gilligs are still running on weekdays, not many seem to be out on weekends anymore. They are hard to find outside of rush hours. I was able to get a pic of 0215 on the 30.

 

The old gilligs may be back when regular weekday schedule returns. By any chance does anyone know if the 1800s and older buses will be getting the new scheme or will they keep the breeze livery?

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I absolutely do not understand BCT's new paint scheme on their Gilligs. Looks straight out of 1990... like it started as TriMet's "new" scheme -- until an intern in Livermore spent 15 minutes 'adjusting' it for Fort Lauderdale.

Then again, for a halfway decent transit system, BCT has never had a great paint scheme.

My archives contain few photos of BCT vehicles... but I like this pic of 9730:

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Like most transit systems in the Sunshine State, BCT was a Flxible stronghold throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. They went through a "transition" phase in the mid/late 1990s after Flxible's demise, which produced exactly one order apiece of Gillig Phantoms and New Flyer D40LFs.

9730 made it to the "honeycomb" paint scheme. She sits here on layover, approaching retirement age, staring into the distance, wondering what it would have been like had BCT become New Flyer turf. I believe these were the only "regular" (i.e. non-enhanced, non-BRT "A", non-Xcelsior) New Flyers to operate in South Florida. Y'all missed out -- these could have done great from PalmTran to Coral Gables...

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https://www.proterra.com/press-release/proterra-celebrates-1000-buses-sold/

Proterra Celebrates Its 1,000th Battery-Electric Bus Sold with Broward County Transit Purchase

Broward County Transit has New 35ft Gilligs in service since the older ones in the 1970s

And Broward County Transit Purchased another 4 2020 New Flyer XD60s Xcelsior #20191-20194 without the tip in windows. It looks very different from the 2014 Models. This was spotted with the parts missing at New Flyer Plant in Alabama (Formerly North American Bus Industries plant) 

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Photo credit goes to Broward County Transit of Facebook. Used with Permission. 

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On 12/27/2020 at 8:02 AM, JAX Transit 2000 said:

https://www.proterra.com/press-release/proterra-celebrates-1000-buses-sold/

Proterra Celebrates Its 1,000th Battery-Electric Bus Sold with Broward County Transit Purchase

Broward County Transit has New 35ft Gilligs in service since the older ones in the 1970s

And Broward County Transit Purchased another 4 2020 New Flyer XD60s Xcelsior #20191-20194 without the tip in windows. It looks very different from the 2014 Models. This was spotted with the parts missing at New Flyer Plant in Alabama (Formerly North American Bus Industries plant) 

130731587_3754912117861542_4195312730772

Photo credit goes to Broward County Transit of Facebook. Used with Permission. 

FYI, the fleet number on that XD-60 (20092) is incorrect.  That number actually belongs to a Gillig.  Ironically, I had just passed by the real 20092 (on line 55 at the layover on Commercial Blvd/NW 94 Av) to go to a McDonald's in the shopping center there, once in the McDonald's and waiting for my order, I read the Facebook post and was like "What the..." 😂

Obviously, BCt had a change of plans after taking the pic.  The XD-60s will actually be numbered 20191-20194.  I haven't seen any of them on the street yet.  Line 72 (Oakland Park Blvd) uses mostly artics, and I pass by that street often, so hopefully one will turn up there soon.

Below is the pic I took of the "real" 20092 (Cell phone pic on the fly, so not great quality).

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On 1/4/2021 at 8:57 AM, FYBklyn1959 said:

FYI, the fleet number on that XD-60 (20092) is incorrect.  That number actually belongs to a Gillig.  Ironically, I had just passed by the real 20092 (on line 55 at the layover on Commercial Blvd/NW 94 Av) to go to a McDonald's in the shopping center there, once in the McDonald's and waiting for my order, I read the Facebook post and was like "What the..." 😂

Obviously, BCt had a change of plans after taking the pic.  The XD-60s will actually be numbered 20191-20194.  I haven't seen any of them on the street yet.  Line 72 (Oakland Park Blvd) uses mostly artics, and I pass by that street often, so hopefully one will turn up there soon.

Below is the pic I took of the "real" 20092 (Cell phone pic on the fly, so not great quality).

BCt20092-55 121020-3.jpeg

According to Transsee, all of the 2020 XD60s are at Copans yard waiting for Acceptance 

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On 1/14/2021 at 10:34 AM, FYBklyn1959 said:

Yes, they are parked in the northwest corner of the yard.  You can actually see them if you are driving northbound on the Turnpike (qucik look only!) 🙂

What about the Restored Flxible New Looks, Metro's ,35ft  Gm New Looks, Gillig Phantoms, Low Floors and 1997 New Flyer D40LFs and 2006 D60LFRs in the Historical Fleet collection?

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12 hours ago, JAX Transit 2000 said:

What about the Restored Flxible New Looks, Metro's ,35ft  Gm New Looks, Gillig Phantoms, Low Floors and 1997 New Flyer D40LFs and 2006 D60LFRs in the Historical Fleet collection?

You might want to check your sources on this... according to the wiki, most of the buses you listed have been sold/auctioned off. And as far as i know, BCT doesnt have a historic fleet. 

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On 1/16/2021 at 12:30 PM, H4 5600 said:

You might want to check your sources on this... according to the wiki, most of the buses you listed have been sold/auctioned off. And as far as i know, BCT doesnt have a historic fleet. 

I already checked the sources on Wikipedia for the correct roster. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broward_County_Transit

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