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On 11/24/2018 at 10:40 PM, School Bus 101 said:

Found 0801 earlier this week! Turns out it's a 78 passenger unit with a wheelchair lift door in the rear (no wheelchair lift) and smaller wheels. 

That is actually a 72 passenger or 12 row body.

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4 hours ago, BCT-3122-D800-10240 said:

That is actually a 72 passenger or 12 row body.

That's what I thought at first too, but in another picture that I have, it's possible to count all the seats and I counted 13 on each side. 

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On 12/16/2018 at 10:04 PM, School Bus 101 said:

That's what I thought at first too, but in another picture that I have, it's possible to count all the seats and I counted 13 on each side. 

Very odd....   Must be VERY tight legroom like those 66 passenger 11 row units in the 1307xx series C2's that First operates out of Calgary.

On 12/16/2018 at 10:04 PM, School Bus 101 said:

 

Are you sure you didn't count the first upper part that you see as a seat and not just the panel in front of the first row of seats? Not sure if that makes sense to you.  Not sure how else to word that.

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7 hours ago, BCT-3122-D800-10240 said:

Very odd....   Must be VERY tight legroom like those 66 passenger 11 row units in the 1307xx series C2's that First operates out of Calgary.

Are you sure you didn't count the first upper part that you see as a seat and not just the panel in front of the first row of seats? Not sure if that makes sense to you.  Not sure how else to word that.

Here's the photo I was referencing. I've numbered the seats I can count. 

0801.jpg

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Some spottings and observations from today

2580 - looks to be retired

2942 - appears to now be retired; seen missing rear bumper, rear window with fleet number, and several passenger windows

 

Also spotted several units not mentioned here before:

F279 - 72 passenger 2014 Thomas C2 (same as 142081, 142085, 155101, etc)

120230 & 120232 - 72 passenger 2012 IC CE with double-paned windows

120961 & 120962 - 66 passenger 2012 Thomas C2 with double-paned windows 

150253 - 72 passenger 2015 Thomas C2 with white rooftop A/C unit (former CrossIron Mills employee shuttle; now in school bus yellow)

150443 - 72 passenger 2015 IC CE with tinted windows (similar to 150547-150549)

150539 - 72 passenger 2015 Thomas C2 with roof-mounted A/C unit

151519 - 72 passenger 2015 Thomas C2 with rear spoiler (same as 151518)

200159 - 72 passenger 2009 IC CE 

219597 & 219697 - 54 passenger IC CE (ex. California)

242852 & 242942  - 72 passenger 2002 GMC CV200

 

Oldest Units Spotted Still Active in Service as of Today:

085503 - 1999-2002 Thomas FS-65

242842, 242852, 242692, 242942 - 2002 GMC CV200s

221164 - 2004 Corbeil International 

2407

2574 

3121

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On 5/26/2019 at 8:27 PM, School Bus 101 said:

Some spottings and observations from today

3121

I see 3121 almost daily in the Westbrook / Coach Hill area doing a route for the Calgary French school.  Here is a photo of it from last week:

First Student Canada 3121.jpg

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13 hours ago, BCT-3122-D800-10240 said:

Here are a couple of photos of 150540 taken at Lake Louise on July 11, 2019 along with 41000:

Nice looking buses! Also looks like you got a wave in your second picture of 150540! 

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First 2303 is now retired and converted into a mobile home of some sorts.  Saw it parked at the Westhills shopping centre earlier this afternoon.

School bus sign and 4-way red lights are still intact, but the stop sign has been removed.

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Just got word that First has lost ALL ~60 of its "Conseil Scolaire FrancoSud" (French schools) routes to Southland. As far as I know, that leaves First with only Strathcona-Tweedsmuir, a few Charter schools (3), and a handful of CSSD routes. Really doubting the long term survival of the Calgary branch at this point...

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1 hour ago, School Bus 101 said:

Just got word that First has lost ALL ~60 of its "Conseil Scolaire FrancoSud" (French schools) routes to Southland. As far as I know, that leaves First with only Strathcona-Tweedsmuir, a few Charter schools (3), and a handful of CSSD routes. Really doubting the long term survival of the Calgary branch at this point...

I will have to check the Calgary French school and Calgary Academy (since they are quite close to me) when the school year starts back up.  Any more charter schools you can remember at the top of your head that used First last year?

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15 minutes ago, TechSpotlight said:

I will have to check the Calgary French school and Calgary Academy (since they are quite close to me) when the school year starts back up.  Any more charter schools you can remember at the top of your head that used First last year?

The only other ones I can remember are Almadina (NE/SE), Calgary Girls' School (SW), and Edge School (Rockyview); the first two are confirmed to be First once again this year.

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1 hour ago, School Bus 101 said:

Spotted 80969 near Symons Valley today. It's a 72 passenger 2015 IC CE with tinted windows. Also spotted 140818 near the Zoo; a 72 passenger Thomas C2. 

Nice.  Today I've confirmed both the Calgary Academy and the Calgary French School are still using First this year.

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My school used First Student for an orientation trip. I got KB075338 on the way back, an IC CE with a gasoline engine. Also, I spotted 200839, 091391, and 091379 on the same trip, and I haven't seen a Maxxforce 7 bus in a long time. I don't understand their new numbering system with letters and digits.

Posting here because there's no First Student thread for Toronto.

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50 minutes ago, blue.bird.fan said:

My school used First Student for an orientation trip. I got KB075338 on the way back, an IC CE with a gasoline engine. Also, I spotted 200839, 091391, and 091379 on the same trip, and I haven't seen a Maxxforce 7 bus in a long time. I don't understand their new numbering system with letters and digits.

Posting here because there's no First Student thread for Toronto.

First's new numbering system is actually the last few characters of the bus' VIN.  In the case of the IC CE, the first digit of the fleet number is the model year of the bus, with the VIN letter coding system.  "K" signifies  that it is a 2019 model year.  The second digit of the fleet number is the plant of manufacture.  "B" signifies Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The numbers that remain are simply the serial number of the bus.

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