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Confirmed, #1758 is now retired as the NY state plates are removed and is missing parts. Done with it are buses #1732 and #1735 as well. Down to about 118 NG CNGs left in service and about 163 Orion VII CNGs left over all.

Also, 2021 Gillig Advantage BRT CNGs #2004 and #2006, now delivered and assigned to Mitchel Field Depot.

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6 hours ago, GojiMet86 said:

A Cait Sith photo from the forums.

2000 has entered service.

 

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Not impressed with these. Doubt these buses will get front ads. If NICE thought the XN40s/XN60s were bad, holy cow! These will be like NYCTA's LFS's and LFSAs.

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6 hours ago, Chris.A said:

Not impressed with these. Doubt these buses will get front ads. If NICE thought the XN40s/XN60s were bad, holy cow! These will be like NYCTA's LFS's and LFSAs.

Don't say that. NICE will put ads on their newer buses.  I just started seeing passenger wraps on NICE buses. Although, I don't frequent the queens/long island area.

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1 hour ago, NYC2MTL said:

Don't say that. NICE will put ads on their newer buses.  I just started seeing passenger wraps on NICE buses. Although, I don't frequent the queens/long island area.

No, I meant Ads on the front of the bus. There's no space for them, what with the NY state plates and the headlights. I also noticed that these CNGs don't have those little "retarder lights" that the XN40s and everything prior has along with all the non-hybrid buses in the city. That's a first for NICE.

I suppose the next question is, A, will these buses come with the OMNY equipment, B, will they eventually get bike racks (might look good on them) , and C, how soon before the 1st option order of 2022-23 Advantage 40'BRT CNGs (#2080-2119) be placed? #1800-1839 still technically have 2 more years to go (according to Nassau Inter-county Express standards). #1840-1884 I could see in service til as late as 2025. 

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Something interesting I forgot to mention, but 3 2009 Orion VII NG CNGs were  out in service late in the overnight hours this morning on various routes. Those buses were #1759, #1761, and #1768!

#2011 has entered service. I would expect another dozen or so 1700s to be taken oos anyday now (most likely on the weekends).

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2021 Gillig Advantage BRT CNG #2005 has finally entered service. No sign of #2001 or #2004 just yet. Also missing is #2008-2010. These units are on Property though. 

Also got word that RVC depot had finally gotten rid of their remaining 2004 Orion V CNG buses. Even though the Orion V CNGs retired over 2 years ago, #1673 and the other remaining #1600s were being held there for storage. But they are now presumed scrapped (or at Cedar Creek, aka NICE's Eastchester scrap). It is also assumed that more #1700s are in the process of being retired, though which specific units remain undetermined for now.

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2021 Gillig Advantage BRT CNG #2009 has now entered service as of Friday on the n24. Those Gillig CNGs sure love the n24 for some reason....

#2001 has also entered service on Friday. No sign of #2004 or #2008 yet though.

So is #2010 apparently. For now, #2011 is the highest unit in service. It's assumed that up to #2015-2020 has been delivered.

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On 7/16/2021 at 7:18 AM, NYC2MTL said:

Don't say that. NICE will put ads on their newer buses.  I just started seeing passenger wraps on NICE buses. Although, I don't frequent the queens/long island area.

Is there any wonder as to who NICE bus will give the 6 bus electric order contract to? Haven't heard anything yet unless it was delayed? 

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2009 Orion 7.501 NG CNGs #1701, #1710, and #1720 are all retired and withdrawn from service.

Also, on the electric bus front, NICE has awarded the order to New Flyer Industries for 6 New Flyer XE40 "NG Charge" buses. arrival date is unknown at this time, but will mostly likely be fall 2022.

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According to a NYCTF source, the following 2009 Orion 7.501 Next Generation CNGs have been retired: #1704-05, #1718, #1726, #1731, #1736, #1745, #1752, and #1792. All are retired out of Mitchell Field Depot.

Oldest NG in service is now #1708, followed by #1709.The Following buses have been retired as a whole: #1700-07, #1711, #1717-18, #1726-27, #1731-32, #1735-36, #1738, #1743, #1745-47, #1749-52, #1758, #1760, #1774, #1780, #1792, #1796, and #1804. 32 2008-2011 Orion 7.501 NG CNGs have been retired, 31 of which are from the 2008-2009 batch and 1 from the 2010-2011 batch. 108 units remain active + the 45 2012-2013 Orion 7.501 EPA10 "3G" CNGs #1840-1884. 153 Orion 7 CNGs remain in service out of MF depot as a whole however, if we are not counting the 3G's as extras, the Orion 7 NGs are no longer the backbone of NICE bus's fleet, as they are now the New Flyer XN40 buses #1885-1964, and #1970-1999 (although #1930 is OOS and #1965-1969 are XN60s).

2008-2011 Orion 7.501 NG CNGs remaining in service: #1708-10, #1712-16, #1719-25, #1728-30, #1732-34, #1737, #1739-42, #1744, #1748, #1753-57, #1759, #1761-73, #1775-79, #1781-91, #1793-95, #1797-1803, #1805-39. (108 units left).

NICE has 2021 Gillig Advantage BRT CNGs #2000-2033 on property with the highest know one in service being #2016. (34 units)

68 2009 Orion VII NG CNGs remain in service.

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