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NICE has received Gilligs up to #2037. The highest unit in service is now #2032. More units on the way.

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.

Any idea of when the first option order will be allowed to commence? #2080-2119?

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2011 Orion 7.501 NG CNG #1814 has been repainted and now also sports a new Gillig-esque taillight on the AC compartment.

Also 2012 Orion 7.501 EPA10 3G CNG #1875 now sports a half a NG front door, just like 2011 Orion 7.501 NG CNG #1838 (which has a 3G door, smh).

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2 hours ago, NYC2MTL said:

Any word on NICE negotiations with the county. I believe the contract for NICE ends at the end of this year if I’m correct? 

That's what I'm wondering also. I'm also wondering when those XE40s are supposed to come as well as the CNG Gillig options.

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On 10/4/2021 at 5:02 PM, NYC2MTL said:

Any word on NICE negotiations with the county. I believe the contract for NICE ends at the end of this year if I’m correct? 

I'm thinking it might have been quietly renewed without much fanfare tbh.

Cause if the MTA or another entity was taking over, that would have been on the news.

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13 hours ago, RailBus63 said:

There is a zero percent chance of the MTA coming back in and taking over the Nassau bus system.

Never say never. 

 

2011 Orion 7.501 NG CNG #1839, rewrapped (repainted white, then rewrapped) and now sports several security cameras similar to the 2012-2013 Orion 7.501 EPA10 3G CNGs. First NG (That I know of) to have them. Didn't think the 2011s would get them. Guess we have to see if anymore NG 1800s get them.

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On 10/9/2021 at 11:03 AM, RailBus63 said:

There is a zero percent chance of the MTA coming back in and taking over the Nassau bus system.

Have you or anyone else heard about the status of the XN60 fleet? If they are doing well or if NICE will buy more of these buses?

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The following 2009 Orion 7.501 NG CNGs have been retired from MF depot as of 10/25/2021: #1713, #1715, #1736, #1740, #1742, #1754-55, #1775, and #1793. 

Bus #1785 is pending, currently OOS, but still intact with it's farebox, state plates, and radios.

About 40 2008-2009 Orion 7.501 NG CNGs retired.

 

2021 Gillig Advantage BRT Plus CNGs #2049-2055 are all built and are on their way to NICE bus as we speak. #2041 is still currently at Zerega yard.

Not sure where #2040 is. Pending delivery most likely.

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On 10/14/2021 at 2:11 PM, NYC2MTL said:

2053 is built and on the way to New York. 5-7 days bus will reach Mitchell Field Depot. 

These units retired a while ago, but #1735 and #1774 are now at Garshow getting scrapped.  Any idea if any 2004 Orion 5.501 CNGs are still at Cadar Creek?

On a side note, I actually rode #1735 years ago back in fall 2015 on the n20 (before NICE split up the line IIRC).

It was a good bus. Sad to see it go...😢

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2009 Orion 7.501 NG CNGs #1709 and #1785 are also now retired. 56 2009 Orion VII NG CNGs remain in service. 

22 of which remain from the original base order of 60 buses (#1700-1759) and the remaining 34 from the first option (#1760-1799). 39/40 units remain from the second option (#1800-1839: 2010-2011) and all 45 active from the third option (#1840-1884: 2012-2013 EPA10s), hopefully it stays that way unlike #7000-7089....😡

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On 10/4/2021 at 5:02 PM, NYC2MTL said:

Any word on NICE negotiations with the county. I believe the contract for NICE ends at the end of this year if I’m correct? 

Any word on the future of RVC depot? I figured it would be torn down by now...

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