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CATA's new Novas are out in force. They don't feel quite right without any colors, but that's (relatively) easy to amend. Fingers crossed for a bold new paint scheme that embraces these sharp vehicles.

I rode 713 on Route 1 on Saturday morning. Extremely customer-friendly from the first step aboard: smooth and quiet ride, wide-open interior, tons of natural light, great visibility in all directions, low-shag seat fabric that feels clean without being cold or institutional. I can nitpick a few things I may have spec'ed differently, but on the whole, it's safe to say that CATA nailed it with the specs.

Here's a few pics -- hopefully the first of more to come:

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Thanks to the Board, I learned that Ann Arbor is Nova's next venture into Michigan (I confirmed it with a contact at TheRide). Spec-wise, I hope Ann Arbor takes cues from CATA.

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On 11/3/2019 at 2:45 PM, Border City Transit said:

CATA's new Novas are out in force. They don't feel quite right without any colors, but that's (relatively) easy to amend. Fingers crossed for a bold new paint scheme that embraces these sharp vehicles.

I rode 713 on Route 1 on Saturday morning. Extremely customer-friendly from the first step aboard: smooth and quiet ride, wide-open interior, tons of natural light, great visibility in all directions, low-shag seat fabric that feels clean without being cold or institutional. I can nitpick a few things I may have spec'ed differently, but on the whole, it's safe to say that CATA nailed it with the specs.

Here's a few pics -- hopefully the first of more to come:

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Thanks to the Board, I learned that Ann Arbor is Nova's next venture into Michigan (I confirmed it with a contact at TheRide). Spec-wise, I hope Ann Arbor takes cues from CATA.

Not that I know much about Nova buses (Michigan is Gillig Central after all) but I hope the LFS’s are put together better than the other junk that comes out of Plattsburgh... yikes. 

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On 8/19/2021 at 6:30 PM, ns8401 said:

CATA has apparently purchased a Gillig of all things… saw a 635 rolling around in some sort of green wrap yesterday.

Saw that too a couple days ago. Apparently they are not the very new model and I definitely didn't see them before 2017. 

According to cptdb's wiki site, they were purchased from Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). I took the pics from the 3rd level of the parking deck next to the CATA's transfer center in MSU campus. You can see that the fleet numbers on the roof are still COTA's.

 

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Visited MSU campus this Monday. I was surprised the campus' transit hub was full of Nova already. Well.. I guess that's exciting to see transit agency of this size buying a lot of 40' and 60' that are neither NFI nor Gillig anyway.

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NOVA LFS on Route 30, 31, 32, and 33

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NOVA LFS Artic on Route 30

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Another NOVA on route 30 with a green display screen. Not sure why they use the different type of LED screen.

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NOVA LFS Artic on Route 31

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I guess all the NFI D40LF/D60LF are out of service.

During the stay, I only saw one on Route 26 but the paint was a little bit different from the CATA's original D40LF. It turns out it was also purchased from COTA.

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Other NFI that have been there for the last 10ish years.

NFI DE40LFR/DE60LFR

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XDE40. I believe the second one with white LED board started showing up around the summer of 2016

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I also feel like the new paint of CATA's NOVA buses is missing some element. When I saw pic of the first delivered bus, I thought it was only for prototype lol.

 

Feel free to check more at my Flickr Album:  Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA)

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On 9/2/2021 at 12:33 AM, LDCY said:

Visited MSU campus this Monday. I was surprised the campus' transit hub was full of Nova already. Well.. I guess that's exciting to see transit agency of this size buying a lot of 40' and 60' that are neither NFI nor Gillig anyway.

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NOVA LFS on Route 30, 31, 32, and 33

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NOVA LFS Artic on Route 30

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Another NOVA on route 30 with a green display screen. Not sure why they use the different type of LED screen.

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NOVA LFS Artic on Route 31

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I guess all the NFI D40LF/D60LF are out of service.

During the stay, I only saw one on Route 26 but the paint was a little bit different from the CATA's original D40LF. It turns out it was also purchased from COTA.

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Other NFI that have been there for the last 10ish years.

NFI DE40LFR/DE60LFR

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XDE40. I believe the second one with white LED board started showing up around the summer of 2016

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I also feel like the new paint of CATA's NOVA buses is missing some element. When I saw pic of the first delivered bus, I thought it was only for prototype lol.

 

Feel free to check more at my Flickr Album:  Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA)

:) thank you so much for sharing these photos of the Transportation service that i grew up with.

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On 8/21/2021 at 12:51 AM, ns8401 said:

Also saw a 30’ Gillig numbered 402 in a wrap for shopping trip service.

I saw that one back in July. Wondering if it's used or if there are other small Gilligs in the fleet.

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On 9/1/2021 at 11:19 PM, LDCY said:

Saw that too a couple days ago. Apparently they are not the very new model and I definitely didn't see them before 2017. 

According to cptdb's wiki site, they were purchased from Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). I took the pics from the 3rd level of the parking deck next to the CATA's transfer center in MSU campus. You can see that the fleet numbers on the roof are still COTA's.

 

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Strikes me as kind of weird that they bought these used units around the same time as the new Novas.

Thanks for showing that truck too. I've spotted a couple of other CATA service vehicles around and might start a roster.
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(the Traverse seen from the front is #73, and I think I've seen another with #74)

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On 12/11/2021 at 8:41 PM, dtwtransit said:

I saw that one back in July. Wondering if it's used or if there are other small Gilligs in the fleet.

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I guess this is the only Gillig 29' CATA has.

I saw its predecessor in the parking lot of Meijer near Meridian Mall a few years back. I remember that bus clearly because I had never seen fleet of that size in CATA service before. I guess that was the Eldorado E-Z Rider II MAX 30' retired and auctioned last year. 

CATA probably bought this one and only Gillig 29' to replace the retired Eldorado.

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On 12/21/2021 at 11:51 PM, LDCY said:

I guess this is the only Gillig 29' CATA has.

I saw its predecessor in the parking lot of Meijer near Meridian Mall a few years back. I remember that bus clearly because I had never seen fleet of that size in CATA service before. I guess that was the Eldorado E-Z Rider II MAX 30' retired and auctioned last year. 

CATA probably bought this one and only Gillig 29' to replace the retired Eldorado.

The wiki lists this one as a 2020 interestingly enough… so they actually bought a brand new Gillig. 

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On 9/1/2021 at 11:33 PM, LDCY said:

Visited MSU campus this Monday. I was surprised the campus' transit hub was full of Nova already. Well.. I guess that's exciting to see transit agency of this size buying a lot of 40' and 60' that are neither NFI nor Gillig anyway.

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NOVA LFS on Route 30, 31, 32, and 33

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NOVA LFS Artic on Route 30

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Another NOVA on route 30 with a green display screen. Not sure why they use the different type of LED screen.

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NOVA LFS Artic on Route 31

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I guess all the NFI D40LF/D60LF are out of service.

During the stay, I only saw one on Route 26 but the paint was a little bit different from the CATA's original D40LF. It turns out it was also purchased from COTA.

51418390084_35d838fb35_5k.jpg

 

Other NFI that have been there for the last 10ish years.

NFI DE40LFR/DE60LFR

51416882632_6d6db1ca35_5k.jpg

51416882227_5c2c948005_5k.jpg

 

XDE40. I believe the second one with white LED board started showing up around the summer of 2016

51417887393_8a8380502d_5k.jpg

51418610700_31ddbd7e5a_5k.jpg

 

I also feel like the new paint of CATA's NOVA buses is missing some element. When I saw pic of the first delivered bus, I thought it was only for prototype lol.

 

Feel free to check more at my Flickr Album:  Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA)

Nice pics,  but I gotta be a little nitpicky for a second.  Those NOVA's are slick, but they also look really basic/ plain. I mean I'm not a big fan of all-white or the primary color being white on buses ... but the generic CATA letters make these look meh 😬😐. I mean the older scheme looks better.  I believe these LFS's would stand out more in a more looking livery,  paint scheme/  artistic style wraps in my personal opinion 

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8 hours ago, RandyG2689 said:

Nice pics,  but I gotta be a little nitpicky for a second.  Those NOVA's are slick, but they also look really basic/ plain. I mean I'm not a big fan of all-white or the primary color being white on buses ... but the generic CATA letters make these look meh 😬😐. I mean the older scheme looks better.  I believe these LFS's would stand out more in a more looking livery,  paint scheme/  artistic style wraps in my personal opinion 

The Nova's look great! Their design has stood the test of time. I'm OK with the all white look. The size and placement of the side letters definitely clash with the look. Smaller letters placed at the top of the bus near the bus number would, and only once for 60 footers, would keep more in line with the all white look.

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On 12/11/2021 at 8:41 PM, dtwtransit said:

I saw that one back in July. Wondering if it's used or if there are other small Gilligs in the fleet.

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Strikes me as kind of weird that they bought these used units around the same time as the new Novas.

Thanks for showing that truck too. I've spotted a couple of other CATA service vehicles around and might start a roster.
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(the Traverse seen from the front is #73, and I think I've seen another with #74)

I always like the mini Gillig 30 footers we got 4 here in Dayton.

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