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DART commission has approved the purchase of 20 New Flyer Xcelsiors. ACTION ITEMS
8A – Heavy Duty Bus Purchase It was moved by Ms. Connolly and seconded by Ms. Hensley to approve the purchase of twenty (20) Heavy Duty Buses from New Flyer of America at a cost NOT to exceed $9,050,000. The motion carried unanimously.

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Made a quick visit to Des Moines yesterday, newest buses in the fleet are cutaways from what I saw. Freightliner Champion combo. Gilligs are still pounding the streets in force, so I guess those 20 XD40 haven't come in yet. Actually I barely saw any Xcelsiors during my visit, but got photos of the three I did see. The rehabbed D60LF look awesome! I think they have ISL/B400R but I would need to ride one to confirm. I rode one of the 2010 VIING, a couple of the 2001/2002 Low Floors, and a couple 2006 VII. Still not a fan of the 10xx Orions, IMO they ride stiff and feel jolty. (Glad Metro Transit went with Gillig if that would've been what they could've gotten.) The 2006 VII are pretty nice though, maybe it's a difference in axle specs and powertrain? And of course 2000s era Gillig Low Floors with ISL/Voith D864.3e are my favorite so I was happy to ride a couple of those. They run pretty well for 14 year old buses that AFAIK have never had a major overhaul.

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1 hour ago, busfreak99 said:

F5AB850F-4C35-4C95-BC65-C64375D608F6.thumb.jpeg.d84257b0366e78519bc8cabefb67278a.jpeg2021 brought 5 more Gillig Low Floor Plus 29ft buses to the DART fleet. These units have  a single door and express style layout. (5 wheelchair seats in the low floor 17 seats in the upper deck.) fleet numbers 2101-2105.

 

I would add a photo but the photo uploaded isn’t working correctly for me.

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