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This forum will be the main forum for all discussion relating to ART Arilington Transit to keep things simplify.

ART is a neighborhood transit system serving northern Viriginia, serving mainly in many neighborhoods connecting Metro Stations within Arlington County. They including Ballston, Pentagon, Crystal City, and more. ART service are mainly supplemental services in the county in addition Metrobus also serving the Virginia Area as well.

ART's fleet consist a diverse fleet of all CNG power buses: including Chevrolet Express/Aroboc low floor cutaway, 2010 NABI 31-LFW CNG , 2007 and 2009 NABI 35-LFW CNG, and more recently, new 2014 NABI 40-LFW CNG

Yesterday I made a visit to DC, as well part of northern Virginia during my day trip. Of course, I got some interesting pics on transitfanning side featuring WMATA Metro Bus, DC Circulator and Arlington Transit ART bus with Orion, New Flyer and NABI.
Arlington Transit ART 2010 NABI 31-LFW CNG #5063 at Ballston MU Station, Ballston, Virginia
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8 hours ago, Thomasw said:

ART is selling all three of their 2011 Designline Eco Coaches because the were “beyond economical repair”

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=52&acctid=11216

I was about to ask what the fate of these buses were. They have been out of service for the last 5 years or so (circa 2013-2014). I actually rode bus #5047, very interesting buses. Sad that they had to be retired while still being relatively new.

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Here is my take on ART.  During my visits to its operating territory in 2008 and 2010, ART was still a relatively young system and the invasion of the NABI 35-LFW CNG buses had just begun in the earnest.  Nearly new when first spotted in March 2008, the 2007 NABI 35-LFW Gen I's of the 5270-series are now the agency's oldest buses.  They are exemplified by buses 5271, 5272 and 5279.  The were supplemented by Gen II sister buses as exemplified by buses  and 5253.  I have missed the introduction of Gen II 31-LFW's by just a few months.  Gen III 40-LFW's and New Flyer XN40's have since joined its heavy-duty fleet as well.

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On lower-ridership routes back then, 2 series of Ford E-Series/StarTrans Senator cutaways were used, as exemplified by 2002 CNG bus 5220 and 2006 non-CNG bus 5265.  A few cutaways routes like route 42 served by bus 5220 and route 51 featured elsewhere in my gallery in the link below, have since been upgraded to NABI's.  Other similar routes are served with Chevy/Arboc CNG cutaways.  Does anyone know whant kind of engines were used for the 5260-series cutaways?

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All pictures attached here were taken in 2010 (except buses 5220 and 5279).  While buses 5253 and 5271 wepe pictured at/near Shirlington Station, all other pictures were taken at/near the Ballston Metrorail.  By now, ART is an 100% low-floor and 100% CNG agency.  Here is my ART gallery:

Arlington ART

 

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On 4/20/2019 at 4:33 AM, Buzz2kb said:

Here is my take on ART.  During my visits to its operating territory in 2008 and 2010, ART was still a relatively young system and the invasion of the NABI 35-LFW CNG buses had just begun in the earnest.  Nearly new when first spotted in March 2008, the 2007 NABI 35-LFW Gen I's of the 5270-series are now the agency's oldest buses.  They are exemplified by buses 5271, 5272 and 5279.  The were supplemented by Gen II sister buses as exemplified by buses  and 5253.  I have missed the introduction of Gen II 31-LFW's by just a few months.  Gen III 40-LFW's and New Flyer XN40's have since joined its heavy-duty fleet as well.

ART-r41-5279-1.JPGART-r42-5272-2.JPGART-r87-5271-1.JPGART-r41-5252.JPGART-r77-5253-3.JPG

On lower-ridership routes back then, 2 series of Ford E-Series/StarTrans Senator cutaways were used, as exemplified by 2002 CNG bus 5220 and 2006 non-CNG bus 5265.  A few cutaways routes like route 42 served by bus 5220 and route 51 featured elsewhere in my gallery in the link below, have since been upgraded to NABI's.  Other similar routes are served with Chevy/Arboc CNG cutaways.  Does anyone know whant kind of engines were used for the 5260-series cutaways?

ART-r42-5220-2.JPGART-r53A-5265-1.JPG

All pictures attached here were taken in 2010 (except buses 5220 and 5279).  While buses 5253 and 5271 wepe pictured at/near Shirlington Station, all other pictures were taken at/near the Ballston Metrorail.  By now, ART is an 100% low-floor and 100% CNG agency.  Here is my ART gallery:

Arlington ART

 

I hear more CNG Xcelsiors are on the way for Arlington Transit.

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On 10/24/2021 at 10:00 PM, GojiMet86 said:

What's up with the funny numbering scheme? At first glance some orders start off odd-numbered but then turn fully sequential. The 2008 NABIs start of sequential then become even-numbered.

I always found their numbering scheme strange too, but it's not uncommon for smaller bus systems to have weird numbering patterns. THE BUS in nearby PG County is like that too.

Loudoun County Transit as well for their commuter fleet.

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On 10/24/2021 at 10:00 PM, GojiMet86 said:

What's up with the funny numbering scheme? At first glance some orders start off odd-numbered but then turn fully sequential. The 2008 NABIs start of sequential then become even-numbered.

 

5 hours ago, Chris.A said:

I always found their numbering scheme strange too, but it's not uncommon for smaller bus systems to have weird numbering patterns. THE BUS in nearby PG County is like that too.

Loudoun County Transit as well for their commuter fleet.

Its only recently ART became consistent with fleet numbers. All the fleet numbers were all over the place with a NABI being 5292 and an XN40 being 5291 & 5293 and such.

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3 hours ago, DCTransitFilms said:

Older ART buses from various photographers. No idk what model or fleet numbers most of these are lol 

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Yeah, this was Arlington Transit's old fleet of cutaways and champion buses before they started getting NABI (and now New Flyer) CNGs. I used to see these buses around all the time when I first moved to the DMV from Brooklyn back in fall 2005. These pics look from about that era (2004-2007).

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1 hour ago, New Yorker 2001 said:

Yeah, this was Arlington Transit's old fleet of cutaways and champion buses before they started getting NABI (and now New Flyer) CNGs. I used to see these buses around all the time when I first moved to the DMV from Brooklyn back in fall 2005. These pics look from about that era (2004-2007).

When I was still like two to four years old lol. Haven't really known ART until like the mid 2010s though as I was never in that part of VA actually 😂

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Rumors: There are 20 buses on order for ART which will replace the 2007-08 NABIs. Seems 5252 and 5284 are confirmed retired. Not sure which new buses ART is getting but it will be a CNG order. 5254 and 5286 also haven't tracked in a while as well.

 

Plus for Transsee tracking for ART, here is a list of which bus tracks as there tracking system on Transsee is messed up.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18Dr5ixZ5jyPD9Z6dPxMQrTPWBFTw1AZQcYS7zVzApuQ/mobilebasic

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15 minutes ago, DCTransitFilms said:

Rumors: There are 20 buses on order for ART which will replace the 2007-08 NABIs. Seems 5252 and 5284 are confirmed retired. Not sure which new buses ART is getting but it will be a CNG order. 5254 and 5286 also haven't tracked in a while as well.

 

Plus for Transsee tracking for ART, here is a list of which bus tracks as there tracking system on Transsee is messed up.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18Dr5ixZ5jyPD9Z6dPxMQrTPWBFTw1AZQcYS7zVzApuQ/mobilebasic

It will likely be for more Xcelsiors but not sure if they will be more XN35s or XN40s or even a mix of both. I'm going to bet XN35s. Is this a confirmed new order?

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1 minute ago, New Yorker 2001 said:

It will likely be for more Xcelsiors but not sure if they will be more XN35s or XN40s or even a mix of both. I'm going to bet XN35s. Is this a confirmed new order?

What I heard from an employee from ART. Not sure specs yet.

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4 minutes ago, DCTransitFilms said:

maintenance sucks for ART as well. but I do enjoyed those NABIs.

It's really weird when you think about it. ART serves a predominantly wealthy demographic, yet their buses suggest otherwise... They're as bad as D.C. Circulator (which is also shockingly bad).

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41 minutes ago, New Yorker 2001 said:

It's really weird when you think about it. ART serves a predominantly wealthy demographic, yet their buses suggest otherwise... They're as bad as D.C. Circulator (which is also shockingly bad).

Both companies: Good set of buses plagued by questionable maintenance and no true bus yard lot.

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14 hours ago, DCTransitFilms said:

that where they store the Proterras. Kinda wish DC Circulator do got their own garage.

Oh I see, that's insane though. However, both those buses systems are the newest in the D.C/Baltimore area (along with the Charm City Circulator in Bmore...does the MTA run that?)

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1 minute ago, New Yorker 2001 said:

Oh I see, that's insane though. However, both those buses systems are the newest in the D.C/Baltimore area (along with the Charm City Circulator in Bmore...does the MTA run that?)

Nah a different company (RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation). DC Circulator is more towards the tourist standpoint while ART does a lot of neighborhoods that were either once WMATA routes or neighborhoods WMATA never previously served.

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