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The U of MN Parking and Transportation Services department recently redesigned the campus shuttle network. In addition to adding some service and changing routing for the existing lines, their contractor First Transit has also apparently added some new units.

There is now another 30' LF/BRT Hybrid, I'm guessing it replaced one of the cutaways. Additionally some secondhand D40LF were added. I saw units 3333 and 4438. I have no idea where they're from. Both have flip dot destination signs and I believe ISC or ISL engines. I'll try to ride one the next time I get the chance to transitfan. Of course the Van Hool AG300 artics, A300L, and Gillig 40' Hybrid units are still the backbone of the Campus Shuttle fleet. I haven't seen either of the 2002 Gillig LF, 624 or 625 recently. If they aren't still spares for the PTS fleet then I'm guessing they were transferred to the DELTA Airlines/MSP campus fleet. I see former U of MN shuttles 622 or 623 on the runway shuttles at the airport constantly.

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I was able to ride another D40LF, 4424, today. 4424 and 4438 are ex-Milwaukee County Transit System from the 2001 44xx series! ISC/ZF Voith D864.3 powertrain, tan seats and woodgrain look interior. I suspect 3333 is a former MCTS unit as well. However as you can see it has different mirrors than MCTS spec. It could just be those were replaced with an overhaul before going into the First fleet. 4424 has a #6 marked in the front window, while 3333 has 'Fir 1508 #001 3333' marked. So perhaps a total of 6 buses were bought?

 

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Well the D40LF have been replaced by some more A300L, I suspect 2010 units from DC Circulator based on the interior.

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Also on a First note, it appears the former U of MN assigned 2002 Low Floors are now gone from their active fleet, now that the 2008 Gillig BRT Delta Airlines buses have all been refurbished. It'll be interesting to see how long First (or Delta) runs these BRTs. A couple of them sound horrible, you can hear the ISL07/B400R powertrain shrieking a 1/4 mile away.

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10 hours ago, MVTArider said:

Well the D40LF have been replaced by some more A300L, I suspect 2010 units from DC Circulator based on the interior.

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Also on a First note, it appears the former U of MN assigned 2002 Low Floors are now gone from their active fleet, now that the 2008 Gillig BRT Delta Airlines buses have all been refurbished. It'll be interesting to see how long First (or Delta) runs these BRTs. A couple of them sound horrible, you can hear the ISL07/B400R powertrain shrieking a 1/4 mile away.

Inside looks like DC Circulator

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At some point in 2020 First got a few Gillig LF to supplement the UMN Campus Shuttle fleet. It looks like they were a temporary measure as there are now 4 Gillig LF for sale at ABC Faribault. 2 2006 and 2 2007 units. I think the UMN fleet numbers on these were 3844-3847.

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Here are the only in service shots I have of one of these, 3844, a 2006 unit seen on the 122 last Fall. (sorry the quality is poor) :

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I suspect these were replaced by more secondhand Van Hools. I spotted AG300 3848 when visiting the U campus a couple weeks ago:

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There are also buses 3849-3851 from watching the tracker. However I don't know what models they are or the full number range.

The existing 2008 Van Hool A300L and AG300 all still seem to be in service, along with the University owned Gillig Hybrid buses.

 

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On 3/1/2021 at 12:28 PM, MVTArider said:

I suspect these were replaced by more secondhand Van Hools. I spotted AG300 3848 when visiting the U campus a couple weeks ago:

3848 seems to be a brand new 2021 model AG300

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On 3/1/2021 at 12:28 PM, MVTArider said:

In order -

Ex-The Rapid 270

Ex-The Rapid 276

Ex-The Rapid 286

Ex-The Rapid 296

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18 minutes ago, Orion6025 said:

3848 seems to be a brand new 2021 model AG300

YE2UE84BXM2062924

In order -

Ex-The Rapid 270

Ex-The Rapid 276

Ex-The Rapid 286

Ex-The Rapid 296

Thanks for the info! I had no idea they were still importing Van Hool transits. Odd they put an old plate on it as well, usually new buses get a new plate.

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1 minute ago, MVTArider said:

Thanks for the info! I had no idea they were still importing Van Hool transits. Odd they put an old plate on it as well, usually new buses get a new plate.

No problem, I'm quite surprised as well. I'll report back in this topic if I can dig up anything more...

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On 3/2/2021 at 9:43 PM, Orion6025 said:

3848 seems to be a brand new 2021 model AG300

YE2UE84BXM2062924

In order -

Ex-The Rapid 270

Ex-The Rapid 276

Ex-The Rapid 286

Ex-The Rapid 296

As I recall KMETRO (Kalamazoo) got some of those rapid buses in 2018 then sold them to Battle Creek.

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