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SilentSpades

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Still running strong! Has 3510 been in service at all?

October can't come quick enough, ready for those new MAX buses to hit the streets.

Speaking of new, is it confirmed that there won't be any new local buses purchased this year? Considering the new Mini-Buses and MAX buses added to the fleet.

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Saw 2604 today in the Law Enforcement Memorial wrap. Wonder why the keep putting special wraps on buses they're planning to retire soon. 

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On 8/14/2019 at 1:16 PM, SilentSpades said:

Saw 2604 today in the Law Enforcement Memorial wrap. Wonder why the keep putting special wraps on buses they're planning to retire soon. 

If the wrap isn't planned to be used for too long, or it needs to go to some special events for a backdrop, a unit that would be retired soon would make sense. Wraps can leave minor paint damage that needs to be fixed when they are removed. Also if they were planning to have it attend a few events or press conferences an older unit works better logistically as it would be probably sitting around otherwise. The general public just sees a bus, they aren't going to notice it's a 2006 and wonder why it's not a 2019.

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I haven't been able to find anything else about potential new buses but I did find a familiar sight on Gillig's redesigned website as well as Google Street View.

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11 hours ago, MVTArider said:

If the wrap isn't planned to be used for too long, or it needs to go to some special events for a backdrop, a unit that would be retired soon would make sense. Wraps can leave minor paint damage that needs to be fixed when they are removed. Also if they were planning to have it attend a few events or press conferences an older unit works better logistically as it would be probably sitting around otherwise. The general public just sees a bus, they aren't going to notice it's a 2006 and wonder why it's not a 2019.

Yeah makes sense, but lately here ATA has had a tenancy to leave buses wrapped for a while. 2612 the Vets bus has had the same wrap for about 2 years now, so seemed strange. 

3 hours ago, RyanB_69 said:

I haven't been able to find anything else about potential new buses but I did find a familiar sight on Gillig's redesigned website as well as Google Street View.

I'm willing to bet that Proterra gets the award, unless ATA is willing to wait until Mid-Late 2020 for Gillig to start producing their all-electric buses. I know Gillig is still sending CNG buses, but I'm not so sure how long that will last.

And omg, throwback to when ATA ran Independence service, nostalgia indeed. Sad to see service getting cut in Independence.

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