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On 7/30/2017 at 7:18 PM, SKWROM said:

In addition to all the changes happening this fall, the fall schedule preview has been released on RTS's website. 

Here are some routes that are new, have no changes, returning, and/or have new alignments and service times:

Routes with no changes: Route 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 10, 11, 23, 26, 34, 46, 711

Routes that have new alignments: Route 9, 16, 20, 25, 28, 36, 37, 62, 117, 121, 125, 126

Routes back from summer break: Route 19, 27, 28, 29, 36, 37, 39, 40, 62, 76, 77, 118, 121, Later Gator D, F

New Routes: Route 21(A returning route), 33

 

 

http://go-rts.com/schedule-fall/pdf/entire-schedule-fall.pdf

Glad to see the finally brought route 21 back. That was a route that never should have been eliminated. It forced alot of students to have to ride route 20 which already had heavy ridership as it was and created overcrowded buses and delays. 

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On 7/17/2017 at 10:52 AM, alexb320 said:

Gainesville RTS is rolling out a new design for some of the older second hand buses in clouding all the 2006 BRTs and the 2002/2004 Phantoms acquired from Lynx. 

Not sure if this design will be issues for the whole fleet. 

Here's an example. Photo copyright of El Guajiro from Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/chacajaba/35294307385/

So it turns out the new design is being applied to all the Ex-Palm Tran buses excluding 0105, 0107, & 0110 that are still in Palm Tran's livery. It is also being applied to some of the 2001 Ex-Lynx Phantom's of which about half of them now have it.

I will have pictures of them soon.

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Here are some photos I took of buses with the new livery design:

 

 

On ‎8‎/‎2‎/‎2017 at 10:45 PM, alexb320 said:

So it turns out the new design is being applied to all the Ex-Palm Tran buses excluding 0105, 0107, & 0110 that are still in Palm Tran's livery. It is also being applied to some of the 2001 Ex-Lynx Phantom's of which about half of them now have it.

I will have pictures of them soon.

Here are some photos I took of buses with the new livery design:

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On 8/19/2017 at 8:35 PM, SKWROM said:

While I was checking Transloc, I saw that 504 is running on Later Gator D. This is strange because that coach along with 501, 505, & 509 were retired this February.

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That is strange. My guess is they pulled the equipment off 504 and put it on one of the new BRTs but never changed the number in the system. 

Haven't seen any of those buses running revenue service yet. Hopefully they don't just sit around for a year like the Phantoms did. 

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12 hours ago, alexb320 said:

That is strange. My guess is they pulled the equipment off 504 and put it on one of the new BRTs but never changed the number in the system. 

Haven't seen any of those buses running revenue service yet. Hopefully they don't just sit around for a year like the Phantoms did. 

I saw that it was located inside the shop so that could likely be the case. 

The BRTs so far have been used as training buses around the city and run well (tried to get footage of them running, but the buses manage to disappear as quickly as they came lol). The only thing they don't have are cameras equipped on them yet. They could hit the road sooner than expected at this point. 

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Here are serial numbers for some of the 1982 RTS. Thanks to El Guajiro for this information.

4502 1982 T80204 1GOYT82J4CV820035
4505 1982 T80204 1GOYT82JOCV820047
4507 1982 T80204 1GOYT82J5CV821100
4509 1982 T80204 1GOYT82JOCV820601

I traced these serial numbers and got matches.

4502 is formerly Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority in Dayton Ohio #379
4505 is 390 also from Dayton
4507 is former 8254 from Cleveland RTA
4509 is a NYC bus, but from the Manhattan & Bronx Surface Operating Authority division as PA2648.
 
Here are additional serial numbers for the 1996 Bluebirds.
 
2096 1BAGDCSA0TF069406
2097 1BAGDCSA2TF069407
2098 4TF069408
2099 6TF069409
2100 2TF069410
2101 4TF069411
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While I was on my way to class, 2577 once again showed up unexpectedly as I haven’t seen it since late August. Fortunately I was able to get some photos and a short video of it before it disappeared. 

 

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In addition, the city of Gainesville has made a  partnership with Pure Energy Solar for a six month pilot program to bring solar charging stations at various locations such as Depot Park, City Hall, Fred Cone Park, Butler Plaza, Possum Creek Park, Westside Park, Helyx Bridge, the Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station and the Dwight H. Hunter Northeast Pool. 

Here's an article concerning the matter: http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171003/gainesville-tests-solar-charging-stations-for-cellphones

 

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In April 2018, RTS will launch the city's first self-driving shuttle named Gainesville Autonomous Transit Shuttle (GAToRS). This will be an extension to the existing service & local residents will be able to ride free of charge. The cost will cover the vehicle and it's three years of operation. In addition, the contract is funded by FDOT and is worth up to 2.7 million. 

It'll be interesting to see how this project will work out in the coming months. RTS will be the first to have an autonomous shuttles in Florida.

 

Rest of the news can be seen here:

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171210/self-driving-shuttle-coming-to-gainesville-in-april

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, SKWROM said:

In April 2018, RTS will launch the city's first self-driving shuttle named Gainesville Autonomous Transit Shuttle (GAToRS). This will be an extension to the existing service & local residents will be able to ride free of charge. The cost will cover the vehicle and it's three years of operation. In addition, the contract is funded by FDOT and is worth up to 2.7 million. 

It'll be interesting to see how this project will work out in the coming months. RTS will be the first to have an autonomous shuttles in Florida.

 

Rest of the news can be seen here:

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171210/self-driving-shuttle-coming-to-gainesville-in-april

 

 

 

It'll definitely be interesting to see how well this works out. I can see the program getting a lot of support from the city and UF. 

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23 hours ago, alexb320 said:

It'll definitely be interesting to see how well this works out. I can see the program getting a lot of support from the city and UF. 

Indeed. I believe it'll be helpful in reducing the strain on heavy ridership routes.

Also, the preview for the spring 2018 schedule has been released featuring a new bus that should be entering service very soon. I wonder if it’ll have same power train or a new one.

http://go-rts.com/schedule-spring/pdf/entire-schedule-spring.pdf

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On ‎1‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 8:36 PM, Big CJ said:

Gainesville will be getting 10 new buses. Numbered 1801-1810. ISL9/B400R.

Here is a photo taken by El Guajiro on Flickr.

The first from ten in Gainesville Regional Transit System

 

 

On ‎12‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 11:11 AM, alexb320 said:

It'll definitely be interesting to see how well this works out. I can see the program getting a lot of support from the city and UF. 

Back to convo we had on Flickr, I wonder if RTS will purchase more hybrids in the near future.

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23 hours ago, SKWROM said:

Here is a photo taken by El Guajiro on Flickr.

The first from ten in Gainesville Regional Transit System

 

 

Back to convo we had on Flickr, I wonder if RTS will purchase more hybrids in the near future.

Gainesville will more than likely not pick up hybrid buses anytime soon  if not ever again. There was an article issued by the Gainesville Sun, in 2014 I believe, talking about how the hybrid buses are not saving as much money as RTS would have hoped. 

It would take about 10 years for the fuel savings to cover the extra initial cost of the $200k purchase price from Gillig. Along with that, they are much more expensive to operate because electrical breakdowns and part replacement are more expensive than a standard diesel bus. For Gainesville that doesn't put high mileage on buses, it just doesn't seem profitable in my opinion. I can't speak for larger agencies that put high mileage on buses like PSTA. 

I'd be interested to hear other people's opinions about the hybrid buses. 

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54 minutes ago, alexb320 said:

Gainesville will more than likely not pick up hybrid buses anytime soon  if not ever again. There was an article issued by the Gainesville Sun, in 2014 I believe, talking about how the hybrid buses are not saving as much money as RTS would have hoped. 

It would take about 10 years for the fuel savings to cover the extra initial cost of the $200k purchase price from Gillig. Along with that, they are much more expensive to operate because electrical breakdowns and part replacement are more expensive than a standard diesel bus. For Gainesville that doesn't put high mileage on buses, it just doesn't seem profitable in my opinion. I can't speak for larger agencies that put high mileage on buses like PSTA. 

I'd be interested to hear other people's opinions about the hybrid buses. 

That makes total sense as those buses aren't serviced on long routes and only stay within the campus area. In addition, RTS already expanded on the biodiesel program back in 2010 which has shown to be a success and maintained the status quo on reducing emissions. 

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On 1/13/2018 at 8:58 PM, SKWROM said:

That makes total sense as those buses aren't serviced on long routes and only stay within the campus area. In addition, RTS already expanded on the biodiesel program back in 2010 which has shown to be a success and maintained the status quo on reducing emissions. 

I think for larger cities, the Hybrid buses would work fine. But for RTS that likely would only put less than 500k miles on these buses over a 20 year period, they just don't save that much money.

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1 hour ago, Big CJ said:

I wonder if these buses will spell the end of the RTS or will supplement the existing fleet?

According to El Guajiro, after these buses start service, buses from 2000-01 will be retired. So either the ex-lynx, ex-palm tran, phantoms bought directly from Gillig, and Novas are up for retirement. My hunch is that the ex units that were not wrapped with the new livery will be retired first.

 

Here’s our discussion on it. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/chacajaba/38931871634/

 

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As of 2/15/18 all Nova Bus RTSs have been retired after being replaced by BRTs recently bought from Lynx. Those units showed up on Transloc after being put in service around late October. Their last day was on the 14th. 

I expected them to be retired, but not so soon... Photos by El Guajiro.

 

Last week on service, yesterday was last day Last week on service, maybe last day!!

 

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