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I found a website for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission that lists VIN numbers for quite a number of vehicles. https://www.wmatc.gov/index.php/carrier-information?id=49  I was able to get most of the VINS for the buses currently in service:

There are only a handful of the 2006 Thomas Saf-T-Liner HDX's in service:

  • 63088 - 1T7YR2A2361166684
  • 63090 - 1T7YR2A2761166686
  • 63092 - 1T7YR2A2061166688
  • 63096 - 1T7YR2A2261166692

2007 Gillig Phantoms 35ft:

  • 63139 - 15GCB291071112860
  • 63140 - 15GCB291271112861
  • 63141 - 15GCB291471112862
  • 63142 - 15GCB291671112863
  • 63143 - 15GCB291871112864
  • 63144 - 15GCB291X71112865
  • 63145 - 15GCB291171112866
  • 63146 - 15GCB291371112867
  • 63147 - 15GCB291571112868
  • 63148 - 15GCB291771112869
  • 63149 - 15GCB291371112870
  • 63150 - 15GCB291571112871
  • 63151 - 15GCB291771112872

2008 Gillig LowFloor 35ft:

  • 63159 - 15GGB271181079986
  • 63160 - 15GGB271381079987
  • 63161 - 15GGB271581079988
  • 63162 - 15GGB271781079989
  • 63163 - 15GGB271381079990
  • 63164 - 15GGB271581079991
  • 63165 - 15GGB271781079992
  • 63166 - 15GGB271981079993
  • 63167 - 15GGB271081079994
  • 63168 - 15GGB271281079995
  • 63169 - 15GGB271481079996
  • 63170 - 15GGBW71681079997

2011 Gillig LowFloor 29ft:

  • 62617 - 15GGE2713B1092267
  • 62618 - 15GGE2715B1092268
  • 62619 - 15GGE2717B1092269
  • 62620 - 15GGE2713B1092270
  • 62621 - 15GGE2715B1092271
  • 62622 - 15GGE2717B1092272
  • 62629 - 15GGE2714B1092276
  • 62630 - 15GGE2716B1092277
  • 62631 - 15GGE2718B1092278
  • 62632 - 15GGE2718C1092279

2011 Gillig LowFloor 35ft:

  • 62623 - 15GGB2712B1178131
  • 62624 - 15GGB2714B1178132
  • 62625 - 15GGB2716B1178133
  • 62626 - 15GGB2718B1178134
  • 62627 - 15GGB271XB1178135
  • 62628 - 15GGB2711B1178136
  • 62633 - 15GGB2718B1179011
  • 62634 - 15GGB271XB1179012
  • 62635 - 15GGB2711B1179013
  • 62636 - 15GGB2713B1179014
  • 62637 - 15GGB2715B1179015
  • 62638 - 15GGB2717B1179016
  • 62639 - 15GGB2713C1181251

2012 Gillig LowFloor 35ft:

  • 62640 - 15GGB2715C1181252
  • 62641 - 15GGB2717C1181253
  • 62642 - 15GGB2719C1181254
  • 62643 - 15GGB2710C1181255
  • 62644 - 15GGB2712C1181256
  • 62645 - 15GGB2714C1181257
  • 62646 - 15GGB2716C1181258
  • 62647 - 15GGB2718C1181259
  • 62648 - 15GGB2714C1181260
  • 62649 - 15GGB2716C1181261
  • 62650 - 15GGB2718C1181262
  • 62651 - 15GGB271XC1181263
  • 62652 - 15GGB2711C1181264

 

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16 hours ago, WMATAC40LF said:

Since there now a topic for PG County, I thought I'd mention that photos have surfaced of a brand new 35' Diesel ElDorado Axess BRT (63014) in The Bus colors. I haven't yet found out how many were ordered.

When was the last time these guys brought new buses? 2012 or so?

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1 hour ago, Chris.A said:

When was the last time these guys brought new buses? 2012 or so?

Yep 2012 was the last time. I'd assume the days of the remaining Thomas units are numbered (if they aren't already OOS). Not sure if this will effect the Phantoms.

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10 hours ago, WMATAC40LF said:

Yep 2012 was the last time. I'd assume the days of the remaining Thomas units are numbered (if they aren't already OOS). Not sure if this will effect the Phantoms.

Well considering the fact that DASH is retiring the last of their Phantoms and PRTC is about to retire their units, I can see The Bus doing the same thing.

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Here is my take on Prince George's The Bus back in March 2008.  My visit to its operating area well pre-dated the 2010's wave of Gillig Low Floor's.  Therefore, Gillig Phantom's were the agency's only true heavy-duty buses.  1996 bus 62898 was spotted at the New Carrollton Metrorail, and was among the oldest buses at the agency back then.  Meanwhile, then year-old sister bus 63151 was spotted at the Southern Avenue Metrorail, and was the final high-floor bus bought new by it in 2007.

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Meanwhile, its other high-floor buses were oddball Thomas buses.  Thirty-foot 1999 TL960 bus 62994 was spotted at the Morgan Blvd Metrorail, and the agency had 2 distinct batches of longer Saf-T-Liner HDX buses with school bus roots new in 2005-06.  Bus 63090 spotted at the Branch Ave Metrorail belonged to the group of 14 buses that had LED headsigns and rear-mounted HVAC pod, while bus 63105 spotted at New Carrollton was one of eight buses that had roll-sign destination equipments and lacked HVAC pods.  Rounding up its high-floor fleet were 2001 Goshen Presidential medium-duty bus 63051 spotted at the Suitland Metrorail, and cutaway 63000 used for Town of University Park Call-A-Bus service.

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Buses from Thomas-Dennis SLF230 family (North American version of the British-designed Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200 body combo) were the agency's only low-floor buses back then.  They came in all 3 lengths and at least 7 distinct batches.   Bus 53014 was one of the former Maryland Transit Administration (Metro Baltimore) 2001 SLF230 spotted at the College Park Metrorail.  Meanwhile, 2000 bus 63005 spotted at the Addison Road Metrorail was one of the oldest such buses bough new by the agency; and bus 63028 spotted at College Park was a 2001 sister bus also bought new.  The final SLF230's attached here were bus 63126 and 63131 of unknown vintage spotted at the Largo Town Center Metrorail and Greenbelt Metrorail respectively.  Inexplicably, the former featured a roll-sign destination equipment.  

PG-r14-53014.JPGPG-r23-63005-1.JPGPG-r17-63028.JPGPG-r28-63126-1.JPGPG-r11-63131.JPG

Rounding up the SLF230 family of buses in its fleet were 2002 SLF235 bus 63058 spotted at Addison Road Metrorail and 2004 SLF232 bus 63077 spotted at the West Hyattsville Metrorail. 

PG-r12-63077-1.JPGPG-r18-63058-1.JPG

By now, every single bus in my Flickr gallery below except the 2007 Phantom's and Thomas HDX's 63090 and 63096 are history. 

Bonus pictures:

Shuttle-UM is the internal shuttle system for University of Maryland at College Park.  Gillig Low Floor's is long the staple for the service, as exemplified by 35ft. bus 9206.  Meanwhile, Corridor Transit Corporation (Connect-a-Ride) was responsible for transit service in the city of Laurel and outer portions of Prince George's County before being merged with Howard Transit to form the RTA of Central Maryland.  Cutaways like 0703 were used.  Both buses were pictured at the College Park Metrorail.

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Here is my Prince George's County The Bus gallery:

Prince George's County The Bus

And the bonus pictures can be found in the gallery below:

Various Transit Vehicles in Greater Washington DC Area

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On 12/22/2020 at 1:19 PM, DCTransitFilms said:

Does anyone know when PGCT's 1996 Gilligs, Thomas-Dennis SLF230/SLF235, Goshen Presidentials, Orion Vs, TL960 40's, Saf-T-Liner HDXs, and Flxibles retire?

 The Metro Bs (Ex WMATA 9400's) retired in 2010 with the rest of the Metros. The Orion Vs (former FFC units, NOT WMATA) retired around 2011 and the Thomas SLF IIRC, retired around 2014. Not sure about the Phantoms or the rest of the buses.

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1 hour ago, Chris.A said:

 The Metro Bs (Ex WMATA 9400's) retired in 2010 with the rest of the Metros. The Orion Vs (former FFC units, NOT WMATA) retired around 2011 and the Thomas SLF IIRC, retired around 2014. Not sure about the Phantoms or the rest of the buses.

2014? I don’t remember seeing the SLFs after 2011 and such. I only ever seen the Gilligs by 2012-13

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3 hours ago, DCTransitFilms said:

2014? I don’t remember seeing the SLFs after 2011 and such. I only ever seen the Gilligs by 2012-13

I could be wrong on the SLFs. I know that ART got rid of the ones they inherited from Metrobus around 2013-2014. Maybe I got those confused with THE BUS's units...

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Just now, Chris.A said:

So, like their version of Metro Access? I know NICE bus is doing( or was, not sure if they still are) something similar in Nassau County.

basically, This is good for TheBus, after years of falling behind, they're finally doing much needed improvements and expansions in the coming years.

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2 minutes ago, DCTransitFilms said:

basically, This is good for TheBus, after years of falling behind, they're finally doing much needed improvements and expansions in the coming years.

PRTC Omniride/link recently started doing that too.

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Just now, Chris.A said:

I guess the demand for it is simply just not there, not unlike the aforementioned PRTC. 

heres the approval from before

https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/26104/Prince-Georges-County-Transit-Vision-Plan-Preliminary-Recommendations

https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3170/Transit-Vision-Plan

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