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Winston Salem's WSTA still has Nova RTS running. They even had CCW rebuild 17 of them this year and they're good for another couple more years of service.

Lubbock CitiBus has a a little over dozen RTS in use on the Texas Tech University campus routes. NOTE: Citibus also has 5 ex-DART Nova RTS WFDs in use too.

Texas A&M University still has some, albeit in limited service. A&M still uses the Millenium RTSes.

Anyone else can chime in as these are the only systems I know of that still use RTS.

 

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Chapel Hill Transit still has some of their 2001 & 2002 RTS' around, but per a board committee meeting in April 2019, they are being replaced this year. Not sure if they have officially retired them all as of yet though.

Anyone know if Chittenden County Transit retired all the remaining 2002 RTS'? The wiki page is pretty outdated.

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UMass Transit in Amherst MA still has a few that are used for special occasions.

Foxwoods Resorts & Casino in Ledyard CT still had a few RTS's parked in the lot the last time I was there in 2017.  These included both Novas (ex-Coach USA?) and the ex-NJT Millennium buses.  They likely see little use these days since the casino's business has greatly decreased in the past decade and there is no longer a need for parking lot shuttles.  

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1 hour ago, RailBus63 said:

Foxwoods Resorts & Casino

Those were auctioned off recently IIRC

10 hours ago, alexb320 said:

they are being replaced this year. Not sure if they have officially retired them all as of yet though.

 

Supposed to be 3 or something active right now. I don’t remember the exact number (i shot them an email months ago and it was something like three). A few were retired over the summer bringing it down to three...

10 hours ago, alexb320 said:

Anyone know if Chittenden County Transit retired all the remaining 2002 RTS'? The wiki page is pretty outdated.

I heard all but 1 were auctioned off and that remaining bus was seen parked outside their garage building but still on property, probably unused

11 hours ago, Chris H said:

Texas A&M University still has some, albeit in limited service.

When i went in feb it was wayyyy more than limited service the novas made up a good 40-50% of the buses i saw lol. Did they retire a bunch recently?

11 hours ago, Chris H said:

Lubbock CitiBus has a a little over dozen RTS in use on the Texas Tech University campus routes. NOTE: Citibus also has 5 ex-DART Nova RTS WFDs in use too.

A little less than a dozen now i think, especially with the delivery of the proterras. 2060-2065 most likely are all still active (I know for sure 2060-2064 were back in feb, and i tracked 2065 and two others two or so days ago). As for their original 35 footer fleet, unless they’re keeping a large spare factor I wouldn’t imagine they’re keeping an extra 6 on the side? 0001,0004,0006,0009,0111,0114 were for sure active in feb but with the proterras in service that number likely has fallen? I for sure tracked a lot less 35 footers a few days ago than I tracked back in feb.

FWIW, 0004, 0009, 0111, 2061, 2064-2065 are what I tracked just now. That said the 49 is missing a bus or two so maybe something’s out there...

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somerset still has their 2 millenniums on property last i heard but they weren’t exactly in service condition...

Pueblo, CO supposedly has some 2006 millenniums, 1996 nova rts, and 2002 nova rts wfd. The 1996s probably are retired but i can’t be so sure on the other two fleets. If anyone’s been there recently please chime in...

 

Also apparently Cedar Rapids has 2-3 of their TMCs left. They may have retired since i last heard but it’s worth putting out there...

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On 9/20/2019 at 10:11 AM, Orion6025 said:

Also apparently Cedar Rapids has 2-3 of their TMCs left. They may have retired since i last heard but it’s worth putting out there...

Cedar Rapids auctioned off three 92 models in May of this year. Are these the same ones you are referring to? I know one of them did get bought by a collector.

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=2382&acctid=484

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=2380&acctid=484

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=2381&acctid=484

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14 hours ago, alexb320 said:

Cedar Rapids auctioned off three 92 models in May of this year. Are these the same ones you are referring to? I know one of them did get bought by a collector.

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=2382&acctid=484

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=2380&acctid=484

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=2381&acctid=484

Not entirely sure. There was a collector who bought three total Cedar Rapids RTS a few months back and those three RTS were still active then so if these two collectors are the same guy, then those aren't. If these are different collectors, then I'm not sure (I never got any numbers or VINs on the last three active ones).

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On an unrelated note, I realize I forgot to mention, Brazos transit district has 5 ex-TAMU RTS (1 2001 and 4 2002s) purchased somewhat recently for their Texas Express route. The thing uses 2 RTSes a day. Not sure if they still are using the RTSes still but if anyone cares, they're all trackable so it should be easy to figure out if they are running or not.

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On 10/3/2019 at 1:20 PM, Orion6025 said:

On an unrelated note, I realize I forgot to mention, Brazos transit district has 5 ex-TAMU RTS (1 2001 and 4 2002s) purchased somewhat recently for their Texas Express route. The thing uses 2 RTSes a day. Not sure if they still are using the RTSes still but if anyone cares, they're all trackable so it should be easy to figure out if they are running or not.

Well I'll be damned a day after posting this, I found out that those RTS are done for! They got 3 Xcelsiors as replacement vehicles

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On 10/4/2019 at 7:00 PM, Orion6025 said:

"These are 15-year buses--the first 15-year buses we've ever bought," said McBeth. "So our tendency is that if we buy a 5-year bus we make it last 10; [with a ] 15-year bus, this bus will probably last 30 years in Bryan-College Station."

The guy in the story must be smoking something good, if he thinks those buses are going to last that long.

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