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Greetings.

In Pittsburgh, Port Authority has run hundreds of Neoplans -- of various models and configs -- continuously since 1982. The last ~3 units (2005/2006 AN-460-A artics) are living on borrowed time out of Ross Division. If I'm not mistaken, these are also the very last Neoplan USA buses ever built.

I crossed paths with 3122 this past Monday, September 23, 2019. I managed to set up a good pic of 3122, after she cleared Downtown and stretched her legs on the I-279 HOV lane.

Immediately after 3122 cruised by, I felt an odd sense of closure: after 20+ years of photographing Neoplans in the 'Burgh, that will almost certainly be the last time. May even be my last time anywhere.

Here she is, faithfully plying the O1 as retirement looms.

 

 

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On 9/27/2019 at 6:22 PM, Border City Transit said:

Greetings.

In Pittsburgh, Port Authority has run hundreds of Neoplans -- of various models and configs -- continuously since 1982. The last ~3 units (2005/2006 AN-460-A artics) are living on borrowed time out of Ross Division. If I'm not mistaken, these are also the very last Neoplan USA buses ever built.

I crossed paths with 3122 this past Monday, September 23, 2019. I managed to set up a good pic of 3122, after she cleared Downtown and stretched her legs on the I-279 HOV lane.

Immediately after 3122 cruised by, I felt an odd sense of closure: after 20+ years of photographing Neoplans in the 'Burgh, that will almost certainly be the last time. May even be my last time anywhere.

Here she is, faithfully plying the O1 as retirement looms.

 

 

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Are these the last Neoplan USA buses to run in the United States for 38th anniversary edition? 

 

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21 hours ago, Doppelkupplung said:

Great photo indeed. Are there any plans for preservation?

None that I've heard of. I wish someone could have bought one of these instead of the 2002 Bee Line units.

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22 hours ago, Mitsubishi Fuso 6512 said:

Are these the last Neoplan USA buses to run in the United States for 38th anniversary edition? 

 

MBTA still operates a bunch, both AN440LF and AN460LF (dual mode). 

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These are the four finalist Neoplans in Pittsburgh, outlasting 21 others by over a year. All the Neoplans started out at East Liberty division. After Harmar closed down, 3119-3125 were sent to Ross, where they served the rest of their lives. At the beginning of 2018, 3103 was given a second lease on life by being sent out to Ross as East Liberty retired the 5 remaining ones they had (3104, 3105, 3106, 3112, 3117) by the end of the year. The Ross ones missed out summer 2018 due to AC issues, and only recently have 3103 and 3123 seem to be retired.

3124, by the signs I've seen from the bus itself, and various operators, seems to be headed towards preservation, which is awesome. Unfortunately, though, the last Neoplan bus ever built by Neoplan (3125) is long gone.

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More Neoplan from the 'Burgh!

I caught up with 3110, taking care of business on the 71A on a pleasant afternoon in 2014. By @EQReport 's report, this unit never did make it to "semi-retirement" at Ross -- and has likely been off the roster for a few years now:

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Here she is a couple hours later -- and just look at all those happy customers, pleased to see a solid, spacious Neoplan pull up for their homeward commute! ;)

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Finally, who could forget these blimps? Here's 1932 -- holding her head high on Liberty Av as Gilligs close in on all sides:

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Update on Pittsburgh Neoplans: of the remaining four, 3103 and 3122 are confirmed dead and ready for scrap, 3123 is in limbo, and 3124 sees occasional service

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Port Authority of Allegheny County 3124 made its final run before retirement today in Pittsburgh for the Neoplan USA Corporation's 38th Anniversary Edition 

R. I. P. Port Authority of Allegheny County Neoplan USA 1982-2019 

Gone but not forgotten!!! 

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Well, look at that. Just when I thought I had photographed my last Neoplan in Pittsburgh, look at what turned up in San Francisco. Apparently, 8106 is one of only two or three Neoplans still rolling at Muni as of February 2020.

Holding down the 25 Treasure Island, on a Sunday, no less. After snapping this pic, a customer using a wheelchair deboarded. The lift was in perfect working order; the bus was in very good condition generally. Happy customers disperse:

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A moment of peace before starting the next trip:

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...then returning to SF after a quick loop to and from Treasure Island. Notice the "wrong way" traffic flow heading into Salesforce Transit Terminal; it enables buses to access the business side of the boarding island:

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Not bad for 20 years of service in a grueling environment. Hmm, where else might I be treated to another Neoplan?

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