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BWAT has some new Gilligs that aren't noted on the wiki. In June I spotted #22138-22139, 2022 Low Floor CNGs with plug doors, they appear to be 40 foot so I imagine these replaced/are replacing some of the Axesses.

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The two electric units purchased on an FTA grant are ZX5s, they have a new livery and one is #21953e as confirmed by a picture on Proterra's site. An ABB pantograph charger has been in place at the transit center since March.

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1 hour ago, dtwtransit said:

BWAT has some new Gilligs that aren't noted on the wiki. In June I spotted #22138-22139, 2022 Low Floor CNGs with plug doors, they appear to be 40 foot so I imagine these replaced/are replacing some of the Axesses.

Wow!

That's quite a development for Blue Water.

I am no fan of Gilligs -- but it's somewhat impressive to see Blue Water graduate from Orion IIs to Axxess to 40-foot Gilligs.

Any previous 40-foot buses at Blue Water have been oddball castoffs -- used buses or ex-demos.

This must be the first time they've purchase brand-new 40-foot buses. Wonder what prompted it? Is ridership seriously swelling to that degree? (I hope it is!)

 

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On 9/16/2022 at 11:15 PM, Border City Transit said:

Wow!

That's quite a development for Blue Water.

I am no fan of Gilligs -- but it's somewhat impressive to see Blue Water graduate from Orion IIs to Axxess to 40-foot Gilligs.

Any previous 40-foot buses at Blue Water have been oddball castoffs -- used buses or ex-demos.

This must be the first time they've purchase brand-new 40-foot buses. Wonder what prompted it? Is ridership seriously swelling to that degree? (I hope it is!)

 

Not sure...

Went back today and the SLFs appear to finally be gone. I've checked the garage almost every time I've been in Port Huron for the last few years - must've skipped it in June but they here they were in March:

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Today their absence was pretty glaring. Both Orions were still there but with X marks on their windshields - parked in the same places too...

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Three '09 E-Z Riders rounded out what I was able to see on the lot - I'd wager these are on their way out, being replaced by the '21 E-Z Rider BRTs along with the SLFs.

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The '10 E-Z Riders are still in service though, as are the Axxesses.

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Found out the hard way that the Saturday schedule runs the same four buses across all seven numbered routes - so I didn't have any luck catching Gilligs or Proterras - just four ElDos - two '21s, a '10 and a '12.

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Also the wiki seems to be very outdated with BWAT's cutaways. I've been spotting BWAT occasionally since December 2020 and have never once seen a Goshen or ARBOC in service - but I have seen plenty of these '18-19 Champion LF Transports:

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(confirmed #19117-19128 but I'm fairly sure there's at least one 18xxx in there too)

https://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/2022/04/15/blue-water-area-transit-commission-purchase-new-buses-coming-years/7318027001/

Couple good pictures in here - confirms LF Transports from #18106 to #20136 and there appear to be at least five Gilligs.

Dave McElroy, the general manager at the Blue Water Area Transportation Commission, walks around the commission garage in Port Huron on Friday, April 15, 2022.Buses parked at the Blue Water Area Transportation Commission garage in Port Huron on Friday, April 15, 2022. The transit commission received $8.8 million in federal funds through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program for fiscal years 2024 through 2026, and which will be used to acquire new busses.

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On 9/24/2022 at 11:45 PM, dtwtransit said:

Today their absence was pretty glaring. Both Orions were still there but with X marks on their windshields - parked in the same places too...

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Well this is too bad... both of those Orion's were test/prototype units purchased when the company closed. Does anyone know if they are still on property? Here it is before Port Huron purchased it. Ex-Gwinnet County.

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