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No photos of the crazy deck-and-a-half type bus eh? :lol:

Haha, they're all scattered around the internet right now. I'm having trouble trying to find new pictures of them myself. Hopefully someone here will snap a shot :lol:

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Nabinut   
No photos of the crazy deck-and-a-half type bus eh? :lol:

The prototype 4501 had just arrived when I visited but I don't know if i could bring myself to photograph such a beast :lol:

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The prototype 4501 had just arrived when I visited but I don't know if i could bring myself to photograph such a beast :lol:
Oh but you should have! :lol: And yeah I am not thrilled with the overall looks of it either, but we still gotta preserve history. You never know when a fleet of buses will be retired and scrapped. This new fleet may end up being very short lived.

Anyways, a random image of AC Transit Van Hool #1011.

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Oh but you should have! :P And yeah I am not thrilled with the overall looks of it either, but we still gotta preserve history. You never know when a fleet of buses will be retired and scrapped. This new fleet may end up being very short lived.

Very true since AC Transit didn't use US Federal funds to purchase their entire Van Hool fleet, and as such, are not subject to the FTA's mandatory rules of keeping a bus for at least 12 Years before retiring them.

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ADB   
Question: Are AC Transit's 1200-series buses (the new two door Van Hools) A300Ls or A360s?

A300Ls as they have a mid-mounted engine. ABC has yet to offer the A360 here, though I think it would fit right in with the so-called low entry design like a D40LF.

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A300Ls as they have a mid-mounted engine. ABC has yet to offer the A360 here, though I think it would fit right in with the so-called low entry design like a D40LF.

That's what I thought, but the AC Transit Wikipedia page lists them as A360s -- surprised that hasn't been corrected by now.

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Very true since AC Transit didn't use US Federal funds to purchase their entire Van Hool fleet, and as such, are not subject to the FTA's mandatory rules of keeping a bus for at least 12 Years before retiring them.

So how on earth did they get the money to purchase Van Hool, State funding?

It will be the very last time seing Van Hool buses purchase by AC as they are now forced with US Federal funding.

Surprised as I should have known as there's a Youtube video on their A300L last year, first a/c!

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So how on earth did they get the money to purchase Van Hool, State funding?

It will be the very last time seing Van Hool buses purchase by AC as they are now forced with US Federal funding.

Surprised as I should have known as there's a Youtube video on their A300L last year, first a/c!

Local funding I think, but it wasn't federal. They wouldn't have been able to order Van Hools if they did due to the "Buy America" rules when using Federal Funds...

Really, how are they forced with Federal funds?

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AC Transit receives its funding from a variety of local, state and federal sources, if I'm not mistaken -- but no federal funds were used to buy the Van Hools.

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Sunline Transit Agency in Palm Springs, CA, along with AC Transit, is receiving a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Van Hool, not sure about the model.

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Viva (York Region in Ontario) has 40 and 60 foot versions of the Van Hools as well as the RTL in Quebec which has 60 foot versions. WMATA Also has some 40 footers. Those are the only systems I know of with Van Hools.

http://www.busdrawings.com/Transit/Quebec/...989vh/8-919.jpg

http://www.busdrawings.com/Transit/Quebec/...006vh/20603.jpg

http://www.busdrawings.com/Transit/ontario...915viva5132.jpg

http://www.busdrawings.com/Transit/ontario...922viva7204.jpg

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Nabinut   

University of Minnesota in Minneapolis has 40 & 60 foot Van Hools though the last set of buses purchased was Gillig Hybrids with BRT front ends

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Buzz2kb   
Viva (York Region in Ontario) has 40 and 60 foot versions of the Van Hools as well as the RTL in Quebec which has 60 foot versions. WMATA Also has some 40 footers. Those are the only systems I know of with Van Hools.

http://www.busdrawings.com/Transit/Quebec/...989vh/8-919.jpg

http://www.busdrawings.com/Transit/Quebec/...006vh/20603.jpg

http://www.busdrawings.com/Transit/ontario...915viva5132.jpg

http://www.busdrawings.com/Transit/ontario...922viva7204.jpg

The "WMATA" buses are actually on Circulator routes run by a private contractor but operationally overseen by WMATA. The 40ft. versions are AC-Transit buses not taken up, and they also have some 30ft. buses for similar routes.

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The "WMATA" buses are actually on Circulator routes run by a private contractor but operationally overseen by WMATA. The 40ft. versions are AC-Transit buses not taken up, and they also have some 30ft. buses for similar routes.

Yep I knew they were originally to be fore AC Transit and that they were operated on Circulator routes, but I didn't know they were run by a private contractor. Interesting though and thanks. Are the 30 footers also Van Hools?

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Buzz2kb   
Yep I knew they were originally to be fore AC Transit and that they were operated on Circulator routes, but I didn't know they were run by a private contractor. Interesting though and thanks. Are the 30 footers also Van Hools?

Yes, they are.

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Nabinut   

Nice photos. I see that of the new batch of Van Hools (2190-2199), only one is branded as a rapid. Funny thing is I didn't know that AC Transit branded anything other than the early 1000s for the 72R

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(Old post) I would love to see that photo again! Anyone still have it?

I believe that the image was a picture of AC Transit New Look #942 which Corgi based its model on. The actual bus is owned by a priavte collector in California somewhere IIRC...

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Orion V   

As I was browsing through the wiki, I noticed AG300 #2001 has a BRT roof that goes all the way to the end of the bus. Is this the only one like that and why did they order it like that? A demo perhaps?

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Ron D.   
As I was browsing through the wiki, I noticed AG300 #2001 has a BRT roof that goes all the way to the end of the bus. Is this the only one like that and why did they order it like that? A demo perhaps?

For the first orders of Van Hools, 2001 was the prototype for the artics and 1001 was the prototype for the 40-footers.

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mikey10m   
Here are some of mine taking a week ago

Hi I like the pic's, Do you or you know were i could the inside of the 2010 ag300. Like how the seat are with the one front door, do you get more seat in front of the wheelchair space?

Any help with this plz, Thanks,

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