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On 8/4/2021 at 5:41 PM, Williamv said:

So will the first 29-foot electric bus be 2901?

Would seem like they are going to run out of fleet numbers if they go with this convention. That would leave a maximum of 99 vehicles in each length...

I could see if they went with 4001 designating 40 foot buses, 3001 designating a 35 foot bus, 2001 designating a 29 foot bus, and 6001 designation a 60 foot articulated bus. I suppose the short buses won't ever exceed 99 vehicles, but it seems like an odd way to go given the possibility that they are starting this convention now.

Since we are on the subject, I honestly thought that the 800 series articulated buses were going to drop the 8 once buses 70-99 were retired...

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5 hours ago, Jared Kam said:

 

Would seem like they are going to run out of fleet numbers if they go with this convention. That would leave a maximum of 99 vehicles in each length...

I could see if they went with 4001 designating 40 foot buses, 3001 designating a 35 foot bus, 2001 designating a 29 foot bus, and 6001 designation a 60 foot articulated bus. I suppose the short buses won't ever exceed 99 vehicles, but it seems like an odd way to go given the possibility that they are starting this convention now.

Since we are on the subject, I honestly thought that the 800 series articulated buses were going to drop the 8 once buses 70-99 were retired...

Once they got past 99 buses, they could go to 4100 or 4101, 6100 or 6101, etc. That could happen relatively soon with the 40 and 60-footers. Not for a long time, if ever, for the 29 and 35-footers.

4001, 4002 and 4003 were all operating on Route 6 today (8/13). Does that mean anything?

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On 8/28/2021 at 5:33 PM, Honolulu TheBus said:

Can anyone explain why they changed the LED to Bus 801 

If I was a betting man, I would guess that the white one that was replaced when CCW refurbished the bus either was damaged or failed, and what they had on hand were amber ones from either retired buses or backstock that was on hand when orange LED signs were the current option. Again, just a guess.

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On 8/30/2021 at 1:22 PM, Jared Kam said:

If I was a betting man, I would guess that the white one that was replaced when CCW refurbished the bus either was damaged or failed, and what they had on hand were amber ones from either retired buses or backstock that was on hand when orange LED signs were the current option. Again, just a guess.

I see, thanks.

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9 hours ago, Honolulu TheBus said:

I really like Bus 701 LED Lights now, I like the purple color to it, why did they change it again, but now when I rode it they changed it back to white, a bit odd right there, but my friend took this and got this on caught! Again can anyone explain why it has those kind of lights?

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This is common among agencies to reduce glare on the windshield. Nice to see them trying some different things - with the seats being blue that lighting looks pretty nice!

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Any updates related to the emergency service reduction that might be going into effect?

Heard that the sign up is complete and they are just waiting for the effective date.

Sad times for TheBus - with the amount of federal monies being given to transit agencies it's a mystery why operations needs to be cut.

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On 9/20/2021 at 10:23 AM, Jared Kam said:

Any updates related to the emergency service reduction that might be going into effect?

Heard that the sign up is complete and they are just waiting for the effective date.

Sad times for TheBus - with the amount of federal monies being given to transit agencies it's a mystery why operations needs to be cut.

There is no reason for an emergency service reduction, especially when researchers are predicting a downward trend in Hawaii covid-19 cases. I’m also wondering why our new electric buses are spending so few hours in revenue service. I know they are considered test buses, but is 4002 the only dependable one? At this rate, the Middle Street garage will start to look like an electric bus museum.

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6 minutes ago, Williamv said:

There is no reason for an emergency service reduction, especially when researchers are predicting a downward trend in Hawaii covid-19 cases. I’m also wondering why our new electric buses are spending so few hours in revenue service. I know they are considered test buses, but is 4002 the only dependable one? At this rate, the Middle Street garage will start to look like an electric bus museum.

Just wait and see...

As for the electric buses, I know there were delays on electric charging infrastructure at Kalihi - have the rest of the chargers been installed and are they all working?

Gotta imagine that they have some diesel buses on order as well - the 300-series bus I rode last week (321 on the 81 Express) was in better shape than some of the 500-series buses I was on. That being said, hard to believe, but the 200-series buses are now actually in the ripe age to perform mid-life rehabs. And those 2004 NFI 60-foot buses need to be sent to pasture - they are the most rickety and rattley things that are on the road.

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Big island today!!

Very same Proterra Bus that was used in Oahu and Maui now in the Big Island.

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One of the 10 ex .40 series Bus #44. And surprisingly the cameras are in use now by Hele on.20210922_110636.thumb.jpg.944afae41d81de9083e5b93e49ba8139.jpg20210922_110638.thumb.jpg.5c2bc4a2e4d1483e8303d74153272b5e.jpg

Just now, Alika.valdez1234 said:

Big island today!!

Very same Proterra Bus that was used in Oahu and Maui now in the Big Island.

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One of the 10 ex .40 series Bus #44. And surprisingly the cameras are in use now by Hele on.20210922_110636.thumb.jpg.944afae41d81de9083e5b93e49ba8139.jpg20210922_110638.thumb.jpg.5c2bc4a2e4d1483e8303d74153272b5e.jpg

The 40 series and the electric buses being used by Hele on buses are using Safety vision CCTVs.

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On 9/22/2021 at 7:27 PM, Alika.valdez1234 said:

Big island today!!

Very same Proterra Bus that was used in Oahu and Maui now in the Big Island.

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One of the 10 ex .40 series Bus #44. And surprisingly the cameras are in use now by Hele on.20210922_110636.thumb.jpg.944afae41d81de9083e5b93e49ba8139.jpg20210922_110638.thumb.jpg.5c2bc4a2e4d1483e8303d74153272b5e.jpg

The 40 series and the electric buses being used by Hele on buses are using Safety vision CCTVs.

I’m very happy that they weren’t sent in the scrap yard, it would been ashamed if these would be scrapped, well it’s really there decision, in my opinion I don’t like these gillig Phantoms being scrapped but sadly, things must have to go.

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5 minutes ago, Williamv said:
16 hours ago, Honolulu TheBus said:

heres a picture of 3501 and 4004 

Will they be in service any time soon?

There not really in service right now, they are mostly likely testing 4004-4017 and 3501 as of right now, they were be on service after they are done fully testing them, Im pretty sure they will be active in early 2022 or December 2021 if Im correct.

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3 hours ago, Honolulu TheBus said:

There not really in service right now, they are mostly likely testing 4004-4017 and 3501 as of right now, they were be on service after they are done fully testing them, Im pretty sure they will be active in early 2022 or December 2021 if Im correct.

Testing and training are important, but I’m wondering if other cities are taking this long to put their Gillig electrics into regular service. It has been more than 10 months since the first delivery, and the original 3 are still making only a couple of runs a day if that. Are there still problems getting the new buses charged?

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7 hours ago, Williamv said:

Testing and training are important, but I’m wondering if other cities are taking this long to put their Gillig electrics into regular service. It has been more than 10 months since the first delivery, and the original 3 are still making only a couple of runs a day if that. Are there still problems getting the new buses charged?

Hm im not sure, I dont work for OTS, a friend of mine works for OTS and he works at the Kalihi Facility, and tries telling me some information, and also i’m pretty sure its not a problem for them to get charged to get new busses, we already have 4004-4017 coming this year and including 3501, since 3501 is the only 35 foot electric bus as of right now, i think more will be coming soon.

 

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About Bus 901

Bus 901 has retired after the major accident happened in august .

 

 

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