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2 hours ago, GMC T6H-5307N said:

Well, Flyer "recommended" that the batteries be replaced every 2-3 years, at a cost of $15,000 per bus. So the fact that they lasted 10 years, along with the abuse they were put through (being parked outside in the cold, drivers not operating the buses properly so the batteries wouldn't charge during the day, etc) is pretty amazing.

9702 and 9707 resurfaced at the garage on Friday. These buses were in "storage" for the past year and a half.

 

:o Okay that's very impressive. Those are some really good batteries if they lasted that long!

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1 hour ago, GMC T6H-5307N said:

0618 involved in a serious accident this am. 

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Not my photo.

Hope everyone was okay!

1 hour ago, bus is coming 1965 said:

Rip 618

The bus can be repaired. Its not that big of a damage. Front cap, repair to the frame and anything else.

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4 hours ago, j@den5766 said:

Does anyone know if there will be a route change this year?

Good to hear from you J@den! It's been a while! B) 

Yes there will be. All new routes on 22nd this year. That's all I'm able to say. Stay tuned, should be an update by mid June.

9706 is back in service after having the engine swapped out. Surprised they took the time on that "lovely" bus!

573 is back in service after being resafetied.

618 might be sent off site for repairs. 

New Vicinity buses to arrive "soon". Delays have pushed back delivery dates by a month. 

New Novas should be here late June.

Thats all the updates I've got for now! :) 

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On 2017-05-26 at 8:46 PM, GMC T6H-5307N said:

1701 thru 1710 novas

1711 thru 1714 vicinitys 

How many classics can they realistically retire with this order coming in?

 

Also what routes would the Vicinity's be used on? I know Saskatoon has a few Arbocs, and I've seen them occasionally (on a route 15???) but I'm not even sure what the point of those are.

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At this point, Classics are being retired as major problems occur, like an engine failure, bad rust, or an accident. 

Vicinitys will be used on routes like the 23, and other feeder routes. Basically like the arbocs.

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The ad is listed as in saskatoon, that is probably the reason why.

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9 hours ago, saskatoontransitfan said:

Does anyone know what those buses are for, parked outside the Valley Garage? Are they retired and being scrapped? They are a bunch of MCI's and a couple New Flyer D40's.

Retired buses. It's where maintenance parks all the dead buses. Usually if one appears there, it's toast.

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How it looks as of June 2nd.

Buses in there are: 118, 0962, 412, 114, 433, 572, 9510, 120, 9707, 9702, 428, 101, 9515, 371, 133, and 576

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