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21 minutes ago, ROSeaboyer said:

I'm assuming so, I was just saying I haven't seen it active recently, which would make sense if it's undergoing major repairs.

It is undergoing major work. Possibly a full refurbishment.

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14 hours ago, TTC 9701 said:

It is undergoing major work. Possibly a full refurbishment.

Might as well be replaced if it's that bad. The low grade steel body sure doesn't stand up to the test of time. 11 years is pretty good already

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On 3/15/2019 at 3:54 PM, Seashore_518203 said:

I received an updated fleet list from the Transit Manager at T3:

  • Bus 73, VIN 1N9MLAC668C084091, ex-Calgary Transit 1606, El Dorado EZ Rider II
  • Bus 74, VIN 1N9MLAC668C084088, ex-Calgary Transit 1603, El Dorado EZ Rider II

The buses were acquired in 2018. I did not get a more specific date.

The listing also contained a VIN for bus # 72:

  • 2G9B30AA6GA098043

I suspect that this is an error on the fleet list. That VIN corresponds to Calgary Vicinity 1630. I suspect that in transitioning from the El Dorados to the Vicinities, the registration from 1630 and another El Dorado may have been accidentally switched and not noticed.

I have an inquiry into T3 to check the VIN for bus # 72.

Any word on what the VIN for #72 is?

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3 hours ago, ROSeaboyer said:

Any word on what the VIN for #72 is?

Isn't it still possible for it to be ex. 1630? It was retired in August, and returned to Grande West for resale

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It wouldn't make sense for them to have one Vicinity when the entire rest of the fleet is old El Dorado's, including the other two buses in the same purchase.

T3 has recently announced buying 3 more refurbs, so it'll be interesting to see if these also come from Calgary...

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Stumbled upon this picture on flickr, showing with finality that 72 is an El Dorado. Photo isn't mine, so I can't claim ownership or anything.

72 is closest to the front, with 65 and 74 on the other side of the road

40657938533_00f22a7c5a_k.jpg

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On 5/12/2019 at 5:22 PM, ROSeaboyer said:

It wouldn't make sense for them to have one Vicinity when the entire rest of the fleet is old El Dorado's, including the other two buses in the same purchase.

T3 has recently announced buying 3 more refurbs, so it'll be interesting to see if these also come from Calgary...

I wonder if any D40LFRs will come from Medicine Hat. There'll be 6 for sale

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On 6/18/2019 at 12:07 AM, GrandeWest_B35G said:

I wonder if any D40LFRs will come from Medicine Hat. There'll be 6 for sale

I do wonder that myself. Not sure how many EZ Rider's are left for sale.

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On 6/16/2019 at 5:38 PM, ROSeaboyer said:

Stumbled upon this picture on flickr, showing with finality that 72 is an El Dorado. Photo isn't mine, so I can't claim ownership or anything.

72 is closest to the front, with 65 and 74 on the other side of the road

40657938533_00f22a7c5a_k.jpg

Does anyone have the VIN for 72?

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Charlottetown has two separate tenders out for purchasing buses.

The first tender is for 6 35 or 40' diesel buses in which the city is requesting pricing for the following options.

  • 6 35' buses
  • 6 40' buses
  • 4 35' buses and 2 40' buses
  • Replacement parts for the purchased buses
  • Provide optional pricing for electric buses

The original tender document had some specs that were written practically to NFI specs (specifically axles and suspension) however a updated spreadsheet of specifications has those requirements removed. Of note, a preference for stainless steel frame is noted in the specifications. Delivery is requested before February 2021 for the first 3 buses and April 2021 for the next 3.

This tender reminds me of the tender Medicine Hat put out last year requesting a combination of 35' or 40' buses, which ended up purchasing all 35' buses from Grande West as the pricing was significantly cheaper than a Xcelsior. The same dynamic could play out here especially if Grande West or ADL decide to bid with their 35' buses.

The second tender is for 2 Cutaway buses with delivery requested by February 2020.

From https://www.charlottetown.ca/business___development/developers/tendering_and_rfp

 

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