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7 hours ago, ROSeaboyer said:

Any word on what they'll be renumbered to?

Likely 7100-7101

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Cape Breton recently tendered for 2 more 40' buses. The winning bid was Nova Bus at a cost of $1,160,097 (around $580,000 per bus). So Cape Breton will be receiving 2 more LFS buses.

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The remaining Orion V's 7056, 7061-62 are now retired as well as their last remaining ex-Broward D40LF 7071. 7074 was retired earlier this year. So now the oldest bus active is 7086.

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3 more used D40LF's were recently acquired; a 2006 Barrie unit and 0703 & 0705 from St. Catharines

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The one from Barrie is likely 68506; on the GovDeals site, the username pieces visible are the same as what was listed for 69007 and 69107, while the winning bidders for the other 3 68-series Barrie buses are completely different.

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In addition to Cape Breton buying 68506, they also have acquired 68406 from Barrie, which is the all-white unit beside ex-SCT 0705;

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19 hours ago, sdgta2008 said:

Are all these buses replacements or is there a service increase planned?

Likely replacements for the remaining Orion V's and the last remaining ex-Broward D40LF. 7100 (ex-Fredericton 8041) was recently completed and 8042 will be a parts bus. 68406 is now 7101.

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Forgot to mention another used D40LF had arrived a couple weeks ago, former Kingston Transit 0620 according to the VIN number.

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Should mention 7103 (ex-Barrie 68506) and 7105 (ex-SCT 0703) still have yet to enter service. They also acquired two used NovaBus LFS, one is confirmed to be former Durham Region Transit 8165 and the other likely also ex-DRT, and recently took delivery of two used New Flyer D40LFR's.

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A third Red Deer LFR was purchased and is a 2007 unit. The 2008 units (782-783) are now numbered 7109 and 7110, while the third is now 7111. However still no 7105 (if ex-St. Catharines 0703 becomes so) or 7107. The former DRT Novas are still waiting to be serviced.

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I wonder if a new garage would help them... I was looking at the existing location via Google Maps and it doesn't seem like it can handle any sort of heavy maintenance, which might explain why the revolving door of used buses coming and going continues to spin...

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On 3/18/2019 at 1:53 PM, Millennium2002 said:

I wonder if a new garage would help them... I was looking at the existing location via Google Maps and it doesn't seem like it can handle any sort of heavy maintenance, which might explain why the revolving door of used buses coming and going continues to spin...

Almost all small- and medium-sized transit systems do not do "heavy" maintenance such as mid-life rebuilds or major collision repair in-house. It's much more cost-effective to send vehicles out to a few companies that have the specialized equipment and experienced technicians that can do this work on a larger scale.

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Don't forget that buses licensed to pick up passengers in Nova Scotia have to pass the NSURB safety inspection twice a year, a process known as the toughest bus inspection performed in North America. It's probably cheaper to replace a questionable bus with another used one that will easily pass the inspection. The inspectors can fail a bus for garbage found between the seat cushion and wall, just imagine how they are when it comes to rust on frames.

 

 

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Transit Cape Breton's two new Novas have arrived, however numbered 7100-7101......they will likely be re-numbered to 7112-7113.

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On 4/18/2019 at 9:57 PM, ROSeaboyer said:

Unless those become 7107 and 7108, with the old DRT buses moving up to 7112 and 7113.

I'm assuming those are 2019s?

7108 is a handi-trans unit, and there's still no 7105 as of yet. Taking their time with ex-St. Catharines 0703 and the secondhands from DRT I would assume. The new units are indeed 2019's. Got the VIN's as well.

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On 3/18/2019 at 1:53 PM, Millennium2002 said:

I wonder if a new garage would help them... I was looking at the existing location via Google Maps and it doesn't seem like it can handle any sort of heavy maintenance, which might explain why the revolving door of used buses coming and going continues to spin...

I have been inside, they have quite the operation going on inside those walls.

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7114 arrived not too long ago and is another former Red Deer D40LFR. Could be ex-781 but waiting for confirmation.

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7114 is confirmed to be ex-Red Deer 781 which also sports a new  livery. 7113 was given the same special "Ride The Bus" wrap as 7110, except the windows are not covered. Not sure if 7112 got it as well. (Local source)

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Today's summary:

Both new 2019 Novas 7112 and 13 were both assigned to the 1 Glace Bay.

The 14 CBU Express now has 3 runs compared to using only one bus when I was last up a year ago. 7088, 7093 and 7109 were the buses used, 7102 later took over for 7109.

Only 2 small buses out; Vicinity units 7094 and 7096.

7104 is waiting for a new motor, 7100 is out of service for repairs after being involved in a fatal accident.

 

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