Eureka Transit Service

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The Eureka Transit Service is the city fixed-route bus system in Eureka, California. Bus service in Eureka is provided under contract by the Humboldt Transit Authority. [1]

History

On April 10, 1972, the city council transferred the operation of Eureka's jitney service to Bishop's Transit Service, a private company owned by Glen and Lloyd Bishop. In conjunction with the formation of the Humboldt Transit Authority, the city of Eureka assumed control of the bus system on January 20, 1976 and offered a week of free rides to promote the system. It also contracted Young Ideas Advertising and Sales Promotion to create an advertising campaign, logo, and new name for the new system. It was still operated by Bishop, however. Under this arrangement, the city subsidized operation and required Bishop to secure the city council's approval before changing routes or fares. In the mid-1970s, Bishop was operating two city bus routes with two Chevrolet Step Vans built in 1968 and 1973. By 1979, the city owned five transit vehicles and was operating three routes. The fare was $0.25 with free transfer. On February 1, 1985, the city of Eureka began operating ETS independently, no longer contracting operations to Bishop. Over the next five years, the city purchased its first heavy-duty transit buses, 30' Gillig Phantoms, and revised the vans' original yellow and red design to yellow, orange, and brown on the new buses. [2]

Routes

Map/Schedules

  • Red (Mon-Fri 6:28am to 7:00pm) - Downtown Eureka, Broadway, Bayshore Mall, Henderson Center, Cutten, and Sequoia Park.
  • Green (Mon-Fri 6:37am to 6:44pm) - Bayshore Mall, Silvercrest, St. Joseph and General hospitals, and Myrtletown.
  • Gold (Mon-Fri 6:15am to 7:00pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm) - Downtown Eureka, Pine Hill, Bayshore Mall, and Henderson Center.
  • Purple (Mon-Fri 6:39am to 7:00pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm) - Downtown Eureka, Humboldt County Library, Silvercrest, General Hospital, Henderson Center, and Burre Center.
  • Rainbow (Saturday only, 10am to 5pm) - Downtown Eureka, Broadway, Bayshore Mall, Henderson Center, Sequoia Park, St. Joseph and General hospitals, and Myrtletown.

Fares

Current

Facilities

Garage/Offices

  • Address: 133 V Street, Eureka CA 95501-0844
  • Phone: 707-443-0826

Roster

[3]

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
61 12/2002 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C21B102N4)
Cummins ISM Voith D864.3E
  • 2003 model.
  • Delivered in January 2003.
62 1/2002 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C21B102N4)
Cummins ISM Voith D864.3E Delivered in March 2002.
63-64 2007 Gillig Low Floor HEV 35'
(G19B102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40 hybrid system
65-67 2009 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL
68-69 2014 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL9

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1-3 1975 Argosy
4 ? Chevrolet Van
9 1978 Argosy
10 1979 Argosy
11 1980 Microbus
31-34 (1st) 1983 Blue Bird
32 7/1993 Gillig Phantom 30'
(3096TB6V92TA)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • Repainted into the newer ETS livery in 2002.
  • Received Luminator LED signs in 2005.
  • Retired circa 2009.
33-34 4/1989 Gillig Phantom 30'
(3096TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
  • Repainted into the newer ETS livery in 2002.
  • 33 received Luminator LED signs in 2005.
  • 33 retired in 2008.
  • 34 retired in 2006.
35-36 (1st) 1984 Ford/? E???/Falcon
35 1986 Gillig Phantom 30'
(3096TB6V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
  • Wore the "Welcome to Eureka" wrap from 1998-2004.
  • Retired in 2004.
36 1987 Gillig Phantom 30'
(3096TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA ZF 4HP500
  • Only bus in the fleet to have a ZF transmission.
  • Repainted into the newer ETS livery in 2002.
  • Retired in 2007.
37-38 3/1988 Gillig Phantom 30'
(3096TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
  • Repainted into the newer ETS livery in 2002.
  • 37 retired in 2008.
  • 38 retired in 2004.
60 8/1999 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C20B102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
  • Repainted into the newer ETS livery in 2002.
  • Received Luminator LED signs in 2005.
  • Bought by Pacific Coast Recycling in Gilroy, CA. It was spotted missing its engine in November 2017.

External links

References

  1. Wikipedia - Eureka Transit Service
  2. Wikipedia - Eureka Transit Service
  3. idiom.ucsd.edu