Flxible Metro

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Flxible Metro
Metro
Years of manufacture 1983 to 1996
Length 30, 35, 40 feet
Width 96, 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel, CNG, LNG

The Flxible Metro was a high floor transit bus sold in the United States. Grumman sold Flxible to General Automotive Coporation in 1983 who continued production of the Grumman Metro under the Flxible name.

Production of the Flxible Metro ended in 1996 after Flxible ceased operations.

Generations by letter

A letter designation is often used by transit authorities and enthusiasts to denote the different generations of the Metro. An actual model designation system is listed below.

Letter Photo Availablity Description
A Early 1983 to early 1987 The Metro A retained a number of features from the 870 such as flush-mounted or sliding passenger windows and a sloped rear. Exterior changes from the 870 included a four slot grill on the front and a rear side engine grill with a cris-cross pattern. Interior changes included the Transmatic Light System in place of the Luminator system which illuminated the ad racks from behind, and stainless steel overhead standee rails in place of the molded rubber rails.
B Westchester County Bee-Line System 838-a.jpg Early 1987 to early 1992 The size of the sliding sash on the driver's window was increased. Later Metro Bs had a straight back wall instead of a sloped on to accommodate a Carrier HVAC unit.
C TriMet 1717-a.jpg 1992 The straight rear wall was made standard on the Metro C. A side control panel was added to the driver's area, thicker window frames were used for passenger windows, and there was an option for a rooftop HVAC.
D Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority 9830-a.jpg Early 1993 to early 1995 The Metro D featured a larger driver's area, and the the circuit breaker panel was relocated to the top portion of the drivers window.
E Elk Grove Transit 95-575-a.jpg Early 1995 to closing The Metro E was similar to the D, but the rooftop HVAC option was discontinued and a new larger rear HVAC vent was used at the rear..

Model breakdown

30 foot:

  • 30096
  • 30102

35 foot

  • 35096
  • 35102

40 foot

  • 40096
  • 40102

The end numbers after the dash (ie -6T) on the models denote the engine and transmission configuration:

Suffix Engine Transmissions Year Range
4D Detroit Diesel Series 50 DDEC 250hp/275hp Allison V731RH, Voith D863.3ADR, ZF Ecomat 4/5HP500/590 1993-1995
6C Cummins L10 240hp/270hp Voith D863.2/D863.3ADR, ZF Ecomat 4/5HP500/590 1984-1991
Cummins L10 CELECT Plus 280hp 1992-1993
6CG Cummins L10G 240hp/260hp Voith D863.3ADR, ZF Ecomat 4/5HP500/590 1989-1993
Cummins L10G Alpha 1994-1995
6C8 Cummins C8.3 250hp/275hp Voith D863.3ADR, ZF Ecomat 4/5HP500/590 1993-1995
6CTG Cummins C8.3G 250hp/275hp Voith D863.3ADR, ZF Ecomat 4/5HP500/590 1993-1995
6M Cummins M11 CELECT Plus 280hp Voith D863.3ADR, ZF Ecomat 4/5HP500/590 1994-1995
6N Detroit Diesel 6V71N 190hp Allison V730, Allison V731 ATEC 1983-1987
6T Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 253hp/277hp (DDEC available from 1987-1993) Allison V730, Allison V731 ATEC, Voith D863.3ADR, ZF Ecomat 4/5HP500/590 1983-1993
6TL Detroit Diesel 6V71TA 225hp Allison V730, Allison V731 ATEC 1983-1989
Detroit Diesel 6L71TA 230hp 1990-1992
8 Detroit Diesel 8V71N 250hp Allison V730 1983-1984

Operators

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Demonstrator/Engineering Units

Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses

Fleet number Thumbnail Year VIN Engine Transmission Notes
? 1983 DD094884 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730 40102-6T sliding window demo.
? 1983 DD094968 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
592 1984 ED095850 Cummins L10 Voith D863.2
? 1984 ED096345 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
? July 1984 ED096478 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 275 hp Allison V730
? 1988 JD099650
  • 40102 Test/Development bus.
  • Sold to Hertz.
? Nov. 1989 KD100408 Cummins L10G 40102-6CG CNG Test/Development bus.
? Apr. 1990 LD101352 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 40102-6T Particulate Trap Test/Development bus.
9504 1991 1GF5FBNK5MD102938 Cummins L10G Voith D864.3
? Feb. 1993 ND103827 Cummins L10 CELECT
  • 1992 model.
  • 40102-6C Cummins Electronic Control Engine demo.
  • Sold to New Jersey Transit 8083.
? July 1993 PD104198 Detroit Diesel Series 50 Port Authority of Allegheny County 40102-4D prototype.
? Nov. 1993 PD104198 Cummins C8.3 ZF 4HP590 New Jersey Transit 40102-6C8 prototype
? Golden Gate Transit 1401-a.jpg Jan. 1994 1GF5ARVK4RD104873 Detroit Diesel Series 50 ZF 5HP590 Golden Gate Transit 40102-4D prototype.
? Jul. 1994 RD105007 Detroit Diesel Series 50 Chicago Transit Authority 40102-4D prototype.
2000 1994 RD105008 40102-? Customer Satisfaction Bus #2
? Sept. 1994 RD105290 Detroit Diesel Series 50 WMATA 40102-4D prototype.
? 1995 SD105009
  • 40102-? Customer Satisfaction Bus #3
  • Body only, not a complete bus
? 1995 SD105010 40102-? Customer Satisfaction Bus #4
? 1995 SD105651
? Jun. 1995 SD106075 Detroit Diesel Series 50G South Coast Area Transit 40102-4D CNG prototype.
? Mar. 1996 TD106179 Santa Cruz 40102 prototype.

Preserved buses

Year Thumbnail Serial Original owner Fleet number Current owner
1988 JD099525 Greater Portland Transit District 8801 Seashore Trolley Museum
1990 Greater Richmond Transit Company 309-a.jpg LD101939 Greater Richmond Transit Company 309 Commonwealth Coach and Trolley
6/1992 1GF5ANPK1ND103468 TriMet 1801 Private owner
1/1994 Golden Gate Transit 1401-a.jpg 1GF5ARVK4RD104873 Golden Gate Transit 1401 Private Owner
1994 1GF5ACUK7RD105224 NJ Transit 1976 New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center
1994 1GF5ARUKXRD104782 NJ Transit 3778 New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center

References

  1. STURAA Test 12 Year 500,000 mile bus from Flxible Model Metro August 1995, 146.186.225.57, retrieved 18-11-2010