Motor Coach Industries D4500CT

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Motor Coach Industries D4500CT
Years of manufacture 2005 to present
Length 45 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel or CNG
MCI D4500CT New Rear Cap

The Motor Coach Industries D4500CT is a commuter and charter motorcoach available in Canada and the United States. In 2005, MCI redesigned their D-Series coach. The D4500CT inherited the headlights from the G-Series and is available with optional flush-mounted passenger windows. Fluted stainless steel sides are also an option.

Design Changes

Coaches meeting the EPA 2007 and 2010 standards sport a redesigned rear end incorporating changes to the engine cooling system for each emission standard. Coaches meeting the EPA 2010 standards are also equipped with a selective catalytic reduction system that includes a 15 gallon diesel exhaust fluid tank.[1]

Likely as a request from New Jersey Transit, their 2014 batch of D4500CT coaches were delivered with redesigned headlights. This simplified design has three round LED clusters arranged in a gently curving row. Other operators, such as Broward County Transit and GO Transit have adopted the same headlights.

Alternative propulsion

A diesel-electric hybrid version of this coach, dubbed the D4500CTH, made its debut in 2007. Houston METRO was the launch customer.

In April 2010, MCI began touring a CNG-powered commuter coach. The coach was leased from New Jersey Transit and updated with a newer 8.3 litre Cummins CNG engine. In addition, a new coach was built with an 8.9 litre EPA 2010-compliant Cummins CNG engine and shown to multiple transit agencies. MCI wanted to gauge the market for the coach and show off the benefits of CNG.[2] The tour ended a few moths later, and in October, MCI announced a CNG power option will be available on 2011 coaches.[3]



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Demonstrator and engineering units

Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses

Fleet number Thumbnail Year VIN Engine Transmission Notes
  • White with blue streak and planetary theme
  • Displayed at 2005 APTA Expo
2006 1M8PDMDA26P057072 Caterpillar C13 Allison B500
  • EPA2007-compliant
  • Submitted for Altoona test December 2006
2007 1M8PDMEA77P057830 Cummins ISM Allison B500R To Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission 374.
2008 1M8PDMEA68P058436 Cummins ISM Allison B500
  • Medium blue with 75th anniversary scheme
  • D4505-type front bumper
  • Displayed at 2008 APTA Expo
2008 1M8PDMEA29P058774 Cummins ISM Allison B500R
Mar. 2009 1M8PDMEA19P058992 Cummins ISM Allison B500
  • White with green and burgundy leaf with sweeps scheme
  • Displayed at 2009 CUTA Trans-Expo
  • White with green earth with leaves and flowers scheme
  • Displayed at OTE 2010
2010 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B500R CNG-powered demo
  • White with blue waves and grey skyline scheme
  • Displayed at 2010 CUTA Trans-Expo
  • Displayed at 2012 CUTA Trans-Expo
Nov 2010 1M8PDMAA1BP059653 Cummins ISL9 Allison B500
  • 2011 model
  • White with Motor Coach Industries lettering
  • Given house scene decals in 2011
  • Displayed at 2011 APTA and CUTA expos
59654D Nov 2010 1M8PDMBA5BP059654 Cummins ISX11.9 Allison B500
  • 2011 model
  • White with Motor Coach Industries lettering and american flag graphics
  • Demo with New York MTA spring 2011
  • Displayed at OTE 2012
13117D 2014 1M8PDMBA7EP013117 Cummins ISX
  • White with blue and grey sweeping lines
  • Commuter spec, 57 Amaya-Astron Torino seats, with indigo and tan interior
13284 2014 1M8PDMBA4EP013284 Cummins ISX
  • White
  • Displayed at 2014 CUTA Trans-Expo
  • CNG-powered
  • White with blue and green sweeps
  • Displayed at 2014 APTA Expo
13311 2014 1M8PDMBA3EP013311 Cummins ISX
  • White with red and blue sweeps
  • Displayed at 2014 APTA Expo
13895 2015 1M8PDM3A0FP013895 Cummins ISX-G
  • CNG-powered
  • White with green and blue environmental-themed graphics
  • Displayed at 2016 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference
  • Demonstrated with Ontario Northland from July 2017