Motor Coach Industries D4500CT

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Motor Coach Industries D4500CT
MCI D4500CT
Years of manufacture 2006 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]

Specifications

Operators

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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
2005
  • 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 Submitted for Altoona test June 2008
2008
  • 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
2010
  • White with green earth with leaves and flowers scheme
  • Displayed at OTE 2010
2010 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B500R CNG-powered demo
2010
  • 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
13284 2014
  • White
  • Displayed at 2014 CUTA Trans-Expo
2014
  • CNG-powered
  • White with blue and green sweeps
  • Displayed at 2014 APTA Expo
13311 2014
  • White with red and blue sweeps
  • Displayed at 2014 APTA Expo
13895 2016
  • CNG-powered
  • White with green and blue environmental-themed graphics
  • Displayed at 2016 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference

References

  1. FYI from MCI, mcicoach.com, retrieved on 2010-07-15
  2. Rolling with gas: CNG-powered MCI Commuter Coach goes on nationwide tour for U.S. Transit Agencies, mcicoach.com, retrieved on 2010-11-12
  3. MCI again revolutionizes energy-smart public transit, offers CNG as an option on 2011 Commuter Coaches, mcicoach.com, retrieved on 2010-11-12