Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority

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Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority or SORTA, is the public transit agency serving Cincinnati, Ohio and its suburbs.

History

SORTA replaced the previous operator, the Cincinnati Transit Company in 1973.

Routes

Maps and Schedules

See Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority routes for a list of routes.

Fares

Current

Facilities

Bond Hill Garage/Office

  • Address: 4700 Paddock Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45229

Government Square Transit Hub

  • Address: Fifth St. between Walnut and Main

Queensgate Garage/Office

  • Address: 1401 Bank St., Cincinnati, OH 45214

Roster

Current

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
950-974 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 960-a.jpg 2001 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
  • All buses except for 955 were repainted into the new paint scheme.
  • Almost all retired.
1001-1004 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 1003-a.jpg 2010 NFI DE30LFR Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
1101-1114 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 1112-a.jpg 2011 NFI DE40LFR Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
1201-1245 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 1227-a.jpg 2011-2012 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Voith D864.5
1301-1310 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 1301-a.jpg 2013 Gillig BRT Plus 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Voith D864.5
1321-1343 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 1325-a.jpg 2013 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Voith D864.5
1501-1537 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 1507-a.jpg 2015 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Voith D864.5
1601-1622 2016 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Voith D864.5
  • Suburban.
2100-2137 Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority 2133-a.jpg 2002 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
  • 2101-2102, 2105, 2107, 2111, 2116-2117, 2120 & 2126 are retired.
4000-4022 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 4002-a.jpg 2004 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C21D102N4)
Cummins ISM Allison B400R
6000-6039 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 6023-a.jpg 2006 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G21D102N4)
Cummins ISM Allison B400R
  • 6003 and 6022 are retired.
8000 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 8000-a.jpg 2008 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G21D102N4)
Cummins ISM Allison B400R
8001-8024 2008 NFI D40LF Cummins ISM Allison B400R
8025-8030 2008 NFI DE40LF Cummins ISL Allison EP40
hybrid system
9000-9031 2009 NFI D40LF Cummins ISM Allison B400R
9033-9037 Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority 9033-a.jpg 2009 NFI D60LF Cummins ISM Allison B500R
9038-9067 Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority 9040-a.jpg 2010 NFI D40LF Cummins ISM Allison B400R
9068-9070 2010 NFI DE40LF Cummins ISL9 Allison EP40
hybrid system

Retired

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
100 1983 Grumman Flxible 870
  • Loaned to Cincinnati after the Flxible ABR demo went to Baltimore.
101-155 1951 GMC TDH-5103 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
101-103,
110-113,
117-119
1956-1957 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
  • Leased from TANK 801-803, 810-813 & 817-819 in 1977.
101-187 1981 Grumman Flxible 870
(40102-8-1)
Detroit Diesel 8V71T Allison V730
156-170,
172-221,
224-225
1952 GMC TDH-5103 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
201-327 1980 Grumman Flxible 870
(40102-6-1)
Detroit Diesel 6V71T Allison V730
  • Ex-NYCMTA, various #s; bought in 1987.
  • 208, 231, 234, 236, 266-268, 270, 283-284, 286-290, 292-293, 295-296, 298 were renumbered into 600 series.
  • 236 was later renumbered 600.
  • 264 (Ex-NYCMTA 516) was converted into an RV by a private owner.
  • 303 (Ex-NYCMTA 485) was converted into an RV by a private owner.
301-318 1953 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
319-358 1957 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
360-371 1957 GMC TDH-5105 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
401-445 1960 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
446-485 1961 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
486-520 1962 GMC TDH-5301 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
400-499 (2nd) Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority 491-a.jpg 1989 Neoplan USA AN440A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
  • 7 units were left in service as of 12/31/2007. All retired by 2008.
  • 413 was bought by American Bus and Accessories, Inc.[2]
  • 441 was damaged by an engine fire. It was subsequently cut down to 30 feet and had its rear door removed. It ran in revenue service for approximately 2 weeks before being taken out permanently. Its engine & transmission were removed, it was renumbered to 2001 and was used as training vehicle/simulator through circa 2010.
521-545 1964 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
546-565 1965 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Formerly Cincinnati Transit same #s.
500-563 (2nd) 1990 Neoplan USA AN440A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
  • 5 units were left in service as of 12/31/07. All retired by 2008.
  • 1 unit was bought by Elite Rides Party Bus in Detroit, MI, however it was later replaced and Elite Rides Party Bus is now defunct.[3]
  • 1 unit was converted into a party bus in Jupiter, FL in April 2008. It was listed for sale on 12/11/2008.[4]
  • 538 was bought by American Bus and Accessories, Inc.[2]
  • 543 was bought by a private owner to be converted into an RV circa 2005. However, it was found in a junkyard in Hillsboro, OH on 11/18/2016.[5]
566-575 1966 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
576-585 1967 GMC TDH-5303 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
608, 631,
634, 636,
666-668,
670,
683-684,
686-690,
692-693,
695-696,
698
1980 Grumman Flxible 870
(40102-6-1)
Detroit Diesel 6V71T Allison V730
  • Renumbered from 200 series after having wheelchair lifts installed.
  • 666 was later renumbered 600.
  • 690 was used as a promotional bus for the MetroMoves proposal in 2002 and was sold off in 2009.
645-649 1960 GMC SDH-4501 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
680-682 1955 GMC TDH-4512 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
700-869 1974 Flxible 53102-8-1 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8
700-723 1995 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TBM11)
Cummins M11
724-787 1996 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TBM11)
Cummins M11 773 was repainted into the new paint scheme.
788-846 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 842-a.jpg 1997 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C21D102N4)
Cummins M11
804-805, 807 1957 GMC TDH-4515 Detroit Diesel 6-71 Allison VH
847-895 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 895-a.jpg 1998 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C21D102N4)
Cummins M11
  • 862, 872, 874, 880, 883 and 889 were repainted with the new paint scheme.
870-993 1977 AMG 10240B-8 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
  • 910 was partially converted to an RV by a private owner and is in a junkyard in Mt. Sterling, OH.
  • 939 was featured in an AM General magazine ad in 1977.
  • 982 was the only bus painted in the black-and-white striped scheme around 1995.
896-916 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 916-a.jpg 1999 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C21D102N4)
Cummins ISM Allison B400R
  • Retired by spring 2015.
  • 904, 907 to Sandusky, OH.
  • All buses except for 896, 897, 898, 899, 900, 903, 905, and 907 were repainted into the new paint scheme.
917-923 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 918-a.jpg 2000 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C21D102N4)
Cummins ISM Allison B400R
  • Retired by fall 2015.
  • 917, 918, 920, 921 and 923 were repainted into the new paint scheme.
924-949 Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority 948-a.jpg 2001 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
  • All retired by fall 2015.
  • 947 was put back into service in 2016.
  • 940, 942, 944, 948 to LexTran.
  • All except for 924, 925, 928, 931, 932, 934, 935, 936, 937 and 940 were repainted into the new paint scheme.

Paratransit

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
0501 1997 Ford E?
4, 6 1997 Ford E-Super Duty
20-21 2000 Ford E450
22-63 2001 Ford E450
76-78 2005 Ford E450
79-85 2006 Ford E350
91 Ford
101 Ford
1624 2000 Chevrolet Venture

Service Vehicles

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
25-15 2005 Ford
25-16 2005 Ford Explorer
25-20 2005 Ford Explorer
25-40 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SE
28-49 2008 Ford
29-51 2009 Ford Escape XLS
400 1997 GMC Sierra C1500

External links

References

  1. www.facebook.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 www.hopetunnel.org
  3. www.flickr.com
  4. usedbusesforsale.net
  5. cptdb.ca