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New buses for TCAT in Ithaca

 
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 6:38 pm    Post subject: New buses for TCAT in Ithaca Reply with quote

Just found this:

TCAT: 15 Replacement Buses by Year's End

April 15th, 2011

TCAT recently replaced two old diesel buses with new electric-diesel hybrid vehicles and expects to replace 13 other out-of-date buses by the end of 2011.

Thanks to a combination of federal stimulus, state and local funding sources, the replacements will result in lower carbon missions, less maintenance cost and more comfort for both passengers and bus operators, said Dan Tome, TCAT's purchasing and project manager.

Tome said that the two hybrids, manufactured by California-based Gillig LLC, have increased TCAT's hybrid fleet to eight. In addition, TCAT will be replacing 13 other old buses by the end of this year with environmentally friendlier diesel buses. Six of those are manufactured by Gillig and the other seven Orion buses are being made by Daimler Buses North America at its Oriskany, N.Y. plant, which is particularly pleasing to Tome.

"I am excited about all of the new buses, but it is especially gratifying that we were able to buy from Orion as our aim is to retain and secure good-paying manufacturing jobs in New York state," said Tome, who has been working on the procurement process for two years.

With the 15 new 40-foot replacement buses - at a total cost of nearly $5.5 million - only one of TCAT's 55 buses will be well past its 12-year useful life.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh goodie. More Gillig buses. NFTA just put 30 more Advantage T40 Hybrids in service this year. The buses may be well built, but they are painfully boring.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the basic New Flyer (without the dress-up kit) is less boring? Orion and Flyer with the improved front both look good from the front, but it looks from the side as if both bought their windows from 84 Lumber's bargain bin!

I sometimes wonder if we, as enthusiasts, don't miss the GM Old Look and New Look (and the varioius imitations of them) so much because we forgot what it was like when everyone had 'em by the hundreds...

The Nova LFS is the only real non-boring bus out there, both inside and out. Quality control is iffy with their product, but at least they don't look like everyone else's bus inside!

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