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    6400 Nova, 5000 Twin Propane

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  1. I will confirm artics easier to turn. 60 footer turns like 35 footer as trailer follows where middle axle goes. Middle clears, so will tail.
  2. Multicolor digital signs existed at least since 2001, when Sacramento CA got some.
  3. Clearances were a big issue in TT days. About 6 to 9 inches below bridge. Many cases wires were placed close to curb so center of underpass had more clearance. Remember however that in 1940s trucks were only about 10 foot tall. 13'6" is only from about 1980s, and for years big rigs had severe restrictions moving around the city. Many had to follow very indirect routings.
  4. Runs that do school trippers have a "school" schedule and a "no school" schedule. If schools do not open they just run the "no school" paddle
  5. Should not be, but is...
  6. As of June 15, 4300,7900,7901 not listed as active, but 804 is...
  7. 4300 seems to be like 7900. 7900 has spent much of its life at Greenwood, but apparently has been used in service time to time.
  8. Seems to be the pattern at most systems now. Orders are do large compatibility with older types does not matter. New York now keeps each type separate, which was not the case from 1948 thru late 80s when most were fully compatible and could and did run in mixed trains.
  9. Actually they have moved about the scrap pile several times over the years, last time about 2015.
  10. 4300 has been a training bus at Greenwood for several years now.
  11. Are the dozen or so wrecked Flxibles still at SS?
  12. 2nd row last one (ACF) should be cream and red. Only blue ones were Fords 4301-4309 that were delivered in ODT gray and painted before entering service to resemble the prewar PCCs. All other pre 1945 buses were red. After that mercury green, cream and swamp holly orange until 1950, then the cream and green we all remeber.
  13. City service you can probably get away with it. Hideously expensive, but then most unfunded mandates are, and CA has lots of them. Like the multi-engine switch engines UP and BNSF were forced to buy for local service in LA area about 10 years ago. Offloaded them the day the 10 year contract they had to sign to get state funding expired as they were basically maintenance intensive problems. So you can see state having to kick in for electric buses, which on their 12th birthday, to the day, get retired, as in 12 years certainly the "next generation" will be much better. No more buses hanging around 20-22 years as was common until 1990s.
  14. True - you increase standards too much and end up short of employees. ATC Nevada in Las Vegas fell into this trap early 2000's, got so picky and so quick to fire drivers they ended up with almost a 100% a year turnover. By 2006 had run thru the local "victim pool", and despite weekly new hire classes and constant advertising, could not get driver count much above 400, where 700 was needed to make schedule. Result was endless mandatory overtime, which just caused burnout and low morale, which contributed to the high turnover. From what I gather this situation persisted until Keolis and MV took over with new, more lenient, management.
  15. CTA received the 6th Proterra Electric bus in January 2020. All 6 standard pilot buses have completed the post-delivery inspection. Open items identified during the inspection are currently being addressed. 3 more pilots are expected by end of 2020 or early 2021. 14 production level buses are expected at the end of 2021.
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