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The story about someone shooting an Amtrak conductor has been around for a couple of days, but the unanswered question in this article is why wouldn't they let him leave the train in Naperville? Or was something else going on that was not reported?

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22 hours ago, Busjack said:

The story about someone shooting an Amtrak conductor has been around for a couple of days, but the unanswered question in this article is why wouldn't they let him leave the train in Naperville? Or was something else going on that was not reported?


Sounds like he was obviously mentally ill and the Amtrak conductor just wanted to make sure he got to where he was going. Since he had already created a disturbance in Kansas city, the conductor likely would have been informed of that already and would have wanted to avoid the potential liability of letting him get off in Naperville unescorted.

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45 minutes ago, Pace831 said:

Here is a new Nova bus getting fuel at a truck stop in Menomonie, WI.

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I saw a bus like that while driving in on the Kennedy Thursday.

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OK, I have to ask.

Does anyone know why CTA 7900 Novas have the "hump" on the roof at the front of the bus and this one doesn't?

Just curious.

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25 minutes ago, geneking7320 said:

OK, I have to ask.

Does anyone know why CTA 7900 Novas have the "hump" on the roof at the front of the bus and this one doesn't?

Just curious.

I don't know, but looking thru CPTDB, some Canadian TA buses do not have them, even if assembled in Plattsburg. For instance, TTC artics don't appear to have it (embedded from Transit Toronto)..

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Also I'm not sure who would be getting buses NW of here.

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14 hours ago, Busjack said:

I don't know, but looking thru CPTDB, some Canadian TA buses do not have them, even if assembled in Plattsburg. For instance, TTC artics don't appear to have it (embedded from Transit Toronto)..

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Also I'm not sure who would be getting buses NW of here.

Im guessing no ac. The hopper windows are open in the picture and canadian purchasers typically dont order ac. Even though it appears to have vents for it perhaps thats just for fresh air or a vent feature.

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30 minutes ago, BusHunter said:

Im guessing no ac. The hopper windows are open in the picture and canadian purchasers typically dont order ac. Even though it appears to have vents for it perhaps thats just for fresh air or a vent feature.

The units you see above are the HVAC A/C units. The 7900-Series Novas were labeled as "Smart Buses". That might explain the hump at the front of the bus... what it's for, I don't know. The fin at the back is the Nova E-Cooling unit for the engine.

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15 hours ago, geneking7320 said:

Does anyone know why CTA 7900 Novas have the "hump" on the roof at the front of the bus and this one doesn't?

 

1 hour ago, BusHunter said:

Im guessing no ac.

 

38 minutes ago, sw4400 said:

The 7900-Series Novas were labeled as "Smart Buses". That might explain the hump at the front of the bus.

1. @geneking7320 was referring to the hump integrated with the headsign on the CTA buses, which was not apparent in the picture of the bus in the truck stop.

2. As @sw4400 pointed out, the HVAC is in the roof pod. If that was not obvious enough from the picture I previously embedded, here's another from TransitToronto:

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The bus in the truck stop also has an HVAC pod.

3. Note that the above bus, and also the bus in the truck stop have the high level engine cooler. And, as I have said before, Nova does not make the Stupid Bus. I don't know where that bus is going, but between the 1704 fleet number and high level engine cooler, it is a new bus.

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2 hours ago, Busjack said:

Well, upon looking at the spec sheet from Nova Bus under Roof-Mounted HVAC, three options exist....

  • Multiplex-Controlled MCC Heater
  • MCC ECO353
  • Thermo King Athenia

Now actually having been in multiple buses of this model, there are no vents in the bus over the front hump. So unless the hump is one of the other two units connected to the actual vents for the HVAC unit in the center of the bus, I don't know what the purpose is for it.

2014 NovaBus LFS Smart Bus.jpg

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46 minutes ago, sw4400 said:

Well, upon looking at the spec sheet from Nova Bus under Roof-Mounted HVAC, three options exist....

  • Multiplex-Controlled MCC Heater
  • MCC ECO353
  • Thermo King Athenia

Now actually having been in multiple buses of this model, there are no vents in the bus over the front hump.

As far as I know, CTA Novas use Thermo King. However, MCC ECO533 isn't conceptually any different. If you look at a bus from above, there are fans in the air conditioning pod.

"Profiled roof treatment" is the last option on the spec sheet you posted,  so maybe that's all it is, sort of like the wings on the 4300 series hybrids and Pace CNGs.

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