lincoln
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What's With All Of The Numbers On Busses?

Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:50 pm

Yesterday I got stuck in front of a Cleveland RTA bus on my way home and it seemed like there were more numbers on the thing than a phone book. While not an exact match the below image (snagged from another thead here) is representative:

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/01101002-6.jpg

I get the license plate number, and the route number/name. I guess the vynil/decaled "bus number" (under the driver's side window) makes sense -- but what's the illuminated sign in the bottom of the passenger's side window? It's lit up and relatively big so it must be important, but I can't figure out what purpose it serves.

Some of the RTA busses seem to have other numbers on the sides or back, but the array on the front is what has me most curious.

There's also the question with route numbers or rather letters -- while it seems to have disappeared, Cleveland used to have a 9 and a 9X (and once or twice I saw a 9A) but I only ever saw schedules for 9.

And a different question, but kind of related: Anyone know where I can get, relatively cheap the old "roll-style" route signs (i.e. the ones that have the destinations pre-printed on them)? I know there's a guy on eBay selling old ones from NYC (IIRC) pre framed and all that, but those seem fairly expensive.

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RE: What's With All Of The Numbers On Busses?

Thu Feb 05, 2009 1:59 am

The number display in the lower left side of the windshield is a 'run number'. Every bus on every run they are on has a designated number. Perhaps the 4245 = Line 42/run # 45 of the day. This is used by dispatchers and route supervisors to keep track of a given bus run and may note variations of the run by a given bus. It might be the 45th run of the day on the #42 like. The A with the route or run number probably means an 'alternate' or slightly different routing vs. without an A for the standard route run. An X with the line or run number probably means for express runs. The 4 digit number by the driver sides on the bus is the bus-unit number. It may be a tied to the vehicle serial number, a purchase order number or just a number given by that operator for that bus to further identify it.
 
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RE: What's With All Of The Numbers On Busses?

Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:15 am



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 1):

Ahh, that makes plenty of sense, thanks for the information. One major curiosity solved!  Smile

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RE: What's With All Of The Numbers On Busses?

Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:04 am



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 1):
The number display in the lower left side of the windshield is a 'run number'.

In Las Vegas, it's used to display the block number.
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RE: What's With All Of The Numbers On Busses?

Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:08 pm



Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Reply 3):
block number.

Pardon?
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RE: What's With All Of The Numbers On Busses?

Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:29 pm



Quoting Lincoln (Reply 4):
Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Reply 3):
block number.

Pardon?

A block number is sort of a designator for the buses' "shift". For example, with my company, my shift number might be 123 but the buses' shift number (or block number) might be 555. So on my drivers card, I would right down my shift number as well as the block number so the office knows who has been driving that bus through out the day and on which shifts. This is just more or less a way of keeping track of the bus if more than one driver ends of driving it during the day.
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