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Finale - Bus Operator's Trip Report : 3-12-10

Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:56 pm

Hey whats goin on guys. This here is a very special edition edition of the Bus Operators Trip report. Due to the cuts of State Transit Funding ( thank you Governor Arnold ) & and a decline in ridership, the transit agency I once worked for had to layoff approximately 90 employees - 73 bus operators, 15 mechanics/service attendants, and 2 administrative positions. The chances of being recalled are slim, even if the ABX8-6 and ABX8-9 bills are passed.

The bills did get the governors approval ( http://www.caltransit.org/node/1299 ). It was too late before my TA announced the service cuts.


March 12th, 2010

This is it. My last day driving an Orange County bus. For the last day, I picked up my assignment which is as follows

Assignment : 43104 159pm-942pm
Bus Number : 7403 ( 2001 NewFlyer D60LF )

Heres a picture of me on my last assignment
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/busfan004.jpg

I came in around 115pm, checked in for the last time. Took pics with coworkers I may never see again. It was beginning to be a little emotional. After being here for 3 years, I realized these guys are like a second family. Most days Im at work for about 8-12 hours a day, and these coworkers are the people youre going to interact with the most...them and your regular passengers.

200pm-My assignment requires me to walk to the relief point, which is about 1/2 mile away. I got a ride from another Bus Operator, who was once my Behind-Wheel-Trainer when I started in 2007. So I got a headstart. Bus arrived at the timepoint about 10 minutes late. I figured it was busy out there. Made in the relief, hopped in my seat...logged into the radio and set up my drivers area in a manner thats most comfortable to me. Set up my mirrors, and we ready to go.

Line 43 is one of the busiest lines in the OCTA Bus System. It travels down Harbor Blvd, passing through Disneyland area, Anaheim, Fullerton, La Habra, Santa Ana, and Costa Mesa.

I got to the end of the line around 12 minutes late. It was also time to go. Well I had to go to the restroom and I left about 10 minutes down. A couple of Bus Enthusiast came out and suprised me enroute ... and got all sorts of neat pictures, videos and whatnot of my last journey. Furthermore, a couple NYC Bus Enthusiasts came out and suprised me as well. My last trip of the night was very emotional for me & I held up the best I can. I pulled the bus in around 955pm - 13 minutes of overtime. Said my final goodbyes.

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/busfan003.jpg


The aftermath :

The day after the layoff, I participated on a very nice busfan trip that included LA, Hollywood, NoHo, Sunset Blvd, Venice Blvd, Santa Monica, and back to L.A. 4 Different types of vintage buses were used for the event ... and it was a blast. Bus Enthusiasts from the LA, OC, NYC, SFO, and LAS area all came down. This was about 3 times more people than anticipated, which made everything worth while.


1) 1973 GMC TDH4523 - Ex Pierce Transit ... my friend Scott owns this bus
2) Ex San Diego Transit GMC TDH5307 ... the first one built ... my friend Jim owns this bus
3) 1972 Flxible NewLook Ex Tri-Met Portland # 361 ... my friend Josh owns this bus
4) 1989 Neoplan AN440A-3 Ex Los Angeles MTA # 1189 ... my friend Danny owns this bus

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/busfan005.jpg

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/busfan001.jpg


Towards the end, I was given the opprotunity to drive from Santa Monica to Downtown LA. It was a great trip back with plenty of videos and good laughs. Going in and out of bus stops, and catching up to Metro buses. lol.

Up till this very day :

-Looking for work in the bus driving field.
-On my spare time and weekends, I work on my personal toy

Remember that bus I own ( ex-LACMTA # 9034 ) ??? .... well I got something else better. I traded it for a 1980 GMC RTS T8H203 ( Ex-OCTD # 3096 ). This bus just turned 30 years old on March 20th. This was originally a slopeback RTS with a DD 8V71 engine and Allison V730 transmission. During its 28 year career at OCTD/OCTA, this bus was rehabbed 4 different times & has all kinds of upgrades :

-Sliding windows
-larger HVAC unit
-DD 6V92 engine repowered in 1987
-DDEC 6V92TA engine upgrades in the late 90s and in 2005. This bus doesnt smoke whatsoever and its fast.

-With the help of a few friends of mine, whom are also certified mechanics, this bus will have a happy life.

My new pride and joy ... 3096
-Taken a few hours after I got it. Fueled up the 125 gallon fuel tank, and inspected it for defects. Shes clean
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/IMG_4001.jpg

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/IMG_4005.jpg

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/IMG_4007.jpg

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/IMG_4020.jpg


She need some fleet numbers
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/IMG_4014.jpg

The interior and exterior was dirty... so she needed washing

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/IMG_4047.jpg

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/IMG_4051.jpg

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/IMG_4015.jpg

I decided to put the original AC grill back on. Easier said than done. I also had to find a rear route sign to match
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/IMG_4062.jpg

The original RTS plaque
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll206/ea90744c/IMG_4041.jpg

After all modifications, she is road ready.


*If anyone is intrested, I have a Busfan Trip planned for LA and Orange County on Saturday May 29th. This trip will involve at least 2 other buses as well. If anyone is intrested in coming, let me know...so far I have 13 comfirmed people attending.


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Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:35 pm

Sorry to hear about your job loss. I'll keep a good thought for you to stay on your feet (or your wheels).

When I lived in L.A. in 1992, sometimes I would be downtown in the late afternoon and I was utterly fascinated by this bizarre-looking rig that had OCTA's titles. I couldn't tell if it was a bus or a severely modified semi-trailer or what. I wish I had remembered the route number so I could have looked it up somewhere, but my what a fascinating-looking piece of vehicular machinery it was.
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Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:08 pm

Thanks Airstud

The vehicle you're referring to was their "SuperBus". These were specifically used on OCTD Line 721 ( Downtown L.A. to Fullerton Park-Ride via I-5 freeway ) back in the mid-late 90s. The cab was manufactured by White Truck Co... and the passenger trailer was made by some unknown manufacturer. There are cameras in the cab with multiple views inside the trailer. They were retired around 2000-2001. One of them remains at OCTA as a Mobile Commands Center vehicle. The rest went to SunLine ( Palm Springs ) for a brief period.

Quoting Airstud (Reply 1):
Sorry to hear about your job loss. I'll keep a good thought for you to stay on your feet (or your wheels).

When I lived in L.A. in 1992, sometimes I would be downtown in the late afternoon and I was utterly fascinated by this bizarre-looking rig that had OCTA's titles. I couldn't tell if it was a bus or a severely modified semi-trailer or what. I wish I had remembered the route number so I could have looked it up somewhere, but my what a fascinating-looking piece of vehicular machinery it was.
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Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:20 pm

Sorry to hear about your job ... hopefully it won't be too long before you find something new.

One of the reasons I became a transit driver myself was because of the job security, fortunatly, our company is small enough and I got in at the right time, that my seniority is right in the middle so short of an asteroid hitting the earth, I'm pretty well set for the next 30 years.

Are there many employment possibilities in your area or would you consider moving elsewhere?
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Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:21 am

Sorry to hear about the job loss. This is a growing industry, things will turn around. We are experiencing similar problems at my company, however we've been able to avoid layoffs so far.

Interesting idea... a bus trip report. I didn't think anyone would want to read about it! I just drive part-time now, full time Supervisor at another company. Perhaps I'll do up a report the next time I'm behind the wheel.
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Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:17 am

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3):
Are there many employment possibilities in your area or would you consider moving elsewhere?

Thanx ACDC8 for yur reply ? Theres a few job opprotunities here. ServisAir are hiring for Bus Operators at LAX. This is the company the operate the LAX Shuttles from the main terminals to the parking lots. Foothill Transit just started hiring for operators. Although the pay is not anywhere compared to the $19.00/hr I was making at OCTA, its something better than nothing.

Quoting EmiratesA345 (Reply 4):
This is a growing industry, things will turn around. We are experiencing similar problems at my company, however we've been able to avoid layoffs so far.

Interesting idea... a bus trip report. I didn't think anyone would want to read about it! I just drive part-time now, full time Supervisor at another company. Perhaps I'll do up a report the next time I'm behind the wheel.

Thanx Emirates for your reply. There will always be a need for public transportation. Most, if not all, agencies in the US and Canada have to type of budget shortfall. Even though the transit agencies in CA will recieve funding, it wont be enough to cover their shortfall. Ive done a few trip reports on here...careful not to display as much details about assignments or whatnot. U should do one and let us know whats it like to drive a bus in Canada. I know a few operators that drive for Mississauga and Oakville Transit
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Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:21 am

Long time no see, Glid! I wanted to ride with you on the Disney route last year, but never got around it. I hope you find another company to go to. Have you looked into King County Metro in Seattle? They pay well!

Good to see you still around!  
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Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:24 am

Eddie-

This is sad news. I feel like I'm losing a long-lost friend. On more than one occasion, reading your trip reports and sensing your passion and your dedication has brought a smile to my face after a particularly difficult day of hauling John Q Public around up here in Vancouver. Driving a transit bus is tough work and your kid-in-a-candyshop enthusiastic glee is something that far too few operators have.

OCTA has lost a really, really great driver and the passengers on your routes will most definitely miss you.

It really sucks to see that these funding issues have affected your job. Despite your feelings that things won't turn around enough for you to be recalled, I remain positive that a rabbit will be pulled out of the hat.

Tomorrow, when I take my Block 2 on a 5 (Davie / Robson) in the morning and my 41 / 4 (Interlined as a 7) (Dunbar / Nanaimo Station) I dedicate the runs to you.

It's good to see that you're staying in the saddle by doing the BusFan trips. If you take the job with Servisair, we'll get great bus shots AND plane shots!

Oh- and we all look forward to when you're recalled to OCTA!

Happy trails, my friend.

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Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:16 am

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 6):
Long time no see, Glid! I wanted to ride with you on the Disney route last year, but never got around it. I hope you find another company to go to. Have you looked into King County Metro in Seattle? They pay well!

Good to see you still around!

Hi Airframe thanx for your reply. Before I get laid off, Ive been working the extra-board, which can also be referred to as a cover driver ). I did that for the past 6 months to make extra money. Outta those 6 months, I never gotten to do the 43 until the last day. Hmm ...seattle ... Ive never thought about making the move up there. I heard the operators get paid well at KC Metro I have a friend that drives up there. Depending on how the economy does, we shall see what happens in CA.

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 7):

This is sad news. I feel like I'm losing a long-lost friend. On more than one occasion, reading your trip reports and sensing your passion and your dedication has brought a smile to my face after a particularly difficult day of hauling John Q Public around up here in Vancouver. Driving a transit bus is tough work and your kid-in-a-candyshop enthusiastic glee is something that far too few operators have.

Hey Brian. Thank u for dedicating yur run to me. Yeah I love driving. I meet are different people and drive the equipment, which has a lot of personality. When Im not job-hunting, I spend time with my personal bus...and it makes me happy. Theres a big BusFan trip planned for Saturday May 29th. So far, 3 of my friends are also bringing out their own buses as well. This one should be a blast too...just like the last one. I posted info on my facebook regarding it. ServisAir seems intresting, as they have a cool mixture of LNG Gilligs ( the only Natural Gas buses built by Gillig ), and some brand new 2008/2009 NABI 32LFWs, and of course those NABI 60BRTs. I will keep u updated on what happens with them.
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Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:13 am

Quoting glid4500 (Reply 8):

Check into it. I think they are still hiring in SEA. You might get lucky with some cool routes like the airport or downtown Seattle or University of Washington. Doesn't hurt to look.... Let me know.   And yes, they do pay well!
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Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:18 am

Thank you very much for your trip report glid4500. I hope this will not be the last one. You will find another job I am sure. You are very deserving. Driving a bus is not easy. So many things you have to deal with. Weird people, or aggressive ones, tight spaces, engine breakdowns, heavy road traffic... and so much more.

I love busses. I use them all the time, either that or rail. The Monaco bus network is cheap and fabulous. They are probably some of the world's best paid bus drivers. Also the bus network around the Riviera are very good and so scenic. Italian regional busses are good fun too and quite scenic.

I wish I could come along on your Multi-Bus Magical Mystery Tour. Too bad I live so far away. I am sure you and all your people will have a really great time. All I wish for you is that you will find work again doing what you love best! Please keep us updated, yes, and keep up the good spirit!   
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Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:16 am

Hey! It's a real bummer to hear about the loss of a fun and enjoyable job. I still want to drive a Series 50 powered C40LF!! If you want, you could try and drive for the RTC out here in Las Vegas. Actually, Veolia, as the RTC contracts Veolia to run the service. Just an idea.. 

I'm inspired to one day buy a bus and be able to maintain it with the help of friends and such besides myself. (I've always wanted to buy one, but more so now that ever.) Can you guess which one I'd get? lol
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Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:36 pm

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 9):
Check into it. I think they are still hiring in SEA. You might get lucky with some cool routes like the airport or downtown Seattle or University of Washington. Doesn't hurt to look.... Let me know.  And yes, they do pay well!

And Glid- they have trolleys! SOCAL is such a car cultured region. Seattle, like Vancouver, has serious space issues and as a result, there is much more demand for transit. Riding the bus is so much more a regular / normal thing to do up here. Getting laid off is considerably less a possibility.

As for the routes that are yours today, here's a link to the #5 / 6 (Robson / Davie).
And here's a link to the #7 (Dunbar / Nanaimo Station).
 
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Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:06 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
Thank you very much for your trip report glid4500. I hope this will not be the last one. You will find another job I am sure. You are very deserving. Driving a bus is not easy. So many things you have to deal with. Weird people, or aggressive ones, tight spaces, engine breakdowns, heavy road traffic... and so much more.

This will NOT be the last trip report. If anyhing, One thing Ive learned about being a Bus Operator is that you gotta have a lot of patience. , because we deal with so much as u mentioned. This is something not for a lot of people. We try to have these busfan trips every other month or so. I think the NYC-Based bus/train enthusiasts have the west coast beat

Quoting LASoctoberB6 (Reply 11):
'm inspired to one day buy a bus and be able to maintain it with the help of friends and such besides myself. (I've always wanted to buy one, but more so now that ever.) Can you guess which one I'd get? lol

Hey Wes. Las Vegas does have an intresting fleet. of NewFlyers and NABIs. Im not a big fan of that new stuff they have. Owning a bus for private use can be expensive. It costs almost $300 to fill up the tank from empty. 1 tire alone are between 200-400. Engine tuneups are usually around the same price as the tires. Fluid Changes can be done yourself, which is something I actually do. My bus requires about 5 gallons of straight -40 weight to get to the "full" level on the dipstick.
3096 is a great running bus. I wouldnt give up this bus for anything. Its a shame u couldnt make it for May 29th.

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 12):
And Glid- they have trolleys! SOCAL is such a car cultured region. Seattle, like Vancouver, has serious space issues and as a result, there is much more demand for transit. Riding the bus is so much more a regular / normal thing to do up here. Getting laid off is considerably less a possibility.

Canada has intresting equipment. I like those NewFlyers up there. Im glad to hear theres actually a demand for transit in some areas.
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Sun Apr 04, 2010 3:26 pm

Hi Eddie-
Mission accomplished (sorta). Your runs were pretty eventful!

I had a really nice run on the 5 / 6 yesterday in bus 2164 (New Flyer Low Floor Trolley) but the 7 was a bit of a disaster. The trolley poles kept dewiring, particularly on the curves. As a consequence, I had to have the shop truck drop by twice- once to change the carbons- two pieces of solid carbon that actually make contact with the running wire. That didn't help so I called for another shop truck.

Because there is always the threat of pulling the overhead wires down when you dewire, an issue like this is serious enough that you have to just park the bus where you are. That meant that I had to wait 45 minutes for the shop truck because it was shift change for the road mechanics!

Anyways, he came, looked at the settings on the bus and made a very, very minor adjustment (he turned a switch that set the sensitivity of the dewirement detectors) and everything seemed to work again. So I then had to get back into the right place at the right time on the schedule which meant heading back to where I started. Remember being a trolley, you can't pass another trolley so I had to go back along wires that didn't have as many trolleys. So I headed up Granville Street, pulled my poles, turned onto 41st Avenue, reset my poles and headed for Dunbar Loop. I waited just 5 minutes and began the run again for the second time.

Except for when the bus dewired as I was crossing a set of railway tracks, it seemed to be fine until I noticed that there were no dash lights. This would be a problem as the bus was to say out until 26:30. So on my last run, I called TCOMM, our central command gurus and suggested a bus switch with the one that was deadheading right in front of me. So, just as I was getting off for the day, we did a bus switch where the guy going back to the yard took my lemon (2107) and my relief took over the good bus- (2225) and everybody lived happily forever more.

So there you go. Your two runs, Eddie. Thanks again for your stories and I sure do look forward to more (maybe from Seattle?)!
 
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Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:36 pm

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 14):
So there you go. Your two runs, Eddie. Thanks again for your stories and I sure do look forward to more (maybe from Seattle?)!

I was never a big fan of the trolleybus ... or what some of my friends call em "Plug-In" buses lol. What was the most bus exchanges you had in one day ? I went through 4 buses in an 8hr shift.

Bus 1-loosing power when climbing hills one morning.
Bus 2-Left the exahange point. Acceleration was normal...but stopping was merely an accident waiting to happen, as the retarder wasnt working AND the bus trying to accelerate when you get on the brake pedal.
Bus 3-Better, newer, and safer. 20 minutes after I got that bus, they set me up for another bus. It had to be inspected for maintenance.
Bus 4-All goo to go.
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Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:59 pm

Sorry to hear about losing your job but congrats on the bus purchase, Growing up, my cousin was a big bus fan so I get the passion for them. Best of luck and I hope good things come your way.

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Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:25 pm

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 12):
And Glid- they have trolleys!

SEA only has one trolley. That is under the Alaskan Way Viaduct and goes to Pioneer Square. That isn't much at all and isn't something to write home about.

And no, the SEA Link Light Rail doesn't count.
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Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:33 pm

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 7):
Driving a transit bus is tough work and your kid-in-a-candyshop enthusiastic glee is something that far too few operators have.

Completely agree ... its great to see someone so passionate about their jobs and share it with others. I really wish there were more like that out there.
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Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:33 am

With that bus you own, you should start chartering it.

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 17):

SEA only has one trolley. That is under the Alaskan Way Viaduct and goes to Pioneer Square. That isn't much at all and isn't something to write home about.

And no, the SEA Link Light Rail doesn't count.

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Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:29 am

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 17):
SEA only has one trolley.

Sorry- because they figure so much in my work, I perhaps should have said "trolley buses", of which Seattle has a few.... Like these ones, and these ones too.

No matter though, Glid isn't into trolley buses- which is a shame. They're a lot of fun to drive. The added challenge of keeping track of what's going on above you makes the driving that much more challenging. Plus, when you're sitting at a light, the bus doesn't vibrate. Aaaaaahhhhhh! Peace!

I think too that the "trolley" you're referring to is called a streetcar. That's what we call them here and that's what Seattle's Metro Transit calls it too.  
 
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Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:31 am

Quoting glid4500 (Reply 13):
Im not a big fan of that new stuff they have.

You and I both. Although, I'm in love with the C40LFRs. Anything else, not so much.

Quoting glid4500 (Reply 13):
Its a shame u couldnt make it for May 29th.

Only because I don't know what's going on down the road yet. Its the last Saturday of the school year! So it may be busy. But seeing as how we have the 31st off, I'll see what I can do. 
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Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:08 am

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 20):
Sorry- because they figure so much in my work, I perhaps should have said "trolley buses", of which Seattle has a few.... Like these ones, and these ones too.

Oh! Those! Well, I'm from Seattle and we don't call those buses "Trolley Buses". Just "bus"

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 20):
I think too that the "trolley" you're referring to is called a streetcar.

I, sir, stand corrected. I should have known that.   
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Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:08 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 19):
With that bus you own, you should start chartering it.

People have inquired about that. Im not ready to use this bus for charter. This RTS is my personal toy. Im kinda waiting to see when will Golden Gate Transit sell those 1994 Flxible Metros via auction. Then I may decide to use those for charter.

Quoting LASoctoberB6 (Reply 21):
But seeing as how we have the 31st off, I'll see what I can do

Ok cool. Yes i know Francisco is coming. Im not sure about Patrick but it'll be cool if he can come along too

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 20):
No matter though, Glid isn't into trolley buses- which is a shame. They're a lot of fun to drive. The added challenge of keeping track of what's going on above you makes the driving that much more challenging. Plus, when you're sitting at a light, the bus doesn't vibrate.

Yeah thats the problem...the trolleybuses dont make that much noise. I the roar of a Detroit or Cummins engine. Some of the San Francisco Skoda Trolleybuses have nice sound planetaries too.

A little off-topic here, but Los Angeles MTA have been testing different natural gas engines for the NABI buses. They tested a Dootsan-MAN engine on Bus # 7540. Needless to say, that engine passed testing and will be used on 200 of the older buses. They also tested an italian Fyiad Natural gas engine on Bus # 7556. not sure whats gonna happen with that.

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 18):
its great to see someone so passionate about their jobs and share it with others. I really wish there were more like that out there

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Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:47 am

Quoting asuflyer05 (Reply 16):
congrats on the bus purchase,


Heres a video of my bus if not seen already. yeah i talk too much lol

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Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:46 am

Quoting glid4500 (Reply 23):
Im not sure about Patrick but it'll be cool if he can come along too

I'll try and drag him along.. 
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Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:44 pm

I start training tonight for Bus Operator at Coach America or CoachUSA.

You may see me on the LAX-Disneyland, SNA-Disneyland, Anaheim-Las Vegas, or any of the Southern California Tour Routes.
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Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:29 pm

Quoting glid4500 (Reply 26):
Anaheim-Las Vegas

I'll look for you!
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Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:37 pm

Quoting glid4500 (Reply 26):
I start training tonight for Bus Operator at Coach America or CoachUSA.

Good! I'm glad it did not take you long to get a new job!
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Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:07 am

Quoting glid4500 (Thread starter):
ex-LACMTA # 9034

That looks exactly like the older buses in the University of Georgia bus system.
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Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:28 am

Quoting LASoctoberB6 (Reply 27):
I'll look for you!

I found out they dont operate that route anymore. Some company called LuxBus has it.

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 28):
Good! I'm glad it did not take you long to get a new job!

Thank you good sir. Yes theres always a need for transportation. This position is only part time.

Quoting N776AU (Reply 29):
That looks exactly like the older buses in the University of Georgia bus system.

Besides the GMC Fishbowls, these early RTSs were among the best advanced design buses ever built. The first RTS bus was built in 1977 ... and the last ones built around 2008 or 2009 went to Pueblo Transit ( Pueblo, CO )
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Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:45 am

Quoting glid4500 (Thread starter):
After all modifications, she is road ready.

*If anyone is intrested, I have a Busfan Trip planned for LA and Orange County on Saturday May 29th. This trip will involve at least 2 other buses as well. If anyone is intrested in coming, let me know...so far I have 13 comfirmed people attending.

Wonderful.
It is so nice to see that you are such a dedicated bus lover and you are working hard acquiring and maintaining your own machine for your own pleasure and the pleasure of others taking them out on fun trips! This is great. Wish I could come along only I am a bit far away! I would love going for a drive in your A380 on wheels!

Quoting glid4500 (Reply 26):
I start training tonight for Bus Operator at Coach America or CoachUSA.

You may see me on the LAX-Disneyland, SNA-Disneyland, Anaheim-Las Vegas, or any of the Southern California Tour Routes.

Good to hear on your new job. Someone as motivated as you cannot stay long without a job. I hope you will find an evern better and higher paid job in the near future.

Congratulations for all that you are doing bus-wise!!!


  
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Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:20 am

So how much did that bus cost you to buy?? My wife would kill me, but I'd love to park one of those in the driveway!
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Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:16 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 31):
Wonderful.
It is so nice to see that you are such a dedicated bus lover and you are working hard acquiring and maintaining your own machine for your own pleasure and the pleasure of others taking them out on fun trips! This is great. Wish I could come along only I am a bit far away! I would love going for a drive in your A380 on wheels!

Thanks Madame for yur response. Although it's an expensive hobby, I take a lot of pride in maintaining it. It doesnt take quarts of engine oil, it actually needs about 5 gallons of the stuff SAE 15W-40. The filters are moderate to large size. The transmission fluid is actually the same engine oil. ...and of course the power steering fluid is SAE 5W-30 engine oil. The cost of one tire is $400, and a brake job/reline would cost as much as a ticket from LA to Australia or maybe the UK roundtrip.
Its runs just like any of the newer stuff around. It just comes to show that if you take care of your possessions, it will most definitely take care of you.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 31):
Good to hear on your new job. Someone as motivated as you cannot stay long without a job. I hope you will find an evern better and higher paid job in the near future.

No kidding. I cant stay put for 20 minutes....gotta be out there doing something instead of watching reruns of Judge Judy lol.

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 32):
So how much did that bus cost you to buy?? My wife would kill me, but I'd love to park one of those in the driveway!

$2600. lol shouldve seen the look on moms face when i brought it through the neighborhood. Everyone loves it now but at night i park it in a 24hr secure lot.
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Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:25 am

Cool Video, I can't decide if I want the J4500 to your right or the MC-9 to your left, at least it looks like an MC-9 from what i could see of it. Anyway, glad you were able to get back in the game quickly. Now if i can only figure out where i can get a used transit bus!

I do like the RTS though, especially the ones with the flush back doors, like yours, LB Transit had some late 80s RTSes with the indented rear doors, that was just strange looking, not pleasant at all.

Finally, i try to avoid the transit buses here, I hate the Low Floor Nabis, i'd like to find out who had the "brilliant" idea of putting the front passenger's seats behind the front wheels, making it impossible to look out the front windows. We also have some Orion Vs and some 35 foot Gilligs. Now as for the D4500s and Neoplan OTR busses we have, I'll ride those any chance i get.

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Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:46 pm

I share your passion for buses, but with me it's all about school buses. I retired from teaching 4 years ago, but have driven school buses continuously now for 26 years. Finally got enough tenure to get a really nice bus with great air-conditioning, a necessity here in Texas. So happy you've landed on your feet.
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Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:14 pm

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 34):
Now if i can only figure out where i can get a used transit bus!

Cheap ones on Ebay....
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Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:38 pm

Quoting glid4500 (Reply 33):
$2600. lol shouldve seen the look on moms face when i brought it through the neighborhood. Everyone loves it now but at night i park it in a 24hr secure lot.

$2,600, and you drove it away? Sweet! I've seen used Police Cars go for that that almost had to be towed away. Incredible. Considering todays price of diesel costs you about $375 to just fill it up just makes the purchase price that much funnier.

Great story. Do you have to have a special license endorsement to drive the thing? I'm getting the itch....
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Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:04 am

Quoting sleekjet (Reply 35):
I share your passion for buses, but with me it's all about school buses. I retired from teaching 4 years ago, but have driven school buses continuously now for 26 years. Finally got enough tenure to get a really nice bus with great air-conditioning, a necessity here in Texas. So happy you've landed on your feet.

What model do you drive?
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Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:10 pm

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 37):
Considering todays price of diesel costs you about $375 to just fill it up just makes the purchase price that much funnier.

It cost me around $325-350 to fill it up. Getting it insured can be tricky...as some insurance companies don't like to register private owned buses. I have it registered as a commercial vehicle because it will be used for the Hollywood Bowl shuttles and other events this coming summer, that will be a big money maker. A couple friends also own buses too. They both have 1973 GMC Fishbowl T6H-5307A ex San Diego. Since those buses had a clean title, they were able to register them as an auto or Class C Motorhome and insurance. They don't use their buses commercially, for hire, revenue, etc. so they had to sign a statement of facs ( affidavid ) with the DMV stating their intent.

quote=NorthstarBoy,reply=34]Now if i can only figure out where i can get a used transit bus![/quote]

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 36):
Cheap ones on Ebay....

Another good site is http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/browse/home
Type in the keyword "bus" and u will get bus-related searches. Right now, theres a Salt Lake City Orion 5 for auction up there, a few Gilligs in Colorado, and a Gillig in Lynchburg, VA. A buddy of mine in East LA just bought a whole bunch of buses from Charlotte on that website. Check daily, as new stuff is posted.
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Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:14 pm

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 34):
Cool Video, I can't decide if I want the J4500 to your right or the MC-9 to your left, at least it looks like an MC-9 from what i could see of it. Anyway, glad you were able to get back in the game quickly

Ive driven both of those around the block for 1 mile. They both ride great. That MC9 is a hard worker too. The person that owns the MC9 also owns a Ex Dallas 102A3. I drove that friday night on a shuttle. Love the powertrain combo

Quoting sleekjet (Reply 35):
Finally got enough tenure to get a really nice bus with great air-conditioning, a necessity here in Texas

Thats great man. School buses usuallly go for cheap too, depending on what kind u get.
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