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Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes

Posted by ABQ RIDE on Fri Mar 30 15:44:49 2012

Last night, I was in Tempe, and to my surprise, I saw an RPTA-owned C40LFR on the 77 Baseline. I thought these only operate on the 72 and 81 routes. I am pretty sure it was an RPTA-owned bus since it wasn't in the new livery, nor did it have the white Luminator destination signs like the new Tempe-owned C40LFRs do.

I was wondering, have the Tempe routes operated by RPTA-owned C40LFRs changed? If so, what other routes are they operating?

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Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes

Posted by T8H5307N on Fri Mar 30 16:17:08 2012, in response to Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes, posted by ABQ RIDE on Fri Mar 30 15:44:49 2012.

Remember that when Tempe took over 72 and 81, the RPTA NABIs and 6401-6410 were moved over to Tempe. 6401-6410 were later traded for 6633-6647 (reportedly due to a fuel nozzle problem). Since the delivery of the newer buses, the 2008 buses have been showing up all over the Tempe system.

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Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes

Posted by ABQ RIDE on Fri Mar 30 16:36:50 2012, in response to Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes, posted by T8H5307N on Fri Mar 30 16:17:08 2012.

By newer buses, you are referring to the 2011 C40LFRs and DE60LFRs, is that correct?

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Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes

Posted by T8H5307N on Fri Mar 30 17:39:37 2012, in response to Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes, posted by ABQ RIDE on Fri Mar 30 16:36:50 2012.

Yes. When these were delivered, I started seeing the 66xx buses on Elliot, Priest, and Kyrene.

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Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes

Posted by TonyG on Sat Mar 31 04:36:38 2012, in response to Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes, posted by T8H5307N on Fri Mar 30 16:17:08 2012.

Interestingly enough the at least some of the newer buses have a label on the side that says Owner: Valley Metro as opposed to the standard label for Tempe owned buses of Owner: City of Tempe. I saw a 2011 C40LFR with the Owner: Valley Metro logo yesterday day but I forgot to jot down the bus number.

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Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes

Posted by T8H5307N on Sat Mar 31 09:49:17 2012, in response to Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes, posted by TonyG on Sat Mar 31 04:36:38 2012.

I think all of the RPTA buses say "Owner: Valley Metro" now; some of the older ones said "RPTA", while some of the EZ-Riders had "Owner: [blank]"

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Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes

Posted by ABQ RIDE on Mon Apr 2 13:13:41 2012, in response to Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes, posted by T8H5307N on Sat Mar 31 09:49:17 2012.

So, I'm guessing RPTA also owns the 2011 C40LFRs and DE60LFRs, even though they are based at the Tempe garage? What about the L40LFRs? I know Tempe and RPTA now do joint fleet procurements, and perhaps this could be a reason why.

I know there are plans going on to further unify Tempe and RPTA into a single division, which should be decided this year.

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Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes

Posted by T8H5307N on Mon Apr 2 14:54:21 2012, in response to Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes, posted by ABQ RIDE on Mon Apr 2 13:13:41 2012.

No. 6669-6675 and all of the 2011 buses are City of Tempe. All FTA funded as replacement buses (presumably foe EZ-Riders).

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Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes

Posted by Pink Jazz on Mon Apr 2 16:17:57 2012, in response to Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes, posted by T8H5307N on Mon Apr 2 14:54:21 2012.

Oh, I was just confused since the labels say Owner: Valley Metro.

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Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes

Posted by Pink Jazz on Mon Apr 2 16:18:49 2012, in response to Re: Valley Metro - RPTA-owned C40LFRs on Tempe routes, posted by Pink Jazz on Mon Apr 2 16:17:57 2012.

FYI, I am ABQ RIDE. I will use this account for now on, since I don't have access to my old email address.

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