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  1. I want to revisit this topic. There is a gap in the VIN sequence of the D45 CRT LE's built just far that I can't peg to any particular customer, and I believe this Trans-Bridge unit is that bus. The first four (Units 81000-81003) went to Bow Valley/Roam in Banff. The next 11 buses are Facebook 45100-45110 (yes, Facebook has buses). Two for Southwest Transit follow. Then 21 more for Facebook. That puts us at the missing bus, Unit No. 81038. That is followed by the remaining Facebook buses, ending at Unit No. 81083, which is Facebook 45176. SAFER doesn't show any D45 inspection at Trans-Bridge.
  2. 9524 is done. Not replated like all the other Neoplans
  3. From what I understand, it'a going to be a mix of Coach USA, Academy, Ironbound, Meadowlands and Howell. Remarkably Howell still has a number of diesel buses in addition to the 147 CNG cruisers.
  4. The 2020 D4500CT's are coming off the assembly line in Pembina. I have 37 confimed vins so far but we haven't seen any on the property yet. Be advised that as noted, the 2020 buses are being shipped with the X12 engines. keep your eyes open....
  5. apparently 7187 has been scrapped. 2009 MCI D4500CL.
  6. I've seen pictures of the actual bus. Plain white, as expected. The certificate lettering indicates OWNED & OPERATED BY TRANS-BRIDGE LINES giving all the registry numbers associated with Trans-Bridge. But no numbering.
  7. The most recent Trans-Bridge buses that are owned by NJ Transit, 19031-19037, have Pennsylvania plates. Most buses that run with apportioned plates get them registered in, of all places, Illinois. But all of NJT's private carrier cruisers acquired in the last three years have NJ Apportioned plates.
  8. Per its Twitter feed, Trans-Bridge Lines (which runs seven NJT buses) will begin testing a new MCI D45 today. Plain white bus with no markings. The company is quick to stress that this bus is not restroom equipped.
  9. No 19183 or 19184. I forgot that the 2019 order was only 182 coaches. September 2019 will begin the process of building the 2020 coaches, which will begin with 20001. All 183 of the 2020 buses will be D4500CT's and will have the Cummins X12 engine. See you in September, as they say.
  10. No word yet. I'm thinking they're coming 2021 and are going to be D4020's, which are scheduled to replace the D4000CT that year. There will be no 40-foot option for the D45 CRT LE.
  11. 6474, 6477 and at least one other bus from Montgomery & Westside IBOA have been transferred to NJ Transit (possibly Ironbound). At the shops right now having the Clever Device installed, so I am told.
  12. 19183 and 19184 have not been delivered yet to my knowledge. I'll keep looking though.
  13. The only buses with the Cummins X12 are 19104 and 19119-19127. All others have the older ISX-12. I believe with the 2020 buses the X12 becomes standard equipment in the MCI commuter coaches. No Detroit/Daimler engine options for commuter coaches any more. That engine is now only being used in J4500's as an option.
  14. Registrations have been verified for all the above buses and the VINs have been confirmed. The majority of this year's buses still have the Cummins ISX-12 buses. We are still waiting for 19183 and 19184, otherwise the 2019 portion of the MCI order is done. Next up should be the New Flyer artics, then the 2020 MCI's.

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