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Photos: Houston METRO's newest big & para-transit vehicles


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Wow, very nice. Not surprised you guys down there got the 3rd Generation Orion VIIs considering from what I read, the last order of the Next Generations was a huge success.

 

Yup - the last order WAS a huge success. Even though I'm also not surprised about this current order, I'm surprised that METRO stuck with getting even MORE Orions. Now if I can only ride one of those sneaky buggers.....

 

FYI, all of them are still active - even bus 3657 - you know - the bus that had that unfortunate meeting with a two-car METRORail train in front of METRO's HQ.

 

Here's who (the bus garages, of course) is getting what in regards to the 3rd Gens:

 

Kashmere: 5800-5819

West: 5820-5849

Polk: 5850-5879

Fallbrook: 5880-5899

 

In case nobody noticed, there's NO rear route # display sign on the back of 5803. That trend started with bus 3657 and it even spilled over to the MCI D4500CTHs we currently have.

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Great shots man! Thanks for sharing! I hear there is another order in the works for you all that Orion hopes to secure as well!

 

Those 3G's are going to do great down there! I have been on your New Flyers, but not any of the Orions yet.

 

Don't hesitate to post any other METRO shots you have! Those buses are very well maintained!

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Thanks for your comments ENY! I hope what you heard is correct. That way, I can have a better chance at actually riding one of those buggers.

 

I can get the bid information for you when it is released. I will find out when that is next week. So if i don't post it by next Tuesday, send me a PM to remind me.

 

Hotness! I like that stop led on the rear.

 

Get some pics of those D4500CTHs if you can.

 

I agree 100% with both of those statements!:tup:

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Hotness! I like that stop led on the rear.

 

Get some pics of those D4500CTHs if you can.

 

I also like that stop led on the rear. Some people may say that it's weird but even I don't think it should kill the overall look of the bus. In fact, this stop led is also on the rear of more than half of the D40LFs in the METRO (except for perhaps the 34xx/some 35xx series D40LFs operated by First Transit).

 

With this 5 megapixel camera phone that I have, I'll see if I can take some pics - just to see how they come out. I really do need to go out more on days that I don't go to work to take pics of the buses.

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I can get the bid information for you when it is released. I will find out when that is next week. So if i don't post it by next Tuesday, send me a PM to remind me.

 

Cool. Good luck with that whenever you can get it. Even though I hope it would be somebody else, I wouldn't mind seeing more Orions in the fleet.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Here's some photos that were given to me by the folks at METRO of the NovaBus LFS diesel "test" bus units:

 

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I'll just go on ahead and post this interior photo since I know a certain someone WILL ask for it:

 

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Here's the e-mail I have received before I got the photos in regards to the buses being here in Houston:

NovaBus has provided METRO with two test buses for METRO to operate and assess for a 6 month period. Both buses (4691 & 4692) will be operated from the Polk Street for the test period. The buses were provide at no charge to METRO and will be returned to NovaBus at the completion of the test.

 

Enjoy the pics!

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Here's some photos that were given to me by the folks at METRO of the NovaBus LFS diesel "test" bus units:

 

Picture359.jpg

Picture360.jpg

Picture365.jpg

Picture366.jpg

 

I'll just go on ahead and post this interior photo since I know a certain someone WILL ask for it:

 

Picture361.jpg

 

Here's the e-mail I have received before I got the photos in regards to the buses being here in Houston:

 

Enjoy the pics!

 

Yo, that LFS is off the chain right there!!

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  • 1 year later...

**cleaning off dust**

 

Remember when I said back in October 2011 that I hope METRO would go with NovaBus?  Well - they did and you can go here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151835715204909.1073741851.167495124908&type=1 to see the photos taken by someone who works for METRO.

 

Enjoy!

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