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davemackey

D45 in test at Trans Bridge Lines

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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.

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So much for seeing if commodes on NYC Express Buses could work. Now it looks as if Trans-Bridge (TBL) might remove their commodes in the future.

Question - As this D45 topic is in the NJT thread, do you know if they'll be using buses with NJ omnibus plates (which means it is NJT property), or will the bus have a PA plate? If the buses have a PA tag/plate, then it might mean that TBL is considering operating buses w/o commodes (Academy did away with most of their onboard commodes circa 2001-2002).

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2 hours ago, davemackey said:

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.

Come to think of it, the bus in the twitter feed looks like a stock photo and is in fact a demo bus. It may not even have NJ or PA plates. All it will have is the Trans-Bridge ICC and DOT numbers somewhere on the running board. As it is a demo, TBL will then decide if it is worth purchasing the D45, or if they can even get the bus to their specifications (which would presumably mean it would have a commode on it).

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4 hours ago, Uncle Floyd Fan said:

Question - As this D45 topic is in the NJT thread, do you know if they'll be using buses with NJ omnibus plates (which means it is NJT property), or will the bus have a PA plate? If the buses have a PA tag/plate, then it might mean that TBL is considering operating buses w/o commodes (Academy did away with most of their onboard commodes circa 2001-2002).

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.

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Good to know. But I must say, if they're using the bus pictured above, it seems like a waste of space. It would be better to have a commode than rear steps where all the people board in one state and get dropped off in another.

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10 hours ago, 46Dover said:

I just don’t like those buses at all

Agreed. They could have redone the D-series design a little to make it more modern looking instead of making it look like a botched version of a J-series bus (I don't like how the J-series looks either).

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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.

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