VIA Update October 2018

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2008 New Flyer #339, on layover at the SA International Airport on route 5 McCullough.

I know, I know…. it’s been too long since my last blog update.  I know I said the workload was slowing down, however things came up which made me busy.  I won’t get into detail on that, but I will on what’s happening at VIA.

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Dallas/Fort Worth Trip Recap

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2003 NABI 416.14 #5710.  Taken in downtown Dallas back in August 2016.

I’m back finally with another blog post.  Work has been stressful this past month that I decided to take a much-needed break and leave town for a bit.  That’s why I planned a trip up to the Dallas/Fort Worth area from Sunday 8/12 to Tuesday 8/14.  And while I wasn’t able to do much fanning as possible due to weather, I still managed to gather some information.

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Bus Fleet Update 7/2/18

 

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Bus 871 is seen sitting outside of the graveyard waiting to be picked up and sent to scrap.  It was listed as a non-running unit.  On its last day of revenue service it broke down on route 4.  Instead of fixing the problem, it was quickly retired.

Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote anything.  Long story short it’s been really busy at work.  The hours are long but it’s still a fun adventure.  Anyways at the beginning of June I saw something very odd in the bus yard: and brand new Nova Bus LFS CNG #693, freshly delivered.  When I saw that bus my heart sank, as that meant the contract with Nova was NOT cancelled.  After asking around the office I found out that it’s confirmed that the contract was never cancelled, and it was just a rumor spread by some drivers.  That means once all of the diesel buses are finally retired it will be nothing but Nova’s (not including the specialty buses like PRIMO and VIVA).

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The NABI’s Are Invincible!!!!!

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4/2017 Nova LFS CNG #678

I already know what you’re thinking: why is the cover photo for this blog a Nova bus and not a NABI?  For starters, I don’t have a NABI photo available right now (at least from today’s adventures I don’t).  And second of all, this bus ties in with today’s sightings.

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VIA Bus Observations: Week of 4/8/18

 

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2001 NABI #866 seen Out of Service near Crossroads P/R.  Photo taken on August 10, 2017.  This bus is currently in storage but not retired yet.  And it still has that wrap on it.

 

Another week has gone by so quick that I barely recall what happened at all.  Luckily, I write everything down day by day so I can go remember the week’s events.  And it has been a very interest week of weird bus sightings.  Let’s get to it:

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VIA Bus Observations: Week of 4/1/18

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2003 New Flyer D40LF #255 on route 14 Perrin Beitel / Naco Pass.  This bus was retired in summer 2017 and was sent to scrap in early 2018.

It has been a long month since graduation from the driver training program at VIA.  So far it has been a blast, driving different types of buses and routes every day.  Luckily for me everything has been running smoothly.  The only exciting things that have happened are 2 bus breakdowns, one for loss of air and another for suspension issues.

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