So it’s been a while since I’ve done a post on the graveyard status. Not much has changed since mid-November. To my knowledge, the last 2 buses to be retired were 871 and 916 on November 12, 2017. I remember seeing 871 a couple days before broken down on San Pedro Ave due to some sort of fluid leak. I didn’t know that was all it would take to be eligible for retirement.
Since then the retirement process seems to have halted. There are 48 NABI’s that have not been retired, however 34 of them were placed into storage at the Madla Transit Center parking lot. The remaining 14 would be used for regular daily bus service. Of all the buses sitting in the graveyard, 151 were put up for auction and purchased. This includes all 61 of the 2003 New Flyers, and about half of the NABI’s.
Above is a photo taken on 1/14/18. A majority of the buses have been moved around and painted with either green dots or red lines on the engine bay. Some buses are even parked outside the fence along the street awaiting pickup.
At the rate these buses are disappearing, it seems like by the end of this month the buses sold at auction will be gone forever. As for the rest of the NABI’s that were not put up for auction, there’s no telling when they will go as well. The same could be said for the remaining NABI’s not yet placed into retirement.