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.
What a difference a week can make. Since my last graveyard post, 18 more NABI’s were retired. These include 756, 758, 761, 786, 849, 775, 807, 790, 784, 902, 773, 799, 794, 797, 906, 767, 747, and 862.
All of these buses were added to the northwest lot and overflowed into the “alley” that leads to said lot. I want to say that maybe 5 more buses can fit into this alley. No other buses have been added to the main yard. One thing to note is the tenant to the left (the empty lot) has moved out within the last week. There could be potential here for VIA to lease out this lot as well and continue to add more buses. I don’t think they want to add anything more to the main lot so that they can gain access to their trailers and such.
Here is a higher view looking south on all 3 lots. Only 80 more NABI’s left in service. Their time is really coming quickly now that all of the Nova’s have been delivered.
After a month of drone malfunctions, rainy weather, and no time whatsoever, I was finally able to visit the graveyard to catch up on the retirement of the NABI’s. Apparently I didn’t miss much from my very last visit in mid-September.
The northwest lot received 21 more buses, bringing the lot to about 75% full. 736, 734, 742, 743, 768, 771, 796, 763, 772, 940, 732, 802, 793, 737, 776, 787, 844, 795, 751, 855, and 746 were added to the retirement list.
Nothing really changed in the south lot. A couple of trailers that are stored here moved, but no buses were added.
Out of 217 NABI’s, 117 are retired and 100 still remain in active service. Their days are literally numbered now as all of the 270 new Nova CNG buses have been delivered and are in service.