Was my last entry really two and a half months ago? Yikes have I been slacking. But that’s only because work on the extra board never ends. We had Fiesta in April, and in early May the summer signup began. The downside with the new signup is that work has slowed down drastically. That meant I got my two days off, however I used that time to catch up on other life activities.
Happy New Year everyone! 2018 was very interesting for me as a bus operator, and I’m sure 2019 will bring even more exciting changes. And right off the bat are the January 7 service changes, which include a new PRIMO route.
This past Wednesday (my only day off) I spent the day riding buses in Austin. Being a driver for VIA is awesome and everything, but it’s nice every once in a while to take a break and see a change in scenery. But that got me to thinking: when was the first time I visited Austin?Continue reading “Happy Anniversary!!!”
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.
There’s been some interesting things going on at VIA that I feel like should be shared.
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).
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.
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:
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.
It’s been a pretty good week doing training on the specialty buses in the fleet. I was pretty much excited to train on every bus so far (with the exception of the trolley), but only one bus remained in the fleet: the NABI 60-BRT CNG.