July 19, 2018
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Out with the Old, In with the New (Flyers)

New buses are starting to arrive, but which ones go and when?

After we tweeted a picture of a new MTD bus arriving here in Urbana last week from New Flyer in St. Paul, MN, @pzr replied to us, “Wondering how MTD decides which buses to get rid of, when new ones are acquired. Oldest first? Worst maintenance record first?”

Both, we answered. Here’s more on our fleet and these new additions:

Any grant from the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) for the purchase of a bus requires a useful life of 500,000 miles or 12 or more years. MTD’s 2003 fleet has, at 14 years of age, met that requirement and those buses nearing the end of their useful life are being scheduled to be replaced. Our replacement schedule takes into consideration the age, mileage, and maintenance history for each vehicle.

In our fleet of 111, the oldest buses currently in operation include 29 40-foot New Flyer Standard Diesels from 2003, two 30-foot Eldorados from 2005, 5 30-foot Gilligs from 2009, and 12 articulated buses (which have a longer useful life in years because they are operated on limited routes and times) from 2001, along with 4 more articulated buses from 2009.

Last year, MTD purchased 12 buses and replaced only 3, increasing the size of our fleet by 9. 100% of the funding for those buses was awarded from a grant from the federal government.

This year, we have 18 buses on order, five of which arrived last week. All 18 buses are 40-foot New Flyer Diesel-Electric Hybrids, and they will be numbered #1713 thru #1730. We expect delivery of all 18 by the end of May. This purchase was made possible by state funding that provides 65 cents of every dollar spent.

There will be no net increase in the size of the fleet, however, as this year we expect to replace older buses 1-for-1. A final analysis is currently underway, so we’ll update you when we have the exact bus year/make/model and numbers that will be leaving our fleet.

And just what do we do with older buses when we replace them? That’s a post for another day.

Follow MTD on Twitter at @CUMTD & Instagram at @CUMTDBUS. 


About Lisa Meid

As MTD's Media Manager, Lisa Meid acts as the District's storyteller and media contact. She can be reached at 217.384.8188 x396 or lmeid@cumtd.com.
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2 Responses to Out with the Old, In with the New (Flyers)

  1. Siyao Lua says:

    At least I know (sort of) what you do with older buses when you replace them! Some are transferred to the U of I for Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES), and some to Urbana Park District. Am I right?

    • Jason Elliot Benda says:

      Some also get sold to other agencies. Since CUMTD has such a good maintenance record, other agencies want used buses. I think one got sold to Danville in the last round.

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