Los Angeles Metro bus fleet

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (also known as "LACMTA", "Metro", or "MTA") operates a vast fleet of buses. As of 2009, the LACMTA operated the second-largest bus fleet in North America,[1] with a total of 2,472 buses.

Overview[edit]

Metro and its predecessor agencies have ordered buses from a variety of manufacturers over the years, including GMC, Flxible, Grumman, AM General, Transportation Manufacturing Corporation (TMC), Neoplan USA, New Flyer Industries, El Dorado National, Orion Bus Industries, Thomas Built Buses, Blue Bird Corporation, and North American Bus Industries (NABI). LACMTA has ordered over 1,500 buses from NABI in recent years, including purchasing an expanded fleet of 45-foot (14 m) buses, which they used to phase out their traditional 40-foot (12 m) vehicles. However, starting in 2014 LACMTA will return to 40 ft vehicles, starting with its purchase of 550 New Flyer Xcelsior XN40 buses, which will replace the rapidly aging NABI 40LFW coaches.

Alternative fuels and vehicle technology[edit]

Metro is a major player in alternative fuel technologies, notably CNG, and the text "Nation's Largest Clean Air Fleet" appears on the sides of many buses. The CNG fleet reduces emissions of particulates by 90%, carbon monoxide by 80%, and greenhouse gases by 20% over the 150 remaining diesel powered buses in the fleet. Alternative fuel buses have logged more than 450 million operating miles since 1993, an industry record. As of December, 2010, the MTA retired its last Diesel fuel powered bus from main fleet which were 1998 New Flyer D40LF buses (3000-3019) and now has a 100% alternative fuel bus fleet, except for the contractors, which operates Orion VI Diesel buses (11001-11067) in service.

Metro has also demonstrated a major commitment to on-board vehicle technology. Most buses are equipped with monitors for Transit TV broadcasts and to display real-time bus maps to show the location through GPS navigation; the latter is the first of its kind in the United States. Also, as part of Metro's ATMS project, most buses include a marquee displaying the date and time, Automatic Voice Annunciation (AVA) for audio and visual announcements for each stop, and an audio and visual Stop Requested announcement. The audio anoucement of "For your safety, please watch your step when exiting the bus" was added to all buses on February 28, 2013.

Bus fleet[edit]

LACMTA has the second largest bus fleet in North America with 2,472 buses, behind NYC's Metropolitan Transportation Authority with 5,593 and ahead of Toronto's TTC at 2,031 (2,160 with Wheel Trans).

Active[edit]

Division notes: C = Contracted (ST = Southland Transit; MV = MV Transportation; VT = Veolia Transportation)

Make/
Model
Picture Year Numbers
(quantity ordered)
Engine/
Transmission
Fuel propulsion Assigned Divisions Notes
31 feet in length (50 buses)
NABI
31-LFW
LACMTA-3109.jpg 2010 3100-3149
(50 buses)
CNG C (MV, ST, VT)
  • 3128 is equipped with TwinVision Silver Smart Series destination signs.
40 feet in length (1,165 low floor)
NFI
C40LF
LACMTA Metro Bus New Flyer C40LF 5422.jpg 2001 5300-5522
(223 buses)
CNG 1, 2, 5, 18
  • Most units have been repowered with Cummins engines.
  • Some units retain the Detroit Diesel Series 50G engines which were not repowered.
  • Some are in the Metro Rapid livery.
NFI
XN40
2013-14 5600-5874
(275 buses)
  • Cummins-Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-V
CNG 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, C (ST, VT)
  • Currently being delivered and entering to revenue service.
  • Some units are in the Metro Rapid livery.
2014-15 5875-6149
(275 buses)
NABI
40-LFW
Los Angeles Metro bus 7111.jpg 2000 7000-7214
(215 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50G 8.5L
    • Allison B400R5 Gen-III
CNG 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 15, C (ST, VT, MV)
  • Some units retain Detroit Diesel Series 50G engines which were not repowered.
  • Some are in the Metro Rapid livery
  • 7143 is used on Dodger Stadium Express (during Dodgers seasons).
  • 7109, 7115, and 7119 are equipped with Luminator Horizon LED destination signs.
  • 7017 is equipped with Hanover silver LED headsigns.
  • Some retired. Currently, they are in the process of retiring.
Los Angeles MTA 7399a.jpg 2001 7300–7514
(215 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50G 8.5L
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Doosan GL11K 11.1L
    • Allison B400R5 Gen-III
CNG 1, 2, 3(1 bus), 9, 10, 15, C (VT)
  • 7303, 7304, 7335, 7340, 7342 and 7422 are in the Metro Rapid livery.
  • 7331 is used on the Dodger Stadium Express (during Dodgers seasons).
  • Most units have been repowered with Doosan engines.
LACMTA 7945.jpg 2002 7600-7949
(350 buses)
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 18, C (VT)
  • Most 7600s are re-powered with Cummins engines
  • Most 7700, 7800, and 7900 units have been repowered with Doosan engines and some have been repowered with Cummins engines.
  • 7785, 7786, 7787, 7839, 7873, 7937, 7938, 7940, 7941, and 7943 are used on the Dodger Stadium Express (during Dodgers seasons).
Los Angeles MTA 7598a.jpg 2005 7525–7599
(75 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50MK-G 8.5L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-III
1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 15, 18
  • As delivered, all buses have Detroit Diesel series 50MK-G engines.
  • 7540 is re-powered with a Doosan GL11K engine, this unit was previously re-powered with a MAN E2876 CNG engine in 2009.
  • Some units are in the Metro Rapid livery.
NABI
40C-LFW
LACMTA 7992.jpg 2003 7980-7999
(20 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50G 8.5L
    • Allison B400R5 Gen-III
CNG 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 18
  • 7985, 7987 & 7991 are in storage at D12.
OBI
VI (06.501)
Metro Local Line 232 Orion Bus.JPG 2001 11000–11067
(68 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
    • Allison B400R5 Gen-III
Diesel C (MV)
  • To be replaced soon.
45 feet in length (643 low floors)
NABI
45C-LFW
2004 8000-8099
(100 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50MK-G 8.5L
    • Allison B400R6 Gen-III
CNG 1, 3, 8, 15
  • All in the Metro Rapid livery.
  • Several units have been re-powered with Cummins Westport ISL-G engines.
NABI
Metro 45C
Harbor Gateway Transit Center 06.JPG 2008–09 8100-8400
(301 buses)
  • Cummins-Westport ISL-G 8.9L
    • Allison B400R6 Gen-IV
CNG 6, 8, 9, 15, 18
  • 8100-8244 buses have regular windows, while 8245-8399 buses have tinted windows.
  • 8359-8400 buses are dedicated for the Metro Silver Line and they are wrapped in a silver scheme livery branding the Metro Silver Line.
2010-11 8401-8491
(91 buses)
7, 8, 15, 18
  • 8419 is equipped with Silver Luminator Spectrum LED destination signs.
2012-13 8500-8649
(150 buses)
3, 5, 7, 15, 18
  • Last NABI 45C Metro buses ever built[2]
60 feet in length (390 low floors)
NABI
60-BRT
NABI60brt.jpg 2005-2006 9200-9399
(200 buses)
  • Cummins-Westport L Gas Plus 8.8L
  • Cummins-Westport ISL-G 8.9L
    • Allison B500R6 Gen-IV
CNG 1, 5, 7, 8, 10, 15, 18
  • Currently being re-powered with Cummins Wesport ISL-G engines.
  • 9200–9229, 9287, 9297, 9299, 9312, 9314, 9335 and 9395–9398 are in the Metro Liner livery and dedicated to the Metro Orange Line, not equipped with fareboxes.
  • 9254, 9255, 9257, 9258, 9260, 9261 and 9263 are in the Metro Local livery
  • 9230–9394 and 9399 are in the Metro Rapid livery
Los Angeles MTA 9485a.jpg 2006 9400-9494
(95 buses)
1, 5, 8, 15, 18
  • Currently being re-powered with Cummins Wesport ISL-G engines.
  • 9489 and 9492 are in the Metro Liner Livery and dedicated to the Metro Orange Line, but are not equipped with fareboxes.
  • 9487 and 9488 are in the Metro Rapid livery.
LACMTA 9583.jpg 2007–08 9500-9594
(95 buses)
5, 10, 18
65 feet in length (1 low floor)
NABI
65-BRT
LA Metro 9495.JPG 2007 9495
(1 bus)
  • Cummins-Westport ISL-G 8.9L
    • Allison B500R6 Gen-IV
CNG 8
  • Demonstration bus for the Metro Orange Line
  • In full Metro Liner livery
  • This prototype was created from a 2007 60-BRT that had its front section lengthened by five feet.
  • Only used on weekday rush hours.

On order[edit]

Make/
Model
Year Fleet
(quantity ordered)
Engine/
Transmission
Fuel propulsion Notes
BYD K9 2014-2015 TBD
(5 buses)
Electric
  • This base order of 5 buses include an option up to 20 buses. [1] [2] [3]
  • Order for 25 electric buses approved June 2013.
  • Note: TBD = To Be Determined

Buses in storage[edit]

These buses are in storage and are currently not used in service. These units are located at Division 12 yard in Long Beach or Central Maintenance Facility (CMF). This list is not complete.

Make/
Model
Photo Year Fleet
(quantity ordered)
Engine/
Transmission
Fuel propulsion Notes
NABI
42-BRT
2008 4200–4205
(6 buses)
  • Ford Triton V10 6.8L
  • ISE ThunderVolt
Hybrid
  • LACMTA's first Hybrid buses.
  • Withdrawn from service in 2011, stored in 2012.
  • Metro plans to convert six existing Metro gasoline electric hybrid buses to Super Low Emission Bus standards.
NABI 40C 3G 2012 8650
(1 bus)
  • Cummins-Westport ISL-G 8.9L
    • Allison B400R6 Gen-V
CNG
  • In Metro Local livery
  • Stored at CMF.
  • Not used in revenue service.
NABI 60BRT 2006 9213
(1 bus)
  • Cummins-Westport L Gas Plus 8.8L
    • Allison B500R6 Gen-IV
CNG
  • Retired due to fire
  • Used on the Orange Line
  • Suffered significant damage after suffering a fire in the rear on May 22, 2009.
  • Stored at division 12

Retired[edit]

To see the list of retired buses, please see Retired Los Angeles Metro bus fleet page.

Bus divisions[edit]

Under the Metro governance structure, the routes operating out of each division are supervised by an integrated/centralized operations division with oversight provided by Service Councils composed of elected officials, appointed representatives, and transit users from a given area served by each division. While the Councils have geographical boundaries, in practice they only define where the members come from, as most of Los Angeles is served by routes operating out of multiple sectors. For instance, the Olympic Bl Rapid bus is operated by buses from the San Gabriel Valley sector, despite its entire route being in the Westside or Central Los Angeles areas. A list of routes operating from each sector can be found on the Metro web site.

The SGV-3 in Cypress Park is the oldest bus yard in Metro history, which has been operating since 1907. It is home to 200 buses.

Most buses show the sector abbreviation and division number affixed on the windows and sides of buses. Some also have circular decals with the division name, with an illustration, akin to the style used in New York City.

The following table lists all current bus divisions (rail divisions are not included):

Number Name Sector
1 Central City Gateway Cities
2 Crossroads Depot Gateway Cities
3 North Los Angeles, Cypress Park San Gabriel Valley
4 (non-revenue vehicles) Gateway Cities
5 Arthur Winston, Mid-Cities South Bay
6 Venice Westside/Central
7 West Hollywood Westside/Central
8 West Valley San Fernando Valley
9 El Monte, San Gabriel Valley San Gabriel Valley
10 Gateway Westside/Central
15 East Valley San Fernando Valley
18 South Bay South Bay

Metro is currently building a new bus yard which has been designated Division 13[3] adjacent to the Support Services Center and just east of the Gateway headquarters building. Construction is currently scheduled to be completed by early 2015.[4]

Closed divisions[edit]

The following table lists all former divisions.

Number Name
12 Long Beach
13 Riverside[5]
14 South Los Angeles[6]
16 Pomona

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roman, Alex (September–October 2009). "Top 100 Transit Bus Fleets". Metro Magazine 105 (8): p. 22. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  2. ^ http://www.nabusind.com/news/NABI%20Press%20Release%20-%20Domestic%20Production.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.metro.net/projects/MUDBFP/
  4. ^ http://www.metro.net/board/Items/2011/07_July/20110720AHCPItem32.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.metro.net/board/recap/1997/Recap_032697rbm.pdf Authorize the sale of former RTD Division 13 (Riverside) bus terminal located at 2450 Mulberry Street, Riverside to Gary Rosenfield and/or nominee, for a cash price of $250,000" item #12
  6. ^ Reclaimed bus yard begins life as urban wetland Los Angeles Times Feb. 10, 2012