Los Angeles Metro bus fleet

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (also known as "Metro ", "MTA", or "LACMTA") operates a vast fleet of buses. As of 2009, Metro 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.

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 of its 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.

Metro has also increased its use of 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. The screens have been shut off as of early 2015.[2] 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 of each stop, and an audio and visual "Stop Requested" announcement. A supplemental audio announcement of "For your safety, please watch your step when exiting the bus" was added to all buses on February 28, 2013 and changed voice on March 2015.

Bus fleet[edit]

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

Active[edit]

Make/
Model
Length Picture Year Numbers
(quantity ordered)
Current Paint Schemes Engine Transmission Fuel propulsion Divisions Notes
NABI 31-LFW 31 feet LACMTA-3109.jpg 2010 3100-3149
(50 buses)
Metro Local CNG MV Transportation, Southland Transit and Transdev (contractors) Strictly operated by bus contractors.
NFI XN40 40 feet Nfi xn40.jpg 2015-2018 3850-4199
(350 buses)
Metro Local Built to MARTA Specs
  • Cummins-Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Cummins-Westport ISL-G NZ[3] (#4172 only)
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-V
CNG 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 18 and Transdev (contractor) 4172 is the only unit powered with a Cummins Westport ISL-G Near Zero engine.
NFI C40LF LACMTA Metro Bus New Flyer C40LF 5422.jpg
Manchester Silver Line Station 9.jpg
2001 5300-5522
(223 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Rapid
  • Allison B400R5 Gen-III
CNG 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 18 and MV Transportation (contractor) Some units are retired. The rest are slated for retirement.
NFI XN40 Nfi xn40.jpg 2013-2015 5600-6149
(550

buses)

Metro Local
Metro Rapid
  • Cummins-Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-V
CNG 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 18, MV Transportation, Southland Transit and Transdev (contractors)
NABI 40-LFW
Los Angeles MTA 7399a.jpg 2001 7300–7514
(215 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Rapid
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50G 8.5L
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Allison B400R5 Gen-III
CNG 2, 7 and 9 As of August 1, 2017, 22 units remain in service. Most have retired.
LACMTA 7945.jpg 2002 7600-7949
(350

buses)

Metro Local
Metro Rapid
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 18 and Southland Transit (contractor)
Los Angeles MTA 7598a.jpg 2005 7525–7599
(75 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Rapid
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50MK-G 8.5L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-III
7, 9, 15 and 18
OBI VI (06.501) Metro Local Line 232 Orion Bus.JPG 2001 11000–11067
(67 buses)
Metro Local
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L
  • Allison B400R5 Gen-III
Diesel MV Transportation (contractor) Soon to be retired.
NABI 45C-LFW 45 feet 2004 8000-8099
(100 buses)
Metro Rapid
Metro Liner
Metro Liner (# 8005 only)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50MK-G 8.5L
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-III
CNG 1, 3, 8, 9 and 15 8005 is rebranded in the Metro Silver Line livery for the Metro Liner.
NABI Metro 45C Harbor Gateway Transit Center 06.JPG 2008–09 8100-8400
(301 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Liner
  • Cummins-Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-IV
CNG 1, 7, 8, 9, 15 and 18 8285 is currently being tested with a Cummins Westport ISL-G NZ engine.

Currently being repainted.

2010-11 8401-8491
(90 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Liner
7, 8, 9, 15 and 18 Currently being repainted.
2012-13 8500-8649
(150 buses)
Metro Local 3, 5, 7, 15 and 18 Some units have been repainted, while other units are slated for repaintment.
NABI 60-BRT 60 feet NABI60brt.jpg 2005-2006 9200-9399
(200 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Rapid
Metro Liner
  • Cummins-Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Allison B500R6 Gen-IV
CNG 5, 7, 8, 10, 15 and 18
Los Angeles MTA 9485a.jpg 2006 9400-9495
(96 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Rapid
Metro Liner
1, 5, 8, 15 and 18
LACMTA 9583.jpg 2007–08 9500-9594
(95 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Rapid
Metro Liner
7, 8, 10, 15 and 18

On order[edit]

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
(35 buses) TBD NFI XE60 TBD TBD Awarded $4.2 million by the Federal Transit Administration's Low or No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program.[4][5][6][7]
  • Will be put on the Metro Orange Line only.
(65 buses) TBD NFI XN60 TBD TBD
  • To replace 60ft. buses built between 2004 and 2008.
  • Deliveries between 2018 and 2022.[8]
(295 buses) TBD ElDorado National Axess BRT TBD TBD
  • Options for 305 buses.[9]
(60 buses) TBD BYD BYD K9 TBD TBD
  • To be used exclusively on the Metro Silver Line.[10]

Retired (incomplete)[edit]

Make/Model Length Picture Year Numbers

(quantity ordered)

Current Paint Schemes Engine Transmission Fuel Propulsion
Gillig Spirit 28 foot 1990 600

(1 bus)

Yellow Jacket Cummins B5.9 Allison MT-645 Diesel
Gillig Phantom 40 foot 1991 813-817

(4 buses)

None Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748 Diesel
Eldorado National Aerolite 21 foot 1998 0005

(1 bus)

Yellow Jacket Propane
Ford Econoline 350 25 foot 1989 0006

(1 bus)

Yellow Jacket Diesel
GMC RTS-04 (T8J-204) 40 foot 1980-81 0023-0025

(3 buses)

Purple Connector Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730 Diesel
Eldorado National Aerotech 25 foot 1997 0025

(1 bus)

Yellow Jacket Propane
Gillig Phantom 40 foot 1994 1000-1010

(10 buses)

None Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R Diesel
BYD K9 39 foot 2014 1001-1005

(5 buses)

Metro Local Electric
Neoplan USA AN440A/3 40 foot 1987 1100-1189

(89 buses)

Yellow Jacket Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731 Diesel
TMC RTS-06 (T80-206) 40 foot 1992 1200-1502

(302 buses)

Yellow Jacket

Metro Local

Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731 Diesel
Flxible Metro B CNG 40 foot 1989 1800-1809

(9 buses)

Tri Stripe Cummins L10G Voith D863.3 CNG
TMC RTS-06 (T80-206) 40 foot 1989 1970-1999

(30 buses)

Yellow Jacket

Metro Local

Detroit Diesel 6V92TAC Allison V731 Diesel
TMC RTS-06 (T80-206) 40 foot 1988 2000-2266

(266 buses)

Yellow Jacket

Metro Local

Detroit Diesel 6V92TAC Allison V731 Diesel
TMC RTS-06 (T80-206) 40 foot 1993 2006

(1 bus)

None Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731 Diesel
TMC RTS-06 (T80-206) 40 foot 1989 2300-2402

(102 buses)

Yellow Jacket Detroit Diesel 6V92TAC Allison V731 Diesel
Flxible Metro B 40 foot 1988 2500-2649

(149 buses)

Yellow Jacket Cummins L10 Voith D863.2 Diesel
Flxible Metro B 40 foot 1989 2700-2764

(64 buses)

Yellow Jacket Cummins L10 Voith D863.2 Diesel
Flxible Metro B 40 foot 1990 2800-2870

(70 buses)

Yellow Jacket Detroit Diesel 6V71TAC Allison V731 Diesel
Flxible Metro B 40 foot 1992 2900-2932

(32 buses)

Yellow Jacket Detroit Diesel 6V71TAC Allison V731 Diesel
New Flyer D40LF 40 foot 1998 3000-3019

(19 buses)

Metro Local Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R Diesel
Neoplan USA AN440A 40 foot 1983-84 3300-3714

(314 buses)

Yellow Jacket Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747

Allison HTB-748

Diesel
NABI 42-BRT 42 foot 2008-09 4200-4205

(5 buses)

Metro Local Ford Triton V10 6.8L ISE Thundervolt TB40-HG Hybrid Drive System Gasoline-Electric
GMC RTS-04 (T7J-604) 35 foot 1982 4400-4434

(34 buses)

Yellow Jacket

Metro Local

Detroit Diesel 6V92TAC Allison V731 Diesel
GMC RTS-04 (T8J-604) 40 foot 1983 4453,4460,

4461,4465

4466,4470

(6 buses)

Blank Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730 Diesel
Neoplan USA AN440 40 foot 1995-96 4500-4695

(195 buses)

Metro Local Cummins L10G Allison B400R CNG
Neoplan USA AN440 40 foot 1996-97 4696-4793

(97 buses)

Metro Local Cummins L10G Allison B400R CNG
New Flyer C40HF 40 foot 1999-2000 5000-5222

(122 buses)

Metro Local Detroit Diesel Series 50G 8.5L

Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9L

Allison B400R CNG
Neoplan USA AN440 40 foot 1997-98 6301-6600

(299 buses)

Metro Local Cummins L10G Allison B400R CNG
Neoplan USA AN440 40 foot 1999 6700-6799

(100 buses)

Metro Local Cummins Westport L Gas Plus

Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9L

Allison B400R CNG
NABI 40-LFW 40 foot 1999-2000 7000-7214

(215 buses)

Metro Local

Metro Rapid

Detroit Diesel Series 50G 8.5L

Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9L

Allison B400R CNG
Grumman Flxible 870 40 foot 1980 7500-7729

(229 buses)

RTD Tri-Shape

Yellow Jacket

Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730 Diesel
NABI 40C-LFW 40 foot 2002-03 7980-7999

(20 buses)

Metro Local

Metro Rapid

Detroit Diesel Series 50G 8.5L Allison B400R5 Gen-III CNG
GMC RTS-04 (T8J-204) 40 foot 1980-81 8200-9139

(939 buses)

ATE Ryder

RTD Tri-Stripe

Yellow Jacket

Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730 Diesel
MAN-AMG SG-220-18-2A 60 foot 1978 9250-9259

(9 buses)

RTD Tri-Stripe MAN D2566 MLUM Renk-Doromat 874A Diesel
Neoplan USA AN122/3 Skyliner 40 foot 1981 9902-9921

(19 buses)

RTD Tri-Stripe Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740 Diesel
Thomas TL960 40 foot 2001 9950-9969

(19 buses)

Metro Local Cummins ISC Allison B400R Diesel
Blue Bird CSRE 3703 37 foot 2001 9970-9975

(5 buses)

Metro Local Cummins ISC Allison B400R Diesel
Gillig Phantom 40 foot 1994 9976

(1 bus)

Metro Local Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R Diesel
Gillig Phantom 40 foot 1989 9977

(1 bus)

Metro Local Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748 Diesel
Gillig Phantom 40 foot 1993-94 9978-9980

(3 buses)

Metro Local Detroit Diesel Series 50 ZF 4HP590 Diesel
New Flyer D30LF 30 foot 1997-98 9981-9983

(3 buses)

Metro Local Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B300R Diesel
Eldorado National MST II 32 foot 2002 12501-12536

(35 buses)

Yellow Jacket Cummins ISB Allison B300R Propane
Eldorado National E-Z Rider II 30 foot 2003 12556-12570

(14 buses)

Metro Local Cummins Westport B LPG Plus Allison B300R Propane
Gillig Phantom 40 foot 1988 19088,19097,

19098,19101,

19102,19115,

19126,19127

(8 buses)

Yellow Jacket Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747 Diesel
Gillig Phantom 35 foot 1983 805213

(1 bus)

Yellow Jacket Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747 Diesel

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 Boulevard 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.

Service sector abbreviations and division numbers are affixed to the windows and sides of many Metro buses. Some also have circular decals with the division name and an illustration in a style similar to that used in New York City and New Jersey.

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
7 West Hollywood Westside/Central
8 West Valley San Fernando Valley
9 El Monte, San Gabriel Valley San Gabriel Valley
10 Gateway Westside/Central
13 Downtown Los Angeles Central Maintenance Facility (CMF)
15 East Valley San Fernando Valley
18 South Bay South Bay

Closed divisions[edit]

The following table lists all former divisions.

Number Name
6 Venice
12 Long Beach
14 South Los Angeles[11]
16 Pomona

See also[edit]

References[edit]