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, ElDorado 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%. 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 were equipped with monitors for Transit TV broadcasts and to display real-time bus maps to show the location through GPS navigation was added in 2004; the latter was the first of its kind in the United States. The screens have been shut off and discontinued service as of early 2015, due to the frequent influx of passengers relying on using their personal mobile devices while on buses; such as cell phones, smartphones, and electronic tablets for entertainment while riding.[2] The increased use of personal mobile devices by passengers lead to the result of Metro implementing WiFi on all buses by April 2017. 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 was added to all buses in 2008. A supplemental audio announcement of "For your safety, 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). Los Angeles Metro has operated one of the second bus fleets to be powered by CNG, and continues to be today.

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) 2009 models Strictly operated by bus contractors.
ElDorado National Axess BRT 40 feet 2018-2019 1505-1799
(295 buses)
Metro Local Metro Rapid
  • Cummins Westport L9N
  • Voith D864.6 4 speed
1, 3, 8, 10, 18 and MV Transportation (contractor) 40-foot CNG buses.

1505 was delivered to Metro CMF on June 28, 2018. Entered service in early April 2019. Currently entering service and replacing older buses.

NFI XN40 Nfi xn40.jpg 2015-2016 3850-4199
(350 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Liner (4194-4199 ONLY)
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-V
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 18, MV Transportation and Transdev (contractors) 4172 is a 2016 model; all other units are 2015 models.

Part of 900 unit order (RFP OP33202869)[1] Delivery began in June 2015. 4172 is the only unit powered with a Cummins Westport ISL-G Near Zero engine. Units 4194-4199 are rebranded in the Metro Liner livery for the Metro Orange Line. Some units were transferred to MV Transportation to replace some existing Orion VI buses in 2018-2019.

NFI C40LF LACMTA Metro Bus New Flyer C40LF 5422.jpg
Manchester Silver Line Station 9.jpg
2000-2001 5300-5522
(223 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Rapid
  • Allison B400R5 Gen-III
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15 and 18 5300-5414 are 2000 models, while 5415-5522 are 2001 models.

Most units were repowered with Cummins Westport ISL G engines. Some units retired. To be replaced by ElDorado National Axess BRT buses. Scheduled to be retired by 2019. Currently being retired.

NFI XN40 Nfi xn40.jpg 2013-2015 5600-6149
(550

buses)

  • Cummins Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-V
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 18, MV Transportation, Southland Transit and Transdev (contractors) 2013 models

Part of 900 unit order (RFP OP33202869)[2] Began production in the fourth quarter of 2013 All expected delivered by the latter half of the first quarter of 2015. [3] Some units transferred to the Contracted Fleet and operated by Southland Transportation and Transdev (formerly Veolia Transportation). Out of these units, select units used for Dodger Stadium Express service.

NABI 40-LFW
Los Angeles MTA 7399a.jpg 2001 7300–7514
(215 buses)
Metro Local
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50G 8.5L
  • Allison B400R5 Gen-III
2, 7 and 9 Most units retired.

Most units were repowered with Doosan GL11K engines. As of August 1, 2018, buses: 7311, 7342, 7350, 7354, 7363, 7368, 7373, 7376, 7416, 7431, 7432, 7433, 7445, 7450, 7466, 7467, 7468, 7472, 7483, 7484, 7492, 7494, 7497 and 7503 remain in service. To be replaced by ElDorado National Axess BRT buses. Scheduled to be retired by 2019. Currently being retired.

LACMTA 7945.jpg 2001-2002 7600-7949
(350

buses)

Metro Local
Metro Rapid
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50G 8.5L
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G 8.9L
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 18, Southland Transit and Transdev (contractors) 7600-7654 are 2001 models

Currently being retired. Some units retain their original Detroit Diesel Series 50G engines. Some units transferred to the Contracted Fleet (Southland Transportation). 7615 was formerly repowered with a MAN E2876 CNG engine. Most 7600-7699 units were repowered with Cummins Westport ISL G engines. Most 7700-7949 series units were repowered with Doosan GL11K and some have Cummins Westport ISL G engine. To be replaced by ElDorado National Axess BRT buses. Scheduled to be retired by 2019. Currently being retired.

7608, 7649, 7668, 7764, 7793, 7903 and 7909 are operated by TransDev.

7686, 7689, 7763 and 7791 are operated by Southland Transit.

Los Angeles MTA 7598a.jpg 2005 7525–7599
(75 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50MK-G 8.5L
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-III
1, 3, 7, 9, 13, 15 and 18 7540 was repowered with a MAN E2876 CNG engine in August 2009 and was later re-repowered with a Doosan GL11K engine.

Select units have already been retired. To be replaced by ElDorado National Axess BRT buses. Scheduled to be retired by 2019. Currently being retired.

NABI 45C-LFW 45 feet 2004 8000-8099
(100 buses)
Metro Rapid
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50MK-G 8.5L
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G
3, 8, 9, 10, 13 and 15 8000 and 8001 are 2003 models; 8002-8099 are 2004 models.

Most units were repowered with Cummins Westport ISL G engines. 8005 has the modified Metro Liner livery and is dedicated to the Silver Line. 8000 retired in 2018. Currently being retired.

NABI 45C-LFW Harbor Gateway Transit Center 06.JPG 2008–2009 8100-8400
(301 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Silver Line
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G NZ
  • Cummins Westport L9N
  • Allison B400R6 Gen-IV
1, 7, 8, 9, 15, 18, Southland Transit and Transdev (contractors) Original order for 8100-8359 and option for 94 more exercised.[4]

8163, 8210, 8217, 8292, 8322, and 8350-8400 have the modified Metro Liner livery and are dedicated to the Silver Line. Select units have been repowered with Cummins Westport ISL-G NZ engines. Currently being repainted and repowered with Cummins Westport L9N engines. Some units (8209, 8225, 8234, 8253, 8271, 8305, 8340-8341) transferred to MV Transportation and Southland Transit for Dodger Stadium Express service.

2010-2011 8401-8491
(90 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Liner (8490 and 8491 ONLY)
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Cummins Westport L9N
7, 8, 9, 15 and 18 2010 models

Currently being repainted and repowered with Cummins Westport L9N engines. 8490 and 8491 are rebranded in the Metro Silver Line livery.

2012-2013 8500-8649
(150 buses)
Metro Local
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G 8.9L
3, 5, 7, 15 and 18
NABI 60-BRT 60 feet NABI60brt.jpg 2005-2006 9200-9399
(200 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Rapid
  • Cummins Westport ISL-G 8.9L
  • Allison B500R6 Gen-IV
1, 5, 7, 10, 13, 15 and 18 9200 is a 2004 model; all other subsequent units are 2005 models. 9200 has been retired.

9200-9229 & 9395-9397 are dedicated to the Orange Line. 9200/9300 series units are currently being replaced on the Orange Line with the 9400/9500 series units. Repowered from Cummins Westport L Gas Plus engines.

Los Angeles MTA 9485a.jpg 2006-2007 9400-9495
(96 buses)
Metro Local
Metro Rapid (All-Door Boarding Program ONLY)
Metro Liner
1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15 and 18 2006 models

9484, 9487 & 9488 have the Metro Rapid Livery. Repowered from Cummins Westport L Gas Plus engines. 9495 is a 2007 unit, 65 foot Demonstrator ; converted from a regular 60-BRT bus by NABI. Operates on the Metro Orange Line.. Long and has tinted windows in a different frame. Operated by LACMTA Division #8



LACMTA 9583.jpg 2007-2008 9500-9594
(95 buses)
5, 8, 13 and 18 2007 models

On order[edit]

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Numbers Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
(40 buses) 2019 19500-19539 NFI XE60 Siemens ELFA Siemens 1DB2016-2NB06 Awarded $4.2 million by the Federal Transit Administration's Low or No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program.Includes options to purchase up to 65 buses.[7][3][4][5][6]
(500 buses) 2018-19 8700-9199 NFI XN60 Cummins Westport L9N Allison B500R6-V
  • 2019 Models. 8700 made its first appearance at Metro's bus roadeo of 2019.
  • Includes options to purchase up to 235 buses.

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 40-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
Orion VI 40 foot 2000-01 11001-11067

(67 buses)

Metro Local Detroit Diesel Series 50 8.5L Allison B400R5 Gen-III 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
12 Long Beach (non-revenue vehicles) South Bay
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
14 South Los Angeles[7]
16 Pomona

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roman, Alex (September–October 2009). "Top 100 Transit Bus Fleets" (PDF). Metro Magazine. Vol. 105 no. 8. p. 22. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  2. ^ http://thesource.metro.net/2015/02/10/metro-statement-on-transit-tv-monitors-on-buses/ Metro statement on Transit TV monitors on buses
  3. ^ New Flyer Named by LA Metro as a Partner For an FTA Program Regarding Zero-Emissions Vehicle Deployment, New Flyer Industries. Dated May 4, 2016, retrieved on July 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Fiscal Year 2015 Low and No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program Projects, Federal Transit Administration. Retrieved on May 5, 2016.
  5. ^ http://metro.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=696&meta_id=57652
  6. ^ http://thesource.metro.net/2017/07/27/as-metro-pursues-electric-bus-fleet-by-2030-three-bus-contracts-go-to-board-on-thursday/
  7. ^ Reclaimed bus yard begins life as urban wetland Los Angeles Times Feb. 10, 2012