Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Novabus LFS Articulated 2012

Remember these? The first three-door articulated bus that debuted on the M15 and Bx12 buses? Well the 90 of them are still doing good here (except for one that was involved in an accident, don't worry it's not totaled)

However, since this bus has been performing well, New York MTA decided to purchase close to over 385 of these units. Here are some photos of newer units.

Now you might be wondering, what are the differences between the old and the new. The old ones used to have padded seats, but the newer ones have hard seats. The Black Vinyl goes all the way through the front of the bus in the newer version, in the old, it stopped after the front door of the bus. The old buses numbered 1200-1279 are wrapped for +Select Bus Service+ which uses a proof of payment method for passengers to board the bus. 1280-1289 are just used for normal local routes. The newer ones, numbered from 5772-???? (still an ongoing number) are used for local/limited service. Parts of Brooklyn and Queens are expected to receive these units too.

All the new stuff in town...

Since I last posted here, only the Novabus LFS was the newest bus model in Brooklyn and Staten Island. These haven't even hit Queens yet. Now newer models are out there too.

But first the Novabus LFS
1. Novabus LFS has the best views from seats, as four of them face the back of the bus and a rear window so people can view the back. The same can be said for the Articulated versions of the buses. The legroom in the back (especially with the seats facing one another) can be an issue, however. Standing room is very decent. Acceleration can be improved but a very speedy bus.

New Flyer C40LF on the B68

4. The New Flyer C40LF buses have great acceleration and great seating (somewhat similar to the older model) except that the one seat side in the Front have reversed. Standing room is great too. They are a fast ride.

Orion 7 3g on the B1

2. The Orion 7 3rd Generations are the best in terms of seat availability. The best seat is the one that stands above the rear set of wheels. Standing room however isn't that great, especially in the back with all of those seats. They accelerate better and are very fast.

New Flyer XD40 on the B1

3. The New Flyer XD40s have the best acceleration and they have the best looking front with the "smiley face" nose. The seating arrangement is great and you can get good legroom with these, however the step toward the back where it's slanted is a bit odd.

Prevost X3-45 on the X-28
The Prevost X3-45 are another great addition to the Express bus fleet. Great acceleration, seating, and electric outlets are a special bonus for riders, especially to those who like carrying their portable electronics on the go on a frequent basis. Legroom is okay tho. Good acceleration and a fast ride.