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The NovaBus RTS was the third RTS delivered to New York City. They operated under New York City Transit and MTA bus. Numbers include:

  • 8750-9349
  • 9350-9700
  • 4900-5249
  • 1400-1549

ModelsEdit

1996Edit

8750-9349 are 1995-1996 Nova Bus RTS-06 buses built in 1995-1997. These buses were an improvement to the last order of RTS and the second largest order of RTS next to the 1981 RTS.

All buses were originally operated by New York City Transit, however a large number of them were transferred to MTA Bus Company due to newer buses entering service at NYCT and to retire older buses at MTABC that have exceeded their service lives. All buses in NYCT retired in 2016, but 20 remain in service in MTA Bus.

Buses 9250-9349 were originally built with American Seating 2005 Recliner seats with rear doors and were used for express service, but those seats were eventually swapped for transit seats and used for local (and limited) service.

Unit(s) Engine Transmission Seating Destination Sign
8750-9139, 9141, 9147, 9150-9349 Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison VR-731 American Seating 6468 Luminator Mega:MAX
9140, 9142-9146, 9148-9149 Cummins M11E Allison VR-731RH

9141 and 9147 originally were powered with Cummins M11E and Allison VR-731RH but repowered into the Detroit Diesel Series 50 and Allison VR-731.

1997-1998Edit

These RTS are a mini upgrade to the last order of RTS. However these RTS seem to be a bit worse than the 1996 order. Only 10 buses remain and are under MTA bus.

Unit(s) Engine Transmission Seating Destination Sign
9350-9443, 9445-9699 Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison VR-731 40: American Seating 6468 Luminator Mega:MAX
9444 Hanover LED
9700 Cummins ISB 5.9L Allison Hybrid Luminator Mega:MAX

9700 was later renumbered 9656 to replace the original unit and was repowered with the Detroit Diesel Series 50 and Lockheed Martin Hybridrive. It was later totaled in 2008 after a major accident and immediately scrapped.

1998-1999Edit

These RTS are the best order of RTS for NovaBus. These buses are in great condition and only a few retired due to a few incidents. Like other orders, they were originally ordered and built for MTA New York City Transit, but since early 2015, many were transferred to MTA Bus Company. They were also originally delivered with Luminator MAX3000 destination signs, but some of them were retrofitted with either LeDot signs or the Hanover Displays signs some time in the middle of their service lives. These RTS are expected to last until 2020.

Unit(s) Engine Transmission Seating Destination Sign
4900-5075, 5125-5219 Detroit Diesel Series 50 Alison VR-731 40
American Seating 6468 with padded fabric
Luminator MAX3000
5076-5100 ZF HP592C
5101-5104 TwinVision LeDot
5105-5124 Hanover LED
5223, 5227-5232, 5236-5240, 5242, 5244-5249 Alison VR-731 TwinVision LeDot
5220-5222, 5224-5226, 5233-5235, 5241, 5243 Hanover LED

2000-2002Edit

1400-1549 are Nova Bus RTS-06 Hybrid buses built between 2000-2002. 1400-1404 buses were the prototype diesel fuel electric hybrid buses for the MTA and were originally numbered 6360-6364. 6360 went into service in June 2000. In early 2001, 6361-6364 were delivered and by summer 2001, 1405-1499 were delivered. 1500-1549 was delayed and not delivered until mid 2002 due to the 9/11 attacks.

This was the last order of RTS before moving to Orion VII.

Unit(s) Engine Propulsion Seating Destination sign
1400-1404 Cummins ISB 5.9L Allison Hybrid 40
American Seating 6468 with padded fabric
Luminator MegaMAX 3000
1405-1549 Detroit Diesel Series 50 Lockheed Martin Hybridrive

1400-1404 were later repowered with Detroit Diesel Series 50 and Lockheed Martin Hybridrive

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