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Bus 801
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USA
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Posted - 07/31/2007 :  1:52:34 PM  Show Profile  Send Bus 801 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by 2006bbvision

Va bus lover, From my understanding they are not going to be purchasing new buses this year, and will be retiring more then they usual do this summer, do to a lot of buses where never used during the school year, some only being driven 30 miles in in between PMI services. my sources indicated that they will retire some of there 1993 fleet which consist of blue bird ford b-600 and tc-2000 re's but will what they call "DEAD LINING" a number of buses not taking them out of service for good but until they need them. I hope this makes sense.




Bring them to Fairfax! We are pulling buses off the Survey line and putting them back in service after they were already blacked out.

Rob
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 08/03/2007 :  10:34:09 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
the Vision bus in Va Beach has a cat motor in it is that a good thing or a bad thing not sure of any other details about it just that it is a cat motor. they are getting closer to being released I hope. They look to be all prepped for use they are officially tagged anyway.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/13/2007 :  10:22:58 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Hey got the new Bluebird Vison man is that a sweet bus. i cant believe all the features only thing missing is the air conditioning. it had 739 miles on it when i left the garage the one in front of it had 715 i guess mine went for a little work somewhere.

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 08/13/2007 :  12:06:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow so how many new Vison did Va beach buy this year? And what is you guy's fleet total now?
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BlueBirdMan
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Posted - 08/13/2007 :  12:19:48 PM  Show Profile  Send BlueBirdMan an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Why are there so many lengthy threads about buses in Virginia. How are buses any different in Virginia than any other state. I guess my question is..what's the big deal?!

Bring back the "backing" sign!
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 08/13/2007 :  2:10:34 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
we are only getting 10 Vision and 20 sum C2s in the late fall. The highest number in Va Beach will be 719 and most all numbers are activitly working and we have lots of A buses to that have yet made it to full retirement.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 08/13/2007 :  2:20:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Congrats bsaund09! you're lucky!! Does it ride like a dream?

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 08/13/2007 :  4:11:19 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The vision drove really good but it is going to be a hard habit to break using right hand to flip switches. All door and light switches are to the left including warning light system that will take some getting use to . The steering wheel is a bit thicker then the FS-65 so that will be another new thing it is weird knowing that air bag is in their. I still have not had it all the way up to speed yet but should be able to do that tomorrow on my field trip.

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IC-RE
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USA
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Posted - 08/13/2007 :  6:41:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
wow I thought VA buses had to have the warning lights to the right of the driver! I bet its a really nice bus!

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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BusFreak
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USA
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Posted - 08/13/2007 :  9:59:23 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
VA specs simply stated that the warning light controlls had to be dash-mounted, and not side panel mounted. I'm guessing that, either the rule has been lifted in the latest state specs, or blue bird has been allowed to interpret that rule, and put the switches on the forward facing part of the switch panel. If you ask me, now that manual doors are becoming a rare find, it's a good move to move the switches to the left.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/14/2007 :  7:39:12 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The Vision did very good today excellent running on the interstate. Still very hard to get use to switch change and the bulky steering wheel. One thing for sure this Vision has awesome steering radius.

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2006bbvision
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USA
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Posted - 08/16/2007 :  08:42:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes the visions have the best steering radious, Newport News schools have about 100 or more visions from 2005-2006 a phew 07's I love them.
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2006bbvision
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USA
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Posted - 08/16/2007 :  08:45:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
looks like all but 3 of the 1993 buses from are fleet were taking out service today. Man I am going to miss those tc2000 re and the ford b-600's
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 08/16/2007 :  7:00:26 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I am really enjoying the new Vision so far everything is A ok . Still it is taking time to get in rhtym with the warning lights on the left side but it will come. So far i have found the bus very driver friendly. By the way have yall read the forums on the C2 makes me glad i didnt wait for one of them we have almost 30 of them coming in Nov.

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vabuslover
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Posted - 08/17/2007 :  07:44:39 AM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
07 Visions in Newport News? I never knew abut them. But it is a shame that those very first BB REs that NN had are now gone.
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 08/17/2007 :  09:32:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
VABUSLOVERYeah I think they have at 1 our 2 07 visions, Because some did not come in on time and others 06s where not put into to service until 06 do to state guide line issue were not met on the buses from the dealership, so they would not sign off on them. But I to am really upset to see the first RE's go ;( I especially love 274 that is a Tc2000 RE Handicap bus.
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vabuslover
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Posted - 08/17/2007 :  8:03:42 PM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I remember seeing #274 around sometimes. Was that the only RE handicap bus that NN had? Do you happen to know what numbers are assigned to the 07 Visions? Is there a way to tell them apart from the others?
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2006bbvision
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USA
107 Posts

Posted - 08/20/2007 :  07:42:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think 185 is a 07, it has a weird looking air condition unit on it, and is also is equipped with the (smc) back up monitor and has the led stop marquee on the emergency exit door, ( this was pilot project from state given to only a phew district state wide to see if this would prevent stop sign runners) no information on how it worked out I don't think it did to well because we took them off most of the buses that were retrofitted with them. And 274 I loved that bus it was the only Re bus with a lift that has y roof, but I think we have at lest a 1994-1995 RE TC 20000 with a lift, Oh I also forgot to tell you that we place like 1 1993 Tc2000 FE on the hill I think number is 4 or 333 not to for I forgot, But it has the suicide style doors on it so it apart of the first order in 1993.
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vabuslover
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Posted - 08/20/2007 :  8:57:36 PM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Back-up monitor? How does that work. Oh, and you said weird air-conditioning unit...does that mean it is really large looking on the back of the driver side? I have seen a handful of others like that too. Whatever happened to the foglights on the 06 BB's?
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2006bbvision
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107 Posts

Posted - 08/21/2007 :  06:27:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
VABUSLOVER, Yes the large looking units on some of the o6 bb's, they actually look pretty cool I like they way Newport News was so anti not trying anything new and really expensive until the Thomas EF order in 2001-2002 those buses were nicely spec I wish we would have got more of them, I heard them and the visions are in the shop the least. oh yeah and the tc-2000's best buses NN every purchased in my eyes, Being we have about 200 of them lol!!!!! Oh and the fog lights should still be on the visions, they look really cool in the early morning! and the monitor I was talking about is that big black oval shaped thing that is on some of the 2003 Ic' FE's and CE's and visions that talks when the bus is about to move and back up? that is a project that was tried out in 2005 I think.
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 08/21/2007 :  06:32:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey vabuslover since you are still in the are, do you get pictures of some of the buses?
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vabuslover
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Posted - 08/21/2007 :  11:59:41 AM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I have not had time to get pics of any NN buses, and since I will be leaving to go to UVa on Saturday it will be a long time before I can do that again. I also didn't have a good camera to get any pictures with, but when I am in town again I may try to take some pictures of the NN bus fleet.
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 08/22/2007 :  08:34:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow UVA my sis is going there to.
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vabuslover
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Posted - 08/24/2007 :  04:52:13 AM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
If I am in town and I wanted to be able to get some pictures of NN school buses, is there a way that you would be able to help me do that, since I think you are involved with them a lot?
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 08/25/2007 :  11:15:58 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
i got a pic of a Bluebird Ford from say 83-85 the number painted over is 79 and looks like one from newport news. the bus was parked on big bethel rd. it look pretty good.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 08/25/2007 :  7:23:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dinwiddie County has received/ing blue bird visions since they came out. I know alteast since the new cowl style they have alteast 5 or 6. I saw two back in July near I-85 and passed four of them on U.S 460 in Farmville. Seems like the Vision is catching on here in VA.
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vabuslover
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Posted - 08/28/2007 :  07:35:51 AM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I seen what looks like an 06 BB Vision #195 from Albermarle County yeaterday. They started school even before the college, and so you can see their buses out and about. How I know it is an 06 is the extra black around the warning lights (like a Thomas or IC).
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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/28/2007 :  4:50:19 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
So far the BB Vision I got has been awesome and the more I get use to it the better it seems to be although it is burning a lot of fuel but that maybe the newest of it. I like the child safety check system a lot better then Thomas it doesnt add in a lot noise unless you forget to cut it off and then it will scream at you.

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Gini
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Posted - 08/28/2007 :  9:35:31 PM  Show Profile  Send Gini an AOL message  Reply with Quote
how cool for you, Brian, that you get to drive BB Vision! i don't know if i would have enjoyed one, but it would have been cool to try it.

1Peter 1:3
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disneynuts
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Posted - 08/29/2007 :  1:03:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit disneynuts's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Gini:

When you get tired of being retired, let us know.

We have routes that go from Ashburn to Arlington ( 1 stop ) and Ashburn to Fairfax ( 2 stops ).

Air conditoned bus, not new but still a/c. Can't quited match the county pay scale, but its not too bad.

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Gini
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2007 :  9:59:12 PM  Show Profile  Send Gini an AOL message  Reply with Quote
thanks disneynuts! i'm pretty sure my bus driving days are done w/. tho i gotta admit, driving from Ashburn to Arlington sounds tempting................

1Peter 1:3
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jclick
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United States
33 Posts

Posted - 09/06/2007 :  05:33:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone. Here in Accomack county on Va's Eastern Shore we have started receiving C2's. We got 3 basic buses with white tops and one special needs bus with everything but A/C. Our fleet is all Thomas conventional, mostly Freightliners with about 35 internationals out of 108 buses. We always got manuals until the state mandated autos. Our neighbors to the south in Northampton County have been getting Thomas's with yellow tops for a couple years. They still have many Gasoline GMC's in their fleet as they only started switching to Diesel a few years ago. I may be wrong but I think I saw one of the New Bluebirds in their bus yard a few weeks ago. Good luck in the new school year!
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Gini
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USA
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Posted - 09/06/2007 :  10:17:00 AM  Show Profile  Send Gini an AOL message  Reply with Quote
welcome aboard jclick!

1Peter 1:3
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jclick
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Posted - 09/06/2007 :  10:32:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Gini
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poor_driver
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Posted - 09/06/2007 :  1:07:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The state mandated automatics? that's strange? why not the choice of 5 speeds?
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