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Thomas Ford 85-16
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Posted - 11/02/2011 :  10:47:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit Thomas Ford 85-16's Homepage  Send Thomas Ford 85-16 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Has anyone spotted these buses in their travels? In Altoona, PA there are city transit buses outfitted with warning lights and stop arms, including some GMC Fishbowls. All operated by a company by the name of Amtran, no less. I sort of like seeing those Fishbowls with warning lights...they would have fit in well with the Superior, Ward, and Carpenter transit offerings of the same era.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chairmanchad/sets/72157625158350982/with/5078905649/

Tatum
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Posted - 11/02/2011 :  1:37:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My friend Eric found this one near Camarillo, CA.



He said that when he was a kid growing up back in the day, he and his friends actually rode transit buses like this one to school.
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Jake
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Posted - 11/02/2011 :  6:54:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here are some New Flyers retrofitted with stop arms/ warning lights running out of Erie, PA.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jovan9605/6284207316/in/photostream/

I'm not sure if I agree with this usage. I understand, but I don't think the public would see a transit bus the same as a school bus. Drivers are used to always passing up these buses and I don't know if the average public would recognize the difference. However, this applies more towards the link I posted... the large warning signs on the fishbowl may help warn drivers.


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BBInt.10
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Posted - 11/11/2011 :  4:44:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit BBInt.10's Homepage  Send BBInt.10 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Very interesting. I've never seen transit buses with warning lights and stop sign before. Back when I used to drive city transit buses, every once in a while I'd have a car stop for me like I was a school bus when I was loading/ unloading at a stop. I'd think overall the warning lights on a transit bus would be confusing to most motorists.

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WayneCustom
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Posted - 11/16/2011 :  8:40:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit WayneCustom's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Public Service in NJ used to have a bunch of old-look buses retrofitted with school bus lights and signage.
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Thomas Ford 85-16
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Posted - 11/19/2011 :  06:55:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit Thomas Ford 85-16's Homepage  Send Thomas Ford 85-16 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I agree with you all that it would be confusing, and therefore do not really approve of this use. It would not fly in MI because of the laws regarding school buses, but maybe PA's laws are written differently. However, one would think two red flashing lights and the words "stop" would be clear to any motorist, but time and time again we've been proven wrong!

None the less, I thought they were neat to see. I am confident these were retrofits, but it's neat to imagine a yellow and black Fishbowl coming from the factory with red warning lights and stop signs. They would not meet structural standards these days, but back in their era they probably would have.

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JerseyDevil
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Posted - 11/26/2011 :  5:23:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit JerseyDevil's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A GMc new Look still in service? That's so cool!

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Thomas Ford 85-16
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Posted - 12/03/2011 :  11:40:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Thomas Ford 85-16's Homepage  Send Thomas Ford 85-16 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Somewhat related, a GMC Classic school bus:

http://www.busfanplace.com/view.php?pict=ver481.jpg

Neat! Although I doubt a conversion like that meets US's structural standards.

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Edited by - Thomas Ford 85-16 on 12/03/2011 11:42:11 AM
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