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Post by Len90 » Jul Wed 14, 2010 1:14 am

I have always been a huge fan of the WDW Transport Bus system. I did some research into figuring out the numbering system and was able to compile an almost complete listing of all the buses that WDW currently owns and operates:

2650-2663, 2680-2684, 2689: All retired and three were converted for use as the Character Caravan buses which went around to resorts bringing characters to the lobby. "Purple Stripers" - used for cast shuttles and training
2664 and 2665: Only 35' buses with the 2600 marking. Known as the "Pluto Shuttles" ran the manager shuttle from the Pluto parking lot

GMC RTS:
2701-2712: 1980 models 2708-2712 are 35' long
2713-2717: 1981 models that are all 35' long
2718-2738: 1982-1983 models with 2718-2720 being the last of the 35' buses. Rest are 40'
2739-2743: 1987 models
2744: 1980 model ex GMC production test bus.
****ALL THE ABOVE HAVE BEEN RETIRED****
2745-2780: 1979-1981 models that were bought used by Disney in 1998. They were completely rebuilt and are either ex Dayton Ohio, Detroit Michigan, or Miami Florida.
****ALL HAVE BEEN RETIRED FROM GUEST SERVICE****

TMC RTS:
4701-4727: 1988 Models (6/2012 4726 still seen transporting guests)
4728-4758: 1989 Models
4759-4780: 1990 Models
4781-4788: 1991 Models
4789-4804: 1992/1993 Models (unknown cutoff numbers)
4805-4814: 1994 Models
***ALL REMOVED FROM GUEST SERVICE***

NOVA LFS (low-floor)
4815-4832: 2000 Models
4833-4861: 2001 Models (4841 seen in new livery)
4862-4885: 2002 Models
***Leased new between 2000 and 2002. They are 40' in length and 102" wide***
4953: 2006 Model... rumored to be a demo bus or replacement for one of the 4815-4885. Marked as a regular bus so rumor 2 seems more likely.
5000-5009: 2010 models

Gillig Low Floor buses: 40' in length and 102" wide
4886-4929: 2004 models
4930-4952: 2006 models
4954-4962: 2007 models
4963-4983: 2008 models: Change in Fluorescent Tube lighting starts.
4985-4999: 2009 models
5010-5022: 2010 models
5023-5069: 2011 models
5071-5120: 2012 models
5121-5145: 2013 models (all delivered in the grey paint with new graphics)

Articulated Buses: (all delivered in the grey paint with new graphics)
5146-5151: 2013 NFI XD60
5152-5157: 2103 Nova LFS ARTIC

Demo Buses:
4984: 2008 DesignLine Hybrid bus. It was a Demo and returned to DesignLine after being unsuccessful.
5070: 2012 Nova ARTIC demo bus. Tested on MK routes to value and moderate resorts. Returned after successful test.

SUMMER 2011 UPDATE:
I have gone ahead and updated the fleet roster with the numbers for the 2011 buses and the probable numbers for the rumored 42 Gillig Low Floor buses that are on order for 2012. The latest talk is to expand the fleet to be close to 400 buses which I find impossible as they are also talking about removing the RTS from front line service. The idea is to keep some around yet as spares and to have available if there was to be a major need for buses. I will say that I noticed a large decrease in the RTSs presence this year. I was only able to get one trip over my 13 days on an RTS. The Novas are out in full force along with the Gilligs now.

SUMMER 2012 UPDATE:
Fleet roster updated a little to reflect the changes and to adjust for the articulated demo bus over the spring. I also added the information regarding RTS buses with a "C" following the bus number. I left the information for the 2012 buses the same as last year with a note that the newest one I spotted was 5106. The RTS was out in full force this year with plenty around and in fact close to half of my trips were on RTSs. Makes me wonder if Disney was running them for one final time or is just going to run each bus that has no MIM until it breaks completely... We shall see. However, the RTS will carry on for another year or so buses like 4788 and higher still have their MIM system. I personally feel like there is a good chance of seeing a few of them around for at least the next year or two.

SUMMER 2013 UPDATE:
Updated the roster with my findings on my trip from 5/10 - 5/18. I was able to find out that the test with the articulated bus was relatively successful and there are 10 articulated buses on order that should join the fleet either later this year or sometime next year for use on the MK to value/moderate resorts routes. The success of the test is another reason why MK is seeing a new bus loop added at this moment. The 2013 buses are also due to start arriving during the summer and no number on how many were ordered. The RTS was still fully prevalent and I didn't see any sitting around idle. Probably some were disposed of already but there still were plenty around and transporting guests. It should be interesting as I do predict all the new buses will be coming in with the new scheme. There still are only one or two in it and they were only used for cast members when I was there.

SUMMER 2014 UPDATE:
Roster updated to match the current fleet and what I saw when there 7/17-7/23. As I predicted last year, the 2013 buses all came in with the new colors. The new buses will all be a silvery-grey with that red stripe so the bus look matches the drivers uniform again. Anybody remember the purple pants a few years ago? The old buses are gradually being transferred over to the new look. Seems like Disney is doing the sensible thing and doing the oldest buses first. The 2000-2002 Nova LFS' are the first to be seeing the new scheme. It looks like the buses being refurbished into the new scheme are going to remain painted white with the new markings. A few of the Nova LFS' were painted in silver, but I think those were the test buses first done to see the new colors. The RTS is barely alive right now. Just a few remaining and very seldom were they being used for guest routes. Most were just on the road for driver training. I personally never had one so this was my first trip to Disney World where I didn't have to walk up any steps onto the bus. No new 2014 buses were seen around the property. Shades of Green looks to have replaced the Novas with new Gilligs. Lots of buses both new and older had broken Magic in Motion systems with no announcements or music playing. So far reading back on my prior updates I have been pretty good in predicting. I assume most buses to be changed over to the new scheme within the next year so the big Disney in red and transit in purple will be a thing of the past very soon.

NEW YEARS 2014/2015 UPDATE:
No new buses for the 2014 calendar year. Fleet stands at 323 right now with all of the RTS fleet being gone. It felt weird not seeing the original Disney buses on property. 50 new buses are supposedly on order with 20 of them being the articulated buses.

SUMMER 2015 UPDATE:
Those 50 buses are on order and scheduled to arrive around the end of the year. These buses will be all for expanding the fleet to near 400 units. It also will be needed to reduce the stress on the bus fleet with the expanding hours of Animal Kingdom in the future. All of the current buses are expected to stay for the foreseeable future.

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Re: Disney Transport Bus Roster

Post by Amy » Jul Wed 14, 2010 5:46 am

Wow! You know your buses Len :shock: :D

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Re: Disney Transport Bus Roster

Post by theBIGyowski » Jul Wed 14, 2010 9:45 am

I know my city is about to roll out a line of buses that run on natural gas instead of diesel or gasoline. Is this something the folks at WDW have thought about? It runs much cleaner and is a lot cheaper since we have so much of it here in the US.
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Post by Len90 » Jul Wed 14, 2010 10:34 am

The Walt Disney World bus fleet is currently running on bio-diesel. They as of last check were running B20 which is comprised 20% used vegetable oil and 80% conventional diesel.
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Re: Disney Transport Bus Roster

Post by boilerbabe » Jul Wed 14, 2010 11:44 am

Wow, Len! You've impressed me with your bus knowledge! I find this extremely ineteresting! I love finding out this type of Disney info. :D
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Post by theBIGyowski » Jul Wed 14, 2010 1:58 pm

Now you're going to have me inspecting the buses on my trips! :wink:
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Post by MadEye » Jul Wed 14, 2010 7:59 pm

Quick question. Which ones are the models that look kind of like the Lynx buses?
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Post by Len90 » Jul Wed 14, 2010 9:45 pm

MadEye wrote:Quick question. Which ones are the models that look kind of like the Lynx buses?
It would most likely be the Gillig Low Floor models since the new Lynx buses are all Gillig BRTs. The BRT is a more stylish package that Gillig has to let Transit systems achieve a new and unique look. They are build on the Gillig Low Floor chassis and most likely will have the same interior and ride feel.

I'm glad everybody finds this information as intriguing as I do. Sorry, but this will have you taking notes on the buses you ride now!
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Re: Disney Transport Bus Roster

Post by Brian845 » Jul Thu 15, 2010 9:10 am

Len90 wrote:I have always been a huge fan of the WDW Transport Bus system. I did some research into figuring out the numbering system and was able to compile an almost complete listing of all the buses that WDW currently owns and operates:
Do you have Asperger's Syndrome, by chance? This is the kind of thing Aspies are into:). NTTAWWT:)

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Post by horizons1 » Jul Thu 15, 2010 3:15 pm

I love the look and shape of the older GMC buses
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Post by Len90 » Jul Thu 15, 2010 6:15 pm

Brian845 wrote:
Len90 wrote:I have always been a huge fan of the WDW Transport Bus system. I did some research into figuring out the numbering system and was able to compile an almost complete listing of all the buses that WDW currently owns and operates:
Do you have Asperger's Syndrome, by chance? This is the kind of thing Aspies are into:). NTTAWWT:)
Sorry to disappoint but I'm perfectly normal :D

horizons1: I too really enjoy the older GMC/TMC RTS buses. I honestly hate the Nova's since they resemble the buses that Rutgers has.
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Post by Jacca5660 » Jul Thu 15, 2010 9:39 pm

Len you are a Mayhem Marauder, this precludes you from being totally normal. Just to point this out, where Len lives, you live by bus and train schedules.
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Post by mindflipper » Jul Thu 15, 2010 10:18 pm

Jacca5660 wrote:Len you are a Mayhem Marauder, this precludes you from being totally normal. Just to point this out, where Len lives, you live by bus and train schedules.
I agree with Jacca5660, Len90 - if you're one of us, you can't be perfectly normal. And, hey, normal is sooooooooo over-rated... :wink: 8-)

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Re: Disney Transport Bus Roster

Post by Amy » Jul Thu 15, 2010 10:21 pm

mindflipper wrote:
Jacca5660 wrote:Len you are a Mayhem Marauder, this precludes you from being totally normal. Just to point this out, where Len lives, you live by bus and train schedules.
I agree with Jacca5660, Len90 - if you're one of us, you can't be perfectly normal. And, hey, normal is sooooooooo over-rated... :wink: 8-)
Well said gentlemen! And the only time I ever get on a bus is at Disney. I live in the boonies :mrgreen:

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Post by Len90 » Jul Thu 15, 2010 11:32 pm

Nope Jacca you are 100% wrong. Where I live you need a car and have to drive to anything. The bus lines are far away from me and the train is a good 15 minute drive to the closest station.

Well you are right that I can't be normal to be a marauder, but in the sense of Brian845's comment I am normal.
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