February, 2019 Photo of the Month

Showcase Time!

For our February Showcase photo, we continue our journey across the US. Where to next you ask?

” photo, we continue our journey across the US. Where to next you ask?


This month’s destination is Salt Lake City, UT & its surrounding region – served by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). The UTA operates roughly 110 fixed bus routes [including bus rapid transit (BRT) service], several light rail lines, a modern streetcar line, & a commuter rail line. The agency also possesses over 400 transit buses (mostly Gilligs, but there are some Orion & New Flyer buses as well), roughly 164 paratransit & flex vans, roughly 114 light rail vehicles, 53 commuter rail cars, & 18 locomotives (as of 2017).

The Showcase photo for this month is bus # 13036, which is a 2013 40-foot Gillig Low Floor diesel with the BRT Plus styling. While most of UTA’s buses are diesel powered, there are some diesel-electric hybrid & compressed natural gas (CNG) powered buses in the fleet as well.

UTA services operate throughout the week, with many bus routes operating at least every 30 minutes during the day – with some popular routes operating every 15 minutes. Bus & rail services can vary depending on the type of route or service, destinations, & day of the week. Services may be reduced during major holidays.


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Waves of Change

Like Tampa International Airport, The Global Transit Guidebook is transforming.

If you’re a long-time resident of the Tampa Bay region, or visit frequently, you’ve probably seen the many transformative changes occurring at America’s Favorite Airport to bring passengers a better experience. I’ll have a blog post regarding those changes – including the SkyConnect train – in the coming weeks.

However, that’s not what this post is about. If you’ve stopped The Global Transit Guidebook during the past few weeks, you’ve likely noticed very similar transformative changes that I’ve been making to bring you a better experience. These changes include expanded content, a new website theme, & a simpler layout.

However, along with the website changes come some changes that will be made to the scope of my social media avenues – specifically my Facebook pages & groups.

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January, 2019 Photo of the Month

Showcase Time!

To kick off the month of January, I decided to go into uncharted territory. Where exactly you ask?


Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority # 3014 on Route 12.

This month’s destination was Corpus Christi, TX – home of the Corpus Christi RTA. This agency has over 50 vehicles comprising of diesel and CNG-powered transit buses, as well as CNG-powered cutaway vans like the one pictured above. This particular van is a 2015 27′ Arboc Spirit of Mobility model, built on a Chevy G4500 chassis. Arboc specializes in manufacturing cutaway vehicles for a variety of operations & is a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Flyer Industries (NFI).

The CCRTA network encompasses over 30 routes & operates service 7-days-a-week. There is no transit service some major holidays, with Sunday-level service being operated on others. Please check the CCRTA website for details on schedules & maps. Oddly enough, this is one of the few transit agencies in the US that actually shuts down on Easter Sunday.

I want to thank Global Transit Guidebook Forum member Ray C. for contributing this month’s photo. If you’d like to contribute a photo for a future “Showcase” post, please reach out to me via the Contact Form, or join The Global Transit Guidebook Forum group on Facebook. Regular photo contests are held in the group throughout the course of the year.


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December, 2018 Photo of the Month

Showcase Time!

Can you believe that 2018 is almost over? I certainly can’t. For the December Showcase, I decided to post a collage of various transit vehicles that I photographed this year. I hope you will enjoy the selection, as I do this each December.


The 2018 Year-End Transit Photo Collage – Select the image for a closer look.
From top to bottom, left to right: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority # 18105, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit # 1717, Tampa International Airport SkyConnect # 02, Manatee County Area Transit # 59103, Jacksonville Transportation Authority # B014, Flagler County Public Transportation #99, Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (d.b.a. LYNX) # 141-313, SunRail locomotive # 105.

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Website Renovation Update – 11/25/2018

You’ve likely noticed by now that I’ve changed over to a new website theme. While I initially wanted to keep my previous theme – “Twenty Fourteen”, I felt that it would not be in line with the overall look and feel that I ultimately want to create for The Global Transit Guidebook website. Additionally, WordPress is rolling out a new editing interface by which caused my posts to look really weird with my previous theme. So as they say, change was inevitable.

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November, 2018 Photo of the Month

Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) # 1807 on layover. Photo courtesy of Sean W.

The November “Showcase” photo is of a relatively new bus this time, # 1807 from the Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) in Gainesville, FL. This is one of eleven 2018-series 40-foot Gillig Low Floor buses that the agency ordered to replace its oldest buses. The photo shown here was taken by Global Transit Guidebook Forum moderator Sean W.

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Changes to the Transit Roundup (e-paper)


A couple of years ago, I signed up with Paper.li to try out their customized “e-paper” based on specific topics that fancies one’s interest. While I’ve enjoyed being able to share various transit-related news through this platform, various changes that are beyond my control have forced me to re-evaluate whether to continue with the service for the time being or not. For the moment, I will continue to have my Transit Roundup “e-papers” published, but they will be done so on a weekly basis after Saturday, September 8, 2018. After this date, “e-papers” will be published every Saturday morning.


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September 2018 Photo of the Month

Trinity Metro #1105 on layover. Photo courtesy of Carlos A.

For the September, 2018 Photo of the Month, I decided to once again offer members in The Global Transit Enthusiast Lounge an opportunity to contribute their transit photos. Each contribution was then put up for a vote to see which one would grace the cover of my social media pages/groups and become the Showcase photo for September as well.

The winning photo was taken by our social media moderator Carlos A. and shows Trinity Metro (in Fort Worth, TX) bus #1105 on layover during its run on Route 67X, which operates Monday through Friday and connects the South and Southeast campuses of Tarrant Community College. Bus #1105 is a 2015 40′ Gillig Low Floor bus that is fueled by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Many transit agencies in Texas have CNG-powered buses in their fleets in addition to diesel units.

Now this isn’t the first time that the 67X designation has come about, as there were two previous versions on the 67 that were eliminated. One of which was an ultra-express connecting Dallas with Fort Worth. I’m guessing that this incarnation was later replaced by the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter rail that opened in 1996. In addition to the TRE, Trinity Metro is also constructing the TEXRail Commuter Rail line that will connect Downtown Fort Worth directly with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.


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Site Renovations Underway

You’ll be seeing graphics such as this one across some of my sections as I work to update them.

Have you noticed something different about some of my sections lately? Yep, you guessed it! It’s time for a major update of The Global Transit Guidebook.

Over the next few months, I’ll be updating information in the existing sections, adding new sections, and expanding my photo collection. In addition, I’ll be able to kick start my new Jacksonville, FL section due to a recent trip.

I know that everything looks very disorganized now, but as I work to make these much-needed improvements, you’ll see a much better guidebook materialize so that transit riders, enthusiasts, and advocates alike can enjoy a better experience.

Would you like to make a suggestion for the Guidebook? Simply send me a message, or join our Facebook group.

~ HARTride 2012 & Staff


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