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Page was last updated on 2/24/2019.
Here, I will profile each line of buses that MCAT currently operates, as well as those buses that are no longer in service. Because MCAT is a much smaller transit agency than HART, PSTA, and LYNX, all buses are listed on one page, whether they are in revenue service or not.
Active (Revenue Service) Buses
Just the name sounds haunting don’t it? For many years, the Gillig Phantom was the only bus type in revenue service in the MCAT fixed route system. Today, only a handful operate, as many transit agencies have gone with low floor transit buses. In 2009 as well, Gillig stopped producing the Phantom.
Gillig Low Floor
Today, much of MCAT’s fleet comprises of Gillig Low Floor buses, such as #59099 above. The low floor fleet is a mix of standard clean diesel models, diesel-electric hybrid BRT models, and clean diesel Trolley Replicas. The above photo is a 2015 diesel model.
Gillig Low Floor BRT Hybrid
#55347 above is one of many Gillig Low Floor BRT Diesel-Electric Hybrid buses that were purchased in 2009. These buses are similar to the hybrids that the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) have, but the windows and seating arrangement are different. Notice the single piece windshield that is similar to the 2005 fleet from Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART), not all transit agencies opt for the single windshield anymore.
Gillig Low Floor Replica Trolley
In 2011, MCAT purchased several Gillig Low Floor Replica Trolleys to run on its various trolley bus lines. Prior to these buses, MCAT ran replica trolleys that were manufactured by Supreme Corp (which they later sold the division to Hometown Trolley when Supreme exited the trolleybus market & focused on only freight vehicles).
These vans are normally used for Paratransit (Handy Bus) service, but occasionally may be deployed as fill-in shuttles during special events or other circumstances.
Any retired MCAT vehicles will be posted in this subsection.
Hometown Trolley “Mainstreet”
If you’ve been on the Siesta Key Breeze trolley in Sarasota, then these vehicles should look familiar, because newer models currently operate there. MCAT had several of the 2006 Mainstreet model replica trolleys prior to replacing them with the Gillig models.
All photos below are credited to Joe C.
According to the Canadian Public Transit Discussion Board (CPTDB) Wiki, MCAT practically ran all Gillig Phantoms (or another high floor bus type) up until its first low floor purchase 2009. A couple of the 2004 Phantoms have recently been retired from service – including # 46453, which is now enjoying a very nice second life up in Bangor, ME on the Community Connector system (where it has been renumbered as # 0445).
All photos below are credited to John B.