PSTA Retired Transit Vehicles

It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later…


Welcome to the PSTA Retired Vehicles page. Here, I will showcase photos of the various vehicles that PSTA has retired from its fleet. Please keep in mind that this page only documents buses from 2001 through 2003, with a few 2005s and 2012s included. If you’d like to make a contribution, please feel free to contact me.

The vehicles featured in this section include the following:

  • 2001 40-foot Gillig Low Floors
  • 2002 40-foot Gillig Low Floors
  • 2002 30-foot Gillig Low Floors
  • 2003 40-foot MCI Coaches
  • 2005 30-foot Gillig Low Floors
  • 2012 27-foot Champion LF Transport (Ford E-450) Cutaways

Page was created on 12/21/2018, last updated on 03/08/2019.

A status update on the remaining 2002-series buses has been added.


2001 40-foot Gillig Low Floors

#’s 2101 through 2116

In revenue service from 2001 until 2018

The 16 bus order that was carried out in 2001 was one of a powerhouse. I’ve been told by several PSTA operators that these buses drove very nicely – even after being in service for 13 years. Some buses lasted in revenue service for as long as 16 or 17 years – though many were relegated to the contingency fleet after 2014.

In 2013, the fleet was gradually repainted into the current blue/teal/white livery.


2002 29 & 40-foot Gillig Low Floors

#’s 2201 through 2210 (40-foot)
#’s 2230 through 2233 (29-foot)

In revenue service from 2002 until 2019

Quick note on these buses:

As of 03/08/2019, #’s 2201, 2204, 2207, 2232, & 2233 have all been sidelined for retirement. #’s 2205, 2206, & 2208 were still running as contingency spares, & 2202 & 2209 are currently unknown (I last documented these two being out on service runs on 02/18/19).

I have not seen # 2203 in a long while – so it may have been permanently sidelined. # 2210 was retired back in 2015 – I’m not sure what happened to it.


In 2002, PSTA ordered a split batch of buses that comprised of 10 40′ buses & 4 29′ buses. The 40′ buses were numbered # 2201 through 2210, while the 29′ buses were numbered # 2230 through 2233. The Almost all of these buses would operate to see service for 16 to 17 years – with only #’s 2210, 2230, & 2231 being retired prior to 2016. The 40′ buses spent their final months in service as contingency spares across the PSTA network, while the 29′ buses served as spares specifically designated for the North County Connector.

#2203 on US 19, Route 74. Old livery.
Quick glimpse inside # 2232.
Quick ride on board #2204 on Route 74.
#2204 turning the corner in the Carillon Business Park.
On board #2232 through Dunedin.

2003 40-foot Motor Coach Industries (MCI) D4000

#’s 2301 through 2310

In revenue service from 2003 until 2017

In 2003, PSTA purchased ten 40-foot Motor Coach Industries (MCI) coaches for use on the 100X and 300X. These coaches are mostly white with side wraps depicting an artistic view of downtown St. Pete and downtown Tampa connected by a bridge, highlighting the cross-bay connection between Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.

While these coaches enjoyed a good run across the bay area bridges and back, their time began to wind down in 2015 when #’s 2302, 2303, 2304, & 2305 were retired. Then in 2016; #’s 2301, 2307, & 2310 were retired. Finally in 2017; #’s 2306, 2308, & 2309 were retired – with 2309 being the last of the bunch to be phased out of revenue service.

# 2308 departs Britton Plaza. Photo taken originally by HARTride 2012 (me), but released into the Public Domain (used on Wikipedia).

2005 29-foot Gillig Low Floors

#’s 2530 through 2534

In revenue service from 2005 through 2019

The 2005 order of buses was the only such order during the 2000s to include all three lengths of Gillig Low Floor buses. While the 40′ & 35′ variants will stick around for another couple of years as contingency buses, the 29′ buses have about finished their journey & are ready for retirement. As of 02/01/2019, #’s 2530, 2531, 2532, 2533, & 2534 were still seen in operation.


2012 27-foot Chamption LF Transport Cutaway Vans

Ford E-450 Chassis
#’s 1225 through 1232

In revenue service from 2012 through 2015

PSTA ordered eight cutaway vans in 2011 as the initial fleet for the North County Connector. While they were intended to last at least five to six years, they barely lasted three before being pulled off the road due to various mechanical defects. I’m not sure exactly as to what these defects were, nor was I ever able to get any info on what happened. Additionally, I was never able to ride on any of these vans before they were decommissioned. The following photos were all taken by Carlos A. during his tour of the PSTA Facility.