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 Ford E-450 Cutaways

Page was created on 12/21/2018, last updated on 01/08/2019.

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 40-foot Gillig Low Floors

#’s 2201 through 2210

In revenue service from 2002 until 2019

Quick note on these buses: As of 12/30/2018, #’s 2201, 2202, 2204, 2205, 2206, 2207, 2208, & 2209 are still active to the best of my knowledge, but are only operating as contingency spares. 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.

The reason why these 2200s have been listed in this section is because as of the same above date, #’s 19101 through 19109 are in production at the Gillig factory in Livermore, CA. # 19101 in fact is now being prepped for delivery – so this means that the days on the road are officially numbered for the remaining 2200s. It would not surprise me if PSTA begins decommissioning in February or March.

So thus rather than making another update in March to move the 2200s to this page, I decided to move them here now.

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 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).