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 some 2008 buses & the 2012 cutaway vans 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′ Gillig Low Floor

#’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. By the start of 2019, all buses were retired out.

2002 29′ & 40′ Gillig Low Floor Diesel

40′ – #’s 2201 through 2210
29′ – #’s 2230 through 2233

In revenue service from 2002 until 2019

In 2002, PSTA ordered a split batch of buses that comprised of ten 40′ buses & four 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. As of mid 2019, all remaining buses have been retired out.

#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 were 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).

# 2830 on Route 74.

2008 35′ Gillig Low Floor Diesel

#’s 2830 – 2835

In revenue service from 2008 through 2019

On 07/19/2019, I was heavily shocked to find four 2008 35′ Gillig Low Floor Diesel buses had been dumped off at the Stepps Transportation Service lot on 118th Ave N near Pinellas Park, #’s 2830, 2833, 2834, & 2835 as scrap vehicles. While I knew that these buses had some issues with acceleration & the newer exhaust system, I didn’t think the problems with the 35′ buses were this bad. PSTA decided to refurbish their 40′ counterparts – #’s 2801 through 2815 to keep them in service for a couple more years, but for these 35′ buses, it was clearly the end of the road. I have not seen #’s 2831 or 2832 since just prior to seeing the others in the scrapyard & am thus highly suspecting that they were auctioned off as operational vehicles.

2012 27-foot Champion 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.

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