PSTA Transit Vehicles (Active Revenue Service)

The wheels keep turning…

Welcome to the PSTA Active Vehicles page. Here, I will showcase photos of the various vehicles that PSTA currently operates in its fleet. If you’d like to make a contribution, please feel free to contact me.

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To note; all of PSTA’s diesel Gillig buses are powered with either Cummins ISL or ISM engines, and Voith transmissions (which are most recognizable by the “whistling” noise they make as the bus slows down). Hybrids from 2009 through 2015 use Cummins ISB engines & Allison H 40 EP transmissions. Hybrids from 2016 through 2021 use Cummins ISB or L9N engines & BAE Systems HybriDrive Series E transmissions. As you’ll see throughout the photo galleries, each model bus has different options, such as seating arrangement, different style of wheelchair lifts, etc. None of the buses have opening side windows (except the operator’s window), a characteristic that some agencies possess.

PSTA’s BYD buses are similar to each other (no opening side windows, seating arrangement, etc), minus any technological advances adopted on the 2020 models. The numbering for the 2020 BYDs were designated so as to follow the Gillig BRT Plus Hybrid order. However, the latter was delayed by a year due in-part to Covid-19 related production issues.


2005 Gillig Low Floor Diesel

40′, 35′, & 29′

#’s 2501 through 2508 (40′), 2510 through 2517 (35′), & 2530 through 2534 (29′)

This split order of Gilligs originally comprised of all three lengths & are considered as contingency spares – meaning they will only be dispatched if other buses are not available for revenue service (including when buses break down while in service). The 29′ buses go out very rarely & can usually be found on Routes 5, 16 (weekends), 22, 58, 68 (weekends), 812, 813, & 814. These buses will be gradually replaced with newer units as they are delivered & placed into service.

As of May, 2022; #’s 2501, 2502, 2512, & 2534 are no longer in service.

# 2505 is prepped for a switchout at Pinellas Park Transit Center. It wound up replacing # 2634 on Route 74. Notice the headsign reading – yes these buses are programmed to operate on the Downtown St. Petersburg “Looper” if needed, but the use of a diesel bus on that route is a last resort if no hybrids are available to replace one of the battery electrics.

2006 Gillig Low Floor Diesel

40′ & 35′

#’s 2601 through 2636 (40′) & 2650 through 2661 (35′)

The 2006 Gillig batch is the first for PSTA to have “frameless” windows, meaning that the exterior window frames are squared instead of curved. Many transit agencies go with this window style to add a sleek, modern look to their transit fleets.

As of September, 2015; #’s 2622 & 2626 are no longer in service.

# 2610 at the SR 580/Summerdale stop in Clearwater – Route 19.

# 2701 on Route 74. Credit: Carlos A.

2007 Gillig Low Floor Diesel

#’s 2701 – 2711 (40′) & 2712 – 2718 (35′)

The 2007 Gilligs are similar to their 2006 counterparts with only interior seating varying.

As of January, 2020, # 2706 is no longer in service.


# 2801 departing Pinellas Park Transit Center on Route 52LX.

2008 Gillig Low Floor Diesel

40′

#’s 2801 – 2815

The 2008-series Gilligs are nearly identical to their older siblings with one key difference – the exhaust system. These buses were the first of the clean diesels with a newer EPA approved exhaust system that features a particulate tailpipe. All Gillig buses from 2008 & onwards posses this type of tailpipe and related components – regardless of the fuel type.

Note: The 35′ 2008 Gilligs, #’s 2830 – 2835, have been retired as of 07/19/2019 & are now housed in the Retired Transit Vehicles Page. #’s 2802 & 2808 are also no longer in service.


# 12101 at the PSTA 34th St N Transfer Center.

2009 through 2015 Gillig BRTs

2009 35′ Hybrid – #’s 2901 through 2903
2009 35′ Diesel – #’s 2910 & 2911
2010 35′ Hybrid – #’s 10101 through 10114
2012 40′ Hybrid – #’s 12101 through 12108
2013 40′ Hybrid – #’s 13101 through 13108
2014 40′ Hybrid – #’s 14101 through 14108
2015 40′ Hybrid – #’s 15101 through 15113

PSTA began ordering diesel/electric hybrid buses in 2008, with its initial fleet rolling out in 2009. The 2009 order comprised of three 35′ BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) style hybrids, two 35′ BRT style diesels, & seven 35′ replica trolley hybrids (the latter line of the three is now retired). The agency went with this split order for several reasons – but primarily to test how hybrid buses would perform before committing to a longer-term, larger order.

Originally dubbing these new line of buses as the Smartbus, PSTA was very satisfied with the initial 2009 order of hybrids. The agency therefore went on to order fourteen more 35′ hybrids that year (which were produced & entered service in 2010). In 2011, the agency placed an order for twenty four 40′ hybrids (eight to be produced each year between 2012 & 2014), followed by a thirteen 40′ bus order in 2014 (to be produced & enter service in 2015). By the end of 2015, the diesel/electric hybrids accounted for nearly 40% of PSTA’s roughly 210 bus fleet.

As mentioned at the beginning of this page, these particular hybrids are equipped with the Allison H 40 EP hybrid system. Up until the 2015 order, all of the hybrid buses (as well as the 2005 through 2009 diesels) were equipped with the TwinVision Amber LED headsigns. The 2015 order meanwhile, is equipped with the TwinVision Smart Series III (amber) signage. # 15101 was retrofitted with white signage in 2016 as a test unit for what would later be adopted in the 2018 through 2020 bus orders. Also, unlike some agencies, PSTA opted not to adopt the sleek BRT style rearview mirrors on any of its BRT style Gilligs – opting instead for the standard style rearviews.



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