Van Hool A300K 1133
Location: M Street, NW at Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC
Operator of Vehicle: District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
Date of Photo: March 13, 2015
Yesterday’s post was about a DC area equipment type that is no longer operating. Today’s post is about an equipment type that is still plying the streets of the nation’s capital nearly a year after it was expected to be retired. When DDOT placed its new Proterra electric buses in to service about a year ago, it was assumed that the remaining Van Hool buses would be retired. However, nearly 12 months after the Proterras’ debut, the “baby” Van Hools are still in service. The Van Hools certainly aren’t my favorite bus type in the current DC Circulator fleet; I’d much rather see a New Flyer pull up instead (I have yet to ride a Proterra, but they don’t seem to be operating entire service days just yet). But if you are a fan of a bus type that is rarely found in the United States or buses that seem to have nine lives, you may want to hunt down one of the Van Hool A300Ks while you have the chance. Their days may be numbered, and one day that prediction will be right.
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