New Flyer C40LF 2302
Location: 16th Street, NW at Q Street, Washington, DC
Operator of Vehicle: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
Date of Photo: July 19, 2007
It may be April Fool’s Day, but this is no April Fool’s Joke! If you’re familiar with DC area bus assignments, you’ll know that C40LF buses were never assigned to Northern Division, the longtime home of the S2 route. I also don’t photoshop my photos in that way. So what’s the deal here? Sometimes in a pinch, a bus from a “foreign” division gets put in to service on a route in order to maintain service in the event of a service interruption. For transit fans and those who enjoy taking photos of unusual circumstances, coming across an instance such as this is quite fun, as it allows for taking photos that are really hard to come by. To my knowledge, this is the only time a C40LF was documented as operating on this route during their service lives. So even though it is April 1st and perhaps not everything on the internet is believable today, don’t forget to take a second look. Sometimes, the unexpected is still legitimate.
For more photos of WMATA’s New Flyer C40LF buses, please click here.