SEPTA NABI bus in North Philadelphia, which will be replaced by NovaBus LFS 40-foot models, photo by DashTransit

SEPTA, aka Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, awarded a 3-year contract to NovaBus for 90 forty-foot buses and 155 sixty-foot buses. Of the 155 sixty-foot buses, 70 are to be sixty-foot hybrid articulated buses, and 85 are to be sixty-foot clean diesel articulated buses to NovaBus.

SEPTA may later secure funding to get 85 hybrid sixty-foot articulated buses instead of the 85 sixty-foot clean diesel articulated buses.

According to the SEPTA board agenda, which was held on March 22nd, NovaBus has been officially awarded the contract for the new sixty-foot and forty-foot buses. This not only is SEPTA’s first order from NovaBus but also the first time since 2001 that SEPTA awarded a major contract to a company other than New Flyer.

The arrival date of the first buses is currently unknown. For more details and related discussion on SEPTA’s new bus contract with NovaBus, stay with this thread in Philadelphia Transit Forums: Next Bus Order: NovaBus – Philadelphia Transit Vehicles

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I have been with Virtual Transportation Cente since it's conception as the "Dash Forums" back in 2008. Since then, I have been writing and doing YouTube side by side, focusing both on Transportation and Gaming. Most of my knowledge comes from SEPTA as I lived in Philadelphia for most of my life. As of 2021, I am on YouTube as DashTransit, Dash5155, and TheDashOfficial.

As for the name DashTransit itself, it actually stems from my YouTube channel.

DashTransit was originally called "njt5329" and the channel was just clips of buses. Mostly SEPTA and NJT. A Fujifilm Finepix was used in this era.

Starting in July 2011, the Canon SX130IS camera became the camera of the channel, bringing HD documentary-style videos much like my buddy (trainman1971) did for DVD for many years past. This is when the channel became known as "Transit Action Series"

In May 2012, the original Canon SX130IS retired, and then all videos were recorded off a mobile phone until eventually uploaded proved too difficult due to hardships IRL

Starting in 2017, I used a Canon SX200IS from Bastranz to reboot the channel that otherwise was dead for a whole year prior.

Between April 19th, 2019, and January 21st, 2021, all videos were recorded by a Canon SX710 HS camera. The channel was renamed DashTransit 4/19/19.

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