DART First State Goes 45 Feet into The Future

After about three years of extensive testing, DART First State of Delaware places new 45 foot coaches into service on routes 301 and 305. These coaches are 2012 MCI D4500CT’s and they are replacing older coaches built-in 1999 by Motor Coach Industries.

DART’s new state-of-the-art coaches made their debut runs today, April 2nd, 2012, on route 301 from Wilmington Station to Dover. Previously, service normally was provided by forty-foot coaches built by Motor Coach Industries. In 2009, DelDOT decided to test the performance of forty-five-foot coaches on routes 201 and 305. After about three full years of testing, DART purchased six new forty-five-foot coaches to operate on these routes. 915 and 916 (two of the six new coaches) made their first runs today on route 301.

DART plans to place the rest of these coaches into service over the next month. The last of the 1999 coaches will be retired one-for-one with these new D4500CT’s.

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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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