SEPTA XDE40 on route 135
SEPTA XDE40 on route 135, one of the buses from the most recent order

Philadelphia, PA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has approved the purchase of 220 new hybrid buses from New Flyer industries. After an order of 525 New Flyer Xcelsiors, for a total of 1,708 New Flyer Buses built for SEPTA so far, it’s no surprise that SEPTA would continue to work with New Flyer for a future order.

These buses will be diesel-electric hybrid buses as we are used to by now, but unlike before, these buses will use the BAE systems HYBRIDRIVE as opposed to the Allison H 40 EP that SEPTA has been getting for the past decade and a half. These buses are to begin arriving in August 2022, and will replace the 2005-2006 New Flyer D40LF buses, numbered 8000 to 8119, and the 2008 New Flyer DE40LF Hybrid-Electric buses, numbered 8120 to 8219.

SEPTA is also considering an additional 120 buses to also replace the 2009 New Flyer DE40LFs numbered 8220-8339. There’s no word on the numbering of these buses, but they’re likely to be revealed next year as well. Stay Tuned for future updates on the topic.

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I have been with Virtual Transit Center 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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