DART First State Gillig Low Floor Plus Electric
DART First State Gillig Low Floor Plus Electric photo by MCMM Productions

Wilmington, DEDART First State has placed its fleet of Gillig Low Floor Plus electric buses in service.

In September 2021, DART First State has received four Gillig Low Floor Plus electric buses numbered 717-720. Due to various issues such as the buses being incompatible with the current infrastructure, these buses initially did not enter service.

Starting in January, DART First State sent these buses into service on a trial basis, having them exclusively operate on a single trip out of the Wilmington Garage.

DART First State has been a customer of Gillig since 1996, beginning with an order of Gillig Phantoms. Starting in 1999, DART First State began receiving the Gillig Low Floor model. 24 years later DART First State primarily operates Gillig buses, with a few Proterra Catalyst electric buses.

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