RIPTA 2022 New Flyer XE40 on route display at the NEPTA Expo - Courtesy of RIPTA's Twitter Page
RIPTA 2022 New Flyer XE40 on route display at the NEPTA Expo – Courtesy of RIPTA’s Twitter Page

Warwick, RI According to RIPTA‘s Twitter post, a brand new 2022 New Flyer XE40 was on display for the NorthEast Passenger Transportation Association (NEPTA) Expo at Crowne Plaza in Warwick, Rhode Island. This is the first of 14 electric buses to be built by New Flyer for RIPTA. Once deployed later this year, these buses will operate exclusively on the R-Line.

In 2021, RIPTA announced they would be ordering 14 electric buses from New Flyer Industries to operate on the R-Line. Along with these buses, they also are to build in-route charging facilities.

RIPTA currently operates three leased electric buses from Proterra, which mostly operate on the R-Line as well. The lease on those buses is set to expire this year.

Once these New Flyer XE40s enter service, they will go down as RIPTA’s first fully-owned fleet of electric buses, as well as RIPTA’s first New Flyer Xcelsiors.

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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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