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RiverLine Cars Out of Service

A defect was found in the one of the DMU's that operate on the RiverLine and as a result, all but 4 cars were taken out of service for emergency inspection.

NJ Transit will operate alternate express bus service to the line during the day to supplement the 4 cars that are in service. These buses will only stop at Trenton Transit Center, Florence, Beverly/Edgewater Park, and Walter Rand Transportation Center.

NJ Transit also will cross-honor RiverLine tickets on local lines for alternate service to other stations. For a full listing of which routes serve which stations, see the below link.

No word on what the actual defect was as of yet, but stay tuned...

Update 2:20pm EST
Accordingly, the defect was found in the wheels. Still no word on WHAT was found, but simply that they did not meet safety standards.

This weekend, I was up in Hershey, PA, enjoying past and present buses in Hershey PA. Saw some pretty interesting gems as well. If anyone else was there feel free to share your shots and feelings. It was good seeing people there as well.

Here's a video I posted, more to come later on:

This thread is to keep track of all the New Flyer Xcelsiors and Proterra Catalyst Buses arriving on SEPTA's property.
Last Updated: May 31st, 2019

New Flyer Xcelsior XDE40
Numbers: 3000-3524 (contirmed)
3000-3260 delivered as of June 3rd 2019

3000 - Callowhill Depot

New Flyer Xcelsior:
3001-3059 - Callowhil Depot
3060-3084 - Victory Depot
3085-3101 - Southern Depot

3102-3119 - Southern Depot
3120-3169 - Frankford Depot
3170-3194 - Comly Depot
3195-3204 - Frontier Depot

3205-3224 - Frontier Depot
3225-3232, 3234, 3238-3242, 3244-3254 - Midvale Depot
3255-3261 - Victory Depot
3264, 3265 - Delivered as of June 13th 2019

New Flyer Xcelsior Charge XE40
Numbers: TBD
None delivered as of June 3rd 2019

Proterra Catalyst E2 BE40
Numbers: 900-924 (contirmed)
900-924 delivered as of June 3rd 2019,
Order complete

900-901 - Southern Depot

902-909, 913-920 - Southern Depot

910, 911, 921 - Southern Depot
922, 923 - Delivered as of May 31st 2019
924 - Delivered as of June 13th 2019

This thread will be regularly updated as things change.
Greyhound Bus Services put up for Sale by FirstGroup

According to multiple sources, Greyhound Bus Services went up for sale today (Thursday, May 30th) by FirstGroup after pressure from activist shareholder group "Coast Capital Management"

FirstGroup has two subdivisions in the United States: One First Student, which covers school transportation, charters, and the like. The other being First Transit, which does local commuter contracts (one of which is with Philadelphia's SEPTA Customized Community Transportation, or CCT division).

Since taking over Greyhound in 2007 from former owner, Laidlaw International, FirstGroup has introduced many enhancements to Greyhound service, including the "BoltBus" service, which was made as a partnership between Peter Pan and Greyhound to provide low-cost premium services between cities along the Interstate 95 corridor (the partnership has since ended, and Greyhound LLC is the current sole owner of Bolt Bus).

By separating Greyhound from their First Transit division, it will allow for a more focused portfolio from FirstGroup, which is one of many things Coast Capital Management is pushing, along with a restructuring of management level operations in each division.

No word on if any offers were made to purchase Greyhound from FirstGroup, but updates will continue to roll in and we will keep you updated.

With the New Flyer Xcelsior buses coming in quickly, SEPTA is actively retiring the New Flyer D40LF buses in the feet, as well as the New Flyer DE40LF "first generation" hybrids. This thread will keep track of all the current buses retired, and this first post will be updated every time something changes.

Retired 2001 New Flyer D40LFs as of May 29th, 2019

Entire Fleet Retired as of February 2019

Retired 2002 New Flyer D40LFs as of May 29th, 2019

5501-5515, 5517-5540, 5542-5548, 5550-5561, 5563-5600

Retired 2003 New Flyer DE40LFs as of June 13th, 2019

Entire fleet retired as of June 13th 2019

Retired 2003 New Flyer D40LFs as of June 16th, 2019

5615, 5620, 5627, 5637, 5639, 5643, 5648-5649, 5653-5655, 5658, 5662, 5666, 5669, 5672, 5674-5676, 5680, 5681, 5685-5688, 5690, 5693-5694, 5698, 5700-5702, 5705-5707, 5712

Retired 2004 New Flyer D40LFs as of May 29th, 2019


Retired 2005-2006 New Flyer D40LFs as of May 29th, 2019


As previously stated, this thread will be actively updated as buses retire from revenue service. Information is coming from members of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Transit Scene group on Facebook.
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Website News / IRL Transit Focus Shift
May 13, 2019, 06:17:17 pm
As you all may know, with LOTUS coming in the near future, and a dying interest in new OMSI content, this site is slowly but surely re-configuring itself to focus more on IRL transit. With that being said there's one big change coming in June and that will be the introduction of IRL bus rosters/pages to the site. Believe it or not this has a lot to do with us now.

So what can you do? Well if you are a transit enthusiast and you want your local agency represented on this site, provide as much information on it as you can (and if you took any photos, feel free to add them to the multimedia galley) and we will add them.

Only two rules apply here:

1. Since I know what information CPTDB wiki, and Wikipedia, and most other people do as well, you CANNOT (and I can't stress this enough) simply provide us with a wiki article. Remember this site is all about the personal touch. We will look at the wiki's for fleet rosters and whatnot, but anything else you want to provide like what key points there are to access the system (like Transit Centers and whatnot), and photos taken by yourself (and even things the wiki's got wrong fleet roster/fare structure-wise) that's what we're looking for.

2. North American only. Since we cannot really promise much in terms of expansion on currently

Stay tuned for more updates coming in June...
Add-On Vehicles / Modded NovaBus LFS Forty-Foot
May 06, 2019, 08:18:35 am
NovaBus LFS Sounds and More
Sound/Script Mods By Dash5155

After so much whining and complaining from you jerks support from you guys, I finally decided to release what I have, sounds n all. Since a lot of my changes require modified versions of the default files, and I forget which are and which aren't, I just uploaded my whole LFS folder.  I won't be changing things in this pack, in-fact I'm not even sure how long it will remain uploaded.


  • All the default buses in the LFS pack with all the listed modifications
  • Gen IV LFS (SEPTA and MTA bodies)
  • All-door exiting
  • Exteior announcements
  • Kneeling sounds
  • modified DBC Chicago .hof files
  • the many sound moods by Dash5155/TheDashOfficial
  • the many script changes by Dash5155/TheDashOfiicial

Special thanks to:
  • MTA3306 (Creator of the Original Bus)
  • Dash5155
  • TheGr8Winston
  • Nyctrman
  • Krtz07
  • Jon

Althought you don't need to download the latest version of the NovaBus LFS (as of this point it's 0.72), I still condone supporting the developer. Visit for all their updates and content.

Work In Progress Maps / CCTA Routes 34 and 35
April 07, 2019, 04:36:33 pm

CCTA bus route 34 introduced back in June 2016 as the second CCTA Local route, which originally ran from Greenville Transit Hub to Front-Market by way of the central tram way (which went from 18th and City Ave to Market Street underground) Mondays through Saturdays only. On October 5th 2016, the 34 was had a rush-hour only branch added which served Springfield Mall. However, due to a high demand in service, this rush hour only extension was turned into a full service route on December 3rd 2016, known as the route 35, operating daily Mondays through Sundays (unlike the previous 34 which did not operate Sundays)

Direct Bus Era

Around when CCTA was introducing newer routes to meet demand, a new bus brand, known as "Direct Bus Service" and with it came the "Central Direct" route 301 These routes brought riders from City Line to Front-Market in a 3rd of the time it took the 34/35 which drove ridership onto the 301 and off of the 34/35. On April 28th, 2017, the 34 suffered its first cut in the history of the route, as it was cut back to City Hall, 15th-Market on this day. The 35 was also cut back to City Hall.

City Line Service Enhancements

In July 2017, former trolley route 3 became bus operations full time. Because of this, the bus operations along City Line was looked into, including service along routes 34 and 35. It became clear to both city planners and riders of the routes that they could also not follow their former trolley routes any longer as ridership patterns have since changed with the times. Studies were performed to see where the ridership of routes 34 and 35 ended and where ridership of the Central Direct Began. It was unanimously agreed that 18th Street and City Avenue was where the last of the Darrah Peak riders would exit and where the first of the "Central Busway" riders would pick up.

Final Draft

Once it was determined that routes 34 and 35 no longer needed to go beyond 18th and City, it was now a matter of "Where to send them to retain ridership without having them go too far out of the way. It was a toss up between Arrott Transportation Center and Front Street and City Avenue. By November 4th, 2018 it was settled that all 34/35 buses would terminate at Arrott Transportation Center, alongside route 75, where they still go to this day.

So this is something new we're trying out, basically you submit pictures to this thread and whichever post gets the most likes will be the photo of the month for April 2019. This month's theme is just IRL equipment, be it bus, train, trolley, trackless trolley, and... that's it.

  • Your image MUST be in the photo gallery (the image BBCode is at the bottom of each picture on the 'intermediate' image view).
  • One image per post, two posts per member
  • We're going real world pictures this month so only real stuff.

Happy posting. Since the rules are somewhat simple, submissions will be done at March 30th, and the winner will be whoever has the most likes on April 1st.
MTA R-160 Subway Train Mod for GTA IV
By Sonder of

I'm not the creator of this mod by any means, but I'm posting it here because it is an amazing mod that replaces the default trains with R160s... and as you can see in the video it fits PERFECTLY.

Download Link:

Again, I want to heavily emphasize that I did not create this mod, I'm merely promoting it. I searched several years for such a mod and not once did it come up on google. Turns out it was right under our noses for about 1 and a half years now. Enjoy!


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Get Exterior Announcements on ANY OMSI 2 Bus

This tutorial will show you how to get exterior announcements on your buses, based on the schedule you're on. Make sure you make backups of all your files, and attempt at your own risk! I will not be held responsible if you didn't make backups!!

So like look up which door OSC your bus uses (it's usually named door.osc but make sure you look at your.bus file to be sure) and then find this:

{macro:Door Frame}
scroll down until you find something similar to this:

(L.L.door_0) 0.9 > (S.L.PAX_Entry0_Open) (S.L.PAX_Exit0_Open)
 (L.L.door_2) 0.9 > (S.L.PAX_Entry1_Open) (S.L.PAX_Exit1_Open)
 (L.L.door_3) 0.9 > (S.L.PAX_Entry2_Open) (S.L.PAX_Exit2_Open)
 (L.L.door_4) 0.9 > (S.L.PAX_Entry3_Open) (S.L.PAX_Exit3_Open)
 (L.L.door_5) 0.9 > (S.L.PAX_Entry4_Open) (S.L.PAX_Exit4_Open)

Now I must warn it won't be exactly the same, so that's why I never outright told people to do this because if it doesn't work, I know for a fact that people will get angery with me and tell me I broke their games. So I warn it won't be the same, and if you're unsure MAKE BACKUPS. Anyways, under the last door Entry/exit, in this case the last one is 5, hit return to add an extra space, then add in this:

(L.L.door_0) 0.05 >
 (L.L.external_announcement) 1 = &&
 0 (M.V.GetDepotStringGlobal) $+   
 "\" $+ 
 (M.V.GetTTLineString) $+
 "_EXT_" $+
 (M.V.GetTTTerminusIndex) 0 (M.V.GetTerminusString) $+
 ".wav" $+
 $msg (T.F.ev_ext_announce)
 0 (S.L.external_announcement)

 (L.L.door_0) 0.04 <
 (L.L.external_announcement) 0 = &&
 "ditto.wav" $msg (T.F.ev_ext_announce)
 1 (S.L.external_announcement)

Then save.

NEXT, we open up the varlist for that same bus, mind you it's usually door_varlist.txt but it could be named something differently so check your .bus file under varlists to be sure.

anyway all you do in this case is add in this:

external_announcement and save

We're almost done.


Open up the sound cfg file for whatever bus you're using. In this case, it's in the sound folder and normally named sound_[bus name].cfg but it could be named differently so make sure, again, you check your .bus files.

Anyways, just add in this small bit of code and save.





and save and viola, you've just given your bus automatic exterior announcements!

  • Depending on your scheduled trip and whatnot, so far this only works by default with Cayuga USA as it's the only map that has announcements made with this function in mind, but it could be expanded to other maps if other developers work with this, or if you make announcements yourself.
  • In order to have announcements play in other maps, you must create .wav files in the GLOBAL announcements directory relative to the .hof file with the name:
    For example,
    47_EXT_CITY HALL.wav
  • To make buses announce when the front doors close, you can add a .wav file to your vehicle named "ditto.wav" in your vehicle's sound folder.

Thank me by sharing this tutorial if it works for you! Special thanks to user "John" for creating the originals as well!
The current release of Cayuga USA is the v0.7.6 patch released on April 15th 2019. Click the banner below to get the latest release

Just to clarify to reduce potential questions, unless something crutial (like map-breaking) is discovered in the current releases, here's the schedule for Cayuga USA releases:

Cayuga USA v0.7.6 - April 15th 2019
Cayuga USA v0.7.7 - May 1st 2019
Cayuga USA v0.8 - TBD

Version 0.7.7 would only fix bugs mentioned in 0.7.6, no new routes will be introduced in this release.
The v0.8 release would potentially would introduce routes 7 and 316 as well as rwo airport routes and two night-time Direct routes.

There's no more NEW routes on the other than the hints dropped here. Anything else you hear or see is simply speculations, ideas, references and otherwise not the real deal. The announcements calling out routes that aren't actually there are either call backs to an older version or an idea that was ultimately rejected.

As of right now, routes like the 59, 89, and 101 that were supposed to be introduced in 0.4 with helpers and stuff still floating around are slated to be scrapped. Routes 91 is the only one of these routes that will still be made but it won't be introduced until possibly the final version.

Use this thread to comment on release dates or ACTUAL bugs (not just "bruh I can't get the map to work") here. Everything else like route suggestions and requests for getting the map working should go in the main support thread for Cayuga USA
Hello everyone! So coming into 2019, we will be exploring some new venues when it comes to this community. First thing's first, your feedback is important to the improvement of the community. Trust and believe when I say I've been listening to what you guys have been saying, and I want to make sure all of your voices are heard by the public!

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Remember when Cayuga USA was the community's map, where everyone was allowed to give their own personal opinions of routes, design and the like? Well today we bring that back with this new competition: Design the New CCTA Livery! Here's the rules...

1. You must use the attached body template, and logos. This way it's fair to everyone to be involved.

2. You must post submissions in a submissions thread. Personal messages, discord messages, and anything that cannot be publicly accessed related to this competition WILL BE IGNORED. There will be an equivalent submissions thread to this in the OMSI/OMSI 2 Virtual Transportation Center facebook group, which is linked here where you are allowed to share submissions.

3. Submissions must be posted BEFORE February 4th, 2019.

4. Up to 2 submissions per user.

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After all submissions are posted, there will be a facebook poll where everyone is allowed to pick their favorites. The winner will have their version of the CCTA livery become part of the February 24th update of the map, and all future versions of the map. On top of that, their livery will become the cover photo for the Facebook group as well as the VTC home page banner.

Happy posting!

*Note: This is in no way me being too lazy to come up with liveries myself and trying to pawn the work off on you guys. No totally it's not like that at all hehe

Website News / 2019, New Year New You!
January 01, 2019, 12:55:25 am

Happy New Year Everyone! From the staff here at Virtual Transportation Center to all of you :D. May your year be filled with happiness and success.

And most importantly, here's to hoping that 2019 is the greatest year yet!!

Website News / Happy Thanksgiving!
November 22, 2018, 03:06:53 pm
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Whether you're with your family, eating generic turkey, having a good time with friends, or just playing video games like myself, enjoy today for what it stands for. Not the savage backstory of it ;D

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here at the Virtual Transportation Center. We are grateful that you've given us a good two years and will be even more thankful that we have many more to come.

With love,

The Staff From Virtual Transportation Center.
Work In Progress Maps / CCTA Route 75
November 17, 2018, 04:28:54 am
What's up everyone? So I think I finally completed the Cayuga USA route 75 (as of this post, but it's not in the released versions yet) that has been teased since the earliest builds of the map (with the street layout being ingame since the 0.5 build), and since people don't understand why, I figured it would be best to give a bit of a back story to the line.

The Plan:

See, the 75 was supposed to be ground breaking. It was to be one of the first lines in one of my maps to utilize "trolley buses." Problem is... the ones that existed in game kinda suck. I wanted it to resemble those used in Philadelphia route 75.

So ultimately I scrapped the plan to use them in the AI, and stuck with a more conservative approach and had standard buses run the line, with the wires still up in sort of an "abandoned trolley line" fashion, adding a more enviromental feel. The sad thing, is since the "City Line tram" idea was scrapped first, it just seems like a repeating trend in the Cayuga map.

Wayne Junction

Speaking of scrapped ideas, although the name of the terminus "Wayne Junction" shares a name with the real terminus on route 75 in Philadelphia, the actual setup of said terminus moreso pays homage to Grundelphia Wayne Junction station, which originally was meant to be a terminus on multiple lines (obviously, the idea was scrapped because I didn't know what the heck I was doing back then). In many ways, Cayuga ended up being what Grundelphia could only dream of becomming. (and by Grundelphia, I mean 2014 me).



See, originally, when I made this setup, I assumed that the ground could automatically be fixed. The incline only existed because I accidentally rose the terrain and didn't know how to fix it (the same applies to the slightly decended terrain around the original Penn's Landing). Because I didn't know how to fix it, I couldn't put a mini-hub in front of the station like I wanted to. In these days, pulling over to the side of the road as traffic passed was also not an option, because I rarely used splines that would allow me to do so. I was lost, I ended up making the "City Line" terminus which served the 51 and 9 lines down the line, but that also explains why some versions of Grundelphia has "Wayne Junction" listed as a terminus on the .hof files.

It Got Fixed in Cayuga

Like many issues in Grundelphia, a fixed version exists in Cayuga. The randomly dropping terrain in Grundelphia was replaced by a much smoother transitioning terrain in Cayuga (which also explains why there isn't as many inclines), but the best fix has got to be Wayne Junction.
With this better and improved version of Wayne Junction, buses can terminate on the sides of the road as intended, Currently, there are no plans to add in AI trains, so technically the Grundelphia version is more active than the Cayuga version, but I can honestly close the books on this annoying to implement system and can finally write off route 75 as a drivable line. In a future update, The 75 will match this schedule and have helpers.

This is really the first time I wrote about one of these lines like this, mainly because this one in particular holds so much history to me.
Add-On Maps / [MERGED] Cayuga USA 0.7 (Alpha Release)
November 04, 2018, 06:44:45 am
This topic has been merged into Cayuga USA.
General Support / Modifying an AI List!
September 03, 2018, 11:03:38 pm
How to Modify AI Lists

In order to add any vehicle to your AI list, you must first locate the AI list. First go into the folder for a the map you want to modify. Find a file labeled "ailists.cfg" (if you see ailists_#low.cfg, do not modify this as this is for the reduced AI settings. If you wish to have modded AI on reduced AI settings, you risk overpowering your computer, should you use the lower setting).

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Opening up the file

Open this file up with notepad or notepad plus, and scroll down to the an active vehicle group. In the case of Cayuga, the standard group is "Cayuga City Standard Buses." You can also determine the standard AI group by opening up the Global.cfg file for the map, and finding the [standarddepot] tag, but this is not always accurate. The best way of determining which group is for buses is by looking for the "[aigroup_depot]" tag in the AI list, as most modern maps use multiple bus groups. In this example, we will focus on Cayuga City Standard Buses.

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Swapping out vehicles

You may have noticed that I have a "URL" selected in the last screen. Well all AI lists basically use a link relative to the OMSI root to find vehicles. Both in the OMSI 1 and OMSI 2 format lists, however the OMSI 2 format lists give much more customization when it comes to conditions and numbers. However we will not be worrying about that for this, we're simply going to add in another vehicle. You have two ways of going about this, you could...

  • add in another vehicle as an additional vehicle
  • replace an existing vehicle in the AI with another

In this example, we will be replacing, but should you want to add you simply have to perform two additonal steps:

  • Add in a new tag for your AI list, under the desired AI group, with the label "[aigroup_depot_typgroup_2]"
  • under this tag, add in the URL to the vehicle of your choice (how this is determined will be explained below)
  • under the URL, add an [end] tag, but we won't stop there as the game will assume you want EVERY possible combination of this vehicle in your AI for now, but when we cover repaints this will be fixed.

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Finding your vehicle URL

This is rather simple, all you really have to do is go to the vehicles folder of your OMSI 2, find the bus you want to add in, then replicate the directory then file in your AI list. As you can see, my folder setup is common | OMSI 2 | vehicles | Citaro Facelift UK, and the file I have selected is "MB_O530FL_Ecomat.bus" You only need everything after "OMSI 2" in your URL, as the game looks for everything beyond that folder already, so your reference in the AI list should be like vehicles\Citaro Facelift UK\MB_O530FL_Ecomat.bus

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From here, in most cases, all you have to do is add in numbers, so under your Vehicle URL you can just type them as a list, example:

vehicles\Citaro Facelift UK\MB_O530FL_Ecomat.bus

However that may prove to be boring because, they will spawn with the default repaints. So how do we fix this? Well we reference em! Between each number and the repaint name there is to be two tabs, the first tab references to the license plate numbers and the second refers to the repaint name. So we want them to reference the repaint name. How do we do this? Simple. Keep this formula in mind:


So the ideal reference to a repaint would look like this:

Quote5130 M519017 Devon

Keeping in mind those are tabs, not spaces! You MUST hit the tab key on your keyboard where the tabs are referenced in the formula in order to do this proper. You can repeat this for as many numbers and repaints as you wish, it does not have to be the exact amount referenced in the map previously.

Wrapping up

Now all you have your AI list modified, here's some things you want to know:

  • Always make sure your repaint names exist in your actual vehicles, and try to avoid extra spaces. If you mess up even a little bit your buses will spawn with the default repaints instead of the paint of your choice
  • make sure the vehicle you're putting in the AI is the one you want. Sometimes it's good to double check by opening the .bus file and looking at the names of files and stuff.

Hopefully this was all helpful!
Work In Progress Maps / [WIP] Southside Ithaca
September 03, 2018, 03:01:55 pm
Southside Ithaca
Route 15 - Southside Shopper
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Ithaca is Gorges! Welcome to Ithaca. A very lively town in upstate New York with one of the simplest bus systems in the country. A fleet of 51 buses operate on several lines. This map will be focusing on route 15, which operates on the Southside of Ithaca, providing access from downtown to the Titus Towers, Wegmans, and TOPS.

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As mentioned in the "what are you working on" thread, I created sort of a sandbox map which basically allowed me to play around with object placement. What ended up happening was a pretty accurate 1:1 recreation of Ithaca, NY. At least, the South Side anyways. If this map ends up looking as good as I would like, I will expand to the full city.

Routes to drive
As it stands now, only route 15 will be a drivable route. It is a rather scenic route, going from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Ithaca, to a peaceful drive down the nature ridden Plain Street, with a side stop into Titus Towers. This route also provides access to Wegmans, Tops, and Walmart along Meadow Street.

Progress Status
As of right now, the road layout is 70% complete, with scenery lagging slightly behind at 50% complete. There is also no AI bus traffic as of yet. It may not be until late October that a stable release is out. There will be no beta/alpha releases with this map, as it is my 4th big project, by now I basically know what I'm doing so it will be complete looking upon release. Also no payware addons will be required to run this map (including Chicago) which is a first for this site.

Please leave all questions, comments, and concerns in this thread


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