Metro Transit (Minnesota) 8013-8015

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Metro Transit (Minnesota) 8013-8015 has Wi-Fi access.
Metro Transit (Minnesota) 8013-8015 is wheelchair accessible.

Metro Transit (Minnesota) 8013-8015 are 2019 Gillig BRTPlus 40' (G27D102N4) buses. These buses are identical to the 8000 series and 8012, with the only differences being the addition of side-mounted USB chargers, as well as different seat fabric and Stop Request button design.

Engine Transmission Seating Destination sign
Cummins ISL9 ZF 6AP1400B 34 American Seating Vision Luminator Horizon White

History

In 2013, the Metropolitan Council, the agency that operates Metro Transit, approved a contract with Gillig to purchase 184 replacement buses, as well as have the option to purchase an additional 221 buses. With the options expiring in July 2018, the Metropolitan Council proceeded with purchasing these buses, in addition to the 17 buses that became the 1800 series.[1] These buses were purchased to increase the availability of buses for the A Line. However, they were put into service on the C Line shortly after delivery due to battery charger issues that put the 8700 series buses out of service.[2]

The Twin Cities Transit Riders Union and MN350 opposed the purchase because of the impacts that these buses had on the environment, as well as inadequate passenger and operator amenities.[3]

8015 was spotted being tested near the Gillig plant in Livermore, CA in June 2019.

Every bus in this series was retrofitted with a single-panel Bentech operator barrier shortly after delivery.

Assigned to South Garage, they operate on the A and Orange Lines as of January 2022. Buses in these series have appeared on regular routes during the PM peak between August 2021 and January 2022.

Details

Fleet
Number
Thumbnail Build
Date
VIN License Plate Garage Status/Disposal Notes
8013 2019 15GGD2719K3193322 None Heywood, June 2019-January 2020

South, January 2020-present

Active
  • Entered service on June 9, 2019
8014 2019 15GGD2710K3193323 None Heywood, June 2019-January 2020

South, January 2020-present

Active
  • Entered service on June 5, 2019
8015 2019 15GGD2712K3193324 None Heywood, June 2019-January 2020

South, January 2020-present

Active
  • Spotted at the Gillig plant in early June 2019
  • Entered service on June 14, 2019

References