Valley Metro (Phoenix) Bus Fleet - Fleet Descriptions - Retired

Retired

Note that this listing does not include GMC New Look, route 70-Luke Link, or GUS the Bus retired vehicles.

Make/
Model
Length Year Numbers
Fuel Propulsion Year Retired Notes
Flxible
53096 "New Look"
40' 1973 4701-4740
Diesel 1994 These were the first buses produced for Phoenix Transit System. They were originally painted in the Phoenix "Phase I" color scheme, which had a white, silver, and yellow base, orange and purple stripes running across the sides, and an orange stripe around the windshield rims. These buses also featured "Tico", an orange anthropomorphic sun-shaped figure with a sombrero and sunglasses. These buses also had soft blue "bucket" seats. In the late-1980s, these buses were rehabilitated and repainted into the Phoenix "Phase III" color scheme, which featured modified orange and purple stripes, with black paint up to the white roofline (to simulate the RTS and Flxible Metro-A buses), and white below the stripes. The "Tico" logo was also featured in this livery, but was replaced in 1993 by a small Valley Metro logo. These buses also received Vultron flip-dot signs at this time. These buses were replaced by the 1994 New Flyer D40LF buses.
Flxible
53096 "New Look"
40' 1975 4741-4755
Diesel 1994 These buses were identical to the 1973 Flxible buses and went through the same changes as the 1973 Flxible buses.
AM General
Model 9640A
40' 1975 4756-4788
Diesel 1996 These buses were the first AM General buses built for Phoenix Transit System. They were all delivered in the "Phase I" scheme and featured rollsigns and soft blue bucket seats. They had woodgrain and white side walls as well. In the late-1980s these buses received Vultron signs and were repainted into the "Phase III" scheme. All of these buses were replaced by the 1996 New Flyer D40LF buses.
AM General
Model 9640A
40' 1975 5101-5115
Diesel 1996 These buses were similar to 4756-4788, but featured 51 seats instead of 47 (Phoenix Transit System numbered their buses with the first two digits representing the number of passenger seats per bus).
MAN/AM General
SG-220
60' 1979 7001-7020
Diesel 1998 These were the first articulated buses delivered to Phoenix Transit System. When they were first delivered, they were painted in the Phoenix "Phase I" colors. They also featured an electronic route number sign that was paired with a standard destination roll sign, and an underfloor A/C unit that proved to be extremely unreliable during Phoenix's hot summers. Inside, the buses featured blue floors, soft blue bucket seats (with hard plastic seats at the rear of the buses), aluminum and cream side walls, illuminated advertising racks, and a cream-colored ceiling. In the late 1980s these buses also were repainted in the "Phase III" scheme, received Vultron destination signs, and a rooftop A/C unit. These buses were retired in 1998, but were not replaced by articulated buses because there were no articulated buses that were fueled by LNG in the United States at the time. They were sold to World Transportation (now Coach USA) in Orlando, Florida after retirement.
GMC T8H-203
"RTS-03"
40' 1979 4501-4537
Diesel 2002 These buses were the first RTS buses delivered to Phoenix Transit System. Originally, they were painted in the Phoenix "Phase II" colors, which were similar to the "Phase III" colors but featured an orange rim around the front windshield. These buses were delivered with rollsigns, sealed windows, and low-profile A/C units, which gave the buses a distinctive "slopeback" rear end. These buses also featured blue floors, soft blue seats (with hard plastic seats in the rear of the buses) blue walls below the windowline, cream window dividers, a blue rear wall, illuminated advertising racks, and glossy ceilings. In the late-1980s these buses received Vultron signs, four opening windows on each side (replacing the sealed windows), and an A/C unit that "squared off" the rear of the bus. In 1994, some of these buses were retrofitted with wheelchair lifts and given the then-new green and purple Valley Metro scheme. While most of these buses were replaced by the 1998 NABI 40-LFW buses (because they were not wheelchair accessible) the accessible units stayed in service until January 2002. Bus number 4507 was retired with 645,182 miles and is currently is undergoing RV conversion. The bus is still painted the green and purple Valley Metro scheme and is now in Tacoma, WA.
GMC T8J-204
"RTS-04"
40' 1981 4401-4415
Diesel 2002 These buses were the first wheelchair-accessible buses to enter service in Phoenix. Originally, they featured first generation flip-dot signs, sealed windows, and a squared-off rear end with a more reliable A/C unit. Inside, the buses were similar to the RTS-03 buses but featured lights mounted above the advertising racks (rather than having the entire advertising rack illuminated). They were delivered in the "Phase II" scheme like the RTS-03 buses. In the late 1980s, the buses received two opening side windows, new Vultron signs, and the "Phase III" scheme. They were repainted into the Valley Metro scheme in 1994 and remained in service until late 2001 and early 2002. At this point, they were leased to the Utah Transit Authority for extra service during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Bus 4401 has been restored, repainted into a modified "Phase III" scheme with the "Tico" logo (but without black windshield rims and a different number font) and put on display in Central Station as part of the Valley Metro historic fleet. Bus 4402 was sold to Laughlin, Nevada to operate the Silver Rider bus service.
GMC T8J-204 "RTS-04" 40' 1981 4301-4315?
Diesel 1999? These buses were not delivered new to Phoenix Transit, but were acquired second-hand in 1994 from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. These buses were originally built for the Southern California Rapid Transit District and featured similar specifications to the Phoenix Transit 1981 RTS-04 buses (sealed frameless windows, first-generation flipdot signs, pantograph doors, wheelchair lifts, etc.). Inside, they featured a brown (rather than blue) interior. These buses were the first Phoenix-operated buses to be painted in the Valley Metro scheme, and were given Vultron signs. All were replaced no later than 1999.
GMC T8J-204 "RTS-04" 40' 1982 4538-4557
Diesel 2002 Originally, these buses were numbered 4416-4435, but were renumbered due to conflicts with the 1988 TMC RTS buses. These buses were all wheelchair-accessible and were very similar to the 1981 RTS buses. They also went through the same modifications as the 1981 RTS buses, but upon retirement in 2002 did not end up in Utah. Bus 4548 has been preserved as a display bus for the Phoenix Family Museum.
Flxible/Grumman
40102 "Metro-A"
40' 1983 4801-4867
Diesel 1998 These buses were some of the first Metro-A buses built, and were built with a Grumman nameplate rather than a Flxible nameplate. These buses were not wheelchair accessible, and featured first-generation flipdot signs (which were replaced with Vultron signs in the late 1980s). These buses were delivered with openable windows for about half the length of the bus. Inside, they featured a very similar interior to that of the RTS buses, but featured black (rather than cream) window dividers. None of these buses were repainted in the green and purple Valley Metro scheme. Because of the fact that they lacked wheelchair accessibility and commonality with the rest of the fleet, they were retired before the older GMC RTS-04 (and some of the RTS-03) buses. Some were sold to Tijuana, Mexico and remain in service today.
MAN
SG-310
60' 1984 7021-7035
Diesel 1998 These buses were modified versions of the earlier SG-220 buses. They were the first buses to be delivered with Vultron signs, and were delivered in the "Phase II" scheme. Externally, these buses had a narrower rear (compared to the SG-220s) and originally featured lavatories that were removed in the 1990s due to maintenance problems (they were located at the rear of the bus on the driver's side, where there is a blank space). Inside, the buses were very similar to the SG-220 buses but featured lights that were located above the advertising racks (rather than having the entire advertising rack illuminated). These buses were repainted in the "Phase III" scheme but were never repainted in the Valley Metro scheme. Because they were not wheelchair accessible, these buses were retired earlier compared to other buses, and were replaced by the NABI 40-LFWs. Because of the fact that there were no articulated buses available to replace these buses at the time, standard 40-foot buses replaced them. Until 2004, they were stored at the Veolia-Phoenix South Division and used as spare parts sources for the 1985 SG-310 buses, and bus 7035 was used as a training bus (in Phase III colors) until 2004.
MAN
SG-310
60' 1985 7036-7056
Diesel 2004 These buses were identical to the 1984 SG-310s, but featured a front wheelchair lift, which prolonged their life to 19 years. These buses were delivered in the "Phase II" scheme and were repainted both into the "Phase III" scheme and the green and purple Valley Metro scheme by 1999. These buses were mostly used on a small handful of crosstown routes, routes 12 and 15 (which had low ridership but could tie into express runs) and express routes 531-533, 540-541, and 560. Towards the end of their service, they suffered from major air conditioning problems during the summer. They were replaced by the 2004 New Flyer D60LF buses. One bus is preserved by the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at Arizona State University.
Orion Bus Industries
01.502
30' 1987 2701–2710
Diesel 2002 These buses were some of the earliest 30-foot buses to be delivered to Phoenix. When new, they were in the "Phase II" scheme and featured Vultron signs. Their interior was very similar to that of the SG-310 buses. These buses were repainted in the "Phase III" scheme and then the green and purple Valley Metro colors. In the early 1990s some were leased to the city of Tempe but were returne in 1998, when they were placed into service on RPTA routes. This RPTA subfleet was retired in 1999. Several more buses continued in service on route 131-START until 2002, when they were replaced with ElDorado E-Z Rider buses.
TMC T80-206
"RTS-06"
40' 1988 4416-4433
Diesel 2007 These buses were the first to be painted in the Phoenix "Phase III" scheme. These buses featured framed (as opposed to frameless) windows and plug (as opposed to pantograph) doors. They featured an interior that was very similar to the 1982 RTS-04 buses but they did not feature hard seats at the rear of the bus. All of these buses were repainted into Valley Metro green and purple, and given Route Scout towards the end of their service. All were retired in 2007 after being replaced by D40LFs.
TMC T80-206
"RTS-06"
40' 1989 4434-4435
Diesel 2007 These buses were built as methanol demonstrators but were converted to diesel fuel in the 1990s. They were similar to the 1988 TMC buses but had different rear door windows, slightly different rear sides, and black side/rear walls.
TMC T70-206
"RTS-06"
35' 1989 3501-3515
Diesel 2007 These buses originally operated on Veolia-Phoenix routes. When built, they were delivered in Phoenix Transit Phase III colors. In 1994, they were leased to Tempe to form the initial fleet of the FLASH (Free Local Area SHuttle) service. In 1998, they were sent back to First Transit routes and repainted in green and purple. These buses were similar to the 1989 40-foot buses but featured softer blue seats.
Orion Bus Industries
02.502
21' 1989 2000
Diesel 1990s? This bus was a prototype for the 1990 Orion II order. It was 4 feet shorter than the production buses and may have been used in Dial-A-Ride service as a test bus. It was retired by 1999.
TMC T80-206
"RTS-06"
40' 1990 4436-4475
Diesel 2007 These were the last TMC RTS buses built for Phoenix Transit. They were very similar to the 1989 TMC buses and featured the same type of softer seats. In 2002 these buses were rehabilitated with new seat cushions and other interior enhancements. Although the majority operated for Veolia-Phoenix, there was a subfleet that operated for First Transit. All of these buses were replaced by New Flyer D40LFs in 2007.
Gillig
35102 "Phantom"
35' 1990 961-967
Diesel 2004 This small subfleet of Gillig buses were the only Gilligs built new for Phoenix Transit. All were delivered in the "Phase III" scheme and operated for Veolia-Phoenix. In the mid-1990s they were all transferred to First Transit. These buses featured a very similar interior to that of the 1990 TMC RTS-06 buses but featured cream-colored walls. Interestingly, they were indirectly replaced by the NABI 45C-LFW buses, because the delivery of these buses to Veolia-Phoenix enabled Veolia-Phoenix to transfer D40LF buses to First Transit, which replaced the Gilligs by the summer of 2004.
Orion Bus Industries
02.501
25' 1990 2001–2006
Diesel 2001 These buses were used to launch the DASH (Downtown Area SHuttle) service in downtown Phoenix in 1990. They were delivered with Vultron signs and an orange and purple color scheme. These buses were also the first all low-floor buses in Phoenix service. All were replaced by E-Z Rider buses in November 2001.
Gillig
40096 "Phantom"
40' 1991 250-263
Diesel 2006 In 2005, following an Arizona State University program to give all students and staff free bus passes, as well as the unsuitability of the 1994 ElDorado National Transmark buses to handle increased ridership, Valley Metro leased 14 buses from Foothill Transit of West Covina, California until the C40LFR buses were delivered in 2006. These buses retained their Foothill Transit numbers (without the "F" prefix) and were painted all white with a Valley Metro logo. These buses did not have functioning destination signs (because they were programmed for Foothill Transit rather than Valley Metro routes) so a makeshift sign using a small yellow card was used. These buses had front wheelchair lifts and non-tinted windows. Inside, they had a "semi-suburban" interior with highback non-reclining soft seating, individual reading lights and air vents, but no luggage racks. They also had cream and gray walls. Despite their semi-suburban interior, these buses were mostly used on Veolia-RPTA local routes. All were retired in 2006 and sent back to Foothill Transit, who retired them.
Orion Bus Industries
02.501
25' 1992 2007–2008
Diesel 2001 These buses were used for the expansion of DASH service to the State Capitol. They were nearly identical to the 1990 Orion II buses and were retired in 2001.
Gillig
40102 "Phantom"
40' 1992 3010
Diesel 1998 This bus was a prototype Gillig bus that was used to determine whether Valley Metro wanted to purchase a new order of Gillig buses. It was delivered in 1992 and originally painted in Phoenix Transit colors before being repainted in Valley Metro colors by 1993. This bus featured Vultron signs, blue flooring, blue and black hard seats, and gray and cream walls. This bus was operated for the RPTA until it was replaced in 1998. It was retained as a training bus before being sold off in 2005.
Neoplan USA
AN440LF
40' 1993 4001
Diesel 1998 This bus was the first delivered in the then-new Valley Metro green and purple colors, and was also the first 40-foot low-floor bus in the Phoenix area (and all of Arizona). It originally had specifications that were very similar to the 1994 New Flyer D40LFs, but had a ramp (rather than steps) connecting the high-floor section of the bus to the low-floor section of the bus. This bus was used as a prototype to determine what buses Valley Metro would order. After Valley Metro ordered D40LFs, this bus was operated in regular service for Veolia-RPTA until 1998, when it was turned into an employee shuttle bus and training bus. It was sold off in 2005.
TMC T80-206
"RTS-06"
40' 1994 6481-6483
Diesel 2007 These buses were leased in early 2007 from Omnitrans of San Bernardino, California to fill in for RTS buses that had broken down and were unable to be repaired. They operated First Transit routes and operated from January 2007 until May 2007. They were painted all white and had signs that were retrofitted from D40LF buses. Inside, they featured blue floors and hard seats, as well as cream-colored walls. They featured Route Scout because Omnitrans had it installed on their buses. Rear doors were pantograph-style and all windows were openable.
ElDorado National
Transmark RE-32
35' 1994 2301–2325
CNG 2005 These buses were built for the city of Mesa to replace Mesa Sunrunner buses. They featured Luminator Mega:MAX destination signs and the green and purple Valley Metro livery. Inside, these buses featured soft seats and a similar interior to the 1994 New Flyer D40LF buses. In 2005, following the combination of Veolia-Mesa with Veolia-RPTA, it was determined that it would be more cost-efficient to retire these buses early and replace them with leased Gillig Phantom buses.
Orion Bus Industries
02.501
25' 1994 2009–2014
Diesel 1998 These buses were some of the first CNG-powered buses in Phoenix, and were also the first buses purchased new by the city of Tempe. They featured Vultron signs and were quite similar to the 1992 Orion 02.501s with the exception of seat colors. These buses operated in FLASH service until 1998, when they were replaced with 40-LFW buses. Two buses were withdrawn in 1996 and sold to OC Transpo in Ottawa, Ontario.
ElDorado National
Transmark RE-32
35' 1995 2326–2329
CNG 2002 These buses were ordered for the RPTA and operated with Veolia-RPTA. Most of the time they operated routes around the city of Scottsdale. They were withdrawn from service in 2002 after a division reorganization.
ElDorado National
Transmark RE-32
35' 1995 2330
CNG 2002 This bus was built for Scottsdale Connection. Originally, it featured a white and gray livery but in the late-1990s was wrapped into a color scheme that was designed by students from local schools. Inside this bus featured blue hard seats. Following the amalgamation of Scottsdale Connection into Valley Metro, this bus was withdrawn from service.
Blue Bird Corporation
CSFE
30' 1996 2501–2506
Diesel 2002 These buses were built for Scottsdale Connection. They were high-floor and featured a rear wheelchair lift. Inside, they featured blue hard seats. Following the integration of Scottsdale Connection into Valley Metro in 2002, these buses were withdrawn from service due to their lack of commonality with the rest of the fleet. They were sold to the University of Arizona because they could not be retired from service.
Gillig
40102 "Phantom"
40' 1996 9108-9110
Diesel 2006 These buses were also leased along with Foothill Transit Gilligs to handle Arizona State University-related ridership increases, as well as the condition of the ElDorado Transmark buses. These buses were leased from Hertz Corporation where they formerly operated airport rental car shuttles around Los Angeles International Airport. Some of these buses had a black window line and white below, but another was painted all white with the Valley Metro logo. Because these buses were built for rental car shuttle service, they were unique compared to regular transit buses. They had no destination signs at all, and had a wide rear door to fit luggage. They had small "Hertz" signs that remained with the buses but were covered up to signify that Valley Metro was leasing the buses. Inside, they featured black carpeted floors, a front wheelchair lift, and all lengthwise (except for the rear) soft black and yellow seating. Originally, these buses featured luggage racks but they were removed and replaced with a wheelchair position. These buses also featured cream and black carpeted walls, as well as no stop request system (although they did feature an interior LED sign that did not function). As a result, a "conductor" also operated these buses to help passengers get off the bus. Ad racks were carpeted and these buses also featured yellow lighting. Some of these buses received new seats and flooring, but the others retained their Hertz configuration until withdrawal in 2006.
New Flyer
D40LF
40' 1996 3701-3729
Diesel 2008 These buses were similar to the 1994 D40LFs. Originally, all were operated by Veolia-Phoenix, but were transferred to First Transit from 1999-2004. 3727 was built as an L40LF LNG test bed, but was converted to diesel after being transferred to Veolia-RPTA. It was retired in 2006, and some of the others have been retired early despite the FTA 12-year minimum. All others were retired after 20 D60LFs were delivered to Veolia-Phoenix, allowing for the former to transfer buses over to First Transit to replace the 1996 D40LFs.
Nova Bus
RTWFD82
40' 1997 6461-6480
Diesel 2012 These buses were purchased from Golden Gate Transit in California in January 2006. They have 1 door and full highback, reclining suburban seating with reading lights and luggage racks. These buses operated routes 511, 531-533, 535-536, 540-542, and 571. In extremely rare occasions, they appeared in lightly patronized local service. Originally, they were numbered 1311-1330, but were renumbered due to conflict with Dial-A-Ride vehicles in the 1300 series. As of December 2012, all of these buses have been retired.
ElDorado National
E-Z Rider
30' 1998 4101-4120
LNG 2011 Originally, these buses were painted in BOLT colors but were repainted in 2002. They had Luminator LEDot signs that were replaced with Luminator Horizon signs in 2007. These buses also have lights mounted on top of the advertising racks, but have no advertisements. As of August 2011, these buses have been retired and sold.
NABI
40-LFW
40' 1998 6157-6163
LNG 2012 From 1998 until 2008, all of these buses operated with Veolia-RPTA, mostly during rush hours. Along with route 81, most of these buses were transferred to Veolia-Tempe in December 2008, although the RPTA still owned the buses. They are identical to 6001-6156 but do not have advertisements. These buses were retired in 2012.
NABI
40-LFW
40' 1998 6164-6172
LNG 2013 These buses were the first to be purchased by the city of Tempe, and were delivered in Valley Metro colors (as opposed to the BOLT scheme). They were built to the same specifications as 6001-6156 but without advertisements. In 2007, they had their Luminator LEDot signs replaced with Luminator Horizon signs. Bus 6165 has been repainted in the new colors. As of January 2013, all of these buses have been retired.
NABI
40-LFW
40' 1998 6173-6180
LNG 2013 These buses were built for the FLASH (Free Local Area Shuttle) service serving downtown Tempe and ASU and were originally painted in the maroon and white FLASH scheme. They have soft seats, a wheelchair sign, and no driver's side route sign. In 2007 their LEDot signs were replaced with Luminator Horizon signs. Buses 6173-6176 and 6178-6179 were repainted in the new colors and given fareboxes in August 2007. These buses were traded with 1998 NABI 35-LFW buses 6184-6188 to increase capacity on local routes and decrease capacity on FLASH routes. As of January 2013, all of these buses have been retired.
ElDorado National
Aerotech
25' 1999 861-864
Gasoline 2005 These buses were originally purchased by the city of Mesa but were transferred to Neighborhood FLASH (now ORBIT) service in 2001. They were painted in the standard Valley Metro green and purple color scheme, and had soft gray seats.
ElDorado National
E-Z Rider
30' 1999 4121-4145
LNG 2011 These buses are similar to the 1998 E-Z Rider buses, but were built with TwinVision LEDot signs, no wheelchair sign, two wheelchair ramps, and lights mounted on the bottom of the advertising racks. Buses 4121-4131 were originally painted in BOLT colors but were repainted in 2002. Buses 4132-4145 were leased to the RPTA and were gradually returned between 2002 and 2006. Bus 4129 retained its TwinVision LEDot sign and bus 4132 is in the new colors. As of August 2011, these buses have been retired and sold.
NABI
40-LFW
40' 1999 6246-6254
LNG 2012 These buses are similar to the Veolia-Phoenix 1999 40-LFW buses, but have no advertisements and have new seat cushions of a different type than found on the Phoenix buses. Bus 6247 has been repainted in the new colors, but with smaller titles and other different details. These buses originally operated for Veolia-RPTA, but were transferred to Veolia-Tempe when Tempe took over operations for routes 72 and 81, although the RPTA still owned the buses. These buses have been retired as of February 2012.
NABI
40-LFW
40' 1999 6255
LNG 2012 This one-of-a-kind bus was owned by the city of Scottsdale and was operated by Veolia-Tempe because Tempe provides all intra-Scottsdale bus service. It was different from the other 1999 40-LFW buses in that it had no driver's side LED sign, had a small LED "runbox" by the front door, had a different seating configuration in the "high floor" section of the bus, and soft seats. This bus did not have functioning signs. Retired in 2012.
ElDorado National
MST
30' 2000 2401–2406
CNG 2006 These buses were purchased by the city of Mesa and in 2005 were retained by Veolia-RPTA. They featured Luminator LEDot signs on the front, passenger side, and rear of the buses. They were high floor and inside featured thin shell seats, gray walls, and "wrapped" windows. These buses were also retrofitted with Route Scout. After Veolia-RPTA took over their operation, they were used mostly during rush hours only, especially on route 30-University. They were replaced indirectly by NABI 60-BRT buses.
ElDorado National
E-Z Rider
30' 2000 4146-4154
LNG 2011 These buses were owned by the city of Scottsdale. They differed from the 1999 E-Z Rider buses in that they were built with Luminator LEDot signs (including a driver's side route sign), a single wheelchair ramp, an extra seat, a black carpeted rear wall, and a gray (rather than white) driver's area. Bus 4146 was formerly a "Poetry in Motion" bus and has been repainted in the new Valley Metro colors This bus was transferred over to Veolia-Tempe in April 2009. Buses 4147-4149 were operated by Veolia-RPTA and rarely saw service in Scottsdale itself. Buses 4150-4154 were operated by Veolia-Tempe and tended to service routes 66, 76, 84, and 114 because those routes also served the city of Scottsdale. Buses 4153-4154 have had their LEDot signs replaced with Luminator Horizon signs. As of August 2011, these buses have been retired and sold.
NABI
35-LFW
35' 2000 6256-6261
LNG 2012 These buses were owned by the city of Scottsdale and were originally operated by Veolia-RPTA. Ironically, they were rarely used in Scottsdale and instead mostly operated routes in Mesa until December 2008, when some of them were transferred over to Veolia-Tempe, which also provides service for Scottsdale. They are similar to bus 6255 but have a different seating configuration in the low-floor section compared to 6255. All of these buses have been retired by February 2012
Startrans
Senator
25' 2001 1318–1324
Gasoline 2004 These buses were purchased by the city of Phoenix to start the ALEX (Ahwatukee Local EXplorer) service. They were wrapped and had a blue livery. Inside they featured soft seats and no Route Scout. They were replaced by the 2004 Startrans buses.
ElDorado National
E-Z Rider
30' 2001 4155-4163
LNG 2012 These buses were owned by the city of Scottsdale. Like 4146-4149, they originally rarely saw service in Scottsdale itself. These buses were nearly identical to 4146-4154, but had ceiling-mounted "Step Up/Step Down" signs. Bus 4163 was formerly a Scottsdale "Poetry in Motion" bus but was repainted in late 2008 due to the poor condition of the color scheme. Bus 4163 was transferred to Veolia-Tempe in April 2009. During their final years of operation, these buses operated for the Scottsdale Trolley in a trolley wrap. As of December 2012, these buses have been retired. Their interim replacement are select NABI 40-LFW CNG buses on lease from the RPTA, which will remain in service with the Scottsdale Trolley until the delivery of the Gillig Trolley Replica buses in mid/late 2013.
Startrans
Senator
25' 2002 1331
Gasoline 2007 This bus was purchased as a supplement in 2002 to operate ALEX service. It was identical to the 2001 Startrans buses except for a different rear door. It was retired in 2007.
ElDorado National
E-Z Rider II
30' 2002 4173-4175
LNG 2012 These buses almost always operated on Route 131-START, and were owned by the RPTA until 2005 when the service was taken over by Phoenix. On rare occasions, they occasionally substituted for DASH (and in the past, First Friday) shuttles. They were identical to 4164-4172 except that they were painted in the green and purple Valley Metro color scheme and also had fareboxes. Retired in 2012.
Startrans
Senator
25' 2003 1332–1340
Gasoline 2007 These buses were purchased for Neighborhood FLASH service. They were painted all white with a small Neighborhood FLASH logo and had no destination signs. Inside they had soft seats arranged around the perimeter of the bus. They were replaced in 2007.
Startrans
Senator
25' 2004 1341–1347
Gasoline 2007 These buses were purchased to replace buses 1318-1324 and operated on the ALEX service. They featured a new paint scheme, no rollsigns, thin gray seats, and Route Scout. They were replaced in 2007.
Startrans
Senator
25' 2005 1399–1402
Gasoline 2007 These buses were purchased for Neighborhood FLASH service. They were identical to the 2003 Startrans buses but had a larger "Stop Requested" sign and larger wheelchair lift door windows. They were withdrawn from service in 2007.
Startrans
Senator SII
25' 2005 Unknown Gasoline 2007 These buses were used to launch route 685-Gila Bend Regional Connector service. They were replaced in late 2007 by larger Aero Elite vehicles.
Startrans
Senator
25' 2006 1406-1407 Gasoline 2011 These buses were used to launch route 660-Wickenburg Regional Connector service. They were retired in 2011 when the route was discontinued.
ElDorado National Aero Elite 30' 2007 Unknown Diesel 2010 These buses entered service on December 10, 2007. They operate route 685-Gila Bend Regional Connector service. Replaced in 2010 with ElDorado Passport vehicles.

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