COAST proudly maintains a fleet of 40+ vehicles. We employ three full-time mechanics to keep our fleet operating in prime condition. Our vehicles are safe, reliable, modern, and clean. Through our maintenance program we have been able to reduce maintenance-related delays to a very seldom occurrence. All passenger-carrying vehicles (buses, minibuses and accessible minivans) are ADA compliant. Our vehicles are cleaned and fueled by a dedicated crew of part-time Utility Cleaners at our operations facility. Each vehicle receives an exterior wash and interior cleaning daily.
Many of our vehicles run on B10 Biodiesel fuel, including all of our full-sized buses.
Buses and Trolleys
Most of our regular bus fleet consists of heavy-duty buses built by Gillig. They range in manufacture date from 2008-2016 and come in 29', 35' and 40' lengths. Gillig Low Floors are modern single-step entry buses which each accommodate up to 2 mobility devices. Seating capacity ranges from 26-38 passengers, with standing room for up to 80+ total in the larger buses.
Five are specially-designed trolley replicas which we currently operate on our Portsmouth-Pease Trolley routes, as well as the seasonal Vintage Christmas Trolley. Our trolleys are 35' Gillig Low Floor buses (#1103, 1104, 1105, 1205, 1206) modified with trolley stylings and features. Each trolley seats 31 passengers with standing room for up to 75+.
COAST's newest buses are three 2016 Gillig Low Floor 40' buses (#1606, 1607, 1608 - look for them on route 2!). They are very similar to their 2008 counterparts. These buses replaced the aging 2001 Gillig buses (#0101, 0102, 0103).
We operate a few previously-used buses in our commuter fleet. One is a 1995 40' New Flyer bus (#9502) with rebuilt engine, previously operated by Orange County Transit Authority in California. One of five originally, the New Flyers were purchased in 2012 to ensure COAST had enough capacity for expanding commuter-period service. The New Flyers have 37 seats with standing room for up to 80 passengers. The New Flyers are in the process of being phased out in favor of the larger and more comfortable commuter coaches.
COAST significantly upgraded its commuter fleet in 2014 with the acquisition of two 2001 45' MCI commuter coaches (#2001, 2002) previously operated by Concord Coach Lines. Operated exclusively on our Clipper Connection commuter express routes, each coach comfortably seats up to 55 passengers. COAST acquired two more used commuter coaches (#2103, 2104) in October 2017 (one from Concord, one from C&J), which will replace the remaining New Flyers and enable the operation of coaches on all Clipper Connection routes.
Minibuses, Minivans and Utility Vehicles
In addition to the bus fleet, COAST owns and operates several smaller vehicles.
Seven of our revenue service vehicles are minibuses (also called "cutaways"), identifiable by a bus body attached to a van chassis, varying in manufacture. We operate two styles of cutaway van: a 25' model with 16 seats for fixed-route service and a smaller 22' model with 8 seats for ADA paratransit service. All cutaways accommodate up to 2 mobility devices on board. To supplement our growing ADA paratransit program, COAST took delivery of three brand new cutaways (#1601, 1602, 1603) in June 2016, and another (#6701) in November 2017.
COAST operates eight Dodge Caravan accessible minivans for ADA paratransit service. Each has a folding ramp and can accommodate a single mobility device along with seating for up to 3 additional passengers. They vary in manufacture date from 2012-2017. COAST took delivery of a new accessible van (#1503) in October 2015, and three more new vans (#7701, 7702, 7703) in summer 2017.
COAST also owns and maintains four "non-revenue service" vehicles. Three are vehicles of differing manufacture used for miscellaneous tasks such as shuttling drivers and doing utility work. The other is a shop truck for breakdown response and on-road service calls and repairs.