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 30', 35' or 40' heavy-duty buses built by either Gillig or New Flyer. Five are specially-designed trolley replicas which we currently operate on our Portsmouth-Pease Trolley routes.
Our Gillig Low Floor buses are the backbone of the fleet. Ranging in manufacture from 2001 to 2016, they are modern single-step entry buses which each accommodate up to 2 wheelchairs. Seating capacity ranges from 26-38 passengers, with standing room for up to 80+ passengers in the larger buses.
Our trolleys are three 2011 and two 2012 35' Gillig Low Floor buses modified with trolley stylings and features. Each trolley seats 31 passengers with standing room for up to 55+.
We currently operate 7 previously-used buses in our fleet. Five are 1995 40' New Flyer buses with rebuilt engines, which were previously operated by Orange County Transit Authority in California. These buses 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. COAST further expanded its commuter fleet in 2014 with the acquisition of two 2000 45' MCI commuter coaches previously operated by Concord Coach Lines. Now operated exclusively on our commuter express routes, each coach comfortably seats up to 55 passengers.
In addition to the new buses we've purchased through Gillig (which, by the way, cost over $380,000 each), we sometimes buy used buses and rehabilitate them to save money. Buses typically last 14-20 years, traveling well over 500,000 miles in that time. Typically, after about 10 years of service, each bus will undergo engine replacement and refitting. Our 2001 Gillig buses, which were purchased new, underwent engine and transmission replacement in 2012.
COAST's newest buses are three brand new 2016 Gillig Low Floor 40-foot buses, delivered in late August and now in active service (look for them on route 2!)
Minibuses, Minivans and Utility Vehicles
In addition to the bus fleet, COAST owns and operates several smaller vehicles.
Six of our revenue service vehicles are minibuses (also called "cutaways"), identifiable by a bus body attached to a van chassis, varying in manufacture. Our minibuses are generally used for ADA paratransit or fixed-route service. They accommodate 2 wheelchairs on board along with seating for 8-16 passengers. To supplement our growing ADA paratransit program, COAST took delivery of three brand new 2016 minibuses in June.
COAST operates five Dodge Caravan accessible minivans, which are our main ADA paratransit vehicles. Each has a folding ramp and can accommodate a single wheelchair along with seating for up to 3 additional passengers. They vary in manufacture date from 2012-2015. COAST took delivery of a brand new accessible van in October 2015.
COAST also owns and maintains several "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.