Posted December 14, 2010

Updated December 17, 2010


At their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, December 16, 2010, the Transportation Committee of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation Board of Directors will be asked to declare 58 Golden Gate Transit (GGT) vehicles as surplus and authorize staff to dispose of the equipment in accordance with federal procedures. If approved by the Transportation Committee, the full Board of Directors will be asked to concur at their Friday, December 17 meeting (Update: On December 17, 2010, the Board approved the sale of surplus buses).

The following 58 GGT vehicles have reached the end of their useful life:

  1. Eight (8) 1990 New Flyer articulated buses purchased in 2004. GGT acquired federal funds to rehabilitate these buses for Marin Transit local service. Once a bus is rehabilitated an additional five years is added to the useful life of the vehicle. These buses reached the end of their useful life in 2007.
  2. Thirty-four (34) 1991 TMC buses were rehabilitated in 2003, extending their useful life by another 5 years to 2008. Eight are currently in service, three buses are in the contingency fleet, and 23 were taken out of service with the delivery of 23 new MCI coaches in 2010. GGT intends to dispose of 24 buses now and the remainder in the near future.
  3. Ten (10) 1997 NOVA buses reached the end of their useful life in 2009.
  4. Six (6) 2002 paratransit vans purchased for use on intercounty regional paratransit service; all have accumulated over 150,000 miles.

In 1983, eleven years after the start of GGT regional bus service on January 1, 1972, began its transit vehicle replacement program. Under the replacement program, transit vehicles purchased with federal funds are eligible for replacement at the end of their useful life. Useful life, as currently defined by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for large, heavy-duty transit buses, is at least 12 years of service or an accumulation of at least 500,000 miles; and for medium-sized, light-duty vehicles as at least 5 years of service or an accumulation of at least 150,000 miles.

The surplus vehicles will be sold by sealed bid. Under federal rules, the FTA is entitled to a share in the proceeds of the disposal of FTA-funded vehicles as follows: All proceeds over $5,000 per vehicle will be used to support another FTA-eligible capital project and proceeds that are less than $5,000 per vehicle will be credited to District reserves.

The most recent sale of surplus GGT buses was to Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority in August 2008, when twelve (12) 1994 Flxible coaches were sold, by sealed bid, for $1,000 to $1,500 each. Prior to that, in October 2006, AZ Bus Sales, Colton, CA purchased 10 (ten) forty-foot-long coaches at values ranging from $1,500 to $6,500.