Fairfax Connector 1994 TMC RTS T80-206 Coach No. 7849
This bus is available for trips.
Coach 7849 was built in May 1994 by Transportation Manufacturing Corporation (TMC), one of 44 RTS buses delivered to Fairfax Connector, a suburban transit company serving Fairfax County, Virginia. The purchase was made by Ryder/ATE, a commercial truck lease company which also managed Fairfax bus service. It served routes in that area until it was retired in 2013 and donated to the CC&T by the County of Fairfax in December of that year. In 2007, this coach was updated with the Connector’s latest logo and brilliant new paint scheme in eye-catching waves of red, yellow, and white.
The RTS (Rapid Transit Series) was originally designed by General Motors and introduced in 1977. Early models were built in Pontiac, Michigan until GMC dissolved their Truck and Coach Division in 1987. All assets of the RTS were sold to TMC, and later units were built in Roswell, New Mexico. In 1995, TMC was sold to NovaBUS, who assumed RTS production until they discontinued it in 2003. In 2005, Millennium Transit Services purchased the Roswell plant and RTS design. In recent years, MTS has produced a redesigned RTS with altered wheelbase, along with low floor versions. Coach 7849 is of the original RTS design and was one of the last to be produced by TMC.
Coach 7849 is an RTS model T80-206 (Transit configuration, 8 five-foot modules (40 feet long), 102 inches wide, Model 06, sixth generation of the RTS). It is equipped with a Detroit Diesel Series 50 four-cylinder engine and Allison transmission. It also features a rear door wheelchair lift for accessibility.
Freddy Donaher, Curator, Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum, Inc.