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Published on Oct 3, 2008
In the Fall of 1977, GMC Truck & Coach held a media event to show-off the first RTS (Rapid Transit Series) bus fleet to roll off their assembly line.
On Friday, September 23, 1977, the General Motors Corp. paraded before the news media its first newly designed transit bus since 1959, during ceremonies that were held at the GMC Truck & Coach plant in Pontiac, MI. The first "RTS-II" buses to begin production at that plant are featured in this WJBK-TV2 news clip from September, 1977.
The first fifteen (15) RTS coaches manufactured by GMC were of the Model TH-8201, and delivered in October of 1977 to the Long Beach Public Transportation Authority of Long Beach, CA. They were numbered #4701-4715. (high quality viewing of video suggested)