October 3, 2013

The Toronto Transit Commission today introduced the first of its new clean diesel low floor articulated buses.  The TTC has ordered 153 new vehicles that will start entering service on the 7 Bathurst route this December. Total cost of the purchase is $143.7 million.

The articulated bus will result in a more reliable service, with a design capacity of 77 passengers, an increase of 45 per cent from the standard 40-foot bus. The new buses will also be more cost effective, as operating costs will be lower with fewer bus operators required.

The accessible articulated bus will be used on high demand routes, and will carry more passengers with fewer vehicles. Articulated buses have three doors, instead of two, making it faster for customers to board inside subway stations, and faster for customers to exit the bus at all stops.

The articulated buses will operate on the following routes:

  • 7 Bathurst – first bus December 2013
  • 29 Dufferin – first bus January 2014
  • 36 Finch West – Spring 2014
  • 63 Ossington – Summer 2014
  • 6 Bay – first bus Summer 2014
  • 85 Sheppard East – Fall 2014
  • 53 Steeles Express – Fall 2014

All 153 articulated buses will be in service by January, 2015.

Fact Sheet

  • The Toronto Transit Commission has ordered 153 new clean diesel low floor articulated buses.
  • Total cost of the purchase is $143.7 million.
  • Delivery of the accessible articulated buses will begin in December 2013 with the final buses arriving in November 2014.
  • The first bus will enter revenue service in December on the 7 Bathurst route.
  • Anticipated deployment:

Route First bus
7 Bathurst Dec 2013
 29 Dufferin Jan 2014
 36 Finch West Spring 2014
 63 Ossington Summer 2014
 6 Bay Summer 2014
 85 Sheppard East Fall 2014
 53 Steeles Express Fall 2014
       

  • The 60-foot articulated bus can accommodate 77 passengers (48 seated-29 standees) at peak period, a 45 per cent increase in capacity from the 40-foot bus.
  • The articulated buses will operate out of the TTC’s Wilson, Mount Dennis and Malvern garages.
  • The TTC previously had articulated buses in its fleet between 1987 and 2003.

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