On October 16, the Ontario Ministry of Labour ordered Toronto Transit Commission bike racks not be used on two of its bus types – the Nova Articulated and Orion VII buses – effective immediately due to concerns around sight lines when the bike racks are in use. These buses make up the majority of the TTC’s bus fleet.
The TTC is working with the Ministry of Labour to resolve this matter. As a first step, the TTC will be locking out all bike racks from the Nova Articulated bus fleet. Customers with bicycles will be invited to board these buses with their bikes, provided there is room on the vehicle to do so at the time.
The Orion VII bus issue revolves around bicycles that have large accessories that, when positioned on the rack, could impede sight lines for an operator.
The TTC will seek an engineered solution for both fleet types to ensure continued and safe use of bicycle racks on its buses.