A first look at one of the TTC's new articulated—or "bendy"—buses, set to go into service in 2014.
We’ve known since last summer that the TTC is getting ready to introduce a fleet of 153 articulated buses to routes all around the city. Now we’ve got a picture of one of the new, 60-foot-long vehicles all done up in TTC livery and out on the pavement.
Granted, this isn’t Toronto pavement. TTC spokesperson Brad Ross tells us that there are no new articulated buses in town at the moment. The picture above, which he provided, was taken at a plant in Quebec where Nova Bus, a bus manufacturer, is still in the process of making the new vehicles. (Another picture of a TTC articulated bus that surfaced on Reddit Toronto earlier today was likely taken in the same place.) Nova’s name for this type of bus is “Artic.” The same model is used in a number of other cities, including New York.
The TTC hopes to pack these new, bendier buses with about 77 people at a time during peak periods, which is 45 per cent more than the non-bendy versions are supposed to be able to handle. The plan is to use the articulated buses to reduce the total number of vehicles serving some of the city’s busiest routes, without sacrificing rider capacity. Not everybody thinks this is a great idea, because it will mean longer waits.
The TTC used to use articulated buses made by Orion, another bus manufacturer, but retired the last of them about a decade ago, reportedly because of problems with corrosion.
All other considerations aside, though, it’s always neat when we get new transit toys. The articulated buses are expected to enter service in 2014.