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Here’s a Picture of One of the TTC’s New Articulated Buses

A first look at one of the TTC's new articulated—or "bendy"—buses, set to go into service in 2014.

Image courtesy of the TTC.

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.

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  • TO Gal

    I love that they’re back; HUGE nostalgia factor from my childhood. Unfortunately, paired with decreased service these are just fancy, expensive new toys for no reason. If they got these buses and kept service levels the same, it would suit the cities needs so much better!

  • Mystery User

    Uh oh, it’s got the ill-fated 9000-series fleet number. Everything that was under 9xxx seemed to be abandoned before its time or had major problems, i.e. the trolley buses, the CNG buses …

    • Sean Marshall

      The trolley buses actually lasted a very long time – the Flyers lasted about 30 years before they started to be yanked in 1991. It’s just that the TTC neglected the infrastructure.

      The promise of clean-buring natural gas buses was a factor in the final dismantlement of the trolley network; the TTC would have been smarter to buy new TBs and fix the network as it wasn’t long before the newer diesel buses were found to be lemons, and the CNGs that came after not up to expectations.

      The CNG buses were a spectacular failure, especially those Orion VI 100% low floor buses. The TTC rebuilt the high-floor Orion V CNGs and dieselized them, they still run on Dufferin Street. For the newer VIs, the TTC simply junked them way before the end of their service life as they had low capacity and horrible internal circulation with the far rear door.

      • Conservative Astroturf Brigade

        I understand the VI’s were at the end of their “service” life anyways, even though the TTC will keep good buses for 30+ years, these had basically rusted through beneath and weren’t worth refurbishing given their other issues.

        • Still_Waters3

          Getting the industry to build better quality buses was a major initiative of David Gunn’s when he was Chief General Manager of TTC. Average bus life should be 18 yrs., but the lemons that were built after GM went out of the business couldn’t last more than 12 yrs, and that was after refurbishing the rusted out unibody parts.

      • the general

        TTC scapped the 30 year old flyer trolleys & we wished they had bought new,like Vancover did ! Flyer buses Why are they buying from Quebec ,make no sense

  • rox

    Have you ever put a shiny new toy on an old track? That is what seems to be happening. Usually you build the system first, then put the new toys on them. Really that’s common sense. Worst transit in the world for the size of the city.

    • HotDang

      Buses don’t run on tracks. That’s one of the main things about them.

    • Still_Waters3

      What “system” are you going to build for the new buses? Your comment makes no sense.

  • iSkyscraper

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. The new buses are fine (changes in customer service like smartphone apps and countdown clocks help with the longer waits) but they should have got the 4-door model. Toronto is too crowded and way too much time is lost at the front door as people wait for passengers to get off. (Trust me, this is exactly what happens with the Arctic models in NYC). A four-door model would have been much better at getting people off the bus and drawing standing passengers to the rear:

    http://www.streetcarmike.com/sf_may102012/full/sf_063_may102012.jpg

  • Fuck the TTC

    “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.”

    The TTC is so full of shit. Can they do anything right?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.dempsey.1238 Tim Dempsey

      Thank you for that informative post. Very helpful.

    • dsmithhfx

      Charming.

    • Still_Waters3

      Blah Blah Blah, and you wonder why TTC ignores people like you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vote-Ndp/547678963 Vote Ndp

    Finally, the TTC isn’t going with Orion bus industries. Its time for a chance for once.

  • busfan

    saw one doing the ferry route to toronto today, unit 9000 if i am correct,on the 401 as i was headed for montreal.

  • Walter

    Put these, or even longer artics (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2198063/Worlds-largest-bus-AutoTram-Extra-Grand-trialled-Dresden-Germany.html), on Finch West or Sheppard East and you could probably cancel both those LRT’s. Now spend that money on Eglinton (elevate it through Scarborough and Etobicoke) or to start the DRL.

    • Manana

      Well said. Finch LRT is overkill!