Bending on Bathurst
Articulated buses officially made their return to revenue service on Dec. 20.
Wilson-Bus Operator Domenic Albanese departed Bathurst Station at 9:45 a.m. on the 7 Bathurst route carrying numerous passengers and avid photographers onboard. Bendy bus #9001 is the first of 153 that are slated to gradually hit the road. It’s been 10 years since the TTC saw its last articulated buses in service.
The 18.3-metre (60-foot) buses are scheduled to be introduced on the following routes:
- 7 Bathurst – December 2013
- 29 Dufferin – January 2014
- 36 Finch West – spring 2014
- 63 Ossington – summer 2014
- 6 Bay – summer 2014
- 85 Sheppard East – fall 2014
- 53 Steeles Express – fall 2014
In September 2012, the TTC Board approved an initial contract for 27 articulated buses with Nova Bus (a division of Volvo Group Canada Inc.). Last March, the Board approved a contract amendment worth $119.4 million for the purchase of an additional 126 articulated vehicles for delivery starting in 2014.
(More photos will follow)