Wheel-Trans

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Wheel-Trans
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Parent Toronto Transit Commission
Founded 1975
Headquarters Lakeshore Bus Garage
Service area Within the City of Toronto limits and to Pearson Airport
Service type Door-to-Door Paratransit
Website TTC — Wheel-Trans

Wheel-Trans is a specialized accessible transit service in Toronto, Canada, provided by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). It involves door-to-door accessible transit service for persons with physical disabilities using its fleet of accessible minibuses or contracted accessible taxis. Users must register with the TTC who will typically grant access to those with permanent disabilities or show difficulty in traveling short distances. Wheel-Trans only provides service within the City of Toronto and accepts regular TTC fare.

History[edit]

The para-transit system was created in 1975 as a two-year pilot project contracted to Wheelchair Mobile and operated on behalf of Metropolitan Toronto and the province of Ontario until 1976. Only individuals using wheelchairs were accepted as the original 46 users of the pilot project, and rode at no cost. In 1977 the service was contracted to All-Way Transportation Corporation of Toronto before being taken over by the TTC.

Operations[edit]

Service provision[edit]

Service is provided by accessible buses and contracted accessible taxi mini-vans. Wheel-Trans is a door-to-door service. Rides can be reserved up to one week in advance by calling the reservation line, by using the automated Ride-Line touch-tone phone service or by using the recently launched Wheel-Trans Online Trip Booking website.

Fleet[edit]

Wheel-Trans bus #9800 on Sheppard Avenue East
Wheeltrans Friendly Bus

Wheel-Trans currently operate a fleet of 129 buses. With 540[dated info] wheel chair accessible buses in the regular fleet the TTC operates one the of the largest para-transit systems in North America[dubious ], behind New York City's MTA Access-A-Ride with a total of 2116 buses.

Numbering of buses prior to 2010 used the same 4 digit format as the TTC regular fleet. Starting in 2010, Wheeltrans' newer buses used a numeric format starting with W and followed by three digits.

Product list and details (date information from TTC)
 Make/Model   Description   Fleet size   Year acquired   Year retired   Notes 
Dalls Smith Corporation Friendly Buses - with Ford F-450 Lo-Floor Chassis-Cab custom built wheelchair accessible vehicle 110 2009–2010 Still active; new Marketing by American Bus Products Incorporated, body by Supreme Corporation Startrans; option for 88 additional buses for deliver 2011–2014; expected to replace ELF and remaining Orion II Community buses
Overland Custom Coach ELF custom built wheelchair accessible vehicle 124 1998–2000 Still active; retirement by 2014 Retiring after Friendly Bus delivery completed and buses reach retirement
Ontario Bus Industries Orion II custom built wheelchair accessible vehicle 88 1985 1998 - all retired Buses experienced mechanical problems and was deemed too costly to fix
Ontario Bus Industries Orion II Community bus custom built wheelchair accessible vehicle 5 1987–1991 Still active; retirement by 2014 Will be retiring after Friendly Bus delivery completed and buses reach retirement
Thomas Built Buses Mighty Mites custom-built wheelchair-accessible vehicle 62 late 1970s - by contractor Allways Transportation 1985 - all retired by TTC Buses did not have regular TTC livery (cream with red and white stripe); all buses owned by contractor
Thomas Built Buses Transette custom built wheelchair accessible vehicle 5 late 1970s - by contractor Allways Transportation 1985 - all retired by TTC Buses did not have regular TTC livery (cream with red and white stripe); all buses owned by contractor
Accessobus Mark II (likely a Prevost Car H3 series suburban bus) 48 seat highgway coach-custom built wheelchair accessible vehicle 1 1986 N/A Demonstrater bus only
Dutcher Motors Corporation Para Transit Vehicle (PTV)[1] custom-built 7-passenger van based wheelchair accessible vehicle 1 1987 - demonstrator bus only N/A Dutcher Motors founded 1984 and failed to make any production PTV and later acquired by MedNet Inc of Battlefield, Michigan[2]
Chevrolet Caprice Classic wheelchair accessible station wagons 22-27 early 1980s 1989 Cars were not painted with TTC livery

Contracts[edit]

Most of Wheel-Trans operations are provided by the TTC, but some of the services are contracted out to private operators.

Able Atlantic Taxi[edit]

Make/Model Description # passengers Year acquired Year retired Notes
Chrysler Caravan Converted van 2 Handicapped/disabled access

Bee Line Taxi[edit]

Beck Taxi[edit]

Celebrity Taxi/Dignity Transportation[edit]

Royal Taxi[edit]

Make/Model Description # passengers Year acquired Year retired Notes
Chevrolet Uplander Converted van 4 Handicapped/disabled access
Chevrolet Venture Converted van 4 Handicapped/disabled access
Dodge Grand Caravan Converted Van 4 Handicapped/disabled access
Toyota Sienna Converted Van No Data Available Limited in Fleet Handicapped/disabled access
Make/Model Description # passengers Year acquired Year retired Notes
Make/Model Description # passengers Year acquired Year retired Notes
Dodge Grand Caravan Sport Converted van 2 Retired Fleet Handicapped/disabled access
Pontiac Montana Converted van 2 Handicapped/disabled access

Scarboro City Cab[edit]

Make/Model Description # passengers Year acquired Year retired Notes
Dodge Grand Caravan Sport Converted van 2 Handicapped/disabled access

Toronto Para Transit[edit]

Make/Model Description # passengers Year acquired Year retired Notes
Chevrolet Venture-Kino Maxi Shuttle Converted van 2 Handicapped/disabled access
Chrysler Caravan Converted van 2 Handicapped/disabled access

Wheelchair Taxi[edit]

Make/Model Description # passengers Year acquired Year retired Notes
Ford E350 minibus Converted van Handicapped/disabled access
Chrysler Caravan Converted van 2 Handicapped/disabled access
Chrysler Sprinter van Converted van 2 Handicapped/disabled access

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