Toronto Transit Commission bus fleet

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The Toronto Transit Commission bus fleet is the collection of transit buses owned and used by the Toronto Transit Commission for its bus routes in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Current fleet[edit]

Surface[edit]

Most buses (aside from the 62 feet (19 m) articulated Nova LFS buses) are 40 feet (12.16 metres) long. All buses are used in local and express (including BRT) service and are equipped for wheelchairs.Handicap.svg.

Wheel-Trans operates a fleet of 320 active vehicles. Not all vehicles are the same length, but all of the vehicles are not in over 40 feet in length.

Numbering of buses prior to 2013 used the same four-digit format as the TTC regular fleet. Starting in 2010, Wheel-Trans' newer buses used a numeric format starting with W and followed by three digits.

Some of the newer Buses have started getting repainted into the new LFLRV-inspired livery. These buses are notable on some NG HEV, NG Diesel, and the New 8620-8716 Nova Lfs Buses, Buses have started being repainted.

Order Year Thumbnail Builder/Model/Fuel Type Engine/Transmission Fleet/(Quantity/Number Active) Division Notes
2002-2005 TTC Orion VII 7479.jpg

OBI
07.501 VII
Diesel

Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR 275HP
Allison World B400R

7400-7499
7500-7619
7620-7881
(482)
(436 active)
  • 7666 was renumbered 7883 on January 23, 2017
  • 7794 was renumbered 7882 in July 2011
  • Retirement in process.
  • 7403, 7410, 7419, 7420, 7422, 7424, 7425, 7430, 7432, 7442, 7451, 7462, 7464, 7465, 7468, 7471, 7473, 7475, 7479, 7482, 7491, 7492, 7497, 7499, 7500, 7501, 7516, 7524, 7526, 7528, 7543, 7553, 7583, 7584, 7590, 7594, 7602, 7605, 7610, 7615, 7696, 7765, 7807, 7814 are now retired.
2006-2007 TTC Orion VII OG Hybrid 1111.JPG

OBI
07.501 VII Diesel & hybrid-electric

Cummins ISB 260HP (hybrid)
BAE HybriDrive System 250HP (hybrid)
Cummins ISL 280HP (diesel)
Allison World B400R (diesel)

1000–1149
7900–7979
8000–8099
(330)
(all active)
  • 8000-8011 was installed with luggage racks for the 192 Airport Rocket route.
2007-2009 TTC Orion VII NG HEV Bus.jpg

OBI
07.501 VII "Next Generation" Hybrid electric

Cummins ISB 260HP
BAE HybriDrive System 250HP

1200–1423
1500–1689
1700–1829
(544)
(221/187/130 active)
  • 1256, 1295, 1300, 1517, 1599 & 1671 were retired due to separate fires
  • 1222, 1272 were repainted into new LFLRV inspired livery
2009-2012 TTC Orion VII NG.jpg

OBI

Diesel

Cummins ISL/9 280HP
Allison World B400R6

8100–8219
8300–8334
8335–8396
(217)
(all active)
  • 8111, 8123, 8137, 8139, 8143, 8154, 8159, 8160, 8169, 8170, 8175, 8178, 8181, 8183, 8188, 8214 were repainted into the new LFLRV-inspired livery.
2009-2012 Friendlybus.jpg

Ford
f-450/StarTrans Bus Senator SII LF
Diesel

Ford Power Stroke 6.4
Ford 5R100W

W100-W209
W210-W300
(301)
(all active)
2013 TTC Novabus LFS Artic 9000 on Route 29 Dufferin.PNG

Nova Bus
LFS Articulated (Third generation)
Diesel

Cummins ISL9 330HP
Allison World B500R

9000–9026(27)
(all active)[1]
  • First low-floor articulated buses in TTC fleet.
2014 Toronto transit commission 9028-a.jpg

Nova Bus
LFS Articulated (fourth generation)
Diesel

9027–9152(126)
(all active)
2015 Toronto transit commission 8401-a.jpg

Nova Bus
LFS (fourth generation)
Diesel

Cummins ISL9 280HP
Allison World B400R6

8400–8504
(105)
(all active)
* Arrow Road * Eglinton * Queensway
  • 8440 at Eglinton Division
2016 8510–8617
(108)
(all active)
  • 8526 At Eglinton Division
2017 8620–8716
(97)
(38 active)
  • First batch of buses delivered with the new LFLRV-inspired livery.
  • 8620-8638, 8640-8661, 8663-8665 have been delivered.
  • 8620-8638, 8640-8651, 8653-8659 have entered service.

Retired bus fleet[edit]

Non-standard buses[edit]

Make/Model Thumbnail Fleet number Description Fleet size Fleet total Acquired Retired Division Notes
REO 96HTD Diesel buses Ex-Hollinger Bus Lines
REO W Diesel buses
Rek-Vee Industries Club Car Shuttle buses 32 1980s 1980s
White Motor Company 50A Diesel buses
Yellow Coach Y-Z (227, 229) Diesel buses
Yellow Coach Y Diesel buses
Yellow Coach Y Diesel buses
Yellow Coach Z-AQ-273 Diesel buses
Yellow Coach Y-U-316 Diesel buses
Ford 29B Diesel buses 4
Ford 19B Diesel buses 7
Ford 72B Diesel buses 10
AEC 404 Double-decker bus Later converted to single-decker bus
Aerocoach P-46-37 and 371 Diesel buses 4
Fageol or J. G. Brill Company Twin Coach 44S Diesel bus
Fifth Avenue Bus Company L and J Double-decker bus
FitzJohn FTG Diesel buses 25 Ex-North York Bus Lines
FitzJohn Falcon Ex-Hollinger Bus Lines
FitzJohn Hercules JXLD Ex-Hollinger Bus Lines
Packard ED Diesel buses
Pierce Arrow Diesel buses
Prevost Car 50-PI-33 Trainer/Command Unit 3 1990s 2006
MCI MC-8 572 Command Unit 1 1997 2005 Used during World Youth Day
GMDD PD-4103 and 4104 Diesel buses 23 23

Built from 1959 to 1989[edit]

Make/Model Thumbnail Fleet number Description Fleet size Fleet total Acquired Retired Division Notes
GMDD TDH 5301 2900–2949, 2950–2984, 3100-3139 Diesel buses 125 125 1959, 1960, 1962 1978-1979 Some sold to OC Transpo and 2939 was sold to Barrie Transit
GMDD TDH 4517 2985–2999 Diesel buses 15 15 1960
GMDD TDH 5302 3140-3149 Diesel buses 10 10 1962
GMDD TDH 5303 3300-3379, 3500-3599, 3700-3799, 7100-7179 Diesel buses 360 360 1963, 1964–1965, 1966, 1967
GMDD TDH 5304 3150-3174, 3980-3999, 7180-7199 Diesel buses 65 65 1963, 1966–1967, 1967
GMDD T6H 5305 7300-7354, 7355-7395, 7523-7562 Diesel buses 136 136 1968–1969, 1969–1970, 1972
Flyer D700A 7500-7509, 7510-7522 Diesel buses 23 23 1969, 1972 1988-1990 Queensway
GMDD T6H 5307N 7570-7599, 7700-7779, 7900-7962 Diesel buses 173 173 1973, 1973, 1974–1975
Flyer D800A 7560-8004 Diesel buses 45 45 1974–1975 early 1990s Queensway Lansdowne
  • 8000 was acquired by a film company. It was seen in a Trident Gum commercial in 1999.
  • 7972 was put up for sale in Caledon, Ontario.
GMDD T6H 5307N Toronto Transit commission 8058-a.jpg 8010-8117 Diesel buses 108 108 1975 1990-November 2004 Malvern Arrow Rd
  • Replaced by 7000-7134 Vs in 1996
  • This was the last order of buses containing the VH-9 transmission.
  • 8041 was transformed into a cigarette car in a season 7 episode of The Red Green Show.
  • 8051 was the last bus placed in CLRV livery
  • 8058 was the last bus with a rollsign and was preserved at Halton County Radial Railway Museum in Milton, Ontario. It was returned to the TTC on December 11, 2015 for restoration.
  • 8073 was renumbered to 2151 in the 2150-2155 series.
GMDD T6H 5307N 8140-8158 Diesel buses 19 19 1976 Malvern Several buses were renumbered into the 2150-2155 series.
GMDD T6H 5307N Bus with skyline.jpg 8160-8204, 8270-8314, 8320-8369 Diesel buses 140 140 1977, 1979, 1980 All retired by April 2007 Several buses were renumbered into the 2000-2110 series.
Flyer D800B 8210-8223, 8230-8260 Diesel buses 45 45 1977–1978 September 1998-September 1999 Queensway 8257 was preserved by the CTHF and then scrapped in early 2014 in Winnipeg at the New Flyer plant.
OBI Orion 01.501 "I" 8370-8378 Diesel bus 9 9 1981 early 1990s
Flyer D901 8380-8476 Diesel buses 97 97 1981 1999 Danforth, Queensway, Wilson
Flyer D901SS 8477-8486 Diesel buses 10 10 1981 1999 Queensway, Old Eglinton
  • Originally used for Gray Line service
  • These units were the first regular TTC buses equipped with A/C (excludes Gray Coach equipment)
GMDD T6H 5307N 8520-8561, 8570-8729 Diesel buses 202 202 1981–1982 2011 Birchmount, Danforth Many buses were renumbered into the 2000-series series.
GMDD TA60-102N 8500-8511 Diesel articulated buses 12 12 1982 1987 Eglinton Malvern Acquired by MiWay (then known as Mississauga Transit) as a part of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation's Articulated bus demo program.
OBI Orion 01.501 "I" 8730-8739 Diesel bus 10 10 1982 early 1990s
GMDD T6H 5307N 8740-8985 Diesel buses 246 246 1982–1983 2005-2011 December Birchmount, Malvern, Arrow, Danforth, Old Eglinton, Wilson All buses were renumbered into the 2000-series series; no bus was renumbered to 2321 because 8821 was sold for scrap after an accident.
Flyer D901 TTC New Flyer D901 6046.jpg

Toronto Transit Commission 6104.jpg

6000-6122, 6130-6204 Diesel buses 198 198 1985–1986 2003-2007 Arrow Road, Birchmount, Danforth, Old Eglinton, Malvern, Queensway, and Wilson 6068 and 6133 were the last buses retired. They were retired in September 2007
  • 6104 is a "Belka" bus for children learning in North York.
OBI Orion II 9500-9529, 9530-9564, 9570-9627 custom-built wheelchair-accessible vehicle 123 123 1985-1989 1998-2002 Lakeshore Buses experienced mechanical problems and were deemed too costly to fix
GMDD/MCI TC40-102N "Classic" 6210-6293 Diesel buses 84 84 1987 2005-2010 Arrow Road, Birchmount, Danforth, Davenport, Malvern, Mount Dennis, Lansdowne, Old Eglinton 6221 & 6223 were restricted to Toronto Island in duties in March 2009, retired in 2010, taken off the roster in February 2012, and sold to Belka enrichment centre.
OBI Orion 03.501 "III" (Orion-Ikarus 286) 6360-6419, 6530-6559 Diesel articulated buses 90 90 1987, 1989 June 2003 Arrow Road, Eglinton, Malvern, and Wilson
  • These buses were prematurely retired due to structural, frame, and corrosion failures, including the articulation joint, and were replaced by the 1996-1997 Orion Vs.
  • Some of the earlier retirements were used by OC Transpo.
NFI D40 Weston bus.jpg 6300-6359, 6420-6434, 6440-6521 Diesel buses (0/0/0) 157 (60/15/82) 1987-1989 2009 Arrow Rd, Danforth, Eglinton, Malvern, Queensway
  • 6488 was sold to Cullingford Coaches as a movie bus.
  • The 1987 models were retired early due to structural failures.
  • 6304 and 6330 were the last buses retired in the 6300-6359 series.
  • 6422 was the last bus retired in the 6420-6434 series.
  • 6457 was the last bus retired in the 6440-6521 series.
OBI Orion 01.508 "I" 9360-9361 Diesel buses 0 2 1989 early 1990s Arrow Rd, Danforth, Eglinton, Malvern, Queensway
  • 9360-9361 were sold to GO Transit as 1713-1714 in the early 1990s and later retired
  • 9360 was sold to Brandon Transit as 35 and later retired.
  • 9361 was sold to York University as a shuttle bus and later retired.

Built from 1990 to 2003[edit]

These buses were 40 feet (12.16 metres) long and are used in local service.

Year Retired Builder and
model name
Thumbnail Powertrain
(Engine and transmission)
Numbers Division Notes
1990–1991 2001-2004 NFI D40 Cummins LTA10B and Allison V730 6560-6638 Arrow Rd, Danforth, Eglinton, Malvern, Queensway
  • These units were the first order delivered with electronic signs and air-conditioning (excluding 1980's Gray Line Flyer buses)
  • The 1990 models were prematurely retired due to structural failures.
  • 6564, 6587, 6590, and 6597 were the last buses retired.
  • No units had working air-conditioning at time of retirement. Many units had their interior air grills on the rear wall removed and covered up with plexiglass or wood. (This may have been done to limit noise concerns as the original air intake covers rattled on most buses as they idled.)
  • Delivered as ZF 4HP500 four-speed transmission; it was converted to Allison V730 three-speed transmission in 2000.
1990–1991 2005 OBI Orion 05.501 "V" CNG Cummins L10G and Allison B400R 9370-9394 Wilson, Queensway
  • 9 units were supposed to be sent to the Dominican Republic along with 6291, but were vandalized.
  • 10 units were parked at the Esther Shiner Stadium parking lot.
  • This bus was delivered with ZF 5HP590 transmission; it was converted to Allision B400R transmission in 1997.
1991 2012 OBI Orion 02.501 "II" Detroit Diesel 8.2 L / Navistar 7.3 L and Allison AT-545 9700-9706 Lakeshore
1991–1992 2010 OBI Orion 05.501 "V" TTC Orion V Bus 6722.jpg Detroit Diesel 6V92TA and Allison B-400R WTEC 6640-6745 Mount Dennis, Queensway, Eglinton, Birchmount, Davenport, Malvern
  • All retired due to frame issues, engine issues, and because these vehicles are not lift-equipped.
  • 6734 was the last unit to be retired.
  • This bus was delivered with ZF 5HP500 5-speed transmission, later it was converted to Allision B400R transmission.
1996 2012-2015 OBI Orion V TTC Orion V 7127 on Route 85 Sheppard East.jpg Detroit Diesel Series 50 and Allison B400R 7000-7134 Arrow Road, Malvern, Eglinton,
  • Handicap.svg Arrow south.svg Arrow north.svg
  • These buses were the first buses with wheelchair lifts.
  • 7013 and 7123 were the last two buses to be retired from revenue service on February 13, 2015.
  • 7106 was temporarily moved to the Toronto Island in mid-January 2015 and was used as a Toronto Island bus until late May 2015
1996–1997 2015 OBI Orion V ex-CNG TTC Orion V Ex-CNG 9442 on Route 199 Rocket.JPG Cummins M11 280HP and Allison World B400R 9400-9449 Wilson, Malvern
  • Handicap.svg Arrow south.svg Arrow north.svg
  • These buses were operated by CNG-powered when new.
  • These buses were later converted to diesel-powered during their midlife rebuild in 2006.
  • 9411 was the final unit to be retired from revenue service on December 4, 2015.
1998 2014-2015 Novabus RTS-06 WFD TTC NovaBus -7240.jpg Detroit Diesel Series 50 and Allison VR-731 7200-7251 Arrow Road, Danforth
  • Handicap.svg Arrow south.svg Arrow north.svg
  • 7232 was the last bus to be retired from revenue service on August 18, 2015 due to electrical problems.
1997 (1981 rebuilds) 1998 GMDD T6H 5307N Detroit Diesel 6V92TA and Allison V730 1002–1036 Arrow Road, Birchmount, Malvern
1997–1998 2006 OBI Orion 06.501 "VI" CNG TTC Orion VI Bus 9243.jpg Cummins L10-280G and Allison B-400R WTEC 9200-9249 Wilson
  • Handicapped/disabled access These were TTC's first low-floor buses.
  • All retired in 2006 due to the difficulties of converting them to diesel, so the TTC phased out CNG-powered buses.
  • These buses were replaced by the Orion VIIs 7900-7979.
  • 9217 was the last unit to be retired.
1997–2000 (1977–1981 rebuilds) 2009 GMDD T6H 5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N and Allison V730 2000-2110 (ex 8181-8204, 8270-8369, 8520-8561 and 8571) Arrow Road, Birchmount, Malvern, Mount Dennis, Wilson
  • The last bus, 2017 (ex-8533), was retired in September 2009. This bus was retired more than two years later than the rest of the fleet.
1998 (1978–1981 rebuilds) 2006 GMDD T6H 5307N Toronto Transit Commission 2619.jpg Detroit Diesel 6V71N and Allison V730 2600–2619 Arrow Road * Ex-STCUM units with McKay Gates.
  • These units were assigned to routes 35, 41, 89, and 96.
  • 2619 was sold to Belka[citation needed] as a learning bus.
1998–1999 2016 New Flyer Industries
D40LF

TTC Route 112C Bus.JPG

Detroit Diesel Series 50 275HP
Allison World B400R

7300-7350 Queensway Old Eglinton, New Eglinton (Comstock)
  • Handicapped/disabled access 7343 was the last in service on Route 112 West Mall on September 26, 2016.
1999-2003 2016 E-450/Overland Custom Coach ELF 122

Wheel-Trans Bus 9800.jpg

Ford Power Stroke 7.3 and Ford 4R100W

9751-9889 Lakeshore
  • 9849 and 9873 were the last in service.
1999 (1975–1977 rebuilds) 2007 GMDD T6H 5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N and Allison V730 2150-2155 (ex 8010-8117, 8140-8180) Malvern
  • 2153 (ex-8163), the last bus, was retired in April 2007. This bus was retired more than two years later than the rest of the fleet.
1999–2001 (1981-1982 rebuilds) 2011 GMDD T6H 5307N Gunns Loop duo.JPG Detroit Diesel 6V71N and Allison V730 2700-2765, 2767-2858 (ex 8520-8561, 8570, 8572-8729) Mount Dennis Wilson Malvern Arrow Rd New Eglinton (Comstock)
  • 2766 was reserved for a Peter Witt streetcar.
  • 2855 was the last 2700-2765, 2767-2858 series in service in December 2011.
  • Few went Undergo Life Extension Program (LEP)
2001-2004 (1982-1983 rebuilds) 2011 GMDD T6H 5307N TTC T6H 5307N Bus 2284.jpg Detroit Diesel 6V71N and Allison V730 2240-2320, 2322-2485 (ex 8740-8820, 8822-8985) Mount Dennis Wilson Malvern Arrow Rd
  • Some underwent the Undergo Life Extension Program (LEP).
  • 8821 was scrapped and not renumbered.
  • 2281 was the last New Look in service
  • 2252 remained active, confined to Toronto Island duties until March 2012. 2252 and 2444 are historical buses.
  • 2290 and 2291 are preserved in Ireland.
2003 (acquired 2010) 2015 or 2016 Ford E-450/Overland Custom Coach ELF 122 Ford Power Stroke 7.3 and Ford 4R100W 9890-9891 Mount Dennis Wilson Malvern
  • Purchased secondhand

Paratransit[edit]

Make/Model Thumbnail Description Fleet size Year acquired Year retired' Notes
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
Wayne Corporation 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 highway coach, custom-built wheelchair-accessible vehicle 1 1986 N/A Demonstrater bus only
Dutcher Motors Corporation Para Transit Vehicle (PTV)[2] 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[3]
Chevrolet Caprice Classic wheelchair-accessible station wagons 22-27 early 1980s 1989 Cars were not painted with TTC livery

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