Mar 1, 2008

Articulated buses troubles


This picture was taken on the morning of December 16, 2005 in Hull, Quebec. It brought back memories to me about when I used drive articulated buses at the TTC. They were terrible buses to handle in the snow.

OC Transpo fleet of 18-metre articulated buses has a poor track record in the snow. The buses use rear-wheel drive, have trouble moving in reverse and can't make turns of more than 45 degrees. But OC Transpo said demand for its service is such that the city can't afford not to use shorter, non-articulated buses.

4 comments:

Judy said...

we finally got rid of them at TTC but apparently there are more on order. they are great people holders when the weather is good, not raining or especially snowing. They promise that the new ones are better. Ya right !!!

David Harrison said...

Judy, there is talk of a new order of artics at the TTC *if* a manufacturer can meet the TTC's requirements, but no order has been placed as of yet.

Nick J Boragina said...

Actually, last I heard the TTC was in discussion with New Flyer to buy 50 D60LFs (the buses in the picture) for the 2010 order. AFAIK the discussion is over cost/warrenty issues.

Justin said...

That is interesting. I used to live in Ottawa, and I never heard of any problem with the NFI artic's, save for the incident in Gatineau.