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Last of the TTC's Orion V buses
retired from service today



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The TTC started operating buses along the 196B branch of the 196 YORK UNIVERSITY ROCKET route between Sheppard - Yonge Station and York University May 10, 2015. Here’s Orion V Ex-CNG 9445 at Sheppard - Yonge Station on May 17, 2015, the first Orion V to operate on this branch. Photo: Lex Reid.

This morning, Friday, December 4, marked the end of a TTC era as its last Orion V bus — the first accessible TTC bus with a wheelchair lift — made its final run.

Since 1996, the TTC has owned two series of the Orion V bus. It operated 135 diesel (#s 7000 to 7134) and 50 natural-gas buses (#s 9400 to 9449), which it later converted to diesel. The TTC’s fleet now includes 1,570 Orion VII buses and 230 Nova buses — articulated and conventional, all low-floor with ramps for accessibility — and 50 low-floor New Flyer buses.

The last TTC Orion V left Downsview Station for trip along the 196 York University rocket route at 10:30 a.m. today.

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TC Orion V 7060 Lift Equip making an appearance after originally working as a Toronto Island Shuttle Bus, is seen on Route 131E Nugget Express heading to Kennedy Station and Scarborough Centre. Taken on January 20th, 2015, by Lex Reid.

From the Transit Toronto archives, read:

  • A Brief History of Orion Bus Industries, by Robert Lubinski and James Bow, here.
  • The Orion V Bus, by Robert Lubinski, James Bow and Jelo Gutierrez Cantos, here.

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Internal mechanics on the Orion V bus break up the back seat. People have to be warned not to sit here. This photo was taken on bus #7073 on Friday, August 29, 2014. Photo by James Bow.


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On sunny September 15, 2015, TTC Orion V (ex-CNG) bus #9439 poses on the 169A HUNTINGWOOD route at the Scarborough Centre Terminal. This photo is taken by Jelo Gutierrez Cantos.


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Orion Vs parked at Birchmount Yard on November 18, 2015. Unfortunately, their next destination is the scrapyard. Photo by Jelo Gutierrez Cantos.

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