Report TTC Orion VII Retirements Tracking in Sightings for Greater Toronto Area Posted August 2 1 hour ago, Articulated said: Service is still reduced due to COVID-19, and the 1495 bus peak requirement (from the latest Service Summary) does not take into account the Run As Directed (RAD) buses, which are basically spares with a couple dozen on the road at any given time. An increased spare ratio was also an initiative by the previous CEO (Andy Byford, being from New York you've probably heard of him) which dramatically increased the spare ratio; this allowed more ability for bus repairs and preventative maintenance to occur, reduced the frequency of on-road breakdowns, and reduced the frequency of paid operators sitting at the garage, waiting for serviceable buses. The high spare ratio has continued on, even with the mass replacement of many of the most problematic buses. Yeah, he was basically forced out by our shitty ass governor. Great man. As a side note, it's very interesting that you guys kept all your 2006 Orion 7.501 OG hybrids in service after all these years until recently. We retired about half of ours so far. Only about 50 or so NYCTA units and about 180 MTA bus Company units remain in service. The 2007s are right behind them, and now we are also retiring many of our 2009 Orion 7.501 NG CNGs (NICE bus) and hybrids (NYCTA).