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As far as I know there are only 3 makers of artics available in Canada. There may be more that I'm not aware of.

NFL artics rear engine

Novabus rear engine

Van Hool ?? engine(not sure where the Engine is located? front or rear?)

Anyway I know we've tried the Novabus ones(not sure what the results where)

the NFI ones which know how the old ones ran, the second newest ones(6351-6403) and the newest ones 6404+

The Van Hools AG?? the VIVA ones I guess? not sure how they are never been on one so not sure how they handle from a drivers aspect or mechanical wise for mechanics or from a passengers-comfort, things like that.

As for cost between the 3 that I don't know how much each one costs.

So it'll be interesting to see what happens in 10 years or so.

On a side note I dought OC will purchase the DD Buses. since we're getting 306 brand new Artics that'll be less then 2 years old by the time they all come in and with an "expected" life spend of at least 10-12 years, I dought OC will spend millions buying DD bus. at least not for the next 8-10 years. assuming the artics last that long.

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The Van Hools AG?? the VIVA ones I guess? not sure how they are never been on one so not sure how they handle from a drivers aspect or mechanical wise for mechanics or from a passengers-comfort, things like that.

OC Transpo did test an RTL Van Hool back in 2006 at the same time they were testing the double deckers. Photos from my website, taken outside Ottawa City Hall on April 19, 2006; note the Ontario dealer plate on the back of the bus:

RTL20604.jpg

RTL20604a.JPG

RTL20604b.JPG

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OC Transpo did test an RTL Van Hool back in 2006 at the same time they were testing the double deckers. Photos from my website, taken outside Ottawa City Hall on April 19, 2006; note the Ontario dealer plate on the back of the bus:

http://www.tomsbuspage.ca/RTL/RTL20604.jpg

http://www.tomsbuspage.ca/RTL/RTL20604a.JPG

http://www.tomsbuspage.ca/RTL/RTL20604b.JPG

Here are a couple more images of those two buses when I captured them on the busway back in April of 2006:

http://www.busdrawings.com/Transit/Quebec/...406rtl20604.jpg

http://www.cptdb.ca/index.php?act=attach&a...st&id=28215

Edited by MBTA9244-9640b

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