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The Novas are now in service - here's 1722 on its first week on service:  

Orillia Transit 1724 has been spotted in Quebec - http://busfanplace.com/view.php?pict=orillia1724b.jpg

The VINs for the three Novas, 1722-1724 are: 1722 - 2NVYL82J3G3750320, build date Sep/16 1723 - 2NVYL82J5G3750321, build date Sep/16 1724 - 2NVYL82J7G3750322, build date Sep/16 Can a Wiki edit

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15 hours ago, TheAverageJoe said:

Was reading about it from a Facebook group. Looks like the city of Orillia was tired of how First Canada was handling the situation about the bus shortage and running school buses to cover those routes that couldn't be filled with conventional buses. 

Along with working to choose a new contractor based on expertise, plan and total cost (service hour). Trying to minimize increased costs and wanting to maintain a balance of ensuring good service.

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At least the contract is 5 years. Not as long-term as 10 years that York Region has for bus rapid transit services. Not sure about the conventional transit services and how long those contracts go for. 

Wanting to ensure the fixed cost protects the city and transfers the risk from taxpayers to the contractor. 

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7 minutes ago, Bravo Actual said:

Also read that 2 more buses have been funded by the province. Any word on type? Nova's are nice but i'd love to see more New Flyers IMO.

They are part of Metrolinx so it would be Nova Bus.

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2 hours ago, Bravo Actual said:

Is that because of a low cost or something else? Why Nova Bus for Metrolinx?

Orillia was part of the most recent Metrolinx Transit Procurement Initiative, which basically gathers a bunch of transit agencies in Ontario together to make a bulk purchase of buses over a 2-3 year contract, thus getting a lower price through a larger volume and standardized components. Nova Bus won the most recent tender which covered deliveries between 2015 and 2017.

If there is new recent funding it would not likely be part of the "Metrolinx" order, as those numbers should have been set in place years ago when the contract was first awarded (the manufacturers need to know how many buses they need to build). As such, the manufacturer is not guaranteed to be Nova.

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7 hours ago, Articulated said:

Orillia was part of the most recent Metrolinx Transit Procurement Initiative, which basically gathers a bunch of transit agencies in Ontario together to make a bulk purchase of buses over a 2-3 year contract, thus getting a lower price through a larger volume and standardized components. Nova Bus won the most recent tender which covered deliveries between 2015 and 2017.

If there is new recent funding it would not likely be part of the "Metrolinx" order, as those numbers should have been set in place years ago when the contract was first awarded (the manufacturers need to know how many buses they need to build). As such, the manufacturer is not guaranteed to be Nova.

Interesting. Aside from Nova and New Flyer, are there any other options that could be chosen?

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On 4/29/2017 at 1:01 AM, Silly Tilley said:

The 2 buses will be Nova buses as part of the final year of the current Metrolinx contract.

Thanks Tilley. Hopefully Nova wins the next contract.

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Orillia has since added two more Novas numbered 1825-1826. They ran with no fleet number (except on the back) as seen on 1825 taken back in May 2018. They have since got the fleet number displayed on all sides as seen on 1826 this past June; 

2018 NovaBus LFS 1825

 

2018 NovaBus LFS 1826

 

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