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GO Transit donates bus to Centennial College's School of Transportation


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TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2008 /CNW/ - GO Transit and Centennial College, today

marked a joint investment in training and education with the announcement of a

major donation to Centennial's School of Transportation.

At a ceremony held in a teaching shop at the Ashtonbee Campus, GO Transit

Chairman Peter Smith officially handed over the keys of a retired GO Bus to

Centennial College's Dean of Transportation, Jaimini Randev.

For students in the Truck/Coach and Heavy Duty programs, this bus will be

used as a training tool to teach repair techniques and for learning how to

inspect, maintain, and repair large passenger vehicles.

"We are proud to have several graduates from Centennial's School of

Transportation working in our maintenance facilities," said GO Transit

Chairman Peter Smith. "Having an actual bus on site to assist with hands-on

learning will help enrich student education."

This is the first time GO has donated a vehicle to an educational

institution for this purpose. Buses reaching the end of their service life are

generally sold off as new buses are added to the fleet.

"We are extremely grateful for the donation of this bus for use in our

truck and coach apprenticeship training program," said Alan McClelland, Chair

of Modified Apprenticeship, Truck/Coach and Heavy Duty Programs in Centennial

College's School of Transportation. "We have numerous bus components that we

use in the program, but this donation will give us a fully functioning bus to

augment our fleet of trucks that we use for training."

GO Transit employee and Centennial graduate, Ron Sanderson, has been a

Coach Technician with GO for seven years. "I think the addition of this coach

will be a great asset to the present and future students of the program," said

Sanderson.

GO Transit is the Province of Ontario's interregional public transit

system linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto

Area (GTA). GO carries nearly 55 million passengers a year in an extensive

network of train and bus services that spans over 8,000 square kilometres.

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good stuff!

the has an old ex-ttc gm when i was there (8000 something....it had the orange and black seats and a vh-9 transmission)

it was really in rough shape and the instructors did'nt bother to use it in their classes. it did run (well, sorta) however.

it dissapeared not long after i graduated in 1999.

good to see they have a decent coach to use. there's more to the 310t licence than tractor-trailers and school buses.

a former 1500 series coach (mc102c3) i suspect?

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good stuff!

the has an old ex-ttc gm when i was there (8000 something....it had the orange and black seats and a vh-9 transmission)

it was really in rough shape and the instructors did'nt bother to use it in their classes. it did run (well, sorta) however.

it dissapeared not long after i graduated in 1999.

good to see they have a decent coach to use. there's more to the 310t licence than tractor-trailers and school buses.

a former 1500 series coach (mc102c3) i suspect?

Looks like 1530 was the donated bus http://www.centennialcollege.ca/transporta...rs-august182008, at least I will have something decent to train on when I get there sometime next year. A couple of superintendents were speaking about the donation today and the possibility of a retired TTC bus or two being donated at some point.

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Looks like 1530 was the donated bus http://www.centennialcollege.ca/transporta...rs-august182008, at least I will have something decent to train on when I get there sometime next year. A couple of superintendents were speaking about the donation today and the possibility of a retired TTC bus or two being donated at some point.

Seeing as how they're in a giving mood maybe they might want to part with and donate 2017 to the museum too? :)

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