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On 7/6/2020 at 9:48 PM, bus_7246 said:

W112 has a hybrid paint job. New low floor streetcar style on the driver’s cab, and older style on the main bus

Must have been repaired from an accident.

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Wheel-Trans update: I managed to get a fleet list from a contact who works in Wheel-Trans. Out of the first order of Friendly Buses, there are only 53 active units. All of the five "ex-demonstrat

It’s been here for a little while actually... here it is at Davisville/Head office in January...

Didn’t realize that, thanks. Keep counting your age in fractions, and they’ll be calling you kid long after your 15th.

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A lot of wheel-trans buses were inside Harvey Shop this evening.
- W248 was being stripped of old decals (prepping stages prior to repainting)

- W275 was in a bay beside W248 with the side windows, hood and front fenders removed 

- W288 is now repainted (W288 was where W248 currently is at the moment last week) awaiting decals

- W277 has also been repainted, with a new set of decals freshly applied

- W203 (an already repainted unit) looks to be in a retired state since all TTC logos, fleet numbers and wheel-trans branding have all been peeled off. The licence plates has also been removed as well

- W246, I guess, may be sitting and waiting its turn for refurbishment as well outside the north side of Harvey Shops

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2 hours ago, bus_7246 said:

A lot of wheel-trans buses were inside Harvey Shop this evening.
- W248 was being stripped of old decals (prepping stages prior to repainting)

- W275 was in a bay beside W248 with the side windows, hood and front fenders removed 

- W288 is now repainted (W288 was where W248 currently is at the moment last week) awaiting decals

- W277 has also been repainted, with a new set of decals freshly applied

- W203 (an already repainted unit) looks to be in a retired state since all TTC logos, fleet numbers and wheel-trans branding have all been peeled off. The licence plates has also been removed as well

- W246, I guess, may be sitting and waiting its turn for refurbishment as well outside the north side of Harvey Shops

It is interesting that they are still repainting them yet they are being replaced by the ProMaster vans. Or are they planning on keeping a stack of them?

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10 hours ago, TTC 9701 said:

It is interesting that they are still repainting them yet they are being replaced by the ProMaster vans. Or are they planning on keeping a stack of them?

The ones that were being repainted were all from the second order of friendlys. W203 is part of the first order

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The newest generation of wheel trans vehicle has arrived and in service.  Spotted W700 yesterday at Don Mills Station.  It is a Dodge Promaster cutaway van.  I believe it is identical to the demo presented to TTC earlier this year.  Sadly, I didn't have time to stop and check it out.  I wouldn't be surprise if it is a hybrid. 

 

I haven't seen an old livery Ford Friendly wheel trans bus lately, I guess TTC has the refurnblished ones left and their dates are numbered.  

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4 hours ago, leylandvictory2 said:

The newest generation of wheel trans vehicle has arrived and in service.  Spotted W700 yesterday at Don Mills Station.  It is a Dodge Promaster cutaway van.  I believe it is identical to the demo presented to TTC earlier this year.  Sadly, I didn't have time to stop and check it out.  I wouldn't be surprise if it is a hybrid. 

 

I haven't seen an old livery Ford Friendly wheel trans bus lately, I guess TTC has the refurnblished ones left and their dates are numbered.  

It’s been out for a couple of weeks now. Regular visitor to malvern for disinfection. It’s not a hybrid.

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8 hours ago, leylandvictory2 said:

I haven't seen an old livery Ford Friendly wheel trans bus lately, I guess TTC has the refurnblished ones left and their dates are numbered.  

I saw W109 and W111 in the past few days

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On 2/20/2020 at 5:13 PM, wil9402 said:

At next week's Board Meeting there is a procurement authorization to purchase more Wheel-Trans buses. In addition to ordering another 20 ProMasters for delivery between this year and 2022, the TTC would like to order 1 ProMaster/Arboc Cutaway demo bus for delivery this year. Upon successful assessment by ACAT of the demo bus, the TTC will order 90 more for delivery this year and 2021. These Cutaways will replace the Friendly Buses, including the community bus fleet.

Procurement Authorization – Purchase of Wheel-Trans Buses

Browsing Arboc's website, it appears that the Independence model is no longer being offered on the ProMaster chassis.

What this means for the 90 buses that TTC has on order for this year, I'm not sure.

Other updates:

  • The 20 ProMaster CS-2 buses that were supposed to arrive between 2020 and 2022 are almost all on property already; only the last two have yet to arrive, and at the rate they've been coming in I'd say those two will be here by the end of the month.
  • More Friendlies have been converted to Community Buses; W293-W296 have been converted this year, with W100 and W299 having been retired.
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1 hour ago, Articulated said:

Browsing Arboc's website, it appears that the Independence model is no longer being offered on the ProMaster chassis.

What this means for the 90 buses that TTC has on order for this year, I'm not sure.

Other updates:

  • The 20 ProMaster CS-2 buses that were supposed to arrive between 2020 and 2022 are almost all on property already; only the last two have yet to arrive, and at the rate they've been coming in I'd say those two will be here by the end of the month.
  • More Friendlies have been converted to Community Buses; W293-W296 have been converted this year, with W100 and W299 having been retired.

Overall @Articulated, this is TTC’s acquisition of buses from New Flyer (technically)  in total (despite acquiring ARBOC).

Also, #W244 and #W282 are sporting the LFLRV livery.

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