Coast Mountain Bus Company 4144-4192

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Coast Mountain Bus Company 4144–4192 were a set of 49 MCI TC40-102N "Classic" buses built in 1989 in "Hillclimber" configuration.

Compared to other "Classic" units in the fleet, these were similar to the 1987 units manufactured by GM with a narrow front destination sign. However, unlike the 1987 units, these had a full-sized rear window and the tailpipe was located on top of the bus and not on the bottom (except for the units retrofitted to run on CNG). All units were non-accessible except for one unit, which was delivered with a wheelchair lift as part of a pilot.

These units were built in St. Eustache, Québec, and featured a computer-controlled engine and transmission, a Detroit Diesel 6V 92 turbocharged engine that improved hill-climbing capability, electronic exhaust emission controls (which set the highest standard in the North American transit industry at the time), wide-access doors to facilitate with boarding, a redesigned driver's compartment with colour-coded controls and a bus frame that has been modified to allow for the installation of wheelchair lifts in the future,[1] although lifts were never installed.

The order was initially for 35 buses: 20 in urban configuration and 15 in suburban configuration.[2] This was later increased to 50, with 30 in urban configuration and 20 in suburban configuration.

The buses that were in suburban configurations were for service on Highway 99 suburban routes. They had a different seating layout using different seats and featured individual reading lights. The rear exit door was also more narrow. Unlike their 1990 counterparts, these units retained their original brown shag seats and were not reupholstered.

One of the 20 units in suburban configuration, numbered 3207 (pre-1996 fleet number), was retired after being involved in a fatal accident. On March 11, 1992, 3207 was travelling south on Highway 99 while doing an off-peak, mid-afternoon trip on the 601 South Delta. When the bus approached Blundell Road, it collided with a tractor-trailer truck that was parked in the bus lane. The impact tore off a third of the right side of the bus and the roof collapsed in the front half of the bus. The impact resulted in two deaths and 34 injuries onboard the bus. At least one passenger and the bus driver were in serious condition.[3] Passengers and witnesses said they saw the parked truck and passengers alerted the driver, who tried to swerve out of the bus lane but could not avoid the truck in time.[4] Following the accident, concerns were raised about broken-down vehicles parked in the Highway 99 bus lane and cars using the bus lane to skip traffic, as well as calls for banning standees and having passenger seatbelts on buses.[5][6] 3207 was written-off and scrapped in April 1992.

From 1989–1996, these units were under the old fleet numbering system and numbered based on yard assignment. All units were renumbered in 1996 to their current numbers and while they formerly operated under BC Transit with Vancouver Regional Transit System, they ran with the same numbers after April 1999 when all Greater Vancouver operations split off into TransLink.

Three units in 1991 were retrofitted to run on CNG as part of a pilot to evaluate the feasibility of natural gas buses. The project was part of a $1-million project co-funded by the provincial government, BC Transit, BC Gas and IMW Industries of Richmond, B.C., that was announced in July 1989.[7]

Some units were sold to BC Transit after retirement for service in its contingency fleet.

Unit(s) Engine Transmission Seating Destination sign
4144–4162 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731 45 – Otaco Rollsign
4163–4192 42 – Otaco Innovator 850

Details

Fleet number Thumbnail Paint Date VIN License plate Transit centre Notes
4144 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J5K3000192 2468 FY Surrey
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3201.
  • Sold to BC Transit as 8904.
4145 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J7K3000193 3389 TB Surrey
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3202.
  • Operated in the TRAMS Christmas night tour 2005.
  • Retired in November 2006
4146 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J9K3000194 3390 TB Surrey
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3203.
  • Retired in November 2006.
4147 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J0K3000195 3391 TB Surrey
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3204.
4148 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J2K3000196 8933 ES Surrey
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3205.
4149 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J4K3000197 3393 TB Burnaby
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3206.
  • Retired in November 2006.
4150 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J8K3000199 8934 ES Burnaby
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3208.
  • Sold to BC Transit as 8917 in November 2006.
4151 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J0K3000200 Burnaby
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3209.
4152 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J2K3000201 8935 ES North Vancouver
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3210.
  • Possibly the last Classic to run on route 44.
  • Sold to BC Transit as a parts bus.
4153 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J4K3000202 3398 TB Burnaby
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3211.
  • Sold to BC Transit as 8901 in November 2006.
4154 Translink Sweep paint scheme 1989 2AUYT82J6K3000203 Burnaby
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3212.
  • Sold to BC Transit as 8918 in November 2006.
4155 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J8K3000204 Burnaby
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3213.
4156 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82JXK3000205 8937 ES Burnaby
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3214.
4157 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J1K3000206 3424 TB Burnaby
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3215.
4158 Translink Sweep paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J3K3000241 Burnaby
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3216.
4159 BC Transit paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J5K3000242 Burnaby
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3217.
  • Retired in November 2006.
4160 Translink Sweep paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J7K3000243 2469 FY Burnaby
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3218.
  • Sold to BC Transit in November 2006 and renumbered 8919.
4161 Translink Sweep paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J9K3000244 Burnaby
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3219.
4162 Translink Sweep paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J0K3000245 8940 ES Port Coquitlam
  • Suburban configuration
  • Originally numbered as 3220.
  • Went missing in November 2006, resurfaced prefix-less at Port Coquitlam during trolley crisis in March 2007.
4163 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J7K3000176 5491 SY North Vancouver
  • Originally numbered as 4430.
  • Retired in November 2006.
4164 BC Transit paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J9K3000177 5492 SY Burnaby
  • Originally numbered as 4431.
  • Retired in November 2006.
4165 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J0K3000178 5493 SY Burnaby
  • Originally numbered as 4432.
4166 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J2K3000179 5494 SY Burnaby
  • Originally numbered as 4433.
  • Retired in November 2006.
4167 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J9K3000180 5495 SY Burnaby
  • Originally numbered as 4434.
  • Retired in November 2006.
4168 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J0K3000181 5496 SY Surrey
  • Originally numbered as 4435.
4169 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J2K3000182 5511 SY Burnaby
  • Originally numbered as 4436.
  • Briefly returned to service in March 2007.
4170 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J4K3000183 1772 BK Surrey
  • Originally numbered as 4437.
4171 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J6K3000184 1747 KS Burnaby
  • Originally numbered as 4438.
  • Last Classic to ever run out of BTC.
4172 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J8K3000185 5514 SY North Vancouver
  • Originally numbered as 4439.
4173 BC Transit paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J1K3000187 4485 VY North Vancouver
  • Originally numbered as 4441.
  • Renumbered 4440 in 1991
4174 BC Transit paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J4K3000233 9858 TB Burnaby
  • Originally numbered as 4443.
4175 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82JXK3000172 5232 YC Burnaby
  • Originally numbered as 7430.
  • Retired in December 2006.
4176 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J1K3000173 2571 FY Surrey
  • Originally numbered as 7431.
4177 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J3K3000174 Surrey
  • Originally numbered as 7432.
  • Retired February 2007.
4178 BC Transit paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J5K3000175 5235 YC Surrey
  • Originally numbered as 7433.
  • Sold to BC Transit as 8911 in November 2006.
4179 BC Transit paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J3K3000188 5236 YC Surrey
  • Originally numbered as 7434.
  • Retired April 2007.
4180 BC Transit paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J5K3000189 5237 YC Surrey
  • Originally numbered as 7435.
  • Sold to BC Transit as 8912 in November 2006.
4181 BC Transit paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J1K3000190 5238 YC Surrey
  • Originally numbered as 7436.
  • Retired in November 2006.
4182 BC Transit paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82J3K3000191 Surrey
  • Originally numbered as 7437.
4183 BC Transit paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J1K3000237 5240 YC Burnaby
4184 Translink Sweep paint scheme June 1989 2AUYT82JXK3000186 0657 VV Burnaby
  • Originally numbered as 4440.
  • Transferred to Port Coquitlam and renumbered 9401 in 1991
  • Converted to run on CNG as part of a pilot and repainted into the Clean Air Bus livery
  • Tailpipe retrofitted to be bottom-discharge instead of top
  • Reverted to diesel operations in 1999 and repainted to current livery in 2000
4185 Translink Sweep paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J2K3000232 4499 VY Burnaby
  • Originally numbered as 4442.
  • Transferred to Port Coquitlam and renumbered 9402 in 1991
  • Converted to run on CNG as part of a pilot and repainted into the Clean Air Bus livery
  • Tailpipe retrofitted to be bottom-discharge instead of top
  • Reverted to diesel operations in 1999 and repainted to current livery in 2000
  • Retired in November 2006.
4186 Translink Sweep paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J6K3000234 8294 VX Port Coquitlam
  • Originally numbered as 4444.
  • Transferred to Port Coquitlam and renumbered 9403 in 1991
  • Converted to run on CNG as part of a pilot and repainted into the Clean Air Bus livery
  • Tailpipe retrofitted to be bottom-discharge instead of top
  • Reverted to diesel operations in 1999 and repainted to current livery in 2000
  • Retired in Nov 2006, brought back into service during trolley crisis in March 2007.
  • Sold to BC Transit as 8914.
4187 Translink Sweep paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J8K3000235 4471 VY Surrey
  • Originally numbered as 4445.
  • Transferred to Port Coquitlam and renumbered 9404 in 1991
  • Retired in October 2008 due to a rusty frame and used as a training bus
  • Turn signals and brake lights retrofitted to include an additional two 7-inch LED turn signals and five 7-inch LED brake lights while as training bus
  • Withdrawn from training bus duties due to cracked and rusting frame and rotting body in 2008
  • Donated to TRAMS and used as an office in 2009.
  • Scrapped sometime in 2013.
4188 BC Transit paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J0K3000231 8289 VX Burnaby
4189 Translink Sweep paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82JXK3000236 4466 VY North Vancouver
  • Originally numbered as 4447.
  • Transferred to Port Coquitlam and renumbered 9420 in 1991
  • Transferred to Burnaby and renumbered 5426 in 1995
  • Retired in December 2006.
4190 BC Transit paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J3K3000238 4457 VY Burnaby
4191 Translink Sweep paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J5K3000239 Burnaby
  • Originally numbered as 4449.
  • Transferred to Port Coquitlam and renumbered 9422 in 1991
  • Transferred to Burnaby and renumbered 5428 in 1995
  • Placed in storage, February 2005.
  • Sold to BC Transit and renumbered 8903.
4192 Translink Sweep paint scheme July 1989 2AUYT82J1K3000240 7610 WT Surrey
  • Originally numbered as 3401.
  • Transferred to Burnaby and renumbered 5482 in 1992
  • Retrofitted with wheelchair lift and was the only accessible 1989 Classic in the fleet and Vancouver's first accessible transit bus

References

  1. The Buzzer June 30, 1989 Issue translink.ca, retrieved 15-05-2021
  2. The Buzzer January 27, 1989 Issue translink.ca, retrieved 15-05-2021
  3. The Province (1992, March 11). Two dead in bus horror: 34 passengers injured as bus ripped apart. The Province, retrieved 15-05-2021
  4. Berry, S. & Jiwa, S. (1992, March 12). 'Passengers were all screaming' at bus driver to react. The Province, retrieved 15-05-2021
  5. Colebourn, J. (1992, March 11). Union chief hits bus-lane intruders. The Province, retrieved 15-05-2021
  6. Anderson, C. & Fraser, K. (1992, March 12). Wreckage inspected for clues to crash cause. The Province, retrieved 15-05-2021
  7. The Province (1989, July 23). 5 transit buses switching to gas, The Province, retrieved 15-05-2021
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