Durham Region Transit 8001-8011

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Durham Region Transit 8001-8011 were Orion 06.501 buses built in 1999 and acquired by DRT in 2006. The buses were delivered new to Pickering Transit (8001-8008) and to Ajax Transit (8009-8011). These were the first low floor buses in each systems' fleet.

The buses feature touch bar actuated rear doors. Buses 8001-8008 feature FM radios and, while with Ajax Transit, 8009-8011 were fitted with the now defunct IT-TV advertising system. Prior to February 2008, some buses still used a traditional farebox. All buses now feature the GFI Cents A Bill Fare electronic fare box along with the Presto fare system. Beginning in 2009, the buses received Sportworks bike racks.

In July 2009, The Region release a tender for the refurbishment of 8001, 8002, 8003, 8004, 8007, 8009, and 8010. Eastway Refurbishing was the successful bidder. Another tender was released for the remaining buses in July 2010 and again awarded to Eastway. The buses received the current livery, LED destination signs (including a rear one in the rear window) in place of the Luminator Mega:MAX flip dot, new grey floor, USSC driver seats, and contemporary seat inserts (Holdsworth YSW24954). The medium blue wall panels under the windows were replaced with off-white panels. The first two (presumably 8003 and 8009) were sent out in October 2009.

These buses could be found on a variety of routes in Pickering and Ajax. Towards the end of their careers, they were most commonly seen during rush hour or as a spare for Community. As of October 2015, all buses were sent to Raleigh Division for storage, which were later, sent for scrap.

Unit(s) Engine Transmission Seating Destination sign
8001 Detroit Diesel Series 50 275 hp Allison B400R 5 speed 27 American Seating 6468 Luminator Horizon
8002-8004, 8006, 8008 31 American Seating 6468
8005, 8007, 8009-8011 33 American Seating 6468

Details

Fleet number Thumbnail Year VIN License plate(s) Paint Garage Status/disposal Notes
8001 Durham Region Transit 8001-a.jpg 1999 1VH669P79X6600012 BN9 903

(prev. BM9 327; BJ8 068)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired
early 2015
  • Two rows of seats removed.
  • Not equipped with driver draft door.
  • Refurbished April 2010.
  • Stored at Raleigh in early 2015
8002 1999 1VH669P70X6600013 BM8 993

(prev. BJ8 066)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired
early 2015
  • Refurbished Summer 2010.
8003 1999 1VH669P72X6600014 947 0BF

(prev. BM9 324; BJ8 065)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired
early 2015
  • Refurbished January 2010.
8004 Durham Region Transit 8004-a.jpg 1999 1VH669P74X6600015 250 5BH

(prev. BM9 340; BL1 708)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired
early 2015
  • Suffered engine fire in 2000; rebuilt by Eastway.
  • Features thick livery stripes.
  • Refurbished in 2011.
  • Retrofitted with two Spheros Citysphere A/C pods
  • Stored at Raleigh in early 2015
8005 Durham Region Transit 8005-a.jpg 1999 1VH669P76X6600016 BM9 341

(prev. BK9 931)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired
October 2014
  • Suffered engine fire in 2000; rebuilt by Eastway.
  • Refurbished in 2011.
  • Suffered electrical fire in 2014; not repaired
  • Stored at Raleigh after retirement
8006 Durham Region Transit 8006-a.jpg 1999 1VH669P78X6600017 BM8 992

(prev. BJ8 063)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired
early 2015
  • Refurbished in 2011.
  • Stored at Raleigh in early 2015
8007 Durham Region Transit 8007-a.JPG 1999 1VH669P7XX6600018 BM9 307

(prev. BJ8 062)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired
July 2015
  • Refurbished in 2011.
  • Stored at Raleigh in early 2015
  • Reactivated for Pan Am Games
8008 1999 1VH669P71X6600019 BM9 326

(prev. BJ8 061)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired
early 2015
  • Refurbished in 2011.
8009 Durham Region Transit 8009-a.jpg 1999 1VH669P7XX6600021 BM9 310

(prev. BJ8 071)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired
December 2014
  • Had large logo on front.
  • Part of Ajax Transit livery used to be visible over drivers' window.
  • Refurbished early January 2010.
  • Stored at Raleigh when retired
8010 Durham Region Transit 8010-a.jpg 1999 1VH669P71X6600022 BN9 901

(prev. BM9 314; BJ8 072)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired
July 2015
  • Refurbished Summer 2010.
  • Stored at Raleigh in early 2015
  • Reactivated for Pan Am Games
8011 1999 1VH669P78X6600020 BN9 760

(prev. BM8 991; BJ8 069)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired
early 2015
  • Formerly wrapped for the Royal Canadian Legion prior to 2007.
  • Refurbished.
  • Stored at Raleigh in early 2015


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