General Motors TA60-102N

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General Motors - TA60-102N
General Motors TA60-102N
Years of manufacture 1982
Length 60 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel
General Motors TA60-102N with retrofitted tail lights

The General Motors TA60-102N was an articulated transit bus. In 1979, the Government of Ontario signed a $16.3-million contract with General Motors for 53 buses to be used in an articulated bus demonstration program.[1] Four transit agencies participated: Hamilton Street Railway, Mississauga Transit, OC Transpo, and the Toronto Transit Commission. The first bus was delivered in July 1982 to Mississauga.

The buses began construction at the St. Eustache plant and were finished and tested at the London facility. The front section of the GM articulated bus used the first 30 feet of a 35-foot New Look and the rear half used the last 25 feet of a 40-foot New Look. The bus featured a redesigned front end that would later become part of the Classic.

During the trial it was found that the buses were more expensive to maintain than conventional buses. There were no other orders following the three-year trial period. Toronto eventually sold all 12 of their buses to Mississauga. Hamilton acquired nine of Ottawa's buses in 1987, and Mississauga acquired the remainder in 1988. Mississauga eventually retired all of their buses in 1997—replaced by New Flyer Industries D60LFs. Hamilton rebuilt a few of their's and the last one was withdrawn from service in 2007.

Specifications

Dimensions

  • Length: 60'
  • Width: 102"
  • Height: 121.5"
  • Turning circle: 43'9"

Engine

Transmission

Operators

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Production list

Click here for the production list.

Preserved units

Year Thumbnail Serial Preserved As Fleet Number Current Owner Notes
1982 Regional Transit Service 5034-a.jpg 2GHYR92H6C5200022 Mississauga Transit 5034 Regional Transit Service
  • Part of a collection used for filming/movies
  • Originally OC Transpo 8208
  • Scrapped May 2014
1982 Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 8222-a.jpg C5200037 OC Transpo 8222 OC Transpo
  • Restored as a historical fleet bus
  • Originally HSR 8202
1982 2GHYR92HXC5200038 Hamilton Street Railway 518203 Seashore Trolley Museum
  • Part of the historical fleet

References

  • "Welcome Aboard the GM New Look Bus" by John McKane
  • Ontario bus contract awarded to GM unit. 06 October 1979. Globe and Mail'. Toronto.