Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission 1201-1203
OC Transpo 1201-1203 were Alexander Dennis Enviro500 buses built and delivered in 2008. They were the first new double-decker buses to be used in local transit service in Ontario in over 30 years (preceded only by a 1985 Leyland Olympian operated by Brampton Transit). They were delivered as part of a one-year pilot project, beginning on March 30, 2009, so city council could determine the next steps in purchasing new buses. Throughout the study period, it was determined that double-decker buses offered capital and operating cost savings when used on certain routes, as they held more passengers than articulated buses, thus carrying more people with less trips and less buses and OC Transpo would be able to reduce costs.
These models seated 53 on the upper level and 30 on the lower level for a total of 83 seats. They had a height of 4.4 metres, which exceeded the MTO's height clearance standards and restricting their usage. Due to the success of the double-decker trial, an order for an additional 75 Enviro500s was approved by council in April 2011 after the height of these new vehicles were reduced to 4.1 metres.
As the new low-height buses are regulated as a regular bus, unlike the trial buses, OC Transpo decided not to keep the trial buses, which were subsequently sold to BC Transit for use in Victoria. The trial buses were last used by OC Transpo on June 22, 2012, with 1202 the only one in service that day. After extensive refurbishment and repainting, all three buses arrived in Victoria, BC on July 18, 2013, and renumbered to 9529-9531.
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