Pickering Transit

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Pickering Transit was the public transit agency serving the city of Pickering, Ontario.

History

Transit service in Pickering began in 1970 with the Bay Ridges Dial-A-Bus, a demonstration project conducted by the Government of Ontario. Minibuses operated by GO Transit provided on-demand transit service in the community of Bay Ridges. In 1973, Pickering Town Council voted in favour of taking over the transit service.[1] Pickering Dial-A-Bus expanded to other communities in the town.

By the mid-1980s, the system was known as Pickering Transit and supplemented Dial-A-Bus service with fixed route service to Pickering GO Station during rush hour. In 1992, Pickering Transit moved away from Dial-A-Bus service and added all-day fixed route service. Fixed-route service now operated until 7:20 PM with Dial-A-Bus service available from that time to 1:20 AM Monday to Saturday. A regular route between Ajax GO Station and Pickering Town Centre was also established.[2]

In March 2000 the Town of Ajax and City of Pickering agreed to merge transit operations. The first day of Ajax Pickering Transit Authority service began on September 4, 2001.

Routes

Rush

  • R-1 Industrial
  • R-2 Liverpool
  • R-2A Town Centre/Village East
  • R-3 Amberlea
  • R-4 Glendale
  • R-5 West Shore
  • R-5A Lookout Point
  • R-6 Bay Ridges
  • R-7 Rosebank
  • R-10 Ajax
  • R-11 Finch/Hwy 2
  • R-12 Brock Rd
  • R-14 Maple Ridge
  • R-4/14 Glendale & Maple Ridge
  • Highbush

Midday/Saturday

  • Liverpool & Finch/HWY 2.
  • Village East/Brock Rd.
  • Bay Ridges/West Shore
  • Ajax
  • Rosebank
  • Maple Ridge/Glenanna

Evening/Sunday Dial A Bus

  • South Pickering
  • North Central Pickering
  • East Pickering
  • West Pickering
  • Liverpool and Finch/HWY 2.

All time roster

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
906 1979 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
907 (1st) Renumbered 910.
907 (2nd) 1980 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
908 (1st) Renumbered 916.
908 (2nd) 1980 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
909 (1st) Renumbered 917.
909 (2nd) 1980 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
910 (1st) Renumbered 918.
910 (2nd) 1981 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
  • Renumbered from 907.
911 (1st) Renumbered 919.
911 (2nd) 1981 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
912 (1st) 1974 RVI Club Car Chrysler 440 V8 Chrysler Loadflite
3 speed auto
912 (2nd) Renumbered 920.
912 (3rd) 1981 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
  • Ex-Transit Windsor 205; purchased at the end of 1985.
  • Converted to Specialized Services and renumbered to H09.
912 (4th) 1980 Grumman Flxible 870 (53102-8-1)
914 (1st) 1974 RVI Club Car Chrysler 440 V8 Chrysler Loadflite
3 speed auto
914-915 1981 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
916 1983 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
  • Renumbered from 908.
  • Rebuilt as a MTB Glider in 1997.
  • Sent to APTA as 2037.
917-919 1984 OBI Orion 01.502 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison MT-644
  • Renumbered from 909-911.
  • 918 rebuilt as a MTB Glider in 1997.
  • Sent to APTA as 2043, 2038 & 2042.
920 1985 OBI Orion 01.507 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
  • Renumbered from 912.
  • Sent to APTA as 2040
921 1987 OBI Orion 01.507 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
922-923 1988 OBI Orion 01.507 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863
924-925 1989 OBI Orion 01.507 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863
926 1990 OBI Orion 01.507 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863
1989 OBI Orion 01.508 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D863
927-928 1992 OBI Orion 05.501 Cummins L10 Voith D863
929-930 (1st) 1986 OBI Orion 01.508 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison HT-747
929-930 (2nd) 1994 OBI Orion 05.501 Cummins L10 Voith D863
937 (1st) Thomas Mighty Mite
931-938 1999 BIA Orion 06.501 Detroit Diesel S50 Allison B400R
939 1982 OBI Orion 01.504 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison MT-644
942-946 Thomas Mighty Mite
997 1979 GMDD T6H-4523N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
1983 OBI Orion 01.504 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison HT-740
1989 OBI Orion 01.507

Pickering Handi-Transit

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
H06 1986 Ford E350 cutaway International 6.9L Diesel
H09 1981 OBI Orion 01.501 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Allison MT-643
H10 1990 Ford/Thomas E350 cutaway Ford Power Stroke 7.3L Diesel

References

  1. "Pickering approves dial-a-bus takeover." The Globe and Mail (1936-Current), The Globe & Mail division of Bell Globemedia Publishing Inc, Toronto, Ont, 1973.
  2. Warren Potter Special to,The Star. "All-Day Fixed Service to Replace Pickering Dial-a-Bus System." Toronto Star: SD2. Aug 06 1992. ProQuest. Web. 16 Sep. 2016.