Whitehorse Transit

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Whitehorse Transit is a city owned transit company serving Whitehorse, Yukon. It operates Monday to Saturday. There is no service on Sundays and holidays. Service was extended into the evenings starting September 2013. Previously service ended at 7pm, except Friday.

They also operate a door-to-door Handy Bus service for people with disabilities.

History

The transit system was founded in 1975 and went into service early in 1976 as the Women's Minibus Society but was taken over by the city by 1981. The system was originally established with five Fleury mini-buses, painted a lime green on white, the only colour that would show through snow, fog and rain.

By 1980, the system had retired some of the Fleury buses and replaced them with Superior school-bus type mini-buses, and in 1981, an Orion bus from Ontario Bus Industries was the first full-sized transit bus to operate in the city, arriving in time to be used for a world skiing championship. Two more Orions were purchased and the remaining Fleury buses were retired, with one now in the Yukon Transportation Museum. During a period of austerity, a GM Diesel bus was purchased from Hay River, and through the mid-1980s, more Orions were purchased from Calgary Transit, which was downsizing due to a recession. The remaining mini-buses were retired, and the fleet is now all full-sized buses, though some have called for the system to return to mini-buses.

During the mid-1980s, the colour scheme, which had changed from lime green to a more natural green, was changed to a red colour on the white.

Facilities

The transit terminal was long based on Ogilvie Street between Third and Fourth Avenues, but from June 21, 1998 to January 3, 1999, the terminal was located on Range Road at the Takhini Arena; complaints by riders and Takhini subdivision residents led to city council ordering a return to Ogilvie Street.

Routes

Buses move from route to route as part of their schedule, rather than following the same route for an entire day. This allows riders in many cases to continue onto a different route without changing buses.

  • 1 Riverdale North - Porter Creek Express
  • 2 Riverdale South - Copper Ridge - Granger
  • 3 Riverdale North - RR - McIntyre - Hillcrest (including YXY Airport)
  • 4 Porter Creek - Crestview
  • 5 Takhini - Lobird - Copper Ridge Express
  • 6 Ingram - Granger - Porter Creek - Whistle Bend

Roster

Current

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
32-35 2006 Nova Bus LFS 40102 Cummins ISL ZF
36-37 2008 Nova Bus LFS 40102 Cummins ISL ZF
38-41 2010 Nova Bus LFS 40102 Cummins ISL ZF 38 & 40 are retired.
43 2013 Nova Bus LFS 40102
44-45 2016 Nova Bus LFS 40102
46-47 2017 Nova Bus LFS 40102

Retired

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
10 1981 OBI Orion 01.504
11 1982 OBI Orion 01.504
14 1984 OBI Orion 01.507
16-17 1980 OBI Orion 01.504 Detroit Diesel 6V53 Ex Calgary Transit 302-303; bought in May 1986.
18-20 1982 OBI Orion 01.504 Detroit Diesel 6V53 Ex Calgary Transit 247-249; bought in September 1988.
23 1992 OBI Orion 01.507
24-27 1997 Nova Bus RTS-06
(T80-206)
29-30 2002 Thomas TL960

Handy-transit

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
28 199x Ford
31 2007 International
42 2010 Chevrolet/Arboc 4500/SOM

References