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

  • 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
  • 7 Whistle Bend - Riverdale North (Saturday only)

Current Fleet Roster

Conventional

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
32-35 2006 Nova Bus LFS Cummins ISL ZF
36-37 2008 Nova Bus LFS Cummins ISL ZF
43 2013 Nova Bus LFS
44-45 2016 Nova Bus LFS
46-47 2017 Nova Bus LFS
49-50 2020 Nova Bus LFS

Handy Bus Services

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
42 2010 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM
48 2020 Chevrolet
Arboc
4500
SOM
GM Vortec

Retired Fleet Roster

Conventional

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; purchased in May 1986.
18-20 1982 OBI Orion 01.504 Detroit Diesel 6V53 Ex-Calgary Transit 247-249; purchased in September 1988.
23 1992 OBI Orion 01.507
24-27 1997 Nova Bus RTS-06 (T80-206)
29-30 2002 Thomas TL960
38-41 2010 Nova Bus LFS Cummins ISL ZF

Handy Bus Services

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
28 199x Ford E450
31 2007 IC Bus

References