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Toronto Transit Commission 7200-7251

Interior layout of 7200-7251.

Toronto Transit Commission 7200-7251 were Nova Bus T80-206 RTS WFD buses built and delivered in 1998.

Engine Transmission Seating Destination sign
Detroit Diesel Series 50 275 hp @ 2100 rpm Allison VR731RH 3 speed 39 American Seating Model 6468 Luminator MAX2000 or Luminator Horizon

Contents

History

Order

The TTC had already substituted half of a 100 unit order for the Orion VI with lift-equipped Orion Vs in order to expedite delivery. Instead of ordering 100 more Orion VIs, the TTC placed an order for the RTS; a bus that General Manager David Gunn knew well from his time in New York. However, Nova could not meet the TTC's delivery schedule; the order was reduced to 52 buses, and the TTC purchased 51 buses from New Flyer.

The RTS order was the last high floor, lift-equipped buses purchased by the TTC. Unlike other lift-equipped buses used by the TTC, the wheelchair lift was located at the rear door.

Refurbishment

This series received a mid-life structural and mechanical overhaul beginning in October 2006, with the final bus completed by 2008. The most visible difference post-rebuild was the livery. The black portion now wrapped around the front and around the rear of the bus. In addition, prior to their rebuild it was common for the paint to chip because of the stainless steel body panels.

Modifications

All buses have received bike racks, automated announcements, and CCTV cameras. In March 2010, a prototype driver barrier was installed in unit 7200. It consisted of a two-piece, hinged plexiglass upper portion and an independent metal bottom portion. The rest of the fleet was fitted with the barriers later in the year. A couple of buses received Luminator Horizon destination signs in 2010 and 2012. Other buses were retrofitted when the original flip-dot signs fail.

Deployment History

From the beginning of their careers, these buses were found on Danforth division's accessible routes such as 57 Midland, 65 Parliament, 72 Pape, 75 Sherbourne, 81 Thorncliffe Park, 87 Cosburn, 94 Wellesley and 100 Flemingdon Park. They were able to replace some of the 6300 series D40s and some older 8000 series GM New Looks.

When the New Eglinton garage opened in 2002, this series was moved to Arrow Rd. division and were most commonly found on routes 35 Jane, 96 Wilson and 165 Weston Rd North, but could occasionally found on busier Arrow Rd. routes, including 36 Finch West, 60 Steeles West, 84 Sheppard West and 108 Downsview. On rare occasions, they could be found on other Arrow Road routes as well.

Retirements

This batch of buses was originally scheduled for retirement in 2016, however some buses were being withdrawn in advance due to a number of factors. These included corrosion of structural components, decreased reliability with age, and difficulty in acquiring replacement components. Approximately fourteen buses were sidelined in 2014 and never returned to service. Buses were gradually retired through to August 21, 2015, when the last few were pulled from service. The final bus to operate in service was 7232, running on route 165 Weston Rd North one day prior.

Details

Fleet
number
Thumbnail Date VIN License plate Garage Status/Disposal Notes
7200   1998 4RKMWTGA3WR833059 BM5 542

(prev. BJ6 301)

Arrow Rd. Retired
August 2015
7201   1998 4RKMWTGAXWR833060 BM8 762

(prev. BJ6 302)

Arrow Rd. Retired
January 2015
7202   1998 4RKMWTGA2WR833229 BM8 763

(prev. BJ7 804)

Arrow Rd. Retired
July 2015
7203   1998 4RKMWTGA9WR833230 BM5 943

(prev. BJ7 777)

Arrow Rd. Retired
April 2015
7204   1998 4RKMWTGA0WR833231 BJ7 795 Arrow Rd. Retired
August 2015
Retrofitted with new Luminator sign control.
7205 1998 4RKMWTGA2WR833232 BM5 944

(prev. BJ7 796)

Arrow Rd. Retired
December 2014
No bike rack.
7206   1998 4RKMWTGA4WR833233 ?

(prev. BM5 945; BJ7 797)

Arrow Rd. Retired
July 2014
7207   1998 4RKMWTGA6WR833234 BM8 672

(prev. BJ7 778)

Arrow Rd. Retired
April 2015
7208   1998 4RKMWTGA8WR833235 BM5 946

(prev. BJ7 798)

Arrow Rd.
Retired
July 2015

Used as a paintball wall during the 2015 Harvey Shop open house after retirement.

Retrofitted with Luminator Horizon signs.
7209   1998 4RKMWTGAXWR833236 BN2 288

(prev. BM5 947; BJ7 779)

Arrow Rd.
Retired
December 2014

  • Scrapped
  • Engine removed and listed for sale
7210 1998 4RKMWTGA1WR833237 BM8 673

(prev. BL6 539; BJ7 799)

Arrow Rd. Retired
April 2015
Retrofitted with Luminator Horizon signs in early 2012.
7211   1998 4RKMWTGA3WR833238 BM8 674

(prev. BJ7 819)

Arrow Rd.
Retired
August 2015

  • Rear sign still stuck displaying "25" even after retirement.
  • Used as a paintball wall during the 2015 Harvey Shop open house after retirement.
Rear destination sign stuck displaying "25"
7212   1998 4RKMWTGA5WR833239 BM5 948

(prev. BJ7 800)

Arrow Rd. Retired
Aug 17, 2015

Rear View

  • Made its last run on route 165 before retirement.
7213   1998 4RKMWTGA1WR833240 BM8 675

(prev. BJ7 801)

Arrow Rd. Retired
December 2014
7214 1998 4RKMWTGA3WR833241 BM8 676

(prev. BJ7 802)

Arrow Rd. Retired
January 2015 - collision
7215   1998 4RKMWTGA5WR833242 BM8 764

(prev. BJ7 805)

Arrow Rd. Retired
December 2014
Sustained moderate fire damage on December 12, 2010; returned to service in 2011.
7216   1998 4RKMWTGA7WR833243 BM5 949

(prev. BJ7 780)

Arrow Rd. Retired
August 2015
  • In a collision in January 2015; returned to revenue service in mid February 2015.
  • Retrofitted with new Luminator sign control.
7217   1998 4RKMWTGA9WR833244 BM5 950

(prev. BJ7 771)

Arrow Rd. Retired
April 2015
No bike rack.
7218   1998 4RKMWTGA0WR833245 BJ7 806 Arrow Rd. Retired
July 2015
7219   1998 4RKMWTGA2WR833246 BM5 951

(prev. BJ7 781)

Arrow Rd. Retired
March 2015
7220   1998 4RKMWTGA4WR833247 BM5 952

(prev. BJ7 770)

Arrow Rd. Retired
December 2014
7221   1998 4RKMWTGA6WR833248 BM5 953

(prev. BJ7 769)

Arrow Rd. Retired
January 2015
7222   1998 4RKMWTGA8WR833249 BM5 954

(prev. BJ7 768)

Arrow Rd. Retired
December 2014
Side mirror/front bumper hit by TTC 2155 on October 4, 2004.
7223 1998 4RKMWTGA4WR833250 BM5 955

(prev. BJ7 808)

Arrow Rd. Retired
December 2014
Retrofitted with Luminator Horizon signs.
7224   1998 4RKMWTGA6WR833251 BM5 956

(prev. BJ7 820)

Arrow Rd. Retired
Aug 17, 2015
Made its last run on route 96 before retirement.
7225   1998 4RKMWTGA8WR833252 BM5 957

(prev. BJ7 782)

Arrow Rd. Retired
May 2015
7226   1998 4RKMWTGAXWR833253 BM5 958

(prev. BJ7 783)

Arrow Rd. Retired
April 2015
7227   1998 4RKMWTGA1WR833254 BM5 959

(prev. BJ7 784)

Arrow Rd. Retired
Aug 12, 2015 -
Oil leak
7228 1998 4RKMWTGA3WR833255 BJ7 807 Arrow Rd. Retired
December 2014
7229   1998 4RKMWTGA5WR833256 BM5 960

(prev. BJ7 813)

Arrow Rd. Retired
January 2015
7230 1998 4RKMWTGA7WR833257 BM5 961

(prev. BJ7 803)

Arrow Rd. Retired
May 2015.
7231   1998 4RKMWTGA9WR833258 BM5 962

(prev. BJ7 785)

Arrow Rd. Retired
May 2015
7232   1998 4RKMWTGA0WR833259 BM8 765

(prev. BL6 540)

Arrow Rd. Retired
Aug 19, 2015
7233 1998 4RKMWTGA7WR833260 BM8 766

(prev. BJ7 787)

Arrow Rd. Retired
December 2014
7234 1998 4RKMWTGA9WR833261 BJ7 788 Arrow Rd. Retired
January 2015
7235   1998 4RKMWTGA0WR833262 BM8 680

(prev. BJ7 789)

Arrow Rd. Retired
August 2015
Retrofitted with new Luminator sign control.
7236   1998 4RKMWTGA2WR833263 BM8 681

(prev. BL6 541)

Arrow Rd. Retired
January 2015
Retrofitted with Luminator Horizon signs in late 2010.
7237   1998 4RKMWTGA4WR833264 BM8 682

(prev. BJ7 791)

Arrow Rd.
Retired
December 2014

Was used as a Toronto Police Training Bus

7238   1998 4RKMWTGA6WR833265 BM5 963

(prev. BJ7 814)

Arrow Rd. Retired
December 2014
7239   1998 4RKMWTGA8WR833266 BM5 964

(prev. BJ7 767)

Arrow Rd. Retired
January 2015.
7240 1998 4RKMWTGAXWR833267 BM8 683

(prev. BJ7 815)

Arrow Rd.
Retired
2012

Used as a parts bus after retirement.

7241   1998 4RKMWTGA1WR833268 BM5 965

(prev. BJ7 792)

Arrow Rd. Retired
January 2015.
7242   1998 4RKMWTGA3WR833269 BM8 684

(prev. BJ7 816)

Arrow Rd. Retired
December 2014
7243   1998 4RKMWTGAXWR833270 BM8 685

(prev. BJ7 821)

Arrow Rd.
Retired
July 2015

Used as a paintball wall during the 2015 Harvey Shop open house after retirement.

7244   1998 4RKMWTGA1WR833271 BJ7 817 Arrow Rd. Retired
January 2015.
7245   1998 4RKMWTGA3WR833272 BM5 966

(prev. BJ7 793)

Arrow Rd. Retired
May 2015
Retrofitted with new Luminator sign control.
7246   1998 4RKMWTGA5WR833273 BM5 967

(prev. BJ7 822)

Arrow Rd. Retired
April 2015
7247   1998 4RKMWTGA7WR833274 BM5 968

(prev. BJ7 823)

Arrow Rd. Retired
January 2015
7248   1998 4RKMWTGA9WR833275 BM5 969

(prev. BJ7 824)

Arrow Rd. Retired
August 2015
7249   1998 4RKMWTGA0WR833276 BM8 768

(prev. BJ7 825)

Arrow Rd. Retired
August 2015
7250   1998 4RKMWTGA2WR833277 BM8 688

(prev. BJ7 826)

Arrow Rd. Retired
January 2015
7251   July 1998 4RKMWTGA4WR833278 BM8 689

(prev. BJ7 827)

Arrow Rd. Retired
Aug 7, 2015