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TTC cuts diesel bus order

The TTC has ordered 95 new diesel buses as part of its overall fleetrenewal plan, but pressure on the 10-year capital plan means thetransit agency will be buying about 50 fewer buses overall.

The TTC has ordered 95 new diesel buses as part of its overall fleet renewal plan, but pressure on the 10-year capital plan means the transit agency will be buying about 50 fewer buses overall.

Some 35 buses were ordered from Daimler for delivery in 2011, with 60 more to arrive in early 2012 at a total cost of about $52 million.

As part of its plan to defer $538 million in capital spending over the next decade, the overall bus replacement is being reduced by 50 vehicles, which means that by 2012 there will be only two extra buses available in the system to handle emergencies.

That’s cutting it tight, given that more buses will be needed to deal with a spike in construction that year, said TTC chief general manager Gary Webster. However, by then the fleet will include 1,859 buses, compared with 1,744 this year.

“I am never going to say we’ll never be short a bus when we’ve only got two extra ones. But we have at least now accounted for all of our needs,” he said.

Forty-one other projects have come off the priority list.

 
 
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