First Canada

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First Canada was the Canadian division of FirstGroup. They operated transportation services in the employee, intercity, student, and transit sectors.

On October 26, 2022, First Transit signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Transdev North America.[1][2] First Student Canada was not included in the sale. Transdev completed the acquisition of First Transit on March 7, 2023, and as of that date all First Transit contracts began operating under the Transdev brand.[3]

Systems

Coach/Intercity

School transportation

Transportation for school-aged children is provided under the First Student Canada branding.

Transit

First Canada operated the following municipal transit services under contract:

Motorcoach Fleet Roster - Active

The following is a list of motorcoaches that operated under the First Canada branding. School vehicles may be found under First Student Canada, and vehicles provided for transit contracts are listed under their individual system pages.

This list is incomplete.

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Operation Notes
566, 568, 570,
580, 583, 585, 587
First Canada 580-a.jpg 2004 Setra S 417 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Oilsands (northern Alberta) Leased from US in December 2008 to ?
600-633 First Canada 600-a.jpg 2010 Prevost X3-45 Volvo D13 Allison B500 Oilsands (northern Alberta)
640-654 2014 Prevost X3-45 Volvo D13 Allison B500 Oilsands (northern Alberta)
1110 2010 Prevost X3-45 Volvo D13 Allison B500
11864 2011 Prevost H3-45 Volvo D13 Allison B500 Northern BC Ex-#?; purchased in March 2021.
29870, 29875, 29881 2010 Prevost X3-45 Volvo D13 Allison B500 Northern BC
142201-142202 2014 Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 Ex-First Student Canada; transferred to commercial service.
186069, 188026 First Canada 186069-a.jpg 2018 Volvo 9700 Volvo D13 Allison B500 Northern BC
463923-463926,
463930-463933,
463936-463945
First Student Canada 463938-a.jpg 2017 IC Bus CE Cummins ISB 6.7L Allison AB/BC/ON
  • Painted white with 44 highbacked seats.
  • Equipped with LED destination signs above the windshield and in the first passenger window.
  • Equipped with rooftop air conditioning unit.
  • Equipped with rear backup camera.

Motorcoach Fleet Roster - Retired/Transferred

This list is incomplete.

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Operation Notes
102 First Canada 102-a.jpg MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
284 First Canada 284-a.jpg 1998 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
506 1997 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
634-639 2012 Prevost X3-45 Volvo D13 Allison B500 Oilsands (northern Alberta)
784 MCI 102-D3
879 First Canada 879-b.jpg 1989 MCI MC-9 Special Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 7-speed manual Cardinal Coach Lines
932 First Canada 932-a.jpg 1992 MCI 102-C3 Caterpillar 3176B 7-speed manual Cardinal Coach Lines
979 First Canada 979-a.jpg 1991 Prevost LeMirage XL Detroit Diesel 8V92TA 6 speed manual Cardinal Coach Lines
982, 988 1995 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 7-speed manual Cardinal Coach Lines
1157-1158 First Canada 1157-a.jpg 1995 MCI 102-D3 Caterpillar 3176B 7 speed manual Cardinal Coach Lines
1188, 1190 2002 MCI G4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
1250 First Canada 1250-a.jpg 1996 MCI 102-DL3 Caterpillar 3176B 7-speed manual Cardinal Coach Lines
1372 1985 MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA or 8V92TA? Cardinal Coach Lines Exx-?
1399 First Canada 1399-a.jpg 1989 MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA Cardinal Coach Lines Ex-R&J McMynn Leasing.
1400 1986 MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Cardinal Coach Lines
1494 First Canada 1494-a.jpg 1989 MCI 102-C3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA or 8V92TA? 5-speed manual Cardinal Coach Lines
1734 First Canada 1734-a.jpg 1988 MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 5-speed manual Cardinal Coach Lines
2362 First Canada 2362-a.jpg ? Prevost LeMirage XL-40 Cardinal Coach Lines Exx-?
2462 1993 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
2463 1995 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
2801 First Canada 2801-a.jpg ? MCI 102-DL3
3021 First Canada 3021-a.jpg ? Van Hool T2145 Cardinal Coach Lines
3034-3035 1997 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
6546 1990 MCI 102-C3 Ex-Greyhound Canada 6546.
8876 1996 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines Ex-Century McMynn Leasing; purchased in 2010.
9185, 9187, 9192-9193 First Canada 9185-a.jpg 1997 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
9637, 9674 1997 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
48133 1996 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Oilsands (northern Alberta)
  • Ex-#?; purchased in June 2012.
  • Equipped with stainless steel on the bottom portion of the bus.
49409, 49582, 50002 1997 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Northern BC
  • Ex-#?; purchased in 2012, 2012 and 2010.
50847 1998 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines Ex-Brunswick Transportation 5100; purchased in August 2012.
51490 1999 MCI 102-DL3 Caterpillar C10 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
  • Ex-?; purchased in June 2012.
58440 2008 MCI D4505 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Oilsands (northern Alberta) Ex-?; purchased in 2011.
63123 2005 MCI J4500 Caterpillar C13 Allison B500R Oilsands (northern Alberta)
  • Ex-?; purchased in February 2014.
63453, 63460 2006 MCI J4500 Caterpillar C13 Allison B500R Oilsands (northern Alberta)
  • Ex-?
65150 2009 MCI E4500 Caterpillar C13 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
  • Ex-?; leased from late-2014 to late-2015.
109095-109100 First Canada 109099-a.jpg 1996 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
109127 First Canada 109127-a.jpg 1999 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines
109189, 109194, 109198 First Canada 109189-a.jpg 1996 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R Cardinal Coach Lines Ex-Century McMynn Leasing; purchased in October 2010.
119056 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R
F127 MCI 102-A3 Ex-Farwest Bus Lines.
F128 First Canada F128-a.jpg 1991 Prevost H3-40 Detroit Diesel 8V92T 6-speed manual
X301 Prevost X3-45
1992 Prevost H3-40 Detroit Diesel 8V92T 6-speed manual Ex-Charter Bus Lines of British Columbia 813.
1993 Prevost H3-40 Detroit Diesel 8V92T 6-speed manual Ex-Charter Bus Lines of British Columbia 816.

Shuttle Bus Fleet Roster

This list is incomplete.

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Body Manufacturer Body Model Chassis Model Engine Transmission Operation Notes
2068 Diamond VIP 2500 Ford E-450 Transferred to Hinton Transit in 2021.
2999-3000 2007 StarTrans HD Senator Chevrolet C5500 GM Duramax 6.6L Allison Saskatchewan
  • Originally based in Calgary.
  • Transferred to Saskatchewan in November 2012 and November 2011.
105629-105630 2008 Diamond Coach VIP 2500 Chevrolet C5500 GM Duramax 6.6L Allison Cardinal Coach Lines
  • 24 passenger seating
  • A/C
  • 105629 - Based in Whitecourt, AB in August 2012
121278, 121281-121282, 121296 First Canada 121282-a.jpg 2012 Federal Coach Premier Shuttle Freightliner M2 Cummins ISB 6.7L Allison 2500 PTS
  • 121296 license plate C45360 (NWT)
  • 121296 VIN: 1FVACWDU5CDBK9450
121441 2012 Diamond VIP 2500 Ford E-450 Transferred to Hinton Transit in 2022.
133031 2013 Diamond VIP 2500 Ford E-450
142251 2014 Diamond VIP 2500 Ford E-450
F138 2008 CBB Polar V Ford E-450 Ford Powerstroke 6.0L Ford Ex-BC Transit; purchased in October 2015.
F140 Goshen GC II Ford E-450

References

  1. [1] First Transit Signs Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by Transdev North America
  2. [2] Transdev to Acquire First Transit to Deliver Safe, Sustainable, and More Innovative Solutions to Communities
  3. [3] Transdev Completes Acquisition of First Transit to Become Leading Private Operator of Transportation in the U.S.