Toronto Transit Commission 3700-3724
Toronto Transit Commission 3700-3724 are New Flyer Industries XE40 Xcelsior CHARGE buses built in 2019, and delivered in 2019 and 2020. They are the first battery-electric buses ordered by the TTC, as well as the first buses ordered from New Flyer by the TTC since 1999.
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In 2016, the City of Toronto made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For the TTC's part, they committed to procuring fully-electric buses, with a target for a zero-emissions fleet by 2040. The TTC issued a Request for Information (RFI) in early September 2017 to survey the battery-electric bus industry. Three manufactures of long-range electric buses (BYD Auto, New Flyer, and Proterra) were identified. It was proposed that the TTC procure ten buses from each manufacturer for a long-term trial. This would allow them to verify all aspects of bus's performance.
From April 16 to 20, 2018, all three manufacturers sent demonstrator buses to the TTC. They were displayed at the Hillcrest Complex, Leslie Barns, and each bus division. On April 21, the public had a chance to view the buses during Ward 4 Community Environment Day at Richview Collegiate Institute.
On May 19, 2018, the order for 10 buses from New Flyer was signed. At its June 12, 2018 Board Meeting, the Commission approved the purchase of a further 30 buses from all three manufacturers. Ten of these buses were purchased from New Flyer. The first ten buses from New Flyer are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.
Due to repeated delays in the delivery schedule by BYD, the TTC has decided to not exercise options for additional buses by BYD and was able to negotiate with both New Flyer and Proterra to increase their orders by 5 buses each so that the TTC will still receive a total of 60 eBuses in 2019. The TTC will receive 25 eBuses from New Flyer, 25 eBuses from Proterra, and 10 eBuses from BYD.
These buses come with a number of features that are a first for the TTC. Some of the more notable features include external rear door buttons and the Vapor vTouch sensor-operated rear door system, a new model of bike rack (the Sportworks Apex 2 model), and unpainted aluminum Alcoa wheel rims instead of red-painted steel rims all previous TTC buses came with. These buses also have 3-digit run number boxes as opposed to the 2-digit run number boxes previously used. Unlike run number boxes used on previous TTC vehicles, the units mounted on these buses can display letters in addition to numbers. Inside, the seats on the high-floor section on the driver's side have noticeably more legroom compared to Xcelsior buses operated elsewhere, since no seats on the low-floor section are mounted on the floor of the high-floor section. All buses in this series had yellow-green 'ElectricBus' decals applied before entering service.
The last 15 units feature roof charging rails near the front.
As with the previous hybrid order, these buses were delivered with dual LCD information screens, the Computer-Aided Dispatch and Automatic Vehicle Location (CAD/AVL) Vehicle Information System and Integrated Operations Network (VISION) system, and USB chargers mounted under certain seats. Like previous past bus orders, all units in this series are equipped with interior and exterior CCTV cameras and driver barriers.
All 25 buses (3700-3724) were delivered to Arrow Rd division. The first 10 buses were delivered between April and August 2019. The remaining 15 buses were delivered between December 2019 and April 2020.
Towards the end of August 2020, the TTC embarked on an extensive testing regimen of the three different types of electric buses. Buses 3700 (New Flyer), 3729 (Proterra), and 3758 (BYD) were loaded with bags containing 9000 pounds of water to simulate a load and operated out of service along various routes in the city. The testing was paused in October 2020 and resumed on January 20, 2021.
With the completion of the overhead charging systems at Birchmount division in April 2023, 3711, 3712, 3715-3720, 3722, and 3723 were transferred to Birchmount.
The TTC initially deployed its battery-electric buses on routes that are 75km in length or shorter . Initially restricted to rush hour runs only, they began to be sent out on all-day runs starting in July 2019.
Arrow Rd Division buses may appear on routes: 36 Finch West, 52 Lawrence West, 84 Sheppard West, 96 Wilson, 99 Arrow Rd, 108 Driftwood, 120 Calvington, 165 Weston Rd North, 320 Yonge, 336 Finch West, 339 Finch East, 352 Lawrence West, 384 Sheppard West, 396 Wilson, 927 Highway 27 Express, 952 Lawrence West Express, 984 Sheppard West Express, and 996 Wilson Express.
Birchmount Division buses may appear on routes: 9 Bellamy, 12 Kingston Rd, 16 McCowan, 19 Bay, 20 Cliffside, 21 Brimley, 22 Coxwell, 23 Dawes, 24 Victoria Park, 31 Greenwood, 62 Mortimer, 64 Main, 65 Parliament, 69 Warden South, 70 O'Connor, 72 Pape, 75 Sherbourne, 82 Rosedale, 83 Jones, 87 Cosburn, 92 Woodbine South, 94 Wellesley, 113 Danforth, 121 Esplanade-River, 135 Gerrard, 143 Downtown/Beach Express, 167 Pharmacy North, 175 Bluffer's Park, 300 Bloor-Danforth, 304 King, 320 Yonge, 322 Coxwell, 324 Victoria Park, 365 Parliament, 504 King, 506 Carlton, and 924 Victoria Park Express.
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|3701||2019||2FYB8FJ1XKC071429||919 3BK||Arrow Rd.||Active||
|3702||2019||2FYB8FJ16KC071430||919 2BK||Arrow Rd.||Active||
|3703||2019||2FYB8FJ18KC071431||919 1BK||Arrow Rd.||Active||
|3704||2019||2FYB8FJ1XKC071432||919 0BK||Arrow Rd.||Active||
|3705||2019||2FYB8FJ11KC071433||918 9BK||Arrow Rd.||Active||
|3706||2019||2FYB8FJ13KC071434||918 8BK||Arrow Rd.||Active||
|3707||2019||2FYB8FJ15KC071435||918 7BK||Arrow Rd.||Active|
|3708||2019||2FYB8FJ17KC071436||918 6BK||Arrow Rd.||Active||
|3709||2019||2FYB8FJ19KC071437||918 5BK||Arrow Rd.||Active||
|3710||2019||2FYB8FJ14KC073094||322 4BL||Arrow Rd.||Active||
|3713||2019||2FYB8FJ1XKC073097||322 7BL||Arrow Rd.||Active||
|3714||2019||2FYB8FJ11KC073098||322 8BL||Arrow Rd.||Active||
|3721||2019||2FYB8FJ15KC073105||323 5BL||Arrow Rd.||Active||
|3724||2019||2FYB8FJ10KC073108||323 8BL||Arrow Rd.||Active||
- Green Bus Technology Plan. 13 November 2017. Toronto Transit Commission.
- 10 New Flyer battery-electric transit buses. Press release. 19 February 2019. New Flyer Industries.
- Chief Executive Officer’s Report –July2018 Update. 10 July 2018. Toronto Transit Commission.
- Toronto Transit Commission CEO’s Report October 2018. October 2018. Toronto Transit Commission.
- Financial Update for the Period Ended May 4, 2019 and Major Projects Update. 12 June 2019. Toronto Transit Commission.
- ttcrobert. "How do you trick a non commissioned @takethettc #NewFlyer #Ebus into thinking its picking up a #TTCBus load of our customers? Well, fill giant bags with 9000lbs of water and hit the road. As part of the commissioning process of these new buses at #ArrowRoadDivision we run them through a rigorous series of tests to make sure they meet the mark and these tests get us one step closer to a #zeroemission fleet👍🏼 As @adamsandler said in the #Waterboy "now that's what I call some high quality H2O"" Instagram, 28 August 2020.
- TTC marks environmental milestone as 1st electric bus enters service. June 2019. CBC.
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