Toronto Transit Commission 3700-3724

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Interior layout of 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.

Motor Transmission Seating Destination sign
Siemens ELFA2 Direct Drive 33 American Seating InSight Luminator Horizon


History

Order

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.[1]

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.[2] The first ten buses from New Flyer are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.[3][4]

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.[5] The TTC will receive 25 eBuses from New Flyer, 25 eBuses from Proterra, and 10 eBuses from BYD.

New Features

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, to accommodate future roof charging.

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.

Delivery

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.

Testing

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.[6] The testing was paused in October 2020 and resumed on January 20, 2021.

Deployment

The TTC will initially deploy its battery-electric buses on routes that are 75km in length or shorter [7]. Initially restricted to rush hour runs only, they began to be sent out on all-day runs starting in July 2019.

This series is currently operating out of Arrow Rd division. They 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.

Details

Fleet
number
Thumbnail Date VIN License plate Garage Status/Disposal Notes
3700 Toronto Transit Commission 3700-a.jpg 01/2019 2FYB8FJ18KC071428 919 4BK Arrow Rd. Active
  • Pilot bus.
  • Delivered to Arrow on April 15, 2019.
  • First battery electric bus delivered to the TTC and the first one to enter service.
  • Rear view
  • Entered service on June 3, 2019 on route 35.
3701 Toronto Transit Commission 3701-a.jpg 2018 2FYB8FJ1XKC071429 919 3BK Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on May 14, 2019.
  • Entered service on July 20, 2019 on route 35.
3702 2018 2FYB8FJ16KC071430 919 2BK Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on June 12, 2019.
  • Entered service on August 30, 2019 on route 996.
3703 Toronto Transit Commission 3703-a.jpg 2018 2FYB8FJ18KC071431 919 1BK Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on May 30, 2019.
  • Entered service on July 26, 2019 on route 35.
3704 Toronto Transit Commission 3704-a.jpg 2018 2FYB8FJ1XKC071432 919 0BK Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on June 10, 2019.
  • Entered service on July 30, 2019 on route 35.
3705 Toronto Transit Commission 3705-a.jpg 2018 2FYB8FJ11KC071433 918 9BK Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on June 12, 2019.
  • Entered service on July 15, 2019 on route 35.
3706 Toronto Transit Commission 3706-a.jpg 2018 2FYB8FJ13KC071434 918 8BK Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on June 16, 2019.
  • Entered service on August 2, 2019 on route 35.
3707 Toronto Transit Commission 3707-a.jpg 2018 2FYB8FJ15KC071435 918 7BK Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on June 24, 2019.
  • Entered service on August 9, 2019 on route 99.
  • Rear view
3708 Toronto Transit Commission 3708-a.jpg 2018 2FYB8FJ17KC071436 918 6BK Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on August 4, 2019.
  • Entered service on September 11, 2019 on route 46.
3709 Toronto Transit Commission 3709-a.jpg 2018 2FYB8FJ19KC071437 918 5BK Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on July 2, 2019.
  • Entered service on August 16, 2019 on route 108.
3710 Toronto Transit Commission 3710-a.jpg 2019 2FYB8FJ14KC073094 322 4BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on December 16, 2019.
  • Entered service on April 24, 2020 on route 35.
3711 Toronto Transit Commission 3711-a.jpg 2019 2FYB8FJ16KC073095 322 5BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on December 17, 2019.
  • Entered service on April 8, 2020 on route 927.
3712 2019 2FYB8FJ18KC073096 322 6BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on January 3, 2020.
  • Entered service on October 1, 2020 on route 59.
3713 Toronto Transit Commission 3713-a.jpg 2019 2FYB8FJ1XKC073097 322 7BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on February 3, 2020.
  • Entered service on April 28, 2020 on route 165.
3714 2019 2FYB8FJ11KC073098 322 8BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on February 6, 2020.
  • Entered service on May 4, 2020 on route 101.
3715 2019 2FYB8FJ13KC073099 322 9BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on March 4, 2020.
  • Entered service on June 25, 2020 on route 165.
3716 2019 2FYB8FJ16KC073100 323 0BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on February 14, 2020.
  • Entered service on April 24, 2020 on route 99.
3717 2019 2FYB8FJ18KC073101 323 1BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on March 2, 2020.
  • Entered service on May 29, 2020 on route 36.
3718 2019 2FYB8FJ1XKC073102 323 2BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on March 6, 2020.
  • Entered service on June 3, 2020 on route 96.
3719 2019 2FYB8FJ11KC073103 323 3BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on March 9, 2020.
  • Entered service on August 14, 2020 on route 165.
3720 Toronto Transit Commission 3720-a.jpg 2019 2FYB8FJ13KC073104 323 4BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on March 4, 2020.
  • Entered service on June 4, 2020 on route 60.
3721 Toronto Transit Commission 3721-a.jpg 2019 2FYB8FJ15KC073105 323 5BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on April 6, 2020.
  • Entered service on August 15, 2020 on route 36.
3722 2019 2FYB8FJ17KC073106 323 6BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on April 6, 2020.
  • Entered service on August 14, 2020 on route 84.
3723 2019 2FYB8FJ19KC073107 323 7BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on April 2, 2020.
  • Entered service on August 14, 2020 on route 46.
3724 Toronto Transit Commission 3724-a.jpg 2019 2FYB8FJ10KC073108 323 8BL Arrow Rd. Active
  • Delivered to Arrow on April 6, 2020.
  • Entered service on August 27, 2020 on route 108.

References


Toronto Transit Commission active fleet
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Buses
Low Floor Diesel 3100-3369, 7900-7979, 8000-8099, 8100-8219, 8300-8334, 8335-8396, 8400-8504, 8510-8617, 8620-8716, 8720-8964, 9200-9239
Low Floor Hybrid 1000-1149, 1200-1423, 1500-1689, 3400-3654
Low Floor Articulated 9000-9026, 9027-9152
Low Floor Electric 3700-3724, 3725-3749, 3750-3759
High Floor Diesel 2252
Other TTC1, W100-W209, W210-W214, W215-W300, W500-W519, W520-W579, W580-W627, W628-W647, W700-W790
Rail Vehicles
Streetcars 2766, 4001, 4207, 4400-4603, 4500, 4549
Rapid Transit 3000-3027, 5000-5371, 5381-6136, 6141-6196, 6200-6275 edit