Toronto Transit Commission 3750-3759

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Interior layout of 3750-3759

Toronto Transit Commission 3750-3759 are BYD Auto K9M buses built in 2019 and delivered in 2020. These are the first buses purchased overseas since the Orion III order in the 1980s.

Motor Seating Destination sign
2 x BYD TYC-150A combined 300 kW (peak) 35 USSC Gemini 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 BYD 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 BYD. The first ten buses from BYD are expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2019.[2][3]

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

Features

The buses' bodies are based on the pre-2016 K9M body instead of the current K9MC, but features the sloped front and rear rooflines of the K9MC body. Inside, unlike the other two models of battery-electric buses purchased for the head-to-head comparison, these buses feature USSC Gemini seating.

As with recent bus orders, 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 bike racks, interior and exterior CCTV cameras, and driver barriers.

Delivery

These buses were delivered to Eglinton division. One bus was delivered in December 2019, however it returned to BYD for modifications shortly after. The first two units to be accepted (3750 and 3754) were delivered in January 2020[5]. The remaining eight buses were delivered in February 2020. These buses were manufactured at the new BYD plant in Newmarket, Ontario.

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 only runs, they began to be sent out on all-day runs starting in late October 2020.

This series is currently operating out of Eglinton division. The routes that these buses may appear on are the 8 Broadview, 11 Bayview, 25 Don Mills, 28 Bayview South, 34 Eglinton East, 54 Lawrence East, 56 Leaside, 67 Pharmacy, 74 Mt Pleasant, 81 Thorncliffe Park, 88 South Leaside, 91 Woodbine, 93 Parkview Hills, 100 Flemingdon Park, 103 Mt Pleasant North, 141 Downtown/Mt Pleasant Express, 144 Downtown/Don Valley Express, 300 Bloor-Danforth, 320 Yonge, 325 Don Mills, 334 Eglinton East, 354 Lawrence East, 505 Dundas, 506 Carlton, 925 Don Mills Express, and 954 Lawrence East Express.

Details

Fleet
number
Thumbnail Date VIN License plate Garage Status/Disposal Notes
3750 Toronto Transit Commission 3750-b.jpg 2019 LC0KSLA68L4000001 321 6BL Eglinton Active
  • Rear View
  • Delivered to Eglinton on January 21, 2020.
  • One of the first two buses to be delivered.
  • Bus was used to launch the TTC BYD fleet into service and did a media run on the 68 Warden on September 8, 2020.
  • Entered service on September 10, 2020 on route 116.
3751 Toronto Transit Commission 3751-a.jpg 2019 LC0KSLA6XL4000002 321 5BL Eglinton Active
  • Delivered to Eglinton in February 2020.
  • Entered service on October 16, 2020 on route 68.
3752 2019 321 4BL Eglinton Active
  • Delivered to Eglinton in February 2020.
  • Entered service on September 18, 2020 on route 116.
3753 Toronto Transit Commission 3753-a.jpg 2019 LC0KSLA63L4000004 321 3BL Eglinton Active
  • Delivered to Eglinton in February 2020.
  • Entered service on October 28, 2020 on route 86.
3754 Toronto Transit Commission 3754-a.jpg May 2019 LC0KSLA65L4000005 321 2BL Eglinton Active
  • Pilot bus.
  • Delivered to Eglinton on January 21, 2020.
  • One of the first two buses to be delivered.
  • Entered service on October 9, 2020 on route 86.
3755 Toronto Transit Commission 3755-a.jpg 2019 LC0KSLA67L4000006 321 1BL Eglinton Active
  • Delivered to Eglinton in February 2020.
  • Entered service on September 23, 2020 on route 116.
3756 2019 LC0KSLA69L4000007 321 0BL Eglinton Active
  • Delivered to Eglinton in February 2020.
  • Entered service on October 29, 2020 on route 116.
3757 Toronto Transit Commission 3757-a.jpg 2019 LC0KSLA60L4000008 320 9BL Eglinton Active
  • Delivered to Eglinton in February 2020.
  • Entered service on December 8, 2020 on route 86.
3758 Toronto Transit Commission 3758-b.jpg 2019 LC0KSLA62L4000009 320 8BL Eglinton Active
  • Delivered to Eglinton in February 2020.
  • Rear view
  • Entered service on May 18, 2021 on route 54.
3759 Toronto Transit Commission 3759-a.jpg 2019 LC0KSLA69L4000010 320 7BL Eglinton Active
  • Delivered to Eglinton in February 2020.
  • Entered service on September 23, 2020 on route 86.

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