Dartmouth Transit was the name of the public transit agency operating buses in the former city of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, from 1978-1980.
The first transit system in Dartmouth was operated by Bell Buses Ltd from 1921-1957. Bell Buses Ltd. operated an unknown number of Reo HT96 transit buses throughout downtown Dartmouth and its suburbs, including Shannon Park, Notting Park and Eastern Passage.
Bell Buses Ltd sold their transit system and Reo buses to Dartmouth Transit Service Buses Ltd in 1957. DTS Buses Ltd. began replacing the Reo buses with gasoline powered Blue Bird transit buses and GM Old Looks and New Looks, including two 30-foot TDH-3301's in 1970 and a 30-foot TDH-3302N in 1973.
On February 1st 1978 the City of Dartmouth took over transit operations from Dartmouth Transit Service Buses Ltd, renaming it simply Dartmouth Transit. No new buses were purchased by Dartmouth Transit during its years operating bus service in Dartmouth.
Dartmouth Transit's livery consisted of a single blue stripe around the sides and rear below window level, wrapping around the front of the bus. The front of the bus below the windshield was also blue. Dartmouth Transit and DTS Buses Ltd did not paint their company logos or (sometimes) fleet numbers on their buses, giving them a very plain look.
In early 1980, the two transit agencies in the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth were merged into one, named the Metropolitan Transit Commission, with the name Metro Transit used in publications and on the buses. All Halifax Transit buses were kept on and repainted in Metro Transit's green and blue livery.
Dartmouth Transit operated a transit garage between Canal and Maitland Streets in Dartmouth, adjacent to Dartmouth Cove. The building still stands today, however it is unknown who owns it or what it is used for.
Following are a list of buses purchased by Dartmouth Transit Service Buses Ltd, from 1959 to 1977. Information such as fleet numbers and model years of the Reo buses operated by Bell Buses Ltd are unknown.
|Fleet Number Range||Year||Manufacturer||Model Number||Engine||Transmission||No. Purchased||Notes|
|123-124||1963||GMC||TGH-3102 Old Look||Detroit Diesel 6V71||2|
|126||1966||GMC||TGH-3501 Old Look||Detroit Diesel 6V71||1|
|127||1968||GMC||TGH-3501 Old Look||Detroit Diesel 6V71||1|
|128-129||1969||GMC||TGH-3502 Old Look||Detroit Diesel 6V71||2|
|130-131||1970||GMC||TDH-3301 New Look||2||To Metro Transit, same fleet #s|
|133-135||1971||GMDD||T6H-4521 New Look||Detroit Diesel 6V71||3||To Metro Transit, same fleet #s|
|137||1973||GMC||TDH-3302N New Look||1||To Metro Transit, same fleet #s|
|138||1973||GMDD||T6H-4523N New Look||Detroit Diesel 6V71||1||To Metro Transit, same fleet #s|
|139||1973||GMDD||T6H-4523N New Look||Detroit Diesel 6V71||1||To Metro Transit, same fleet #s|
|143-144||1975||GMDD||T6H-4523N New Look||Detroit Diesel 6V71||2||To Metro Transit, same fleet #s|
|145-147||1976||GMDD||T6H-4523N New Look||Detroit Diesel 6V71||3||To Metro Transit, same fleet #s|
|148-150||1977||GMDD||T6H-4523N New Look||Detroit Diesel 6V71||3||To Metro Transit, same fleet #s|
|151-156||1959||GMDD||TDH-5105 Old Look||Detroit Diesel 6V71||5|