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About the Double Decker Bus

OC Transpo studied the feasibility of double decker bus in 2006 and 2007. The model of the double decker bus is "Enviro500" made by Alexander Dennis (there are NO spaces in Enviro and 500, according to the company's brochure). Fleet number "4997" was assigned to the double decker bus. A total of two in-service demos were conducted, one in the summer and the other in the winter. Should OC Transpo decide to acquire double decker buses, 2009 would be the earliest year that the purchase could be made (provided that a new transit garage facility is built at 735 Industrial Ave).

Summer Demo:

The double decker bus arrived at St. Laurent garage on June 23, 2006, and the summer demo took place from June 29, 2006 to July 12, 2006 (no weekends). The double decker bus operated on routes 60, 61, 76, 77, and 96. The bus cleared all overpasses along the bus routes mentioned above, though it did hit a few trees on Albert St (between Bay St and Empress Ave).

The feedback from passengers about this bus has been very positive. Results of the summer demo was included in a City Council's Transportation Committee report, and is available for viewing by following this link. The report recommended a winter demo for this bus.

Winter Demo:

The winter demo of the double decker bus took place from February 5, 2007 to February 16, 2007 (no weekends). The purpose of the winter demo was to see how well the double decker bus would perform in Ottawa's winter season. Unlike the summer demo, only one specific route and run was designated with the double decker bus, and that route was 96.

Prior to the winter demo, the National Research Council (NRC) was conducting their own research and testing by putting the bus in "cold chamber" for a number of days. It then went to PMG Technologies in Blainville, Québec, where there is a test track available. 

Results of the winter demo is not yet available.

Pictures

INTERIOR
  • Facing the rear, lower-deck
  • June 23, 2006
  • Facing the front, lower-deck
  • June 23, 2006
  • Stairs, from lower-deck
  • June 23, 2006
  • Stairs, from upper-deck
  • June 23, 2006
  • Facing the rear, upper-deck
  • June 23, 2006
  • Facing forward, upper-deck
  • June 23, 2006
  • Rear Door
  • June 23, 2006
  • Builder's plate, bus made in 2004
  • July 11, 2006
DRIVER'S CABIN
  • Driver's Seat
  • June 23, 2006
  • Controls
  • June 23, 2006
  • Door Control and Parking Brake
  • June 23, 2006
  • Lights, Indicators, Controls
  • June 23, 2006
  • Controls
  • June 23, 2006
  • LCD Monitor, Luminator sign control
  • June 23, 2006
  • LCD monitor - to monitor the cameras
  • June 23, 2006
SUMMER DEMO
  • On St. Laurent Blvd
  • June 23, 2006
  • On St. Laurent Blvd, making its way to OC Transpo Headquarters
  • June 23, 2006
  • Seen behind St. Laurent North garage
  • June 23, 2006
  • Parked in front of the Administration building
  • June 23, 2006
  • Parked in front of the Administration building
  • June 23, 2006
  • Parked in front of the Administration building
  • June 23, 2006
  • In between St. Laurent North & South garage
  • June 23, 2006
  • Rear shot of bus
  • June 23, 2006
  • Rear Door
  • June 23, 2006
  • Seen at Jurassic Park
  • June 23, 2006
  • At Jurassic Park
  • June 23, 2006
  • At Jurassic Park
  • June 23, 2006
  • In front of the Administration building
  • June 23, 2006
  • Seen arriving at Hurdman station
  • June 30, 2006
  • At Hurdman station
  • June 30, 2006
  • At Terry Fox station
  • June 30, 2006
  • At Terry Fox station
  • June 30, 2006
  • On the Ottawa River Parkway westbound, approaching Lincoln Fields station
  • July 5, 2006
  • At St. Laurent garage, about to leave the garage
  • July 11, 2006
  • At Hurdman station, starting its trip on route 61
  • July 11, 2006
  • At Hazeldean Mall
  • July 11, 2006
WINTER DEMO
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  • At Terry Fox station
  • February 9, 2007
  • At Terry Fox station
  • February 9, 2007
  • At Terry Fox station
  • February 9, 2007
  • 7:15 AM at Hurdman station
  • February 13, 2007
  • Departing Hurdman station
  • February 13, 2007
 
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