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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Meanwhile, at the bus factory

8 comments:

Alex Wilcox said...

Unfortunately I don't think Orion will have to make this decision anymore...
http://www.thestar.com/business/2012/04/25/daimler_shuts_down_mississaugas_orion_bus_plant_after_government_belttightening.html

But I do notice that your original title had Bombardier in i based on the URL.

C.J. Smith said...

I did have Bombardier but my hubby pointed out they don't make buses. I had trouble recalling who does until a search on Google turned up Orion.
Who else makes buses for public transport companies? I never paid attention. Help!

Anonymous said...

GO orders MCI coach buses. New Flyer, and Novabus are also popular with local companies.

Jonathan Chen said...
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Jonathan Chen said...

Orion and New Flyer make most of the buses that GTA transit agencies use.

Motor Coach Industries make the buses that GO transit use.

Bombardier makes the Toronto subway trains and the GO train's coaches.

However those companies have little control over seat design. Mostly all seats are manufactured and therefore designed by American Seating Inc.

Alex Wilcox said...

New Flyer:
http://www.newflyer.com/

and Nova Bus:
http://www.novabus.com/index.html

Are North America's Largest Transit bus manufacturers, and both Canadian. Nova is building the new Artics for the TTC.

The GO buses are made by Motor Coach Industries (American).
http://www.mcicoach.com/

The larger coach buses are typically the worst offenders when it comes to the "look what I puked up" seat designs.

Peter said...

GO Transit's traditional coaches are from Motor Coach Industries (MCI), and the despised double-decker (DD) buses are from Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL). The better choice for DD's (if for no other reason than they have a proper cargo bay) are the Van Hool buses deployed by Megabus. Coach Canada operates Prevost buses.

C.J. Smith said...

I knew I could count you transit nerds. ;)