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NovaBus LFS

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9724 is shown in the Swansea yard in southeast Ottawa on July 1st, 2010, along with 5931, 6101, and 4250.

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9726 was a 1997 Nova LFS, which had just arrived at Elmvale Acres Shopping Centre on Dec. 24, 2002.  By this time, a small vent had been added to the front of the bus (compare with 9732 below).  This bus, along with 9727, 9729, 9733, 9735 and 9737, was sold to Saskatoon Transit in December 2011.

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9728 was another 1997 Nova LFS, shown at the Rideau Centre on November 11, 2009.  These buses were not air-conditioned, and the 20 purchased in 1997 were the only examples purchased so far by OC Transpo.

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9732 is seen here on Lisgar Street at Regional Headquarters, now Ottawa City Hall, on June 27, 1999.  Behind 9732 is GM “Old Look” 5931.

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9733 was spotted on Elgin Street near Slater Street and the Mackenzie King Bridge on February 20, 1999.

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9737 is shown parked at the St. Laurent garage on May 16, 2006.  The LFS buses were all retired on July 12, 2011, along with the last of the Orion V buses in an effort to standardise the OC Transpo bus fleet.  While Saskatoon purchased six LFS buses from OC Transpo, Guelph Transit purchased 9721, 9722, 9736, and 9740 in February 2012.

 

Orion 06.501

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4002 is a 1999 Orion VI, seen at St. Laurent Station in April 2001.  The numbering scheme changed with the delivery of these buses.  Between 1957 and 1998, OC Transpo used an annual numbering scheme where the last two digits of the year of purchase were the first two digits of the fleet number.  The scheme was changed because OC Transpo ordered 140 of these buses, and also because buses purchased in 2000 would have been in the 0000 series, which was not favoured by their computer system.  The new numbering scheme starts with 3, 4 or 6 (for the length of the bus), followed by a three-digit consecutive fleet number, and was later expanded to start with 2 for minibuses, 5 for hybrids and 8 for double-deckers.

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4007 is another 1999 Orion VI, seen shortly after delivery on Nicholas Street near the Rideau Centre in June 1999.  These buses are air-conditioned and have velour covered, thickly padded, high-backed seats to try and draw commuters out of their cars and onto public transit.

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4024 was spotted parked at the St. Laurent garage on July 30, 2011.  This bus has been kept by OC Transpo as part of its historic fleet.

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4041 is seen retired at the St. Laurent garage on April 20, 2013.

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4065 is shown resting at the St. Laurent garage on July 30, 2011.  This bus was one of twelve Orion VI buses sold to Sault Ste Marie Transit, where it became bus 146.

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4067 is on display behind the St. Laurent garage at the “Open Doors Ottawa” open house on June 4, 2005.  These buses were the first to be ordered in the “Maple Leaf” livery.

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4083 is shown laying up on Old Wellington Street near Lebreton Station on February 23, 2009.

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4084 was spotted with 4003 at the St. Laurent garage on April 20, 2013, after both buses had been retired a few weeks earlier.

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4085 is shown parked behind the St. Laurent garage on April 20, 2013, after it was retired.

(New!) 4092 was acquired by the Canadian Police College to be used for bomb squad training after it had been retired from OC Transpo service.  It is shown parked at the RCMP Musical Ride stables in Manor Park on June 7, 2014.

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4111 was spotted on Rideau Street at the Rideau Centre on Nov. 24, 2010.

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4113 is a 1999 Orion VI which has just arrived at Elmvale Acres Shopping Centre on Dec. 24, 2002.  The maple leaf on the front of these buses has been replaced in most cases by the City of Ottawa logo.

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4130 is seen parked behind the St. Laurent garage on April 20, 2013.  The last Orion VI buses were withdrawn from OC Transpo service on April 1st, 2013, once 75 Enviro 500 double decker buses had been delivered.

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4134 was spotted resting near Lebreton Station on February 23, 2009.

 

New Flyer D60LF

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6001 was a 2000 New Flyer D60LF, seen here at St. Laurent Garage shortly after delivery in April 2001.  These buses were the first articulated low-floor buses purchased by OC Transpo, as well as the first air conditioned artics, and the first buses equipped with push bar-type exit doors.

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6022 is seen here at St. Laurent Garage in April 2001.  These buses were purchased to replace the Orion/Ikarus buses; however, because of the rear-axle-drive layout, they are more difficult to drive in rain and snow than the older centre-axle-drive Ikarus buses.

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Several New Flyer D60LF buses are parked at the St. Laurent Garage in April 2001, some of them still awaiting application of OC Transpo decals.  In the distance, “Old Look” 5108 can just be seen.  This bus was probably used to provide parts for 5931.  For a closer look at 5108, click here, or look at the thumbnail photo in the Historic Fleet Section.

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6052 was a 2001 NFI D60LF, shown at Lebreton Transitway Station on Dec. 27, 2006.  About this time, OC Transpo began to add the fleet number to the back of the front ventilator on its articulated buses, as shown in this photo.

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Three New Flyer D60LF buses are parked at the St. Laurent garage on May 23, 2002.  They are, from left to right, 6047, 6094, and 6008, purchased in 2001, 2002, and 2000 respectively.

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6086 was spotted on the Transitway just after leaving Hurdman Station on Nov. 24, 2010.

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6095 was a 2002 New Flyer D60LF, seen parked at the St. Laurent North garage on August 1st, 2008.

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6104 was another 2002 D60LF, boarding passengers at the Rideau Centre on Dec. 28, 2002.  There was no bus 6101; the number was skipped to avoid a conflicting number with the 1961 New Look in the historic bus fleet.

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6108 is seen at the St. Laurent garage on May 23, 2002, shortly before entering revenue service.

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6110 was spotted on Hunt Club Road at Bank Street in Ottawa’s south end on Oct. 2, 2010. 

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6120 is shown at Hurdman Station on Nov. 24, 2010.

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6127 was seen behind the Aberdeen Pavilion waiting for passengers attending a university football game at Frank Clair Stadium on September 20, 2008.

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6157 is shown parked with a number of other New Flyer D40LF buses, both from 2008 and earlier years, at the St. Laurent North garage during the 2008-2009 transit strike on January 10, 2009.  In the background is 1202, a 2008 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 double decker bus, which entered service in late March 2009.

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6167 was seen at Lansdowne Park waiting for football fans on September 20, 2008.  This bus, along with the later 2002 deliveries and the 6300 series buses, had tip-in windows instead of sliding windows as on the earlier D60LF buses.

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6172 was a 2002 D60LF, seen at the Rideau Centre on Sept. 5, 2003.  This order of buses brought the fleet numbers up to 6178.

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6306 was a 2003 D60LF, seen on the Transitway at the University of Ottawa.  This photo was taken on Sept. 5, 2003.  The first 20 buses purchased in 2003 were equipped with low-emission engines that require ultra-low-sulphur diesel fuel.

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6322 was another 2003 D60LF, shown parked at the St. Laurent North garage on August 1st, 2008.

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6323 was spotted boarding passengers on the Mackenzie King bridge on Sept. 5, 2003.

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6331 was seen at Hurdman Station on Nov. 24, 2010. Structural problems and a trade-in deal with New Flyer Industries on new D60LFR buses led OC Transpo to withdraw the 2001-2004 D60LF buses starting in August 2010, and the last two buses to be retired were 6343 and 6347, which were taken out of service on March 31, 2011.

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6340 was a 2004 D60LF on display behind the St. Laurent garage at the “Open Doors Ottawa” open house on June 12, 2004.  The 2004 order brought the number scheme up to 6350.

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6348 was another 2004 D60LF shown parked at the St. Laurent garage on August 29, 2004.

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6351 was the first 2008 New Flyer D60LF to be delivered, and it and 6354 entered service in July 2008.  It was spotted parked at the St. Laurent garage on July 30, 2008.

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6351 was seen again at the St. Laurent North garage on Aug. 1st, 2008.  OC Transpo ordered 48 articulated buses in 2008, bringing the numbering scheme up to 6398.

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6355 was spotted having some engine work done at the St. Laurent garage on June 26, 2008.  This bus and the rest of the 2008 order began to enter service in August 2008.

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Several 2008 D60LF buses are shown parked at the back of the St. Laurent property on June 24, 2008, including 6361 (centre) and 6356 (right).

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6356 is shown on the Mackenzie King Bridge at the Rideau Centre on Oct. 7, 2008.

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6357 was spotted at the Rideau Centre on Oct. 7, 2008.

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6362 is seen on Albert Street at Metcalfe Street on Oct. 7, 2008.

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6365 is shown on the Mackenzie King Bridge on Oct. 7, 2008.

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6372 is seen on the Mackenzie King Bridge at the Rideau Centre on Oct. 7, 2008.  The 2008 buses have several design changes compared to the earlier buses, the most obvious being the plain flat panel on the back of the bus in place of the air conditioning grill.  Other differences include using a Cummins ISL engine instead of the Detroit Diesel Series 50 and a lengthened front ventilation module incorporating the air conditioning unit.

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6380 is shown on the Mackenzie King Bridge near DND headquarters on Oct. 7, 2009.

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6382 is shown parked with other articulated buses at the St. Laurent North garage on August 1st, 2008.  By October 2008, all the buses had entered service.

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6386 was spotted leaving the lay-up lot near Hurdman Station on October 7, 2008.

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6389 is seen on Albert Street in downtown Ottawa on Oct. 7, 2008.

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6390 is shown on Albert Street at Metcalfe Street on Oct. 7, 2008.

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6390 was spotted parked at the St. Laurent garage on April 20, 2013.

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6392 was spotted on Albert Street on Oct. 7, 2008.

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6394 is shown in a special full-body wrap commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Transitway opening in 1983.  The bus was nearly brand new at the time and is shown on display at a press conference at Lincoln Fields Station on Oct. 27, 2008.

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6398 is a 2009 NFI D60LF, one of five given to OC Transpo by New Flyer Industries to replace buses retired prematurely due to engine fires or other warranty issues.  It is shown on the Mackenzie King Bridge near Elgin Street on Nov. 24, 2010.

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6401 is another 2009 D60LF, shown parked at the St. Laurent garage with 6491 on July 30, 2011.

 

New Flyer D40i “Invero

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4201 is a 2003 New Flyer Invero, the first delivered to OC Transpo.  Deliveries of the rest of the order for 73 buses began in the summer of 2004.  This photo was taken when the bus was on display at the “Open Doors Ottawa” open house on June 12, 2004.  Unfortunately, 4201 was involved in a fire in February 2012 and has been retired.

                    

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4211 is seen on Dec. 28, 2004, loading passengers at the Rideau Centre.

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4216 was spotted at the St. Laurent garage shortly after delivery of the Invero buses started.  This photo was taken on August 29, 2004.

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4221 was giving tours of the bus wash at the St. Laurent garage, while the head sign read “Welcome Aboard/Bienvenue à bord”.  This photo of the cleanest bus in Ottawa was taken on June 4, 2005.

(New!) 4225 was seen parked at the St. Laurent garage on May 9, 2014.

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4233 is shown parked at the St. Laurent garage just after delivery on August 29, 2004, before the license plates were even put on the bus.

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4237 was on display at the “Open Doors Ottawa” open house at the St. Laurent garage on June 4, 2005.

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4266 was spotted waiting to enter service on Dec. 28, 2004.  Just behind is the 1990 NFI D40 9016.

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4275 is a 2005 New Flyer Invero, which was spotted laying up at St. Laurent Station on Dec. 7, 2005.  This second order of the buses picks up in the numbering scheme where the previous order left off, starting at 4274.

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4282 is shown waiting to enter service with 2601, a Ford minibus purchased for a pilot project using minibuses to serve rural areas, but now it is used on low-ridership routes such as the 123 or 147.  This photo was taken at St. Laurent Station on Dec. 7, 2005.

(New!) 4288 is seen parked at the St. Laurent garage on May 9, 2014.

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4293 was spotted parked at the St. Laurent garage on July 30, 2011.

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4302 was spotted on the Mackenzie King Bridge at Elgin Street on December 14, 2005.  Shortly before this photo was taken, OC Transpo applied the fleet number to the inside of the rear window of all the Invero buses, as can be seen in this photo.

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4313 is seen on Queen Street at Metcalfe Street in downtown Ottawa on July 30, 2012.

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4317 has stopped to board riders on St. Laurent Blvd. in Manor Park on June 21, 2006.

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4325 is shown waiting to enter service at St. Laurent Station on December 7, 2005.  The 2005 buses can be distinguished from the 2003 vehicles by the black mouldings around the front turn signals.

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4335 was seen on Dec. 14, 2005, on Queen Street in downtown Ottawa.

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4346 is shown parked at the St. Laurent garage on July 30, 2011.

(New!) 4357 is seen parked at the St. Laurent garage on May 9, 2014.

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4360 was spotted on St. Laurent Blvd. near the OC Transpo garage on April 12, 2006.

(New!) 4371 is shown parked next to the St. Laurent garage on May 9, 2014.

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4390 is seen parked at the St. Laurent garage next to former Hamilton GM articulated bus 8215 on April 12, 2006.

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4392 is shown parked next to the St. Laurent garage on April 12, 2006.

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4400 and 4401 are shown at the St. Laurent garage with 9143 and 4029 on May 16, 2006.

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4402, 4403 and 4404 are shown parked at the St. Laurent garage on May 16, 2006.

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4407 was spotted parked at the St. Laurent garage shortly after delivery.  This photo was taken on April 12, 2006, before the bus received its licence plates.

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4419 is seen on Queen Street just west of Metcalfe Street in downtown Ottawa on June 6, 2006.

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4424 is shown laying up at Hurdman Station on June 21, 2006.  The 2005 buses brought the numbering scheme up to 4439.

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4436 was spotted on St. Laurent Blvd. near the OC Transpo garage on July 30, 2011.

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4440 is a 2006 New Flyer Invero, shown with its ramp extended to unload a wheelchair rider at St. Laurent Station on April 28, 2007.  The 2006 order for 87 buses carries the numbers from 4440 to 4526, with the first buses starting to arrive in late 2006 and the last entering service in August 2007.

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4441 is another 2006 NFI Invero, shown leaving St. Laurent Station on April 28, 2007.

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4442 is shown laying up at St. Laurent Station on May 19, 2007

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4452 is shown parked behind the St. Laurent garage prior to entering revenue service.  This photo was taken on Dec. 26, 2006.

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4455 was spotted at the St. Laurent garage on August 4, 2007.

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4469 is shown resting at St. Laurent Station on April 28, 2007.

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4470 is shown parked at the St. Laurent garage during the transit strike on January 10, 2009.

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4471 was spotted waiting to resume service at St. Laurent Station on April 28, 2007.

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4472 is shown on Queen Street near the World Exchange Plaza on July 30, 2012.

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4476 was seen parked at the St. Laurent garage on August 4, 2007.

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4481 was spotted laying up at St. Laurent Station on May 19, 2007.

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4487 is shown parked at the St. Laurent garage prior to entering revenue service on April 28, 2007.

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4497 is shown prior to entering revenue service, parked with retired New Looks and Orion V buses at the St. Laurent garage on April 28, 2007.

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4500 was spotted resting inside the St. Laurent garage on Aug. 4, 2007.

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4513 is shown shortly after delivery, parked behind the St. Laurent garage with 4517 and MCI Classic 9103 on August 4, 2007.

(New!) 4514 is seen parked at the St. Laurent garage on May 9, 2014.

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4526 was spotted parked at the St. Laurent garage on August 4, 2007, before receiving its license plates.  This was the last Invero delivered to OC Transpo and likely the last ever built; New Flyer ended production of this model in 2007 after disappointing sales figures.

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Several New Flyer Invero buses are shown parked at the St. Laurent garage during the 2008-2009 transit strike.  This photo was taken on January 10, 2009.

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More Invero and D60LF buses are shown parked next to the St. Laurent North garage on January 10, 2009.  Despite all of the unionized bus drivers walking off the job, managers and supervisors were able to move the buses around the property to keep them from freezing up in the cold weather.

 

New Flyer D60LFR

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6406 is a 2010 New Flyer D60LFR, seen on the Mackenzie King Bridge in downtown Ottawa on Nov. 24, 2010.   Because of a cancelled order by the Chicago Transit Authority, New Flyer offered OC Transpo 226 of these buses at a large discount in exchange for the 2001-2003 D60LF buses, plus a smaller discount for 80 buses OC Transpo had already planned to order.  The older buses were refurbished by New Flyer and sold to other transit systems, including Rutgers University, St. Catharines and Saskatoon.

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6407 is another 2010 D60LFR, spotted on Kent Street in downtown Ottawa on Nov. 24, 2010.  In order to fulfil the order for 306 buses as quickly as possible, New Flyer built buses 6404 to 6579 in St. Cloud, MN, and buses 6580 to 6709 in Crookston, MN.

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6414 is shown on display at the Doors Open Ottawa open house on June 1st, 2013, along with bus 9751, which is used at promotional events.

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6422 is shown on display at the Industrial garage during the Doors Open Ottawa event on June 2, 2012.  The rear section of this bus is wrapped in an advertisement for Presto, an electronic smart card used by public transit systems in Ottawa, Hamilton and the GTA.

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6425 is shown on the Transitway near Hurdman Station on Nov. 24, 2010.

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6427 was spotted on Hunt Club Road near South Keys Transitway Station on Nov. 23, 2010.

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6429 is seen on the Mackenzie King Bridge near the Rideau Centre on Nov. 24, 2010.

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6442 is shown on Queen Street near the World Exchange Plaza in downtown Ottawa on July 30, 2012.

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6443 was spotted giving tours of the bus wash at the Industrial garage during the Doors Open Ottawa open house on June 2, 2013.

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6477 is seen inside the Industrial garage during the Doors Open Ottawa open house on June 1st, 2013.

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6490 is shown parked at the St. Laurent garage on July 30, 2011.

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6498 is seen inside the Industrial garage during the Doors Open Ottawa event on June 1st, 2013.

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6511 was spotted resting at the St. Laurent garage on July 30, 2011.

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6515 is seen on St. Laurent Blvd. turning onto Belfast Street on July 30, 2011.

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6523 was spotted parked outside the St. Laurent garage on April 20, 2013.

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6583 was seen on Slater Street crossing Elgin Street on Nov. 24, 2010.

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6596 was spotted on the Transitway near Hurdman Station on Nov. 24, 2010.

(New!) 6597 was spotted on Montreal Road in Beacon Hill South on May 9, 2014.

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6600 is seen on Albert Street near Bank Street on Nov. 24, 2010.

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6601 was spotted laying up with 5019 near Hurdman Station on Nov. 24, 2010.

(New!) 6603 is seen parked at the Industrial garage on May 9, 2014.

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6605 is shown on Albert Street crossing Elgin Street on Nov. 24, 2010.

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6612 was seen on the Transitway near Hurdman Station on Nov. 24, 2010.

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6618 is shown on the Mackenzie King Bridge in downtown Ottawa on Nov. 24, 2010.

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6627 was spotted parked outside the St. Laurent garage with 6434 on April 20, 2013.

(New!) 6657 is shown on St. Laurent Blvd. at Belfast Street near the St. Laurent garage on May 9, 2014.

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6703 was seen parked at the St. Laurent garage with 6612, 6446 and 6677 on July 30, 2011.

 

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