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New buses roll onto routes this summer and fall

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Pssssst….check out our new buses!

We know that additions to the transit fleet, whether they be buses, a new SeaBus or the much-anticipated Mark III SkyTrain cars are always of big interest to you, our readers and riders.

With that in mind, get ready and get set for some new buses (with allllllllll the info) that have hit the streets and buses on order for the coming months!

Buses on the way

Right now, we’re in the middle of two deliveries of buses:

  • 62 – 2016 Chevrolet/Giradin G5 Microbird cutaway Community Shuttles (16501-16562).

These will be entering service now through the fall.

  • 40 – 40-foot diesel New Flyer Xcelsior buses [XD 40’s](16101-16140) and five West Vancouver Xcelsior buses (1601-1605 ) will be in service by the fall.
  • An additional 26 – 2016 Hybrid Artics are  arriving beginning late this year (16201-16226).

Bonus! All these buses are air conditioned!

More buses will be rolling out of the new Hamilton Transit Centre, opening in September, during the autumn months.

This delivery will be for 51 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses [XN40’s] (16001-16051).

Buses delivered

FYBI (For your bus information):

  • 25 – 2012 XDE60, AC equipped, 60’ Hybrid Articulated buses in Richmond, they are the 12000-series buses
  • 17 – 2012 XD40, A/C equipped, 40’ Diesel buses in West Vancouver (1201-1217)
  • 45 – 2014 XN40, A/C equipped, 40’ CNG buses in Port Coquitlam (14000-series buses)
  • 21 – 2015 XDE60, AC equipped, 60’ Hybrid Articulated buses (15000-series buses operated in Burnaby and Surrey, which entered service earlier this year)

There you go bus fans, all the new bus information you can handle for one post :)

Thanks to Juan Sanchez (loyal Buzzer blog reader and transit enthusiast) for his interest in the newest buses in Richmond that sparked this post.

You can check out his photos of the buses in action here.

Author: Adrienne Coling


  • By Ben, July 27, 2016 @ 12:31 pm

    Are any of the new buses going to end up in North Vancouver? currently we have all of the old buses that no-one else wants…

  • By Kirkland, July 27, 2016 @ 3:49 pm

    I’very noticed most of the older buses are ran out of Richmond and Surrey, these ones are likely the priority at this point. Especially Richmond.

  • By Andy, July 27, 2016 @ 1:03 pm

    How many of the new buses are routine replacements for old ageing buses, and how many of the new buses are purely for expanding the fleet?

  • By Adrienne Coling, July 27, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

    Hi folks,
    All of the buses we’re currently receiving are straight replacements.
    I’m sorry but none of the new buses mentioned here are slated for North Vancouver.
    North Van is currently serviced mostly by 2008 Novas which are much newer than the buses currently being replaced – buses purchased in 1996-1998 are in the process of being replaced now. Thanks!

  • By Ben, July 27, 2016 @ 4:15 pm

    North Van currently has a lot of the 1996 NFI D40LF buses running, mine for the last 2 weeks have always been the older ones. Are they being retired for the 2008 Nova’s then?

  • By Shaelon Dawson, July 27, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

    NVTC is closing in September, with the opening of Hamilton.

    As such, the 08 Nova’s should effectively move to BTC,

    the 96/98 D40LF’s should be mostly retired by then, and some of BTC’s fleet will move to HTC, so BTC will still remain nova’s with 60 footer flyers, and HTC will have diesel Nova’s & XN40’s.

  • By David, July 30, 2016 @ 1:05 pm

    Particularly the WVan 257 Express transports people with luggage from or to Horseshoe Bay to or from downtown to the Canada Line for service to the airport. The current bus interior configuration provides little if any storage for luggage. Are there any plans to make minor modification to these buses to permit more secure luggage storage?

  • By Adrienne Coling, August 8, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

    Hi David, I just checked in with CMBC and they let me know that the buses used on the 257 are standard configuration New Flyer Articulated urban buses. There is currently no plan to reconfigure these buses to reduce seated passenger capacity in favor of luggage storage. If you believe this would be an added benefit to our riders, please submit your suggestion to Customer Relations here:
    Thank you!

  • By Edwin, August 12, 2016 @ 11:48 am

    Were the buses that were replaced auctioned off? It seems like a waste to scrap vehicles that still run, like most of the high floor coaches were after the Olympics.

  • By aaron abas, December 31, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

    when do the 2016 new flyer XDE60’s come in service?

  • By Adrienne Coling, January 9, 2017 @ 12:53 pm

    Checking on that for you! :)

  • By aaron abas, January 9, 2017 @ 5:08 pm

    thanks, also do you know which transit centre they will be at?
    thanks aaron

  • By Adrienne Coling, January 16, 2017 @ 12:03 pm

    Hi Aaron, here’s the info about the new delivery of buses from CMBC:
    The new XDE60’s now arriving in Vancouver should begin entering revenue service next month. All the new articulated 60’ hybrid buses are being assigned to Burnaby Transit Centre. There are also new CNG powered New Flyer XN40’s now entering service with all these new buses being assigned to Hamilton Transit Centre. New bus procurement for 2018 and 2019 have not been decided upon at this time and will be part of a larger TransLink Request for Proposal for new 40’ and 60’ buses.

  • By aaron abas, January 9, 2017 @ 5:38 pm

    also ( sorry I’m asking sooooo many questions, i have been waiting a long long time for these! )
    are there any buses that are on order? I hope you get some MCI D4500CL,or NOVA BUS LFX arctic,or maybe some NEW FLYER XT40/XT60. I seem to like those buses. they look cool!

  • By aaron abas, January 21, 2017 @ 8:35 am

    will TransLink send the following 2 buses to the Transit Museum Society:
    R3303 1998 NFI diselized-compressed-natural-gas C40LF, and R9285 2008 OBI Orion V suburban coach.
    These are my favourite buses. And I want them to (ah-ah-ah-ah!) stay alive! stay alive!

  • By Adrienne Coling, January 25, 2017 @ 1:13 pm

    Hahaha that comment made my day! Not sure about their future, I’ll look into it with CMBC :)

  • By Adrienne Coling, February 3, 2017 @ 9:48 am

    Still haven’t heard anything on this, Aaron, but as soon as I do, I’ll let you know! :)

  • By aaron abas, February 6, 2017 @ 4:20 pm

    ok thanks.

  • By aaron abas, February 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am

    By my of suggestion buses i found a diesel-electric hybrid version of the D4500CT.
    It is the M.C.I D4500CTH read all about it
    I hope you get some of these to replace the ORION V’s.For the 2018/9 order.

  • By aaron abas, February 16, 2017 @ 4:21 pm

    and also lets not do r3303 lets do h3287 instead. it has an led sign.

  • By Richard, April 17, 2017 @ 2:01 am

    I really hope translink will start using the BAE systems hybridrive series-E on future hybrid buses translink will order. They are much better then the allison H 40 EP and and H 50 EP thats currently used on the hybrid novas and the hybrid 60 ft new flyers. The BAE hybridrive series-e uses much more electric power, runs quieter and engine does not idle as the engine it shut off when bus is not in motion in most situations and also can run in an all electric mode in some areas too. Anyways, I hope to see this hybrid system on a translink bus in the near future.

  • By Richard, April 17, 2017 @ 2:46 am

    All bus manufacturers offer the BAE systems hybridrive series-E on all hybrid bus models.

  • By Richard, April 18, 2017 @ 2:09 am

    Would you by any chance know if the buses being ordered in 2018 or 2019 would carry the BAE hybridrive series-e hybrid system?

  • By Gale Leitch, March 10, 2019 @ 6:33 pm

    Can anyone tell me what the fuel emissions of the 2018 XDE60 model ARTICULATED buses with BAE HybriDrive hybrid systems are.

    And how much less the emissions are compared to a regular diesel bus?

    Thank you!

  • By Gale Leitch, March 10, 2019 @ 6:38 pm

    Can anyone please compare the fuel emissions of the 2018 XDE60 articulated buses (with BAE HybriDrive hybrid systems) with the fuel emissions of regular diesel articulated buses?

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