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New express buses improve accessibility on long-haul, suburban routes

All 23 Nova Bus LFS Suburban buses for our suburban routes are now in service!

All 23 new suburban buses built by Nova Bus are now in service!

This is an exciting development as it marks the first step in renewing and expanding our long-haul, suburban bus fleet and bringing low-floor buses to our suburban routes, which are currently “high floor.” Since 1996, we’ve been transitioning our entire fleet to the more-accessible low-floor buses. Suburban buses are the last group to transition.

Because there are no front stairs when boarding, these low-floor buses mean improved accessibility for all our customers, especially the elderly, people with disabilities and parents with strollers. The windows are also larger, increasing visibility and light from inside the bus.

Compared to the Orion V buses that the Nova Bus LFS Suburban is replacing, the bus can carry more passengers and there are more stanchions. The flip-out ramp is faster to deploy compared to a lift. The step-up from the aisle to the seats is also gone.

In general, what else is different about our suburban buses? The first thing you’ll notice is there’s no rear door! That’s because on our suburban routes, there aren’t many customers getting off along the way. Most are boarding the bus and riding all the way to the terminus. There’re also luggage racks and reading lights for our customers.

Our Orion V buses have reached the end of their service life, with some buses nearing 19 years old, and are no longer available for purchase. Most of our 40-foot and 60-foot buses have a 17-year replacement life as this life cycle has proven to have the lowest overall cost and practical life for our fleet.

Later this year, we will start adding 32 double-decker buses from Alexander Dennis to our suburban bus fleet. Double the capacity of a typical suburban bus, these buses will provide a less crowded, more comfortable ride for our customers.

Together, the NovaBus LFS Suburban and Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-decker buses will form our expanded suburban bus fleet.


  • By Bill, April 4, 2019 @ 8:23 pm

    I have several comments for this bus~~

    1. I think the seat on these NovaBus Suburban buses cannot make more comfort for the long haul, my opinion for the seat not just only have headrest, they should have reclining feature and armrest (Same as the one at the old Orion), also those seats should wider than the old Orion as well~~

    2. I think those seats on these buses should put them on the new B-Line buses to enhance more comfort…..

    3. I think Translink will install the Wi-Fi and the USB outlet for phone charging at these buses as well~~

  • By Arden, April 7, 2019 @ 1:40 pm

    I rode on that bus in the picture! I enjoy the new buses however they lack the same amount of comfort that the Orion buses had.

  • By Raven, April 17, 2019 @ 2:18 am

    I still prefer the Orion buses over the nova bus. Those lifts on the bus never bothered me; have better suspension too. Keep the Orion buses please.

  • By Another David, April 19, 2019 @ 12:09 pm

    I have a very elderly, legally blind family member who really dislikes the new buses because the seats are uncomfortable. He has also complained that there are seats from which it’s impossible to reach a cord or button to request a stop.

  • By Seamus, May 13, 2019 @ 7:03 pm

    I have to agree with the comments, the new NovaBus buses are totally incomparable to the Orion fleet, despite their age, they have set the standard for comfort and luxury, I’m personally a huge fan of the reclining seats and personal ac. The novabuses are cramped, uncomfortable and overall a poor replacement for the Orions,

  • By Sean S, May 29, 2020 @ 10:33 pm

    The NovaBuses are extremely uncomfortable. The seats are a hard plastic and it’s really bothering. I think they should keep the Orion V Buses but if they do go to scrap, refurbish and use the seats in the NovaBus LFS. I would rather a community shuttle over a NovaBus to be honest.

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