The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) awarded American Bus Products with a supply contract for 110 low floor paratransit buses to be delivered from 2009 through 2010, with the option for another 88 buses from 2011 to 2014.
“The Friendly Bus” was chosen as it represents the next generation of vehicles designed for door-to-door accessible transportation. The patented Lo Floor technology eliminates interior steps and the need for electric/hydraulic lifts. The step-in floor is equipped with two retractable manual ramps for easy access at both front and rear doors.
The first Friendly Bus is expected to arrive in Toronto in early 2009, with regular deliveries to follow until the end of 2010 when the order of 110 buses will be fulfilled. At that time, the TTC may exercise its option to order an additional 88 buses through 2014.