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  1. Since 1999, I have known that buses were used for the first time in 1924, with them presumably being retired the following year. With records of buses being used in later years, I have found out that two bus routes began operating in 1929 Crosstown - Began operating on January 7, 1929. Numbered route 6 on June 29, 1959. Renumbered 56 on April 23, 2017. Templeton - Began operating on May 18, 1959. Replaced by route 4 on September 28, 1959.
  2. In previous years, portions of existing bus routes have been replaced by new routes, whenever they were determined to be too long to run on schedule. One case was route 85 being shortened to run between Bayshore to Hurdman in August or September 2008, with service to St. Laurent replace by route 106. To improve reliability on other bus routes, I have been able to come up with two ideas: Route 6 shortened to run between Rockcilffe and Billings Bridge, with service between Billings Bridge and Greenboro replaced by new route 142. Route 88 shortened to run between Hurdman and B
  3. As part of finding out what transit service was like in the Ottawa Electric Railway and Ottawa Transportation Commission years, I was able to find some maps online. Some of those from 1954 to 1962 are shown below. If anyone has copies for any years from 1955 to 1961, or any clippings of transit service notices from those years, it will be useful.
  4. Of those delivered in 1972 and 1973, I am wondering if anyone knows when buses 7241-7283, 7285-7290, 7301-7320, 7331-7343, 7345-7349, 7351-7353 and 7355-7357 were retired. As far as I know, it would have been any time before most of those from 1974 were retired in 1990.
  5. For ideas on partially bringing back the way things were before 1972, I am interested in seeing the following changes made after the Confederation Line is extended: Route 5 extended along Wellington Street and Booth Street in Ottawa, the Chaudière Bridge across the Ottawa River, then Eddy Street and Alexander Tache Boulevard in Gatineau, ending at Promenade / Terrasses De La Chaudière. Route 58 running along Woodroffe, passing through Carlingwood, then returning to Woodroffe, as part of being adjusted to operate between Moodie and New Orchard.
  6. With the new line, I would have the segment between Lincoln Fields and St. Laurent numbered route 6, to differeniate it from the segment between Billings Bridge and St. Laurent. If the Bank Street underground rail line goes ahead, the next thing to do will be to have current route 5 renumbered 8. As for what would remain of current route 6, it will most likely be renumbered 146 and shortened to operate between Greenboro and Billings Bridge, with service in the Downtown area replaced by an extension of route 10.
  7. A list of those retired at least as far back as 1998: 8502, 8505-8510, 8512, 8514-8516, 8518-8527, 8530-8533, 8601-8602, 8610, 8612, 8618-8620, 8624, 8626, 8629-8630, 8634, 8636, 8639, 8641, 8643-8644, 8647-8649, 8651, 8724-8726, 8728, 8733-8734, 8738, 8744, 8748-8749, 8751, 8754, 8756, 8762, 8841, 8844, 8850, 8853, 8863, 8865 and 8870. If any of those were retired in previous years, it will be useful information, because it is possible some were retired in 1996 and 1997.
  8. With 7601, 7609-7611, 7613, 7616-7617, 7619 and 7631 listed as retired before any buses from 1993 were delivered, I figure all nine of those were retired in 1992. If I am correct, 7501-7503, 7505, 7508, 7513-7514, 7517, 7519, 7523, 7530, 7533, 7543, 7545, 7551, 7560, 7563-7564, 5704, 5706, 5711, 5718, 5721, 5727-5728, 5730, 5732, 5734, 5738-5739, 5741-5742, 5744-5745, 5750-5751 and 5761-5766 were retired in 1991, with 5706 being brought back to service less than eight years later.
  9. 7521, 5746, 5757 and 7608 were retired in 2000. If I am correct, 7552, 7562, 7802 and 7831 were also retired that year.
  10. 8501, 8503, 8511, 8517, 8528-8529, 8603-8605, 8607-8609, 8611, 8613-8616, 8621-8623, 8631, 8633, 8638, 8640, 8642, 8646, 8652-8654, 8719, 8721-8723, 8729-8730, 8732, 8735, 8737, 8739-8740, 8743, 8750, 8752, 8755, 8757-8761, 8763, 8846-8847, 8851, 8855-8856, 8862, 8864 and 8866-8869 were retired in 2002. As far as I know, 8530-8533 and 8870 were retired in 1998, when OC Transpo started using 25 Orion-Ikarus articulated buses previously used by Toronto Transit Commission.
  11. With 8406 and 8418 retired in 2004, I figure all others from 1984 were retired the same year, except for 8408, 8413 and 8417. Also retired in 2004 were 8771 and 8789. If anyone knows which others from 1987 were retired before 2008, that will be useful.
  12. With times of retirement for all high-floor buses, I have been able to find those details for any that entered service from 1989 to 1998, except for some Orion V buses that entered service in 1991 and 1992. A full list of those that entered service before 1989, that I am still looking for the years of retirement for, is shown below: 121-126 from 1939 128 from 1940 171-172 from 1941 55-60 from 1942 165 from 1944 50-51, 61-62, 201-206, 208-216, 218-222 and 300 from 1946 63-63 from 1947 327 from 1948 233-241 from 1949 242-247 and 320-321 from
  13. Of all Canadian Car and Foundry buses used by the Ottawa Transportation Commission, I was able to find out the following: 300 (IC-41 from 1946) and 2001-2010 (T-48As from 1951) were retired in 1959. 223-226 and 228-232 (C-36s from 1948) were retired in 1965. 227 (Ex-Brantford Transit C-36A from 1950, previously numbered 501); bought in 1953, was retired in 1961. 5701-5715 (CD-52s from 1957) were retired in 1970. The remaining buses from the same company listed below, with no known year of retirement: 242-247 (C-36s from 1950) 248-267 (C-44As from 1952) 2
  14. 8627 lasted until late January 2003. At this point, I have been able to find out that at least 87 others from 1985 to 1989 lasted until 2002: 8501, 8503, 8511, 8517, 8528-8529, 8603-8605, 8607-8609, 8611, 8613-8616, 8621-8623, 8628, 8631, 8633, 8638, 8640, 8642, 8646, 8652-8654, 8719, 8721-8723, 8729-8730, 8732, 8735, 8737, 8739-8740, 8743, 8750, 8752, 8755, 8757-8761, 8763, 8846, 8851, 8855-8856, 8858, 8862, 8864, 8866-8869 and 8875-8899. I am looking to see if anyone would know the years of retirement for any of the buses listed below: 8502, 8504-8510, 8512-8516, 8518-852
  15. In 1991, those buses already started showing signs of being worn out, with 8745 or 8746 being the first to go (not sure which one was retired first); followed by either of those being retired in 1992, before some of those from any year ended up needing to be retired in 1997.
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