Advisory Committee Member Inquiry/Motion Form

Demande de renseignements d’un membre des Comités consultatifs/Formulaire de motion





Richard Eade,

Vice Chair, Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee



18 March 2011


File/Dossier :


PTAC – 03-17




To/Dest. :


Chris Gillcash, Coordinator, Strategic Support, Transit Services Department


cc:        Richard Eade, Vice Chair, Pedestrian and Transit Committee

            Michael Ircha, Chair, Pedestrian and Transit Committee

Nancy Schepers, DCM, Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability


Subject/Objet :


Inquiry No. PTAC 03-17 – Fuel Economy and Maintenance Costs


Inquiry/Demande de renseignements :


From the Pedestrian and Transit Advisory  Committee meeting of 17 March 2011:



At the PTAC meeting of March 17, 2011, Member Eade submitted the following written inquiry:


1.                  What are the  fuel economy numbers (MPG, or Km/L or L/100Km, not per passenger) for each vehicle type in the OC Transpo fleet (D60LFR, D60LF-Cummins engine, D60LF-Debroit Diesel engine, Invero D40i, ADE500, Orion VII, Orion VI, Nova LFS, and the O-Train)?

2.                  With the possibility of significant differences due to route types in fuel economy, what are the fuel economy numbers for the Orion VII for the various types of routes (Local, Express, Main-line, and Transityway)?

3.                  With respect to fleet availability, what percentages of buses of a particular type or O-Train are generally available for revenue service?

4.                  Have the Orion VII Hybrid buses proven to have lower maintenance costs than others buses? And by how much?






1.      Current Fleet

Articulated buses 2007 EPA engines – 3.13 mpg

New articulated buses 2010 EPA engines – 3.54 mpg

Invero - 4.07 mpg

Orion VII Hybrid – 4.47 mpg

Double Deck – 3.5 mpg

Orion VI – no fuel economy data available


Retired fleet

Detroit Diesel Artics 2.54 mpg – no longer in the fleet

Orion V – no fuel economy data available  

Nova LFS – no fuel economy available


2.      The fuel data is cumulative in the engine Electronic Control Module (ECM) – collecting fuel data for individual trips is not feasible.


3.      Please see attached report


4.      The maintenance of the hybrid bus is identical to a conventional bus with the exception of the hybrid drive which is still covered by warranty.  Once the warranty expires the hybrid drive adds substantially to the overall maintenance costs of the bus.