The NovaBus RTS

Nova 7213

Text by James Bow

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In November 1997, the TTC tested RTS (Rapid Transit Series) bus number 1000 which was built to New York City Transit Authority standards. This bus was on loan from Nova for demonstration purposes. The TTC was pleased with the performance and the stainless steal frame on this bus, and it placed an order for 52 of the RTS series buses.

The first production RTS bus, #7200, arrived on TTC property in the beginning of July 1998, a few days before bus #1000 left the property. Bus #7200, like the models that followed, featured a rear wheelchair lift, air conditioning and wider front doors. The buses were initially equipped with the Luminator MAX2000 flip-dot destination display, although buses #7210 and 7236 were retrofitted in early 2012 to use the Luminator Horizon, which used backlit LEDs for a crisper and easier-to-read display.

The Nova RTS buses are numbered 7200-7251 and were initially operated out of the Danforth Garage. In June 2005, they have been moved to Arrow Road Garage and, as of April 2013, they can be found on routes served by this garage, including 96 WILSON, 35 JANE and 37 ISLINGTON. As of April 2013, all are currently operational.

NovaBus RTS Specifications

  • Numbers: 7200-7251
  • Engine: Detroit Diesel Series 50 275 hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Transmission: Allison VR731RH 3 speed
  • Seating: 39 passengers

Nova RTS Image Archive


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