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In 1986, Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hoole delivered an unnumbered demonstrator articulated bus for the TTC to test on a number of routes, especially in the northern suburbs. Dave Chalmers captured the bus here on Finch Avenue East at Middlefield Road on July 25, 1986, in service on 39 FINCH EAST. The TTC was looking for a decent articulated bus model to handle the large crowds on some of its suburban routes. Eventually, it went with the Orion III/Ikarus model, but design flaws soured the TTC on articulated buses for years afterward. Though Van Hoole was unsuccessful in entering the Ontario market in the 1980s, it did break in with a purchase by York Region Transit in 2005 for its VIVA Bus Rapid Transit network. Photo is courtesy the Pete Coulman collection.

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