November 30, 2016 4:53 pm
Updated: November 30, 2016 4:58 pm

TTC buses to receive updated paint design similar to new streetcars

The TTC unveiled a new paint scheme for its buses (pictured on the right) Wednesday afternoon.

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The TTC has announced that its entire bus fleet will gradually take on an updated paint scheme similar to the new, low-floor Bombardier streetcars.

Officials from the transit agency shared pictures of the new-look buses on Twitter Wednesday afternoon and the announcement coincided with news that the TTC will be receiving 285 new buses in 2017 and 2018.

“It’s bold. It’s dynamic. It really just sort of reaffirms our brand with the red on the streets of Toronto that people are used to seeing and are really familiar with,” TTC spokesman Stuart Green told Global News.

Green said as buses are repainted every six years, the fleet will gradually adopt the new look and there won’t be any additional costs as a result of the change. He said the TTC will also be using more durable paints and coatings.

He said the new buses announced on Wednesday will start arriving with the updated paint scheme next year. The TTC said there are currently over 1,900 buses in service.

Green said the TTC is using a similar design as the newer low-floor streetcars to help achieve consistency in the agency’s brand. He said the paint scheme was circulated for consultation internally and relied on comments the transit agency received when it sought input on the new streetcar designs.

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