Toronto’s iconic GMs withdrawn

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CANADA Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) withdrew its last five iconic General Motors (GM) buses on December 16.

The vehicles, which were dubbed “Fishbowls” due to their curved windshields, had been serving passengers in Canada’s largest city for more than half a century.

Brad Ross of TTC’s, said the buses would go to Hillcrest depot to be decommissioned.

GM was the preferred supplier for TTC, until Orion Bus Industries was established by the Government of Ontario in 1975.

There were still 396 GM buses in 2005, but now TTC’s fleet is predominantly Orion. The TTC ordered 50 GM buses in 1959, while the last five to be in service hit Toronto’s streets in 1983.