A new, front wheel drive, low floored, roomy, long lasting bus for wheelchair passengers, low demand transit routes and executive charter is described. Called Orion II, the vehicle has a 25.5 cm clearance over the road and the floor is only 2.5 an higher than normal vehicles. A kneeling system lowers the bus to take on and let off passengers and brings the side door to within 5 cm of the curb and the rear end door to within 10 cm of the road. Ramp loading is nearly level. The bus incorporates a power train module which can be separated from the vehicle. A spare power module can be snapped on while the first is being services. The bus is available in 6.3 m and 7.5 m lengths. The latter can accommodate 26 transit seats, 20 airporter seats or 7 random access wheelchairs. Rigorous tests have revealed no operational problems. The Orion's design and toughness features include stainless steel construction with welded integral frame and structural panels. The box beam walls are strong enough to withstand most crashes and support wall-hung seating. Although current demand from transport operators may not guarantee viability, the Orion's versatility may make it viable. It would be good as a commuter bus, an airport bus, or a feeder bus in urban transit.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport Canada

    330 Sparks Street, Tower C, 8th Floor
    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1A 0N5
  • Authors:
    • Ross, G
  • Publication Date: 1984

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 24-28
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389137
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM