The entire fleet of 153 60-foot articulated TTC buses have been pulled off the road after maintenance staff experienced a “full throttle,” or unexpected acceleration, of one of the buses during routine maintenance late this afternoon.
According to a release, another TTC operator returning to Malvern Garage today (due to faulty doors) also experienced a similar full throttle situation that required him to quickly regain control of the vehicle.
No injuries have been reported and no customers were on board the bus at the time.
While the TTC immediately advised the bus manufacturer, Nova, the software fix the company has come up with while take approximately 20 minutes per bus to complete. This fix will not be able to be applied before tomorrow morning.
The TTC is currently working on a plan for tomorrow’s service, which will be greatly impacted by the loss of 153 articulated busses.
The regular, 40-foot bus fleet, has not been affected and will continue to run their regular routes.