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Most articulated buses back in service, TTC says

Last Updated Apr 28, 2017 at 7:01 am EST

After pulling all 153 of its 60-foot articulated buses off the road due to safety concerns, the TTC said Friday most buses have returned to service.

Articulated buses were seen on Dufferin Street around 6 a.m.

“This is all about ensuring that the fleet is safe for our passengers, our employees, and also motorists and pedestrians and everyone we share the road with,” TTC spokesperson Brad Ross told Breakfast Television on Friday.

Ross later tweeted that 125 of the 153 buses had been fixed and were back in service.

Ross had issued a statement Thursday night, saying all 153 of the TTC buses had been grounded after one of the vehicles experienced an unexpected acceleration during routine maintenance late in the afternoon.

Ross added one of its drivers returning to the Malvern garage due to faulty doors experienced a similar full throttle acceleration but he managed to quickly regain control of the vehicle.

No injuries have been reported and no customers were aboard the buses at the time of the incident.

Ross says Nova, the bus manufacturer, has a software fix to correct the problem. There was a concern it would not be applied in time for Friday morning’s rush hour service. While some buses are slowly returning to service, customers can expect increased wait times as well as more crowding on the buses.

The 60-foot buses will be replaced by regular 40-foot buses on the following routes: 7 Bathurst, 29 Dufferin, 36 Finch West, 85 Sheppard East, 53 Steeles Express and 41 Keele.

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