Nova Bus Corporation LFS Natural Gas (HSR #1501-1524, 1601-1643, 1701-1719, 1801-1811)
The LFS Natural Gas is a sister model to the HSR's former fleet of LFS Transit buses. It shares the LFS Transit's paint scheme, with the lower portion of the bus painted light gray, instead of the usual white with yellow and blue striping. This is actually a design feature, and not a choice by the HSR. These gray panels are intended by Nova to be easily replaceable in the event of wear or damage, and to reduce costs by Nova the panels are available in only one colour: gray. The LFS Natural Gas has an additional change to it's paint scheme, as the yellow paint has been changed to a gold colour.
The 1500 series are part of the 2015 Metrolinx Transit Procurement Initiative, and began arriving in Hamilton in mid-December of that year. Driver training on the buses began on February 24, 2016 and the buses began entering service in batches between March 22 and May 4. The 1600 series are part of the 2016 Metrolinx Transit Procurement Initiative, and #1601-1632 began arriving at the end of June 2016. They entered service in batches between the end of August and the end of November. The HSR exercised an option for eleven more buses, and HSR #1633-1643 started to arrive in November, entering service in early 2017.
Both the 1700 and 1800 series are part of the 2017 Metrolinx Transit Purchasing Co-operative. Both batches were delivered in February and March of 2018.
(All photos © Tom Luton, except where noted)
HSR #1501 on King West at James, Aug 12, 2016
HSR #1510 at the Hamilton GO Centre, Aug 12, 2016
HSR #1510 & #0501 at the Hamilton GO Centre, Aug 12, 2016. Notice the difference in colour between the yellow stripes on the two buses.
HSR #1523 at the Hamilton GO Centre, Aug 12, 2016
Look for YouTube videos on HSR LFSs here (External Link).