Nova Bus Corporation LFS Transit (HSR #9701-9720)
The LFS Transit was the second of the HSR’s low-floor bus models. Built in 1998, the HSR's LFS Transit had a unique paint scheme, with the lower portion of the bus painted light gray, instead of the usual white with yellow and blue striping. This was actually a design feature, and not a choice by the HSR. These gray panels were intended by Nova to be easily replaceable in the event of wear or damage, and to reduce costs by Nova the panels were available in only one colour: gray.
HSR #9718 was retired in 2006 after a fire. The LFS buses suffered from a number of mechanical problems, resulting in the decision being made to scrap the fleet rather than having them rebuilt. The last LFS buses were retired on July 2, 2010. After retirement, HSR #9703, #9705, #9708, #9717 and #9719 were bought by MTB Truck and Bus Collision, for refurbishing and resale. Ex-HSR #9714 and #9717 are now Guelph Transit #236 and #229, respectively. In 2015 the HSR purchased a sister model to the LFS Transit, the LFS Natural Gas.
(All photos © Tom Luton, except where noted)
HSR 9701 in the centre of Westdale, July 21, 2004
HSR 9702 & 8810 at McMaster University, April 16, 2004
HSR 9709 waits to turn at Stirling, Oct 24, 2001
HSR 9709 with the rear wheelchair ramp in use, at McMaster University, Oct 25, 2001
HSR 9709 at McMaster University, April 23, 2002
HSR 9713 at Gore Park, Nov 23, 2001
HSR 9713 at James & Main, November 13 2009.
HSR 9716 At Main St West and Osler, April 16, 2004
A pair of HSR LFS meet at McMaster University, Oct 25, 2001
Look for YouTube videos on HSR LFSs here (External Link).