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Cornwall Transit is a city-run enterprise with three regular routes and two community routes providing service to a population of about 46,000 people.  The fleet consists of MCI Classics, Orion II and Orion V, and El Dorado EZ-Rider MAX buses, totalling 13 buses.  The Orion II buses operated by Cornwall Transit run on Compressed Natural Gas, making Cornwall the only city in Eastern Ontario to run CNG buses.  All the buses in Cornwall meet every thirty minutes at the corner of Pitt Street and Second Street to allow riders to make connections.

 

All photos are by the webmaster unless otherwise noted.

 

For photos of the Cornwall double-headed charter on May 1st, 2010, click here.

 

General Motors/Motor Coach Industries

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A line of buses and other city vehicles is seen behind the Cornwall Transit garage on December 29, 2001.  Along with the GM New Looks, there are also Ford paratransit buses, an Orion II bus, and a police car.

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7617 was a 1976 GM T6H-4523N, painted in the older livery, and is shown retired behind the Cornwall Transit garage on Second Street West on December 29, 2001.

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7829 was a 1978 General Motors T6H-5307N, seen on Sept. 18, 2000, at the corner of Second Street and Pitt Street.  The last GM New Looks were withdrawn in 2005 after a round of service cuts.

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8558 is a second-hand 1985 GM TC-40102N, which was originally STCUQ bus 8530 and was purchased by Cornwall Transit in 2000.  It is shown during the charter on May 1st, 2010, just after dropping the riders off on Second Street East at the Eastcourt Mall.

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9137 is a 1991 MCI TC-40102N, seen on at the downtown transfer point on September 18, 2000.  Pitt Street is a north-south thoroughfare that divides into east and west, and the transfer point for most bus routes is on Second Street just west of Pitt Street, though some routes stop on Pitt Street.

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9137 is shown at the Brookdale Mall transfer point on Dec. 6, 2005.  Cornwall Transit’s Classic buses are now equipped with LED headsigns.

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9137 was spotted again on Dec. 6, 2005, this time at the transfer point on Second Street at Pitt Street.

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9137 is shown at the Second Street/Pitt Street transfer point on May 1st, 2010.

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9138 is another 1991 MCI Classic, shown at the downtown transfer point on May 1st, 2010.

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9139 was seen on Second Street at Pitt Street on January 18, 2003.

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9139 was spotted again on Pitt Street on April 10, 2008.

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9139 is shown on Second Street West at the downtown transfer point on August 8, 2009.

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9140 is shown on Second Street West on April 10, 2008.

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9141 is seen on Second Street West on Dec. 20, 2003.  These buses were the last purchased without air conditioning.

 

Orion Bus Industries/Bus Industries of America

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9242 was a 1992 Orion V diesel, seen on Second Street at Pitt Street on January 18, 2003.

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9242 was retired in April 2010, and is shown behind the Cornwall Transit garage on Second Street West on May 1st, 2010.

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9243 was another 1992 Orion 05.501 diesel, shown on Pitt Street at Second Street on December 6, 2005.

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9243 was spotted parked in retirement behind the Cornwall Transit garage on May 1st, 2010.  Because the 1992 Orion V buses had only been retired a few weeks earlier, they were still in relatively good shape with most of their parts intact.  However, on May 10 the three 1992 diesel and two 1994 CNG buses were sold to Capital Bus Parts in St-Romuald near Lévis, Quebec, for scrapping.

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9244 is seen on Second Street near Pitt Street on Sept. 18, 2000.  All of Cornwall’s Orion V buses are equipped with rear-mounted Carrier air conditioners.

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9244 was spotted again on Second Street West on April 10, 2008.

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9244 is shown retired and parked behind the Cornwall Transit garage on May 1st, 2010.  The 1992 Orion V diesel buses lasted longer than their CNG counterparts and continued running until they were retired in April 2010.

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9445 was a 1994 Orion 05.501 CNG, shown at the Pitt Street transfer point on December 29, 2001.  This bus was retired in 2003 after being severely damaged in a fire.

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9446 was another 1994 Orion V CNG, seen at the Second Street transfer point on April 10, 2008.

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9447 is shown on September 18, 2000, on Pitt Street near Second Street.  CNG buses have cleaner emissions than diesel buses, which was an important factor in the 1990s when Cornwall was an industrial city with several major factories.

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9447 is shown several years later on Second Street at Pitt Street on Dec. 6, 2005.

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9448 was another 1994 Orion V CNG, seen on Pitt Street just south of Second Street on January 18, 2003.

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9448 was spotted again on Second Street East approaching the downtown transfer point on April 10, 2008. 

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9448 was seen retired behind the Cornwall Transit garage on Second Street West on May 1st, 2010.  The last of the CNG buses were withdrawn from service in March 2009, and they were used for parts before being sold to Capital Bus Parts in May 2010.

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9449 was also parked retired behind the Cornwall Transit garage when this photo was taken on May 1st, 2010.  This bus had been retired due to corrosion by early 2008.

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9753 is a 1997 Orion II CNG, seen on Second Street West in downtown Cornwall on May 1st, 2010.

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9754 is another 1997 Orion II, shown on Second Street West near Pitt Street during the evening on September 18, 2000.

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9754 was seen again nearly ten years later, boarding passengers at the Wal-Mart at the Brookdale Mall on May 1st, 2010.  Cornwall Transit purchased these buses to provide Dial-A-Ride service during evenings and weekends, but the service was unpopular and now these buses are used for Community Bus routes.

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9754 was spotted again later in the day on May 1st, 2010, this time at the downtown transfer point on Second Street West.

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9755 was spotted passing the Brookdale Mall on Dec. 6, 2005.

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0359 is a 2003 Orion 05.501 diesel, seen at the Second Street transfer point on April 10, 2008. This bus was one of two purchased in 2003 and represents the first new 40’ buses purchased since 1994, as well as the first Cornwall buses to be equipped with wheelchair lifts at the front doors.

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0359 was seen again on Second Street West at the downtown transfer point on August 8, 2009.

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0360 is shown on Second Street West on December 20, 2003.  These buses were also the first purchased new with computerized destination signs, though most of Cornwall’s older buses have been refit with digital signs as well.

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0360 was seen again at the Eastcourt Mall on Second Street East on Nov. 14, 2009.  At the time, Cornwall Transit was offering a free shuttle service to flu shot clinics during the H1N1 vaccination campaign.

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0360 is shown parked at the Cornwall Transit garage on May 1st, 2010.  This photo clearly shows the wheelchair lift ordered on these buses.

 

El Dorado E-Z Rider II MAX

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0868 is a 2009 El Dorado E-Z Rider II MAX, seen on Second Street at Pitt Street on August 8, 2009.  These 30’ buses offer substantial savings both in purchase price and in fuel costs, which is an important factor for small transit systems where ridership levels may not warrant full time service with 40’ buses.

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0868 was seen again at the Second Street transfer point on May 1st, 2010.

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0869 is another 2009 El Dorado bus, seen waiting for riders at the downtown transfer point on May 1st, 2010.

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0870 was spotted at the downtown transfer point on August 8, 2009.  Cornwall Transit purchases three of these buses in 2009 and another three in 2010, numbering the second order in the 09xx series.

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0870 was seen again later in the evening of August 8, 2009, at the corner of Second Street and Pitt Street.

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0870 is shown waiting for riders at the Second/Pitt transfer point during the 8558/9752 double-headed charter on May 1st, 2010.

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0870 was spotted again at NAV Canada off of Montreal Road in eastern Cornwall on May 1st, 2010.

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0870 was seen again passing 9752 while the Orion II bus was at a photo stop during the double-headed charter.  This photo was taken on May 1st, 2010, on the NAV Canada access road, and the St. Lawrence River is visible in the background.

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0971 was seen on Second Street West near Pitt Street on May 1st, 2010.

 

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