|Public transportation in London, Ontario began with the London Street Railway Company on May 24, 1875, although the
company was actually incorporated over a year before service began. During their operation in the 1920's, several private
companies ran competitive service within the city limits (commonly known as "jitneys"). It took more strict insurance and
operation regulations to finally shut down the competition. The LSR Co. then continued exclusive operations past 1940
when streetcar operation was discontinued, up until December 31, 1950 at which time the municipality took over, and the
London Transportation Commission was created. For a time contracted to Charterways Transportation Ltd., then operated
by the city, the system ran until 1974, when the system's name was changed once again to the London Transit
Commission. Generally referred to simply as "London Transit", the system provides service to the city to this date.
|Rollsigns from London, ON
|This mylar side sign is off
GMC TC40-102N "Classic"
#291 (ex Saguenay, Quebec
#8501). Even though it has a
sign tag printed on it, it has no
print date. It has 56 exposures.
Its sign tag is seen here:
|London Transit 1986 built GMC TC40-102N "Classic" #195, still
showing the same front rollsign seen above, is stored for scrap at
a refurbishing yard near Windsor, Ontario on September 16, 2009.
|London Transit 1985 built GMC TC40-102N "Classic" #291 (ex
Saguenay, Quebec #8501, acquired in 2000) , the bus that housed
the side rollsign shown above, is seen stored for scrap at a
refurbishing yard near Windsor, Ontario on September 16, 2009.
changes that identified
these signs as being
from September 4, 1994
include the introduction
of route 24 Base Line
and route 35 Argyle, and
the split and routing
change of 13 / 13A
Wellington Road at this
route's south end.
|to go to the earliest London
Transit electronic sign list page.
|This side sign is off of one of London
Transit's 1997/1998 built 300 series
Orion VI low floor buses. It is dated
March 21, 1997 and has 71 exposures.
Its sign tag is shown below.
|This side sign is off London Transit's
1998 built OBI 02.501 Orion II #12. It is
dated March 25, 1998 and has 81
exposures including the yellow
blanks. Its sign tag is shown below.
|London Transit 1998 built OBI 02.501 Orion II #11, the bus that
housed the front rollsign set seen above, is seen retired and stored
at a refurbishing yard near Windsor, Ontario on June 30, 2010.