|Rollsigns from Whitby, ON
|Transit in the Town of Whitby began with operations provided by Burley Bus Lines. They provided service until
July 31, 1970 when all service was cancelled except for one route that operated hourly into Oshawa. Service
didn't resume until Charterways Transportation Ltd. initiated service in April of 1976 on a trial basis. After eight
weeks however, the trial runs ended. Under contract, Charterways eventually reintroduced service on April 1,
1980 after a municipal vote. In November of 1990, Trentway-Wagar Coach Lines took over contracted
operations after submitting a lower bid to the municipality. They continued to operate the buses for the town
until January 1, 2006, when Whitby Transit, along with the Ajax-Pickering Transit Authority (the merged services
of Ajax Transit and Pickering Transit), Oshawa Transit and Clarington Transit of Bowmanville, combined to
become what is now Durham Region Transit. Trentway-Wagar continued to provide contracted service to the
Whitby based routes well after the merger, even though all other services were taken over by the region.
|All five of these signs were obtained from Whitby Transit through a private collector. Rollsigns were
phased out in the summer of 2005 in favour of Luminator electronic signs. Only the few remaining
Orion I's in the Durham (Whitby) fleet still had rollsigns, however, they were all retired in 2009.
|Whitby Transit 1990 built OBI 05.501 Orion V #9014, featuring another
copy of the jumbo front rollsign shown here (left), is seen at the
Oshawa Centre terminal on Whitby's Route 6, January 26, 1996.