The Royal Island Transit Authority (RITA) is the largest transit authority on Royal Island. It operates bus, subway and streetcar service in Royal Island City.
The Royal Island Transit Authority started out as the Royal Island Tramroad. On May 18, 1892, horse-drawn tram services commenced for the first time, on the Burlington, 8th Avenue, and Warden Grove routes. At this time the transit agency was known as the privately run Royal Island Tramroad. The tram services proved to be very popular with the public and in 1897 two more services were introduced: Richborough and Sunnyside.
In 1907, the city took over the routes and made them part of the newly formed Royal Island Transit Authority. At this time, it was running buses and horse drawn trams.
The first subway line was opened in 1911. The Broadview/Bay Street line first opened to passengers on May 22 of that year, running from Canarsie Beach to the village of North Bay. Ten years later, in 1921, the horse-drawn trams were phased out with the introduction of electrically operated Peter Witt streetcars, which first ran in revenue service on May 17, 1922.
In May 1922, the routes operating the new Peter Witt cars were the 8th Avenue, Sunnyside, Sunnyside and Burlington routes; Warden Grove had been taken over by buses in 1919. The Richborough streetcar was introduced in January 1924, after being out of operation for almost a year while the line was electrified. Over time, these routes have been extended, and the 8th Avenue route, now numbered 204, is the longest route operated by the Royal Island Transit Authority.
As of May 2013, the RITA has roughly 1240 buses, 258 streetcars and 1280 subway cars in its fleet. The entire surface fleet is equipped with automatic stop announcements and CCTV cameras. All subway cars have automatic stop announcements - CCTV cameras are expected to debut on the T2 (as this is not Toronto, they will not be referred to as Toronto Rockets, but it's the same type of car) in November 2013.
|Fleet number(s)||Year||Manufacturer||Model||Engine||Transmission||Destination sign||Seating||Notes|
|88-9060 - 88-9119||1988||New Flyer Industries||D40||Detroit Diesel 6V71N||Allison V731 ATEC||Luminator Matrix:MAX||39 Otaco Model 6468||-Retiring|
|90-9120 - 90-9149||1990||New Flyer Industries||D40||Detroit Diesel 6V71N||Allison V731 ATEC||Luminator Matrix:MAX||39 Otaco Model 6468|
|92-7000 - 92-7005||1992||Motor Coach Industries||TC60-102N||Detroit Diesel 6V92TA||Allison VR731||Luminator Matrix:MAX|
|93-7010 - 93-7029||1993||New Flyer Industries||D60||Detroit Diesel 6V92TA||Allison B500R||Luminator Matrix:MAX||64 Otaco Model 6468|
|95-7300 - 95-7340, 96-7341 - 96-7399||1995-1996||Orion Bus Industries||Orion 05.501||Detroit Diesel Series 50||Allison B400R||Luminator Mega:MAX||39 American Seating Model 6468||-Last non-accessible buses purchased by the RITA|
|97-9150 - 97-9299||1997||Orion Bus Industries||Orion 05.501||Cummins M11||Allison B400R||Luminator Mega:MAX||40 American Seating Model 6468||
-First accessible buses purchased by the RITA
-97-9150 - 97-9229 were the original buses in order; 97-9230 - 97-9299 were added later
-97-9220 - 9229 were originally CNG powered; repowered from 2002-2008
|98-7400 - 98-7419||1998||Orion Bus Industries||Orion 06.501||Detroit Diesel Series 50||Allison B400R||Luminator Mega:MAX||-First low floor buses|
|99-3600 - 99-3649||1999||New Flyer Industries||D40LF||Detroit Diesel Series 50||Allison B400R||Luminator MegaMax 3000||35 American Seating Model 6468|
|00-9300 - 00-9399, 01-9400 - 01-9449||2000-2001||New Flyer Industries||D60LF||Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR||Allison B500R||Luminator Horizon||57 American Seating Model 6468|
01-3650 – 01-3699, 02-3700 – 02-3758
|2001-2002||Orion Bus Industries||Orion 07.501||Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR||Allison B400R||Luminator Horizon||38 American Seating Model 6468|
|03-9450 - 03-9517||2003||Orion Bus Industries||Orion 07.501||Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR||Allison B400R||Luminator Horizon||38 American Seating Model 6468|
04-7420 – 04-7499, 05-7500 – 05-7581, 06-7582 – 06-7599
|2004-2006||Orion Bus Industries||Orion 07.501||Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR||Allison B400R||Luminator Horizon||38 American Seating Model 6468|
|07-9520 - 07-9609||2007||Orion Bus Industries||Orion 07.501||Cummins ISL||Allison B400R||Luminator Horizon||38 4ONE Aries|
08-7600 – 08-7619, 09-7620 – 09-7625
|2008-2009||New Flyer Industries||D40LF||Cummins ISL||Allison B400R||Luminator Horizon||35 4ONE Aries|
|10-7630 - 10-7699||2010||ElDorado National||EZ-Rider II MAX||Cummins ISB||Allison B300R5||Luminator Horizon||27 4ONE Aries|
11-7700 – 11-7714, 12-7715 – 12-7829
|2011-2012||Orion Bus Industries||Orion 07.501 EPA10||Cummins ISL9||Allison B400R6||Luminator Horizon||36 4ONE Aries|
|13-7900 - 13-7914||2007||Orion Bus Industries||Orion 07.501 HEV||Cummins ISB||BAE Systems HybriDrive||Luminator Horizon||38 American Seating Model 6468||-Purchased second hand from Holmesville Metrobus in April 2013|
|1000-1199||1978-1981||Hawker-Siddeley/UTDC||CLRV||-1021 equipped with air conditioning in 2003|
|1200-1259||1987-1989||UTDC/Can-Car Rail||ALRV||-1239 equipped with experimental A/C unit in 1995; removed 1996|
|Fleet number(s)||Year||Manufacturer||Model||Current division||Notes|
|8040-8139||1983-1984||Kawasaki||R62||Don Mills, Westwood|
|8140-8399||1984-1987||Bombardier||R62A||Don Mills, Westwood|
|2810-2909||1987-1990||UTDC/Can-Car Rail||H6||Don Mills|
|2000-2361||1996-1999||Bombardier||T1||Davisville, Don Mills, Westwood, Keele|
|2400-2529||2009-2013||Royal Car Company||RR1||Don Mills, Westwood|