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  1. For the next two weekends, due to major construction works at the ramps at both Lévis and Québec terminal, the NM Vent des Îles (from AML) will operate the service from Chouinard Wharf in Quebec City and Paquet wharf in Lévis from 7am to 6pm, service will be hourly Normal ferry service will be available outside those hours for pedestrians and bikes. Cars are banned from ferry until October 21
  2. Spotted a Niagara region transit LFS Artic heading east on the 40 east at KM 168 today
  3. 3 or 4 guys looking at buses or taking pictures of them yesterday p.m rush hour at Mansfield terminal in Montreal
  4. I was saying the STM maybe wanted to give a break from artics buses to residential neighbourhood that host the detour, they might also give them a late night break of all type of buses. Extending the service hours of the 355 was the easiest way to do it, no need to create a new route, no need to create specials exception case on the 139 EDIT: Official reason on the STM website is indeed to give residents a break http://www.stm.info/en/info/networks/latest-bus-news-september
  5. The city of Boischatel,QC has replaced the RTC bus service with a new local network, here we see a unnumbered Girardin G5 operating on route 1 du Roi during the first day of service (operated by Tours du Vieux-Québec)
  6. I think the logic behind that change it that the STM maybe want to give residents of the residentials neighbourhood that are currently hosting the severely modified 139/439 northbound service a break from passing artics buses during the late evening hours. Instead of having two routings for the 139/439, they simply extend service hour on the 355 which always served Pie-IX. Also winter is coming (yep...) so maybe they also want to simplify snow removing ops
  7. Numerous changes for the fall board periods In addition of the following changes that i described in that post ... There also also the following changes - Route 11 will be optimized, some stops will be removed or moved from part of the optimization, also this impact some stops on route 25 that are shared with route 11 - Route 125, the rush hour limited stops variant of Route 25 is abolished, extra trips on route 25 have been added in replacement. - Route 44 has a minor route change, going north instead of Clemenceau then left on Seigneuriale, bus will do L du Semoir , R Joseph-Giffard and L Seigneuriale - Route 185 has a slight increase of service in Sainte-Foy Centre - Route 50,250,350,550,950 will stop serving the town of Boischatel, a new local transit service will replace the service offered by the RTC - Route 77,277,377 and 577 have a slight route changes, buses will use Adam and Ste-Geneviève to/from Henri-IV, this is a congestion avoidance change - Routes in the 4xx series, the Videotron Center events shuttle will now only have one departure per parking lot instead of the current 2. Saint-Augustin area - Route 92 is heavily modified, they add service to the sports complex, loop in the saint-augustin area will be reversed so more stops are sidewalk side, service will be more direct in the Bocages area, route will end at the Garneau CEGEP via Laurier and the Laval Univeristy Campus - Route 94 now become a full time route, starting from the Notre-Dame-de-Foy school, it will serve the Bocages area that was previously served by the 92, it will now also serve part of Cap-Rouge before heading to the CEGEP Garneau likme the 92 , rush hour route is extended to downtown Quebec City - Route 292 is a new route, will replace mostly express 294 but will use Sainte-Foy road between the Univeristy and Calixa-Lavallée to provide service to the CEGEP Garneau - Route 992 is modified, extended to downtown. - Route 95,294 et 295 are cancelled
  8. The city of Boischatel has relase the new routes and timetables of their new free transit service, in replacement of current RTC services that will end August 15th 2019. The new network has four routes. Service frequency is not very consistent, hourly during rush hours to every 2 hours off peak and week-ends. All buses begins / ends their route at the RTC Chute Montmorency terminal (transfer 50,250,350,550,800) Route 1 - Du Roi - Travels along Royale from west to east, will even travel out of city limits all the way to L'Ange-Gardien Route 2 - Du Fleuve - Share the first few stops with route 1, but at de L'Église hill, goes down to serve area along Rte 138 Route 3 and 4 - De la Fôret / de la Rivière - Those two route forms a loop and are the main routes of the system, Route 3 is Counter clock wise and route 4 is clockwise, the only difference is that each route has a different remote sector to service. So in the common route, service is every 30 minutes during peak and every hour off peak
  9. Went to Trois-Rivières last week to witness the new network, and sadly the result is confusion and service problems. Confusion was a bit to be expected, the decades old system that same bus stays on the same route and bus waiting for transfers at the same time each and every day is gone, now buses do interlines, transfer are not guaranteed between all routes at terminals. People also need to adapt to new routes, find new itinerary (i've personally helped a few of them), persons getting off the bus just to embark the same right bus they come off since it's changes routes. The learning curve is steep. However, the STTR does a good job of creating frustration and confusion. Two stunning exemple - Route #2 in the Cap de la Madelaine area is one of the busiest of the network, yet when planning they did not spot a humongous service gap, there is a two hours service gap towards downtown between 6:15pm and 8:15pm ! - During the night, some routes have changes to reduce walking time, STTR traditions dictate that they add the 8 number in front of them. However, ONLY the destination sign is program with the 8 in front (ex: 860), all others information, Transit App, Bus Stop, Paper Schedule, System map) have no information whatsoever about that !. Two exceptions are 86 and 89 has those was already planned to have night time variation Also learned that some riches NIMBY have succeed in court to have the route 9 modified so they don't serve their street
  10. While sorting my picture, noted 3535-25-5 seems to have been transfered from SJSR duties to exo Sud-Ouest as i got a pic of that bus operating a exo Sud-Ouest route out of Angrignon
  11. There is a free shuttle operating between the Chateau Frontenac <> Old Farmers market <> New farmer market near the "Vide-é-otron" center. Operates hourly between 10am and 5pm, operated by Tours du Vieux-Québec with H3-45 coach #50. Departs farmers market at every :15, departs Chateau Frontenac every :45
  12. So far the highest vehicule seen in revenue service is 1927. If you want more, they are spread out a bit everywhere, except on eXpress and of course Metrobus service However RTC seems very careful for now to not have too much Vanhool out at the same time. For exemple the 1952 pulse at Les Saules bus terminal on Friday, out of 5 Vanhools runs (runs beginning with 19xx, 39xx or 49xx), only one had actually a Vanhool operating on it
  13. 39-107 was showing on Felix tracker earlier today on the 141
  14. A little "fun" sighting, the "112" ligne locale between Sherbrooke and Montreal has been downgraded from Motorcoach to a much less classy Thomas HDX, spotted 9001-05-3 operating on that service yesterday
  15. Since i am the self proclaim resident Quebec City expert on this board, let we weight in - Colline Parlementaire / Grand Théâtre / Place d'Youville: Very good in the afternoon for a lot of action, altough Place d'Youville is surrounded by tall building and sun angle is not very good. RTC at all Time, Rush hour STLevis, Autocars des Chutes, Plumboile, TCJC, CTRP. - Place Jacques-Cartier : Personnally don't like that location, sun angle not great and lots of building, - Laval University / Laurier Blvd, A lot of buses all day round, RTC and STLevis all day, rush hours Autocars des Chutes, TCJC, Express Lotbinière - Quatre-Bourgeois between Ste-Foy and de la Foresterie bus lane, not a well known spot for photos but will allow you to catch most RTC 300 series express. - des Rocailles garage, very good sun angle in the evening for buses entering the garage from des Replats streets (after 5:30 pm) , lots of action. For the rest of terminals, check sun angle before going there, also for Galeries de la Capitale please shot outside the terminal as the terminal is in the mall grounds and security might intervene (even if it's technically RTC territory). If you have questions or want to meet up, PM me
  16. The new route 76 that will link Quebec City airport and the Sainte-Foy VIA Rail train station will begin operation tomorrow June 15th 2019, service is every 30 minutes between 5h30am to 1030pm daily. This is because summer booking starts tomorrow, expect a major increase of Vanhool buses in service with a lot of them running in the nighttime.
  17. Seems RTC is lacking buses to put in service (as they seems to have the same issue every summer), L0001 was pressed back into service as it was spotted in service today
  18. Went to Greenboro today to sadly see the days of the searchlight signal #1 are counted as new signals have been installed. Now, here is the throwback question, I know that when they added the new sidings they did change most of the signals with new ones, prior to that, what signals were installed (searchlight, indus only)
  19. Passed by Prevost service center in Saint-Nicolas saturday night and many STM artics are on location, seems waiting for repairs. Units spotted on location were 30-823,31-823, 29-828,29-826,31-857 and 30-872
  20. Vanhool update: Heard that about 20 units out of the 64 ordered are now in active duty, that can be confirm on the field as Vanhool are operated weekdays and weekends. Highest unit seen so far for me in 1928
  21. RTC has announced the new fare grid for 2019 starting July 1st, while most fares raises are modest, they are a couple changes worth nothing - Bus will now be free for kids 12 and under, currently it's 5 and younger, that also means that Family privilege will be always avaliable (that one starts June 22th) - The 2$ surcharge for Taxibus users will be abolished, but they will be required to present valid fare to board taxi - Due to others students bus subscription programs (the universal pass at Laval University and la Passe de session in CEGEP), the RTC will abolish the students subscription program, those who need them will be transfered to the general programs but they keep their fare privilege)
  22. Service demand is very low on Sunday night, so they take the night off, one exception is if the Monday is holiday, then service is extended to midnight. STTR is not alone doing that, STSaguenay and STLevis also does that
  23. The STTR finally release the new system map for the July new network, let's look at the new network https://sttr.qc.ca/app/uploads/2019/05/sttr_cartegenerale_7.pdf Route 2: Service in the lower part of Cap de la Madelaine like the current 2 but it will no longer loop, it will also service the eastern tip done now by route 10, western terminus at downtown terminal, service north of there is mostly picked up by route 25 Route 4: Still does Des Forges top to bottom, but will do so milk run around the CEGEP and Univeristy Route 5: Serves mostly the same areas as current but will also cover some location no longer served by route 1, service ends at UQTR. Route 6: It's the west part of the route that is kept, from Trois-Rivières Ouest mall to UQTR instead of Les Rivières. East part is mostly done by new route 60 Route 8 : Still serves the center part of Cap-de-la-Madelaine, but it's a really weird route going north-south a lot, after passing at Fusey terminal, it will also use Du Passage like the old 7 bus to end at Galeries du Cap. Part north of Galeries du Cap will be picked up by route 12 Route 9: Simplified in Pointe-du-Lac, more service in the village but most service on Notre-Dame is dropped Route 10: Major changes on that route, instead of leaving from Fusey, it will left from Downtown terminal then EXPRESS to Galeries du Cap Terminal, from there, bus will circulate in residential areas north of A-40 (current route 6) then doing the north part of Sainte-Marthe, service in the south part will be picked up by route 2 Route 11: Very few change, route remains the same but will enter the new commercial development near A-55 instead of going further north along Mauricien Blvd. Route 12: Some route changes in Cap-de-la-Madelaine to compensate loss of route 8 in that part of town, then up to St-Louis-de-France, northbound service will end further south then now as buses will no longer travel to Place Jourdain, route is extended to Fusey via du Passage Route 13: Mix of route 1 and 3, from downtown, same route as the current 3 the same until Blvd. Rigaud, then route takes a north east route to go serve areas north of Rigaud Blvd. currently served by route 1 Route 16: Kinda new route, from the commercial area in developpement near A-55, it will travel north, serving residential areas west of A-40/A-55, then it will travel on Cherbourg (same as the 6) and Rigaud to end at UQTR Route 25: From downtown, mostly following the old route 2 alignement, north of UQTR, picks up area left by the realignement of route 5, then it will go to Papineau like now but will serve the neighbourhood diferently Route 60: East part of the route 6 is picked by this route, start from UQTR then the CEGEP to Galeries du Cap, then it does a shorter loop around Cap-de-la-Madelaine north part, some of the customers will use route 10 instead
  24. Two quick news - RTC is currently testing the Xcelisor Charge artic , they are so far testing it without passengers. - RTC will hold an open door event at Metrobus center May 26th from 10am to 4pm, more details to come
  25. Yesterday on the 810: 23-206, 24-293, 30-248,31-115, 37-035, 37-074,37-099
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