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  1. Today's Sightings

    37-101 was on the 105 this evening
  2. Société de transport de Montréal

    There is a division for drivers called "gareurs". They are 8 drivers and all they do is transfer buses between divisions. There is a day shift (approx 8:00-16:00) and a night shift (approx 21:00-5:00). Needless to say, these are very senior drivers! When a change-off is made or a bus breaks down, very often a replacement bus is sent from another division (normally the closest). Example: if a St-Denis bus on the 18 needs to be changed at Honore-Beaugrand, they will most probably send a bus from Anjou. Once repaired at Anjou, that bus will need to be transferred back to SD, and Anjou will need their bus back. The gareur group will transfer the buses back to their respective divisions. Buses are also transferred between divisions to even out the mileage since some divisions tend to rack up mileage quickly (Saint-Laurent) and others not so quickly (Saint-Denis). Also buses are sometimes transferred to help alleviate a shortage in a specific division if another has spares.
  3. Today's Sightings

    Most probably. I know they were sending the renforts on the 165/435 a lot last week because of the delays caused by the numerous construction sites. Regarding the 2018 route allocation, it looks like Stinson will keep the 16 after all.
  4. Today's Sightings

    I actually drove that bus twice and called in a defect coupon both times for the bell. It is extremely annoying! Was curious if anything was done.... not surprised however that it wasn't modified
  5. Montreal Metro MR-63 Retirement Watch

    There will only be 1 MPM-10 on the green line for testing purposes, no further deployment. It has not yet been decided if the train will remain after the few weeks needed for testing (train control system, I think). They may leave 1 train to keep green line operators up to date on training. Train will probably be transferred to Youville for maintenance if required.
  6. Today's Sightings

    Must have been a change-off sent from another division (I'm assuming LaSalle?)
  7. STM 21-2XX Retirement Watch

    21-221 (me) and 21-215 were both on the 165 this afternoon. Both were "renfort" buses sent to fill a gap left by the regular buses stuck in traffic.
  8. STM 21-2XX Retirement Watch

    STL and CITPI also lost their access road (parallel to Decarie where the CIT stop used to be). STL buses can often be seen using the terminal on the north side to turn back (to Decarie when arriving from the east)
  9. Société de transport de Montréal

    I have the same maps. I also have a "gauche/droite" pad (1997) with all official route names and directions. The programming back in the day had an "X" version of each route. The code was the route number + 1000. Ex 1010 was 10X DELORIMIER. Also 005 was HORS-SERVICE. Let me know if you need more info!
  10. Réseau de transport de Longueuil

    I don't think the RTL ever activated their ramps at the rear doors (on 1st and 2nd gen vehicles). With that many years without being used, the ramps must be completely rusted and unusable. A 3rd gen is therefore required. Also by requiring a bus with a front ramp, there is only one boarding procedure. At the STM, very often the rear ramps don't work when needed which is why they specify trips with front ramps in the planibus.
  11. Société de transport de Laval

    Please move to the back!.... Or you may be charged again..and again!
  12. STM 21-2XX Retirement Watch

    Last night several 21-000s outside of Stinson awaiting to be shunted to another garage. I wouldn't be surprised to see them at St-Laurent or another division where they do a lot of mileage to get the most out of them.
  13. Today's Sightings

    37-022 was in the garage this afternoon
  14. Sightings at the Nova Bus factory

    Wow! Half of me says yea... Half of our 40 ft buses will have a/c! The other half says oh no.. the 21-000s will be gone!
  15. Sightings at the Nova Bus factory

    Driver training for hybrids starts next week at Stinson. Rumour has it that we will be getting a bunch.