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  1. Réseau de transport de Longueuil

    The AG700s were acquired mainly to be used on the 45. They were also used on the 73. The 90 did not exist yet at that point. In its first years of existence (around 1995) the 90 was operated with new looks and classics. Later on in their life the AG700s also got used on the 86 and 87 as well as some school extras.
  2. STM 21-2XX Retirement Watch

    21-226 was in the garage (Stinson) getting the interior cleaned
  3. Today's Sightings

    You're right. Drivers have no way of turning the lights off inside the bus (STM buses), except for putting it into reverse. I once had an alternator problem that caused the inside lights to go off. Normally the bus should not be running with passengers with no lights when it's dark out. If it was an alternator problem, the bus was probably taken out of service as quick as possible. I was on the 105 this evening and did not see anything older than a 29-000
  4. STM 21-2XX Retirement Watch

    Exactly! If fare inspectors show up and the fare box was not able to validate the opus cards, we tell the inspectors and they skip the inspection. On a related note, Opus cards must be scanned even if the driver is not watching! I had a passenger that did not scan her card when boarding because I was outside the bus. 2 stops later the fare inspectors got on , checked her card and escorted her off the bus to give her a ticket for not scanning her card. No bus driver when you board does not mean free ride!
  5. Today's Sightings

    37-104 is at Stinson
  6. Today's Sightings

    Stinson has a couple of 36-000s from Mont-Royal while they have a couple of new 37-000s (the ones without radios/I-bus system)
  7. STM 21-2XX Retirement Watch

    I was told by someone in maintenance that the 21-000s are not all being retired this year. Most will stick atound for a while.
  8. Today's Sightings

    37-101 was on the 105 this evening
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. Today's Sightings

    Must have been a change-off sent from another division (I'm assuming LaSalle?)
  14. 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.
  15. 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)