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  1. I spotted 4744 parked at the St. Laurent garage at about 10:40 this evening.
  2. Here are some screenshots from GeoOttawa, showing the eastbound through lane in service in 1991 (top) and blocked off in 2002 (bottom). It shows as blocked off in 1999 as well, but the image quality is poor for that year:
  3. You mean Hurdman? I think the lane was put in to provide deadheading drivers with a quick bypass of the station, but it was later removed to provide extra layup space. I don't know when the lane was removed, but from what I can tell from my old photos, the lane was still in use in 1991 but had been blocked off by late 1997, though the yellow line was still there at the time.
  4. Actually, you might have noticed that there is a yellow centreline in the background. Hurdman Station's original configuration had two-way traffic on the southern side of the platform, and 7557 is shown parked in the old through lane. Ted Wickson took this photo in 1988, according to the postcard I have.
  5. Buses are still being detoured in the area: https://www.ottawamatters.com/police-beat/truck-crash-closes-st-laurent-boulevard-knocks-out-power-1913502
  6. It was a detour. If you go over to Bank Street in the 2007 Street View, you'll see that it was closed for construction. As far back as I can remember, there's never been regular bus service on that stretch of O'Connor Street. Kent or Queen, sure, but not O'Connor.
  7. I got my copy! Not only does it have hundreds of photographs, it also has an all-time fleet roster, an all-time list of bus routes, a history of bus fares, interior diagrams, system map covers, and much more!
  8. The "Road Closed" sign has been removed from the 417 Queensway East/Est sign on Lees Avenue at Mann Avenue: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.418837,-75.6768862,3a,75y,57.54h,88.47t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1suOWv_IoV_csVlRoYPJX8EA!2e0!5s20120401T000000!7i13312!8i6656
  9. OK, here are what routes were added, cancelled or renumbered over the years, between 1959 and 1983, based on what I've been able to research using system maps, newspaper clippings and annual reports: 1959 Add: 1 1A 2 2A 3 4 5 6 11 21 22 31 33 34 41 42 51 52 61 69 81 82 83 84 91 92 93 Cancel: 33 34 1960 Add: 49 94 95 Cancel: 11 42 84 1961 Add: 68 71 1962 Add: 84 Cancel: 71 1963 Add: 71 85 Cancel: 81 1964 No new or cancelled routes 1965 No new or cancelled routes 1966 Add: 23 25 53 67 Cancel: 84 1967 Cancel: 25 1968 Add: 55 Cancel: 21 1969 No new or cancelled routes 1970 Add: 10 11 12 99 Cancel: 83 1971 Add: 15 1972 Add: 24 25 26 27 72 73 74 75 76 77 1973 Add: 14 34 35 50 63 64 65 66 83 Cancel: 15 26 27 49 1974 Add: 9 15 17 18 19 20 21 26 27 28 29 44 45 56 59 60 62 78 79 80 81 84 95 96 Cancel: 95 99 Renumber: 1A --> 7 2A --> 8 1975 Add: 23 32 36 49 70 Cancel: 23 50 Renumber: 22 --> 32 32 --> 22 1976 Add: 42 43 47 48 86 87 94 Cancel: 70 1977 Add: 16 33 37 39 46 50 57 58 70 90 98 99 Cancel: 32 84 1978 Add: 30 32 33 36A 37A 38 40 54 65 70 88 89 97 99 101 A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 B1 B2 B7 B8 B9 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C8 D1 D2 D5 D9 E2 E3 E5 E6 E7 Cancel: 33 99 1979 Add: 34 35 A8 Cancel: 33 34 35 36A 37A 56 98 1980 Add: 33 38 56 84 93 95 98 102 103 136 159 171 185 187 200 A9 E8 Cancel: 57 59 95 A8 Renumber: 38 --> 138 90 --> 190 93 --> 193 1981 Add: 8 59 155 210 220 Cancel: 30 31 35 45 56 98 1982 Add: 30 57 90 98 179 Cancel: 8 53 102 171 A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 A9 B1 B2 B7 B8 B9 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C8 D1 D2 D5 D9 E2 E3 E5 E6 E7 E8 1983 Add: 8 21 53 56 63 64 83 89 96 114 115 116 136 137 153 157 158 165 172 174 181 201 202 203 204 Cancel: 16 43 44 45 47 48 50 54 55 66 69 74 79 86 87 89 101 155 190 193 Renumber: 9 --> 84 19 --> 70 20 --> 75 30 --> 127 32 --> 126 33 --> 120 36 --> 125 39 --> 73 42 --> 55 49 --> 163 56 --> 156 57 --> 22 63 --> 49 64 --> 148 70 --> 162 72 --> 66 73 --> 160 75 --> 175 76 --> 176 80 --> 35 81 --> 30 82 --> 182 83 --> 183 84 --> 184 85 --> 149 88 --> 32 90 --> 33 93 --> 72 94 --> 57 96 --> 134 136 --> 122 138 --> 128 179 --> 173 Renumber, then cancel: 21 --> 76 22 --> 75
  10. Bill, I'm going to get you some of the service change info for the late 1960s and 1970s. I've been very busy with work lately but when I get a chance I'll look into what I've got. BTW, routes 10, 11 and 12 began operating in January 1970 as Ottawa's first express routes. They were regular-fare routes until OC Transpo began charging express fares in March 1976.
  11. According to the OTC's 1968 annual report, route 21 was "discontinued on December 14th due to the "FREE" bus service established by an independent taxi company by agreement with the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways."
  12. The link works now! https://www.boutiquestm.com/en/livre-100-ans-de-bus-a-montreal.html
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