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  1. STO 89xx-95xx Classic Spottings/Retirement Watch

    Paul Bateson was kind enough to post his photos of the 9117 charter in his STO Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/buses-international/36200142040/in/album-72157635415663840/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/buses-international/35760949814/in/album-72157635415663840/ As for why the MCI logo was white, it looks as if the STO simply painted it white along with the rest of the front end cap.
  2. Thanks to SMS and the YUL Bus Charters team for yet another wonderful outing!
  3. The New Cross Walks In Ottawa

    The bags are off and the crosswalk is now in service.
  4. Société de transport de Laval

    Quebec and Ottawa to invest $30.4 million in Laval public transit
  5. Celebrity Death Thread

    Glen Campbell, hit singer and guitarist, dead at 81
  6. STO and OC Transpo Routes

    According to this presentation on Councillor Egli's website, the 55 will travel on the Queensway between Carling and Bayshore. There's no detailed info about Stage 2-related route changes yet. http://keithegli.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/OttawaWest_2018_Route_Network-FINAL.pdf As for other communities, Councillor Fleury is the only other councillor on whose website I've been able to find a presentation about post-LRT bus route changes (starting on page 24): https://s3.amazonaws.com/mathieufleury/2017/06/Ready-for-Rail-Presentation-OC-Transpo-East-of-the-Rideau-Transit-Forum-FINAL.pdf
  7. Celebrity Death Thread

    Goldy McJohn, Original Steppenwolf Keyboardist, Dies at 72
  8. STO and OC Transpo Routes

    According to the maps posted on Councillor Leiper's website, route 10 (formerly route 4) will be extended to downtown Gatineau via Lyon Station and the Portage Bridge at on end, and be extended to Billings Bridge and Hurdman Stations at the other. For west-end riders, route 85 will be redirected to Gatineau via Pimisi Station and the Chaudiere Bridge. In addition, route 61, 63, and 75 (former 95) will provide peak-period service along the Chaudiere Bridge, while the STO will serve Lyon Station. http://www.kitchissippiward.ca/sites/default/files/Central_2018_Route_Network FINAL.pdf (page 3)
  9. STO and OC Transpo Routes

    1986 to 2001: 144 1983 to 1985: 184 1980 to 1982: 84 This route goes back a long way...
  10. The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    The train signals in use near Blair Station yesterday, showing red in both directions.
  11. Actually, fifteen 1979 buses were converted to propane in 1984 as part of a federal-provincial study on alternative fuels. I've mentioned the propane Fishbowls a few times in this thread, and @MCIBUS posted some photos he took of them at the time:
  12. The New Cross Walks In Ottawa

    City workers finally installed the crossover yesterday, though there are still plastic bags over the lights and signs. It is located between Appleford Street and the CSIS/CSEC shipping & receiving access road: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4411468,-75.6122444,20.75z
  13. The 1997 Orion V buses were delivered with the white panels, but they were quickly painted grey and the front end painted entirely in red. I never managed to get a photo of the Orion V buses with the white around the bottom, and this is the earliest photo I took of a 1997/1998 Orion V (taken at Confederation Square in Feb. 1999):
  14. Celebrity Death Thread

    He also did voice-over work in many commercials, especially for Leon's.
  15. 7930 also had a ground-level tailpipe and two flat white plates next to the rear window similar to the BC Transit hillclimbers, at least back in the 1990s. I thought it looked neat and a little like the rear window of a TDH-5301.