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  1. tomsbuspage

    STO and OC Transpo Routes

    Yup. Once upon a time, Richmond Road ran all the way from the Ottawa River to the Village of Richmond. It is the oldest road in Ottawa, laid out in 1818. Also, the fact that Richmond Road had three separate segments in Bells Corners caused confusion among those visiting the area. City Council originally proposed renaming the Robertson and Richmond Roads between Baseline and Eagleson Roads as Lloyd Francis Blvd., but community opposition led to the renaming shown in your map. Before 1985, Robertson and Hazeldean Roads were known as Old Highway 7.
  2. Yup, and 80 years old as a bus route! As for other routes, route 7 is the second-oldest route number, dating back to 1974, and route 95 is the third-oldest, dating back to 1980. A few local routes date back to 1983, such as route 173, but by and large most long-time bus routes have been renumbered at least once over the years. This is one of the challenges when tracing the histories of Ottawa's bus routes. Before the latest round of route renumbering, downtown routes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 all dated back to the original September 1959 route numbering. System-wide route renumberings occurred in 1983-1984, 1985-1986 and 2016-2019.
  3. Route 5 has the oldest number still in use, dating back to September 1959. It is the only route number remaining from the OTC era. Before 1959, it was the Hull-Riverdale bus, with service dating back to the Elgin-Ottawa East bus in 1939. Route 7 is the oldest route in service, dating back to the Bank Streetcar in 1891, becoming bus route 1A in 1959 and being renumbered as route 7 in 1974. Route 56 is the oldest bus route in service, starting out as the Crosstown bus in the mid-1920s, being numbered as route 6 in 1959 and being renumbered as route 56 in 2017.
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    STO bus spottings

    Spotted 9224 turning in to the Jean-Proulx garage this afternoon at around 2:15-ish.
  5. It's 2001 or later because there's a City of Ottawa sticker next to the front door instead of an Ontario or RMOC sticker.
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    STO 89xx-95xx Classic Spottings/Retirement Watch

    All Classics are allocated to the Hull garage, according to the tour guide we had during the ex-Calgary Classic charter that @SMS organised this summer.
  7. New traffic signals have been installed on Terry Fox Drive at Huntsville Drive, complete with countdown pedestrian signals.
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    TTC GM Fleet Reminiscing

    I think that AM General put the bump over the rear window to make room for an A/C unit and incorporate it into the bus body, as opposed to the add-on A/C module used by GM and Flxible, and Flyer used the design as the D/E800. From what I've read, later versions of the AMG Metropolitan used underfloor A/C, and this is where the Flyer D/E800B design came from.
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    If You Could Restore 1 Bus, What Would It Be?

    I'm pretty certain some heads would turn if I pulled up in one of these :
  10. tomsbuspage

    Celebrity Death Thread

    Scott Wilson, Actor in 'The Walking Dead' and 'In Cold Blood,' Dies at 76
  11. tomsbuspage

    GOA transit news, info etc

    I checked my old maps and it doesn't look as if there was a definite date, as it was more of a gradual process. From what I can tell, OC Transpo started cutting the local routes back to the suburbs in 2004, when the east-end local routes stopped beginning at Lebreton Station in the afternoon. The routes slowly disappeared from Albert and Slater Streets until 2009, after which only route 176 continued through downtown to Hurdman Station. This continued until June 2018, after the 176 had been renumbered as route 80.
  12. tomsbuspage

    STO bus spottings

    Which is not related to the Barbie's Resto Bar and Grill in Dorval, which was sued by Mattel for copy infringement. Barbie's won, BTW. Anyway, back on topic.
  13. tomsbuspage

    PRESTO - Ottawa Discussion

    The Presto e-purse transfer is valid on STO buses, but the card cannot be used to start a trip on the STO unless an OC Transpo monthly pass is loaded on the Presto card. In a similar fashion, there is a fare agreement between the STO and Transcollines but it only applies fully to monthly passes on a Multi card, though reduced cash fares are available. Transcollines does not use single-fare tickets. I think the best option would be to start your trip on an OC bus, transfer to the STO using your Presto card, then pay $4 (cash only) upon boarding the Transcollines bus to Wakefield. On the way back, pay $5.50 (cash only again) upon boarding the Transcollines bus and the driver will give you an STO single-ride ticket. Upon boarding the STO bus, deposit the ticket into the farebox and ask the driver for a paper transfer, which will be valid on OC Transpo as well. Thus, your total cost for this trip should be $12.95: $3.45 on Presto and $9.50 in cash. Normal cash fares are $3.50 on OC Transpo, $4 on the STO, and $4 on Transcollines.
  14. A three-for-one special today, courtesy of OC Transpo on Twitter. All three are photos of Laurier Station looking north or northwest, with the first being a 1986 photo by Bob Hussey and hosted on Dave Colton's Fotki site, and the other two are from 1991 and 2017, posted as a then-and-now #TBT tweet: https://twitter.com/OC_Transpo/status/1047819939489468416
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    GOA transit news, info etc

    Nomination de monsieur Marc Rousseau au poste de directeur général de la STO Google Translated: Appointment of Mr. Marc Rousseau as Director General of the STO