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  1. With all the executives taking the bus to work, this tactic will end the conflict ASAP.
  2. It is sometimes hard to draw a line between community transit and coach lines, and the type of vehicle is not a determinant variable IMHO. Anyway, in Québec, here are the two longest daily public transit lines I can think of : CRT Lanaudière 32 (Saint-Michel-des-Saints⇋Joliette) : 96 km. This route was truncated from half its length in the 2000's, when the southern temrinus was moved from Montréal bus depot to Radisson metro station, then Joliette. Honourable mention to 125 (Saint-Donat―Rawdon⇋Terrebonne-Montréal) which used to be a daily run of 140 km, but daily service was truncated to Chertsey in January (93 km). It's operated with a coach, but Keolis also operates coaches for its shorter commuter routes to metro stations. REGÎM (Gaspésie―Îles-de-la-Madeleine) 22 (Cégep-Bus Chandler⇋Gaspé) : 106 km Austria, with its public transit agency territories that fit closely with its Bundesländer boundaries, has large transit areas and many, many lines that span over 100 km. On top of my head : VOR (Wien, Niederösterreich, Burgenland) 7940 Wien Hauptbahnhof - Weppersdorf - Deutschkreutz / Nikitsch (~ 125 km) 1416 Zwettl - Krems an der Donau - Sankt Pölten - Mariazell (~ 160 km) VVT (Tirol) 960x RegioExpress (Lienz - Innsbruck; ~ 180 km), operated with a coach vehicle in a commuter configuration (double-decker with two doors)
  3. According to Marc-André Carignan (Architectural & urban columnist for Radio-Canada, Metro News, Canal Savoir and Kollectif), CDPQ would be setting up an architecture, urban integration and design committee in response to one of the BAPE recommendations. NGOs such as Héritage Montréal, the Québec Association of Architects and Ariane Alliance for a national planning policy also pleaded for such committee. On another note, the MTMDET clearly stated in response to some municipalities (such as Pointe-Claire and Brossard) that it will not fund new roads nor will it build new ramps to provide access to the new stations. Brossard asked for a widening of A-30, while Pointe-Claire had requested that some interchanges be rebuilt to improve security of pedestrians and cyclists. However, MTMDET remains open to the idea of new overpasses for cyclists and pedestrians over A-40 that would be under maintenance of the municipality.
  4. Harsh winter conditions? No problem operating light trains in Edmonton or Moscow, where the average and extreme winter temperatures are well below the ones observed in Montréal. If you are talking about precipitations, it was not a concern when planning a light rail system in Ottawa, where the annual snowfalls are higher than Montréal, nor is it a problem for the exploitation of a street-running tram in Sapporo, that has a climate similar to the one found in Montréal and an average snowfall of 6 meters per year (more than twice the snowfall in Montréal). Also, Montréal has had light rail transit for 98 years, including dedicated-ROW LRT lines pointing towards Lachine, Cartierville, Montréal-Nord, Pointe-aux-Trembles and Granby, as well as street-running tramways. Montréal has improved since then its expertise in snow removal operations on its railways and streets, while it is quite uncommon for a city of such size to receive that much snow (with some exceptions such as Sapporo). One major problem for the eventuality of light rail is freezing rain accumulation on the power source; that element forced La Caisse to prefer catenary alimentation over third rail ― although I don't know if it is problematic for Toronto's subway and LRT lines, where freezing rain episodes occur quite frequently. As for the "exotic" technology, people tend to forget that the very first automated metro with such technology "in the Western hemisphere" was developed in Ontario and showcased at the 1967 World Fair held in... Montréal! Also, automated train does not mean unmanned trains. In its scenarios of exploitation, the CDPQ plans having personnel on board for security and operations, as well as several agents per line for maintenance operations. Vancouver has a similar scenario of exploitation, with automated trains featuring personnel on board ― without much danger nor chaos in case of disruption.
  5. Yes.
  6. Yes, the other way around. As previously stated, CDPQ will not retain tenders with unproven rolling stock model and technology. If you have any information that was not stated here yet and that you would like to share with us, please know that you are welcome to do it. I'd point out the unnecessary condescension on this amateur discussion board, but that would be unpleasing on my part, so I will not elaborate on that. ---- The BAPE released its report. Unsurprisingly, it is not favourable to the project (perhaps because people yelled during the hearings and BAPE does not like citizens yelling at projects with a structuring vision ― my 2¢). CDPQ replied with numbers and facts. At worst, the REM will have the same infrastructure and operations costs as the bus and train lines it replaces. At best, it will save a couple of bucks. One thing is sure, capacity and service level will be greatly improved. That network is a long shot. We have not been used in Québec to projects of such magnitude since 40 years. BAPE is criticizing the lack of political decisionship in the project; the tendency is to depoliticize mobility in order to allow such long shots. Anyways, here are the BAPE report and two press releases from CDPQ : http://www.bape.gouv.qc.ca/sections/rapports/publications/bape331.pdf https://www.cdpqinfra.com/en/content/bape-report-rem-project-analysis-overlooks-facts-and-distorts-reality https://www.cdpqinfra.com/en/content/rem-project-financial-information-note
  7. If you have in mind specific information that you would like to share or to obtain, let us know.
  8. ... and brand new Ford-chassis Blue Bird minis (source : Facebook page) Not sure why they changed the logo. This design sure looks like a high school project on Publisher. #TimesNewRoman
  9. Pascan is now officially back on track and debt-free. It sold a fare amount of its fleet, and most notably its last ATR-42. http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1012214/nouveau-depart-pour-pascan-aviation
  10. I strongly doubt this route was considered an OC Rural route lately, although I would not have sufficient knowledge to argue over the existence at some point of an OC Rural route in Québec in that corridor.
  11. It's hard not to agree. A rough calculation shows me an average weekday number of 91 roundtrips, with 3 trains running simultaneously. Even if a mishap has consequences on 60 station arrivals per week (let's say 4 cancelled arrivals at each of the 5 stations), the OTP is still well over 95% ― which is pretty damn good for a rail line with at-grade crossings and single-track sections!
  12. That's good news! I remember reading some Commission des Transports verbatims where the CTQ or appearing parties at a hearing were worried about the future of the service... Speaking of which, according to decision 2016 QCCTQ 2418, Thom would have sold to Campeau a 1995 Prevost H3-45 with the permit. Also, the monthly pass is a new feature that did not figure in any CTQ decision appendix (where the tariff structure gets approved). Rates are interesting and compare to OCTranspo rural partners.
  13. STM is putting out of service all of its 12 Azur trains in order to investigate about the tire mishap that occured when last Saturday night. This incident had forced the STM to stop the service on Orange line between Côte-Vertu and Plamondon for several hours.
  14. I am sure that the 11 and 97 do not serve Jarry. I am also sure that Lajeunesse does not go further south than Jean-Talon. This is indeed Jarry station. I would not have bothered taking pictures with my phone if I had mistaken Jarry for Mont-Royal; I'd have called for help.
  15. This has rested in my phone for quite a while. It was taken at Jarry on November 26th around 6 PM.