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  1. Stock jingle banks are a thing, just like stock footage or stock image banks such as iStockPhoto or Getty Images. See AudioJungle, Premium Beat, Bensound and many other websites that put butter on professional ukulele and glockenspiel players' bread. --- That being said, I feel there's nothing new in this, except that we now know what are the next steps ― but still don't know where the money will come from.
  2. A sighting subforum Rules on bad/missing attributions for copyrighted and copylefted images in messages A thread for Jim Watson's look-alikes sightings Pinned town hall discussions
  3. Lyrics of the ol' train/transitfan hit tune "Everything was better before" by Budd and the New Looks. 🎼🎶
  4. It's not a "premium service" color; It's the new corporate color scheme, revealed in september, along with refreshed branding. Black and charcoal both are included. https://media.viarail.ca/sites/default/files/inline-files/VIA Rail Canada_Brand Book_LTW_EN_FINAL.pdf
  5. Work has been done in August at Irving/Petit-Vallon turnaround (former 87 terminus) to enhance user experience ― i.e. convert it into a "real" bus terminal. Since the northwestern routes overhaul and even though Metrobus 804 shortened the 87, the little turnaround somewhat found a way to maintain its relevance, now served by routes 74, 75, 84, 284, 384, 584 and 972. https://www.quebechebdo.com/local/lactuel/187095/la-ville-de-quebec-sentend-avec-la-societe-de-transport/
  6. Man, how my UdeM years would have been better with evening service on the 119!
  7. For the moment, the "winter service" you're referring to is mostly charter touristic service during the first week of December.
  8. Due to Saaremaa I generator troubles, plane service between Mont-Joli, Baie-Comeau and Sept-Îles is back. https://www.traversiers.com/fr/a-propos-de-la-societe/nouvelles-et-communiques/detail/matane-baie-comeau-godbout-un-service-aerien-offert-jusqua-nouvel-ordre/
  9. You might want to open your history books again. Transit operators played a major role in developing cities and their suburbs. Mont-Royal comes on top of my head, but Rosemont, La Petite-Patrie, Villeray, Ahuntsic, Lachine and even Pointe-aux-Trembles, parts of Beauport and someplace along M&SC line had developments that were started by tramway tycoons who bought land to profit tramway operations, and sent trams to then-remote areas to profit real estate operations.
  10. CDPQ has an answer to this, and its answer is why it required capture of the land plus-value around its station. Auxiliary economic hubs such as Saint-Laurent―Dorval and Brossard get most of the net job growth in the metropolitan area, while downtown is still the flasghip of them all, concentrating a 30-something % of the jobs located in hubs. In a nutshell : downtown is still the big thing, so people need to get there; peripherial hubs are growing fast, and people need to get there too ― and will get there. The capture of the land plus-value is a good give-and-take agreement with the developers : we provide transportation for the workers and inhabitants of your projects, you provide us with riders for our multi-billion train. It's the best way of reaching the goals of 40% growth in TOD areas set in 2011 for the metropolitan area. I strongly doubt the slow, unefficient, one-way, ridiculously scheduled and, most of all, car-dependent commuter rail system would have ever attracted a quarter of the jobs and homes the REM will ever attract. I agree. Despite what péquistes think, CDPQ did not make a political stand prefering west island to the east; the political choice of developing the west over the east predates of many decades the train. There are more jobs, that are more concentrated, with also people living there working downtown as well as in the west, yet there are more people and jobs are more scarce in the East. So CDPQ aims (it's a key word here, I don't think it will happen day 1) at having riders in both direction, all day long. It has no interest in building a moneypit one-way, commuter, suburban rail system ― they leave it to the state, which does nothing about transit in the end, rather autoroutes. From a metropolitan planning point of view, REM's a damn pretty good deal. But it is a political hot soup.
  11. Picture by Denis Leduc, Radio-Canada https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1303945/ville-rimouski-citebus-trajet-transport-commun-autobus-deplacements 10 years after bus service inception, Rimouski is reviewing its circuits. The current offer is nearest-to-stop oriented, creating winding circuits with long travel times. All three lines are synchronized to meet at the downtown « Musée » terminal, in the very center of the city, in front of a museum but also next to the Institut maritime du Québec, a post-secondary institution. An auxiliary transfer point, « Gare », litteraly three blocks away, next to the train station (with train service at night, only...), offer some shortcut transfers during the day. Two taxibus services in suburban areas (Bic and Rimouski-Est―Pointe-au-Père) also reach the Musée transfer point, while the two other taxibus services offering services in rural areas have transfer points at the edge of the town. The city aims at offering more direct routes, with less travel times. I'd say a kid could draw better lines better than they are now, without spending 100k$ with consultants, as the town is somewhat dense and organized around a few main axis (route 132, route 232, Cathédrale, 2e Rue, Arthur-Buies and Leonidas).
  12. Radio-Canada's The Fifth Estate equivalent, Enquête, has released major info about quality control failures of the F.-A.-Gauthier. René Lebrun, naval architecture technician, and Martin Saint-Pierre, captain of the Camille-Marcoux were sent to Italy to survey the quality of the building process. They were both fired for insubordination : Lebrun refused to take a medical leave (even though his and STQ's doctors advised against the need for such a rest), and Saint-Pierre used the executive bathroom instead of the squat latrine he was entitled to. They say that their firings are related to them repeatedly reporting major vices all along the construction : rusty materials such as vent conducts, badly welded main bridge, water infiltration causing materials to rot, paint and sanding problems, bad parts alignment, invisible on-site quality control manager, ... Radio-Canada's team tried to invoque the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies to procure reports of the quality control process. The STQ refused to give many documents, and the ones they were given were so censored they were illegible and lacked the crucial parts. STQ denies all of the allegations. Its president, although, told he was worried about the revelations, and that the events as reported by Enquête are not compatible with his vision of the Crown corporation. https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1296344/lanceurs-alerte-vices-construction-traversier-fa-gauthier-quebec
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