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  1. Since December 18th, Transportation Canada force-docked MV F. A. Gauthier. She was tugged to Davie shibuilding in Lévis on Jan. 13th, for the inspection of her faulty azimutal propelling system. MV CTMA Vacancier is currently relieving on Matane―Baie-Comeau/Godbout, but is needed to relieve Souris, PE―Cap-aux-Meules, QC on Feb. 1st. STQ is negociating with Labrador Marine to acquire the 48-year-old, underused, underutilized and soon-to-be-replaced MV Appolo , currently linking St. Barbe, NL to Blanc-Sablon, QC. EDIT : They just bought it.
  2. The Van Hool delivery is expected to start in January. I doubt there is any in revenue service, except maybe for the early demo delivery.
  3. F. A. Gauthier is out... Again! And the Dash-8 plane replacing it was damaged this morning, during de-icing! Gaspésiens and Nord-Côtiers are definetly out of luck. https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1143448/panne-avion-traversier-fa-gauthier-mont-joli-baie-comeau
  4. Indeed. I misread. Do you know if the fare will be free only for local movements? That would make sense, knowing that their neighbours pay a fair amount to climb aboard Express Desjardins. That would be akin to the former CIT Chambly-Richelieu-Carignan and Le Richelain fare structures — whatever they might be called now. That's perfect for taxibus and minivan service — not for lenghty urban, fixed-schedule routes. Cutaways do not shave that much off the pricetag. The acquisition price is lower than a full-sized bus, but operation and maintenance costs remain the same, and they last for a considerably shorter time.
  5. It's not a "problem". A Nova costs about the same to acquire and to run, whether it's owned by a Swiftrans subsidiary or the RTC, and the difference between models or even vehicle size (with diesel powertrains) often speaks in 1-digit or fractions of percentages. The main difference between operators is the cost of human resources (salaries, side benefits), which can vary from 40% (STSherbrooke) to 70% (RTC) of the expenditures, depending on the agency. On the other hand, passenger revenue counts from 3% (STO) to 33% (RTC) of the income.
  6. webfil

    Société de transport de Montréal

    Indeed. I juste assumed the info we got here would come into effect in January. Delivery of the BYD order is expected to begin in July, according to ATUQ.
  7. webfil

    Société de transport de Montréal

    Training? To operate minibuses? A Classe 4B licence is required to drive tapeculs; that is practically a taxi licence. A class 2 licence and some 40-footer experience is more than sufficient to drive a pick-up truck with passenger seats. On the mechanical side, the problem is more on the parts stocking than the mechanics' knowledge. A reminder : line 212 is expected to become the first fully electrified line. What's plausible for now is the lending of Saint-Michel vehicles and personel for the time being before the electric midis (BYD) are up and running — and that will require formation.
  8. Good news. PLU is certainly one offre the best rural transit services. RTC operating costs are renown to be overwhelmingly high for third ring suburbs (see Shannon, Saint-Augustin); knowing this growing town will get decent service is certainly a super Christmas gift for Boischatelois.
  9. webfil

    Visual editor for the wiki

    The visual editor is pretty fly... for a wifi! Jokes aside, if you are in such a hurry, it is possible to use Wikipedia's sandbox to create a table in the visual editor, and copy the then-generated code onto CPTDB's code editor..
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    VIA Rail Canada

    To me, it looks more like a bear than a fish.
  11. webfil

    Montreal realtime transit viewer

    I agree that a sortable column route column would be a great addition. I don't know if it's as easy as it is in a GIS to create an integer column based on text values, but it is sure frustrating to see that king of sorting.
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    Whats up with the board

    Sure looks like a good ol' flood attack.
  13. Indeed. New models are equipped with a front-door flatlander ramp, as per the spec sheet.