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  1. 1 hour ago, OCCheetos said:
    3 hours ago, MCIBUS said:

    Heck this s nothing. Try having water still leaking into the tunnel. They still have not solve the issue Water is still coming thru band they solution they tried to use to stop it isn't working.

    Water leaking into tunnels is a common occurrence (the Dow's Lake tunnel leaks like crazy). Derailments are a little more serious and not quite as common.

    Indeed. Groundwater and efflorescence are still a thing. Permanent pumping is not a 'problem', but a solution to natural infiltration. 

    Here's the ceiling of a Montréal metro station before its rebuild, 50 years after opening.


  2. On 4/28/2019 at 11:39 PM, Transit geek said:

    In fact, nearly identical Talent trains operate on trips that take close to an hour one-way - longer than a round trip on the Trillium Line.

    Are you forgetting that Ottawa's had LINTS for 4 years now? 😁 Talent I are mostly phased out of DB and ÖBB operations, on the other side of the pond, replaced by II and III generations.

    On 4/28/2019 at 11:39 PM, Transit geek said:

    In my opinion, it really doesn't make much sense for a railway service operated with European-style DMUs to be considered "light rail". The same kind of DMUs are actually used on medium long-distance services across the Atlantic.

    Anyways, TALENT is an acronym, and stands for Talbot leichter Nahverkehr Triebwagen or "Talbot's lighter commuter/local multiple unit". Some may say Trillium line is closer to a a European suburban/commuter rail or S-Bahn service than a tram-train or any kind of light rail stricto sensu, and that is somewhat the original purpose of Talbot shops' flagship product. The fact that it's used on regional lines just proves its sturdiness and versatility.

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  3. Gouvernement du Québec will invest 315 M$ over the next year in rail infrastructure (it's 10% of the infrastructure budget).

    • Greatest sum (85M$) is allotted to Chemin de fer de la Gaspésie, which suffered from major washouts due to Arthur and Irene hurricanes, as well as several autumnal tidal surges. The money will cover some reconstruction and perhaps some rerouting between Port-Daniel and Caplan, giving access to some major industries, a concrete plant among them.


    The railway in Chandler. Photo : Radio-Canada

    Other investments :

    • Québec Central Railway maintenance;
    • Roberval subdivision extension beyond the Mistassini River in Dolbeau-Mistassini. I believe the Maria-Chapdelaine RCM, not the CN, is the sponsor of this extension, for it will serve some medium and heavy industries in Mistassini, as well as an intermodal node;
    • Speaking of intermodality, the Baie-Comeau intermodal facilities will get its share of the dough. It's quite critical, as while the truck ferry is unreliable, the rail ferry is healthy and running;
    • Some funding for the Lac-Mégantic bypass.
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  4. The Matane―Côte-Nord black streak goes on and on and on...

    M.V. Apollo was retired today, by order of the Transportation Safety Bureau, after having hit both Godbout and Matane loading ramps in two weeks of service. The damage was considerable, but the general condition of the ship was declared beyond navigability by the TSB mandarins : security is compromised by a good amount of electrical, mechanical and structural failures.

    Labrador Marine is under investigation; such a ship would never have set sail if the TSB has been notified of such a state, even before the sale to the STQ.


    Plane service is expected to begin soon, but that's another puzzle.

  5. On 3/8/2019 at 4:58 PM, anyfong said:

    It's a little off-topic for sure, but the discussion about the lack of stored-value is an important one since the instructions on the Opus website is quite unclear about that. The lack of stored value severely limits the capability of the card (i.e. the passes bought at one transit agency, say the STM, cannot be used elsewhere, like RTC). In contrast to the stored-value on Presto where you can use it in the GTA and Ottawa which makes it far more useful and flexible. I have used stored-value cards elsewhere (Compass in Vancouver, Oyster in London) and found them very useful and flexible. Not so on Opus. It's very limiting, the technology is outdated, and it needs to change.

    It's not because it does not work as you are used to that it's worthless. Opus is a ticket media rather than stored-value because there is a comprehensive fare integration throughout Québec and Montréal metro areas ― which has not been the case for other regions (Ottawa, Toronto-Hamilton). The late AMT engineered fare integration between systems and Québec metropolitan communitu forces systems to accept the Laissez-passer métropolitain on its territory, whilst Metrolynx opted for discounted transfers.

    Stored-value card is hence useless for 99.9% of the Montréal customership, as a zone 5 exo pass, for example, gives access to all systems and destinations between Mirabel and Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Sainte-Martine and Repentigny, Hudson and Calixa-Lavallée, at bargain price. And at 170$, it's a damn good deal. Same thing for Québec, where a commuter can do Stoneham-Lévis using 4 different systems with the same 137$ pass.

    Now the lack of exo train+bus tickets is something to rant about, but it's another story... and it's so easy to fix!

  6. 16 hours ago, Mark Walton said:

    Might it bleed off some traffic from the Mascouche line?

    I'd say it aims more at the 410/430 customership, but one can legitimately think it accounts for a REM mitigation measure. Mascouche peaked in ridership growth (stable for 2016-2017, no numbers yet for 2018), but the demand in commuting from the eastern tip is on the upside. With work upcoming on Métropolitaine, Notre-Dame, Louis-H-Lafontaine and Mont-Royal tunnels, the only space remaining for transit offer growth is on the water ― or in the old CN right-of-way the AMT bought for its Via-Bus transitway... but that's another story!

    16 hours ago, Mark Walton said:

    What will they call it - Bus Maritime?

    STQ does not name its crossings. It's likely to be called Pointe-aux-Trembles ― Vieux-Montréal.

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    Several years ago, Ottawa politicians set themselves the goal of having the most efficient public transit system in the country. It is in this spirit that the idea of a rapid transit network on lanes reserved exclusively for buses was born. But these days, users would prefer not to hear about the rapid system because in experience, it is even slower than the routes that existed before.

    -So what kind of delays do you have to go ...?
    -Well minutes, you know.

    This afternoon, the Mayor of Cumberland, Mr. Peter Clark described the operation of this new network as a disaster. The drivers, when they are not confused by the circuits, are forced to work overtime to complete their route. Everyone is therefore unhappy with delays that range from 10 minutes to 1 hour as a result of modifications made to some 80 routes. On the union side, a strategy is being put to the test to get OC Transpo to make corrections within a week. But if nothing is done by then, it will implement pressure tactics already adopted.

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  8. On 7/10/2017 at 8:41 PM, webfil said:

    On another note, the long-awaited seabus trial between Ponte-aux-Trembles―Rivière-des-Prairies (eastern tip of Montréal island) and the old port in downtown Montréal was a success. A little less than 1000 passengers rode the 25 minutes cruise to work on the three days the shuttle ran. Project is still under study (and always was, as far as I can remember, being born and raised east of Montréal).

    2017 : http://beta.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1043266/interet-navette-fluviale-est-vieux-montreal

    2016 : http://beta.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/790978/navette-bateau-pointe-aux-trembles-fluviale-vieux-montreal

    2015 : http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/montreal/201509/01/01-4897133-une-liaison-sur-le-fleuve-entre-pointe-aux-trembles-et-le-centre-ville.php

    2014 : http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/montreal/412858/montreal-des-bateaux-taxis-pour-aller-au-centre-ville 

    And so on...

    Former Pointe-aux-Trembles―Rivière-des-Prairies mayoress and actual minister for the Montréal Metropolitan Area announced that the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) will undertake the ferry project linking Pointe-aux-Trembles (well, well...) to Old Montréal. 

    Service terms, according to tender :

    • Mid-may to mid-october over the next three years
    • Operation between 6 AM and 10 PM
    • 30-minutes frequency at rush hour, 60-minutes off-peak
    • Ships with seating for 100, and accommodation for 30 bicycles
    • Shelters and terminals to be provided by the STQ
    • Fares determined by the ARTM, likely between 3.25$ and 4.25$ as it operates between exo zones 1 and 3, concurrently with STM services
    • Likely to link Saint-Jean-Baptiste/Notre-Dame (STM 86, 189, 410 ― exo L'Assomption 300) to Jacques-Cartier pier (STM 715 + 10 min walk from Champ-de-Mars)

    This is the Exporateur shuttle provided by Navark for last pilot project, according to Radio-Canada ― too small for the tender requirements.

    Plusieurs sièges sont disponibles à l'intérieur de la navette.

    Navark is a highly potential operator, with 7 semi-subsidized shuttles operating during summer in the Greater Montréal area.

    carte du réseau de navettes fluviales dans l'archipel de Montréal

    Just wishing you guys luck, as the STQ services are a real cluster?!@#$ down here!

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  9. 1 hour ago, Chris_the_traveller said:

    Why is RTC purchasing Van Hools, and how many of them did they order?

    They wanted to replace the Gullivers and introduce 30 footers on some lines. The Ecolobus replacement is caducous. There are many stop-and-go lines that monpolize 40-footers where a 30-ft (or cutaway) would suffice ― 32, 34, 52, 61, 72, 82, 85, among others ―; nevertheless, it seems that inner-city lines are targeted (1? 4? 11? 19? 28?).

    The Van Hool bid was the lower, but, seriously, I doubt there were that many manufacturers that could provide. The order is of 64 units.

    The seating config looks a lot like the Vicinities


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  10. 10 hours ago, MTL66 said:

    Some of that footage should be scrubbed from the video, there is a way to report on an incident without showing everything that was shown there. Event the news outlets didn't film as much as this guy did. I guess it is more of a sensitive issue for me, I worked with the guy who died in that accident. I reported the video to youtube, so anyone who wants to see the video of TAGA 6000, better save it.

    RIP Gilbert!

    Deeply, wholeheartedly sorry for your loss.

    The trigger warning and time pinpoint were there to protect viewers from potential trauma and show only what pertains to this board. For the record, most news report (at least TVA, RadCan and CTV) did show the first minutes of that exact clip at the time, highlighting the courageous and heroic manners of the failed rescuer.

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  11. On 2/7/2019 at 12:07 PM, tomsbuspage said:

    That may be true today, but at one time most of Quebec's major transit agencies used light blue on their buses, at least in the Fishbowl era.  Even the CTRSM, which started off with red-and-white buses from their inception, carried blue over from the old Metropolitain Sud system:

    Indeed. But that rather short period of uniformity abruptly succeeded to diversity at the time the expropriations came into effect. Before that, the palette for buses and trams was cheerful : orange for Chambly and Charlesbourg, light yellow and vivid green for Dupont, burgundy and yellow for QRL&P, bright red for Québec Autobus, yellow-ish brown for CTCUM, dark green for Hull and so on.

    To my knowledge, Provincial and its Métropolitain sisters/subsidiaries, as well as Sherbrooke Transit made early use of the light blue tones that spread throughout the province in the seventies.

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  12. 43 minutes ago, tomsbuspage said:

    Here's 7903 as STCUQ 7961 a few years later:



    Here's 7906 in Quebec City before becoming 7963:


    It's curious that they painted CTCUQ letters on it, whereas the name changed in '94 to STCUQ.


    18 minutes ago, MCIBUS said:

    Is just me  or do all or lest all Quebec agencies have very similar paint schemes(the blue)

    Are you referring to the green+grey/navy+grey/orange+grey scheme of the RTC? Or the teal+gold scheme of the STSherbrooke? Or the red and white scheme of the RTL and STTR? Maybe the black/grey/ white scheme of CTJM?

    Apart from the STO/STLévis/STLaval and STSaguenay/Transcollines schemes that I would not differentiate in the dark, there is a good diversity of color schemes throughout the different agencies.